My NHL Picks for March 12 and March 18 start on Tuesday, March 13 when Colorado battles Minnesota. Do the Avalanche or Wild have the edge? I like two games on Sunday. First, Edmonton throws down with Tampa Bay. Second, St. Louis takes on Chicago. Can the Oilers upset the Lightning on the road? How will Chicago handle one of best teams in the Central Division?

2018 NHL Picks March 12-18

Colorado at Minnesota
When:  Tuesday, March 13 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

Analysis: Colorado smacked Minnesota nasty-like in the last match up between these two. The Avalanche pummeled the Wild 7 to 1. The game took place on March 2. That’s not too long ago. It’s hard to say how the Wild will respond after such a stunning beat down.

Will Minnesota pick up their skates on Tuesday? The Wild are a much different team at home than they are on the road. They have close to 20 more wins in regulation at home than they do losses at home.

Still, Colorado dominated the Wild so big on March 2 that I must take a shot. My money will be on the Colorado Avalanche. Hopefully, the Avalanche are the dogs.

Pick: Colorado

Edmonton at Tampa Bay
When:  Sunday, March 18 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL

Analysis: The Oilers came up huge the last time they faced off against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Edmonton beat the Lightning 6 to 2.

I can’t write that Edmonton repeats such a stunning victory. Edmonton has a losing record both at home and on the road. The Oilers are an okay team. Tampa Bay might be the best team in NHL.

Tampa Bay knows that Boston is breathing down their necks. The Bruins have been awesome since trading for Rick Nash. I believe Tampa ratchets up the pressure on Sunday. I like the Lightning to take it.

Pick: Tampa Bay

St. Louis at Chicago
When:  Sunday, March 18 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL

Analysis: Two Central Division foes duke it out on Sunday, March 18 when St. Louis heads to Chicago to battle the Blackhawks. The St. Louis Blues have fallen behind Nashville, Winnipeg, Minnesota, Dallas, and Colorado in the Central Division.

The Blues are only about 9 games off Nashville, though. Chicago is about 13 games off Nashville. Will St. Louis dominate Chicago the way they did on Oct. 18? On that day, St. Louis beat the Blackhawks 5 to 2.

3 goals are a lot to make up. Chicago averages 2.8 goals per while allowing 2.9 goals per. St. Louis averages 2.7 goals per. This could go either way. I’ll side with the Blues because they should enter

Chicago as the dog.

Pick: Chicago