Tonight, January the 8th, features just 5 games on the NHL schedule, with plenty of large underdogs to cash in on. Tonight’s featured games games include the Colorado Avalanche visiting the basement-dwelling Carolina Hurricanes, The Toronto Maple Leafs look to rebound tonight as they invade Buffalo to take on the Sabres, and the Columbus Blue Jackets remain out West to battle the Calgary Flames. Two other games on tonight’s NHL schedule include the Tampa Bay Lightning visiting the New Jersey Devils, and the New York Islanders are in Texas to take on the Dallas Stars. Be sure to stay on top of the high-flying action the NHL has to offer, and be sure to get your FREE NHL predictions and picks below.
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NHL Predictions and Free Picks January 8th:
Colorado Avalanche @ Carolina Hurricanes – The Canes are coming off of a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Nashville Predators last night, while the Avalanche defeated the Islanders 3-2 at the Pepsi Centre on Wednesday night. Colorado is in unfamiliar territory this season as they sit in 3rd place in the Northwest Division, and look to continue on a winning note tonight as they play the first of three consecutive on the road. While the Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 on the road, Carolina is a poor intra-conference team as they are a measly 3-11 against the West in their last 14 games.
Free Pick – COLORADO to win (-125)
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Buffalo Sabres – The Maple Leafs come into this one after receiving a thumping at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, while Buffalo enters action with a chance to come within 1 point of the Eastern Conference Leading New Jersey Devils. The Sabres sit 19 points ahead of the Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings, and have won 9 in as row against the blue and white. Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two in Buffalo, and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The Leafs could go with either Vesa Toskala or Jonas Gustavsson in this one, however i still like under the high total tonight from HSBC arena in Buffalo.
Free Pick – UNDER 6 goals (-125)
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Calgary Flames – The Flames comine into this one just having lost their first game in the last 6 overall, while Columbus defeated Edmonton last night by a score of 4-2. The win for the Blue Jackets was just their second in the last 15 games overall, partially due to the fact that their captain Rick Nash has went 6 games in a row without scoring a goal. Under is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings overall between these two, and under has also gone 12-3 in the last 15 games at the Saddledome in Calgary. I like the under again tonight with a tired Blue Jackets teams playing their 3rd game in 4 nights.
Free Pick – UNDER 5.5 goals (-125)
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