Last night was another BEAUTIFUL night with my free NHL picks as my tear through this NHL season continues.
I went 2 for 2 with my free NHL picks last night, both of which were underdog winners.
I had the Winnipeg Jets to go into Toronto and upset the Maple Leafs who have struggled on the defensive end of late, and that’s just what happened at +170 odds.
It looked like the Jets had a regulation win coming with a faceoff in their own end with 18 seconds left, but the Maple Leafs won the draw and Auston Matthews wired home the tying marker. However, the Jets won an entertaining shootout and notched us a huge road underdog win.
At roughly the same time, I had the Flyers to beat the east-leading Capitals at +111 home underdog odds, and they did just that.
The was game tied at 2-2 late, but a shorthanded breakaway tally from Kevin Hayes gave the Flyers a 3-2 win and notched us another 1.11 units in profit.
All told, the evening’s profits were 2.82 units as we keep rolling into tonight’s 11-game NHL schedule!
Season Record: 71-58-1
Now let’s take a look at this free NHL pick featuring the Canucks vs. Panthers from the BB&T Center in Sunrise!
Canucks vs. Panthers Betting Odds
- Canucks (+131)
- Panthers (-145)
- Canucks +1.5 (-180)
- Panthers -1.5 (+160)
- Over 6.5 (-102)
- Under 6.5 (-108)
Canucks vs. Panthers NHL Pick Breakdown
Now let’s take a look at each of these clubs before getting into my final pick!
The Canucks are happy to be out of Tampa and in Sunrise for this one tonight after they took a 9-2 blasting at the hands of the red-hot Lightning on Tuesday night.
They were outshot 37-23 in that one as they seven-game win streak was halted with authority.
The Canucks will look to get back on track tonight, although defense hasn’t been too much of a problem of late.
Sure, they allowed five goals to the Blackhawks in their third-to-last game, but also two goals or fewer in four straight before that 7-5 win over Chicago back on January 2nd.
Their offense has now been cooled off for two straight games after filling the net for the majority of their win streak.
The Canucks have scored just two goals in each of their last two games and will enter this one ranked 17th with 2.81 goals per game on the road this season, but also with the NHL’s fifth-ranked road power play at 24.1%.
Defensively, the Canucks have slipped as the season has gone on – at least on the road – as they now rank 23rd with 3.48 goals against per game on the road after the beatdown in Tampa on Tuesday.
Neither goaltender was able to stop pucks in that one.
Jacob Markstrom got the start but was pulled after allowing six goals on just 21 shots.
Thatcher Demko came into the game and subsequently yielded three more goals on just 16 shots.
The Canucks haven’t named a starter for this one tonight, but it’s safe to say both goaltenders would enter this one on a low.
If Markstrom gets the nod, he’ll carry a 3.11 GAA and .904 Sv% and a 6-7-1 record across 14 road starts with him into the start.
If it’s Demko, he’ll bring in a 3.13 GAA and .902 Sv% with a 3-4-0 record across seven starts and eight appearances away from home this season.
For the Panthers, they’ll be looking to bounce back from a 5-2 home loss to the Arizona Coyotes their last time out as they’ve alternated wins and losses over their last six games.
They outshot the ‘Yotes 39-36 in that one, but once again their terrible home defense and goaltending came back to bite them.
With the five goals allowed, the Panthers now rank 23rd with 3.17 goals against per game on home ice this season, but more of a concern has been the poor play of Sergei Bobrovsky, again.
It appeared Bobrovsky had turned a corner and was set for a big second half after posting a .917 Sv% in December, but the New Year has not been kind to the two-time Vezina winner.
He’ll enter this one sporting an awful 4.20 GAA and .842 Sv% across two starts to this month and actually owns an .856 Sv% over his last six starts. He was pulled in his last start after allowing three goals on just seven shots in a 3-2 loss in Buffalo.
Their offense has been inconsistent of late, but on the season it’s been the sole reason why they are in playoff contention in the east.
Florida will enter this one sporting the NHL’s fourth-ranked home offense where they’ve scored 3.74 goals per game and where their ninth-ranked power play has clicked at a healthy 23.1%.
The other end of their special teams – the penalty kill – as slipped as the season has moved along and now sits with a 25th-ranked 78.2% mark at home and has posted a poor 63.3% mark over their last 10 games.
The Panthers PK could be in trouble tonight against a Canucks team that has done a ton of their damage on the power play this season, especially on the road.
I expect the Canucks to come out hard tonight to avenge their embarrassing loss from Tuesday, and the Panthers could be in trouble as a result, especially with Bobrovsky sinking back into severe underperformance as we witnessed for the first two months of the season.
On the flip side, a dynamite Panthers offense could have their way with a team that has seen their defensive game clip as the season has progressed.
Rather than decide which side of that coin I’m on, I’m hitting the 6.5-goal total here.
The Canucks offense can score with the best of em’ when they’re on, and while they have just four goals over their last two games, this matchup presents a nice opportunity to get back on track.
We’ve seen the Panthers outscore their woes on the back end all season long, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t be able to produce notable offense in this one tonight.
Add it all up and I’m on the over 6.5 tonight from Sunrise.