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NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, October 20

Jon and Derek

It was a quiet night in the NHL yesterday with just 2 games, but there was plenty of noise in Winnipeg.

The Leafs and Jets combined for 9 goals, easily cashing our bet on the Over 5.5 in an incredible game. Toronto looked well on its way to an easy victory with a 4-0 lead in the second period and 4-1 after two, but the Jets came storming back with 3 in the 3rd and then won it in OT.

Patrik Laine came up huge in his first matchup against Auston Matthews, recording a hat trick – including the equalizer in the final minute of regulation and then the OT winner. It’s already shaping up to be a tremendous Calder Trophy race.

We were talking after the game about how great it is to see a team overcome a 4-0 deficit. A few years ago, if a team was ahead going into the third period, they were almost guaranteed to win. Not sure if it’s because we’re still early in the season or whether the hockey’s going to be more wide open this year, but it’s exciting stuff.

11 games on the NHL board tonight, and we’ve got 4 bets. We were also close to taking the Flyers at home over the Ducks (Philly’s home opener and it’s dedicated to the memory of late owner Ed Snyder) and considered taking the Oilers as home dogs against the Blues, but decided 4 bets was enough. 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.

Leafs Logo VS Pick Wild Logo
Game: Leafs @ Wild
Time: 8:00PM ET
Pick: Wild -1.5 +168 (5Dimes)

The Leafs hit the ice again tonight less than 24 hours after seeing a 4-0 lead turn into a 5-4 overtime loss in Winnipeg. That has to be demoralizing for a team, even a young one like the Leafs that doesn’t have huge expectations on it. Toronto has earned at least a point in all 3 of its games this season, but you could argue it’s due for a clunker and having to play the second night of a back to back in Minnesota with your backup goalie looks like as good a time as any. For what it’s worth, Jhonas Enroth allowed 18 goals in 3 starts versus the Wild in 2014-15.

Minnesota has scored 10 goals in its last 2 games, playing a more offensive style under Bruce Boudreau. If the Wild can get a couple of goals early, we could see the Leafs heads start to hang as they are reminded of last night’s ending. We fully expect Minnesota to earn its sixth straight home win over the Leafs, and the potential for a blowout has us shooting for a huge return on the -1.5 puck line.

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Devils Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Devils @ Bruins
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Over 5 -101 (5Dimes)

Over 5 is a pretty low bar to clear when it comes to NHL totals, as all we need is for both teams to score 2 goals to guarantee us of a push in the worst-case scenario. We’ve bet Boston over the total in each of its first 3 games, largely because of the Bruins’ banged-up defence corps. We’ve gone 1-2 on those bets, but all 3 of the Bruins’ games so far this year have featured 5 goals or more.

The Devils are never a popular Over bet, but they easily could have had more than 2 goals Tuesday in their home win over the Ducks. Taylor Hall scored twice in that game and looks poised to be the offensive threat New Jersey has been missing for years.

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Sharks Logo VS Pick Penguins Logo
Game: Sharks @ Penguins
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Penguins +119 (5Dimes)

A lot of signs point to the Sharks here. It’s their first chance to avenge last year’s loss to Pittsburgh in last year’s Stanley Cup final, and the Pens are not only without Sidney Crosby, they also have to make do without Kris Letang and Conor Sheary.

However, we just think the oddsmakers have overcompensated here by making the Pens this big of an underdog at home. Pittsburgh has proven an ability to win without some of its stars in the past (remember, they beat the Capitals in the playoffs last year when Letang was suspended, and they’ve also done well over the years without Crosby or Malkin), and they should be motivated to bounce back from a flat 4-0 loss in Montreal Tuesday night.

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Good luck!

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