NHL Picks January 2: Lightning versus Rangers Headline Action

As 2022 begins, the NHL season is nearly 40 percent complete. It’s not too early for playoff positioning and there are many key games this weekend. The featured game is the New York Rangers hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning with four other games examined for this week.

Tampa Bay Lightning versus New York Rangers

The Lightning head into New York on top in the Atlantic Division and the Rangers are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. Tampa Bay has a +31 to +28 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Both teams have been trending in games “over” the line according to the Totals Predictor. The Score Predictor has the Rangers in a lower scoring game, winning 3-1 with 63 percent confidence. I like the Rangers by a goal in a game going “over” the line.

Boston Bruins versus Detroit Red Wings

The 4th and 5th place teams in the Atlantic Division face off in this one. The Bruins have a +13 to +12 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and the Red Wings are “ice cold up” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The Totals Predictor shows the teams trending on opposite sides of the line, making the over/under bet an iffy proposition. The Score Predictor has the Red Wings prevailing by a 3-2 score with 55 percent confidence. Note that both teams are consistently performing with regards to their favorite/underdog status as noted by the Team Volatility Oscillator. Go with the Red Wings at home, possibly in overtime.

New Jersey Devils versus Washington Capitals

Washington enters 2nd in the Metropolitan Division and the Devils are second from the bottom. The Capitals have a +27 to +2 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average down” versus “dead” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Both teams are trending in games going “over” the line, which is a smart play in this game. The Score Predictor has the Capitals by a 5-3 margin with 73 percent confidence. Note that New Jersey is extremely stable at +9 on the Team Volatility Oscillator and as underdogs, that gives more reason to pick the Capitals. Go with Washington to win by a few goals and bet “over” the line.

Calgary Flames versus Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago comes in near the bottom of the Central Division and Calgary is 3rd in the Pacific Division. Both teams are “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator and the Flames have a +20 to +10 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Expect a high-scoring game with the teams trending in games “over” the line. Chicago is given a 3-2 edge with 67 percent confidence on the Score Predictor. The Flames are -1 on the Team Volatility Oscillator, so take their favorite/underdog status lightly. I like Calgary in a road win, perhaps in overtime in a game going “over” the line.

Anaheim Ducks versus Colorado Avalanche

Anaheim heads to Colorado with the 2nd best record in the Pacific Division. Colorado is “burning hot down” and +29 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Ducks are also +29, but are “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Expect another high-scoring, according to the trends on the Totals Predictor. With both teams very consistently performing according to the favorite/underdog status, this game leans towards the Avalanche. The Score Predictor has Colorado winning by a 4-1 score with 57 percent confidence. Go with Colorado and “over” the line.

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