NHL Betting Tips For Friday, February 17

Jon and DerekWe went 2-4 overall yesterday, including a Best Bet loser on the Rangers to beat the Islanders.

It’s been a slower week in the NHL with a lot less games scheduled. Six teams have been on their bye week and it seems like the other teams have had a few more days off than usual between games.

That lack of continuity might be why we’ve found this week to be one of the toughest to read this season (along with after the Christmas break and all-star break). Situations and trends aren’t quite jumping off the page the way they usually do.

With that said, we’re not personally betting any games tonight as we wait to get a better feel on the league again.

We’ve still got stats, trends and leans on the 3 games tonight, and hopefully you’ll still find those helpful. We just advise you not to blindly follow our opinions (we actually suggest that all the time anyway).

Good luck tonight! And if you’ve got any strong feelings on the games tonight that might help everyone out, please feel free to weight in in the comments section below.

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.

Penguins Logo VS Pick Blue Jackets Logo
Game: Penguins @ Blue Jackets Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Blue Jackets Moneyline -120

Reasons to bet Pittsburgh: The Penguins are 6-0-2 in their last 8 games. Columbus is just 4-5-1 in its last 10 games and 9-10-1 since its 16-game winning streak.

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets are 20-8-1 at home, including a 7-1 rout of the Penguins Dec 22. Pittsburgh finished last night’s game with 4 healthy defencemen after Schultz and Maatta suffered injuries against Winnipeg.

Other things to know:

  • Pittsburgh beat Columbus 4-3 in OT Feb. 3 in Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 12-10-4 on the road
  • The Over is 35-17 in Pittsburgh’s games this year
  • The Under is 7-2 in Columbus’ last 9 home games
  • Pittsburgh has scored 3+ goals in 8 of its last 9 games (4+ in 6 of 8)
  • Columbus has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Columbus has allowed 2 goals or less in 3 of its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 12-5 in its last 17 games when playing for the 3rd time in 4 days
  • The Over is 23-10 in the last 33 meetings

Probable goalies: Murray, Bobrovsky

Avalanche Logo VS Pick Hurricanes Logo
Game: Avalanche @ Hurricanes Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -121 (Avalanche First Period +193 also makes sense given teams’ struggles off bye week)

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Hurricanes are playing their first game following their bye week, and NHL teams are 3-9-1 in that situation this year. Carolina entered the bye week with 7 losses in their last 10 games.

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes are 17-6-1 at home this season. Colorado has lost 14 of its last 16 games and is playing for the 4th time in 6 days.

Other things to know:

  • Colorado has scored 2 goals or less 9 in of its last 11 games and 23 of 27
  • Colorado has allowed 2 goals or less in 3 of its last 7 games
  • Carolina has allowed 14 goals in its last 3 games and 3+ in 8 of its last 10
  • Carolina has scored 2 goals or less in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Colorado has lost 6 of its last 8 when playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • The Under is 10-3-3 in Colorado’s last 16 games when playing its 3rd game in 4 days
  • The home team is 16-5-1 in the last 22 meetings

Probable goalies: Pickard, Ward (confirmed)

Panthers Logo VS Pick Ducks Logo
Game: Panthers @ Ducks Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Ducks Moneyline -128

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have won 5 of their last 6 games, including a 6-5 OT win Wednesday in San Jose. Anaheim is playing its first home game this month.

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks have held opponents to 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of their last 7 games. Florida’s given up 4+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games and 6 of 10.

Other things to know:

  • Florida beat Anaheim 2-1 Feb. 3 in Florida
  • Florida is 11-10-7 on the road
  • Anaheim is 17-6-3 at home
  • The Under is 27-18 in Anaheim’s games this year
  • Florida has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games
  • Anaheim has scored 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Anaheim is 5-1 in its last 6 home games following a road trip of 7+ days
  • The Under is 8-1 in Anaheim’s last 9 home games

Probable goalies: Luongo, Gibson


Good luck!

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