NHL Betting Tips For Friday, January 6

Jon and DerekWe suffered a tough loss on our Sharks Best Bet last night as San Jose blew a pair of 2-goal leads, one of them in the third period, to fall 5-4 at home to the Wild.

Our leans went 3-3 with a couple Unders losing on late goals and the Kings laying a total egg against the Red Wings.

Six games in the NHL tonight, most of them later starts for those of us living along the east coast in North America – and definitely for our readers in Europe. Hopefully you’re able to stay up late on a Friday night to catch some of the action.

Good luck, and we’ll be back tomorrow for the 12-game card.

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.

Leafs Logo VS Pick Devils Logo
Game: Leafs @ Devils Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Maple Leafs First Period Moneyline -123 (also considered Leafs Team Total Over 2.5 -134)

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs have won 5 of their last 6 games and have earned points in 9 of 10 games. New Jersey has been held to 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 10.

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils have won 2 straight and 3 of their last 4. Toronto has lost its last 5 trips to New Jersey, including once already this year.

Other things to know:

  • New Jersey beat Toronto 5-4 in a shootout Nov. 23 in New Jersey (Toronto led 3-0 after the first period)
  • Toronto has scored 3+ goals in 6 straight games, and 2+ goals in 10 straight
  • Toronto has allowed 10 goals in its last 2 games after allowing 8 goals in its previous 6
  • New Jersey is 10-4-2 at home
  • New Jersey has won 6 of the last 8 meetings
  • New Jersey has allowed 1 goal in its last 2 games after allowing 16 in its previous 4
  • Toronto has gone to OT in 4 straight games and 7 of its last 10
  • The home team has won 10 of the last 11 meetings
  • The Over is 12-5-3 in the last 20 meetings in New Jersey

Probable goalies: Andersen (confirmed), Schneider (confirmed)

Predators Logo VS Pick Panthers Logo
Game: Predators @ Panthers Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Predators First Period Moneyline +102

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators seem to have solved their road issues, winning their last 4 games away from home by a combined score of 17-3. Florida has lost 5 straight at home.

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers are well-rested, having played just once this month while Nashville is playing for the second straight night and 3rd in 4.

Other things to know:

  • Florida is 9-7-3 at home
  • Nashville has allowed 2 goals in its last 3 games
  • Florida has lost 5 of 6 games
  • Florida has allowed 3+ goals in 6 of its last 7 games and 8 of 10
  • Florida has scored 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Nashville is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings
  • Nashville is 17-35 in its last 52 games playing with 0 days rest
  • Neal is questionable for Nashville

Probable goalies: Rinne, Luongo

Hurricanes Logo VS Pick Blackhawks Logo
Game: Hurricanes @ Blackhawks Lean
Time: 8:30PM ET
Lean: Blackhawks Team Total Over 2.5 -139

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes won 4-2 last night in St. Louis to improve to 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. Chicago needed a late goal in regulation time last night and then another in OT to avoid losing for the 6th time in 7 games.

Reasons to bet Chicago: That comeback win over Buffalo could spark the Blackhawks, who are one of the league’s streakiest teams. Carolina has just 6 wins in 22 road games (6-10-6) and has lost 4 of 5 in Chicago.

Other things to know:

  • Carolina beat Chicago 3-2 last Friday in Carolina
  • Carolina has allowed 2+ goals in 6 straight games
  • Carolina has scored 6 goals in its last 3 games, 11 in its last 5 and 20 in its last 9
  • Chicago has allowed 15 goals in its last 5 games
  • Chicago has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games and 7 of 10
  • Chicago has scored 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 6 games
  • Carolina is 5-1 in its last 6 games on 0 days rest

Probable goalies: Ward, Darling

Islanders Logo VS Pick Avalanche Logo
Game: Islanders @ Avalanche Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 -104 (Avs are slow starters at home and the Isles haven’t played in nearly a week)

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders have won 4 of their last 5 games and scored 4 goals or more in each of those games. Colorado has lost 10 straight games at home and 10 of 11 overall.

Reasons to bet Colorado: New York is just 4-8-2 on the road and hasn’t played since last Saturday.

Other things to know:

  • Colorado is 4-13-1 at home
  • The Over is 9-1 in New York’s last 10 games
  • New York has allowed 3+ goals in 7 of its last 10 games
  • Colorado has allowed 4+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games
  • Colorado has allowed 3+ goals in 8 of its last 10 games
  • New York is 6-2 in its last 8 games on 3+ days rest

Probable goalies: Greiss (confirmed), Pickard (confirmed)

Coyotes Logo VS Pick Ducks Logo
Game: Coyotes @ Ducks Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Coyotes Team Total Under 2.5 -145 (a bit pricey but Arizona very rarely scores more than 2 goals)

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes have to hope that Anaheim overlooks them a bit, especially with a home game against Minnesota on deck Sunday. The Ducks are expected to be without Getzlaf.

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks are 6-0-1 in their last 7 home games and are 12-4-2 at home overall this year. Arizona has lost 8 straight games, with 6 of those losses coming by 2+ goals.

Other things to know:

  • Anaheim beat Arizona 5-1 Nov. 4 in Anaheim
  • Arizona is 5-12-3 on the road
  • The Under is 22-12 in Arizona’s games this year
  • Arizona has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 8 of its last 9 games
  • Arizona has allowed 3+ goals in 8 straight games
  • Anaheim has scored 5 goals in each of its last 3 games against Arizona
  • The Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings

Probable goalies: Smith, Gibson (confirmed)


Good luck!

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