Nice bounceback yesterday from a tough Wednesday as we hit our Best Bet on the Panthers and went 7-5 overall.
With 12 NHL games last night plus a good NFL game to watch, we didn’t see all of the Panthers/Red Wings game. But when we did have the game on, the Panthers looked like the much better team. Overtime is basically a crapshoot (Luongo stoned Zetterberg from close range right before the Panthers’ Barkov won the game on a breakaway) so it was nice to see Florida rewarded with a much deserved W.
It was really surprising to see the Lightning crap the bed defensively last night. The Blues’ offence is rolling, but we expected to see Tampa step up its game after a few bad performances. Stamkos or not, the Lightning can still play defence. At least the Lightning fought back from an early 4-1 hole to make a game of it, but they’ve now lost 4 in a row and have Washington coming to town on Saturday. That game should be really interesting, especially with the Caps coming off a loss.
In other games, the Blue Jackets continued to roll (now 13-3-1 in their last 17 games), the Stars continued to stink, and Jack Eichel scored both the tying and winning goals in the third period to spark the Sabres past the Rangers. Buffalo has scored 9 goals in 2 games since Eichel returned from injury, after scoring just 12 regulation time goals in their previous 8.
Just 2 games tonight. We’ve got breakdowns of them both below, along with first period leans on each. We chose first period instead of the full game in both games because we liked the odds more, and because there was such a disparity between the first period stats for both teams in each matchup.
Plus, those games are both late starts for those of us on the east coast or in Europe. It’s always a nice bonus to have your bets settled before you go to bed.
Good luck and see you tomorrow for a 12-game board!
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.
Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild’s offence is clicking, scoring 16 regulation time goals in its last 4 games after managing just 8 in its previous 6. Calgary is 4-7 on home ice.
Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames have found a hot hand in net in Chad Johnson, who is 6-2 with a 1.50 goals against average and 3 shutouts in his last 8 starts. Minnesota’s dropped 4 of its last 5 on the road.
Other things to know:
- Calgary beat Minnesota 1-0 Nov. 15 in Minnesota
- Minnesota has lost 2 straight but has recorded points in 4 of its last 5 (2-1-2)
- Minnesota is 4-5-3 on the road
- The Under is 12-7 in Minnesota’s games this year
- The Over is 3-0 in Minnesota’s last 3 games
- Minnesota has allowed 8 regulation time goals in its last 2 games after allowing 10 in its previous 7
- Calgary has scored 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 10 games
- Calgary has allowed 1 goal or less in regulation time 4 times in its last 5 games
- Minnesota has won 6 of the last 8 meetings
- The Under is 13-4-2 in the last 19 meetings in Calgary
- Minnesota has allowed just 3 first period goals in 12 road games
- Calgary has allowed 14 first period goals in 11 home games
Probable goalies: Dubnyk (confirmed), Johnson (confirmed)
Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens have allowed just 4 goals in their last 3 games. San Jose is playing its 3rd game in 4 nights and 7th in 12.
Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks haven’t lost at home to Montreal since 1999 (9 meetings). The Canadiens have lost 5 of their last 8 games, and 4 of their last 5 on the road.
Other things to know:
- San Jose is 8-3 at home
- The Under is 16-2 in San Jose’s games this year
- Montreal has scored 16 regulation time goals in its last 8 games
- San Jose has allowed 15 regulation time goals in its last 10 games
- Montreal has scored 1 first period goal on the road this season
- San Jose has won 5 of its last 6
- The Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings
Probable goalies: Price (confirmed), Jones
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