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NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, January 2

Jon and DerekHappy New Year! After ushering in 2020 with a compelling outdoor game yesterday in Dallas, the NHL serves up a dozen matchups tonight — highlighted by Leafs/Jets in Winnipeg, Blues/Avs in Colorado and Flyers/Knights in Vegas.

We’re personally happy to put December in the rear view mirror. Reads have been a bit better over the past 10 days (a meaningless Philly goal with 3 minutes left in regulation Tuesday and a missed empty-netter by Florida on an oddman rush Saturday are the difference between going 7-2 and 5-4 the last three days) and we’re hoping that carries forward into a night we personally have plays on five of the 12 games on the board.

One final note before we go: we leaned or bet a lot of Overs today.  The Grand Salami isn’t a wager we normally (ever) bet ourselves, but it might be a fun way to look if you want action on every game on the slate tonight. Pinnacle had the Over 73.5 goals at -110 odds around noon eastern today (implying an average of just over 6 goals per game this evening.)

Good luck on whatever you play!

Odds below are at the time we made the pick.

Panthers Logo VS Pick Senators Logo
Game: Panthers @ Senators Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Over 6.5 -108 (BetOnline)

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers routed Ottawa 6-1 Dec. 16 in Florida. Ottawa has lost 5 of its last 7 games.

Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators are 9-1-2 in their last 12 home games. Florida is playing its 4th game in 6 days and has allowed 4+ goals in 5 of its last 6.

Other things to know:

  • Florida has scored 1 goal in each of its last 2 road games and 10 goals in its last 5 road games, excluding empty netters
  • Ottawa is playing with 2 days rest
  • Ottawa has scored 3+ goals in 6 straight home games
  • The Over is 10-2 in Florida’s last 12 games when playing its 4th in 6 days
  • Florida has lost 15 of its last 22 games when playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • The Over is 7-1 in Ottawa’s last 8 games

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Flyers Logo VS Pick Golden Knights Logo
Game: Flyers @ Golden Knights Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Golden Knights First Period -0.5 +146

Reasons to bet Philadelphia: The Flyers are 2-0 all-time in Vegas, where they’ve outscored the Knights by a margin of 9-3.

Reasons to bet Vegas: The Golden Knights have won five of six at home, where they’ve lost in regulation just 7 times in 22 games this year. Philadelphia has not won in regulation in 8 straight on the road, where it’s given up 4+ goals in 5 of its last 6.

Other things to know:

  • Philadelphia beat Vegas 6-2 Oct. 21 in Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia has scored 5 regulation time goals in its last 3 games
  • Vegas has scored 3+ regulation time goals in 8 straight games
  • Philadelphia is playing its 4th game in 6 days, all in different cities
  • Vegas has outshot its last 3 opponents by a margin of 44 shots combined
  • Vegas has scored 21 goals in its last 5 home games
  • Philadelphia has lost 5 of its last 6 games against teams with winning records
  • The Under is 9-3 in Vegas’ last 12 home games

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Oilers Logo VS Pick Sabres Logo
Game: Oilers @ Sabres Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Over 6 -101

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers have more wins on the road (11-9-1) this season than at home (10-8-3). Buffalo has lost 7 of 8.

Reasons to bet Buffalo: The Sabres have won 5 of their last 7 at home, where they’re 11-5-3. Edmonton has given up 4+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games.

Other things to know:

  • Buffalo beat Edmonton 3-2 in OT Dec. 8 in Edmonton
  • Buffalo has won 5 of the last 7 meetings
  • Edmonton beat the Rangers 7-5 Tuesday in Edmonton
  • Edmonton is playing its first game of a 5-game eastern road trip
  • Edmonton has lost 7 of its last 10 games
  • Buffalo scored 4 goals Tuesday after scoring 7 goals in its previous 5 games
  • Buffalo has scored 3+ goals in 6 of its last 7 home games and 4+ in 4 of 7 at home
  • The Under is 7-3-2 in the last 12 meetings in Buffalo

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Devils Logo VS Pick Islanders Logo
Game: Devils @ Islanders Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Over 5.5 +105

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils have won 3 of 4 on the road and are 5-2-1 in their last 8 overall. New York has given up 3+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games.

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders have won 10 of their last 11 home games versus the Devils. New Jersey has scored 1 goal or less in 3 of the last 4 meetings.

Other things to know:

  • New Jersey is 8-11 on the road
  • New York is 13-4-2 at home
  • New Jersey has scored 16 regulation time goals in its last 4 games and 3+ goals in 5 of its last 7 in regulation
  • New York has allowed 16 goals in its last 3 home games
  • The Under is 13-5-4 in the last 22 meetings
  • The Over is 5-1 in New Jersey’s last 6 games
  • The Under is 12-5-1 in New York’s last 18 games

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Lightning Logo VS Pick Canadiens Logo
Game: Lightning @ Canadiens Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Canadiens +0.5 (regulation time) -114

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning has won 4 straight and is 7-2-1 in its last 10. Montreal has lost 3 straight overall and 8 of its last 10 at home.

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens have won 11 of their last 17 home games following a road trip of 4+ games. Tampa has scored 3 goals or less in 8 of its last 9 road games, excluding empty netters.

Other things to know:

  • Tampa beat Montreal 5-4 Dec. 28 in Tampa and 3-1 Oct. 15 in Montreal
  • Tampa has won 7 of the last 8 meetings
  • Both teams are playing their 4th game in 6 days
  • Tampa is 9-6-2 on the road
  • Montreal has not played at home since Dec. 14
  • Tampa has scored 5+ goals in 3 of its last 4 games
  • Tampa has scored 6 power play goals in its last 4 games
  • Montreal has allowed a power play goal in 7 of its last 9 games
  • Montreal has scored 23 goals in its last 6 games and 3+ in 6 of its last 7
  • The Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall
  • Sergachev is questionable for Tampa
  • Gallagher is questionable for Montreal

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Blue Jackets Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Blue Jackets @ Bruins Pass
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets have earned points in 11 straight (7-0-4). Boston has lost 9 of its last 13 games.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins are 14-1-8 at home and 4-0-4 in their last 8 overall. Columbus has lost 8 of its last 11 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • This is the first meeting between the teams since Boston beat Columbus in 6 games in last year’s playoffs
  • Boston has allowed 4 regulation time goals in its last 3 games
  • Columbus has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 6 straight games and 8 of 10
  • Boston has scored 3 goals or less in 9 of its last 10 games, excluding empty netters
  • The Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings
  • The Under is 11-5-1 in Boston’s last 17 games

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Ducks Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Ducks @ Coyotes Pass
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks have earned points in 4 of their last 5 trips to Arizona, including a 4-3 shootout loss Nov. 27. The Coyotes have lost 5 of 7 at home and are playing their 4th game in 6 days.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes have won 4 of the last 6 meetings. Anaheim has 1 regulation time win in its last 12 games overall and 0 in 10 straight on the road.

Other things to know:

  • Anaheim has scored 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games and 9 of 12 overall, and 6 of 7 on the road
  • Anaheim has allowed 4+ goals in 3 straight road games and 7 of 10
  • Anaheim has been outshot 147-94 in its last 4 games
  • Arizona was outshot 39-26 in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over St. Louis
  • Arizona has scored 7 non-empty net goals in its last 4 games
  • The Over is 7-2 in Arizona’s last 9 home games

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