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NHL Betting Tips For Saturday, December 24

Jon and DerekA solid week of reads continued yesterday with a winner on the Wild/Panthers Over 5.5 at plus money, though we needed a bit of luck as Florida scored an empty-netter in the dying seconds to send the game Over the total.

But a win is a win, and you seem to get a bit more luck on your side when you’re running hot. This week’s posted picks and leans have combined to go 14-3, including an 8-1 on Thursday. Hopefully we can get one more decent night here before the Christmas break interrupts things.

Speaking of Christmas, it always creates some challenges when trying to predict teams’ motivation levels when they know a few days off are just around the corner. Don’t be surprised if we see a few weird things around the league tonight with all but 1 team in action on a 15-game slate.

Alright, on to the breakdowns, picks and opinions for today’s games. Good luck, Merry Christmas, thanks for reading, and we’ll see you back here next week!

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.

Flyers Logo VS Pick Blue Jackets Logo
Game: Flyers @ Blue Jackets Pick
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Under 5.5 -116

Reasons to bet Philadelphia: The Flyers have held opponents to 2 goals or less in 7 of their last 9 games, excluding empty netters. Columbus has scored 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 7.

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets have won 5 straight home games against the Flyers and 13 of the last 16 meetings overall. Philadelphia is playing for the second straight night.

Other things to know:

  • Both teams are playing their 3rd game in 4 days and 4th in 6
  • Philadelphia has lost 10 of its last 11 visits to Columbus
  • The Under is 18-7-2 in Columbus’ last 27 games when playing for the 3rd time in 4 days
  • The home team has won 17 of the last 22 meetings
  • Werenski is questionable for Columbus

Probable goalies: Elliott, Bobrovsky

Ducks Logo VS Pick Penguins Logo
Game: Ducks @ Penguins Pick
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Ducks +0.5 (regulation time) -110

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks have earned points in 12 of their 18 road games (7-6-5). Pittsburgh has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 4 of its last 5 games and has 1 regulation time win in its last 8.

Reasons to bet Pittsburgh: The Penguins have won 7 of their last 8 meetings with Anaheim. The Ducks are playing their 4th game in 6 days and the final game of a 6-game road trip.

Other things to know:

  • Pittsburgh is 11-5-1 at home
  • The Under is 22-13 in Anaheim’s games this year
  • Anaheim has allowed 3+ goals in 4 straight games
  • Anaheim has won 13 of its last 19 games when playing its 4th game in 6 days

Probable goalies: Gibson, Murray (confirmed)

Avalanche Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Avalanche @ Coyotes Pick
Time: 8:00PM ET
Pick: Coyotes Team Total Under 2.5 +113

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche is 4-2-1 in its last 7 games. Arizona has been held to 2 regulation time goals or less in 8 straight games.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes snapped a 7-game losing streak last night with a 3-2 OT win at home over Washington. Colorado has lost 41 of its last 53 road games, dating back to last year.

Other things to know:

  • Arizona is 4-11-1 at home this season
  • The Over is 20-12 in Colorado’s games this year
  • The Under is 19-7 in Arizona’s last 26 games
  • Colorado has scored 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 10 games
  • Arizona has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games and 6 of its last 8
  • Arizona has outshot its opponents 68-43 over its last 2 games

Probable goalies: Varlamov (confirmed), Raanta (confirmed)

Kings Logo VS Pick Sharks Logo
Game: Kings @ Sharks Pick
Time: 10:00PM ET
Pick: First Period Over 1.5 +104

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings are 10-2-1 in their last 13 games and 11-5-2 on the road. San Jose has allowed 4+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games and 7 of its last 9.

Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks have scored at least 3 goals in 7 straight games. San Jose’s power play is 12 for 33 in its last 7 games, while the Kings have given up at least 1 power play goal in 6 of their last 7.

Other things to know:

  • San Jose beat LA 2-1 Nov. 12 in LA
  • LA beat San Jose 4-1 Oct. 7 in San Jose
  • The road team has won 4 straight meetings and 7 of the last 10
  • The Under is 4-1-5 in the last 10 meetings
  • The Under is 13-6-1 in LA’s last 20 games
  • The Under is 21-11 in San Jose’s games this year

Probable goalies: Quick, Jones

Red Wings Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Red Wings @ Bruins Lean
Time: 1:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 -101

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings have scored 12 goals in their last 3 games and have earned points in 5 of 7 games since a 10-1 loss at Montreal. Boston is playing its 4th game in 6 days and 7th in 11 while Detroit is playing with 2 days rest.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins have won 8 straight home games against Detroit and 15 of the last 18 overall. Detroit has lost 4 of its last 5 games on the road and 11 of 14 overall.

Other things to know:

  • Boston beat Detroit 3-2 in OT Dec. 13 in Detroit
  • Boston has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 7 of its last 8 games, excluding empty netters
  • Boston has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games, excluding empty netters
  • The Under is 16-5-5 in Boston’s last 26 games when playing for the 4th time in 6 days

Probable goalies: Howard, Rask

Jets Logo VS Pick Islanders Logo
Game: Jets @ Islanders Lean
Time: 1:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Over 1.5 -126 (just a little too pricey to have much value in our opinion)

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets have held 4 of their last 6 opponents to 2 goals or less. New York has given up 5+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games.

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders are 10-3-3 at home. Winnipeg has lost 7 of its last 8 road games and 6 of its last 9 overall.

Other things to know:

  • New York has lost 7 of its last 9 games
  • New York has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Winnipeg has scored 1 goal or less in 3 of its last 5 games
  • The road team has won 8 of the last 9 meetings
  • The Over is 23-5-1 in New York’s last 29 games
  • The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings

Probable goalies: Mason (confirmed), Halak (confirmed)

Senators Logo VS Pick Panthers Logo
Game: Senators @ Panthers Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Over 5.5 -119

Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators’ offence has gotten back on track recently, scoring 3+ goals in 4 straight after managing just 5 goals in their previous 5 games combined. Florida played last night and has dropped 4 of its last 5 on 0 days rest.

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have scored 3+ goals in 4 straight games at home, where they’re averaging 3.63 goals per game on the year. Ottawa has lost 10 of its last 11 road games.

Other things to know:

  • Ottawa has allowed 3+ goals in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Ottawa has been outshot 78-53 in its last 2 games
  • Ottawa has won 22 of its last 32 visits to Florida
  • Florida has lost 9 of its last 12 games following a victory
  • Florida is 7-6-3 at home
  • Ryan is out for Ottawa

Probable goalies: Condon, Reimer

Sabres Logo VS Pick Hurricanes Logo
Game: Sabres @ Hurricanes Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Sabres +0.5 (regulation time) +118

Reasons to bet Buffalo: The Sabres have earned points in 6 of their last 8 games (3-2-3). Carolina has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games and 7 of 10.

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes have won 5 straight meetings, including 5-4 (OT) and 3-1 wins earlier this year in Buffalo. Buffalo has just 4 wins in 18 road games this season.

Other things to know:

  • Carolina is 7-4-3 at home
  • Buffalo has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 7 of its last 8 games, excluding empty netters
  • Buffalo has allowed 8 regulation time goals in its last 4 road games
  • The Over is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings in Carolina
  • Carolina has won 4 of its last 5 games and is 5-3-2 in its last 10
  • Buffalo has lost 7 of its last 9 trips to Carolina

Probable goalies: Johnson, Ward (confirmed)

Canadiens Logo VS Pick Oilers Logo
Game: Canadiens @ Oilers
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens have won 3 of their last 4 games and are 6-3-1 in their last 10. Edmonton has had trouble stringing wins together this season, losing 13 of its last 17 games following a victory.

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers have won 4 of their last 5 games, including a 3-2 come-from-behind victory Thursday over St. Louis. Montreal is playing its second game in as many nights.

Other things to know:

  • Edmonton beat Montreal 6-2 Dec. 9 in Montreal
  • Montreal is 7-8-1 on the road
  • Edmonton is 7-10 at home
  • Montreal has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 4 of its last 6 games, excluding empty netters
  • Edmonton has allowed 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games
  • Edmonton has won 6 of the last 8 meetings
  • The road team has won 8 of the last 11 meetings

Probable goalies: Price, Talbot

Wild Logo VS Pick Lightning Logo
Game: Wild @ Lightning Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Lightning Team Total Over 3.5 +110

Reasons to bet Minnesota: Hard to find much to like about the Wild in this spot. Tampa’s penalty kill has allowed 8 goals in 17 shorthanded situations over the last 4 games.

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning is 14-2-1 at home and has won 8 of its last 9 overall. Minnesota lost 4-2 last night in Florida, the eighth time in its last 10 games that it has scored 2 regulation time goals or less.

Other things to know:

  • Minnesota is 8-10-1 on the road
  • The home team has won 9 straight meetings
  • The Under is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings
  • Tampa has scored 4+ goals in 7 of its last 9 games
  • Tampa has allowed 12 goals in its last 3 games and 3+ goals in 4 of its last 6
  • The Over is 7-2 in Minnesota’s last 9 road games

Probable goalies: Stalock (confirmed), Vasilevskiy (confirmed)

Blackhawks Logo VS Pick Devils Logo
Game: Blackhawks @ Devils Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Devils Moneyline +103

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks have held 6 of their last 8 opponents to 28 shots or less, and allowed 2 goals or less in 5 of their last 6. Chicago seeks revenge for a 7-5 loss at home to the Devils on Nov. 12.

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils are 10-5-2 at home this season. Chicago’s lost 9 of its last 13 trips to New Jersey and has dropped 14 of its last 17 road games against teams with winning home records.

Other things to know:

  • Chicago had scored 3+ goals in 5 straight games before Thursday’s 4-0 loss at Dallas
  • The Over is 5-1-3 in the last 9 meetings
  • New Jersey is 4-0-1 in its last 5 games
  • New Jersey has scored 4+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games
  • The Over is 6-1 in New Jersey’s last 7 games
  • The Under is 6-1-1 in Chicago’s last 8 road games

Probable goalies: Crawford, Schneider (confirmed)

Leafs Logo VS Pick Rangers Logo
Game: Leafs @ Rangers Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Over 6 +102

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs have won 6 of their last 8 games when playing on 2 days rest. The Rangers have allowed 40 shots in back-to-back games and 5 times in their last 9.

Reasons to bet New York: The Rangers have won 13 of their last 16 home games. Toronto has lost 4 of 5 games and has scored 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 9.

Other things to know:

  • Toronto is 10-9-1 on the road
  • New York is 6-2-2 in its lsat 10 games
  • New York has scored 3+ goals in 4 straight games and 7 of 10
  • New York has allowed 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games
  • The Over is 14-6-1 in the last 21 meetings
  • Matthews is questionable for Toronto

Probable goalies: Andersen (confirmed), Lundqvist

Capitals Logo VS Pick Golden Knights Logo
Game: Capitals @ Golden Knights Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Golden Knights First Period Moneyline -116

Reasons to bet Washington: The Capitals are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Vegas has allowed 3+ goals in 8 of its last 10.

Reasons to bet Vegas: The Golden Knights are 7-0-1 in their last 8 games and 14-2-1 at home this season. Washington is just 8-7-2 on the road and has lost 5 of its last 7 games when playing for the second straight night.

Other things to know:

  • Washington has allowed 2+ goals in 8 straight and 3+ in 4 of its last 6
  • Washington has scored 3+ goals in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Vegas has scored 4+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games
  • Vegas hasn’t played since Tuesday’s 4-3 win at home over Tampa
  • The Over is 13-5 in Washington’s last 18 road games
  • The Over is 18-6-2 in Vegas’ last 26 games

Probable goalies: Holtby (confirmed), Fleury

Predators Logo VS Pick Stars Logo
Game: Predators @ Stars Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators have won 4 straight meetings, including a 5-2 win Dec. 5 in Dallas and a 4-1 victory Oct. 12 in Nashville. Dallas has won just 3 of its last 9 games.

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars are 11-4-1 at home and have held 5 of their last 6 opponents to 30 shots or less. Nashville has allowed 10 goals in its last 2 games.

Other things to know:

  • Nashville is 10-5-2 on the road
  • Nashville has scored 4+ goals in 3 of its last 5 games and 5 of 8
  • The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Dallas
  • The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall

Probable goalies: Rinne, Bishop (confirmed)

Blues Logo VS Pick Canucks Logo
Game: Blues @ Canucks Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Canucks +0.5 (regulation time) -137

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues have won 6 of their last 7 meetings with the Canucks and should bring full focus as they look to snap a 3-game losing streak. Vancouver has allowed 4+ goals in 7 of its last 8 games.

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks have also scored 4+ goals in 3 of their last 4. St. Louis has scored just 6 goals in its last 6 games.

Other things to know:

  • St. Louis beat Vancouver 4-3 in OT Nov. 18 in Vancouver
  • St. Louis is 10-6-2 on the road
  • Vancouver is 6-9-3 at home
  • The Under is 13-4-1 in the last 18 meetings in Vancouver

Probable goalies: Allen, Markstrom

 

Good luck!

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