There are seven games for hockey bettors to play on Tuesday with the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin showdown highlighting the card. here are our best NHL picks for the night.
Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Odds: Maple Leafs -107
This is a matchup of two struggling teams as both come into this contest on three-game losing streaks. However, the Maple Leafs are in much worse shape as their interim head coach is on the hot seat, the team is being broken down for parts and there’s all sorts of finger-pointing going on. The Leafs just shipped off a couple of key contributors in Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli, and nobody for a second is believing that this team got better because of it (in the short term).
The Panthers have lost three straight and four of five, but at a closer look, they’ve lost to some good teams. They lost at home to St. Louis and Nashville, two of the best teams in the West, and they lost on the road at Dallas and Minnesota, which is reasonable. They lost by a total of five goals in those four losses.
They play well against Toronto, winning four of the last five meetings, and they should give them another swift kick now that they’re down. The Leafs have lost 14 of their last 15, so take the Panthers with your NHL picks.
NHL Pick: Panthers -103 at 5Dimes
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Odds: Flyers -155
The Blue Jackets continue to have a tough time keeping pucks out of their own net with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky out of the lineup. They are giving up 3.17 goals per game this month, which is the seventh-worst number in the NHL. They’ve been forced into a number of shootouts as a result and they’ve found themselves in a number of high-scoring affairs this month. The average combined score in a Blue Jackets game in February is 6.84 goals per game. One of those contests was a 4-3 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers. With the Flyers having similar issues in net without Steve Mason healthy and with Ray Emery taking charge, look for this game to again be high-scoring.
Seven of the last nine meetings have seen at least six goals and we’ll look for that trend to continue in this spot.
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at Bodog
Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Odds: Penguins -150
The Capitals and Pens have been playing excellent defense so far this month, so we’ll look for an under in this spot. Both teams are in the top 10 in goals allowed as the Capitals are at 2.47 (ninth-best) and the Penguins are at 2.43 (seventh-best). The Pens are expected to have Marc-Andre Fleury in net on Tuesday and he’s been lights out of late. He’s given up just two goals in his last four outings, each of going under the NHL odds total.
Six of the last seven meetings between the teams have seen five goals or less, so we’ll be looking for the same in this spot.
NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at The Greek