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NHL Betting Tips For Saturday, December 9

Jon and DerekThere are 12 games on the NHL schedule today, including an afternoon start in Detroit between the former Central Division rival Blues and Red Wings.

We went 1-2 last night, dropping both of our pre-game bets but hitting a +149 live bet winner on the Golden Knights/Predators Over 5.5 (posted on Twitter during the first intermission). That bet didn’t look good for much of the night, but Vegas scored late in regulation to tie the game 3-3, then won in a shootout.

In case you were wondering, we chose to go the live betting route in that game because both teams play relatively low-scoring first periods and we thought we could get a much better number after 20 minutes. Fortunately it worked out. By the way, 23 of the last 26 Vegas games have featured at least 5 goals or more, something to keep in mind for live betting in the future.

In tonight’s action, we’re going with 3 road underdogs on the first period moneylines. Good luck if you’re tailing along on any of them, or whatever else you bet today as well.

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.

Jets Logo VS Pick Lightning Logo
Game: Jets @ Lightning Pick
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Jets First Period Moneyline +133

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets have won 4 of their last 5 visits to Tampa and should be focused after losing to the Panthers and Red Wings in their last 2 games.

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning is 12-2-1 at home, outscoring opponents by an average of nearly 1.5 goals per game. Winnipeg has lost 4 straight on the road, getting outscored 21-7 in the process.

Other things to know:

  • The road team is 7-0-1 in the last 8 meetings
  • Tampa has scored 4+ goals in 4 straight meetings and 6 of the last 7
  • Winnipeg has allowed 4+ goals in 3 of its last 4 games
  • Winnipeg has scored 4+ goals in 3 of its last 4 games and 4 of 6
  • Winnipeg has scored 8 power play goals in its last 4 games
  • Winnipeg’s power play is 2 for 13 in its last 2 games
  • Tampa has scored 16 goals in its last 3 games after scoring 12 regulation time goals in its previous 6
  • The Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings
  • The Over is 6-1 in Tampa’s last 7 games
  • The Under is 9-4 in Winnipeg’s last 13 road games

Probable goalies: Hellebuyck, Vasilevskiy

Devils Logo VS Pick Rangers Logo
Game: Devils @ Rangers Pick
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Devils First Period Moneyline +122

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils are 10-3-2 on the road this season while New York is 4-6 at home. The Rangers have been outshot 84-58 in their last 2 games.

Reasons to bet New York: The Rangers have won 12 of their last 16 games. New Jersey has given up 5+ goals in 2 of its last 3 games and 3+ in 7 of 10.

Other things to know:

  • New Jersey beat New York 3-2 Oct. 14 in New York
  • The last 4 meetings have been decided by 1 goal
  • The home team has won 6 of the last 8 meetings
  • The Over is 7-2-1 in New York’s last 10 home games
  • New York has scored 4+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games

Probable goalies: Kinkaid (confirmed), Pavelec

Hurricanes Logo VS Pick Kings Logo
Game: Hurricanes @ Kings Pick
Time: 10:30PM ET
Pick: Hurricanes First Period Moneyline +113

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes have outshot 9 of their last 10 opponents. LA hasn’t been quite as good at home (9-5-2) as it has been on the road (10-3-1).

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings have won 7 straight games and have allowed 15 regulation time goals in their last 9. Carolina has 0 regulation time wins in its last 8 games, allowing 3+ goals in 7 of those outings.

Other things to know:

  • Carolina is 5-6-3 on the road
  • Carolina has lost 4 of its last 5 games and 6 of 8
  • LA has scored 3+ goals in 6 straight games
  • Carolina has lost 5 of its last 6 games in LA
  • The Under is 6-1-2 in the last 9 meetings
  • The Under is 10-3-1 in LA’s last 14 games overall and 6-2 in its last 8 at home

Probable goalies: Darling, Quick

Blues Logo VS Pick Red Wings Logo
Game: Blues @ Red Wings Lean
Time: 1:00PM ET
Lean: Red Wings Team Total Under 2.5 -106

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues are 9-3-2 on the road and have won 5 of their last 6 visits to Detroit. The Red Wings have lost 7 of 8, allowing at least 4 goals in 6 of those contests.

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings put a 10-1 loss in Montreal behind them with an emphatic 5-1 win over Winnipeg on Tuesday. The Blues have been limited to 2 goals or less in 4 of their last 5, excluding empty netters.

Other things to know:

  • Detroit is 5-5-4 at home
  • The road team has won 10 of the last 11 meetings
  • The Under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings
  • Detroit has scored 1 goal in 3 of its last 6 games
  • The Over is 5-1 in Detroit’s last 6 home games

Probable goalies: Allen (confirmed), Howard (confirmed)

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

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche has allowed just 2 power play goals in 22 times shorthanded over the last 5 games. Florida has won just 6 of its 14 home games this year (6-5-3).

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have earned points in 5 of 6 (3-1-2). Colorado has 1 regulation time win in its last 10 games and has been outscored 16-6 in its last 3.

Other things to know:

  • Colorado is 4-8-1 on the road
  • Colorado has lost 4 straight and 6 of 7
  • Colorado has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 7 straight games
  • The Over is 7-1 in Colorado’s last 8 road games
  • The Under is 11-4 in Florida’s last 15 games
  • Barkov is questionable for Florida

Probable goalies: Varlamov, Reimer (confirmed)

Oilers Logo VS Pick Canadiens Logo
Game: Oilers @ Canadiens Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Canadiens First Period Moneyline -135

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers are scoring goals once again, potting 3+ goals in 7 of their last 9. Montreal has lost 2 straight at home, where it is now 8-6-3 on the season.

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens are 5-1-1 since Price returned to action, with the 1 regulation time loss coming to St. Louis. Edmonton has scored 2 regulation time goals in the last 3 meetings combined.

Other things to know:

  • Edmonton is 6-6-2 on the road
  • Edmonton is playing its first game of a 3-game eastern road trip
  • Edmonton has allowed 15 goals in its last 3 games (13 excluding empty netters)
  • The Over is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings
  • The Under is 8-3-1 in Montreal’s last 12 home games
  • The Over is 5-1 in Edmonton’s last 6 road games

Probable goalies: Brossoit (confirmed), Price (confirmed)

Islanders Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Islanders @ Bruins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Bruins First Period Moneyline -137 (just a bit too pricey for us to play)

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders have earned points in 6 of their last 8 games (5-2-1) and overcame a late 3-1 deficit to earn a point in a 4-3 OT loss Thursday in Pittsburgh. Boston has lost 5 of its last 7 home games versus New York.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins have won 7 of their last 9 games and have scored 3 goals or more in 7 of 8. New York has allowed 4+ goals in 4 straight games and 6 of 9.

Other things to know:

  • The Over is 19-7-1 in New York’s last 27 games and 8-1-1 in New York’s last 10
  • New York is playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • The road team has won 5 of the last 6 meetings and 8 of the last 10
  • New York has scored 3+ goals in 7 of its last 10 games
  • Boston has allowed 2 goals or less in 6 of its last 9 games

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

Leafs Logo VS Pick Penguins Logo
Game: Leafs @ Penguins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Penguins Moneyline -120 (also considered Maple Leafs Team Total Under 2.5 +129)

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs are 9-5-1 on the road and have won 10 of their last 14 overall.

Reasons to bet Pittsburgh: The Penguins are 10-3-1 at home and have won 5 of their last 6. Toronto has scored 1 regulation time goal in 5 of its last 10 games.

Other things to know:

  • Toronto has allowed 2 goals or less in 3 of its last 4 games and 6 of 10
  • Pittsburgh has scored 3+ goals in 7 straight games
  • The Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings
  • The Under is 8-3-2 in Toronto’s last 13 games
  • The Over is 6-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 8 games

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

Coyotes Logo VS Pick Blue Jackets Logo
Game: Coyotes @ Blue Jackets Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 -108

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes have allowed just 2 power play goals in their last 8 games. Columbus has allowed 3+ goals in 3 straight games and 2+ in 7 straight.

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets have won 9 of their last 12 games. Arizona has 1 regulation time win its last 8 games and has lost 7 of its last 8 visits to Columbus.

Other things to know:

  • Arizona is 4-11-4 on the road
  • Columbus is 10-5 at home
  • Arizona has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 7 of its last 8 games
  • Arizona has lost 5 of its last 6 games
  • Arizona has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 6 of its last 10 games
  • The Under is 14-3 in Arizona’s last 17 games
  • The Under is 6-2 in Columbus’ last 8 home games
  • Columbus has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games

Probable goalies: Raanta (confirmed), Korpisalo

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

Reasons to bet Vegas: The Golden Knights have won 3 straight (all in overtime) and 7 of their last 10. Dallas has lost 2 straight following a 7-1 spurt.

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars are 10-3 at home, allowing 2.23 goals per game in their own rink. Vegas is playing for the second straight night and has gone to OT in each of its last 3 games.

Other things to know:

  • Dallas beat Vegas 3-0 Nov. 28 in Vegas
  • Vegas beat Dallas 2-1 Oct. 6 in Dallas
  • The Over is 18-8 in Vegas’ games this year
  • Vegas has scored 3+ goals in 4 straight games and 8 of 10
  • Vegas has allowed 2+ goals in 11 straight games
  • Dallas has allowed 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 6 games, excluding empty netters
  • The Over is 6-0-1 in Vegas’ last 7 road games
  • Roussel is questionable for Dallas

Probable goalies: Subban, Bishop

Senators Logo VS Pick Sharks Logo
Game: Senators @ Sharks Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators are 5-0-1 in their last 6 games against the Sharks and have won 4 of their last 5 trips to San Jose. The Sharks have allowed 4+ goals in 3 straight games and 4 of 7.

Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks overcame a 3-0 second-period deficit to beat Carolina 5-4 Thursday and improve to 5-2-1 in their last 8 games. Ottawa has 1 win in its last 11 and is playing its 6th straight road game.

Other things to know:

  • Ottawa is 5-6-2 on the road
  • San Jose is 8-6-1 at home
  • The Over is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings
  • Ottawa is playing its 3rd game in 4 days
  • Ottawa has allowed 3+ goals in 4 straight games and 8 of 9

Probable goalies: Anderson, Jones

Canucks Logo VS Pick Flames Logo
Game: Canucks @ Flames Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Canucks +0.5 (regulation time) -105

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks are 9-5-1 on the road while the Flames are just 7-8 at home and are playing their 4th game in 6 days.

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames have won 8 of their last 10 home games against their division rivals. Vancouver has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games.

Other things to know:

  • The home team has won 7 of the last 9 meetings
  • The Over is 17-6-5 in the last 28 meetings in Calgary
  • Calgary has lost 3 of its last 4 games at home
  • Calgary has scored 5 regulation time goals in its last 3 games
  • Calgary has 1 regulation time win in its last 6 games and 2 in its last 9

Probable goalies: Markstrom, Smith

 

Good luck!

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