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NHL Betting Tips For Saturday, January 6

Jon and DerekThere are 9 games today in the National Hockey League, beginning with afternoon contests between the Blues and Flyers in Philadelphia and the Oilers and Stars in Dallas.

After going 2-0 in Thursday’s action with comfortable winners on the Devils/Stars Over 5.5 and the Jackets/Avs First Period Under 1.5, we sat out yesterday’s 5-game card. That was a mistake as we should have been on the Jets Team Total Over 3.5 (they’ve now scored 4 goals or more in 15 of their last 17 home games) and the Vegas/Chicago Over 5.5, the two games we liked the most. We also leaned Red Wings First Period and Sharks/Senators Under 5.5, 2 picks that would have split.

There’s a fine line between being selective and being too conservative, and we’ve been a bit too selective at times this year. Part of that is trying to limit the volatility when you know that other people are betting your picks, but we’ll try to get a bit more aggressive over the next few weeks.

That begins with today, when we’ve got action in 4 of the 9 games on the board. Good luck if you’re following along, or on whatever else you’re betting today.

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.

Oilers Logo VS Pick Stars Logo
Game: Oilers @ Stars Pick
Time: 3:00PM ET
Pick: Stars Team Total Over 3 +100 in regulation time (this bet is available at 5Dimes… otherwise you can take the Team Total Over 2.5 at -155)

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers have won 5 of their last 7 road games and are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over Anaheim Thursday that snapped a 4-game losing streak. Dallas allowed 42 shots in a 4-3 win over the Devils on Thursday, the 6th time in 7 games the Stars have been outshot.

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars are 15-5-1 at home, including a 6-3 win over the Oilers Nov. 18. Edmonton has scored just 1 regulation time goal in its last 3 games.

Other things to know:

  • Edmonton beat Dallas 5-4 Oct. 26 in Edmonton
  • Edmonton is 9-8-2 on the road
  • Edmonton has allowed 4+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games
  • Edmonton is playing its first game of a 5-game road trip
  • Dallas is 7-2-2 in its last 9 games
  • Dallas has scored 4+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games
  • The Over is 8-3 in Edmonton’s last 11 road games
  • Maroon is suspended for Edmonton

Probable goalies: Talbot, Bishop (confirmed)

Canucks Logo VS Pick Leafs Logo
Game: Canucks @ Leafs Pick
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Over 5.5 -119

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks are 9-7-2 on the road this year and have been off since Tuesday. Toronto has just 3 regulation time wins in its last 11 games.

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs have outshot Vancouver 156-98 in the last 4 meetings between the teams. Vancouver has lost 6 of its last 7 games, allowing 4+ goals in 5 of those outings.

Other things to know:

  • Vancouver beat Toronto 2-1 Dec. 2 in Vancouver
  • Vancouver is playing its first game of a 7-game road trip
  • Vancouver has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games
  • The Over is 9-2 in Vancouver’s last 11 games
  • Toronto has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Toronto has allowed 2+ goals in 9 of its last 10 games
  • The Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings

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

Rangers Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Rangers @ Coyotes Pick
Time: 8:00PM ET
Pick: Coyotes +0.5 (regulation time) -123

Reasons to bet New York: The Rangers have won 8 straight meetings, scoring 4+ goals in 7 of them. Arizona is 5-13-1 at home and has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 8 of its last 10 games.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes overcame a late 2-1 deficit to beat the Predators 3-2 in overtime Thursday and improve to 3-3 in their last 6. New York has 0 regulation time wins in its last 6 games and has scored 9 regulation time goals in its last 5.

Other things to know:

  • New York is 5-7-2 in true road games this season (just 2 regulation time wins)
  • New York is 5-2-2 in its last 9 games
  • Arizona has scored 2+ goals in 8 straight games
  • The Over is 9-2-6 in the last 17 meetings
  • The Under is 21-7 in Arizona’s last 28 games

Probable goalies: Lundqvist, Raanta (confirmed)

Predators Logo VS Pick Kings Logo
Game: Predators @ Kings Pick
Time: 10:30PM ET
Pick: Predators First Period Moneyline +108 (also like First Period Under 1.5 -113)

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators should bring full focus after losing 6 of their last 8 games, including a 3-2 OT loss Thursday in Arizona. Los Angeles could be flat early in its first home game following a 3-game road trip.

Reasons to bet Los Angeles:The Kings are 11-5-3 at home and have scored 12 goals in their last 3 games overall. Nashville has scored just 12 non-empty net goals in its last 7.

Other things to know:

  • Nashville beat LA 4-3 in OT Nov. 4 in LA
  • 7 of the last 10 meetings have gone to overtime
  • Nashville is 11-7-4 on the road
  • Nashville has lost 4 of its last 5 road games
  • The Over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in LA

Probable goalies: Rinne, Quick

Blues Logo VS Pick Flyers Logo
Game: Blues @ Flyers Lean
Time: 1:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 -113

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues have won 3 straight games and held 5 of their last 6 opponents to 2 goals or less. The Flyers have given up at least 3 goals in 7 of their last 8.

Reasons to bet Philadelphia: The Flyers have scored 5+ goals in 2 of their last 3 outings, including a 6-4 win over the Islanders on Thursday. St. Louis’ offense remains ice cold without Schwartz, scoring 2 regulation time goals or less in 12 of its last 13 (excluding empty netters).

Other things to know:

  • Philadelphia beat St. Louis 2-0 Nov. 2 in St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 11-7-2 on the road
  • Philadelphia is 9-8-4 at home
  • The Under is 12-1 in St. Louis’ last 13 games
  • The Under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings
  • St. Louis has lost 9 of its last 12 games in Philadelphia

Probable goalies: Allen (confirmed), Elliott (confirmed)

Hurricanes Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Hurricanes @ Bruins Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Hurricanes +0.5 (regulation time) -123

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games and have allowed 1 goal or less in 5 of their last 9.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins are on a 7-0-2 run in their last 9 games and are 13-5-3 at home this year. Carolina is just 9-9-4 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • 7 of the last 8 meetings were decided in overtime
  • Boston is 5-0-5 in the last 10 meetings
  • Carolina is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings
  • Boston has allowed 1 goal or less in 6 of its last 7 games
  • Boston has scored 3+ goals in 7 of its last 8 games
  • The Under is 9-3-1 in Carolina’s last 13 road games
  • The Under is 6-1-2 in the last 9 meetings

Probable goalies: Darling, Khudobin (confirmed)

Lightning Logo VS Pick Senators Logo
Game: Lightning @ Senators Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 -102

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning is 13-5-2 on the road and looks to bounce back from a 2-1 shootout loss Thursday in Montreal. Ottawa has allowed at least 4 goals in 6 of its last 8 games.

Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators came back from a 4-1 deficit last night to beat the Sharks 6-5 in OT. Tampa has scored 3 goals in its last 2 games combined.

Other things to know:

  • Tampa beat Ottawa 4-3 in a shootout Dec. 21 in Tampa
  • Tampa has won 7 of the last 9 meetings
  • Ottawa is 8-7-5 at home
  • Tampa is playing its 4th straight road game
  • Tampa has allowed 1 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Ottawa has scored 1 goal or less in 4 of its last 6 games
  • The Under is 7-2 in Tampa’s last 9 road games

Probable goalies: Vasilevskiy (confirmed), Anderson (confirmed)

Wild Logo VS Pick Avalanche Logo
Game: Wild @ Avalanche Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Wild Team Total Under 2.5 +124

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild has won 16 of its last 21 games against the Avalanche.

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche is 6-1-1 in its last 8 games, allowing just 14 regulation time goals during that span. Minnesota is 8-12-1 on the road this year.

Other things to know:

  • Colorado is 14-7-1 at home
  • Minnesota has won 4 of its last 5 games
  • Minnesota has lost 4 of its last 5 road games
  • The Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado

Probable goalies: Dubnyk, Bernier

Ducks Logo VS Pick Flames Logo
Game: Ducks @ Flames Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Ducks First Period Moneyline +100 (also like First Period Under 1.5 -113)

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks have dominated Calgary for a decade, winning 39 of the last 51 meetings. The Flames are just 11-11 at home.

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames host Anaheim for the first time since being swept by the Ducks in last year’s playoffs.

Other things to know:

  • Anaheim is 9-6-6 on the road
  • The Under is 19-7-1 in Anaheim’s last 27 games
  • Anaheim has allowed 4 regulation time goals in its last 4 games and 2 or less in 5 of its last 6
  • Anaheim is 5-1-1 in its last 7 games
  • Calgary has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games
  • The Under is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings

Probable goalies: Gibson, Smith


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