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3. Two Low-Scoring Teams Come Head-to-Head
Thursday, January 19, 2023 – 07:00 PM EST at PNC Arena
The Minnesota Wild are on a road winning streak having won their previous three games, but tonight could prove a difficult test against this Carolina Hurricanes team who are 2nd in the much tougher Eastern Conference, compared to the Wild’s 6th place overall in the Western Conference.
Carolina will be looking to get their home advantage back tonight. Having won eight games in a row on home ice, they have since lost three of their previous four. The previous three meetings between these two teams produced 5/4 and 3 goals overall.
Tonight could be a low-scoring affair. The Wild and Hurricanes have the 7th and 9th best goals-against per-game record, with a combined 5.3 goals per game.
This season alone the Hurricanes have seen just 7 of their 20 home games go over 6.5 goals and the Wild have seen just 6 of 22 road games feature six or more goals.
Our computer predicts a 3-2 victory to the Carolina Hurricanes and we, therefore, believe the best pick here to be Under 6 at -120 with FanDuel. If the game ends with six goals you get a push, and seven is obviously a loss.
Final Score Prediction: Minnesota Wild 2 – Carolina Hurricanes 3
NHL Pick: Under 6 (-120) at FanDuel
2. Seattle Kraken to Burn the Devils’ Road-Winning Streak
Thursday, January 19, 2023 – 10:00 PM EST at Climate Pledge Arena
Thus far these two teams have only ever played twice before in the NHL with both winners coming from the home team on the day. Both teams come into this matchup sitting in comfortable playoff spots with the Kraken currently 4th in the Western Conference and the New Jersey Devils 3rd in the Eastern.
Seattle is riding an 0-2 losing streak and played last night, so the Devils not only come into this game with a seven-game road winning streak but they also have had extra days of rest and preparation. It’s no wonder they are -123 at the best sportsbooks to win tonight, but our computer thinks different.
Is tonight finally the night the Seattle Kraken put an end to the New Jersey Devils’ road-winning onslaught? Computer says yes. On home soil and at plus money, we really like this spot for the Devils to get beat.
The prediction is a narrow 3-2 win, and the Kraken are no strangers to this scoreline as 6 of their previous 15 games ended in a 3-2 score.
The fact the Devils’ road streak is there to be taken down plus the fact the Kraken haven’t given their home fans much to cheer about lately losing 3 of their previous 4 home games, should be motivation enough for this team to try to win the second of their back-to-back games and at plus money on home ice.
Final Score Prediction: New Jersey Devils 2 – Seattle Kraken 3
NHL Pick: Seattle Kraken ML (+110) at Caesars Sportsbook
1. Flyers Reach Top Spot for 2nd Day in a Row
Thursday, January 19, 2023 – 07:00 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center
We put the Anaheim Ducks down as the worst team in the NHL a lot, but that’s generally based on their goals against per game, goals scored per game, etc. When actually looking at the worst team, the Chicago Blackhawks are in tough competition with the Columbus Blue Jackets as both have only picked up 28 points so far this season.
The Blackhawks were a resounding last coming into the New Year, but since the start of 2023, they have won 3 of their previous 4 games.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ horrible mid-season cold patch has hurt them really bad having won 4 of their first 5 games this season. They then went on a 28-game run which saw them only win seven games and suffered a 10-game losing streak which included only two wins in 18 games.
Since December 30th, they have gone on a complete tear up, winning 8 of their last 10 games, and even their 2 losses were at the hands of the Boston Bruins (the best team in NHL right now) and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Flyers are in “Flying” form right now, on home ice and full of confidence. They can still make the playoffs but will need to string this winning patch along for another while, possibly needing to win 7/8 of their next 10 games to get back in the race.
Our computer predicts a 4-2 win for the Flyers and we like their NHL odds on the -1.5 PK Line at +120 to cover this line.
The Flyers have dominated the Blackhawks on home ice in recent times, winning 14 of the last 15 games.
Final Score Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks 2 – Philadelphia Flyers 4
NHL Pick: Philadelphia Flyers -1.5 (+120) at Bet365