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NHL Betting Tips For Friday, December 23

Jon and DerekOur Best Bets improved to 8-2 in their last 10 as the Blues and Lightning went Over 5 last night, but we went 4-6 overall including our leans.

Another massive performance by the Blue Jackets last night, whipping the Penguins 7-1. It seems a lot of people have been hesitant to believe Columbus is for real, but they’ve seemed legit to us for quite a while. Now, just when everyone lines up to bet on the Jackets, watch them lose to Montreal tonight in a revenge game for the Habs.

The NHL serves up that and 11 other games for us tonight before shutting down for a Christmas break. There’s potential for plenty of distractions for players at this time of year, and you might want to tread lightly with your NHL betting because of that. We have found this to be a pretty unpredictable week.

Just a standard breakdown on the Best Bet today as opposed to our usual writeup as we ran out of time – the kids need to see Santa right?. We wish all of you guys and girls a Merry Christmas and hope you get to enjoy lots of quality time with your families over the next few days. We’ll be back on December 27th to break down the 10-game card!

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.

Sabres Logo VS Pick Islanders Logo
Game: Sabres @ Islanders Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Islanders Team Total Over 2.5 -131

Reasons to bet Buffalo: The Sabres have earned at least a point in 10 of their 15 road games (5-5-5). Buffalo has won 5 of its last 7 visits to the Islanders.

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders snapped a 5-game losing streak Tuesday with a 4-2 victory in Boston. Buffalo has lost 3 in a row and is playing for the second straight night.

Other things to know:

  • Buffalo beat New York 3-2 in OT last Friday in Buffalo
  • Buffalo has gone to OT in 3 of its last 4 and 5 of 8
  • The Under is 18-10 in Buffalo’s games this year
  • Buffalo has allowed 2 regulation time goals or more in 10 of its last 11 games
  • Buffalo has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 3 of its last 4 and 6 of 9
  • New York has scored 2+ goals in 10 straight games
  • New York has allowed 2+ goals in 9 straight games, and 3+ in 5 of its last 6
  • New York has gone Over in 5 of its last 6 games
  • The Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings
  • Tavares is probable with a hand injury

Probable goalies: Lehner, Greiss (confirmed)

Wild Logo VS Pick Rangers Logo
Game: Wild @ Rangers Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Rangers -0.5 (regulation time) +121

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild has won 9 straight games and outscored its opposition 23-7 in its last 6. New York was drubbed 7-2 Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Reasons to bet New York: The Rangers should be fresher after having 2 days off for the first time in more than 2 weeks. New York is 12-5-1 at home and Minnesota has 8 wins in 17 road games (8-5-4).

Other things to know:

  • New York has won 5 of the last 7 meetings
  • Minnesota is playing for the second straight night and 3rd time in 4 days
  • Minnesota has earned a point in 14 of its last 15 games
  • Minnesota has scored 3 goals or more in 7 of its last 8 games
  • Minnesota has allowed 2 goals or less in 9 straight games (10 straight in regulation)
  • New York has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 straight games and 8 of 9
  • New York has allowed 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 8 games
  • Minnesota is 1-5 in its last 6 games in New York
  • New York is 11-1 in its last 12 games following a loss of 3+ goals
  • Nash is still out for New York (groin)
  • Parise is out for Minnesota (illness)

Probable goalies: Dubnyk, Lundqvist

Devils Logo VS Pick Penguins Logo
Game: Devils @ Penguins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Devils Team Total Under 2.5 -121

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils responded well last night to criticism from their GM, blanking the Flyers 4-0. Pittsburgh lost 7-1 in Columbus last night to fall to 1-1-2 in its last 4 games.

Reasons to bet Pittsburgh: The Penguins are 14-2-2 at home, where they’ve won 6 of their last 7 versus the Devils. New Jersey’s lost 5 straight on the road and is 4-11-5 away from home this season.

Other things to know:

  • Pittsburgh beat New Jersey 4-3 in a shootout Nov. 26 in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh outshot NJ 49-30)
  • The Over is 22-8 in Pittsburgh’s games this year
  • Both teams are playing their 3rd game in 4 nights
  • New Jersey had allowed 3+ goals in 16 of 17 games before last night’s win
  • Pittsburgh has scored 1 goal or less in 3 of its last 4 games
  • Pittsburgh had allowed 10 regulation time goals in 7 games before last night’s loss
  • The Under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh and 33-15-3 in the last 51 overall
  • Pittsburgh is 11-1 in its last 12 games after allowing 5+ goals
  • Pittsburgh is 13-3 in its last 16 games after a loss by 3 goals or more

Probable goalies: Schneider, Fleury

Lightning Logo VS Pick Capitals Logo
Game: Lightning @ Capitals Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5 +119

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Blues 5-2 last night and improve to 3-1-1 in its last 5. Washington has lost 2 straight, scoring 3 goals in those 2 contests.

Reasons to bet Washington: The Capitals are 11-5 at home while Tampa has lost 7 of its last 8 road games. The Lightning is 1-7 in its last 8 games on 0 days rest.

Other things to know:

  • Tampa beat Washington 2-1 in a shootout Dec. 3 in Tampa
  • Tampa has scored 22 goals in its last 6 games (3+ goals in 4 of those 6)
  • Tampa has allowed 5 regulation time goals in its last 3 games after allowing 16 in its previous 4
  • Washington has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of 6 games and 7 of 9
  • The Over is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings
  • The home team has won 17 of the last 22 meetings

Probable goalies: Vasilevskiy, Holtby (confirmed)

Canadiens Logo VS Pick Blue Jackets Logo
Game: Canadiens @ Blue Jackets Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Canadiens +0.5 (regulation time) -123

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens seek revenge for an embarrassing 10-0 loss Nov. 4 in Columbus. The Blue Jackets could let down after routing the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins 7-1 last night.

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets have won 11 straight games, allowing just 17 goals during that span. Montreal is just 6-5-2 on the road and has scored 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 5.

Other things to know:

  • Columbus is 12-3-1 at home
  • The Under is 18-10 in Columbus’ games this season
  • Columbus is averaging 4 goals per game at home
  • Montreal has lost 3 of its last 5 games (2-2-1)
  • Montreal has allowed 1 regulation time goal in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Columbus has scored 3+ goals in 11 straight games (9 of 11 games in regulation)
  • Montreal is 4-1 in its last 5 games on 0 days rest
  • Columbus is 1-4 in its last 5 games on 0 days rest

Probable goalies: Montoya, Bobrovsky

Red Wings Logo VS Pick Panthers Logo
Game: Red Wings @ Panthers Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Over 5 -121

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings are well rested, having played just 1 game since Saturday (their Monday game in Carolina was postponed). Florida has lost 7 of its last 10.

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have already beaten Detroit twice this season and have won 6 of the last 8 meetings. Detroit has lost 5 of its last 6.

Other things to know:

  • Florida beat Detroit 2-1 in OT Dec. 1 and 5-2 Oct. 30, both games in Detroit
  • Detroit is 7-6-1 on the road
  • Florida is 9-6 at home
  • Detroit has scored 1 goal or less in 5 of 6 games
  • Detroit has allowed 4 goals in 4 straight games, and 3+ in 8 of its last 9
  • Florida is 3-3-3 in its last 9 games
  • Florida has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Florida has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games and 7 of 9
  • Florida is 6-2 in its last 8 games on 0 days rest

Probable goalies: Mrazek, Luongo

Bruins Logo VS Pick Hurricanes Logo
Game: Bruins @ Hurricanes Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Over 5 -135

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins won 3-1 in Florida last night to improve to 10-5-3 on the road. Boston’s won 7 of its last 10 against the Hurricanes.

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes are 9-3-1 at home, where they haven’t lost in regulation time since Nov. 10. Boston is 1-7 in its last 8 games on 0 days rest.

Other things to know:

  • Boston beat Carolina 2-1 in a shootout Dec. 1 in Boston
  • 5 of the last 6 meetings have gone to OT
  • The Under is 18-13 in Boston’s games this year
  • The Under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings
  • Boston has allowed 5 goals in its last 3 games
  • Boston has allowed 4 goals in 6 of its last 9 games
  • Carolina has scored 26 regulation time goals in its last 7 games, but just 4 in its last 2
  • Carolina has allowed 1 goal in each of its last 2 games after allowing 14 in its previous 3
  • The Over is 20-8-4 in the last 32 meetings in Carolina

Probable goalies: Rask, Ward

Kings Logo VS Pick Stars Logo
Game: Kings @ Stars Lean
Time: 8:30PM ET
Lean: Kings Team Total Under 2.5 -110

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings blanked the Predators 4-0 last night in Nashville and have now allowed 4 regulation time goals in their last 5 games. Dallas has lost 12 of its last 17 home games versus LA.

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars have been off since Tuesday while the Kings are playing their 6th road game in 9 days. Dallas has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 7 of its last 9 games.

Other things to know:

  • LA beat Dallas 4-3 in OT Oct. 20 in Dallas (LA outshot Dallas 39-20)
  • LA is 7-9-2 on the road
  • Dallas is 9-5-3 at home
  • LA has scored 6 regulation time goals in its last 4 games
  • LA has gone Under in 4 straight games
  • Dallas has scored 2 goals or less in 6 of its last 10 games
  • Dallas has gone Under in 6 of its last 9 games
  • The Over is 6-1-4 in the last 11 meetings in Dallas

Probable goalies: Budaj, Niemi

Canucks Logo VS Pick Flames Logo
Game: Canucks @ Flames Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Over 5.5 +125

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks have scored 18 goals in their last 5 games. Calgary has lost 3 of 4 following a 6-game winning streak and is just 7-9 at home this season.

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames have won 6 of their last 7 home games versus the Canucks and 7 of the last 10 meetings overall. Vancouver is playing its 4th game in 6 days and at high altitude.

Other things to know:

  • Vancouver beat Calgary 2-1 in a shootout Oct. 15 in Vancouver
  • Vancouver is 4-11-1 on the road
  • Vancouver has lost 6 of its last 9 games
  • Vancouver has allowed 3+ goals in 6 of its last 9 games
  • Calgary is 7-3 in its last 10 games
  • The Over is 16-6-4 in the last 26 meetings in Calgary

Probable goalies: Miller, Johnson

Leafs Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Leafs @ Coyotes Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -106

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs have earned points in 5 of their last 7 games (3-2-2) and whipped the Avalanche 6-0 last night in Colorado. Arizona has lost 3 straight and 10 of its last 13.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes are 6-7-2 at home and have won 5 of their last 6 home games against Toronto. The Leafs have scored 2 goals or less in 8 of their last 10.

Other things to know:

  • Arizona beat Toronto 3-2 in a shootout Dec. 15 in Toronto (Toronto outshot Arizona 46-30)
  • Toronto is 4-6-5 on the road
  • The Under is 19-10 in Arizona’s games this year
  • The Under is 18-14 in Toronto’s games this year
  • Toronto has allowed 12 regulation time goals in its last 7 games
  • Arizona has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 6 games and 8 of 10
  • Arizona has allowed 3+ goals in 3 straight games
  • Toronto has lost its last 5 meetings with Arizona
  • The Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona

Probable goalies: Bibeau, Smith

Oilers Logo VS Pick Sharks Logo
Game: Oilers @ Sharks Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Over 5 -120

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers have won 3 straight games and are 10-5-4 on the road. Edmonton has 2 wins and a shootout loss in its last 3 trips to San Jose.

Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks have won 5 of their last 6 games and 12 of 15. San Jose has won 23 of its last 32 games versus the Oilers.

Other things to know:

  • San Jose is 11-4 at home
  • The Under is 20-13 in Edmonton’s games this year
  • The Under is 18-6 in San Jose’s games this year
  • Edmonton has gone Under in 5 straight
  • Edmonton has scored 3+ goals in 3 straight games, 4 of 5 and 6 of 8
  • Edmonton has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 6 games
  • San Jose has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games, and 4+ goals in 3 of 6
  • The Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose

Probable goalies: Talbot, Jones

 

Good luck!

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