Free NHL Picks For Today 3/22/2022

Free NHL Picks For Today 3/22/2022

Free NHL Picks For Today 3/22/2022

 

Vegas at Winnipeg Pick Prediction 3/22/2022

Vegas:  we warned you yesterday, the Golden Knights’ media relations does not release roster information until the very last minute. Thus, no one knew about a pair of players absent due to COVID protocol, and two other defenseman were out — Zach Whitecloud, Alec Martines and, of course, all-star and captain Mark Stone.

 

Among the forwards, Jack Eichel was back for three days and is back on the injury list. Plus, another low-level players was traded to Seattle.

 

Reinforcements are on the way from the Henderson (AHL) Silver Knights, but do you want a team with as many as six rookies in the lineup, plux a goalie with six NHL starts while playing in a back-to-back situation?

 

Look-ahead: Speaking of trades, former VGK goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been swapped from Chicago to Minnesota. But the current Wild goalie, Cam Talbot just shutout the Golden Knights last night. The question for Minnesota: who do you start in goal in your next game on Thursday?

 

Plus, Nicolas Deslauriers was just obtained from Anaheim, scoring in his first game against Vegas. The other acquisition is D Jacob Middleton from San Jose as the Wild go All-In for a playoff run.

 

Jets: Winnipeg has been the ultimate: beat the dogs, fall to the favorites” team this season. No wonder head coach Paul Maurice resigned after less than 30 games; the frustration level must have been Danger Zone high.

 

However, with so many injuries and nonsense happening with the Golden Knights, this is a rare opportunity for the Jets to actually defeat a side that’s above them in the Western Conference standings.

 

Winnipeg is 5-2 ATS in L7, with three of games featuring 10 or more goals. However if VGK can’t keep up their end of the scoring, it might be risky to take the Over.

 

The club just re-upped with forward Kristian Reichel for two more years.

 

Left winger Kyle Connor remains on track (barely) for a 50-goal season. He has 39 entering this contest.

 

Edmonton at Dallas Pick Prediction 3/22/2022

Oilers: Edmonton is FINALLY attempting to fix the defense — proving it’s not a problem with their goaltenders — by picking up D Brett Kulak from Montreal. He can a No.4 or 5 blue-liner with flexibility and was one of the few bright spots with the Canadiens.

 

The Oilers also picked up Derick Brassard from Philadelphia, a veteran center who can moved to the left side on occasion. He is valuable just after a power play or penalty kill because he can cover half of the rink and his experience.

 

Edmonton had won five straight entering last night’s late game at Colorado (tied at 2-2 after second period),’Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is expected to return to the ice on Thursday, so be aware with its 24 hours earlier for this national television contest.

 

Good news! Playing on the “slow ice” (that’s being polite) in Dallas means their puck control style will take away from what the Stars like to do at home. This could be a key for an Oilers victory.

 

Stars: .Dallas won the first meeting, 4-1, but that was back in late November.

 

Here we go with see-saw statistics: The Stars are 2-1 ATS in L3, but 2-4 ATS in L6, yet 7-5 ATS in L12. So how are they playing?

 

This is the Stars first home game after playing 7-of-8 on the road, so they will enjoy home cookin’ or remain tired.

 

Predictions: I started fading Dallas to open March, si I will stay firm…OILERS.

 

NY Rangers at New Jersey Pick Prediction 3/22/2022

Rangers: The blue Shirts just won in Carolina to continue their hot streak, but with Pittsburgh coming up, let’s hope NYR doesn’t get caught looking ahead.

 

The Rangers will be a favorite, but at a high cost. Perhaps, the Puck Line is a better value since the Devils can’t keep the puck out of their own net.

 

New York also leads the 4-game season series, 2-0, winning in a shoot uot 4-3, then 2-1.

 

The NYR negative, the see-saw 4-2 ATS in L6, 4-4 in L9, and 7-4 ATS in L12. That happened with a relatively young squad, but it will be really telling come playoff time.

 

Devils: New Jersey might be motivated playing its neighborhood rival, but with so many tradees and just as many injuries, could this simply be an AHL team on the ice?

 

NJD is 1-4 ATS of late, with the win coming in a shootout against sinking Anaheim. A week earlier, they defeated St. Louis and Colorado in consecutive games, so they possess ability, but a summer on the golf course is quickly arising.

 

One hting is for sure, the Over look very good, but the Over in the 3rd Period is money at 18-3-2 in L23.

 

Prediction: It it worth taking the Rangers? Yes, but at what price. Take the sure thing: Over in the 3rd period.

 

Columbus at Pittsburgh Pick Prediction 3/22/2022

Blue Jackets: When Columbus steps up, they can be impressive, but it still isn’t an occasion good enough to bet on.

 

They lost on Rick Nash number retirement night, blowing a third-period lead, yet they beat Minnesota and Vegas at home to start the current 4-1 ATS run.

 

Inconsistent play in the neutral zone results in many odd-man rushed for both sides, so the team trends to play more Over games than Under, but the book-making already news this, you probably lay -130 on the Over. If you have an off-shore account, it might be worth buying a half-goal to lower the juice (if legal in your area).

 

Pittsburgh leads the season series, 2-0, after not playing in 2020-21 due to the pandemic.

 

Penguins: Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry has needed about five years to finally establish himself following the loss of Marc-Andre Fleury in the expansion draft. His 21-12-6 mark is stellar, with a save percentage over 92 percent.

 

Add the team’s large unit on the blue-line, this can be an upset special to advance through the Stanley Cup playoffs — you heard it here one full month in advance.

 

Trivia: Who leads the Pens in scoring: Sidney Crosby or Kris Letang? Neither! It’s second-line centre Jake Guentzel, which means opponents spend way too much time defending the first line — another advantage of Steel City.

 

Predictions: The obvious play is Pittsburgh, but at heavy chalf. Since a high-scoring contest is possible, the selection is: PENGUINS on the Puck Line at near Even money.

 

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Nashville at L.A. Kings Pick Prediction 3/22/2022

Predators: Could a 3-game sweep on the road be possible despite playing the trio in four nights. Following a strong performance in Anaheim last night, the Nashville heads up the I-5 freeway to meet the Los Angeles Kings.

 

Philip Forsberg recorded five points last night for a 7pgame points scoring streak (8G, 17 Pts), while Roman Josi, the captain and club scoring leader has three points.

 

The reason this Preds squad could reach the conference finals: recent trades have been the team bigger, more gritty, with postseason experience. Yes, this team may have real heart, while they had been an almost automatic go-against in previous Cup runs.

 

Nashville is 7-2 ATS in L9, with the team scoring at least four goals in 8-of-9, including six last night in Anaheim. plus a deflect pas with caught Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins in the head (he was okay).

 

Kings: L.A. is suddenly in second place in the division, which equals home-ice in the first round of the playoffs. Kudos to Kings general manager Rob Blake, a possible NHL executive of the year candidate.

 

However, the current injury list totals nine skaters, which means the Ontario, Calif. (AHL) Reign are getting the Super Shuttle ready.

 

One problem area for L.A. is recent seasons is scoring. Sure, all-star centre Anze Kopitar is great, but can anyone name the centre on the second or third line.

 

Prediction: Nashville is getting hot, and the L.A. injury bug just arrived, so the line-maker may be slow a step with attention directed towatds the NCAA Basketball tournament… PREDATORS.

 

St. Louis at Washington Pick Prediction 3/22/2022

Blues: .Stg. Louis just traded for Detroit defenseman Nick Leddy, but why? He isn’t that experiences, he doesn’t address salary cap issues, and frankly, have you ever heard of him?

 

Sure, some reports state the Blues are not mortgaging their future, but bolstering the third-line on the blue line is a yawner of a move. Sure, they keep their roster in tact, but with the Central Division so even, there is no guarantee that anyone in the middle of the standings will even make the field of eight postseason squads from the Western Conference,

 

There is a fleet of young stars of the future which will make St. Louis in coming years. Many of the are centres in Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou.

 

Speaking of youth remember a few seasons ago when Jake Allen was replaced by rookie Jordan Binnington and the Blues own the Stanley Cup? Well, Binnington has seen more time on the bench of late, replaced by Ville Husso of Finland. He hold a superior .926 save percentage.

 

Because of Binnington, Husso has been stuck with the Chicago Wolves (AHL) for six seasons (signed in 2016). Why he wasn’t traded earlier is confusing, but now they’re glad they didn’t.

 

Russo captured a gold medal for Finland at the 2014 World Junior Championships, so the spotlight should not be a problem.

 

St. Louis needs the kid quick; they are 2-7 ATS in L9, but three of the losses came in extended play (overtime or shootout) so they have been competitive.

 

Capitals: The Alex Ovechkin race to become No. 3 on the NHL career scoring race is finally over, so it’s back to business time for Washington . However T.J. Oshie means more defense will keying on the Big “O.”

 

During Ovenchkin’s run, the Captains went 7-0-1 (7-1ATS0 until they last game, a 3-2 loss at home to Dallas.

 

Prediction: Since the Caps play a ton of one-game games, perhaps St. Louis on the Pck Line is the play. We will still take the CAPITALS.

 

Tampa Bay at Carolina Pick Prediction 3/22/2022

Lightning: Tampa Bay is perceived as the second-best offense in the NHL (behind Colorado), rate they only rank ninth in goals. Then again, no one talks about a defense with is 10th (to the positive) in goals against thanks to Victor Hedman.

 

Carolina takes more minor penalties than anyone else in the National League, but the Bolts own the best power play. Does that mean Carolina may need to adjust to style to stay out of the box, which means a slight edge to Tampa Bay.

 

Only two skated have more than 20 goals, yet nine are in double-digits, so who do you defend.

 

Hurricanes: What? Carolina has dropped four straight!. All were by one goal (or one goal and an ENG), but if this continues, you may good-bye to home ice in the first round of the playoffs, whether the opponent is these Lightning or the Florida Panthers.

 

And the schedule has been difficult: PIT, TOR, WAS and NTYI, and now the Bolts and Dallas, then a 3-game rookie. Ouch!

 

Since the Canes will be the home favorite or near-pick’em in most of these contests, it might be best just to bet on the opponent until head coach Rod Brind’amour straightens the ship. He is a strong candidate for coach of the year, if the teams doesn’t falter down the stretch.

 

However, the last time the Canes were shutout, to Washington to start the month, they came back with a strong victory in overtime to Pittsburgh.

 

These teams meet again in a week in SW Florida, so the loser will have a quick revenge angle, which might be the best time to take Carolina.

 

Predictions: Could the Canes actually drop five straight? Yes… LIGHTNING.

 

Philadelphia at Detroit Pick Prediction 3/22/2022

Flyers: It will be easier to list the Philadelphia players just traded away then to list the prospects called up form the minors.

 

Red Wings: It will be easier to list the Detroit players just traded away then to list the prospects called up form the minors.

 

Numbers: Phillies: 2-4 ATS in L6… the Total is even in L10. Detroit is .1-6-1 (1-7 ATS) in L8… the Totals, after a bunch of Overs, is now 4-1 toward the Under. Detroit swept a home-and-home series in February,

 

Prediction: Take the road team at plus-money, but if you really need to bet on this game, seek counseling… FLYERS

 

Ottawa at NY Islanders

 

Senators: We know Ottawa stinks, but the club’s second-half numbers are not anything close to the Sens from October /November.

 

In fact, Ottawa recently leaped over Philadelphia in the MetroDivision standings, posting a 18-21-1 record (18-22 ATS) following a 4-14-4 (4-18ATS) start. That’s almost .500 and +825 units, so a wager on the Senators is not all that crazy.

 

Islanders: Like Ottawa, you should ignore the first-half statistics for the boys from Belmost Park. The longroad trip, the COVID outbreak, the injuries — it’s not fair to look at season-long numbers, at least not with my money.

 

NY if late is 6-2-1 (6-3 ATS) in L9,and have won 5-of 6 at “The Track.”

 

Predictions: This should be a gate-to-wire win for the… ISLANDERS, but consider the Puck Line to avoid laying $2.00.

 

Seattle at Arizona Pick Prediction 3/22/2022

Kraken: Seattle needed 37 games to achieve 10 victories (10-23-4, 10-27 ATS).The Kraken can now gain their second group of double-digits win in just a span of 27 games (9-15-2, 9-16 ATS) with a triumph in the desert.

 

And with Seattle often listed at +200 or better, you’re in the Black in total units won. But because such numbers are so under-the-table, you wouldn’t know that you should take a shot here.

 

The crack staff of the Kraken did trade away a few pieces, but since this is a typical expansion franchise — definitely unlike the Vegas Golden Knights 00 such parts are interchangeable.

 

Both games in the season series were easy Overs.

 

Coyotes: What an amazing coincidence. Arizona, with the poorest power play n the National League, actually scores a few with the man advantage and look: a 6-1 record before dropping their last two agaginst PIT and SJS.

 

After this game, it’s a trip to the Canadian West for three.

 

Prediction: If Arizona’s last two starts, with far fewer shot on goal than normal, is the start of a trend, == yes, really — the improving team that will get my money is… KRAKEN.

 

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