NHL Ice Picks: Thursday January 21stby Joel Dorcas January 21, 2021 0 comments
Welcome back to Ice Picks, and thank you to those following along as we try to breakdown these NHL cards. Thursday we split our picks as the Devils, thanks to a 47 save performance by Mackenzie Blackwood, edged out the Rangers. Things were evened out with another supreme goaltending performance as Brian Elliot and the Flyers blanked the Sabres 3-0. Tonight we are going slightly conservative again as we back some favorites. Let’s hop right in pick some winners, time for Ice Picks.
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Winnipeg Jets -135 at Ottawa Senators
To date, the Senators have shown us that they are more than capable to hang with some pretty solid clubs. However, perhaps some inexperience down the stretch and the inability to hold a lead will be a concern. The Sens blew a 3-1 lead and ended coming up short in the first of three versus the Jets Tuesday night. The Senators are scoring at a good rate at 3.33 goals per game but, just like many predicted, are struggling to keep them out at the same 3.33 average. Between these two, the over has hit in five of the last six. Winnipeg is now 4-1 in their last five visits to the nation’s capital.
We have to give the edge here to the Jets. The difference is the experience they have in playing for head coach Paul Maurice. Ottawa conversely is a rebuilding team trying to find its way. They are a fun team that will run and gun with their many talented young prospects but will ultimately end up on the losing side more times than not. With backup goaltender Laurent Brossoit having started Tuesday’s clash, Maurice is likely to turn to number one Connor Hellebuyck. This makes me like Winnipeg even more.