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NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, December 14

Jon and DerekThere are 12 games tonight on a busy Thursday in the National Hockey League, highlighted by a battle of former teammate goaltenders Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury in Vegas.

Other marquee matchups tonight include the Capitals visiting the Bruins, the Blackhawks at the Jets, and the Oilers hosting the Predators. It promises to be a great night for watching puck.

We lost our bet last night on the Islanders first period moneyline, but went 1-0 with a push in Tuesday’s action. We’re personally going with just 2 bets tonight until we feel like we’re seeing things a bit more clearly again.

Good luck on whatever you bet, and we’ll be back again Saturday to break down the entire 11-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.

Sharks Logo VS Pick Flames Logo
Game: Sharks @ Flames Pick
Time: 9:00PM ET
Pick: Sharks First Period Moneyline +103

Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks are 7-4-1 on the road and are 6-2-2 in their last 10 overall. Calgary is just 8-8 at home.

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames have allowed just 6 regulation time goals in their last 4 games. San Jose has allowed 4+ goals in 4 of its last 5.

Other things to know:

  • The Under is 20-8 in San Jose’s games this year
  • San Jose has scored 3+ goals in 7 of its last 10 games
  • The Over is 7-2 in Calgary’s last 9 home games
  • The Under is 8-2 in San Jose’s last 10 road games
  • The home team is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings

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

Lightning Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Lightning @ Coyotes Pick
Time: 9:00PM ET
Pick: Coyotes Team Total Under 2.5 -114

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning has won 5 straight games, outscoring opponents 23-9 during the streak. Arizona has lost 7 of its last 8 games.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes won both meetings last year. This looks like a potential letdown spot for the Lightning, coming off back-to-back wins over Winnipeg and St. Louis.

Other things to know:

  • Tampa is 9-4-1 on the road
  • Arizona is 3-8-1 at home
  • Tampa has scored 3+ goals in 5 straight games
  • Tampa has allowed 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games
  • Tampa has scored 9 non-empty net goals in its last 4 road games
  • Arizona has scored 4 goals in its last 4 games, and 2 or less regulation time goals in 9 of its last 10 games
  • The Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings
  • Tampa has won 8 of its last 11 visits to Arizona
  • The Under is 16-5 in Arizona’s last 21 games

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

Capitals Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Capitals @ Bruins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -115

Reasons to bet Washington: The Capitals have won 8 of their last 10 games overall, and they’ve won 10 straight meetings with Boston. The Bruins have lost 14 of their last 19 games when playing on 0 days rest.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins are 9-4-2 at home and have won 5 of their last 6 games. Washington is 6-7-1 on the road and has lost 7 of its last 9 games on 0 days rest.

Other things to know:

  • Washington beat Boston 3-2 Nov. 4 in Boston
  • Washington has allowed 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 10 games
  • Washington has scored 4+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Boston has allowed 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Washington has won its last 5 visits to Boston
  • The Under is 21-5 in the last 26 meetings in Boston
  • Oshie is out for Washington

Probable goalies: Holtby (confirmed), Khudobin (confirmed)

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

Reasons to bet Buffalo: The Sabres have earned points in 4 straight games (2-0-2), allowing just 2 regulation time goals in each of those outings. Philadelphia is just 5-6-4 at home.

Reasons to bet Philadelphia: The Flyers have won 4 straight, scoring 4 goals or more in each of those games as well as 6 of their last 8. Buffalo has lost 8 of its last 10 trips to Philadelphia.

Other things to know:

  • Buffalo is 4-8-5 on the road
  • Buffalo is 4-2-1 in the last 7 meetings
  • The Under is 7-1-1 in Buffalo’s last 9 games and 15-5-2 in Buffalo’s last 22
  • The Over is 7-3-1 in Philadelphia’s last 11 games
  • Philadelphia has allowed 2 goals or less in 4 straight games
  • Buffalo has scored 11 goals in its last 4 games after scoring 1 goal in its previous 4
  • The Over is 20-5-2 in the last 27 meetings in Philadelphia

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

Islanders Logo VS Pick Blue Jackets Logo
Game: Islanders @ Blue Jackets Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Islanders Team Total Under 2.5 -108

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders usually bounce back well from poor performances like last night’s 5-2 defeat at home to Dallas, winning 10 of their last 11 following a loss by 3+ goals. Columbus has lost 3 of its last 5 games.

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets should be motivated to rebound from Tuesday’s 7-2 loss at home to Edmonton. New York has 1 regulation time win in its last 7 games, going 1-5-1 in that stretch.

Other things to know:

  • The Over is 19-6-1 in New York’s last 26 games
  • The Under is 11-5 in Columbus’ last 16 games
  • New York has allowed 3+ goals in 6 of its last 7 games
  • Columbus has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 8 of its last 10 home games
  • Columbus has won 4 of the last 5 meetings
  • Dubinsky is out for Columbus

Probable goalies: Halak, Bobrovsky

Devils Logo VS Pick Canadiens Logo
Game: Devils @ Canadiens Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils are 10-4-2 on the road. Montreal is playing its first game in 5 days.

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens have won 4 straight meetings and 7 of the last 9. New Jersey is missing Hall and Johansson.

Other things to know:

  • New Jersey has allowed 5 goals in 3 of its last 5 games
  • New Jersey has scored 2+ goals in 9 of its last 10 games
  • Montreal has allowed 13 goals in its last 3 games after giving up 6 in its previous 5
  • The Under is 19-7-5 in the last 31 meetings in Montreal
  • Montreal is playing its final game of a 5-game homestand
  • The road team has won 18 of the last 26 meetings

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

Blackhawks Logo VS Pick Jets Logo
Game: Blackhawks @ Jets Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Over 6 +100

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks have won 10 of their last 12 visits to Winnipeg. The Jets have allowed 4+ goals in 4 of their last 6 games.

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets are 11-2-1 at home, where they’ve scored 24 goals in their last 4 outings. Chicago has been limited to 2 regulation time goals or less in 6 of its last 8 games.

Other things to know:

  • The road team has won 6 of the last 7 meetings
  • 4 of Chicago’s last 8 games went to overtime
  • The Under is 5-1 in Chicago’s last 6 games
  • The Over is 6-2 in Winnipeg’s last 8 games
  • Winnipeg has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games

Probable goalies: Crawford, Hellebuyck (confirmed)

Leafs Logo VS Pick Wild Logo
Game: Leafs @ Wild Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -105

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs are 10-6-1 on the road this season. Minnesota has just 1 regulation time win its last 9 games (5 OT wins in that span).

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild has won 7 of its last 8 games against the Leafs, including the last 4 in Minnesota. The Leafs have scored 2 goals or less in 4 of their last 5 games and remain without top scorer Auston Matthews.

Other things to know:

  • Toronto beat Minnesota 4-2 Nov. 8 in Toronto
  • The Under is 10-0-1 in the last 11 meetings
  • Toronto has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 6 road games
  • Minnesota has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 4 of its last 5 games and 5 of 7

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

Ducks Logo VS Pick Blues Logo
Game: Ducks @ Blues Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 -110

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks have allowed 4 regulation time goals in their last 3 games. St. Louis is playing its 4th game in 6 days.

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues are 11-6 at home. Anaheim has lost 5 of its last 6 road games.

Other things to know:

  • Anaheim beat St. Louis 3-2 Nov. 29 in St. Louis
  • Anaheim is playing its first game of a 6-game road trip
  • The Under is 19-11 in Anaheim’s games this year
  • St. Louis has allowed 6 goals in its last 4 games, and 2 or less in 4 of its last 6
  • Anaheim has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 4 of its last 5 games and 5 of 7
  • The home team is 39-13-1 in the last 53 meetings
  • Perry is out for Anaheim
  • Bouwmeester is questionable and Pietrangelo and Schwartz are out for St. Louis

Probable goalies: Gibson, Allen (confirmed)

Panthers Logo VS Pick Avalanche Logo
Game: Panthers @ Avalanche Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 +106

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have earned points in 5 of their last 6 games (2-1-3) and 7 of 9 (4-2-3). Colorado is playing its first home game in 9 days following a 4-game road trip.

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche is 8-5-1 at home. Florida lost 7-3 to Colorado last week in Florida.

Other things to know:

  • Both teams are playing their 3rd game in 4 days and 4th in 6
  • Florida has lost 10 of its last 11 games when playing for the 4th time in 6 days
  • Colorado has lost 6 of its last 7 games when playing for the 3rd time in 4 days
  • Florida has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 4 of its last 5 road games
  • Colorado has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 9 of its last 10 games
  • The Under is 10-1 in Florida’s last 11 road games

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

Predators Logo VS Pick Oilers Logo
Game: Predators @ Oilers Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Over 6 -114

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators have won 9 straight meetings with the Oilers. Edmonton has lost 12 of its last 14 games following a victory.

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers have scored 6+ goals in 3 of their last 5 games, and 3+ goals in 6 of 8.

Other things to know:

  • Nashville has scored 3+ goals in 8 straight games (7 times in regulation)
  • Edmonton has allowed 5 goals in its last 3 games
  • Edmonton has won 7 of its last 9 games when playing for the 4th time in 6 days
  • Nashville has outshot its last 2 opponents 92-65
  • Edmonton has outshot its last 3 opponents 119-76

Probable goalies: Rinne, Brossoit (confirmed)

Penguins Logo VS Pick Golden Knights Logo
Game: Penguins @ Golden Knights Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Golden Knights First Period Moneyline -103

Reasons to bet Pittsburgh: The Penguins are expected to have #1 netminder Matt Murray back from injury tonight. Vegas has 1 regulation time win in its last 8 games.

Reasons to bet Vegas: The Golden Knights are 11-2-1 at home while Pittsburgh has lost 8 of 11 on the road. Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury gets his first shot at the team that let him go in the expansion draft.

Other things to know:

  • The Over is 18-13 in Pittsburgh’s games this year
  • The Over is 19-9 in Vegas’ games this year
  • Pittsburgh has scored 3+ goals in 8 of its last 9 games
  • Vegas has allowed 3+ goals in 7 of its last 8 games
  • Vegas has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games

Probable goalies: Murray, Fleury (confirmed)

 

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