NHL Games to Watch on Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, and Arizona Coyotes will all look to take care of business at home when they take to the ice in a trio of NHL Wednesday Night, mid-week matchups that are all offering some excellent value in the YouWager NHL sportsbook. If you’re looking for some expert NHL hockey picks, then let’s get to my trio of picks right now.
Boston Bruins has gone 6-3-1 over their last 10 games and 10-9-4 on the road this season, but the Bruins have also dropped two of three including their 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal on Monday. The Bruins are averaging a modest 2.9 goals per game (19th), but they’ve been elite at the defensive end of the ice in limiting the opposition to just 2.6 goals per game to rank second in goals allowed.
Philadelphia has gone just 2-7-1 over their last 10 games and an uninspiring 9-10-3 at home this season, but the Flyers have won two of their last three games and two straight at home including their stunning 7-4 win over Minnesota on Monday. The Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game (25th) while allowing a whopping 3.6 per contest defensively to rank a dismal 29th in goals allowed.
While Boston has lost two of three, both defeats came on their home ice and the Bruins got an absolutely huge win over Toronto in between those contests. While Philly had their way in scoring a season-high seven goals against Minnesota the last time out, I believe the Flyers will find their scoring chances a lot more limited against Boston’s generally lock-down defense. Boston has gone 4-1 in their last five games while Philadelphia has gone 1-5 in their last six games against a team with a winning record. Boston has gone 22-7 in their last 29 meetings against Philadelphia and 11-5 in their last six road dates to the City of Brotherly Love. I like the Bruins to win in an East Coast street brawl.
Predicted Score: Boston Bruins 3 | Philadelphia Flyers 2
Buffalo Sabres has gone 3-6-1 over their last 10 games and 9-11-2 on the road this season. The Sabres have dropped three straight and come into this contest off a humbling 7-2 loss against Edmonton on Monday. Buffalo averages 2.8 goals per game (23rd) while allowing 3.0 goals per contest defensively (16th).
Calgary has gone a blistering 8-1-1 over their last 10 games and an impressive 15-4-2 at home this season. The Flames come into this one riding a five-game winning streak that includes a commanding 7-1 beatdown of Arizona on Saturday. Calgary is averaging a fantastic 3.7 goals per game to rank second in scoring while limiting the opposition to 2.8 goals per contest defensively to rank an impressive sixth in goals allowed.
With Buffalo struggling and owning a losing road record so far this season, things don’t look good for the Sabres no matter how you cut it. Oh, did I forget to mention the fact that Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames are on fire, playing at home and scoring goals in bunches? Well…there’s that as well. With Calgary going a near-perfect 7-1 in their last eight home dates against Buffalo, the high-scoring Flames are the easy pick to win and cover the NHL puck line.
Predicted Score: Buffalo Sabres 1 | Calgary Flames 5
San Jose Sharks has gone a blistering 8-2 over their last 10 games and 11-9-2 on the road this season. The Sharks come into this contest riding the wave of a six-game winning streak that includes a convincing 4-1 win over Ottawa on Saturday. San Jose averages a stellar 3.6 goals per game to rank fifth in scoring while allowing 2.9 goals per game defensively (15th).
Arizona has gone 5-4-1 over their last 10 games and an uninspiring 8-12-1 at home this season. The Coyotes had their three-game winning streak snapped in their emphatic 7-1 blowout loss against Calgary on Sunday. Arizona averages just 2.5 goals per game (29th) while allowing an identical 2.9 goals per game defensively (10th).
Let’s see…San Jose is on fire and the Sharks are simply better than the Coyotes at both ends of the ice. Arizona has gone a pitiful 3-11 in their last 14 home games while San Jose has gone 6-1 in their last seven road games and 4-0 in their last four road dates against Arizona. The Sharks win by at least two goals NHL ice hockey betting faithful!
Predicted Score: San Jose Sharks 4 | Arizona Coyotes 2
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