My NHL free picks for the first week of March starts with Chicago battling Detroit in what should be a sweet matchup. The second game I ponder has the amazing Washington Capitals taking on the Boston Bruins. The final game that looks like a winner this week can be found when Minnesota hosts St. Louis on Sunday, March 6.
A Closer Look At My NHL Free Picks Feb 29th – March 6th
Chicago at Detroit
When: Wednesday, March 2 at 8:00 pm ET
The last time that Chicago faced Detroit, they lost 2 to 3 in a shootout. The Blackhawks have a decent road record as of Feb. 28. They have gone 16-12-3. Detroit’s home record as of Feb. 28 is 16-10-3-3. But the Red Wings have gone 5 and 0 straight up in their last 5 home games.
The key will be whether or not Chicago can beat Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek. The Blackhawks scored 2 against Jimmy Howard in the last game. Mrazek figures to start this one. If he does, Detroit is the play for sure. If he doesn’t and Howard’s in goal, it’s still tough to look past Detroit since they’ve been hot at home. I’m backing the Red Wings.
Washington at Boston
When: Saturday, March 5 at 7:00 pm ET
Boston is one of those strange NHL teams that play much better on the road than it does in front of its fans. The problem could be that Boston fans demand excellence in all sports. The Bruins may not be able to handle the pressure of being a Boston based sports team.
In any case, the Bruins are a bad 13-15-3 at home as of Feb. 28. The Bruins are 0 and 2 versus the mighty Washington Capitals this season. Boston lost 1 to 4 on Nov. 5 last year. They lost 2 to 3 on Jan. 5 this year. There is nothing to suggest that this March 5 game will be any different. I like Washington.
St. Louis at Minnesota
When: Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 pm ET
Minnesota hosts St. Louis on Sunday in what will be the Blues’ third straight road game this week. St. Louis has a winning, fantastic, 16-9-2-3 road record as of Feb. 27. The Blues beat Minnesota 4 to 1 the last time that they faced off against them.
Overall, the Blues and Wild are 2 and 2 this season. Minnesota has been average this season while St. Louis has been somewhat better than average. Since the Wild figure to be the favorite in this Sunday matchup, it goes to reason that St. Louis is the play. From my perspective, the Blues’ ability to play well on the road trumps Minnesota’s ability to play well at home making St. Louis worth a few bucks on the money line. I’m backing St. Louis at what I hope will be decent odds.
Pick: St. Louis