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Tuesday 26th February
New York Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins have had no trouble with the Rangers lately, winning seven of the last ten and averaging just under five goals per game in that stretch. It’s been a while since the Penguins were involved in a game that was not decided by a single goal but when they do click they have shwn the ability to really go on with the job. With the potential for an empty netter at the end, back Pittsburgh to cover the handicap at that value.
Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins
The two best teams in the NHL get set to face off in what should be an excellent game and a likely preview of the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Last time they met it was the Bruins taking advantage of a fatigued Tampa team but with an undermanned defensive core, they find themselves on the back foot here. They have been quite sound defensively as of late, giving up five goals total in their last four games while scoring 19 themselves. It would buck the trend of recent Bruins-Lightning matchups for this to be a high scoring clash but as both sides look to tune up for the playoffs, the forwards will get their chances.
St Louis Blues v Vegas Golden Knights
Two sides inching closer to securing postseason hockey face off in this game, Vegas has been the in form team of late picking up 17 of 20 points from its last ten games. St Louis has been in pretty good form themselves though, with 14 points over that same span. The Blues have never come away from a game against Vegas empty handed, winning three and taking the other two games to overtime so with these sides at a very even price, back the home side to pick up the win.
Monday 25th March
New York Islanders v Arizona Coyotes
The Islanders have been in a bit of a freefall lately, falling out of top spot in the metro division but they have a chance for a get right game here with both sides coming in as part of a back to back. The Islanders will be travelling back from Philadelphia while the Coyotes are taking the short trip from New Jersey. Historically this has been a low scoring game with both sides averaging under three goals per game over the last ten meetings. At home the Isles are the better side so back them in a low scoring clash.
Chicago Blackhawks v Colorado Avalanche
No need to force a play here to try and get these odds out over even money, the Blackhawks should be able to take care of business at home. Both sides have won five each in the last ten meetings although the Avs did take out bragging rights just over a month ago, winning 5-3 in Chicago. Both sides are trying to chase down the Wild for the final Wild Card spot in the East but you have to like the Blackhawks at home here as desperation takes over.
Vancouver Canucks v Columbus Blue Jackets
If I had to back a side in this game I’d take Columbus, but their recent form is a massive red flag for me. Three straight losses and even though this is only Vancouver, I just don’t have enough confidence right now. What I do like is the over 6.5 play since two of the last three between these sides have had 7 or more goals. The goals have been flowing in Canucks games lately with 5 or more in the last eight games so back a high scoring clash here.
Sunday 24th March
Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders
Backing an Islanders bounce-back after being shutout by both the Bruins and Montreal this week. New York in desperate need of a win if they wish to top the Capitals in the Metropolitan division, and fortunately, a road trip to Philly might just be the place to get things back on track. The Flyers have allowed the seventh-most goals on home ice this month, largely due to Carter Hart’s up and down performances in net. Speaking of goalies, Islanders netminder Thomas Greiss is 6-4 lifetime against the Flyers. New York have also allowed just seven goals in four games on the road through March.
Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins
Happy to stick with the Total and watch this potential Eastern Conference playoff preview play out. The Panthers have won three of their last five games at home, while the Bruins have also been particularly strong on the road this past week defeating both the Islanders and the Devils in convincing fashion. Having scored 15 goals in five games, the Panthers have been the fourth-highest scoring side at home this month, and not to be outdone, the Bruins have been the sixth-highest scoring side on the road with 14 goals in five games. In four of their last five meetings the Total has fallen between 4.5-6.5 goals, leaving plenty of value on offer.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Rangers
Life on the road hasn’t been fun for the Rangers. New York have lost seven-straight away from home, three of which have come by at least two goals. The Leafs have been a tough play this month, but there’s no doubt Toronto had this game circled after losing to the Rangers 4-1 in New York last month. The Rangers haven’t won at Scotiabank Arena since 2017, and despite all their recent troubles, the Leafs have still been the sixth-highest scoring side on home ice this month. Toronto outshot the Rangers 56-29 during their loss in February. Expect the Leafs to seek some revenge.
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Saturday 23rd March
Washington Capitals vs Minnesota Wild
Thursday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Lightning marked the Capitals’ first loss at home this month. You’d be mad to back against Washington considering they’ve only lost three of their last 10 games at home, but given the short price, you’ll need to look elsewhere on Saturday. The Wild are notorious slow starters, having won only three first periods in their 10 games this month. The Capitals, on the other hand, have been the fourth-best scoring side in the opening frame, scoring 80 goals in 74 games played. Caps goalie Braden Holtby will be eager to put Thursday’s overtime loss behind him, and she should feel confident with an 8-2 lifetime record against Minnesota.
Anaheim Ducks vs San Jose Sharks
Backing the Ducks straight-up on Saturday looks risky, but that isn’t to say Anaheim can’t test the Sharks. Anaheim have been the second-highest scoring side at home this month, scoring 18 goals in just eight games. The Sharks are 7-5 in the second game of a back-to-back, however backup goalie Aaron Dell has faced the Ducks only once in his three-year career. San Jose’s netminder is 6-5 on the road this season having allowed an average of 3.64 goals against.
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Friday 22nd March
St. Louis Blues vs Detroit Red Wings
Road games and the Red Wings don’t mix. Detroit have won just two of their last 10-games away from home, bad news as they travel to St. Louis to face a Blues team fresh from a 7-2 home win over the Oilers. The Blues have allowed the sixth-fewest goals on home ice this month – the Red Wings, on the other hand, have allowed 14 in five games.
Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators
The Flames have scored 23 goals in just six games at home this month, which not surprisingly, leads the league by a wide margin. Calgary have also won two-straight over Ottawa, and again, it’s no shock to learn the Senators have allowed the most goals on away ice this month – a whopping 19 goals in six games played. With backup goalie Craig Anderson making his first start in Calgary this year, expect things to get a little ugly.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets
All-in on the Jets as they look to clean sweep the Golden Knights this year. Winnipeg already own two wins over Vegas this season, the most recent of which came in February during a brilliant two-goal performance from Patrik Laine. The Jets were equally as impressive on Thursday shutting out the Ducks in Anaheim to win 3-0. Winnipeg have gone 5-2 this season during the second game of a back-to-back, while they also rank third in goals scored on the road this month. With four wins over their last six road games, these look nice odds for an upset.
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Thursday 21st March
Buffalo Sabres vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs lost their second-straight game on Wednesday to the Predators, so why should you back them again on Thursday? Toronto have won four-straight over the Sabres, which is also the minimum number of goals they’ve managed to score against Buffalo in all four wins. Last time these sides met, Toronto piled on three goals on Sabres goalie Carter Hutton before he was pulled midway through the second period. The Sabres have allowed the seventh-most goals at home this season, and despite their recent troubles, keep in mind the Leafs also rank fourth in goals scored on the road.
Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning
The Capitals rested goalie Braden Holtby specifically for this game, and despite winning 4-1 on Wednesday against the Devils, it’s difficult to back Washington at this price. In the second game of a double-header, the Caps have won just five of their 12-games this season, and even worse, the Lightning haven’t lost on the road in nearly a month. Holtby faced Washington only four days ago, allowing four goals on the road in a 6-3 loss. Even with a lengthy rest, it’s hard to see the veteran netminder stifling this unstoppable Lightning side.
Anheim Ducks vs Winnipeg Jets
Should be a bit of value on offer in this one. The Jets and the Ducks have put up five or more goals in four of their last five meetings, while the Ducks have scored 18 goals at home this month – the second-most in the league. Likewise, the Jets have been the fifth-highest scoring side on the road during the same time span, and it helps knowing they’ve won three of their last five games on the road. Anaheim goalie John Gibson gave up six-goals when he faced the Jets earlier this month, so look for a Winnipeg win and a big Total.
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Wednesday 20th March
New York Islanders v Boston Bruins
Winning in New York hasn’t been a problem for the Bruins in recent years. Boston have won six-straight over the Islanders dating back to 2017, but perhaps the most important form to consider is Tuukka Rask’s. The veteran net-minder is 24-10-5 lifetime against New York allowing just 2.08 average goals against. Meanwhile, Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss is enjoying a career-best season, but there’s something to be said about New York’s home form of late. The Islanders rank fourth in goals allowed so far this month.
Calgary Flames vs Columbus Blue Jackets
The Flames have been unstoppable in front of net for most of the season, but did you know they rank first in goals scored at home this month? Having now clinched a playoff spot, Calgary look to be a safe Overs bet on Wednesday against a Columbus side that have lost three of their last four road games. Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky allowed a whopping eight-goals when these sides met back in December, while most importantly, the Flames are 12-1 when it comes to backing the Overs against a team with a winning record at home.
Nashville Predators vs Toronto Maple Leafs
No one would blame you for feeling a little nervous about the Leafs right now. Toronto have lost three of their last five games, including a devastating 6-2 loss to the Senators on Sunday. So why should you trust them here? Toronto have allowed only eight goals on the road this month, while they’ve also won their last two trips to Nashville. Likewise, the Predators have allowed the eighth-fewest goals at home during the same time frame, but it’s worth noting Pekka Rinne has struggled throughout his career against Toronto, holding a 4-4-2 record. Nashville have managed just five goals in two home games this month, setting up what could be a perfect bounce-back game for Mike Babcock’s side.
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Tuesday 19th March
Tampa Bay Lightning v Arizona Coyotes
While this might be guilty of over simplification, the Lightning are a much better team and will see this game as two points closer to the President’s Trophy and home ice advantage in the playoffs. You can count on Tampa to be ready for this game after losing in Arizona 7-1 in the early part of this season. Since then Tampa has been nothing short of exceptional, winning 30 of 38 at home while Arizona has gone 12-13-3 against Eastern Conference teams. Tampa has won by two or more in four of its seven games in the month of March and here they should be able to make it eight.
Los Angeles Kings v Winnipeg Jets
If you want one good reason why the Kings find themselves sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference, their NHL worst 168 goals scored tally is a big reason why. Four of their last six games have had five or fewer goals and their history against the Jets suggests the under is a good play for this game. The over has only hit three times in the last ten between these two and four of the last five, including the last three in a row have all been tight, low scoring contests so back another one to come through for you here.
San Jose Sharks v Vegas Golden Knights
This is going to be a fantastic clash between two of the most in form teams in the NHL. Vegas has won seven of its past eight to give them a bit of breathing space ahead of the chasing Wild Card pack. San Jose could secure a playoff berth with a win in this game and get some bragging rights over the side they will likely face in the opening round of the playoffs. With Vegas on the second half of a back to back and with Marc-Andre Fleury still under an injury cloud this game has the makings of a shootout with the Sharks having a slight edge as the home team.
Monday 18th March
Minnesota Wild v New York Islanders
Minnesota is right in the mix for a Western Conference Wild Card but needs to ensure it gets better at home. A day after taking on the Rangers at home, the other New York team comes to town on the back of a game in Detroit. One reason the Isles have been so good on the road is their very strong defence and that has a habit of travelling at this time of the year.These sides faced off just over a month ago and the Islanders won a rock fight 2-1. I’ll back in a similar result here and take the strong defensive side to hold serve.
Anaheim Ducks v Florida Panthers
Florida’s west coast swing continues with a trip to the Honda Center a day after taking on the Kings in LA. Anaheim will be well rested having had a day of rest and has been much more competitive at home than on the road. The Ducks had the Panthers number when the teams met in November and have put together a respectable 5-5 record in their last 10. When an underdog is at home taking on a team on the second half of a back to back, it’s worth taking them on a pure value play.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers
With a 7-2-1 record in their last 10, Vegas has created some separation in the race for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division. Edmonton is probably out of the picture with 11 games remaining and faces a tough test here after their game in Arizona on Sunday (AEST). The Oilers aren’t going away though, putting together a 6-3-1 record in its last 10. That being said, Vegas at home is 21-10-4 in one of the best venues in the NHL.
Sunday 17th March
Los Angeles Kings vs Florida Panthers
Los Angeles won’t have fond memories heading into this game against the Panthers. They were blown out 6-1 by Florida last month, and as the odds suggest, the chances of the Kings winning are reasonably low. The Panthers, who currently sit on the fringe of a Wild Card spot in the East, have scored the 10th most goals on the road over the last month. Los Angeles rank second in goals allowed at home during the same time span, while Florida have also scored three or more in four of their last five games.
Boston Bruins vs Columbus Blue Jackets
For the second time this month the Jackets and Bruins do battle in what continues to shape up as a potential playoff preview. If you’ll recall, these two combined for 11-goals when they met on Wednesday, a game that saw Boston fight back from a four-goal deficit to nearly even things up in the third. All of the last five meetings between these two have seen seven-goals or more, but in case you need further convincing that this one is going Overs, keep in mind the Jackets have scored a combined total of 41 goals during the second game of a back-to-back this season.
Montreal Canadiens vs Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks took to Toronto on Thursday and walked away with a 5-4 win, so why can’t they do the same in Montreal on Sunday? There’s no denying what the Blackhawks are all about: they rank third in goals scored on the road this month, while they’ve also been extremely poor in net allowing 33-goals against. Speaking of which, Canadiens netminder Carey Price has looked a little off recently. Despite setting new record, the veteran goalie has allowed 11 goals in his last three games. Price also owns a 4-5 career record against Chicago, making the Blackhawks nice odds for another upset.
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Saturday 16th March
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Philadelphia Flyers
No one would blame you for having zero faith in the Leafs right now. Their effort against the Blackhawks on Thursday was nothing short of uninspiring, but their performance in the third period should fill you with at least a little confidence. Toronto came back from five goals down to lose 5-4, scoring three of those goals in the final frame. Both sides rank Top 10 in goals scored and goals allowed this month, but most importantly, both also rank inside the top half of the league when it comes to backing the Overs this season.
Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights
There’s plenty of reasons to back the Golden Knights on Saturday. The Stars made short work of the Wild on Friday, but their 3-7 record in the second game of a back-to-back remains a concern. Having allowed the fewest goals so far this month, Dallas have been electric in net recently, but on attack, they rank only 10th in goals scored. Vegas have also been killer between the pipes ranking fourth this month, and they should enjoy facing Anton Khudobin in his first ever start against the Knights.
Calgary Flames vs New York Rangers
A trip to Calgary is the last thing the Rangers need right now. New York have won only two of their last 10-games, and despite ranking inside the Top 10 in scoring, the fact they’ve managed 1.82 goals on the road this season says it all. Calgary, meanwhile, are looking for their third-straight win, and it should help knowing the Rangers have failed to score more than two goals in six of their seven games this month.
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Friday 15th March
New York Islanders v Montreal Canadiens
Carey Price made history on Wednesday surpassing Jacques Plante with career win number 315, but if you take one look at the stats, you’ll know Montreal have had a hard time stopping goals of late. The Canadiens have allowed 28 goals on away ice over the last month – the second-most in the league. The Islanders, meanwhile, have been the sixth-highest scoring side at home this season. Better yet, the Islanders are 14-3 when it comes to backing the Overs on two days rest. Averaging close to 2.5 goals at home this season, these look like great odds.
Detroit Redwings v Tampa Bay Lightning
You should be used to this by now. Saluting close to 76% of the time, the Lightning have been the best side to back against the spread all season. Even better, Tampa Bay are 14-2 agaisnt the spread when playing on the road against a team with a losing record. Detroit have lost three-straight games, one of which was to this same Lightning team on Sunday. The Lightning piled on six goals against the Leafs on Tuesday and have since enjoyed two days off. This looks easy money.
Minnesota Wild v Dallas Stars
The Stars look way over the odds at this price considering they’ve won three of their last five against the Wild. Occupying the first Wild Card seed in the West, Dallas have also won seven of their last 10-games, but most importantly have allowed the sixth-fewest goals on the road all season. Since four of the last five between these two sides have seen under five goals, don’t expect this to be high-scoring. For what it’s worth, Minnesota are also 4-10 against the spread at home since the All-Star break.
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Thursday 14th March
Toronto Maple Leafs v Chicago Blackhawks
Last time these two sides got together they combined for 13-goals in a 7-6 Toronto win. Things hit a snag for the Leafs on Tuesday in a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay, but as for Chicago, the Hawks have won six of their last 10, aided by the fact they’ve scored the ninth-most goals on away ice this month. Just for fun, Chicago have gone Over the Total in 19 of their 24 games this year when they’ve scored four or more goals in their previous game. The Leafs are also the second-highest scoring side on home ice this year, so this one should be a bit of a thriller.
Edmonton Oilers v New Jersey Devils
You’d be mad to back the Devils straight-up, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find some value in this struggling New Jersey side. Oilers goalie Cam Talbot is 1-1 against the Devils this year, having allowed seven combined goals across both starts. Edmonton have also allowed the third-most goals on home ice this year, while the Devils’ record against the Overs is 10-2 when playing a team with a losing record on the road.
Vancouver Canucks v New York Rangers
Lots to think about in this game. The Canucks have lost five-straight on the road, allowing their opponent to outscore them 17-8. Vancouver have also scored the fourth-fewest goals over the last month, while the Rangers on the other hand, surprisingly rank inside the Top 10. New York are heading towards a serious rebuild, but there’s been some minor steps forward this season. At home, the Rangers have allowed the 10th fewest goals all year, bad news for a Canucks side desperately falling behind in the West.
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Wednesday 13th March
Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins
Things are suddenly getting a little desperate in the East. After spending lavishly at the deadline, the Jackets are now one loss away from conceding the second Wild Card seed to Montreal. With Boston coming to town, it’s hardly an ideal situation against a Bruins team that have won eight of their last 10. Columbus have lost back-to-back games eight times this season, but more importantly, things look even more precarious when you consider backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo looks likely to start in net. The Jackets lost 1-0 to the Islanders on Tuesday with Bobrovsky between the pipes, while Korpisalo gets set to face the Bruins for the first-time in his four-year career.
St. Louis Blues v Arizona Coyotes
Unders looks to be the play between these two potential playoff foes. Rookie netminder Jordan Binnington stopped all 21 shots he faced during the Blues’ 4-0 shutout win over the Coyotes last month, adding to his tidy 1.80 GAA so far this year. Both St. Louis and Arizona rank as two of the Top 5 teams when it comes to backing the Unders this season, while both also rank inside the bottom half of the league in goals for and goals against so far this month.
Calgary Flames v New Jersey Devils
The Flames got some of their mojo back during Monday’s 6-3 home win over the Golden Knights. It’s been an up and down stretch for Calgary, but they should enjoy Tuesday’s home game against one of the league’s lowest scoring teams this month. Calgary are 42-27 against the spread this season, covering close to 61% of the time – the fourth highest total in the league. New Jersey, meanwhile, have lost six-straight games, one of which was a 2-1 loss to the Flames late last month. Calgary’s top goal-scorers are well known, but you know things are going well when defenceman Travis Hamonic leads the way in goals scored this month. This one should be nothing short of a blowout.
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Tuesday 12th March
Toronto Maple Leafs v Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay has not lost a lot of games in regulation this season, which is one reason why they have secured a playoff spot already. Of course their work is not done yet as they continue to chase the President’s Trophy and they still need another 11 points to secure that milestone. One of the few teams to beat them this season is the Toronto Maple Leafs who took out the last meeting 4-2 back in mid January. I’m backing the Lightning here because they are the better team and are at a price very rarely seen this season.
New York Islanders v Columbus Blue Jackets
Desperation is a funny thing, Columbus needs this game to ensure they can hold onto the second Wild Card in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders are falling away badly with six losses from their last ten and that stingy defence is suddenly leaking goals at an alarming rate. In their past fove games they have conceded 3, 4, 4, 2 and 5 so this game has the makings of a shootout. History is in their favour however having won both games against Columbus this season and playing at home will give them a nice boost here.
Colorado Avalanche v Carolina Hurricanes
Another game that has the makings of a shootout is the clash in Colorado as these two Wild Card contenders try not to lose any ground. Carolina is making a fantastic late season charge winning seven of its last ten and giving the crowd plenty to cheer for with seven or more goals in seven of their last ten as well. The Avalanche are scoring a lot lately as well with three or more goals in seven of their last ten as well. In a game like this the result could go either way but one thing seems likely, there will be goals and lots of them.
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Monday 11th March
Washington Capitals v Winnipeg Jets
The defending Stanley Cup champions are suddenly looking ominous six straight wins and enter this game offering good value for punters. The Central Division leading Jets will be a tough proposition but with this game in Washington, it’s hard to ignore the Caps and their 20-9-5 record in the capitol city. If you want to take this over even money they back Washingtington to win in 60 minutes but for this tip I’ll just stick with the outright result as two of the last three have gone to overtime.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins
This one is a straight up value pick as the Bruins are in the midst of a historic points streak. The side now has the second best record in the league and has won its last six games and has not lost in regulation in its last 19. Since the All Star Break they have been nothing short of phenomenal and are worth jumping on any time they are underdogs until that streak ends.
Calgary Flames v Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas is backing up after a massing home win on Sunday (AEDT) and has a chance to try and close the gap on their likely first round playoff opponent in Calgary. Vegas has had the edge over their division rivals in their almost two seasons of history and will put a five game winning streak on the line here. This will be Vegas’s first set of back to back games since early February but even on short rest, they are in much better form than the Flames, who have lost their last four.
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Sunday 10th March
Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs have lost back-to-back games six-times this season, but it’s hard to see them struggling against the Oilers on Sunday. Toronto have the second-most goals on the road this year, while Edmonton’s goal-tending woes are evident in the fact they’ve allowed 26 goals over the last month alone. You don’t have to rewind very far to find the last meeting between these two – the Leafs walked away with a casual 6-2 win in Toronto last month, to extend their winning streak over Edmonton to five games.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pens and the Jackets do battle for the third time in the last fortnight, and when you consider Pittsburgh have now won eight-straight over Columbus dating back to 2017, it’s hard to wonder why they are priced as the underdog. The Penguins have won three of their last five road games, but more importantly, rank fifth in goals scored on away ice. The Jackets have allowed 16 goals over their last five games, a worrying statistic ahead of the playoffs. They’ve also lost their last two home games to the Oilers and the Jets, while goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed an average of 4.06 goals against the Penguins this season.
Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Since their inception in 2017, the Canucks are yet to beat the Golden Knights at home. The two have put forward some classic battles over the last three years, but the series remains one-sided with Vegas having won six of the seven meetings. Still, the Overs looks the play on Sunday when you consider Vancouver’s horrible net-minding at home this year. The Canucks have allowed the ninth-most goals on home ice, while the Knights have allowed the 12th most on the road. These two have combined for five goals or more during three of their last five games, so we could be in for a close one.
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Saturday 9th March
Florida Panthers vs Minnesota Wild
It’s no wonder the bookies are having a tough time separating these two. The Panthers and Wild head to Florida for the second game of a back-to-back, with both sides coming off tough road trips to Boston and Tampa Bay. The Wild have won four of their last five games against Florida by at least three-goals, but perhaps more importantly, they’ve been one of the best sides on the road over the last month in the net. Minnesota have allowed the eighth-fewest goals, and on the flip side, scored the sixth-most. Don’t sleep on Minnesota putting up another large total on Saturday.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Winnipeg Jets
Lots to think about with this one, but when you dumb it down, the Unders looks to be the smartest play. Carolina have allowed the eighth-fewest goals at home this season, while the Jets are allowing a tidy average of just 2.18 goals on the road. The Total has gone Under 6.5 in all of the last four meetings between the Canes and Jets, while Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek has allowed a career average of just 2.30 goals against Winnipeg.
Anaheim Ducks vs Montreal Canadiens
There’s more than just a Wild Card spot on the line for Montreal on Saturday. The Habs haven’t won in Anaheim since 2014, and given the Ducks’ 13-12-8 record at home, Montreal might have a real fight on its hands. Anaheim have been the lowest-scoring side at home all year, but they’ve also been one of the stingiest in net. The Ducks have allowed the seventh-fewest goals at home and are now looking to makeup for Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Blues. Considering Montreal have scored the second-fewest goals on away ice this season, take the Ducks straight-up and hope for a bounce-back.
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Friday 8th March
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Big game with even bigger odds. The Jackets haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 2015, while they’ve also been the fourth-highest scoring side on the road this season. Columbus, meanwhile, have allowed the 10th most goals over the last month, and roll into this one having won just two of their last five games. You don’t have to rewind very far to find the last meeting between these two – the Penguins walked away with a comfortable 5-2 win on the road last month. These two have combined for seven or more goals in four of their last five encounters, leaving the Pens, and the Overs, looking safe.
Buffalo Sabres vs Chicago Blackhawks
At home this season the Blackhawks have allowed the second-most goals, while on the road, the Sabres have allowed the 11th most. To get a little technical for a second, Chicago are also 23-6 when it comes to backing the Overs against a team with a losing record. These two sides have combined for seven or more goals in three of their last 10-games. Chicago also won in thrilling 7-3 fashion on the road in Buffalo to rank first in goals scored last month.
Arizona Coyotes vs Calgary Flames
Arizona are two wins away from making a serious Wild Card push in the West, and as their recent home record suggests, no one would blame you for backing them straight-up on Friday. The safer play might be the Unders, though. Arizona have been the sixth-best team in the league when it comes to backing the Unders this season, and it helps knowing they’ve scored the third-fewest goals at home this season. On the flip side, Calgary have been equally stingy on the road. The Flames rank fourth in goals allowed on away ice this season, and given their two-game losing streak, it’s tough to see the Western Conference leaders putting going to crazy against an Arizona side that’s won 7 of its last 10.
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Thursday 7th March
Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals
Fascinating game for both sides on Thursday. A win for the Capitals could see them leapfrog the Islanders for first spot in the Metropolitan, while a Flyers win at home would put them one spot closer to securing a Wild Card berth. The bad news for Philly is goalie Carter Hart won’t start due to an ankle injury. That leaves the Overs looking safe, especially considering both sides rank inside the Top 10 in goals scored over the last four weeks. These two have combined for eight goals or more in each of their last three meetings, while the Capitals have also scored the most goals in the league on the road this season.
Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Did you catch a load of the Leafs on Monday? It took Toronto all of 20-minutes to pull apart the Flames, leaving Calgary with an impressive 6-2 win. It comes as no surprise to learn the Leafs rank second in goals per 60-minutes, which should leave the Canucks feeling a little nervous. Vancouver have lost two-straight games now and are in serious danger of missing out on a Wild Card spot. Worse yet, the Canucks have scored just 19-goals over the last month, only five more than the Ducks. That spells bad news against the in-form Frederik Andersen, who currently holds an 8-2 record against Vancouver allowing an average of just 1.46 goals per-game.
Anaheim Ducks vs St Louis Blues
Two-straight losses has St. Louis looking a little shaky as they continue to flirt with the third spot in the Central Division and a Wild Card. St. Louis have lost three-straight games on the road, but it’s not like the Ducks have been any better at home. Anaheim back up on short rest following Wednesday’s win over the Coyotes, but there’s no getting past the fact Anaheim rank dead last in goals scored over the last month. Again, the Blues aren’t much better – they’ve scored the 11th fewest over their last 14-games. Just as important, both sides also ranked bottom five in goals allowed. The average combined Total between these two across their last five games is 5.2 goals, leaving the 4.5-6.5 range looking safe.
Thursday’s NHL Multi: Leafs To Win, Ducks/Blues: Between 4.5-6.5 Goals, Golden Knights To Win @ $6.54
Wednesday 6th March
New Jersey Devils vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Happy to have a little play on the Jackets here. Full credit to General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen – Columbus are now one of the most lethal attacking sides in the league after adding Matt Duchene. Columbus ranks ninth in goals scored on away ice this year, while the Devils rank 12th in goals allowed. Just for fun, over the last two seasons the Jackets are 9-0 when it comes to backing the Overs during games played in March. On a more simple note, the Devils have also allowed 14 goals across their last five games at home.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets
In three of the last five meetings between these two the Total has gone over seven, while the pair played out a thrilling 5-4 game back in December. The Jets walked away the winners at home, but things have been a real grind since then. Winnipeg are missing two key defenders in Joe Morrow and Dustin Byfuglien, so it’s no surprise to learn they rank inside the top half of the league in goals allowed over the last month. The Lightning have allowed the seventh-fewest during that span, and to make matters worse for the Jets, are fresh from a 5-1 home drubbing over Ottawa on two days rest.
Nashville Predators vs Minnesota Wild
Could be a case of double-trouble for the Wild on Wednesday. They lost to the Predators 3-2 in a shootout on Monday, but don’t let the scoreline fool you – things shouldn’t have been that close. Nashville dominated in shots-on-goal and face-offs won, but more importantly, Pekka Rinne returns to the net with a handy 17-12 record against Minnesota. The Wild haven’t won in Nashville since 2016, while the Preds have also won three-straight over Minnesota. Nashville hold a 38-30 record against the spread, and are also averaging close to two-goals a game at home.
Tuesday 5th March
Edmonton Oilers vs Buffalo Sabres
There really is not a lot between the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres and it is the Oilers that do represent a little bit of value at their current odds. The Oilers have won four of their past six games and they take on a Buffalo side that has generally underperformed betting expectations in 2019.
Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs
It is somewhat of a surprise that the Calgary Flames will not go into this clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs as dominant favourites. The Flames have won seven of their past eight matches in impressive fashion and they have been one of the most profitable betting sides in the NHL this season.
Monday 4th March
Winnipeg Jets vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Safe to expect a bit of a thriller between these two. The Jets and the Jackets combined for seven-goals when they met back in January, while they’ve also put up seven-goals or more in four of their last five meetings. The Jackets have looked lethal since the addition of Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, but Artemi Panarin continues to steal the show with four-points and a goal in his last three games. Columbus are averaging 2.5 goals on home ice this year. The Jets have also put up eight goals across their last three on the road.
San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks
No prizes for guessing how this one might turn out. The Blackhawks have scored the fourth-most goals on the road this season, while the Sharks have been the ninth-best scoring side at home. These two have combined for seven goals or more in their last three meetings, but just in case you needed further convincing, it’s also comforting to know both sides rank first and second when it comes to backing the Overs this year, with Chicago coming through close to 68% of the time.
Sunday 3rd March
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres
All-in on the Leafs to bounce-back from Friday’s 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Islanders. Toronto looked soft against New York’s forecheck, but they do hold a firm 39-25-0 record against the puck line this season, the third-best in the league. I tipped the Leafs to cover when they met the Sabres no less than a week ago, a game they won comfortably 5-3 at home. Toronto have now won four of their last five over the Sabres, two of which have come by two-goals or more. Buffalo ranked third in goals allowed and fourth in goals scored last month, so you have to like the value that’s on offer here.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators
Forgive me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Lightning have been a Top 3 scoring side all season long. The Senators, meanwhile, currently rank first in goals allowed, but when you dig a little deeper, you’ll also discover Tampa have a knack for scoring in the first period. The Lightning rank first in goals scored during the opening frame, and yep, you guessed it, Ottawa ranks fifth in goals allowed. In case those numbers don’t convince you, Tampa Bay hold the third-best record in the league when it comes to covering the first period puck line. The Lightning are 47-18, coming through exactly 72.3% of the time.
Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils
Happy to allow the numbers to do the talking here. Boston have not only been the fourth-best side when it comes to covering the spread, they also allowed the third-fewest goals last month. Most of that is a credit to Tuukka Rask, who boasts an impressive 1.59 GAA vs. the Devils in 13 career starts. New Jersey, meanwhile, return to the ice following last night’s game against the Flyers. Backup goalie Keith Kinkaid will likely start between the pipes – he’s faced the Bruins only once in his six-year stint with the team. New Jersey have lost back-to-back games twice already this season, and as they prepare for a Bruins side that’s allowed an average of 1.5 goals on home ice, this shapes up as a long night.
Saturday 2nd March
New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals
“Relentless” would be the word that best describes the Islanders right now. They ravaged the Leafs 6-1 in front of a sold out Nassau Coliseum on Friday, which shapes up to be a tough act to follow for the visiting Capitals. New York have won back-to-back games of a double-header four times this season, and you don’t have to rewind very far to find their last victory over Washington. The Isles held the Caps scoreless last month in a 2-0 win, bad news for a Washington side that rank ninth in goals allowed this year. The Islanders, meanwhile, have allowed the fewest goals at home all season, and with a very aggressive forecheck, Washington might be in for a long night.
Carolina Hurricanes vs St. Louis Blues
On one hand it’s tempting to back the Blues straight-up, after all, they have won four-straight games over the Hurricanes. On the other hand, both of these sides allowed just 15 goals apiece during the entire month of February, tied for the fewest in the league. At home this season Carolina are averaging 3.06 goals, while the Blues have averaged just 1.6 on the road. There’s no denying St. Louis’ attack has looked lethal over the last fortnight, however they haven’t fared too well against goalie Petr Mrazek. The Czechoslovakian is 4-2 lifetime against the Blues with an impressive 1.44 GAA.
New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers
Overs looks safe in this one when you consider both sides rank inside the Top 10 in goals allowed this season. Throughout the month of February the Flyers and Devils ranked in the bottom half of the league in goals scored, but their average combined Total across their last 10-games is 5.5. Away from home the Flyers have allowed the eighth-most goals, a stat that doesn’t exactly bode well against a Top 10 home scoring side like New Jersey. Philly fell 5-4 in overtime against the Blue Jackets on Friday, but better yet, they’ve allowed an average of 4.8 goals against during in the second game of a back-to-back this season.
Friday 1st March
New York Islanders vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Must-watch game as John Tavares returns to the Nassau Coliseum to face his former team. As far as betting goes, make sure you stick with the Islanders at home. Not only have they won six of their last 10, New York have also allowed the fewest goals at home all season. As for the Leafs, they’ve won back-to-back games of a double-header only once all year, while their unpredictable goal frenzies won’t come easy against the league’s most elite defensive unit. Goalie Garret Sparks also looks likely to start between the pipes for Toronto – he’s allowed an average of nearly four goals against the Isles in two career starts.
Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay have won back-to-back games three times this season, but it’s tough to back them in this one knowing they haven’t won in Boston since 2017. Both of these sides finished inside the Top 5 in fewest goals allowed last month, while the Bruins have been one of the best teams in the league when it comes to limiting goals on home ice. Digging a little deeper, goalie Tuukka Rask has allowed an average of 2.51 goals against the Lightning. Louis Domingue, who could start in place of Andre Vasilevskiy, has also been equally impressive in five career games against the Bruins. In case you need further convincing, the Total has resulted in five goals or less during four of the last five meetings between these two.
Los Angeles Kings vs Dallas Stars
The stats certainly do the talking in this Western Conference battle. The Stars have scored the fewest-goals on the road this season, while the Kings have scored the fewest-goals at home. Despite Dallas’ addition of Mats Zuccarello, they also scored the eighth-fewest goals in the month of February, while the Kings allowed the third-most in 13 games. The Total has gone Under 4.5 goals in three of the last five meetings between these two, and considering the Kings have managed no more than two goals in their last two home games, this feels like a 2-1 type game waiting to happen.
Thursday 28th February
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Edmomton Oilers
The Leafs should be a lock on Thursday. Goalie Frederik Andersen, fresh from a standout performance against the Sabres, is a perfect 9-0 against Edmonton throughout his six-year career. The biggest problem for Toronto recently has been falling behind early, but the good news is the Oilers rank 15th in first period goals scored this year. On the flip side, Edmonton have also allowed the sixth-most goals in the opening frame, hardly good news considering they haven’t won in Toronto since 2010.
New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning should have no trouble disposing of the Rangers at the Garden. Tampa Bay have won four-straight over New York, three of which have come by two goals or more. The Lightning have also won their last three road games by a similar margin, while not surprisingly, they’ve allowed the third-fewest goals this month. The Rangers will rely heavily on Chris Kreider now that Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes have departed for greener pastures. Hardly an ideal situation against a Lightning side that ranks first in goals scored and power-play percentage.
Colorado Avalanche vs Vancouver Canucks
Stick with the goals market between these two Wild Card hopefuls. Home ice means nothing for the Avalanche considering they lost 4-3 in overtime to the Panthers on Tuesday, while the Canucks have won just three of their last 10. These two sides played out a six-goal game when they met at the start of the month in Vancouver, but it’s also worth noting the Canucks haven’t won in Colorado since 2017. The Avs have been the fifth-highest scoring side this month, and with playoff implications on the line, expect a postseason type atmosphere and performance.
Wednesday 27th February
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Could be a potential playoff preview if the Penguins sneak back into the Wild Card. They’ll rest easy knowing they are the third-best scoring side in the first period year, but just five spots down sit the Blue Jackets, who have scored 62 goals in the opening frame this season. On the flip side the Jackets have allowed the fifth-most goals in the first period, but all things considered, we should see the puck find the back of the net nice and early with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Artemi Panarin and the newly signed Matt Duchene on the ice.
Boston Bruins vs San Jose Sharks
The Bruins return home following a harsh road trip that saw them win four from five. The 37-18-8 Sharks await, a side Boston knows all too well following last week’s 6-5 overtime win in San Jose. There’s still no David Pastrnak, but Boston have to feel confident knowing the Sharks have allowed the third-most goals in the league this month. Tuukka Rask has been brilliant against San Jose averaging 3.09 goals against, but most importantly, the Sharks haven’t won in Boston since 2015.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Dallas Stars
It’s all about riding the hot hand, and well, the Stars look kinda lukewarm. By trading for Mats Zuccarello before the deadline, the Stars successfully added another talented scorer from the left wing, which paid huge dividends during Monday’s 4-3 win over Chicago. Zuccarello scored during his Dallas debut, but as far as Wednesday’s trip to Vegas goes, there’s reason to feel confident in a Stars upset. Dallas have allowed the seventh-fewest goals on the road this month, a credit to goalie Ben Bishop, who currently boasts a 2.60 goals-against-average this season. Vegas are 3-6-1 over their last 10-games, making the Knights a little over the odds at this price.
Tuesday 26th February
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres
Toronto gets a chance to close the gap on Boston in the race for second spot in the Atlantic division when they host a Buffalo side slowly sliding out of the Wild Card race. The Leafs have been really strong at home with 18 wins from 33 at the Scotiabank Arena. The Leafs won the other meeting between these teams back in December with a 4-3 overtime win in Buffalo but this probably won’t be as close. The Leafs should be able to shut down one of the East’s worst attacks and come away with a win and cover.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Los Angeles Kings
For all intents and purposes, this is a massive mismatch with the best team in the league against the side with the second worst points total. Recent history between these sides has not been kind to the Kings either with the Lightning taking out the last five meetings, dating back to January 2017, by a pretty convincing margin. Three of those five wins have been by three or more goals and a win and cover looks like a good bet in what is a busy slate of games.
Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks
It’s a battle for bragging rights and not much else as the Canucks and Ducks face off separated by a mere three points. The Ducks have been poor on the road this season (& only slightly better at home with just 12 wins from 33 games while Vancouver has been marginally better at home. The home side has won the last four meetings between these sides and at that price you can back that run to continue here.
Monday 25th February
Minnesota Wild v St Louis Blues
The Blues unbelievable winning run came to a halt but they bounced right back with a win over the Bruins. St Louis has struggled in the past with Minnesota but when they have been in such good form lately, it’s hard to pass up this value as underdogs.
Ottawa Senators v Calgary Flames
The Flames have a chance to add to their four game winning run against an Ottawa side sitting stone dead last in the Eastern Conference. These teams have split their last five meetings but with the clear disparity between the sides a big win for Ottawa is the play for this game.
Arizona Coyotes v Winnipeg Jets
How much confidence do you have in a desperate Arizona team fighting for a Wild Card berth? They have to take on a high scoring Winnipeg side whose last five games have seen the over hit four times. You have to like the over here, especially with Arizona coming off a nine-goal game against Vegas, the result just comes down to how much you expect the Coyotes to score. So take a safer option and back the over.
Sunday 24th February
Columbus Blue Jackets v San Jose Sharks
The Jackets look a little under the odds at this price. They held the Senators scoreless on Saturday in a 3-0 shutout, and also snagged star center Matt Duchene in free agency. The bad news is Duchene can’t play in this one due to visa issues, but the Jackets should come good at home. The Sharks have allowed the second-most goals on away ice this season, while they’ve also lost two-straight to Columbus by two goals or more. The Jackets, meanwhile, have scored the eighth-most goals at home this season. Joonas Korpisalo could start in net over Sergei Bobrovsky, good news for Columbus as Korpisalo has never faced the Sharks before.
Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins
It’s not very often you see these kind of odds for the Penguins. Pittsburgh defeated the Flyers 4-1 when they met a fortnight ago, and are now fresh off a 4-0 shutout loss to the Sharks on Thursday. The Pens have won three-straight games in Philadelphia, but they should feel confident knowing Flyers goalie Carter Hart is in a bit of a slump. The youngster was pulled from net during Friday’s 5-1 loss to Montreal, bad news against a Pens side that ranks Top 10 in goals scored on the road. In the outdoor conditions of Lincoln Financial Field, the Penguins should take full advantage.
Saturday 23rd February
Ottawa Senators v Columbus Blue Jackets
Two teams looking to snap a two-game losing streak? Sounds like the perfect game to stick with the Total Goals market. The Sens have some goal-tending issues to address right now as Anders Nilsson has allowed 21 total goals already this month. Meanwhile in Columbus, Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t fared much better after allowing two first period goals in a 3-2 loss to Montreal on Wednesday. What might save the Unders is the absence of Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel. The Sens chose to sit the trio against the Devils earlier in the week, a smart move as the trade deadline approaches. If Ottawa chooses to play it safe again, the Unders looks safe, especially considering these two have managed a combined 11 goals all week.
Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks
No need to make this one too complicated. The Ducks have not only scored the fewest goals this month, they’ve also scored the fewest goals on the road this season. Now at 37-16-7, it’s no surprise to learn the Flames are the fifth best scoring side at home, so why should take on the Ducks? Riding hot goalies is important when it comes to successful NHL betting, and there’s no one hotter than Ryan Miller right now. Anaheim’s netminder has allowed just two goals in two games so far this month, and already owns a win over the Flames this season. Miller became the all-time leader in wins by an American goalie against the Wild earlier in the week, and has allowed an average of 2.64 goals against this season. Look for that form to continue on Saturday against the Calgary.
Friday 22nd February
Nashville Predators v Los Angeles Kings
LA sits stone dead last in the Western Confrence while the Predators are battling for top spot in the Central Division so it’s fair to say this one is a bit of a mismatch. The Kings are a long way removed from their Stanley Cup dominance and the Predators have taken advantage of their slide, winning each of the last four games between these two including a 5-3 victory back in November. While the Kings have been playing better of late this one probably won’t be all that close.
Dallas Stars v St Louis Blues
A Central Division matchup sees the Stars host the Blues and look to close the gap on their rivals. The problem is the Blues are far and away the hottest team in the NHL with a ridiculous 11 game winning streak. Not just points streak with an overtime loss or two in there, winning streak. The Stars on the other hand have lost three in a row, which is not the form you want to carry into this matchup.
Vancouver Canucks v Arizona Coyotes
Vancouver has a massive five day break going into this game and will be refreshed and ready to face the Coyotes. Both sides are on the outside looking in of the Wild Card picture with 59 points from 60 games, so this is about as close as you can get to a “must win” with another month and a half still to play. That rest came at the perfect time for the Canucks with a poor record heading into that break, they have a good chance to rebound and get revenge for a 4-3 Arizona win last month.
Thursday 21st February
Colorado Avalanche v Winnipeg Jets
If Colorado wants to make the playoffs, they will need to start performing better on home ice, starting with this game against the Central Division leading Jets. When these sides met last week it was the Avs picking up a massive win in Winnipeg but prior to that the last four had all gone the way of the Jets. That win was a rare moment of recent joy for the Avs though with just two wins from their last ten and all things considered, the Jets look like the play here.
Calgary Flames v New York Islanders
Two division leaders face off in what is definitely the game of the day. There is one big reason the Islanders are doing so well this season and that is down to defence. They have allowed a meagre 138 goals in 58 games this season, only Dallas has a goals against tally within 15. That makes for a lot of low scoring, tight games and good value backing the under. Historically this has been a tight matchup with both sides averaging under three goals per game in the last ten head to head matchups.
Vegas Golden Knights v Boston Bruins
The final play of the day highlights one of the hottest teams in hockey, the Boston Bruins, putting a six game winning streak on the line in the penultimate game of a West Coast road trip. In all fairness, their win over the Sharks involved quite a bit of good fortune but sometimes you have make your own luck. Boston has been a good play as an underdog as of late and it’s worth taking the value on offer here, although probably best to stick to the head to head line with a high potential for overtime.
Tuesday 19th February
Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning
Here’s a list of reasons to back the Lightning on Tuesday: Tampa Bay have won five-straight over the Jackets, including a 4-0 shutout a month ago. Sergei Bobrovsky’s ho-hum 5-5-1 record against Tampa Bay doesn’t fill you with confidence, and neither does his 3.44 average goals allowed. To make matters worse, the Jackets have also allowed the sixth-most goals this month, while their 4-4 record at home leaves a lot to be desired.
Chicago Blackhawks v Ottawa Senators
Sometimes the stats do the talking, and that’s exactly why you should back the Blackhawks. Aside from having won four-straight over Ottawa, Chicago have scored the ninth-most goals so far this month. Ottawa, meanwhile, lead the league in goals allowed through February, and are fresh off a fortunate 4-3 overtime victory over the Jets on Sunday. Goalie Anders Nilsson looked a little overwhelmed at times, something we’ve seen before against Chicago. The veteran net-minder is winless in two career starts vs. the Blackhawks with eight goals against.
Colorado Avalanche v Vegas Golden Knights
The Avs were shutout by the Blues on Saturday and the Knights are 15-15-1 on the road – so you’d be mad to look at the head-to-head market. The good news is neither of these teams have been particularly impressive when it comes to scoring goals – both rank outside the Top 10 so far this month. The Total has also gone under five in three of their four meetings to date, while Colorado have somehow scored the ninth-fewest 5-0n-5 goals this season, even with two of the league’s Top 20 goalscorers in the lineup.
Monday 18th February
New Jersey Devils v Buffalo Sabres
The Devils are having a rough season, sitting second last in the Eastern Conference but they have been somewhat competitive as of late, winning four of their last ten and picking up an overtime loss in that span as well. That is the exact same record as their opponents here, the Sabres have gone 4-5-1 in their last ten as well. Buffalo won 5-1 the last time these teams met but recent form has these teams looking a lot more level than that scoreline. In fact, this has been a good matchup for the Devils winning seven of the last ten meetings and I’m going to back them to get the job done at home where they have a 14-9-5 record, especially with the value on offer as a (slight) underdog here.
Florida Panthers v Montreal Canadiens
There are 12 points between these teams in the battle for an Eastern Conference Wild Card and even though the Panthers have two games in hand, this is one of those “must win” games. Recent history does not favour the Panthers though, with the Canadiens winning six of the last ten between these sides. Even with Montreal on a two game losing streak the value on offer for them to win here is worth backing in.
Anaheim Ducks v Washington Capitals
The Ducks are feeling far from mighty with just two wins from their last ten games and the defending Stanley Cup Champions coming to town. The Ducks did beat the Caps back in December in Washington but the Caps West Coast swing is going well after a 5-1 win in San Jose in their last outing. Washington’s run up the Eastern Conference standings has been driven by a good away record of 15-10-2 and 14-13 against the spread away from home as well.
Sunday 17th February
Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets
Should be a bit of a reality check for the Hawks on Sunday. Despite having not won in Chicago since 2015, the Blue Jackets hold the third best road record in the league at 17-9-1. Columbus have won their last three road games, all of which saw the Jackets put up three-goals or more. The Hawks are 5-4 at home in 2019, but more importantly have allowed the second-most goals over the last month and a half. Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 6-4-1 life time against Chicago having allowed just 2.52 goals per-game. These odds look tremendous value.
San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks
This shouldn’t be too much trouble for the Sharks considering they’ve won five-straight over Vancouver. In four of those meetings Peter DeBoer’s side have won by at least two-goals, while you have to rewind all the way back to 2016 to find the last time the Canucks tasted success in San Jose. Vancouver are an interesting side right now as they sit on the fringe of a Wild Card spot, but it’s hard to get too excited following Friday’s 4-3 win over the Kings. The Canucks have allowed the sixth-most goals this year, in large part due to the Sharks’ 7-2 win just five days ago.
Vegas Golden Knights v Nashville Predators
Safe to expect a low-scoring affair between these two Western Conference foes. The chances of Vegas and Nashville meeting in the playoffs is quite high, but did you know four of their five meetings have resulted in five goals or less? Nashville walked away with a 2-1 win back in January, while the Golden Knights have failed to put up more than three goals in their last three games. The Total has also gone under 5.5 in four of Nashville’s last five, and with goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Pekka Rinne ranking Top 10 in shutouts, this should be close.
Saturday 16th February
Carolina Hurricanes v Edmonton Oilers
Carolina shouldn’t have any trouble finding the back of the net in this one. Edmonton have allowed 13-goals in their last five road games, and return to face Carolina having lost 7-4 in Edmonton last month. The Canes aren’t among the top scoring sides in the competition, but they know how to pile on the goals at home. Carolina took care of Nashville 6-3 a fortnight ago at PNC Arena and also tore apart the Canucks 5-2 in Vancouver on Thursday. Edmonton have allowed the 10th most goals over the last week, so look for Sebastian Aho to cash in.
Minnesota Wild v New Jersey Devils
You’d be wise to steer well clear of the Devils on Saturday, but that isn’t to say they won’t score some goals. Three more losses and New Jersey could find themselves with the worst record in the league, but they did look up to the fight against Chicago on Friday – at least during the first period. The Devils piled on two against the Blackhawks in the first term, living up to their name as the 10th best scoring side in the opening period. To add further intrigue, the Wild have also allowed the eighth most goals in the first period.
Friday 15th February
Nashville Predators v Montreal Canadiens
Happy to stick with the Goals market in what should be a fun little East vs. West battle. The Preds have surprisingly lost two-straight at home this week by no more than a goal, but the last time they faced the Habs they walked away 4-1 winners to start the New Year. The last three meetings between these two have seen exactly five goals scored, not to mention both sides also rank Top 10 in goals scored during the month of February.
Chicago Blackhawks v New Jersey Devils
Sometimes you just can’t argue with the stats. Chicago and New Jersey both rank Top 10 in first period goals scored this season, but in a fun little twist, both also rank first and second in first period goals allowed. The Blackhawks have scored 23-goals across their last five home games and rank among the Top 10 best scoring sides in the month of February. The Devils, meanwhile, come into Friday’s game knowing they defeated the Hawks 8-5 no less than a month ago.
San Jose Sharks v Washington Capitals
Certainly not prepared to argue with San Jose’s six-game winning streak. The Sharks have scored 20-goals in their last four games, most recently pounding the Canucks 7-2 in Vancouver on Tuesday. San Jose’s 18-4-4 home record ranks third in the NHL, while the Capitals have fared quite differently on the road. Washington were shutout 3-0 against the Jackets on Wednesday, extending their road losing streak to four. These two haven’t met since last March, so expect plenty of scoring between two of the league’s Top 10 scoring sides. Just don’t be surprised if most of it comes from the Sharks’ sticks.
Thursday 14th February
Pittsburgh Penguins v Edmonton Oilers
Fairly easy decision considering the Oilers haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 2015. Edmonton somehow find themselves just five games out of a Wild Card spot, but after Sunday’s 5-2 blowout loss to the Sharks, this team feels like its a decade away from achieving anything significant. The good news is Mikko Koskinnen returns to the net for the first time in 10-days. He’s only faced the Penguins once in his nine-year career, bad news against a Penguins side that’s scored 10-goals in their last three games. It is worth noting the last seven meetings between these two have been decided by a single goal, though. Despite his unfamiliarity with Pittsburgh, Koskinnen has allowed an an average of 2.89 goals against this season, meaning this one could turn out close.
Anaheim Ducks v Vancouver Canucks
Anaheim fired coach Randy Carlyle following Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Flyers, and in a surprise turn of events, GM Bob Murray has chosen to take over sideline duties for the time being. It’s hardly an ideal situation amid a seven-game losing streak, especially with the Wild Card hopeful Canucks in town. Fortunately, Vancouver were embarrassed during Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to the Sharks, and have so far allowed the seventh-most goals against in the month of February. Worse yet, the Canucks have lost five of their last seven games on the road.
Wednesday 13th February
Boston Bruins v Chicago Blackhawks
Happy to have some money on Chicago cracking the scoreboard. The Hawks rank tenth in goals scored since the start of 2019, a drastic turnaround considering this team looked dead in the water two months ago. At 23-24-9, it’ll take a lot for the Blackhawks to make the playoffs, but keep in mind they are just five games out of a Wild Card spot. Although winning in Boston is always tough, three of the last five meetings between these two have seen at least five goals scored. The Hawks should make this interesting.
Ottawa Senators v Carolina Hurricanes
Sooner or later the Senators will move into full blown sell mode, but for the time being, Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel continue to put on a show. The trio were fantastic during Sunday’s 5-2 win each netting a goal against the Jets, although goalie Anders Nilsson deserves some of the credit. The veteran net-minder has now stopped 89 of the 91 shots he’s faced in the Sens’ last two games, and since he’s between the pipes on Wednesday, you have to like these odds against a fringe Wild Card team like Carolina.
Winnipeg Jets v New York Rangers
A 20-6-3 home record isn’t the only reason you should back the Jets on Wednesday. The Rangers allowed a whopping 56 shots on goal during their 4-1 victory over the Leafs on Monday, but to be honest, New York were lucky the puck bounced off the crossbar a bunch of times. Two days later, it might be New York’s turn on the opposite side of lady luck. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots during Winnipeg’s 3-1 win over the Sabres, and since the Jets hold the second best record in the league against the spread, it’s likely we see a similar result on the scoreboard.
Tuesday 12th February
Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins
Liking the Penguins to bounce-back from Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Lightning with Matt Murray back in net. Pittsburgh need to win this one if they wish to remain in the Wild Card picture, and with two straight road wins in Philly to their name, you have to like these odds. The Flyers, who are also on the fringe of a Wild Card berth, are no easy beats, but it’s hard to feel confident in Philly with Anthony Stolarz in net. The second-year netminder has allowed an average if 3.26 goals this season to go along with his sub-par 3-3-3 record.
Washington Capitals v Los Angeles Kings
You’d be crazy to back against the Capitals at home, but there’s nothing to say the Kings can’t turn this into a lively affair. Los Angeles have won six of their last 10 and are fresh off a 5-4 overtime loss to the Bruins on Sunday. Also to LA’s name is three straight wins over Washington dating back to 2017. With Phoenix Copley in the net for Washington over Braden Holtby, this should be a close one.
Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks
The Canucks have seemingly hit the mother lode with Elias Pettersson. The rookie sensation was phenomenal during Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Western Conference leading Flames, and now just two games out from a Wild Card spot, suddenly Vancouver looks dangerous. The Canucks are 13-10-3 at home on the year, but they’ll have to be at their best if they wish to snap San Jose’s five-game winning streak. Martin Jones is between the pipes – good news for the Sharks considering he holds a 7-1-1 career record against Vancouver.
Monday 11th February
Boston Bruins v Colorado Avalanche
This is a tough spot for the both teams, Boston is coming off an overtime win over the LA Kings 24 hours before the puck drops in this one while the Avs went down to the Islanders in overtime as well in New York. This is the final game of a frustrating road trip for the Avs, losing to Washington and the Isles in overtime in the last three days and even a point here would be a big win for them. They do have the comfort of winning seven of the past ten against the Bruins but you have to take the home side here.
Florida Panthers v Tampa Bay Lighting
It’s an all-Florida clash between the Panthers and the Lightning and Tampa Bay will look to take one step closer to the President’s Trophy with a win here. Four of the last ten games between these two have gone to overtime but it is hard to see that happening here with such a wide gap in class between these teams. Tampa has won all three meetings this season with Florida by an aggregate score of 14-8. There should be plenty of scoring chances in this one but you have to take the better team at the line here.
New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs
A tense rivalry between two storied franchises adds another chapter as the Leafs try to chase down Tampa Bay and the Rangers just look for a good run of results. After being shut out by the Hurricanes two days ago the Rangers will look to improve on their 14-9-6 home record but the Leafs are one of the strongest road teams in the East taking 36 points away from home this season and even at a short price such as this are a good value play.
Sunday 10th February
Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs
It’s a fascinating edition of this long standing rivalry. Both the Leafs and Habs have won three-straight, but it’s been all one-way traffic in Toronto’s favour when these two have met in recent years. The Leafs have won five-straight over Montreal dating back to 2017, and despite a few nervous moments during their 5-4 win over Ottawa on Thursday, Toronto should be up to this challenge on the road. The Canadiens have the second-worst power-play percentage in the league ahead of Nashville, which doesn’t bode well against one of the Top 3 sides in the league.
Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins
Aside from the fact that we could be looking at another potential playoff preview, we should expect plenty of goals in this one. Both sides rank Top 10 respectively in scoring, and have also treated fans to a few classics in recent memory. The Lightning have three of their last five games against Pittsburgh, but it was the Pens who won January’s meeting 4-2. Six of their last 10 games have finished with a total between six and eight goals, and with Tampa Bay at home, we should be in for another barn-burner.
Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames
Lots to like about the Canucks right now. Vancouver find themselves just two games shy of a Wild Card spot in the West, and even after falling agonizingly short to the Blackhawks on Friday, you can’t look past their 12-10-3 home record. Aside from where they are in the standings though, rookie Elias Pettersson has been a revelation for Vancouver. The 20-year-old became the fastest rookie to reach 25 goals since Alex Ovechkin on Friday, leaving the Flames with a big problem on their hands away from home.
Saturday 9th February
New York Rangers v Carolina Hurricanes
The Rangers are 6-9 so far in 2019 but still find themselves in the Wild Card conversation. Carolina went home 6-5 overtime winners against Buffalo on Thursday to remain two games out of a Wild Card spot, but while they enter this one as the favourite, you can’t forget their losing streak at the Garden. The Canes haven’t won in New York since 2010, and given their 6-2 loss against the Rangers last month, it’s hard to back them straight up. Fortunately, the one recurring theme seems to be goals. Three of their last five meetings have seen at least eight goals.
Friday 8th February
Washington Capitals v Colorado Avalanche
The Caps remain a steady play at home with a 15-9-4 record to go along with Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Canucks. Washington desperately need to turn their luck around, and with a game in hand against the Avs, this might be the perfect opportunity. Colorado are fighting for life in the West having now slipped well out of the Wild Card race. The Avs have allowed the eighth-most goals, while Philipp Grabauer’s 3.47 GAA (goals-against-average) ranks the third-highest in the league. Against Alex Ovechkin, the NHL’s leading goal-scorer, this doesn’t bode well for Colorado.
Buffalo Sabres v Carolina Hurricanes
Huge game between two sides vying for a Wild Card spot in the East. The Sabres pulled off a come from behind win to defeat the Wild in a shootout on Wednesday, while Carolina blanked the Penguins 4-0 on the road. Don’t look now, but the Canes have won seven-straight over Buffalo dating back to 2016. They walked away 4-3 winners at home last month, and with Curtis McElhinney stopping 23-shots between the pipes on Wednesday, you have to like Carolina against what continues to be a fairly incosistent Buffalo first-line.
Calgary Flames v San Jose Sharks
Goals came pretty freely when the Flames and Sharks met last month. It came as no surprise that two of the Top 3 scoring sides lit up the scoreboard for 13 total goals, and while we shouldn’t expect that kind of tally on Friday, it certainly could come close. The Flames have scored four-goals in back-to-back games, while the Sharks have scored 13 of their own across their last three combined.
Thursday 7th February
Toronto Maple Leafs v Ottawa Senators
The Leafs got busy on Tuesday defeating the Ducks 6-1, and 12-hours later, re-signed Auston Matthews to a lengthy five-year deal. It clears up any remaining distractions as Toronto looks to maintain their position in the East, and they’ll once again relish home-ice advantage on Thursday. Speaking of deals, the Sens look to be in sell-mode, which could be the reason behind their four-game losing streak. With the Leafs’ first line looking re-energized and new signing Jake Muzzin adding some stability on the right-hand side of the defence, look past Toronto at the short-price and go for the line.
New York Rangers v Boston Bruins
Happy to stick with the Goals market in this one despite the Bruins’ hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Islanders on Wednesday. Boston are now 2-2 since the All-Star break, but they share something in common with the Rangers: both sides rank inside the bottom 10 in goals scored per-game. When these sides met a fortnight ago the Rangers walked away with a 2-3 win on the road, but it’s worth noting four of their last five meetings against the Bruins have resulted in six total goals or fewer.
Wednesday 6th February
Buffalo Sabres v Minnesota Wild
It’s crazy to think the Sabres once led the Eastern Conference standings. Buffalo have won just three of their last 10, or more importantly, eight games since the start of December. It’s been a quiet couple of months for Jack Eichel, while the Wild find themselves with plenty on the line. Minnesota already hold the first seed in the Western Conference Wild Card picture, and their 13-13 away record makes them a great chance here.
Montreal Canadiens v Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim have sunk to new lows since returning from the All-Star break, losing by six-goals to the Jets on Sunday and five-goals to the Leafs on Tuesday. The difficult road trip continues on short-rest as the Ducks travel to face a Habs team riding a 7-2-1 record over their last 10-games. The Ducks haven’t won in Montreal since 2014, making another ugly blowout the likely outcome.
Colorado Avalanche v Columbus Blue Jackets
There’s a lot of talk going on in Columbus right now. Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky remain a hot-topic on the trade market, and you have to wonder how much of a distraction that’s causing as Columbus kick off a three-game road trip. The Jackets have won two straight over Colorado, but they were shut out by the Avalanche on the road last May. This looks like the perfect chance for the Avs to snap their three-game losing streak.
Monday 4th February
Montreal Canadiens v Edmonton Oilers
Montreal has a great chance to put some distance between themselves and the Boston Bruins in this one. With the Bruins facing their bogey side (even) earlier in the morning, Montreal can create some breathing space. To do that though, they have to shake off a few recent struggles against Edmonton, losing eight of the last ten and giving up 34 goals in that time. The Oilers scored a huge 6-2 win back in November but the points will be heading back to the French region of Canada here.
Calgary Flames v Carolina Hurricanes
The Pacific Division leading Flames take on a Carolina side that is seeking an Eastern Conference Wild Card. The Flames have lost at home just nine times this season, five of those were in overtime. These sides faced off in Calgary just two weeks ago and the Flames won that one 3-0 and should be able to take care of business in this one.
Sunday 3rd February
Los Angeles Kings vs New York Islanders
36 saves by Andrei Vasilevskiy was not enough to stop the Tampa Bay Lightning continuing on their merry way against the Islanders last game however there was plenty of merit in a gutsy display. The Islanders are up against a struggling Kings side and they can bounce back with a win in this match up.
Florida Panthers vs Las Vegas Golden Knights
The Knights suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes last game. Shea Theodore scored twice for the Knights and he can again be a handful for the Panthers in this contest. They have lost three in a row and five of their past seven and will be desperate for a much needed win in this one.
Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars
Nashville have not been short of scoring options and they put 4 past the Panthers last game. This included four unanswered goals with two of them coming from Viktor Arvidsson who now has seven goals in his past six games and 13 in 16 games since returning in December from a thumb injury. I don’t envision they will have much of a problem getting past their rivals in this one.
Saturday 2nd February
Washington Capitals vs Calgary Flames
The Capitals return from the All-Star break having last lost to the Leafs 6-3. They’ve won just two of their last five home games against the Flames, and while we wait to see how the defending champs respond, it’s worth noting three of their last five-games against Calgary have resulted in under five-goals. A well-rested Calgary should win this one, but it feels like a 3-2 kind of game.
New York Islanders vs Tampa Bay Lightning
It’s all about the Islanders right now. New York return to Brooklyn with fresh legs, and they should fancy their chances after winning seven of their last 10 before the All-Star break. The Lightning lead the league in goals scored, but Tampa Bay haven’t looked themselves lately. The Lightning were blown out 4-2 against Pittsburgh on Thursday, and they now meet one of the stingiest defences in the league. The Isles haven’t lost by more than a goal in over a month, so this looks as safe as it comes.
Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs got busy during the break making a trade for Jake Muzzin. It makes a world of sense for Toronto, and we should see their new and improved defenceman take the ice on Saturday. The Leafs are the heavy favourite against a Wings side that are 10-12-4 at home, but their form prior to the All-Star break was a little worrying. The good news is their last four meetings have resulted in seven-goals or more, making the Goals Market a pretty clever play.
Friday 1st February
New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers
Suddenly New York are sitting at .500 on the verge of the Wild Card conversation.It’s hard to trust a Devils side that have won just four of their last 10, but to their credit, New Jersey have been strong at home with a 13-6-4 record. New York went down without much of a fight on Wednesday losing 1-0 to the Flyers, while the Devils defeated the Penguins 6-3. One of these teams looks destined for a playoff push, but for now, it’s worth noting the Total has gone Over 6.5 goals in four of their last five meetings.
Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers
The Bruins allowed a 3-2 lead on the Jets turn into a 4-3 shootout loss on Wednesday. Boston are still reeling with goalie Tukka Rask on the sidelines, and they’ll face what looks to be a dangerous Flyers side on Friday. Philly are 2-0 since the All-Star break defeating the Jets and holding the Rangers scoreless a day later. The Flyers haven’t won in Boston since 2015 so you can’t back them at this price, however. It’s probably best to mention three of their last five-games have been decided by no more than a goal, so go ahead and back the Bruins at the line.
Winnipeg Jets vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Hard to pick a winner between these two polar opposites. The Jets are one of the best defensive teams in the NHL allowing the fifth-fewest goals, while the Jackets rank 10th in goals scored. You’d be mad to back against Winnipeg at home, but the Jackets have won their last two games at Bell MTS Place. Other than form, there’s really not much to go on here, and that certainly sides with the Jets. Columbus have won just five of their last 10, while Connor Hellebuyck, the league’s fourth-most winning goalie, continues to pull off miracle saves. Take the Jets to win in regulation.
Thursday 31st January
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning
We could be looking at a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview here. The Pens will be hoping to make up for their 6-3 loss to the Devils on Tuesday, while the Lightning resume their season following a lengthy 11-day break. The last time these sides met back in November the Lightning walked away with a 4-3 win, but can they repeat that same success on the road this time? Tampa haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 2016, but Sidney Crosby said it best himself – the work ethic just wasn’t there from the Pens on Tuesday. With all that in mind, both of these sides rank Top 10 in goals scored, so play it safe and stick with the Total.
Dallas Stars vs Buffalo Sabres
A 5-4 win over the Jackets on Wednesday has the Sabres feeling pretty good about a potential Wild Card spot. Buffalo head to Dallas on Thursday to take on the Stars, a team they’ve only beaten twice in their last seven-games. Dallas occupy a Wild Card spot in the West, but their form at home recently hasn’t been convincing. The Stars are 3-3 in their last six-games at American Airlines Center, so it might be worth backing the Unders on Thursday. Both of these sides rank in the bottom 10 in goals scored this season.
Wednesday 30th January
Boston Bruins vs Winnipeg Jets
It was a miserable night for the Jets on Tuesday as they opened the second half of their season with a 3-1 loss to the Flyers. The Bruins will be hoping to kick things off on a more positive note as they return to the ice, and with a 17-7-1 record at home, it’s hard to see this one going any other way. Winnipeg haven’t won in Boston since 2015, and have also lost four of their last five games against the Bruins. Keep in mind though, the Jets are the third-best team in the league against the spread, saluting close to 65% of the time. Winnipeg have lost back-to-back games only twice all season, so don’t be surprised if this one comes down to the wire.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Buffalo Sabres
The week off did the battered and bruised Blue Jackets some good. Markus Hannikainen is set to return to the lineup for Wednesday’s home game – good news as the Jackets look to snap their two-game losing skid. Buffalo are a tough team to face, armed with a handful of skillful shooters including the league’s second leading goalscorer, Jeff Skinner. Columbus’ Cam Atkinson also ranks inside the Top 10 in goals scored, and considering these two sides put up nine goals between them back in October, the Overs looks a great bet.
New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers
Don’t look now, but Philly have won five-straight over the Rangers. It doesn’t mean much considering both of these sides are playing for nothing more than bragging rights, but after a hard fought win over the Jets on Tuesday, there could be value in the Rangers and their fresh legs. New York strolled into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak, and with home-ice advantage on Wednesday, these odds are worth a look.
Tuesday 29th January
Philadelphia Flyers vs Winnipeg Jets
Both Philly and Winnipeg return to the ice after a handy 10-day break, and while the Jets are enjoying much more success atop the Central Division, there’s some money to be made on the Flyers today. Philadelphia haven’t lost to Winnipeg at home since 2012, and have also stood their ground at home with a 10-10-3 record to boot. The last time these sides met the Jets walked away with a comfy 7-1 victory, but after a bit of a break, this is the perfect time to bank on some rust as Winnipeg hit the road.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils
Not only have the Devils won their last two games against Pittsburgh, they’ve also won four of their last five meetings between the two. Even so, it’s tough to trust New Jersey on the road today, especially following a 3-2 loss to the lowly Ducks before the All-Star break. Pittsburgh will also be looking to bounce-back from their blowout loss to the Golden Knights, but with a 13-8-2 record at home, they should feel confident. With Matt Murray in the net, the Pens are the rightful favourites in this one and the line shouldn’t be enough.
Thursday 24th January
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals
The Caps went toe-to-toe with the Sharks last night but somehow wound up losing 7-6 in overtime after blowing a two-goal lead. It was an exhausting night for Washington, and it doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Toronto up next. There’s plenty of trouble in Leaf land right now, but how long will Toronto’s scoring problems last? The Leafs are in serious danger of falling further down the standings, but they still have the fourth-best record in the league against the spread. With so much talent on attack, this is the perfect statement game for Mike Babcock’s team ahead of the All-Star break.
Anaheim Ducks vs St. Louis Blues
This should be a pretty scrappy affair between two Western Conference cellar dwellers. The Ducks have won just two of their last 10-games, but they still hold a winning record at home. Anaheim have also won four of their last five against the Blues, making them a pretty handy price as the underdog.
Vancouver Canucks vs Carolina Hurricanes
It’s a back-to-back for the Canes following yesterday’s overtime loss to the Flames. It’s tough to go head-to-head with one of the most physical sides in the competition and back it up the very next night, which makes Carolina pretty suspect heading into this game against Vancouver. The Canucks all of a sudden have a winning record, and a win today could go a long way to ensuring a Wild Card spot. Vancouver have won their last five home games against Carolina, so make sure you jump on.
Wednesday 23rd January
Ottawa Senators vs Arizona Coyotes
There’s some good young players on this Arizona roster, as the Leafs found out first hand on Monday. The Coyotes silenced the Toronto crowd winning 4-2 thanks to a brilliant game from Mario Kempe. Expectations were low for Arizona entering the season but they now find themselves with a 22-22-4 record as they look to flirt with a Wild Card spot. Heading to Ottawa to take on a Sens team that have won just four of their last 10 leaves the Coyotes with a huge upset chance.
Chicago Blackhawks vs New York Islanders
Trips to Chicago haven’t exactly been fun for the Islanders. New York have won just one of their last five-games at the United Center, however their recent form suggests they’ll have no trouble polishing off the worst team in the NHL. The Isles are the fourth-best team against the spread this year while Chicago are the worst. New York have also allowed the fewest goals in the league to somehow find themselves jumping from a Wild Card spot to the top of the Metropolitan Division in as little as five days.
Calgary Flames vs Carolina Hurricanes
You’d be insane to bet against the Flames after their 5-2 demolition over the Oilers on Sunday. Calgary hold the second-best record in the league behind Tampa Bay, also ranking second in points and goals scored. Still, the Hurricanes are right in the thick of the playoff race themselves, and it’s worth noting their last two visits to the Saddledome have resulted in wins. It’s tempting to side with a Canes upset here, but since Calgary and Carolina both rank inside the bottom half of the league in goals allowed, the Unders is the safest bet.
Tuesday 22nd January
Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild
Vegas sit just one-game back from the second spot in the Pacific Division, and you have to like their chances at home today against the Wild. Despite the odds, Minnesota are no easy pushover however. The Wild have won six of their last 10, and have also won three of their last four against Vegas. Both of these sides come into this one off huge wins over the Penguins and and Blue Jackets, but most importantly, each rank bottom 10 in goals scored this season. The Under looks to be the safest play between these two Western Conference foes.
Florida Panthers vs San Jose Sharks
A loss today for the Sharks could make things mighty interesting in the Pacific. San Jose have hit a two-game skid following Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Lightning, and they’ll be desperate to get one back on the road against the Panthers. Florida don’t look like a playoff team, but they showed tremendous heart defeating the Leafs and the Predators over the last three days. The Panthers have scored at least three-goals in six straight games and look extremely dangerous at home. The Panthers and Sharks also rank Top 4 in Overs betting this year, coming through close to 62% of the time.
Monday 21st January
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Arizona Coyotes
The Leafs have been struggling as of late, going 4-6 in their last 10 games including a miserable 1-5 record at home. Arizona is sitting just below 50% on its record and way down the Western Conference standings. In the four games the Leafs have won in their last 10, all of those have been by two or more goals and they should be able to make if five here against a struggling opponent.
Edmonton Oilers vs Carolina Hurricanes
With one win (and a few results falling their way), the Oilers could catapult themselves right up to the Western Conference Wild Card spot. Carolina on the other hand is slowly climbing up the East with a 7-3 record in its last 10 but has dropped its last two games, including a 4-1 decision at home to Ottawa two days ago. You have to like the value of Edmonton as a home underdog here.
Sunday 20th January
Dallas Stars vs Winnipeg Jets
If you want to know why the Jets have the third highest points total in the league right now, look at their away record. 13 wins from 21 games is an excellent record to have as they travel down to Dallas to face a Stars side that is a currently performing a bit below expectations. These sides are on very, very different runs of form at the moment though, the Stars have lost their last four and the Jets have won their last four. Makes this a fairly straightforward pick really.
Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers
The Bruins have lost just seven times in 24 games at the TD Garden all season, once in overtime. The Rangers have won just seven of 23 games away from Madison Square Garden. Fresh off a 5-2 win over the Blues a couple of days ago, the Bruins go into this game as clear favourites so head to head there is not enough value to take on head to head, but you can find a play with the handicap market. Of the Bruins six wins in January, four of them have been by two or more goals. With such a gulf in class a multi-goal win looks to be on the cards for the Bruins.
Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames
On top of the Western Conference, the Flames come into this game as road favourites and quite literally in red hot form. Seven wins and two overtime losses have helped catapult them to their current position. The Flames have not had a great run against the Oilers however, with the Edmonton side winning seven of the last ten meetings. Their last meeting in December saw the Oilers pick up a 1-0 win at home and another win here could very well be on the cards.
Saturday 19th January
Florida Panthers vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs held on for a gutsy 4-2 win over the Lightning in Tampa yesterday, but they spent the better part of the third period defending their own zone relentlessly inside the final five minutes. It had to be a tiring effort for the Toronto defence against the league’s best goal-scoring team, and with a short turnaround against a Panthers side that hasn’t played since Wednesday, we could be in for an upset. The Leafs haven’t beaten the Panthers on their home ice since 2016, and with Florida looking to snap their three-game losing streak, this should be the perfect opportunity.
Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders
The Islanders have been a great play coming through with seven wins in their last eight games, but can they really hold off the Capitals away from home? New York are 14-8-1 on the road this season, while the Capitals are 4-4-2 in their last 10-games. Washington’s penalty kill is the eighth worst in the league right now, and they could be in real trouble should goalie Braden Holtby miss this game.
Calgary Flames vs Detroit Red Wings
You don’t have to be a genius to work this game out. The Flames are the second-best scoring side in the league, but did you know Calgary are also the third-best side to bet on against the spread? The Flames have come through close to 63% of the time this season at the line, while the Red Wings rank second-last. Calgary lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Sabres on Wednesday, but their 15-9-0 record on the road should have you feeling confident in the Flames.
Friday 18th January
New York Rangers vs Chicago Blackhawks
Neither of these sides look likely to make the playoffs with less than 20 wins to their name. The Rangers took care of the Hurricanes 6-2 on Tuesday, while the Hawks fell to the Devils in a three-goal blowout. Aside from their records, the one common trend is their miserable defence. Both the Rangers and the Hawks rank Top 5 in goals allowed, making the Overs a pretty tidy bet.
New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils
The Islanders have now won two straight over the Devils, and with the best defence in the league, this price looks like massive overs. New York have also managed to worm their way out of the Wild Card picture and into the third spot in the Metropolitan Division, while the Devils continue to flounder having won just five of their last 10. The Islanders have allowed the fewest goals in the league this year and have also become quite the physical team in recent weeks. Take this price for them at home and run with it.
Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets
This should be a fascinating match up between two of the West’s Top 5 teams. Nashville are 16-7-0 at home on the year, while Winnipeg have an equally impressive 12-8-0 record on away ice. The Jets have now won three straight, but as far as this game goes, try not to let the long odds fool you. In their last three trips to Nashville, Winnipeg have won two in blowout fashion. Their defence has stepped up tremendously in recent weeks, and with the second-best record against the spread, take the upset.
Thursday 17th January
Ottawa Senators vs Colorado Avalanche
The Avalanche fought back from a two-goal deficit against the Leafs on Tuesday to walk away with a much-needed 6-3 win. As for Ottawa, the Sens have won only two of their last 10-games, although to their credit, they have won their last two home games against Colorado dating back to 2016. The Avalanche showed tremendous hustle in Toronto, but it’s still not enough to trust them just yet. Instead, the Over has prevailed in eight of Ottawa’s last nine games against Colorado, with their last three meetings tallying seven-goals or more.
Calgary Flames vs Buffalo Sabres
No one can touch the Flames and their five-game winning streak right now. Calgary obliterated the Coyotes 7-1 on Monday, and with two-straight wins over the Sabres to their name, you can’t look past Bill Peters’ side. To their credit, Buffalo have put up some gutsy performances in recent weeks, but their 9-11-3 record on the road is less than encouraging. The Flames, meanwhile, are the third best team when it comes to covering the spread, and with Johnny Gaudreau on an eight-game point streak, Calgary should take control of this one.
Arizona Coyotes vs San Jose Sharks
The Sharks come in sky-high following a 5-2 blowout over the Penguins thanks to four unanswered goals between the end of the first and the start of the third period. Arizona have very little to play for at 20-22-3, and with just five wins in their last 10-games, even at home it’s tough to back the Coyotes. In their 88 meetings, only eight have gone to overtime, and since the Sharks have won six of their last 10-games against Arizona in regulation, San Jose should do the same on the road.
Wednesday 16th January
New York Islanders vs St. Louis Blues
A win for the Islanders today could really put the pressure on the first seed Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Wild Card picture. New York demolished the Stanley Cup favourite Lightning on Monday, and now turn their attention to the hapless Blues who happen to find themselves in the midst of a three-game win streak. The Isles have won two straight against St. Louis, and after piling on three unanswered goals in a five-minute span against the Lightning, you have to like them, and their top rank defence, here at home.
Dallas Stars vs Tampa Bay Lightning
The Stars come into this one following a 3-1 loss to the Blues on Sunday. Likewise, the Lightning suffered a shock loss to the Islanders in Brooklyn on Monday in a 5-1 blowout. Tampa Bay have lost just three of their last 20-games, but there’s no denying they’ll face a huge test tonight against a Stars side that have allowed the fourth-fewest goals against. Dallas have also been the best team in the league when it comes to backing the Unders, but keep in mind, Tampa Bay lead the league in goals scored. These two have combined to score seven-goals or more in nine of their last 10 meetings, so back the Over.
San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins
After extending their winning streak to six on Monday thanks to a 4-1 win over Ottawa, there’s no hotter team in the NHL right now than the Sharks. The Penguins lost 5-2 to the Kings in a miserable night for Casey DeSmith between the pipes, but Pittsburgh have still won eight of their last 10-games. More importantly, the Pens have won two of their last three against the Sharks, and haven’t lost in San Jose since 2016. With Matt Murray likely to start in goal, you can’t pass these odds up.
Tuesday 15th January
Washington Capitals vs St Louis Blues
Currently sitting on top of the Metropolitan Division, the Caps will go into the first half of a back to back eager to continue their good run, which saw them pick up points in each of their last five games. In that time they have won three and lost two in overtime, however their last loss came at the hands of Tuesday’s opponents, the Blues. When these sides met a week and a half ago in St Louis, the Blues sprung an upset, winning 5-2, although it is hard to see that result being replicated here. Washington has gone 21-9-4 as a favourites this season and should win and cover the spread.
Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens
There are few things better in the sporting world than an ice hockey rivalry and the Bruins-Canadiens is one of, if not the best out there. Boston is an impressive 16-6 on home ice although Montreal has been quite strong away from the Bell Centre, posting a 12-8-3 mark. Both teams are in great form in their last ten games but head to head recent history has gone the way of the Bruins, winning two of the three meetings this season and eight of the last ten. It has been a great start to 2019 for Boston and we are going to back them to win in regulation.
Edmonton Oilers vs Buffalo Sabres
This may very well be the toughest game to call of the day, both teams are sitting outside the Wild Card spots in their respective conferences ahead of the All Star break but a run of results before that could set up a strong run home. Both sides desperately need a change in fortune with just three wins each in their last ten games. Buffalo is a much weaker team away from home and that could be the defining factor here with just nine wins from 22 away games.
Sunday 13th January
New York Islanders vs New York Rangers
The Rangers and Islanders do battle for the second time in the last three days. The Isles held on for a 4-3 victory at the Garden on Friday, earning New York their fourth win from their last five games against the Rangers. The odds suggest the Islanders will be tough to beat as the series shifts to the Barclays Centre, and it’s hard to disagree. Barry Trotz’s side has allowed the fewest goals against this season and are a perfect 6-0-0 when they hold their opponent to 20 shots or less.
Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning
After starting the season with so much promise, the 23-14-6 Sabres have slipped into the second seed in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race behind the Islanders. In case you missed it, Buffalo destroyed New Jersey 5-1 thanks to a five-goal second period on Thursday, before slipping up against the Hurricanes 4-3 yesterday. When you consider the Sabres defeated the Lightning 2-1 at home earlier in November though, these aren’t half bad odds for another upset and a Buffalo bounce-back.
Edmonton Oilers vs Arizona Coyotes
Connor McDavid was phenomenal for the Oilers on Friday notching two goals and an assist in Edmonton’s 4-3 shootout win over the Panthers. The Coyotes, on the other hand, are 5-4-1 in their last 10-games, but since both sides are fighting for a Wild Card spot in the West, it looks difficult to back a winner. Fortunately, there is one thing to go by – Edmonton’s 4-1 record in their last five home games against Arizona. The Oilers have won two of those by two-goals or more, so this one could easily become one-sided.
Saturday 12th January
Winnipeg Jets vs Detroit Red Wings
There’s no rest for the wicked, or should we say Winnipeg, this week. The Jets prepare to play their third game in the last four days, fresh from a 3-2 loss to the Wild yesterday. Detroit are also on the back of a 3-2 loss to Montreal, looking to earn their first road win in Winnipeg since 2016. It’s tough to get a read on this game given the Jets’ high workload this week though, and it just feels a little 50/50 since Detroit hold home-ice advantage. The Total market is probably the best play.
Calgary Flames vs Florida Panthers
There’s no messing with the Flames right now and their three-game winning streak. Calgary polished off the Avalanche 5-3 on Thursday, but the Flames’ winning streak isn’t the only thing worth mentioning – winger Johnny Gaudreau has recorded five straight multi-point games. The Flames have won four of their last five over Florida and are not surprisingly the short-price favourites in this one. Calgary have also been the fourth best team against the spread this year, making the Flames a great chance to win by more than a goal.
Anaheim Ducks vs Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins have won nine of their last 10-games, and in case you hadn’t noticed, netminder Cassey DeSmith is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the league’s most reliable goalies. DeSmith ranks fifth in save percentage, while Ducks goalie John Gibson allowed a crucial overtime goal against the Senators on Thursday that should have stopped. Anaheim are on a major nine-game skid, and they don’t appear to be showing signs of a turnaround anytime soon.
Friday 11th January
Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
Boston look unstoppable right now riding a five-game winning streak, one that sees them enter this match against the defending champs as the favourite. Washington will be relying on the health of Nicklas Backstrom who’s missed time with an illness, but the Caps have to feel confident knowing they’ve won a whopping 13 straight games over the Bruins. Boston are always tough to beat at home, however the Capitals have lost only six times on the road this year. Take these odds and run with it.
New York Rangers vs New York Islanders
This is a fascinating edition of the Subway Series with both sides looking to snap losing streaks. The Rangers blanked the Islanders 5-0 at the Garden earlier in October, but they haven’t faced the new and improved Isles defence, one that has allowed the fewest goals in the league. The Rangers have lost four straight games and have currently scored the fifth-fewest goals all year. These meetings always tend to be high-scoring though, with 32 goals being scored across the last five.
Minnesota Wild vs Winnipeg Jets
The Jets surprisingly enter this game as the underdog after defeating the Avalanche 7-4 on Wednesday. The Wild, meanwhile, are slowly slipping out of the Western Conference Wild Card picture having won just five of their last 10-games. Since Minnesota are at home though, it is tough to back the Jets straight up given the Wild’s 10-7-3 record at home. Both of these sides rank bottom 10 in goals against however, meaning we could be in for a bit of a stalemate with Devan Dubnyk and Connor Hellebuych between the pipes.
Thursday 10th January
Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators
The Blackhawks were embarrassed by Johnny Gaudreau on Tuesday losing 4-3 at home to the Flames. Chicago have now allowed the second-most goals in the league behind the Senators, hardly encouraging ahead of Thursday’s game against Nashville. The Predators are just one game behind the Jets in the West, fresh from a 4-0 blanking over the Leafs in Toronto. Goalie Pekka Rinne enjoyed a comfortable night between the pipes as the defence held Toronto to just 18-shots. Chicago have quietly been the fifth best team when it comes to backing the Overs this season coming through close to 60% of the time. With Nashville’s attack red hot and the Hawks at home, this should be a goals-fest.
Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche
The Avs were ran off their feet by the Jets yesterday in a blowout 7-4 loss. Colorado did a fantastic job fighting back on the scoreboard down 3-1 in the second period, but poor defence on the transition proved the Avs’ ultimate undoing. The tough times keep coming as Jared Bednar’s side now travel to Calgary, a building the Avalanche haven’t won in since 2016. On short rest a night after goalie Philipp Grubauer allowed six goals on 20-shots, you can’t back Colorado in this one.
Anaheim Ducks vs Ottawa Senators
Tricky game to pick between one side that ranks first in Totals Over (Ottawa) and another that ranks first in Totals Under (Anaheim). Now at 15-23-5, the Senators are the worst team in the league, while the Ducks continue to make a push for a Wild Card spot in the West. To make life even tougher, both sides have also lost two-straight games, but if there is one thing to hang your hat on it’s Ottawa’s goalie. Anders Nilsson will start in just his second game of the season in net, having allowed an average of 3.91 goals against. Those stats make the Ducks a handy bet to cover the line.
Wednesday 9th January
Detroit Red Wings vs Montreal Canadiens
Star goalie Carey Price was phenomenal in Montreal’s 1-0 loss to the Wild yesterday, and really, he deserved a shutout. This is a chance for the Habs to get one back, and it shouldn’t be hard against a Detroit side riding a seriously bad 2-6-2 record in their last 10-games. The Red Wings have currently allowed the fourth-most goals in the league, and have been particularly poor at home all year. Montreal received some good news after defenceman Shea Weber was struck by a puck to the face on Tuesday, so make sure you take these generous odds on offer.
St. Louis Blues vs Dallas Stars
The Blues were a great play yesterday as rookie goalie Jordan Binnington posted a shutout in his NHL debut against the Flyers. Speaking of goalies, Dallas netminder Ben Bishop has allowed three or more goals in each of his last outings, placing the Stars’ spot as the Western Conference Wild Card leaders in some serious jeopardy. Both the Stars and the Blues rank bottom five in goals scored this year, which makes the Total Goals market a must today. If Binnington starts in net for St. Louis and Bishop gets the nod for the Stars, this could turn into a lively affair.
Winnipeg Jets vs Colorado Avalanche
It’s a big battle between second and third in the Central Division as the 26-13-2 Jets host the 20-14-8 Avalanche. Both sides come in on a one-game winning streak, but it’s hard to feel confident in the Avs considering they’ve lost their last six away trips to Winnipeg dating back to 2016. To narrow it down even more, the Jets have outscored Colorado 14-3 in their last three meetings, all of which have been played in Winnipeg. With Colorado winning only three of their last 10-games, you can’t back against the Jets at home.
Tuesday 8th January
Philadelphia Flyers vs St. Louis Blues
The 16-19-4 Blues are on a one way path to a top draft pick, but they’ll be keen to make up for Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Islanders today on the road. The 15-20-6 Flyers are in a similar position, only Philly enter as the favourites today at home. The Flyers have been the fourth-worst play in line betting this season, but more importantly, St. Louis will be relying on rookie goalie Jordan Binnington as he makes his NHL debut in net. Having allowed just 32-goals with the San Antonio Rampage, the Blues’ AHL affiliate, he could put up quite the show.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Nashville Predators
You’re looking at a potential Stanley Cup preview here between the East’s second-place Toronto Maple Leafs and the West’s fourth-place Nashville Predators. Both sides roll into this one looking to extend their winning streak to two, but given just how talented both of these sides are on the attacking side of the puck, it’s the Total Goals market you’ll want to pay attention to. The Leafs and the Preds both rank bottom four in the NHL in goals allowed, but given how goal-happy the Leafs often are at home, the 6.5 margin should be safe.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames
The Blackhawks knocked off the Penguins 5-3 on Monday to snap Pittsburgh’s nine-game winning streak. It was a big win for Chicago, but can they back it up today against the Western Conference leading Flames? Calgary have been on a tear as of late holding a 5-3-2 record in their last 10-games. They’ve also been the fourth best team in the league when it comes to covering the spread, having defeated the Jets, Sharks and Redwings by at least two-goals over the last fortnight.