With the New York Islanders at home in a pair of weekend contests, along with the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks on their own respective home ices, it’s time for some expert NHL Picks for the weekend. If you’re looking for value YouWager ice hockey betting faithful, then look no further…We got a quartet of sweet NHL Picks just for you!
The Rangers have gone a dismal 2-6-1 over their last 10 games and they’ll ride the wave of a five-game losing streak into this contest that includes a narrow 4-3 loss to the Isles on Thursday. Conversely, the Islanders have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games and took out their in-city rivals 4-3 on Thursday.
For this matchup, I’m going to advise you to back the Islanders to complete the back end of a home-and-home series with another win. The Rangers have allowed at least four goals in each of their last five games while allowing six goals and seven goals in two of those contests.
The Rangers have gone 15-38 in their last 53 road games and 5-16 in their last 21 games overall while the Islanders have gone 6-0 in their last 6 Saturday games and 7-1 in their last 8 overall.
Predicted Score: New York Rangers 2 | New York Islanders 4
The Blue Jackets have gone an encouraging 7-3 over their last 10 games and 12-9 on the road this season. The Blue Jackets come into this affair off a 4-3 win over Nashville on Thursday. The Capitals have gone an impressive 7-2-1 over their last 10 games and 13-6-1-1 at home this season. The Caps have won three straight including a statement-making 4-2 win over Boston on Thursday that I predicted in the YouWager NHL sportsbook earlier this week.
While Columbus is playing well, Washington is playing better. The Caps are the better statistical team at both ends of the ice and they’re playing at home while looking to deliver a message to one of their conference counterparts. Alex Ovechkin and company are 5-1 in their last six meetings against the Blue Jackets and a commanding 11-5 in their last 16 home dates against their conference counterparts.
Predicted Score: Columbus Blue Jackets 3 | Washington Capitals 4
The Golden Knights have gone an impressive 7-2-1 over their last 10 games and a solid 12-12-1 on the road this season. The Knights will be highly motivated after having their seven-game winning streak snapped in Thursday’s narrow 3-2 loss to San Jose.
The Blackhawks have gone a modest 5-3-2 over their last 10 games and an uninspiring 8-10-4 at home this season. Chicago has dropped two straight including a 4-3 overtime loss against Nashville on Wednesday.
For this Saturday night matchup, Vegas is the super easy pick despite being on the road. Chicago has been completely awful in allowing a whopping 3.6 goals per game to rank 30t in goals allowed, while Vegas ranks third in goals allowed (2.6 gpg) and a solid 14th in scoring (3.0 gpg). Vegas has gone 4-1 in their last five road games while Chicago has gone a polar opposite 1-4 in their last five at home.
Predicted Score: Vegas Golden Knights 5 | Chicago Blackhawks 1
Tampa Bay has won nine of their last 10 games and two straight coming into this affair. The Lightning got past Carolina 3-1 on Thursday night and have gone a blistering 15-4-2 on the road this season. The Islanders have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games heading into their Saturday affair against the New York Rangers, including a 4-3 win over their longtime city rivals on Thursday.
While the Islanders are playing well and have the look of a playoff contender, the fact of the matter is that Tampa Bay has been playing some stupendous hockey all season long in averaging a phenomenal 4.1 goals per game (first) while limiting the opposition to just 2.8 goals per game defensively (14th). The Lightning have gone a bankroll-boosting 47-14 in their last 61 games against their Eastern Conference counterparts and an incendiary 41-14 in their last 55 games overall. Tampa Bay is just too good for New York in this one.
Predicted Score: Tampa Bay Lightning 4 | New York Islanders 2
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