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NHL Betting Tips For Monday, January 18

jon_derek (1)We lost our only bet last night as the Lightning beat the Panthers 3-1 in the Battle of Florida, failing to go Over 5. We had considered tipping the Lightning to win instead of the Over, but we didn’t like the steep odds on Tampa.

It’s pretty fascinating how the Panthers have cooled off so quickly after that 12 game winning streak, but not unexpected as Florida was obviously playing above its head.

In other action yesterday, the Pens hammered Carolina 5-0, Ryan Miller made 47 saves to backstop the Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Islanders, Washington rebounded from a loss to Buffalo to whip the Rangers 5-2 and the Habs’ swoon continued with a 5-2 loss in Chicago. The Blackhawks have now won 11 in a row.

Only 5 games on the NHL betting board tonight, but we have 3 betting tips for you, including a Best Bet on the west coast. Good luck with your bets tonight!

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: Penguins @ Blues
Time: 8:00PM ET
Pick: Over 5 -116 (Pinnacle)

Pittsburgh is playing a more offensive game under new coach Mike Sullivan. Since Dec. 30, only 2 of the Penguins’ 9 games have seen less than 5 goals scored. They’ve scored 9 goals in their last 2 games, including 5 yesterday in a win over Carolina.

The Blues have also gotten away from their usually strong defensive play lately. They gave up 49 shots Saturday but still managed to beat Montreal, and they got lit up for 4 goals by Carolina on Thursday. It seems like the players are tuning out Ken Hitchcock, which tends to happen after a while.

With both teams’ offences clicking pretty well and neither team playing well in its own end, we expect to see at least 5 goals scored here tonight.

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Game: Sabres @ Coyotes
Time: 9:00PM ET
Pick: Sabres +130 (Bodog)

The Sabres are sharp (pardon the pun) right now, winning 3 of their last 4 including a 4-1 victory over Washington last time out. Another neat angle to Buffalo tonight is that the team dads are on the trip, so maybe that inspires a better than normal effort from the young Sabres. They should be playing with confidence, since they already beat the Coyotes 5-2 earlier this season and have also won their last 5 trips to Arizona.

The Coyotes have been pretty good lately as well, but they are going with a rookie goalie in Louis Domingue. He’s been good but that bubble can burst at any time, and we don’t think Arizona should be a -140 favourite here. We give Buffalo a nearly-even chance to win what should be a low-scoring game tonight, so +130 odds is something we can’t pass up.

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