NHL Picks and Predictions for January 28

Updated: January 28, 2021

The Ducks have the worst goals scored per game (1.71) but due to the play of goalie John Gibson, have collected eight of a possible 14 points to begin the season and sit third in the West Division.

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Coming off a slow Wednesday night, the NHL betting schedule is exploding with 14 games on today’s slate. We’ve had lots of time to dig through the matchups and numbers so you don’t have to.

We’re riding one of the league’s hottest teams that has had a lot of time to prepare for its Thursday opponent, as well as two legit road underdogs that are being undervalued.

We break down the hockey odds and bring our best NHL picks and predictions for Thursday, January 28.

NHL Picks for Today

Florida Panthers vs Columbus Blue Jackets

The Florida Panthers have begun the season with three straight wins and are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky started the game and subsequently allowed two goals on the first two shots he saw. Florida managed to pick up two points but Columbus never managed more than eight shots in any period and blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads.

On Thursday, the Cats will be starting goalie Chris Driedger, who started Florida’s opener and stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks. The Panthers are 6-2 SU in Driedger’s last eight starts and Florida’s No. 2 goalie might not be getting enough respect from the books. The Panthers are a +100 road dog against a Blue Jackets team that has just one regulation win (against Detroit) in its first seven games of the season.

The Blue Jackets will also be without forward Patrik Laine, who they traded for last week. Since Laine was in Canada, his path to his new American team is taking time. The BJ’s could use some scoring as they sit in the Bottom 10 in goals per game at 2.57.

PREDICTION: Florida Panthers ML (+100)

Anaheim Ducks vs Arizona Coyotes

Thanks to the Anaheim Ducks’ stingy defense, lack of scoring, and great goaltending, they’ve started the year 1-6 O/U. They have the third-best goals against per game (2.00) and the worst goals scored per game (1.71) but due to the play of goalie John Gibson, have collected eight of a possible 14 points to begin the season and sit third in the West Division.

Gibson is coming off a 31-save blanking of the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, which was the goalie’s second shutout of the year. Gibson will likely draw the start Thursday and look to keep his shutout streak going.

The ‘Yotes have dropped four of their last five games and haven’t scored a goal in 121 minutes as they have been shutout in back-to-back games. Struggling to score goals is nothing new for the offensively impotent Coyotes as they were a Bottom-10 team in 5×5 goals a year ago and have only managed 11 in seven games this year.

Much like the Florida pick, Anaheim is offering great value as a road dog against a team that is squeezing the stick and struggling to pot goals.

PREDICTION: Anaheim ML (+120) and Under 5.5 (-130)

Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens

The Calgary Flames are one of the few teams on Thursday who had to travel between Tuesday and today’s games. They left the West Coast late Tuesday after a 4-3 loss to the Leafs and may have trouble shaking off a pair of losses to Toronto before a cross-country trip to one of the league’s hottest teams in Montreal.

The Habs have taken 10 of a possible 12 points to start the season and have picked up at least a single point in each of their six games. Montreal is coming off a series where it outscored the Canucks 12-5 and have been resting at home since Saturday. Claude Julien’s team will have a huge advantage having been idle for so long and taking on a well-traveled Calgary team that is playing its third game in five nights.

Goalie Carey Price went 2-0 SU against the Flames last year, which included a 30-save shutout at home last January. Despite his team’s early success, Price hasn’t been great this year (3.14 goals-against average and .893 save percentage) as Montreal has been carried by an offense that is scoring the most even-strength goals per game (3.00) and sits in the top half of the league in penalty kill and powerplay.

It’s a little juicy, but with the Leafs rattling the Flames’ cages on Tuesday, having to travel across Canada to face a team that has been waiting for you for five days is as tough a spot as any. If the juice is too much, feel free to look at the 3-way ML which is +120.

PREDICTION: Montreal ML (-132)

Top NHL Consensus for Today

Want to know who today’s biggest NHL betting and consensus bets are right now? Check out our top NHL consensus picks.

Tuesday’s picks: 1-2 (-1.05 units)
Season record to date: 11-22-2 (-11.04 units)

NHL Betting Card for January 28

  • Florida Panthers ML (+100)
  • Anaheim ML (+120) and Under 5.5 (-130)
  • Montreal ML (-132)

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