The NHL season is a few weeks into the 2018 campaign and I have a trio of bankroll busting NHL free picks for the week of October 15th to the 21st.
NHL Free Picks Oct 15st-21th
Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames
When: Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9:30 pm ET
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Alberta, CA
Analysis: The last time Boston battled Calgary, they beat them 2-1 in overtime. That game was at Calgary back in early February. So far this season, Boston’s done nothing to show it won’t beat Calgary again.
In fact, the Bruins, along with Toronto, appear to be the class of the Atlantic Division. Boston’s averaging 4.4 goals per, ranking 3rd in goals per game. Calgary only averages 3.6 goals per. There’s a chance the Bruins win this one on the puck line.
Pick: Boston Bruins
Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
When: Friday, Oct. 19 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Analysis: It’s early, but Dallas has played above expectations. The Stars average 4.2 goals while only allowing 2.8. They’ve already beaten Anaheim and Winnipeg this season.
Minnesota’s had trouble getting the puck into the net. The Wild are averaging 2.5 goals per. Because the Wild give up over 3 goals per, they should be behind after the first period on Oct. 19. Unless Minnesota manages to turn it around against the Stars in the second period, things might get out of control. It’s not hard to see Dallas up 3-1 before the 3rd period starts. This might be one of those NHL games where it’s best to back the favorite on the puck line.
Pick: Dallas Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks
When: Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
TV: NHL Net
Analysis: The Tampa Bay Lightning head to Chicago to battle the Blackhawks in a match that could go either way. This is a busy week for the Lightning. By the time they battle Chicago on Sunday, they will have already played against the Carolina Hurricane and the Detroit Red Wings.
Even though it’s a tough week for Tampa, Chicago’s allowing 4.2 goals per while only averaging 4.4 per. Tampa’s defense should lead them to a win in what’s guaranteed to be a high-scoring match.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning