It’s been a steady week of NHL action with at least six games every night. The same is the case for Friday as we’ve got seven games on the NHL betting menu to choose from. Here’s our picks of the night.
Vancouver Canucks vs. New Jersey Devils
The Canucks are in the midst of a back-to-back set after playing the New York Rangers on Thursday. Ryan Miller got the start last night, so it’s likely we see Eddie Lack. Miller has actually been struggling over the last little while, so having Lack in net might actually improve the Canucks defense. He’s played well this month, allowing eight goals in his last four starts while compiling a .924 save percentage.
As for the Devils, they should have Cory Schneider between the pipes in this one and he’s played well over the last month. He’s given up two goals or less in nine of his last 10 outings. He should be fired up to be facing his former team.
With the goaltending situation on both sides looking strong and the Devils being one of the league’s lowest-scoring home teams (fifth-fewest goals per game at home), I’ll take the under with my NHL picks.
NHL Pick: Under 5 at 5Dimes
Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues
The Bruins are doing their best to prove that they’re playoff-worthy but goaltender Tuukka Rask has been struggling of late. He’s allowed 11 goals in his last three outings, which is really bad by his standards. As a team, the Bruins are giving up 3.43 goals per game this month, which is fifth-worst in the NHL, so keep this in mind when looking over the NHL betting odds.
As a result, the Bruins have been playing a ton of overs as their offense has been forced to keep up. Each of their last four games have seen at least seven goals. When you mix that with the fact that the Blues have the league’s fifth-best offense, scoring 3.02 goals per game, then we’ve got a good setup for an over. Expect a high-scoring affair in this one.
NHL Pick: Over at Bodog
Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames
The Ducks have had a really tough time between the pipes in February as they’ve been giving up goals in bunches. They’ve given up 21 in their last five games and have allowed 3.63 per game this month, which is the second-worst number in the NHL. That could be a problem on Friday when they visit the Flames as Calgary has scored 3.0 goals per game this month.
The main issue is that the Ducks are without goaltender Frederik Andersen right now and they haven’t done a good job of adjusting without him. They’ve dropped five of their last six games overall.
Calgary had a pretty good stretch of hockey where they had won eight of their last 10 games but they’ve since gone 3-3 in their last six. The difference has been goaltending as they’ve tapered off a little bit, giving up 18 goals over their last six after allowing 18 in the previous 10.
These two teams met up last month with the Ducks winning 6-3. I don’t know if we’ll see nine goals again but I am expecting an over.
NHL Pick: Over at The Greek