NHL Free Picks Feb 12-18Josh Bailey
Can the expansion Vegas Golden Knights keep performing like one of the top Stanley Cup title contenders despite being a first-year franchise?
Will the Winnipeg Jets remain a legitimate cup contender after finally falling out of first place in the Central Division?
Last but not least, will the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins continue to play at a high level as they steamroll toward the postseason in the hopes of winning a third straight Stanley Cup title?
NHL Free Picks Feb 12th-18th
Edmonton (23-27-4) at Vegas (36-14-4)
When: Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 7:00 PM ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Analysis: There simply hasn’t been a more disappointing team in the league than Edmonton this season. Despite entering the 2017-18 campaign as one of the top Stanley Cup favorites, Connor McDavid and the Oilers have floundered at every turn and hit the new week riding a three-game losing streak. On the other hand, despite their status as an expansion team the Vegas Knights have played at a high level all season long and look ‘super legitimate’ at this point of the season. With the best home record in all of hockey (19-3-2), the Knights are the easy pick to cruise to victory in this Thursday night matchup!
Pick: Vegas 4 Edmonton 1
Colorado (29-21-4) at Winnipeg (32-15-9)
When: Friday, Feb 16, 2018 7:00 PM ET
Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB, CA
Analysis: Colorado and Winnipeg have both lost two straight heading into the new week, but for this Friday night matchup, the Jets are the easy pick to get the win, seeing as how they’ve posted a stunning 20-5-2 mark at home this season that ranks as the second-best home mark in hockey. The Jets are ranked a stellar sixth in scoring (3/2 gpg) and seventh in goals allowed (2.7 gpg) and that’s just too good for an Avalanche defense that ranks 19th in goals allowed.
Pick: Winnipeg 4 Colorado 2
Toronto (33-19-5) at Pittsburgh (31-22-4)
When: Sat. Feb 17, 2018 7:00 PM ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Analysis: Toronto has picked up the pace very nicely over the last two weeks by going 8-2 over their last 10 while riding a three-game winning streak into the new week that includes a 6-3 blowout of Ottawa on Saturday. Pittsburgh has also been playing at a high level for the last three weeks despite suffering a 4-3 shootout loss to Dallas on Friday night. For this Saturday night showdown, I’m going to advise you to play the Over, whatever that figure is. Both of these teams can light the lamp with the best of them and we should see more than our fair share of goals in this one, With the Pens going 20-7-1 at home, I think they get the narrow win!
Pick: Pittsburgh 5 Toronto 4