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

After a large and split 15-game slate, the NHL comes back with a simple two games on Sunday evening. All four teams played on Saturday so that is something to keep in mind. There may be changes to pick depending on goalie and line changes. Let’s dig

Here are Today’s NHL Picks:

Calgary Flames @ Vegas Golden Knights

  • Eight of the last nine Vegas home games have connected on the over. (statschecker).

This is a matchup that screams too high of a projection. The early number was set at 6 ½ with a little wiggle room towards 6. It will be interesting to see if it comes down at all between press time and opening faceoff.

The problem is how does Calgary come out after getting body-slammed by Arizona on Saturday. Yes, that happened. It was more than the 3-0 shutout. It was truly a deflating moment for the Flames as they went on to lose.

Furthermore, the fear is that there is some carryover on Sunday. The only fortunate thing is that Vegas played as well. Vegas fell behind, came back, and then lost 4-3 to the Los Angeles Kings. Malcolm Subban started on Saturday which means Marc-Andre Fleury will be in net for this home game on Sunday evening.

The projected goalie for Calgary expects to be Cam Talbot. This is a matchup that Vegas should be able to take advantage of. However, Vegas has now lost five straight games to fall to .500 on the season. This is not so easy, but the home team is the one to pick here.

1u – Vegas Golden Knights ML @ -137

Buffalo Sabres @ Chicago Blackhawks

  • The Blackhawks have won their last six games against Atlantic Division opponents.

It appears Carter Hutton will be projected in net along with Corey Crawford. That is the tentative starting goaltenders for this Sunday evening contest. Crawford has looked much better over the last few starts while Hutton has regressed a bit for Buffalo.

Both teams come off wins as Buffalo held off the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday evening while Chicago shocked Nashville by a score of 7-2. They chased Pekka Rinne by scoring four times on 14 shots. It looked a lot like the way Chicago played late last year. There were lots of high-danger chances, odd-man rushes, and more.

The question becomes how much either team has left in their tank on Sunday. This is a tough part of the season schedule wise. Trying to gauge how many goals will be scored and who may be banged up is almost a guessing game. It is challenging to say the least.

Chicago is 5-3-2 at home while the Buffalo Sabres are a respectable 4-4-1 away from home. One huge variable thrown into the mix is this. The Blackhawks have defeated the Sabres in 14 of their last 15 matchups. That includes two wild games last season which combined for 19 goals!

Between yesterday and tonight, this is another nasty slate with lots of moving parts. The goal on social media will be to try and note any important changes as game time approaches. As of now, our pick is the Chicago Blackhawks moneyline.

1u – Chicago Blackhawks ML @ -137

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By Chris Wassel

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