NHL Predictions and Free Picks January 5th

Tonight, January the 5th, sees 10 NHL games on the schedule, with the action really starting to heat up before the Olympic break in February.  Tonight’s non stop action will be a good opportunity to cash in on some great odds throughout the night in the NHL.  Tonight’s featured games include the Boston Bruins traveling to Canada’s Capital to battle the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins are set to play host to the Atlanta Thrashers, and the Minnesota Wild travel to the United Centre to collide with the Chicago Blackhawks.  Other games on the schedule tonight include the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Florida Panthers, Montreal visits Washington, New Jersey welcomes Dallas to town, Calgary travels to Music City to battle the Nashville Predators, Edmonton hosts Phoenix, Columbus invades Vancouver, and the Detroit Red Wings are set to take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Centre in California.  Be sure to cash in on tonight’s fantastic odds, as well as getting your FREE NHL predictions and picks below.

NHL Predictions and Free Picks January 5th:

Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators – After battling back in the 3rd period only to lose with a minute left in regulation last night, the Boston Bruins will be hungry for a win tonight in Ottawa.  Boston has taken the first 3 meetings with Ottawa this season, most recently a 2-0 shutout of the Sens on the road on December 21st.  However, Boston will be without their leading scorer Patrice Bergeron tonight as he left Monday night’s game in New York with a hand injury.  Ottawa is still without top players Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza, and have dropped 10 of the last 11 meetings with the Bruins overall, and 5 of the last 6 meeting between these two in Ottawa.  Look for Boston to be the hungrier team tonight as a road underdog.

Free Pick – BRUINS to win at +100

Atlanta Thrashers @ Pittsburgh Penguins – Pittsburgh comes into this one riding a season-high 5 game losing streak, but has won 5 straight over the Thrashers at the Igloo in Pittsburgh.  The Thrashers are also riding a losing streak, but theirs has reached 8 consecutive games.  The Thrashers have been able to score this season, as they are 2nd in the East with 129 goals for, but under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.  Pittsburgh has a conference worst 14% powerplay efficiency, and do not allow Atlanta many scoring chances in Pittsburgh as under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

Free Pick – UNDER 6 at +125

Minnesota Wild @ Chicago Blackhawks – Chicago enters this contest in a battle with San Jose for top spot in the Western Conference, while the Wild have slipped in the West standings due to their current 3 game losing skid.  Most recently, the Wild dropped a 5-3 decision to the powerful New Jersey Devils on Saturday, and have been waiting in Chicago for a few days since for tonight’s action.  Chicago could be distracted by a grueling 8-game road trip ahead to close out the month of January, and the Wild have taken 6 of the last 8 meeting between these two at the United Centre in Chicago.  The Wild are also 18-6-1 in the last 25 meeting between these two overall, and are definitely worth the value they are receiving tonight as huge road underdogs.

Free Pick – WILD to win at +210 (Great Value!)