We were close to a big night yesterday but ended up having to settle for pushes on both our Best Bets and a 3-3 record on our leans.
Our Best Bet on the Canucks/Devils Over 5 saw the teams combine for 4 goals in the first 31 minutes, but then just 1 in the final 29 as that bet cancelled. We also had a Best Bet on the Flyers -1 and they held a late 2-1 lead before allowing the equalizer. Fortunately, they won in OT to at least push that bet.
Another bad break was the Sabres scoring with 30 seconds left in regulation time to spoil our suggestion on the Under 2.5 team total. So there wasn’t much separating us from a 5-2 night overall, possibly even better if the Flyers had added an empty netter to cover the -1.
The bounces even out over a long season, but hopefully we get a couple of good ones tonight and get back on track. Four games tonight in the NHL, and our thoughts on each of them are below. Good luck!
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.
We were surprised the juice wasn’t heavier on the Under here, since the stats for both teams suggest this should be a pretty low-scoring game.
Boston’s a defensive-minded team at all times, but it’s incredible how defensive they are on the road. In the Bruins’ 14 road games this year, there has been an average of just 4.14 regulation games scored. And that includes a 6-3 loss in Columbus in their season opener. Take that first game out of the equation and Boston’s road games have seen an average of 3.77 regulation time goals in their last 13 outings.
Washington’s struggling to score right now as well. The Capitals needed overtime to beat Buffalo 3-2 Monday in what should have been a great spot for Washington to break out, and they’ve scored just 5 regulation time goals in their last 4 games. Defensively, the Capitals are playing as soundly as ever, holding opponents to 2 or less goals in regulation in each of their last 4 games and 6 of 8.
These teams also have a history of playing each other tight, with the Under going 34-16-1 in the last 51 meetings.
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Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild has collected points in 6 of 7 games (3-1-3) and is coming off a 2-1 overtime win Sunday in Edmonton. Minnesota has won its last 6 games against the Leafs.
Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs are 8-3 on home ice this season and the Wild has just 5 wins in 14 road outings (5-5-4). Despite going 0-1-1 in its last 2 games, Toronto outshot its opposition by a combined total of 79-53.
Other things to know:
- Minnesota beat Toronto 3-2 Oct. 20 in Minnesota
- Minnesota has won its last 2 visits to Toronto, both by 2-1 scores
- The Under is 9-0 in the last 9 meetings
- Minnesota is playing its final game of a 5-game road trip
- Minnesota has scored 3 regulation time goals in its last 2 games
- Minnesota has allowed 3 regulation time goals in its last 2 games
- Toronto has scored 16 first-period goals in its 11 home games this season
- Toronto has scored 2 goals in regulation time in its last 2 games
- Toronto has scored 32 goals in its last 8 home games
- The Over is 6-1 in Toronto’s last 7 home games
- Kadri is questionable for Toronto
Probable goalies: Dubnyk (confirmed), Andersen (confirmed)
Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators have a winning record on the road (6-4) and have gone 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall. Ottawa has won its last 4 meetings with the Sharks, and is 3-1 in its last 4 trips to San Jose.
Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks are 9-3 at home this year, 5-1 in their last 6 home games, and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. San Jose has allowed just 9 goals in its last 7 games.
Other things to know:
- The Under is 17-2 in San Jose’s games this year
- The Under is 9-0 in San Jose’s home games this year
- The Under is 16-9 in Ottawa’s games this year
- The Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between the teams
- Each of the last 7 meetings between the teams has featured 5 goals or more
- Ottawa’s power play is 7 for 20 in its last 5 games
- San Jose’s penalty kill has allowed 4 goals in 10 shorthanded situations over the last 5 games
- Ottawa has allowed 15 regulation time goals in its last 4 games after allowing 5 in its previous 4
- San Jose has scored 2+ goals in 9 straight games
- Ottawa has scored 2+ goals in 8 straight games
Probable goalies: Condon (confirmed), Jones
Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes are in almost every game, covering the +1.5 puck line 14 of 17 times as an underdog. The Ducks have won just 1 of their last 4 home games.
Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks should be motivated tonight after being embarrassed in their last outing, losing 8-3 Sunday in Calgary. Carolina’s won just 3 of its 15 road games (3-7-5).
Other things to know:
- Anaheim beat Carolina 4-2 Nov. 10 in Carolina
- Anaheim is 7-4-1 at home
- Carolina has scored 10 regulation time goals in its last 7 games
- Carolina has allowed 18 regulation time goals in its last 10 games
- The Under is 7-1-3 in Carolina’s last 11 games, and 6-1-2 in Carolina’s last 9 on the road
- Anaheim has scored 2 goals in each of its last 4 home games
- Anaheim’s last 5 home games have all been decided by 1 goal
- The Over is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings
Probable goalies: Ward (confirmed), Gibson
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