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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.