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NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, October 19

Jon and DerekWe’re kicking ourselves a bit for not betting the Canadiens Team Total Under 2.5 again last night (we posted it as a lean on Twitter and Facebook, but didn’t bet it because we didn’t like the -130 odds).

Montreal’s offensive struggles continued in a 5-1 loss to Los Angeles, marking the sixth time in seven games that the Habs have been held to 2 goals or less in regulation time.

In fact, the only time Montreal has potted more than 2 goals in regulation this season was against the Leafs, who continue to play the highest-scoring games in the league. Toronto is now 6-1 to the Over following a 6-3 victory over the Red Wings last night, and most of those Overs have been “over” before the end of the second period.

We went 2-0 Tuesday, with one of those winners coming on the Coyotes/Stars Under 6. We’re going right back to that well again tonight as those teams meet again in Arizona, plus we’ve got a couple more picks for tonight as well.

You can find those picks below, along with breakdowns and any opinions we have on the rest of the 9-game NHL slate. 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.

Predators Logo VS Pick Flyers Logo
Game: Predators @ Flyers Pick
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Flyers Moneyline -121 (also considered Predators Team Total Under 2.5 +109)

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators have allowed just 3 regulation time goals in their last 3 games. Simmonds could be hampered for Philadelphia after suffering a groin injury last game.

Reasons to bet Philadelphia: The Flyers have scored 18 goals in their last 3 games. Nashville has won just 2 of its last 7 visits to Philadelphia, and both came in overtime.

Other things to know:

  • Nashville beat Philadelphia 6-5 last week in Nashville
  • The last 4 meetings in Philadelphia were decided in overtime
  • Nashville has scored 4 goals in 3 road games this year
  • The Under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia has outscored its opposition 13-3 in its 2 home games this year

Probable goalies: Rinne, Neuvirth (confirmed)

Blues Logo VS Pick Avalanche Logo
Game: Blues @ Avalanche Pick
Time: 9:00PM ET
Pick: Avalanche Team Total Under 2.5 +120 (also considered Under 5.5 -102 but Bernier is starting for the Avs)

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues have held 5 of their last 6 opponents to 2 goals or less. Colorado has lost 6 of the last 7 meetings.

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche is 2-0 at home. St. Louis played last night and could struggle playing at high altitude on short rest.

Other things to know:

  • St. Louis went 4-0-1 versus Colorado last year
  • Colorado has scored 2 goals or less in 8 straight meetings
  • Colorado has yet to allow more than 4 goals in a game this season (3 or less in 5 of 7)
  • The Under is 17-6-4 in the last 27 meetings
  • The home team has won 19 of the last 27 meetings

Probable goalies: Hutton, Bernier (confirmed)

Stars Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Stars @ Coyotes Pick
Time: 9:00PM ET
Pick: Under 6 -110

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars have held 4 of their last 5 opponents under 28 shots on goal. Arizona is 0-5-1 and has scored just 8 goals in its last 5 games.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes played much better defensively Tuesday in Dallas, limiting the Stars to 2 goals until Dallas scored a late empty-netter. If you don’t count empty netters, the Stars have scored 11 goals in 6 games.

Other things to know:

  • Dallas beat Arizona 3-1 Tuesday in Dallas
  • Dallas won all 4 meetings last year
  • Dallas is 0-2 on the road
  • Arizona has scored 2 goals or less in 5 straight meetings
  • Dallas has allowed 2 goals or less in 4 of 6 games this year
  • The Under is 10-2-1 in the last 13 meetings in Arizona
  • The Under is 19-7-1 in the last 26 meetings
  • The home team has won 19 of the last 26 meetings

Probable goalies: Bishop (confirmed), Hill (confirmed)

Lightning Logo VS Pick Blue Jackets Logo
Game: Lightning @ Blue Jackets Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Blue Jackets Moneyline -135

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning has scored 3+ goals in 6 of its 7 games this season. Columbus hasn’t scored a power play goal in its last 5 games.

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets won all 3 meetings last year by a score of 13-5. Tampa is playing its 3rd game in 4 days, 4th in 6 and 5th in 8.

Other things to know:

  • Tampa is 1-1-1 on the road
  • Columbus is 2-0 at home
  • Columbus has scored 10 goals in its last 2 games after scoring 5 regulation time goals in its previous 3
  • Columbus has allowed 2 goals or less in 3 of its last 4 games and 4 of 6
  • The Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Columbus and 18-6-1 in the last 25 meetings overall

Probable goalies: Vasilevskiy, Bobrovsky (confirmed)

Islanders Logo VS Pick Rangers Logo
Game: Islanders @ Rangers Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Islanders First Period Moneyline +105

Reasons to bet the Islanders: The Isles have won 3 straight meetings and 7 of the last 8, and have scored 3+ goals in each of the last 7 matchups. The Rangers have lost 4 straight and 6 of 7 to start the year.

Reasons to bet the Rangers: The Rangers broke out offensively for 4 goals Tuesday after scoring just 6 goals in their previous 4 games. The Islanders have given up 3+ goals in 4 of their last 5 games.

Other things to know:

  • The Islanders have won 5 of their last 6 visits to the Rangers
  • The Islanders have scored 2 goals or less in 4 of their first 6 games
  • The Islanders haven’t played since Sunday in Los Angeles
  • The Rangers have allowed 3+ goals in 4 straight games and 6 of 7
  • The Over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings

Probable goalies: Halak (confirmed), Lundqvist

Canucks Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Canucks @ Bruins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Canucks First Period Moneyline +138

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks opened up their eastern road trip Tuesday with a 3-0 win in Ottawa, the third time in 5 games that they’ve allowed 2 goals or less in regulation time. Boston has been banged up with injuries to Rask, Backes, Bergeron and Spooner, though Backes is back tonight and Bergeron may return as well.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins should be motivated to rebound from a poor performance in their last game, losing 3-1 in Vegas on Sunday. Vancouver has yet to score more than 3 goals in a game.

Other things to know:

  • Boston won both meetings last year
  • The road team has won 4 of the last 5 meetings
  • Vancouver has scored 2+ goals in 5 straight games
  • Boston has been held under 30 shots on goal in 4 straight games
  • Boston has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games

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

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

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils have won 5 of their first 6 games and are 3-0 on the road. Ottawa is still winless at home (0-1-2).

Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators won all 3 meetings last year, holding New Jersey to just 2 goals. Ottawa has allowed 7 regulation time goals in its last 5 games.

Other things to know:

  • 6 of the last 10 meetings have featured 3 goals or less
  • New Jersey has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its first 6 games
  • The Over is 4-1 in New Jersey’s games this year
  • New Jersey has given up 6 power play goals in 18 opportunities over the last 4 games
  • The Under is 18-6-3 in the last 27 meetings in Ottawa and 34-14-4 in the last 52 overall

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

Oilers Logo VS Pick Blackhawks Logo
Game: Oilers @ Blackhawks Lean
Time: 8:30PM ET
Lean: Oilers -102 (might actually bet this if the line gets back to +110)

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers outshot Carolina 51-21 in a 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes Tuesday and are second in the NHL in shots per game. Chicago has allowed 5+ goals in 2 of its last 3 games, including a 5-3 loss last night in St. Louis.

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks have won 5 of their last 6 home games versus Edmonton and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall. Edmonton has lost 4 straight, allowing 19 goals in that stretch.

Other things to know:

  • Edmonton won 2 of 3 meetings last year, including a 3-1 win in Chicago
  • Edmonton has scored 4 goals in the last 4 meetings combined
  • Chicago has scored 2 goals or less in 3 straight games
  • Chicago has allowed 4+ goals in 3 of its last 5 games
  • The Over is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings

Probable goalies: Talbot, Forsberg (confirmed)

Hurricanes Logo VS Pick Flames Logo
Game: Hurricanes @ Flames
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes have allowed 6 regulation time goals in their last 3 games. Calgary could start a bit slow in its first game since Saturday.

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames have won 4 of 5 games, scoring 4+ goals in 3 of those victories. Carolina was outshot 51-21 in its win over Edmonton on Tuesday.

Other things to know:

  • The road team won both meetings last season
  • Carolina has lost 7 of its last 8 games in Calgary
  • The home team has won 9 of the last 12 meetings
  • The Over is 7-1-1 in Calgary’s last 9 home games

Probable goalies: Darling, Smith (confirmed)

 

Good luck!

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