NHL Picks and Predictions for April 2nd

Last night we finished with a 1-1 record thanks to a come from behind win by the Calgary Flames. Since it seems like the only thing I have been predicting wrong has been PuckLines, we will be steering clear of those from now on. But we are a solid 5-2 over the last 3 days and head into an action packed Saturday. There are 22 teams in action today, including a few afternoon affairs. I have 3 selections today.

NHL Picks for Today:

Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators

Nashville currently sits tied for 5th place with the Los Angeles Kings with 94 points. Detroit is 4 points ahead of the Predators and hold down the 3rd seed in the West. The Wings will be thankful they are getting starter Jimmy Howard back today. In all likelihood he will be between the pipes and it was very apparent they did not have their best starter in Wednesday against the Blues. The Wings were blown out 10-3 and coach Mike Babcock was not impressed at all. Detroit has posted a 5-3-2 record over their past 10, but will be up against a stiff test today in the Predators. Nashville has gone 8-2 over their last 10 and Pekka Rinne has continued his excellent play. Nashville has won the last 4 games with the Red Wings and owns a terrific 22-9-7 record at home on the season. We are going with the home team as a short favorite today.

PICK = Nashville Predators (-110)

Montreal Canadians vs. New Jersey Devils

Montreal needs to play better hockey if it wants to do anything in the playoffs (and even make the playoffs). They played excellent in a 3-1 win over Atlanta on Tuesday and then completely laid an egg and got blown out by Carolina on Wednesday. You could say Carolina had more to play for in that game, but Montreal showed very little grit and drive (two things you need to be successful this time of year). Luckily for the Habs they are 5 points clear of 9th place Carolina and sit in the 6th spot in the East. Tonight they travel to New Jersey to face a team brimming with confidence. The Devils are 14-3 in their last 17 home games and have played out of this world hockey for the last two months. Unfortunately for them it was not enough to overcome an awful start to the season but should build confidence heading into next year. The total is set at 5 in this game but we have to go with the under. New Jersey will be playing a back-to-back situation tonight, and there are far to many under trends to list in this game. (*As a side note, I see this game being 3-2 or 2-1, so a play on the tie (just has to go to OT) is solid as well)).

PICKS = MTL/NJ Under 5 (-130) and game to go to OT (+270)

Good luck to our 3 picks and enjoy you Saturday

Stephen

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