NHL Free Pick – Thursday, January 16

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The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank arena in our NHL free pick for Thursday. These teams find themselves in identical positions in their respective divisions. Furthermore they almost have identical records after 48 games played. There’s no doubt that it’ll be a close one tonight. Before we get into our NHL free pick for tonight’s match, we would like to remind our readers that our NHL picks are now available for purchase. You can get all of today’s picks for only $5.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames

Thursday, January 16 – 19:00 EST – Scotiabank Arena

The Leafs are fresh off a Tuesday night win against the Devils. The score ended 7-4 in that one. The Leafs are having some monumental struggles on defence as of late. Their goals against average throughout their last four games is 5.5. It’s no surprise that they only managed to win one of those games. They also let in 6 goals against the Oilers and 8 goals against the Panthers in the same week. Luckily they find themselves in third place in the Atlantic division. They face the perfect opponent in the Flames tonight. The Flames have a relatively low goals for total for a playoff caliber team. This will be the second game of a three game home stand for the Leafs. So far so good in those regards. Securing these three wins at home before heading out on the road will be a huge boost for this team.

The Flames sit comfortably in a playoff spot and they have amassed a decent record. However one thing sticks out when looking at this team’s statistics. They own a negative goal differential at -10. This is worrisome if they have aspirations of remaining an elite team in the league this season. Their goals against are more or less around the league average. The problem lies with their goals for. They need to generate more offence. Their latest game is a perfect example of this. They lost 2-0 away to Montreal on Monday. That is an awful result and they must think about bouncing back in a positive way tonight. This is the second of a three game Eastern road trip for the Flames. They get the Senators to close out the trip on Saturday.



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