NHL Picks and Predictions for 12/20/21 Free NHL Picks

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It’s a light slate of NHL games on Monday with a bunch of games canceled because of COVID issues throughout the league. Let’s take a look at a free pick on each of the two games to make the small slate profitable for you. 

Columbus Blue Jackets -120 at Buffalo Sabres +100 Total: 5.5

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres are both going to find offensive success in this game. The Blue Jackets offense has been strong all season averaging 3.17 goals per game which is 10th best in the NHL. Both of these defenses have also had some major issues with their defense this season. The Blue Jackets are giving up 3.35 goals per game while the Sabres are giving up 3.43 goals per game. The Sabres are only going to need two goals in this game to push it over, and they have scored at least that many goals in each of the last four games. The over is 4-0 in the Blue Jackets last four road games. The over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between the two teams. Back the over to cash. 

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Play: Over

Minnesota Wild -105 at Dallas Stars -105 Total: 5.5

The Minnesota Wild have a 19-10 record overall and even away from home they sit with a 9-6 record. The Wild are an elite offensive team averaging 3.62 goals per game which is second-best in the NHL. The Stars defense hasn’t been awful this year, but their offense hasn’t been great averaging 2.64 goals per game. With the defense not being top notch, it has put a lot of pressure on the offense to be better, and they haven’t lived up to that. I expect the Wild’s offense is going to run up the score, and the Stars won’t have the offense to keep up. The Wild are 4-0 in their last four games against the Central. The Wild are 4-0 in the last four meetings between the two teams. The Wild will win on the money line. 

Play: Wild ML -105

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