Although last night we went 0-2 in our NHL picks, so far this NHL season here at Pucking Hockey we are 12-5-1 +$1,952 overall. But that’s ok, because we still have a winning record and there are plenty of games in the future. For example tonight we have two NHL picks that we decided to give to you for free! We hope you enjoy your Friday and these winning NHL picks.
While Detroit (4-0-0) is off to its best start since the 1997-98 season that concluded with a Stanley Cup celebration, Columbus (0-5-1) has lost 12 straight games since beating Florida 3-2 in a shootout March 29. While the Blue Jackets are without Jeff Carter and having major goaltending problems. Jimmy Howard and Johan Franzen will be the key to the Red Wings victory today.
Jimmy Howard has allowed all five goals in three starts and faced just 14 shots against the Wild last weekend. He is 7-1-1 with a 1.61 GAA in 10 career starts versus Columbus.
Johan Franzen, who has three goals with six assists in his last 10 games against the Blue Jackets, scored at 4:11 of overtime Saturday to give Detroit a 3-2 victory at Minnesota. Franzen had a goal with an assist in that game and has recorded all four of his points this season over the last three contests.
Prediction: Detroit Red Wings -1.5 (+130) (5 UNITS)
Dallas Stars @ Anaheim Ducks 10:00 pm est
Lehtonen and Hiller could be in goal as the division rivals – both riding four-game winning streaks – square off at the Honda Center on Friday night.
Lehtonen, who owns a 1.58 goals-against average, has faced at least 38 shots in four of his five wins. Hiller also has impressed. He’s gone 3-0-0 with a 0.97 GAA over his last three games.
With the Stars allowing the most shots on goal in the league, players like Selanne, Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan will have a field day.
Lehtonen is 2-3-2 with a 3.26 GAA lifetime in this series. Hiller is 2-1-1 with a 1.97 GAA in his last four games against the Stars.
Prediction: Anaheim Ducks -145 (1 UNIT)
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