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NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, December 29

Jon and DerekOur Best Bets are now on an 11-2 run after the Leafs beat the Panthers 3-2 last night to go Over 2.5 on their Team Total. We’ve been a bit lucky on those the last couple of nights, though, needing OT or a shootout to cash the last two.

The leans yesterday weren’t as fortunate, finishing 1-3. Montreal and Tampa went Over 5, but the Pens/Canes went under by half a goal, the Flyers went over their Team Total by half a goal and the Kings lost 2-1 in Vancouver despite outshooting the Canucks 37-20.

There’s a full schedule of 12 games tonight in the NHL. We’ve got our favourite bet of the day below, followed by stats, trends and opinions on the other 11 contests.

Good luck!

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.

Devils Logo VS Pick Capitals Logo
Game: Devils @ Capitals Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Capitals -1.5 +140

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils pay close to 2:1 on the moneyline. Washington has lost 3 of its last 4.

Reasons to bet Washington: The Capitals are 12-5 at home and have won their last 7 games against the Devils. New Jersey is 4-12-5 on the road and has lost 16 of its last 21 overall.

Other things to know:

  • New Jersey has scored 2 goals or less in 9 of its last 10 games
  • New Jersey has allowed 3+ goals in 9 of its last 10 games, and 4+ in 7 of 10
  • 8 of New Jersey’s last 9 losses have been by 2 goals or more
  • Washington has scored 3+ goals in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Washington has allowed 2 goals or less in regulation time in 6 of its last 8 games
  • Hall is out of the lineup for New Jersey

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

Bruins Logo VS Pick Sabres Logo
Game: Bruins @ Sabres Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Bruins -130

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins are 10-6-4 on the road and dominated the red-hot Blue Jackets Tuesday despite losing the game, outshooting Columbus 40-22. Buffalo has allowed 3 goals or more in 8 of its last 10 games.

Reasons to bet Buffalo: The Sabres snapped a 4-game losing streak with a 4-3 win Tuesday in Detroit. Boston is 3-7 in its last 10 games, allowing 4 goals in 6 of those outings.

Other things to know:

  • Boston beat Buffalo 2-1 Dec. 3 in Buffalo and 4-0 Nov. 7 in Boston
  • Boston has won the last 5 meetings
  • Buffalo is 7-7-3 at home
  • The Under is 18-12 in Buffalo’s games this year
  • This is the first game of a home-and-home series
  • Boston has scored 2+ goals in 7 of its last 8games
  • Buffalo has earned points in 7 of its last 10 games
  • Buffalo has scored 12 goals in its last 6 games
  • Ryan O’Reilly is out for Buffalo
  • Boston has won its last 5 games in Buffalo

Probable goalies: Rask, Lehner (confirmed)

Leafs Logo VS Pick Lightning Logo
Game: Leafs @ Lightning Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Maple Leafs First Period Moneyline +111

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs won their third straight road game last night in Florida and are now 6-6-5 away from home. Tampa allowed 3 goals last night for the 7th time in 9 games.

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning should have some momentum from last night’s 4-3 comeback win over Montreal, when Tampa scored twice in the third period to tie the game, then won in OT. Toronto has lost 5 straight in Tampa.

Other things to know:

  • Tampa beat Toronto 7-3 Oct. 25 in Toronto (Toronto outshot Tampa 43-24)
  • Tampa is 10-5-1 at home
  • The Under is 11-1 in Toronto’s last 12 games
  • Toronto has allowed 2 goals in regulation or less in 6 of its last 7 games
  • Toronto has scored 12 regulation time goals in its last 3 games after scoring 8 in its previous 5
  • Toronto is 4-1-2 in its last 7 games
  • Tampa is 4-2-1 in its last 7 games
  • Tampa has scored 4+ goals in 4 of its last 7 games and 3+ in 5 of 8
  • The Over is 6-2-1 in Tampa’s last 9 games
  • The Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay

Probable goalies: Bibeau, Vasilevskiy

Canadiens Logo VS Pick Panthers Logo
Game: Canadiens @ Panthers Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Panthers -106

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Panthers have just 3 wins in their last 12 games.

Reasons to bet Florida: The Canadiens have just 2 wins in their last 7 games and 3 wins in their last 11 road games.

Other things to know:

  • Florida beat Montreal 4-3 in OT Nov. 15 in Montreal (Montreal outshot Florida 37-24)
  • Both teams lost in OT last night
  • Montreal is 6-6-3 on the road
  • Florida is 9-6-2 at home
  • Montreal has allowed 10 goals in its last 3 games after allowing 11 in its previous 6
  • Florida has gone to OT in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Florida has allowed 3+ goals in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Florida has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Barkov is out for Florida
  • Galchenyuk, Desharnais, Markov and Shaw remain out for Montreal
  • The Under is 26-12-13 in the last 51 meetings

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

Red Wings Logo VS Pick Senators Logo
Game: Red Wings @ Senators Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Over 1.5 +110

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings are a better team on the road, where they’re 8-6-1 on the year. Ottawa blew an early 3-1 lead Tuesday to lose 4-3 to the Rangers, snapping the Sens’ 4-game winning streak.

Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators are 11-5-3 at home and are clicking offensively, scoring 3+ goals in 5 of their last 6 games overall. Detroit has lost 6 of its last 8.

Other things to know:

  • Detroit beat Ottawa 5-1 Oct. 17 in Detroit
  • Detroit is playing the first game of a 7-game road trip
  • Detroit is 4-0-1 in its last 5 games against Ottawa
  • Detroit has scored 14 goals in its last 4 games (3+ goals 3 times)
  • Detroit has allowed 3+ goals in 9 of its last 10 games, and 4+ in 6 of its last 8
  • Ottawa has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 8
  • Detroit has won 7 of its last 9 trips to Ottawa
  • The Under is 12-3-1 in Ottawa’s last 16 home games
  • The Over is 5-0-1 in Detroit’s last 6 road games

Probable goalies: Coreau (confirmed), Condon

Blackhawks Logo VS Pick Predators Logo
Game: Blackhawks @ Predators Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Predators -120 (we could get -110 at Sports Interaction)

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks are 9-6-1 on the road and should be hungry to snap a 3-game losing streak. Nashville has lost its last 4 games at home.

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators have tightened up their game defensively, holding 4 of their last 5 opponents to 2 goals or less in regulation time. Chicago has lost 4 of 5 trips to Nashville.

Other things to know:

  • Chicago beat Nashville 5-3 Oct. 15 in Chicago
  • Nashville beat Chicago 3-2 Oct. 14 in Nashville
  • Chicago has scored 5 goals in its last 3 games after scoring 20 goals in its previous 5 games
  • Chicago has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games
  • The Under is 19-11 in Chicago’s games this year
  • Nashville has scored 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 9 games
  • Nashville has lost 6 of its last 9 games
  • The Over is 8-2-4 in the last 14 meetings
  • The home team has won 10 of the last 12 meetings

Probable goalies: Crawford (confirmed), Rinne

Blue Jackets Logo VS Pick Jets Logo
Game: Blue Jackets @ Jets Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -121

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets have won 13 straight games.

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets have won 4 of their last 5 games, including a 3-1 win in Chicago Tuesday. Winnipeg has swept the season series from Columbus in each of the past 2 years.

Other things to know:

  • Columbus is 10-2-3 on the road
  • Winnipeg is 10-6-1 at home
  • The Under is 19-11 in Columbus’ games this year
  • The Under is 18-13 in Winnipeg’s games this year
  • Columbus has scored 3+ goals in 12 of its last 13 games
  • Columbus has allowed 2 goals or less in 12 of its last 14 games
  • Winnipeg has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games
  • Winnipeg has allowed 10 goals in its last 5 games
  • Winnipeg has allowed 1 goal in 3 of its last 4 games

Probable goalies: Bobrovsky, Hutchinson (confirmed)

Islanders Logo VS Pick Wild Logo
Game: Islanders @ Wild Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Islanders +0.5 (regulation time) -106

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders have won 3 straight games and should come in full of confidence after beating Washington 4-3 Tuesday. New York has won 7 of its last 10 versus the Wild.

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild has won 11 straight games, scoring 3+ goals in all but 2 of those wins. Minnesota is 12-3 at home and New York is 3-7-2 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • New York beat Minnesota 6-3 Oct. 23 in New York
  • The Over is 18-12 in New York’s games this year
  • The Under is 16-11 in Minnesota’s games this year
  • New York has outscored its opponents 13-6 in its last 3 games
  • New York has scored 2+ goals in 10 straight games
  • New York has allowed 3+ goals against in 6 of its last 8 games
  • Minnesota has allowed 2 goals or less in 9 of 10
  • Minnesota has allowed 5 goals in its last 5 home games
  • The Over is 4-1-2 in Minnesota’s last 7 games

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

Avalanche Logo VS Pick Stars Logo
Game: Avalanche @ Stars Lean
Time: 8:30PM ET
Lean: Avalanche Team Total Under 2.5 -126

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche has been better on the road this year, where it is 8-9. The Avs have allowed 2 goals or less in 4 of their last 6 road games.

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars have won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 10-11 and are 3-0-1 in their last 4 games. Colorado has lost 6 of 7 and 13 of 16.

Other things to know:

  • Dallas beat Colorado 3-0 Dec. 3 in Colorado
  • Dallas is 10-5-3 at home
  • The teams split two meetings in Dallas this year, with Colorado winning 6-5 Oct. 15 and Dallas winning 3-2 Nov. 17
  • The Under is 21-15 in Dallas’ games this year
  • The Under is 5-0 in Dallas’ last 5 games
  • Colorado has scored 6 regulation time goals in its last 6 games
  • Colorado has allowed 26 goals in its last 7 games and 37 in its last 9
  • Dallas has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 6 straight games and 8 of 10
  • Dallas has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 8 games
  • The Under is 4-0 in Colorado’s last 4 road games

Probable goalies: Pickard (confirmed), Lehtonen

Kings Logo VS Pick Oilers Logo
Game: Kings @ Oilers Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Oilers Team Total Under 2.5 +113

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings outshot Vancouver 37-20 last night despite losing 2-1 to the Canucks. Edmonton is playing its first game since Friday and has lost 6 straight versus LA.

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers are 3-0-1 in their last 4 games and 4-1-1 in their last 6. LA is playing its 9th straight game on the road, where the Kings are 7-10-3 this season.

Other things to know:

  • LA beat Edmonton 4-2 Nov. 17 in LA
  • Edmonton is 8-7-1 at home
  • The Under is 18-11 in LA’s games this year
  • The Under is 20-13 in Edmonton’s games this year
  • LA has scored 10 goals in its last 6 games
  • LA has allowed 8 regulation time goals in its last 7 games
  • Edmonton has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 4 of 5 games and 5 of 7
  • Edmonton has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 6 of its last 7 games
  • The Over is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings
  • LA is 8-1 in its last 9 games against Edmonton and 21-5 in its last 26

Probable goalies: Budaj, Talbot

Rangers Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Rangers @ Coyotes Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Over 5.5 +119

Reasons to bet New York: The Rangers overcame an early 3-1 deficit to beat Ottawa 4-3 Tuesday and improve to 7-3 in their last 10 games. Arizona has lost 5 straight games, scoring a total of just 8 goals.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes have outshot their last 5 opponents by a combined total of 160-140, so at least the effort is there. New York has allowed 17 goals in its last 3 games.

Other things to know:

  • New York beat Arizona 3-2 Oct. 23 in New York
  • New York has won 6 straight versus Arizona, 9 of 10 and 14 of 17
  • New York is 11-6 on the road
  • Arizona is 6-9-2 at home
  • The Over is 19-14 in New York’s games this year
  • The Under is 21-10 in Arizona’s games this year
  • New York has scored 8 goals in its last 2 games after scoring 8 regulation time goals in its previous 5
  • Arizona has allowed 18 goals in its last 5 games
  • Arizona has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 8 of its last 10 games
  • The Over is 7-2-6 in the last 15 meetings

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

 

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