Our NHL consultant shares his two best totals selection for Sunday, coming in the games between the Canucks/Islanders and Predators/Sabres. Join us in reading his brief but revealing analysis on each of these contests in order to clearly understand why he loves these selections.
Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Islanders 6:05 PM ET
According to the NHL betting odds at Bodog posted the total in this game at 5.5.
The Islanders are averaging 4.1 goals per game during their past seven contests. They’ve seen just two of their last eleven games at home go under the total.
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 4.0 goals per game during their previous six contests on the road. The Canucks have failed to see any of their previous five road games go under the total. Ryan Miller is likely to be in goal today for the Canucks. Miller hasn’t seen any of his last eight starts go under the total, and he posted a less than impressive .893 save percentage in those outings.
NHL Pick: Canucks and Islanders to go over the total of 5.5 at Bodog
Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres 6:05 PM ET
The NHL betting odds at BetOnline indicates that the total in this game is 5.0.
The Nashville Predators have seen fourteen of twenty games go under the total this season versus opponents with a losing record. Pekka Rinne started in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime shootout loss at Philadelphia. It would be safe to say that Carter Hutton will in all likelihood be between the pipes today for the Predators. Hutton has seen just two of his previous eight starts go over the total, and has posted a stellar .925 save percentage in his last four appearances.
The Buffalo Sabres haven’t seen any of their previous nine contests go over the total, which should give you a hint when placing your NHL picks; and just one of the last twelve games has surpassed the number. In an otherwise forgetful season, Michal Neuvirth has really shined brightly during his last four starts in goal. During those outings, Neuvirth has compiled a very impressive .939 save percentage, and each of those starts have come after the trade of former #1 goaltender Jonas Enroth. The Sabres have scored a combined twelve goals during the last nine games, and have allowed two or less in four of the past five. Buffalo is dead last in the NHL averaging a paltry 1.8 goals per game for the year.
NHL Pick: Nashville and Buffalo to go under the total of 5.0 at BetOnline.