NHL Picks and Predictions for 12/29/21 Free NHL Picks

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The NHL season is back underway but there are only six games scheduled to take place on Wednesday after some more postponements. Let’s take a look at a free pick on each of the six games. 

New Jersey Devils -130 at Buffalo Sabres +110 Total: 5.5

The Devils and Sabres are both offenses that have struggled to score this season and that is going to lead to this game staying well under the total. New Jersey is averaging 2.7 goals per game and they are going to have issues getting to that number in this game. Back the under to cash 

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Play: Under 5.5

New York Rangers +140 at Florida Panthers -161 Total: 6

This game is a matchup between two teams of different styles. The Rangers' defense is ranked 5th in hockey while the Panthers offense is ranked 3rd in the league. In this game, I think the Rangers defense that is giving up only 2.53 goals per game will have the upper hand and slow down the Panthers' offense. The Rangers are too big of underdogs, and they have a ton of value at +140. Back the Rangers on the money line.

Play: Rangers ML +140

Nashville Predators +133 at Washington Capitals -161 Total: 5.5

The Washington Capitals aren’t big enough favorites in this game. Washington is averaging 3.41 goals while their defense is giving up 2.58 goals per game. Nashville is averaging only 2.93 goals per game and they are going to struggle against the Capitals. Back Washington on the puck line. 

Play: Capitals -1.5

Edmonton Oilers +115 at St Louis Blues -135 Total: 6

The Oilers and Blues are both dealing with plenty of injuries and COVID issues and that means there are plenty of other games around the league that have plenty of value. These are both strong offensive teams. The Oilers are averaging 3.4 goals while the Blues are averaging 3.35 goals per game. Back the over.

Play: Over

Philadelphia Flyers +115 at Seattle Kraken -135 Total: 6

The Philadelphia Flyers are going to pull off the upset. Seattle is giving up 3.56 goals per game and they are going to struggle to keep the puck out of the net. Seattle is 0-4 in their last four home games, and they aren’t going to improve on that mark in this game. Back the Flyers to pull the upset, and put plus money in your pocket. 

Play: Flyers +115

Vancouver Canucks +105 at Anaheim Ducks -125 Total: 5.5

Since the coaching change the Vancouver Canucks have been playing better and they are going to win another game in this one. The Canucks are averaging 33.3 shots per game and that type of pressure is going to be too much for the Ducks. Back the Canucks at plus money. 

Play: Canucks ML +105

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