This week has been a slow week of hockey so far, with not many games being played. Tonight (Thursday October 22nd) that will change with 9 games on the schedule, including a couple of really good matchups. Last night we went 2 for 3 in our free picks, with our value pick of Colorado losing in shootout. The Sports Geek has been on fire this year with NHL so be sure to check back daily for our free NHL predictions and picks. Tonight’s lineup of games includes the New Jersey Devils in New York to face the Rangers, Ovechkin and the Capitals in Atlanta, the Blue Jackets in Edmonton to take on the Oilers, and the Bruins in Philadelphia to name a few. Check out our NHL predictions and free picks for tonight’s NHL games below.
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NHL Predictions and Free Picks for October 22nd:
Washington Capitals vs Atlanta Thrashers – A good match up tonight with Alexander Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuck facing off. The Capitals come into the game with a 4-2-2 record, while the Thrashers have a surprising 4-1-1 record. Both teams have been scoring 3.5 goals per game while holding opponents to under 3. The Thrashers are improved, but I don’t think they can beat this solid Capitals team.
Free Pick – Capitals to win at -125 ($100 bet pays out $180 at Bodog.ca)
New York Islanders vs Montreal Canadiens – The Islanders are fresh off their first win of the season last night at home against the Hurricanes. The Islanders were the second last team to win a game and hold a 1-3-3 record. The Canadiens are coming off their first win since dropping 5 in a row – they have a 3-5-0 record. Both teams are giving up over 3 goals per game.
Free Pick – Over 5.5 total goals at +100 ($100 bet pays out $200 at Bodog.ca)
Detroit Red Wings vs Phoenix Coyotes – The Red Wings have started the season a little slower than they would have liked with a 3-3-1 record, but are still one of the Stanley Cup favorites again this year. Phoenix has had a very surprising start going 5-2-0 to start this 2009 NHL season. Phoenix’s goal tending has been very impressive, with only a 1.43 goals against average through 7 games. The Red Wings always seem to have the Coyotes number.
Free Pick – Red Wings to win at -125 ($100 bet pays out $180 at Bodog.ca)