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NHL Betting Tips For Saturday, February 3

Jon and DerekIt’s a busy Saturday night in the National Hockey League with 11 games on tap, even after a pair of matinees were played earlier in the day.

After going 2-0 with a push on Thursday, we lost our only bet last night on the Blue Jackets first period moneyline. We liked Columbus to come out with some extra energy early after getting reamed by Tortorella, but the Jackets continued their lackluster play of late in trailing 1-0 after one period en route to a 3-1 loss to the Sharks.

The Blue Jackets might have been the league’s best feel-good story last year, but the wheels look like they’re coming off in Columbus lately. They’ve posted just 2 regulation time wins in their last 15 games, mostly due to an offence that keeps firing blanks. Over their last 10 games, the Jackets have scored only 16 regulation-time goals.

Yet, the total on their game tonight is set at 6 because their hosts, the Islanders, score and give up goals as if they are bodily functions. But with the way the Jackets are slumping offensively (New York’s attack has been sputtering a bit lately as well), we think that total is a bit too high, so the Under 6 in Brooklyn is one of 5 plays we’ve got tonight.

You can see our other 4 bets tonight below, along with breakdowns and opinions on the rest of the games. Good luck tonight!

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.

Avalanche Logo VS Pick Jets Logo
Game: Avalanche @ Jets Pick
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Under 6 -120

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche is 11-2-1 in its last 14 games, including a 4-3 OT win Thursday in Edmonton. Winnipeg could be without 2 of its top defensemen in Myers and Trouba.

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets are 18-3-2 at home this season and are 5-1-3 in the last 9 meetings. Colorado has won just 2 of its last 9 trips to Winnipeg and remains without leading scorer MacKinnon.

Other things to know:

  • Colorado beat Winnipeg 3-2 in OT Jan. 2 in Colorado and Nov. 29 in Colorado
  • Colorado is 10-11-3 on the road
  • The home team has won 7 of the last 8 meetings
  • Colorado is playing the last game of a 6-game road trip (3rd game since all-star break)
  • Colorado has allowed 3+ goals in 4 straight games and 5 of 7
  • Winnipeg has scored 6 goals in its last 3 home games and 2 or less in 5 of its last 8 overall
  • Winnipeg has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 4 of its last 6 games
  • The Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings

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

Blue Jackets Logo VS Pick Islanders Logo
Game: Blue Jackets @ Islanders Pick
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Under 6 -127 

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets have won 5 of the last 6 meetings, including a pair of victories already this season in Columbus. New York has lost 5 of 7, scoring 2 goals or less in 6 of those 7 outings.

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders are 13-8-3 at home. Columbus has scored just 16 regulation time goals in its last 10 games and is playing for the second straight night.

Other things to know:

  • Columbus has 1 regulation time win in its last 10 games and 2 in its last 15
  • Columbus is 11-11-3 on the road
  • Columbus has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 7 of 10, excluding empty netters
  • New York has allowed 3+ regulation time goals in 6 of its last 8 games
  • The home team has won 6 of the last 7 meetings
  • Columbus has lost 8 of its last 11 road games
  • The Under is 10-2 in Columbus’ last 12 games
  • The Over is 32-17 in New York’s games this year

Probable goalies: Bobrovsky, Halak (confirmed)

Rangers Logo VS Pick Predators Logo
Game: Rangers @ Predators Pick
Time: 8:00PM ET
Pick: Predators Team Total Over 3.5 +128 (also like Rangers First Period Moneyline +149)

Reasons to bet New York: The Rangers have won 3 straight meetings and 5 of the last 6. New York has won 20 of its last 26 following a loss of 3+ goals like Thursday’s 4-0 stinker at home against Toronto.

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators are rolling, collecting points in 9 of their last 10 games (7-1-2). New York has allowed 4+ goals in 6 of its last 9 games.

Other things to know:

  • New York beat Nashville 4-2 Oct. 21 in New York
  • New York is 8-12-2 on the road
  • Nashville is 17-5-3 at home
  • Nashville has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games
  • The Under is 6-2 in Nashville’s last 8 games and 7-2 in Nashville’s last 9 home games
  • The Over is 7-2 in New York’s last 9 games

Probable goalies: Lundqvist, Rinne

Wild Logo VS Pick Stars Logo
Game: Wild @ Stars Pick
Time: 8:00PM ET
Pick: Wild Team Total Under 2.5 -107

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild is 6-1-2 in its last 9 games, allowing 2 regulation time goals or less in 8 of those 9. Dallas has lost 4 straight meetings and 7 of the last 10.

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars are 17-8-1 at home and have held 4 of their last 6 opponents to 1 regulation time goal. Minnesota has allowed 3+ goals in 13 of its last 16 road games.

Other things to know:

  • Minnesota beat Dallas 4-2 Dec. 27 in Minnesota
  • Minnesota has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 10 of its last 13 road games
  • Minnesota has lost 24 of its last 31 games in Dallas
  • Minnesota has lost 5 of its last 6 games on 0 days rest
  • Dallas has scored 4+ goals in 4 of its last 7 games

Probable goalies: Stalock, Lehtonen (confirmed)

Lightning Logo VS Pick Canucks Logo
Game: Lightning @ Canucks Pick
Time: 10:00PM ET
Pick: Over 5.5 -105

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning has won 4 of its last 5 games and is 18-8-2 on the road. Vancouver has won just 10 of its last 38 home games dating back to last season.

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks have won 3 of their last 4 games and 5 of 8. Tampa has been outshot in 7 straight games, including by 43 shots in its last 3.

Other things to know:

  • Vancouver has won 3 of the last 4 meetings
  • Tampa is playing its 7th straight road game (third since the all-star break)
  • Vancouver is playing its last game of a 5-game homestand
  • Tampa has allowed 3+ goals in 7 of its last 9 games
  • The Over is 15-5-3 in the last 23 meetings

Probable goalies: Vasilevskiy, Markstrom

Blues Logo VS Pick Sabres Logo
Game: Blues @ Sabres Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5 +121

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues have owned the Sabres for more than a decade, winning 20 of the last 23 meetings and 10 of their last 12 visits to Buffalo. The Sabres are 6-14-3 at home.

Reasons to bet Buffalo: The Sabres have allowed just 7 non-empty net goals in their last 5 games. St. Louis has lost 7 of 10 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • St. Louis beat Buffalo 3-2 in OT Dec. 10 in St. Louis (outshot Buffalo 45-24)
  • St. Louis has allowed 1 goal in 5 of its last 7 games
  • Buffalo has scored 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 6 games
  • The Under is 22-7 in St. Louis’ last 29 games
  • The Under is 14-6 in Buffalo’s last 20 home games

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

Red Wings Logo VS Pick Panthers Logo
Game: Red Wings @ Panthers Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Red Wings +0.5 (regulation time) -127

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings are 3-1-1 in their last 5 games, allowing 2 regulation time goals or less in 4 of those 5 outings. Detroit has won 3 straight on the road.

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have won both of their games following the all-star break and have won 5 of 7 at home. Detroit is playing for the second straight night and 3rd in 4.

Other things to know:

  • Detroit beat Florida 4-2 Jan. 5 in Detroit and 3-2 in a shootout Oct. 28 in Florida
  • Florida beat Detroit 2-1 in OT Dec. 11 in Detroit
  • Detroit has scored 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 10 games
  • The road team has won 5 of the last 6 meetings
  • The Under is 6-0 in Detroit’s last 6 road games
  • The Over is 7-1 in Florida’s last 8 games
  • Detroit is 12-5-1 in its last 18 trips to Florida

Probable goalies: Howard, Sateri (confirmed)

Leafs Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Leafs @ Bruins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -110

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs have recorded back-to-back shutouts and have held 6 of their last 8 opponents to 2 regulation time goals or less. Boston has lost the last 6 meetings.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins have earned points in 19 of their last 20 games overall and are 17-6-4 at home. Toronto is playing its 3rd game in 4 days.

Other things to know:

  • Toronto beat Boston 4-1 Nov. 11 in Boston and 3-2 in OT Nov. 10 in Toronto
  • Toronto is 16-10-3 on the road
  • Toronto is 5-1-2 in its last 8 games
  • Boston has allowed 13 regulation time goals in its last 8 games, excluding empty netters
  • Boston has scored 9 goals in its last 4 games, excluding empty netters
  • The Under is 7-1 in Boston’s last 8 games
  • The Under is 6-1-1 in Toronto’s last 8 games
  • The Under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings

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

Penguins Logo VS Pick Devils Logo
Game: Penguins @ Devils Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Over 6 +105

Reasons to bet Pittsburgh: The Penguins have scored 18 goals in their last 3 games and have won 4 straight and 8 of 10. New Jersey has allowed at least 3 goals in 6 of its last 7 games and 8 of 10.

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils are 14-8-3 at home. Pittsburgh has lost 15 of its last 21 games in New Jersey and is playing for the second straight night.

Other things to know:

  • Pittsburgh won all 5 meetings last year and has won 7 of the last 8
  • Pittsburgh is 10-14-2 on the road
  • Pittsburgh has scored 7 goals in its last 3 road games
  • Pittsburgh has allowed 2 goals or less in 6 of its last 9 games
  • New Jersey scored 4 goals Thursday after scoring 5 non-empty net goals in its previous 5 games
  • Hornqvist is out for Pittsburgh

Probable goalies: DeSmith, Kinkaid (confirmed)

Blackhawks Logo VS Pick Flames Logo
Game: Blackhawks @ Flames Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks have earned points in 10 straight meetings with Calgary, going 6-0-4. The Flames have lost 6 straight and are just 12-13-3 at home.

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames should bring lots of urgency here in their final home game before a 6-game road trip. Chicago has allowed 15 goals in its last 3 games and has lost 5 of 7.

Other things to know:

  • Calgary beat Chicago 4-3 in OT Dec. 31 in Calgary
  • Chicago is 12-10-4 on the road
  • Chicago has scored 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 5 games and 7 of 9
  • Chicago has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 7 of its last 10
  • Calgary has earned points in 18 of its last 23 games
  • The Under is 12-4-1 in the last 17 meetings
  • The Over is 7-1 in Chicago’s last 8 road games

Probable goalies: Glass (confirmed), Smith (confirmed)

Coyotes Logo VS Pick Kings Logo
Game: Coyotes @ Kings Lean
Time: 10:30PM ET
Lean: Coyotes Team Total Under 2.5 -128

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes have won their last 5 visits to Los Angeles. The Kings have dropped 8 of their last 11 and are playing their first home game since Jan. 21.

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings should be desperate to get back on track, especially after a humiliating 5-0 loss Thursday in Nashville when LA was outshot 36-19. Arizona has been limited to 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 6 games and 8 of 10.

Other things to know:

  • Arizona beat LA 3-2 in OT Nov. 24 in Arizona
  • Arizona is 6-14-6 on the road
  • LA is 12-9-3 at home
  • Arizona is 3-3-4 in its last 10 games
  • Arizona has allowed 3 non-empty net goals or less in 6 straight games and 9 of 10
  • LA has scored 15 regulation time goals in its last 9 games
  • The road team has won 6 of the last 7 meetings
  • The Under is 11-5-6 in the last 22 meetings in LA
  • The Under is 6-2 in LA’s last 8 games
  • The Under is 13-5 in Arizona’s last 18 road games

Probable goalies: Wedgewood (confirmed), Kuemper

 

Good luck!

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