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NHL Betting Tips For Friday, January 8

jon_derek (1)It was another interesting night last night in the NHL.

The Panthers ran their winning streak to 11 games with a 3-2 win in Ottawa, despite being outshot nearly 2:1. The Flyers surprised the Wild 4-3 in overtime, and the 3-on-3 continues to be a really exciting format.

The final four games of the night all finished in 2-1 scores. There’s been a lot of criticism of the NHL this year for low-scoring games, and it seems defences are tightening up more than ever these days. There’s little margin for error, and that includes betting on the NHL. Fortunately, by betting online, we can make money with a 2-1 night, instead of throwing our Proline ticket in the garbage.

Odds below are at the time we made the pick. Be sure to check out our live odds page for updated odds on today’s games.

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Game: Bruins @ Devils
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Under 5 -133 (Pinnacle)

We tried to come up with a reason to not bet the under here, but we couldn’t find one. Bruins allow just 2.31 goals per game on the road. They’ve allowed 5 goals in their past 4 games versus Jersey. They’ve scored 2 or less goals in 5 of their last 7 games. Rask has a 1.85 goals against average in his last 11 road games. The Devils have given up 7 goals in their last 5 games, and they’re without Cammalleri. It feels square, but Under is the only way we can look here.

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Game: Lightning @ Oilers
Time: 9:00PM ET
Pick: Oilers +0.5 (regulation time) -123 (Pinnacle)

Edmonton’s last in the West so a lot of people haven’t noticed, but they’ve actually been pretty good at home lately. 9 wins in their last 11 games there, actually. They’re a short underdog tonight versus Tampa, but we’ll take them plus 0.5 goals tonight so that even going to overtime means a win for us. The chances of that look strong against a frustrated Lightning team that has lost its last 4 visits to Edmonton.

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Game: Blues @ Ducks
Time: 10:00PM ET
Pick: Ducks -123 (BetOnline)

Our instinct here was to bet the Blues, since they’re desperate to break out of a slump and Anaheim looked like crap in its last outing. Then we looked at the odds, and they seemed too good to be true. Why are the 16-16-7 Ducks a -123 favourite over the 23-14-6 Blues? So we looked a bit harder and found some reasons to back Anaheim here tonight. First, they’re also motivated tonight to bounce back from Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the Leafs, who have been playing pretty well lately. They also look like they’ll have Gibson back in net , and he’s had a 1.76 GAA in his last 16 games. Finally, Anaheim’s OWNED the Blues at home for quite a while, winning 9 straight and 20 of 22 meetings. The oddsmaker is telling us something with this line tonight, and we’re going to listen.

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