Tuesday night features a nine-game card in the NHL with just one game that will get national attention. The Dallas-Boston matchup will be featured on the NHL Network and that’s one of the games we have featured in our nightly NHL picks.
Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins
Odds: Bruins -160
It’s rare that the Bruins are at home with a total of 5.5 (instead of five) but that’s what happens when the Dallas Stars are visiting. They lead the NHL in road scoring (3.08) and are second in overall scoring (3.11). However, they’ve experienced a bit of a dip in production lately as they’ve tallied just 10 goals in their last four games. They might find it tough to get untracked against Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask as he’s 8-3-2 in his last 13 with a .951 save percentage.
The Bruins have also had some offensive issues, scoring two or fewer in three straight and five of eight. That being the case, let’s go under with our NHL picks here.
NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at The Greek
New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Odds: Rangers -140
We’re faced with a total of 5.5 on the NHL odds and considering the goaltending on both sides, over looks like the best choice. The Rangers have now played three games with Henrik Lundqvist out and backup Cam Talbot has posted a 2.68 GAA in that span. He’s never started four in a row in the NHL, so we’ll see if fatigue is a factor. As for the Leafs, they’ll have James Reimer in net and while he won Saturday’s contest versus Edmonton, he had dropped eight straight prior to that while posting a 3.19 GAA. For his career, he has a 3.08 GAA against the Rangers.
This is a series that trends over with each of the last three meetings in Toronto going over as well as five of the last seven overall. Take the over here.
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at 5Dimes
Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets
Odds: Jets -140
The Wild have been on fire of late, going 8-1-1 since acquiring Devan Dubnyk. However, he’s expected to get a rest on Tuesday as the Wild played on Monday night as well. That means we’ll likely see Darcy Kuemper in net and he’s won just four of last 12 starts this season while posting a 3.40 GAA. He was playing so poorly that the team sent him down to the AHL for a conditioning stint. It could also be Niklas Backstrom but he hasn’t played since he gave up six goals in an outing to Pittsburgh on January 13th.
At any rate, expect the Wild’s defense and goaltending much weaker on Tuesday when the visit the Jets.
Speaking of Winnipeg, neither of their goaltenders play well against Minnesota as Ondrej Pavelec has lost three straight against them and has been pulled in each of the last two while giving up six goals in just two periods of action. As for Michael Hutchinson, he’s lost all four matchups against them. That being the case, go over the number.
NHL Pick: Over 5 at Bodog