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NHL Betting Tips For Tuesday, December 20

Jon and DerekGreat night yesterday as we went 4-0 on our posted picks/leans, highlighted by a Best Bet winner on the Oilers Team Total Over 2.5.

We were denied a perfect evening by losing our live bet on the Oilers/Blues 2nd Period Over 1.5 (we posted it on Twitter). We’ve now lost 3 straight live bets after winning our first 5, even though we’ve used similar logic on all of them. It’s funny how streaks work.

There are 12 games in the NHL tonight as the league tries to cram in as much action as it can before a 3-day shutdown over Christmas. Below is our favourite bet of the day, followed by stats, trends and tips for 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.

Islanders Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Islanders @ Bruins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: 1st Period Under 1.5 -118

Reasons to bet New York: +165 odds on the Islanders looks tempting, considering the Bruins have just 1 regulation time win in their last 8 games.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins have won 5 straight meetings with the Islanders. New York has lost 5 straight games and has just 2 wins on the road this season (2-7-2).

Other things to know:

  • New York has allowed 4+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games
  • New York has allowed 3+ goals in 5 straight games
  • New York has scored 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 5
  • New York has scored 2 goals or more in 10 straight games
  • Boston has allowed 4+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games
  • Boston has scored 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Pastrnak is out for Boston
  • New York is playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • New York is 5-12 in its last 17 visits to Boston

Probable goalies: Greiss (confirmed), Rask

Predators Logo VS Pick Devils Logo
Game: Predators @ Devils Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Devils -107

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators have tightened up defensively in 2 games without PK Subban, allowing 1 regulation time goal in each outing. New Jersey has lost 13 of its last 16 games.

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils have lost just once in regulation time at home (8-1-2) and nearly upset the Rangers Sunday in New York. Nashville is 4-9-2 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • New Jersey beat Nashville 5-4 in OT Dec. 3 in Nashville
  • Nashville has scored 2 regulation time goals in its last 2 games, and 4 in its last 3
  • Nashville has scored 2 goals or less in 6 of its last 8 games
  • New Jersey has scored 2 goals or less in 6 straight games
  • New Jersey has allowed 3+ goals in 6 straight games and 9 of 10
  • Nashville is 0-5 in its last 5 games when playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • New Jersey is playing its first home game after a 4-game road trip
  • The Over is 8-2-6 in New Jersey’s last 16 games

Probable goalies: Rinne, Schneider (confirmed)

Kings Logo VS Pick Blue Jackets Logo
Game: Kings @ Blue Jackets Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -135

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings have allowed 1 goal or less in 4 of their last 5 games and are 7-2 in their last 9 games in Columbus. The Blue Jackets are playing their first home game after a western road trip.

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets have won 9 straight games, scoring 3+ goals in each of those contests. Columbus is 10-3-1 at home and the Kings are 6-9-1 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • LA beat Columbus 3-2 in OT Oct. 25 in LA
  • The Under is 17-9 in Columbus’ games this year
  • LA is playing its 5th straight road game
  • LA is playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • LA hasn’t scored a regulation time goal in 2 games after scoring 20 in its previous 6
  • Columbus has allowed 15 regulation time goals in its last 10 games
  • LA has won 16 of the last 21 meetings

Probable goalies: Budaj, McElhinney (confirmed)

Ducks Logo VS Pick Canadiens Logo
Game: Ducks @ Canadiens Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Canadiens -0.5 (regulation time) -102

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks downed Toronto 3-2 last night to improve to 5-2 in their last 7 games. Montreal has cooled off lately, losing 5 of 9 – including its last 2 at home.

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens are still one of the NHL’s best home teams, going 14-2-2 there so far this year. Anaheim is playing its fifth straight road game and its second game in as many nights, 3rd in 4 days and 4th in 6.

Other things to know:

  • Anaheim beat Montreal 2-1 Nov. 29 in Montreal
  • Anaheim has won 4 of the last 5 meetings
  • Anaheim has scored 3+ goals in 7 of its last 8
  • Anaheim has allowed 3+ goals in 3 of its last 4 and 6 of its last 9
  • Montreal has scored 5 goals in its last 3 games
  • Montreal has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of 6 games and 8 of 10
  • The Over is 6-1-1 in Anaheim’s last 8 games

Probable goalies: Gibson, Price (confirmed)

Red Wings Logo VS Pick Lightning Logo
Game: Red Wings @ Lightning Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Over 5 -130

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings snapped out of a scoring slump Saturday, scoring 6 goals against the Ducks after managing just 3 goals in their previous 4 games. Tampa has lost 9 of its last 11 games and just returned from a west coast road trip.

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning has won 12 of its last 14 home games against Detroit. The Red Wings have allowed 4 goals or more in 4 of their last 5 games.

Other things to know:

  • Tampa beat Detroit 4-3 Nov. 15 in Detroit
  • Detroit is 7-5-1 on the road
  • Tampa is 7-5-1 at home
  • Detroit has allowed 3+ goals in 7 of its last 8 games
  • Tampa has scored 13 goals in its last 4 games after scoring 1 regulation time goal or less in 5 of 6
  • Tampa has won the last 4 meetings
  • The home team has won 10 of the last 12 meetings

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

Sabres Logo VS Pick Panthers Logo
Game: Sabres @ Panthers Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Under 5 -108 (wanted Sabres Team Total Under 2.5 but it was too pricey)

Reasons to bet Buffalo: The Sabres have earned at least 1 point in 7 of their last 9 games (5-2-2). Florida has 2 wins in its last 8 games and might be rusty, having not played since Friday.

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers are coming off a 3-1 win in Colorado to improve to 2-1-1 in their last 4 games. Florida is 8-5 at home and has won 10 of its last 13 versus Buffalo.

Other things to know:

  • Buffalo beat Florida 3-0 Oct. 29 in Buffalo
  • Buffalo is 5-5-4 on the road
  • Buffalo has scored 2 goals or less in regulation 5 times in its last 7 games
  • Buffalo has allowed 3 regulation time goals in its last 2 games
  • Florida has played 9 of its last 11 games on the road
  • Florida has scored 3+ goals in 3 of its last 4 games
  • Florida has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games
  • The Under is 16-6-4 in the last 26 meetings in Florida

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

Blues Logo VS Pick Stars Logo
Game: Blues @ Stars Lean
Time: 8:30PM ET
Lean: Stars Team Total Over 2.5 -128

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues have won 7 of their last 10 visits to Dallas and 11 of 16 meetings with the Stars overall. Dallas hasn’t won 2 straight games since Nov. 10-11.

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and snapped the Flyers’ 10-game winning streak Saturday. St. Louis has lost 4 of 5 and 6 of 9.

Other things to know:

  • Dallas beat St. Louis 6-2 Nov. 3 in Dallas
  • St. Louis beat Dallas 4-3 in OT Nov. 28 in St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 4-9-1 on the road
  • Dallas is 9-5-2 at home
  • St. Louis has allowed 19 goals in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Dallas has allowed 5 goals in its last 3 games
  • Dallas has allowed 2 goals or less in 6 of its last 8 games
  • Dallas has scored 3+ goals in 2 of its last 3 games and 3 of its last 6
  • The Over is 5-0-3 in the last 8 meetings
  • St. Louis is 8-2 in its last 10 games on 0 days rest

Probable goalies: Allen (confirmed), Niemi

Avalanche Logo VS Pick Wild Logo
Game: Avalanche @ Wild Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Over 5 -126

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche has been better on the road (7-8) than at home (4-10-1). Minnesota could let down, especially with visits to the Canadiens, Rangers and Predators on deck.

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild has won 7 straight games, outscoring its opponents 16-5 in its last 4 outings. Colorado has won just 2 of its last 9 trips to Minnesota.

Other things to know:

  • Colorado beat Minnesota 3-2 Nov. 19 in Minnesota
  • Minnesota is 11-3 at home
  • Colorado has won 3 of its last 5 against Minnesota
  • Colorado has lost 3 straight, 4 of 5 and 8 of 10
  • Colorado has scored 1 goal in 3 of its last 5 games
  • Colorado has allowed 10 goals in its last 3 games and 21 in its last 5
  • Colorado has allowed 3+ goals in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Minnesota has allowed 12 regulation time goals in its last 8 games
  • Minnesota has scored 3+ goals in 6 straight games and 8 of 10
  • The Under is 8-2-2 in the last 12 meetings

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

Senators Logo VS Pick Blackhawks Logo
Game: Senators @ Blackhawks Lean
Time: 8:30PM ET
Lean: Blackhawks -0.5 (regulation time) +108

Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators are 2-0-1 in their last 3 games and have scored 3 goals or more in 5 of their last 7. Chicago is playing its 4th game in 6 days.

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks have won 5 straight games and are 6-0-1 in their last 7, outscoring their opponents 24-12 in those 7 contests. Chicago is 13-2-3 at home.

Other things to know:

  • Ottawa has allowed 3 goals in its last 2 games after allowing 3+ goals in 4 of 5 games
  • Chicago has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games
  • Chicago has allowed 12 regulation time goals in its last 7 games
  • Chicago has scored 4+ goals in 3 straight games
  • Ottawa has lost its last 7 games in Chicago

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

Jets Logo VS Pick Canucks Logo
Game: Jets @ Canucks Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Over 5 -131

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets have won their last 2 games, scoring 4 goals in each of them. Vancouver has 1 win in its last 5 games and has lost its last 4 games against the Jets.

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks are 9-5-2 at home while the Jets have lost 8 of 10 on the road (5-10-2 for the year). Vancouver has won 6 of its last 7 home games versus Winnipeg.

Other things to know:

  • Winnipeg has allowed 3+ goals in 3 of its last 4 games and 4 of 6
  • Vancouver has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games and 7 of 10
  • Vancouver has scored 3+ goals in 3 straight games
  • The Over is 5-1-1 in Vancouver’s last 7 games and 16-12 on the season
  • Winnipeg had scored 2 goals or less in regulation 5 times in 6 games before scoring 4 in each of its past two wins

Probable goalies: Hellebuyck (confirmed), Markstrom (confirmed)

Flames Logo VS Pick Sharks Logo
Game: Flames @ Sharks Lean
Time: 10:30PM ET
Lean: Sharks Team Total Under 2.5 +141

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames won last night in Arizona and are now 10-6-2 on the road. San Jose is playing its first home game after a 4-game east coast road trip.

Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks are 10-4 at home and have won 7 of their last 10 overall. Calgary is 2-8 in its last 10 games when playing on 0 days rest.

Other things to know:

  • Calgary beat San Jose 3-2 Nov. 3 in San Jose
  • Calgary has won 7 of its last 9 games
  • Calgary has scored 3+ goals in 3 of its last 4 games and 6 of 9
  • Calgary has allowed 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 10 games
  • Calgary has allowed 5 regulation time goals in its last 4 road games
  • Calgary has won 5 of its last 7 games in San Jose
  • The Under is 18-6 in San Jose’s games this year
  • The Over is 3-1-2 in San Jose’s last 6 games
  • San Jose has allowed 21 goals in its last 7 games

Probable goalies: Johnson (confirmed), Jones (confirmed)

 

Good luck!

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