NHL Picks and Predictions for 1/1/22 Free NHL Picks

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NHL Games on Saturday, January 1st

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It’s a nice slate of games across the NHL on Saturday to kick off the new year with nine games taking place. Let’s take a look at a free pick on each of the games. 

Buffalo Sabres +266 at Boston Bruins -320 Total: 5.5

The Buffalo Sabres are having a down year, but there is no value taking the Bruins at -320. The Sabres are averaging 2.62 goals per game while the Bruins are averaging 2.69 goals per game.  I expect both offenses are going to struggle to score in this game, and the under is going to cash with ease in this game.

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Play: Under

Montreal Canadiens +338 at Florida Panthers -423 Total: 6

The Canadiens are having an awful season, and they aren’t going to magically turn it around in this game. The Panthers offense is ranked 2nd in the NHL while the Canadiens are ranked 31st. The Panthers are going to run up the score against Montreal and this game is going to get out of hand early. Back the Panthers -2.5. 

Play: Panthers -2.5

Carolina Hurricanes -161 at Columbus Blue Jackets +140 Total: 5.5

The Carolina Hurricanes should be much bigger favorites in this game. The Hurricanes offense is ranked 8th in the NHL while their defense is ranked 1st. The Blue Jackets defense is ranked 24th and they are going to have issues with quality scoring chances. Back the Hurricanes on the puck line.

Play: Hurricanes -1.5

Edmonton Oilers at New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have struggled this season, but this is a perfect chance for them to find success. In the last game against the Buffalo Sabres the defense only gave up a goal and they are going to slow down the Oilers offense in this game. Back the Islanders.

Play: Islanders ML

St. Louis Blues +107 at Minnesota Wild -120 Total: 5.5

The Blues and Wild are playing in the Winter Classic at Target Field. With so many unknowns with ice conditions and the cold, there are plenty of better options. The Wild have had quite the layoff and I expect they are going to get out to a slow start. Back the Blues ML

Play: Blues ML

Chicago Blackhawks +155 at Nashville Predators -175 Total: 5.5

The Predators are the better offensive and defensive team. The Blackhawks are averaging only 2.3 goals per game, and their lack of scoring is going to really let them down. The Predators' defense is going to find success in this game, and the Predators will win this game. 

Play: Predators -175

Vancouver Canucks -104 at Seattle Kraken -108 Total: 5.5

The Vancouver Canucks are coming off a loss but they have played better since the coaching change and they are going to find success in this game. Look for the Kraken’s offense to have issues scoring and that is going to be the difference. Back the Canucks. 

Play: Canucks ML -104

Ottawa Senators +225 at Toronto Maple Leafs -266 Total: 6

The Toronto Maple Leafs could really be closer to -350. Toronto is giving up only 2.5 goals per game and their lack of scoring is going to let them down in this game. Look for the Maple Leafs to score enough goals to win. I also like the under to cash.

Play: Under

Philadelphia Flyers +140 at Los Angeles Kings -160 Total: 5.5

The Flyers and Kings are both going to struggle to score in this game. The Flyers are averaging only 2.64 goals per game while the Kings are averaging only 2.59 goals per game. There are going to be very few scoring chances for either team, and the under is going to cash. 

Play: Under

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