Weekend NHL picks: Roll with the Wild, Stars and Panthers should be a low scoring matchup

Happy Friday hockey fans, it’s certainly been enjoyable to have the sport back in complete swing and we’re seeing less and less posts ponement after the league’s brief time out. 

On Thursday, the league revealed the 4 divisional lineups for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game, which is slated to occur on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas. As part of the NHL All-Star Fan Vote, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid will work as the captain for each of the 4 departments.

As is constantly the case with All-Star Games, there are generally a couple of notable snubs and this season’s lineups are no exception. The greatest one for me needs to be Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand. We’re discussing a gamer that ranks seventh in the league in points. Marchand is presently on rate for a 114-point season, which would shatter his career-high. Simply put, there’s no other way that Marchand should not be taking his skills to Las Vegas next month with the method he’s played this season.

Anyway, there’s just 3 video games on the NHL slate on Friday, however I’ve got 2 plays that must pay for us!

All times Eastern, and all chances by means of Caesars Sportsbook

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🏒  Ducks vs. Wild, 8 p.m. | TELEVISION: NHL.tv

Latest Odds:

Minnesota Wild

The Pick: Wild (-160): Since dropping the Winter Classic to the Blues, the Wild returned on track in a huge method. Minnesota has actually tape-recorded strong wins over the Bruins and Capitals over its last 2 video games. Goaltender Cam Talbot has actually run out the lineup given that suffering a lower-body injury throughout the Winter Classic. With Talbot on the rack, backup netminder Kaapo Kahkonen has actually prospered in his lack and has actually just enabled 2 objectives in each of the 2 video games that he’s begun. On the offending end, the Wild typical 3.6 goals-per-game, which is the third-best in the NHL. Minnesota must have no issue taking this video game.

Meanwhile, the Ducks have actually dropped 5 of their last 7 video games and have actually scored simply 14 objectives throughout that stretch. In addition, beginning goaltender John Gibson, who was called to the All-Star Game on Thursday, will get the night off and Anthony Stolarz will draw the start. Stolarz has actually been strong with a 2.29 goals-against-average on the season, however he’s given up 6 objectives over his last 2 starts. I anticipate the Wild to be able to make life hard for him in this one.

Key Trend: The Wild are 35-16 in their last 51 house video games

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🏒  Stars vs. Panthers, 7 p.m. | TELEVISION: NHL Network

Latest Odds:

Under 6.5

The Pick: Under 6.5 objectives (-115): The Panthers are among the most dominant offenses in all of the NHL. Still, I have no issue opting for the under in this match. Sure, the Panthers balanced 3.9 goals-per-game and have playmakers up and down their lineup. However, the Stars rank 19th with simply 2.9 objectives per contest and are coming off of a five-goal output versus the Kraken previously today. I simply do not see the Stars having the ability to maintain that type of rate even with veteran forward Joe Pavelski playing out of his mind today.

The Panthers have actually been on fire winning 6 of their last 7 video games. They must have no issue winning this video game, however the juice on the moneyline is a little high at -210. I anticipate Florida to be able to win, however Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger has actually been very excellent since late. Oettinger has a 2.01 goals-against-average over his last 2 starts and I would not be amazed if he holds the Panthers to 2 or 3 objectives in this one. A 3-1 last would not amaze me in the smallest.

Key Trend: The under is 4-0 in the Stars’ last 4 roadway video games

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