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NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, October 12

Jon and DerekWe suffered our first loss of the NHL betting season last night as the Capitals lost the first period 1-0 to Pittsburgh. 3 penalties didn’t help Washington’s cause, but the Pens also deserve some credit for beating a Capitals squad that had to want revenge for last year’s playoff defeat.

Our leans went 2-0 for the second straight night as the Devils didn’t even need the +0.5 in regulation in an upset of the Leafs, and the Coyotes and Bruins combined for 9 goals to sail over the 5.5 total.

Scoring continues to be high around the NHL, but so do power plays. We expect scoring to slow down soon, but until it does, the Over seems to make sense in pretty much every matchup you look at right now.

We’ve got 1 bet for tonight as well as 3 strong opinions. You can find them all below, along with breakdowns of each of the 7 matchups on tonight’s NHL schedule.

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 Lightning Logo
Game: Penguins @ Lightning
Time: 7:30PM ET
Pick: Penguins Team Total Over 2.5 -130 (Pinnacle)

Reasons to bet Pittsburgh: After allowing 15 goals in their first 2 games, the Penguins have allowed a total of 2 in their last 2. Pittsburgh has won 5 straight against the Lightning and 3 of its last 4 visits to Tampa Bay.

Reasons to bet Tampa Bay: The Lightning hasn’t played since Monday while the Penguins are playing for the second straight night. Tampa Bay has scored 4+ goals in each of its first 3 games.

Other things to know:

  • Pittsburgh has scored 3+ goals in 3 of 4 games
  • Tampa Bay has allowed 3+ goals in 3 straight games
  • Pittsburgh has lost 5 of its last 6 games on 0 days rest
  • The Over is 21-4-1 in the last 26 meetings and 12-3-2 in the last 17 in Tampa Bay

Probable goalies: Niemi, Vasilevskiy

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Blues Logo VS Pick Panthers Logo
Game: Blues @ Panthers
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues carry a 4-0 record into this game, and they’ve won their last 5 visits to Florida. The Panthers haven’t played since Saturday.

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers outshot Tampa Bay 84-55 in their first 2 games this season. St. Louis is banged up with injuries and its short depth could be exposed now that the Blues have to play their 4th game in 6 days.

Other things to know:

  • The road team has won 6 of the last 7 meetings
  • St. Louis has scored 3+ goals in 4 straight games
  • Florida has allowed 4+ goals in both of its games this year
  • The Under is 17-6-1 in the last 24 meetings and 8-3 in the last 11 in Florida

Probable goalies: Allen, Luongo (confirmed)

Stars Logo VS Pick Predators Logo
Game: Stars @ Predators Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Stars Moneyline +101

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars have outshot each of their first 3 opponents by 8 shots or more and are allowing just 25 shots per game this year. Nashville has allowed 4+ goals in each of its first 3 games.

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators have won 7 of their last 10 home games versus Dallas and the home team has won 48 of the last 71 meetings.

Other things to know:

  • Dallas has scored 3+ goals in 3 straight meetings and 8 of the last 10
  • Josi is questionable for Nashville
  • Hamhuis is questionable for Dallas

Probable goalies: Bishop (confirmed), Rinne

Wild Logo VS Pick Blackhawks Logo
Game: Wild @ Blackhawks Lean
Time: 8:30PM ET
Lean: Blackhawks Moneyline -119

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild should play with some urgency as it still seeks its first win of the season. Chicago has been outshot 85-46 in its last 2 games and is playing its 3rd game in 4 nights.

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks have won 13 of their last 18 home games against Minnesota and have scored 4+ goals in each of the last 3 meetings. Minnesota gave up 4+ goals in both of its games so far.

Other things to know:

  • Minnesota has scored 3+ goals in 6 of the last 7 meetings
  • Chicago has allowed 1 goal in 3 of its last 4 games
  • The Over is 4-0-3 in the last 7 meetings
  • Granlund and Parise are expected to be out for Minnesota

Probable goalies: Dubnyk, Crawford (confirmed)

Red Wings Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Red Wings @ Coyotes
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings have owned Arizona for years, going 24-8-3 in their last 35 games in Phoenix and 43 of the last 67 meetings overall. Arizona gave up 4 first-period goals Tuesday in Vegas and is still winless on the year.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes need a bounceback effort after Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights. Detroit has scored just 3 regulation time goals in its last 2 games.

Other things to know:

  • The road team has won 5 of the last 6 meetings
  • Detroit has scored 3+ goals in 5 of the last 6 meetings
  • Kronwall is questionable for Detroit

Probable goalies: Howard, Raanta

Jets Logo VS Pick Canucks Logo
Game: Jets @ Canucks
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets have scored 10 goals in their first 3 games, including a 5-2 win in Edmonton on Monday. Winnipeg has won 6 of its last 7 games against Vancouver.

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks are off to a 1-0-1 start and have won 7 of their last 9 home games versus the Jets. Byfuglien is out of the lineup for Winnipeg.

Other things to know:

  • The Under is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings

Probable goalies: Hellebuyck (confirmed), Markstrom

Sabres Logo VS Pick Sharks Logo
Game: Sabres @ Sharks Lean
Time: 10:30PM ET
Lean: Sabres +0.5 (regulation time) -115

Reasons to bet Buffalo: The Sabres aren’t intimidated by visiting the Sharks, having won 5 of their last 6 trips to San Jose and 10 of the last 12 meetings overall. San Jose is already 0-2 at home, allowing 9 goals in those 2 games.

Reasons to bet San Jose: The winless Sharks can’t afford to take Buffalo lightly, and have had 4 days off to prepare. The Sabres have allowed 14 even strength goals in their first 3 games, including 6 in each of their last 2.

Other things to know:

  • Buffalo is playing its first game of a west coast road trip
  • The Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Jose

Probable goalies: Lehner, Jones


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