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NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, December 20

Jon and DerekIt’s a 12-game slate tonight as the NHL tries to get in as many games as possible before the Christmas break. Many teams are playing their 4th game in 6 days tonight, while the Penguins are playing the rare and dreaded 5-in-7.

Pittsburgh’s home game against Minnesota was one of the games we identified at the start of the year as an awful scheduling spot that we’d look to fade, and that’s precisely what we’re doing. It’d be nice if we could catch better than even money with the Wild on the road at Pittsburgh, but given how the Pens are in such a huge fatigue spot and coming off a win last night against the hated rival Capitals, we still see value on Minnesota.

We’re on four other games as well as we try to bounce back from Tuesday’s 1-3 evening. Good luck on whatever you play.

Odds below are at the time we made the pick.

Final Note: This our last post for a week or so as we will be taking a break for the Christmas holiday. Have a great holiday season everyone!

Panthers Logo VS Pick Leafs Logo
Game: Panthers @ Leafs Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Leafs Team Total Over 3.5 -133 (just a bit too pricey for us, may try to bet it Live at better odds)

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have scored 9 goals in their last 2 games and 3+ in 6 of their last 8.  Toronto is playing its first home game following a 5-game road trip and just its second home game since Nov. 28.

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs have won 6 straight home games against Florida and look to avenge a 4-3 OT loss to the Panthers from last weekend. Florida has lost 4 of 5 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • The home team is 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings
  • Florida has allowed 4+ goals in 5 of its last 8 games
  • Toronto is 9-5-1 at home
  • Toronto has won 6 of its last 7 home games following a road trip of 7+ days
  • The Over is 5-1 in Florida’s last 6 games
  • The Over is 8-2 in Toronto’s last 10 games

Probable goalies: Luongo (confirmed), Andersen (confirmed)

Devils Logo VS Pick Blue Jackets Logo
Game: Devils @ Blue Jackets
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils were ripped by coach John Hynes after Tuesday’s 7-2 loss at home to the Leafs. Columbus has scored just 8 goals in its last 5.

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets have won 6 of 7 against New Jersey and 5 of their last 7 home games versus the Devils. New Jersey has just 3 road wins in 17 games this year (3-11-3).

Other things to know:

  • New Jersey has lost 8 of its last 10 games and 21 of its last 28
  • New Jersey has allowed 4+ goals in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Columbus has allowed 2 regulation time goals in its last 3 games
  • The Over is 19-7-1 in New Jersey’s last 28 games
  • The Under is 5-0 in Columbus’ last 5 home games

Probable goalies: Blackwood (confirmed), Bobrovsky (confirmed)

Red Wings Logo VS Pick Hurricanes Logo
Game: Red Wings @ Hurricanes
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings have won 7 of 8 trips to Carolina, including a 4-3 shootout win earlier this year. The Hurricanes have dropped 6 of 8.

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes have outshot Detroit 91-53 in 2 meetings this season. The Red Wings have lost 4 straight and 7 of 9.

Other things to know:

  • Carolina beat Detroit 3-1 Oct. 22 in Detroit
  • The road team has won 7 of the last 10 meetings
  • Detroit has allowed 3+ goals in 7 of its last 8 games
  • Carolina has scored 12 goals in its last 3 games
  • Carolina has allowed 4+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games
  • The Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings
  • The Under is 11-4 in Carolina’s last 15 games

Probable goalies: Bernier (confirmed), Mrazek

Ducks Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Ducks @ Bruins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET

Lean: First Period Under 1.5 -106 (also like Ducks +0.5 in regulation time -115)

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks have won 9 of their last 11 games. Boston has lost 9 straight meetings with the Ducks.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins are 11-4 at home. Anaheim’s playing its 4th road game in 6 days.

Other things to know:

  • Anaheim is 4-0-1 in its last 5 games in Boston
  • Anaheim is 9-8 on the road
  • The Under is 22-13 in Anaheim’s games this year
  • The Under is 21-12 in Boston’s games this year
  • Anaheim has scored 1 regulation time goal in 3 of its last 6 games
  • Anaheim has won 6 of its last 7 road games
  • Anaheim has won 13 of the last 16 meetings
  • Boston has scored 3+ goals in 3 of its last 4 games and 4 of 6
  • Boston has allowed 3+ goals in 7 of its last 9 games
  • The Over is 8-3-4 in the last 15 meetings

Probable goalies: Gibson, Halak (confirmed)

Canadiens Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Canadiens @ Coyotes Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Canadiens Moneyline +110

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens have allowed 2 goals or less in 6 of their last 8 games on the road. Arizona has lost 6 of its last 7 games and is 6-9-1 at home.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes are 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against Montreal and 6-2-1 in the last 9. Montreal has lost 5 straight games when playing on 0 days rest and 9 of 11 when playing its 3rd game in 4 days

Other things to know:

  • Montreal is 7-6-3 on the road
  • Montreal has scored 1 goal in its last 2 games
  • Arizona has scored 1 goal or less in 3 of its last 4 games
  • The Over is 11-1-1 in the last 13 meetings in Arizona and 14-4-3 in the last 21 meetings overall
  • Arizona has lost 7 of its last 8 home games
  • The Over is 5-1 in Arizona’s last 6 home games
  • The Over is 8-1 in Montreal’s last 9 games when playing its 3rd game in 4 days

Probable goalies: Niemi, Kuemper

Islanders Logo VS Pick Golden Knights Logo
Game: Islanders @ Golden Knights Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Under 6 -117

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders have earned points in 5 of their last 6 games (4-1-1) and are 9-7-1 on the road. Vegas is playing its first home game following a 4-game eastern road trip.

Reasons to bet Vegas: The Golden Knights are 10-3-1 at home. Vegas beat the Islanders 3-2 last Wednesday in New York.

Other things to know:

  • New York has allowed 4 goals in its last 3 road games and 2 or less in 4 of its last 5 on the road
  • New York is playing its 3rd game in 4 days and 4th in 6
  • Vegas is 3-1-1 in its last 5 games and has earned points in 7 of 10 (6-3-1)
  • Vegas has scored 13 goals in its last 3 home games
  • Vegas has allowed 3 goals or less in 8 of its last 10 games
  • The Under is 10-2 in New York’s last 12 games
  • The Over is 8-3-1 in Vegas’ last 12 games

Probable goalies: Greiss, Fleury

Blues Logo VS Pick Canucks Logo
Game: Blues @ Canucks Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 +104

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues have won 3 of their last 4 games and are 4-1 in their last 5 trips to Vancouver. The Canucks are playing their 4th game in 6 days.

Reasons to bet Vancouver: Even after a 5-2 home loss to Tampa on Tuesday, the Canucks have won 5 of their last 7. St. Louis has lost 6 of its last 7 games following a win and has dropped 5 of its last 6 against teams with losing records.

Other things to know:

  • Vancouver beat St. Louis 6-1 Dec. 9 in St. Louis
  • St. Louis has won 8 of the last 10 meetings
  • St. Louis has allowed 1 goal in its last 2 road games
  • Vancouver has scored 3+ goals in 6 of its last 7 games
  • Vancouver has lost 7 of its last 10 home games
  • The Under is 7-2 in St. Louis’ last 9 road games
  • The Under is 18-7-4 in the last 29 meetings in Vancouver

Probable goalies: Allen, Markstrom

 

Good luck!

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