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NHL Betting Tips For Tuesday, December 18

Jon and DerekThere are 11 games on the NHL slate today, but it’s arguable that there really isn’t a marquee matchup to be excited about. Six of the 11 contests feature favourites of -150 or higher on the moneyline, and there aren’t any games in which both teams would be in the playoffs if the season ended today.

In other words, it’s a perfect day to bet on some hockey. That’s the great thing about betting — it’ll quickly add some excitement to even an Islanders/Coyotes clash in the dead of winter.

Speaking of Isles/Yotes, we’re not invested in that contest ourselves but we came close (Robin Lehner in net was enough to keep us off the Under). We are in action on four other games, however, which you can read about below.

Good luck with whatever you bet!

Odds below are at the time we made the pick.

Panthers Logo VS Pick Sabres Logo
Game: Panthers @ Sabres Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Over 6 -102

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have won 6 straight meetings with the Sabres, including a 3-2 OT victory Nov. 30 in Florida when the Panthers outshot Buffalo 43-24. The Sabres have 2 regulation time wins in their last 12 games.

Reasons to bet Buffalo: The Sabres are 3-0-1 in their last 4 games and have earned points in 16 of their last 19. Florida has just 5 wins in 15 road games (5-8-2) and has 1 regulation time win in its last 13 overall.

Other things to know:

  • Buffalo is 11-3-2 at home
  • Buffalo is playing its 3rd game in 4 days and 4th in 6
  • Florida has allowed 3+ goals in 5 straight games and 8 of 10
  • Buffalo has scored 3+ goals in 4 straight games and 5 of 6
  • Buffalo has been outshot 75-56 in its last 2 games
  • The home team has won 7 of the last 9 meetings
  • Florida has won 9 of its last 12 games in Buffalo and 20 of the last 26 meetings overall

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

Leafs Logo VS Pick Devils Logo
Game: Leafs @ Devils Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Devils +0.5 (regulation time) -119

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs are a league-best 12-5-1 on the road this year. New Jersey has 1 regulation time victory in 11 games.

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils have lost just twice in regulation at home (8-2-4). Toronto is playing its 5th straight road game and has just 1 win in 5 games since Nylander returned to the lineup.

Other things to know:

  • Toronto beat New Jersey 6-1 Nov. 9 in Toronto
  • The home team has won 8 of the last 10 meetings
  • The Over is 19-10 in New Jersey’s games this year
  • The Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings
  • The Over is 7-2 in Toronto’s last 9 games
  • Toronto has allowed 4+ goals in 4 of its last 5 gamesToronto has scored 3+ goals in 9 of its last 10 games
  • Toronto has lost 6 of its last 7 games in New Jersey
  • The home team has won 14 of the last 17 meetings

Probable goalies: Andersen, Kinkaid (confirmed)

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

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings have won 7 of their last 10 games against teams with losing records. Philadelphia has been outscored 22-8 during its 4-game losing streak and just returned home from a 5-game western road trip.

Reasons to bet Philadelphia: The Flyers should be fully focused in their first game since coach Dave Hakstol was fired. Detroit has lost 6 of its last 8 games and given up 14 goals in its last 3.

Other things to know:

  • Detroit has lost 11 of its last 12 games in Philadelphia
  • 6 straight meetings and 8 of the last 9 have been decided by 1 goal
  • 5 of the last 6 meetings went to OT
  • The home team is 6-0-4 in the last 10 meetings
  • Philadelphia has allowed 4+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games and 7 of 9
  • Philadelphia has lost 5 of its last 7 home games following a road trip of 7+ days
  • The home team is 21-6 in the last 27 meetings

Probable goalies: Howard, Hart (confirmed)

Sharks Logo VS Pick Wild Logo
Game: Sharks @ Wild Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Sharks First Period Moneyline -102

Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks are finally on a roll, having won 4 straight and 6 of 7. Minnesota has lost 6 of 9.

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild has won 6 of its last 7 games against San Jose and 10 of the last 12 meetings in Minnesota.

Other things to know:

  • San Jose beat Minnesota 4-3 Nov. 6 in San Jose
  • San Jose has scored 20 goals in its last 4 games and 3+ in 6 of 7
  • Minnesota has allowed 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 6 games
  • The home team has won 20 of the last 27 meetings

Probable goalies: Jones (confirmed), Dubnyk (confirmed)

Blues Logo VS Pick Oilers Logo
Game: Blues @ Oilers Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Blues Team Total Under 2.5 +106

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues look to rebound from a 7-2 loss Sunday at home to Calgary. Edmonton has been outshot 145-100 in its last 4 games.

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers have won 6 straight at home and allowed just 6 goals in their last 5 at home. St. Louis has scored 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games.

Other things to know:

  • Edmonton beat St. Louis 3-2 in a shootout Dec. 5 in St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 4-6-2 on the road
  • Edmonton has won 6 of the last 8 meetings
  • Edmonton is playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • The Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings
  • St. Louis has scored 4 regulation time goals in its last 3 road games
  • The Under is 5-1 in Edmonton’s last 6 home games
  • The Under is 6-2 in St. Louis’ last 8 road games

Probable goalies: Allen (confirmed), Talbot

Islanders Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Islanders @ Coyotes Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Under 6 -118

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders are 8-7-1 on the road. Arizona has lost 5 of its last 6 games overall and 6 of 7 at home.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes have beaten New York in 5 of the last 6 games played in Arizona. The Islanders played last night in Colorado.

Other things to know:

  • The home team has won 14 of the last 17 meetings
  • New York is 5-1-2 in the last 8 meetings
  • Arizona is 6-8-1 at home
  • New York has allowed 2 goals or less in 6 of its last 9 games, excluding empty netters
  • New York has scored 3 goals or less in 5 straight games and 8 of 9
  • Arizona has allowed 3+ goals in 6 straight games
  • Arizona is playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • The Over is 5-0 in Arizona’s last 5 home games
  • The Under is 9-2 in New York’s last 11 games overall
  • The Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Arizona

Probable goalies: Lehner (confirmed), Kuemper (confirmed)

Jets Logo VS Pick Kings Logo
Game: Jets @ Kings Lean
Time: 10:30PM ET
Lean: Over 6 +103

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets have won 5 straight games and 9 of their last 10. Los Angeles has dropped 4 straight and 6 of 7.

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings are playing on 2 days rest while the Jets are playing their 4th game in 6 days. Winnipeg has allowed 14 goals in its last 4 games and just 3 of the Jets’ last 8 wins have come in regulation time.

Other things to know:

  • Winnipeg beat LA 2-1 Oct. 9 in Winnipeg
  • Winnipeg has won 6 of the last 9 meetings
  • The home team is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings
  • Winnipeg has scored 27 goals in its last 5 games
  • Winnipeg has won 5 straight games on the road
  • LA has allowed 4+ goals in 3 straight games and 4 of its last 6
  • The Over is 6-1-2 in Winnipeg’s last 9 road games
  • The Over is 6-2 in LA’s last 8 home games
  • The Over is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings in LA

Probable goalies: Hellebuyck, Quick

 

Good luck!

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