The Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, and Winnipeg Jets will all look to get it done at home this weekend in a trio of NHL matchups that all look like they’re offering some excellent value. If you’re looking for some expert NHL betting predictions, then let’s get to my trio of weekend picks right now.
Buffalo has gone a modest 4-4-2 over their last 10 games and come into this contest coming off a 4-3 win over Florida on Thursday night as Jeff Skinner lit the lamp twice to lead the way to victory. The Sabres average an uninspiring 2.8 goals per game (21st) while allowing 2.9 goals per game defensively (11th).
Boston has gone 6-4 over their last 10 games, but they’ve won three straight and come into this contest off a high-scoring 6-4 win over Calgary on Thursday night as Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored a pair of goals apiece. Boston averages a modest 2.9 goals per game (18th) while limiting the opposition to just 2.7 goals per contest defensively to rank a stellar fourth in goals allowed.
For this matchup, the Boston Bruins are the super easy pick to get it done at home in this contest against a Buffalo Sabres team they are far better than at the defensive end of the ice. The Sabres have gone 2-5 in their last seven games, 1-4 in their last five games following a win and 2-9 in their last 11 games against teams from the Eastern Conference.
Conversely, Boston has gone 5-0 in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 in their last five games against teams from the Atlantic division and 6-2 in their last eight games overall. Boston wins going away!
Predicted Score: Buffalo Sabres 2 | Boston Bruins 5
Nashville has struggled to a 4-5-1 mark over their last 10 games, but the Predators have won two straight including their 4-0 shutout win over Philadelphia on Tuesday and the statement-making 6-3 win over Washington one day earlier. Nashville is averaging 3.0 goals per game to rank a modest 13th in scoring while limiting the opposition to just 2.5 goals per game defensively to rank first in goals allowed.
Montreal has won seven of their last 10 games and five of six including a 2-0 shutout win over Vancouver on Thursday night. The Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game (12th) while allowing an identical 3.1 goals per game defensively (22nd).
For this Saturday night showdown, I’m going to advise every NHL hockey bettor to back to Nashville to make a big statement in this contest despite being on the road. The Predators are the slightly better offensive team, but they are the far better defensive team in this contest. Goalie Pekka Rinne has the edge against Montreal’s Carey Price and the Predators have a winning road record (9-8-1).
With Nashville going 14-4 in their last 18 games against teams from the Eastern Conference, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Division teams and an identical 5-2 in their last seven meetings against the Canadiens, I say the Predators are the pick to get the solid road win!
Predicted Score: Nashville Predators 3 | Montreal Canadiens 1
Dallas has gone a modest 5-4-1 over their last 10 games, but the Star have won three of four including a high-scoring 5-4 win over New Jersey on Wednesday night. The Stars average a modest 2.8 goals per game (27th), but limit the opposition to just 2.7 goals per game defensively to rank a stellar fifth in points allowed.
Winnipeg has gone 7-3 over their last 10 games heading into their Friday night showdown against Pittsburgh. The Jets took out the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Monday to snap a modest two-game skid. Winnipeg averages 3.4 goals per game to rank seventh in scoring while allowing just 2.8 goals per game defensively to rank eighth In goals allowed.
Winnipeg is the easy pick to win ad cash in against Dallas in this contest simply because they are the better team at both ends of the ice. The Jets are playing at home where they’ve gone a blistering 13-6-1-1 while Dallas has gone an uninspiring 8-11-2 on the road. Keep it simple and back the Winnipeg Jets to get it done by at least two goals in this one.
Predicted Score: Dallas Stars 2 | Winnipeg Jets 4
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