Tuesday brings 11 games to the ice in the National Hockey League, including two premier matchups in which both teams are comfortably in playoff position. Read on for today’s NHL Best Bets based on the latest odds.
While there are several games that involve teams battling for playoff spots, there are two marquee games that have teams higher in the standings.
The Minnesota Wild travel to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning in a matchup of third-place teams in the Central and Atlantic Divisions, respectively. And the Vegas Golden Knights, leaders of the Pacific Division, visit the New Jersey Devils, who hold down second place in the Metropolitan.
These games involve real contenders: all four of these teams are among the consensus Top 12 teams when it comes to Stanley Cup odds.
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Tuesday’s NHL Schedule and Odds
(odds via DraftKings)
- Boston Bruins (-390) vs. Montreal Canadiens (+320)
- Florida Panthers (+135) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (-155)
- Minnesota Wild (+140) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (-165)
- Los Angeles Kings (-135) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (+115)
- San Jose Sharks (+130) vs. Detroit Red Wings (-150)
- Vegas Golden Knights (+145) vs. New Jersey Devils (-170)
- Buffalo Sabres (+110) vs. St. Louis Blues (-130)
- Winnipeg Jets (-115) vs. Nashville Predators (-105)
- Washington Capitals (+120) vs. Colorado Avalanche (-140)
- Anaheim Ducks (+115) vs. Arizona Coyotes (-135)
- Chicago Blackhawks (+195) vs. Vancouver Canucks (-230)
Tuesday’s NHL Best Bets
- Moneyline: Flyers ML (+115 via DraftKings Sportsbook) vs. Kings ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Spread: Bruins -1.5 (-155 via DraftKings Sportsbook) vs. Canadiens ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Total: Wild-Lightning Under 6.5 (-120 via DraftKings Sportsbook) ⭐⭐⭐
- Prop: Lucas Raymond Anytime Goal (+270 via Caesars Sportsbook) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tuesday's NHL Top Picks
Moneyline: Flyers ML (+115 via DraftKings) vs. Kings ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Since the holiday break, the Flyers have been a dramatically better team than they were up to that point. They have won nine of 13 and are controlling 52.5% of five-on-five score-and-venue-adjusted expected goals, so the improved record has some statistical merit behind it as well.
On the other side of the ice, the Kings’ power play has been on fire, ranking second in the league with 11.24 goals per 60 minutes of five-on-four play since the break.
However, the Flyers can counter that with the league's best net penalty killing numbers since the break. Philadelphia has allowed 4.20 goals against per 60 minutes of four-on-five play, which ranks fifth, but the Flyers have also scored 3.15 goals per 60 minutes, which is the best rate in the league over the past month.
I have been moving cautiously when it comes to wagers on this improved Flyers team over the past few weeks. But as the sample gets bigger, I'm putting more faith in their performance.
The top-rated sportsbooks have the Flyers on the moneyline ranging between +110 and +115. DraftKings and BetMGM offer the best prices on the board, so that gives them the edge as the first choices of sportsbook to make this wager.
Spread: Bruins -1.5 (-155 via DraftKings) vs. Canadiens ⭐⭐⭐⭐
It is difficult to grasp just how much better the Bruins have been relative to the rest of the National Hockey League.
Boston’s goal differential of +81 is more than twice as large as the second-place New Jersey Devils (+40). Boston has won by a margin of more than one goal in 13 of 20 road games.
Put those Bruins in a game against a Canadiens squad that ranks 28th with a goal differential of -46, and a lopsided result is to be expected.
Not only is Montreal stumbling along in last place in the Atlantic Division, but the lineup has been decimated by injuries, with seven players from the team's opening night lineup unavailable for Tuesday’s game against the Bruins.
At full strength, Montreal would be overwhelmed. In its current state, the mercy rule might be necessary.
FanDuel and BetMGM are offering the Bruins -2.5 on the puck line, which underscores the difference between these two teams, but I am reluctant to pull the trigger on NHL spreads of that size. DraftKings, Caesars, and PointsBet have the best Boston -1.5 odds for this game.
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Total: Wild-Lightning Under 6.5 (-120 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
You really don't have to sell me hard on taking the Under on a Minnesota game.
The Wild have hit a total Under 6.5 in 12 of 23 road games and rank sixth in the league with a 2.65 goals against average away from Xcel Energy Center. They also rank 22nd with 2.90 goals for per 60 minutes on the road, so they are more likely to steer this game Under.
This becomes more challenging when it comes to the Lightning, because they are the highest scoring home team in the league at 4.05 goals per 60 minutes.
However, Tampa Bay also has Andrei Vasilevskiy in net. He has a .918 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average on home ice and is more than capable of thwarting the Wild attack.
While most of the top-rated sportsbooks have the total at 6, DraftKings is still offering at 6.5, which makes this Under much more appealing.
Prop: Lucas Raymond Anytime Goal (+270 via Caesars) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Raymond started slowly, with no goals in seven games to start the season, then had another stretch during which he scored just one goal in 16 games. But regression has worked in the Red Wings forward's favor since that slump.
Raymond has at least one goal in eight of the past 11 and has scored in 11 of 24 home games.
Raymond goes against a Sharks team that ranks 24th in the league with a goals against average of 3.47 on the road, thanks to ranking 28th with a .886 road save percentage. And it doesn't really matter James Reimer or Kaapo Kahkonen is in goal.
Every prop pick is about finding value but on goal-scoring props, sometimes the value really drives the selection. I like Lucas Raymond’s chances to score a goal against San Jose, but I love getting +270 odds at Caesars for that goal to happen.
NHL Best Bet picks made 1/24/2023 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
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