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NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, December 15

Jon and Derek2-2 night for our leans yesterday (both winners at plus money) and we also cashed the live bet we posted on Twitter: Flyers/Avalanche 2nd Period Over 1.5 at -118 odds.

Tonight should be a lot more exciting as there are 8 games in the NHL.

Most of our opinions tonight are either team totals or totals, though we do have a Best Bet on a side and also lean on another team to win.

In case you’re wondering, we’ve made a conscious effort to focus more on team totals and first period lines because of how often games are decided in OT. We’ve concluded that overtime and shootouts are basically random and unpredictable, so we like having our bets settled in regulation time as much as possible.

We made that switch when we started posting opinions on all games at the start of November, and it’s worked out very well so far. Many stick to the more traditional ways of betting hockey (moneylines and Over/Unders) but in our opinion there is more opportunity betting the less popular markets.

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.

Ducks Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Ducks @ Bruins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Ducks Team Total Over 2.5 +104

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks have won their last 5 meetings with the Bruins and should be in foul (fowl?) mood after melting down in the third period Tuesday in Dallas. Boston lost in overtime last night in Pittsburgh and has lost 6 of its last 7 when playing on 0 days rest.

Reasons to bet Boston: Over their past 5 games, the Bruins have taken the Capitals, Canadiens and Penguins into overtime, including a win over Montreal. Anaheim has just 5 wins in 15 road games this year (5-6-4).

Other things to know:

  • Boston is 7-7 at home
  • Anaheim has scored 30 regulation time goals in its last 10 games
  • Anaheim has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games and 5 of its last 7
  • Anaheim has allowed 25 goals in its last 6 games
  • Anaheim has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Boston has scored 10 regulation time goals in its last 5 games
  • Boston has allowed 4 goals in 4 of its last 5 games, and 3+ in 5 of its last 6
  • Boston has gone to OT in 6 of its last 9 games
  • Boston is playing its 3rd game in 4 nights, 4th in 6 nights and 6th in 9 nights

Probable goalies: Bernier, Rask

Blackhawks Logo VS Pick Islanders Logo
Game: Blackhawks @ Islanders Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5 +118

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks have allowed only 2 regulation time goals in their last 4 games and held 8 of their last 10 opponents to 2 goals or less. New York has allowed 17 regulation time goals in its last 5 games.

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders’ offence has scored at least 2 goals in 12 straight games and 3+ in 6 of those contests. Chicago is averaging less than 2 goals per game on the road.

Other things to know:

  • Chicago is 7-6-1 on the road
  • New York is 9-5-4 at home
  • The Under is 17-5-5 in Chicago’s last 27 games
  • The Under is 8-1 in Chicago’s last 9 games
  • Chicago has scored 2 goals or less in 6 of its last 9 games
  • New York has allowed 10 goals in its last 2 games
  • The Under is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings
  • Chicago has won 7 of the last 9 meetings, but only 2 of the last 7 in New York

Probable goalies: Darling (confirmed), Greiss (confirmed)

Coyotes Logo VS Pick Leafs Logo
Game: Coyotes @ Leafs Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -111

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes have won 2 of 3 games and are playing better defence lately, allowing 1 regulation time goal or less in 3 of their last 4 games (in the other, they gave up 7 to Pittsburgh). The Leafs have lost 4 of 5 at home and 5 of 6 overall.

Reasons to bet Toronto: Even with their recent home struggles, Toronto is still 8-5-1 at Air Canada Centre while the Coyotes are 4-9-3 on the road. Arizona is playing its 3rd game in 4 nights and 4th in 6.

Other things to know:

  • The Under is 17-9 in Arizona’s last 26 games
  • Arizona has won its last 4 meetings with Toronto
  • Arizona has scored 1 goal or less in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Toronto has scored 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Toronto has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 (3 of 6 in regulation time)
  • Toronto has gone Under in 6 straight games
  • The Over is 14-5-1 in the last 20 meetings between the teams

Probable goalies: Smith, Andersen (confirmed)

Kings Logo VS Pick Red Wings Logo
Game: Kings @ Red Wings Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Kings Team Total Over 2.5 -118

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings are in a bounceback spot after a disappointing 6-3 loss Tuesday in Buffalo. Detroit has lost 11 of its last 13 home games and 5 of its last 7 overall.

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings have owned the Kings at Joe Louis Arena over the years, winning 26 of 31 meetings. LA is 4-8-1 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • Los Angeles has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games and 7 of 10
  • Los Angeles has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games (22 goals in those 6 games)
  • Los Angeles has lost 4 of its last 6
  • Detroit has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Detroit has gone to OT in 6 of its last 10 games
  • The home team is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings

Probable goalies: Zatkoff, Howard (confirmed)

Wild Logo VS Pick Predators Logo
Game: Wild @ Predators Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Wild Team Total Over 2.5 +110

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild has won 5 straight games and outscored its opposition 8-2 in its past 2 outings. Nashville has been gouged for 3 or more goals against in 8 straight games.

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators came back from a 3-0 second-period deficit to beat the Blues 6-3 Tuesday and are now 10-2-2 at home. Minnesota is just 6-5-4 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • The Under is 15-8 in Minnesota’s games this year
  • The Over is 15-11 in Nashville’s games this year
  • Minnesota has scored 3+ goals in 4 straight games and 8 of 10
  • Minnesota has allowed 9 regulation time goals in its last 6 games
  • Nashville has scored 26 goals in its last 6 home games
  • Nashville has gone Over in 6 straight home games
  • The Under is 7-3-2 in Minnesota’s last 12 road games
  • The road team has won 7 of the last 10 meetings

Probable goalies: Dubnyk, Rinne

Panthers Logo VS Pick Jets Logo
Game: Panthers @ Jets Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5 +115

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have rebounded well from lopsided losses recently, winning 4 straight times after losing their previous game by 3+ goals. Winnipeg has lost 4 straight games.

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets have won 5 of their last 6 home games against the Panthers. Florida is 5-8-4 on the road and has 2 wins in its last 9 games overall.

Other things to know:

  • Florida has scored 2 goals or less in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Florida has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games
  • Winnipeg has scored 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 5 games
  • Winnipeg has allowed 15 goals in its last 4 games and 24 in its last 7 games
  • Florida has lost 4 straight road games
  • The Over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings
  • The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings

Probable goalies: Luongo, Hellebuyck (confirmed)

Rangers Logo VS Pick Stars Logo
Game: Rangers @ Stars Lean
Time: 8:30PM ET
Lean: Rangers -110

Reasons to bet New York: The Rangers have won 8 of their last 11 games on the road and have outscored their opponents 9-3 over their last 4 games overall (going 3-1). Dallas has lost 15 of its last 18 games when coming off a win.

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars beat the Ducks 6-2 Tuesday to improve to 8-4-2 at home this season. New York has been limited to 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 5 games.

Other things to know:

  • New York has allowed 2 goals or less in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Dallas has scored 11 goals in its last 2 home games
  • Dallas has scored 2 goals or less in 6 of its last 10 games
  • The Over is 16-12 in New York’s games this year
  • The Under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings

Probable goalies: Lundvqist (confirmed), Niemi

 

Good luck!

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