It was a pretty quiet night in the NHL last night as only 3 games were played. The Islanders and Blackhawks both posted 4-0 wins, while the Blues lost 3-1 to the Avalanche despite firing 43 shots at Semyon Varlamov.
There are 5 games to pick from tonight in NHL betting. We narrowed it down to our 3 best picks, because we like a couple of angles from the other games but there were reasons not to tip them.
The Blue Jackets have goaltending issues against Tampa, but the Lightning hasn’t been scoring much lately and we’re not sure they will be able to capitalize. We leaned to the Kings in Ottawa, but the line had moved too much (LA moved from -120 to -140 before we made our picks today) and we can’t make a pick when we’ve lost that much value.
Here’s our picks on the other 3 games 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.
There are two 13-game streaks we can’t ignore in this game – Detroit’s number of games with at least a point, and their number of straight games against Buffalo with at least a point.
The Wings are also 16-0-1 in their last 17 home games versus Buffalo. Ordinarily, we might worry that Detroit wouldn’t take the Sabres seriously in this spot, but the Wings needed a shootout to beat Buffalo last time out. By taking Detroit to win in regulation time, we can get the Wings at nearly a pick ’em price, and the Sabres have lost their last three road games in regulation. We’re betting it’ll happen again.
You might not have noticed because the Oilers have been bad for a while and their home games end after most of us have gone to bed, but Edmonton’s playing some pretty good hockey! The Oilers’ 7-5 win over the Rangers Saturday completed a sweep of their 5 game homestand.
Edmonton hasn’t won in Boston in nearly 10 years (0-8-1 with one tie), and the Bruins have been playing some decent hockey of their own, so we won’t call for the outright Edmonton win at the big odds. Instead, we think an Oilers team playing with as much confidence as they’ve had for a long time can keep things close and get this one into OT. That’s all they have to do for us to cash our ticket, and it’s even odds.
Nothing like a coaching change to get a team’s attention, and that’s what we’re banking on here. There’s no excuse for the Penguins to be near the bottom of the NHL in scoring, and Mike Sullivan will be demanding more in his first game behind the Pittsburgh bench.
It’s tough to stand in the way of the Capitals these days, but they are struggling a bit. Washington lost Thursday to Florida and then was outshot 36-20 in a win at Tampa on Saturday. Braden Holtby is also 3-6 against the Penguins in his career. There’s no question who the more motivated team should be tonight, and if you combine the Penguins’ skill with motivation, it should equal something good.