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NHL Expert Picks Jan 8-14th
Can the struggling Carolina Hurricanes pull off the upset over Alex Ovechkin and the red-hot Washington Capitals on Thursday night?
Can Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks slow down the streaking Winnipeg Jets when they host their conference rivals one night later?
Last but not least, can the underachieving Edmonton Oilers slow down the runaway express train that is the expansion Vegas Knights when they throw down on Saturday?
Carolina (19-14-8) at Washington (26-13-3)
When: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
The Carolina Hurricanes are 6-3-1 over its last 10 games, but they got blown out of the water in their 7-1 loss to Boston on Saturday. Washington has gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 and got past St. Louis 4-3 with an overtime win against on Sunday.
Right now, this Thursday night matchup is easy picking as Alex Ovechkin and the Caps hold it down at home simply because they’ve been better at both ends of the ice than Carolina all season. Washington ranks 10th in scoring (3.1 gpg) and 15th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg) while Carolina ranks in the bottom third in both, scoring (2.7 gpg) and goals allowed (3.0 gpg).
Pick: Washington 4 Carolina 2
Winnipeg (25-11-7) at Chicago (20-15-6)
When: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Winnipeg is 7-2-1 over their last 10 games and has won two straight entering the new week including a convincing 4-1 win over San Jose on Sunday night. Chicago has been solid in going 5-4-1 over their last 10 games, including their 4-1 win over the Edmonton the last time out. While the Blackhawks are ranked a solid 11th in scoring (3.0 gpg) and respectable 13th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg) Winnipeg sis the pick in this one simply because they’ve been the better team at both ends of the ice this season.
The Jets are ranked an impressive third in scoring this season (3.3 gpg) and ninth in goals allowed (2.7 gpg) and have a legitimate Hart trophy contender in right winger Blake Wheeler (50 points). Winnipeg has gone 9-8-6 on the road this season, but I like them to improve on that mark by nailing down the win in this one against a Chicago team that looks like it will need to reload following this season if they want to get back to being perennial title favorites.
Pick: Winnipeg 4 Chicago 3
Edmonton (18-22-3) at Vegas (29-10-2)
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 PM ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Last but not least, the incendiary Vegas Knights are the easy pick to beat an Edmonton Oilers team that has underachieved all season long. Vegas has won nine of their last 10 games and two straight heading into the new week including their hard-fought 2-1 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Conversely, the Oilers have struggled in going 4-5-1 over their last 10 games and enters the new week riding a two-game losing streak. The Knights rank a stupendous second in the NHL in scoring (3.4 gpg) while also ranking a very solid 11th in goals allowed (2.7 gpg). Edmonton has been pretty awful at both ends of the ice and will lose this matchup by at least three goals NHL bettors!
Pick: Vegas 5 Edmonton 2