Wednesday, January 16, 7:35 pm ET (NBCSN)
Free NHL Pick: Under
Best Line Offered: Intertops
Boston Bruins Really Trending UNDER on This Hump Day
The Boston Bruins after winning five straight have cooled off in losing two of three and both were on home ice. Don’t blame the Bruins defense, which has only allowed nine goals and an empty-netter in their last five contests and were 4-0-1 UNDER in the process.
Another aspect to consider is Boston has shown the ability to tighten up the defense and play a bit more conservatively after losing at home and is 5-0-1 UNDER in their next outing. This goes along with how the B’s play, ranked 2nd in fewest goals given up at 2.59 and somewhat below average in scoring 2.87 goals a game (19th).
It has been a tough season for Philadelphia and they have fallen into the basement of the Metropolitan Division, having lost nine of their last 11 contests. By the numbers, it is well deserved ranked 25th in scoring at 29th in goals surrendered.
As we mentioned here on Monday, rookie goalie Carter Hart is the seventh goalie used by the Flyers. Hart has outstanding potential at still just 20-years old and he’s 4-6 in 10 starts, with a noteworthy 8-2 UNDER record.
Philadelphia porous defense is offset by its anemic offense. The NHL odds have the total at Un6 (-120) and we think it’s worth paying a little extra juice. Besides what we have already explained, Boston 13-3 UNDER on the road after an OT loss and a perfect 12-0 UNDER having dropped two of their last three tilts.
Wednesday, January 16, 9:35 pm ET (ESPN+)
Free NHL Pick: Over
Best Line Offered: Intertops
Goal Lights Flashing in Sabres vs. Flames Encounter
After a nine-game winning streak that brought Buffalo near the top of the Atlantic Division standings, the Sabres have been adrift since, losing 15 of 20. At the end of their smoking hot stretch, Buffalo was in the top 10 in goals scored and goals allowed, but they have tumbled to 23rd and 16th respectively in those two categories.
In the Sabres four most recent games, the offense has shown life and rung up 15 goals. Why Buffalo has only managed to win once in the span was because after holding New Jersey to one goal, the floodgates have opened and they have given up and unseemly 16 goals in a trio of setbacks. No wonder they are on a 4-0 OVER spin.
Calgary is in first place in the Pacific Division because they do almost everything well. The Flames have the second-best offense in the league at 3.68 GAG and are extremely proficient in keeping the puck out of the net, listed 6th overall.
In winning seven of their previous eight, Calgary’s offense has been as hot as a flame, scoring a remarkable 40 times, for an average of 5 GAG. It goes without saying with that kind of offensive production from their Top 3 point-producers Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk and others, the Flames are burning the netting with a 7-1 OVER mark.
Backing the OVER at 6.5 for NHL picks has to come with some real skepticism from any hockey bettor. That is until you realize Calgary is 16-4 OVER in a home game when the total is 6 or more and 7-0 OVER in their own building off a home victory.