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NHL expert Chris Wassel's picks for today's hockey action

The NHL has six game on the schedule this Friday so there are lots to choose from. Yesterday we picked up a healthy profit, so let’s dive into this slate and look to keep the money flowing!

Here are Today’s NHL Picks:

Colorado Avalanche @ Vegas Golden Knights

  • The special start is important as this is a 6:00 PM ET or 3:00 PM PT start due to Nevada Day festivities.

This game looks like an up and down, tons of fun type of contest. Both Vegas and Colorado like to push the pace. Now, Colorado will be without Mikko Rantanen (who is week to week with a leg injury). However, Colorado has plenty of depth to overcome that malady. This is the front end of a back-to-back scenario for the Avalanche so expect Philipp Grubauer in net tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury is projected to start for Vegas. Colorado took the final two matchups last season after Vegas stole the initial one. The last Nevada Day hit the under so it will be intriguing to see if the trend continues. Start time did have a tangible impact in that one. It might be less here.  Take the under and Vegas on the moneyline here.

1u - Vegas Golden Knights ML @ -162

1u – Under 6.5 Total Goals @ -120

Arizona Coyotes at New Jersey Devils

  • Arizona and New Jersey have played to the under in their last three meetings and neither team has scored more than three goals in the last two of those contests.

Arizona is enjoying some road trip and overall, they have now won four of their previous five games. New Jersey has won two consecutive games after not winning one for six. The problem with game flow here is that the Devils play as slowed down of a tempo as Arizona can – arguably even slower. Yes, both teams have speed but overall the pace of play gets dumbed down. It is the second line with Nick Schmaltz and Christian Dvorak that New Jersey will have to watch out for defensively. According to Statschecker, Arizona has lost 31 of their last 38 games against the Metropolitan Division. Picking the Devils to win is not easy but it is something we will do for tonight’s matchup.

1u - New Jersey Devils ML @ -120

1u – Under 5.5 Total Goals @ +100

San Jose Sharks @ Toronto Maple Leafs

  • The easy way to look at this game would be to include Patrick Marleau in all of this since he was a Toronto Maple Leaf for a short time before eventually ending back up with San Jose.

The teams historically play to the over and especially Toronto this year. Statschecker noted that the over hit in both matchups last year as the games ended in 5-3 counts both times. Knowing that these teams already combine for around 7.1 goals allowed is one factor. Also, Toronto pushes the pace at home which means more opportunities for San Jose as well. Both power plays have top-10 pedigree so expect a couple goals from the man advantages as well.

1u - Toronto Maple Leafs ML @ -175

1u - Over 6.5 Total Goals @ +100

1u - Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5 goals @ +140

Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks

  • The over/under split in last year’s two meetings between these teams. However, Washington does come in unrested this time around.

This game pits two teams that should score some goals on Friday night. It is only a question of where the goals will come from. Again, Washington playing unrested will have to increase the pace a bit at times to overcome their own sluggishness. This just increases the scoring chances which will inevitably come the other way from Vancouver. Projections from Vegas are extremely tight here and right near the 5.5 set for the over. Can Washington’s pace and mistakes push an over? The answer is yes. Take Vancouver and the over.

1u - Vancouver Canucks ML @ +100

1u – Over 5.5 Total Goals @ -166

By Chris Wassel


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