Thursday night's slate gives us ten games to choose from, so I have picked four matchups that I feel hold the best value for NHL bettors. Check out my NHL picks for these games, as we try to maxamize out our NHL betting payouts.

Lets check out some of tonight's biggest games and cover the NHL picks I find to have the best chance of in cashing for us as the sportsbooks.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Odds: Over/Under 5.5 

The Philadelphia Flyers have been struggling lately but goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has done his part. His performance has been noticeably better of late and he’s been especially strong at home.

He’s allowed just two goals in his last four home games, although one of those games he didn’t start. He’s won all four of his starts against Toronto while posting a 1.55 GAA in those contests. 

James Reimer is likely to be back in net for the Leafs after Jonas Gustavsson took the loss in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Reimer has allowed just three goals in his last three games and just five in two career meetings with Philadelphia.

The Flyers offense is struggling right now as they’ve scored just two goals in their last two games. Bet the under. 

NHL Picks: Under

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders

NHL Odds: Islanders -120 

Stop us if you’ve seen this before: the Montreal Canadiens have won two straight games. They’ve only done it five times since the start of November but the problem is that they haven’t been able to win three straight since October 26th – November 4th.

They have all sorts of problems these days and a matchup with a decent Islanders team could end their latest two-game streak. 

The Islanders have won three of four and are 6-1-2 in their last nine games. It might surprise you, but if you look at the standings, you’d find the Islanders (52 points) ahead of the Habs (51 points) and the Isles actually have two games in hand. 

It just goes to show you the type of season Montreal is having. They are only two points better than the worst team in the conference. A bet on the Isles holds the best sports betting value in this matchup. 

NHL Picks: Islanders


Winnipeg Jets vs. Washington Capitals

NHL Odds: Capitals -170 

Washington has been in a bit of a funk lately (3-3-2 in their last eight games) but most of that has come on the road. They have been one of the better home teams in the NHL this season. On the year, the Caps are 19-7-1 at the Verizon Center. Those 19 home wins are the most in the Eastern Conference.

Tomas Vokoun is coming off a 4-0 shutout win over the Florida Panthers and is 16-5-0 at home this season. His goals-against average of 2.07 is much better than the 3.02 he gives up on the road. 

As for the Jets, they have won just six of their last 17 games. Scoring is a big problem these days with just eight goals in their last seven games. 

The Caps have won 10 of the last 15 meetings overall and six of the last seven in Washington. 

NHL Picks: Capitals

Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Senators

NHL Odds: Predators -120 

Although this will be a bit of a heat-check for Nashville, they are still worth a play on Thursday. They are one of the hottest teams in the NHL as they have gone 14-3-2 in their last 19 games, but they have lost two of three. On the other hand, Ottawa has hit a brick wall and has lost seven straight and have scored only nine goals in that span. A matchup with goaltender Pekka Rinne, who has won 11 of his last 12 starts, is not ideal.

With a cheap price on the board, take the Preds, who have been much better than the Sens recently.

NHL Picks: Predators

As a side note, I wanted to give a shoutout to Mudrac and Mike Z, who are not just dedicated commenters at bottom of this daily column but two excellent NHL handicappers in their own right. Thanks for the comments guys, and lets keep the discussions going as we try to rob the sportsbooks.