Our NHL handicapping professional shares his two top totals picks for Sunday. Don’t make a NHL wager today without first reading this compelling betting preview article.
Jets vs. Canadiens 7:05 PM ET
The Winnipeg Jets have gone 15-5 under the total during the past two seasons when facing a non-conference opponent. In all likelihood, we’ll see backup Michael Hutchinson between the pipes tonight for Winnipeg. However, he’s played like anything but a backup in four starts this season, posting a terrific .949 save percentage, and a stellar 1.75 GAA in his four starts.
Cary Price is off to a terrific start to the season, and has been virtually unbeatable at home. In four starts at the Bell Centre, Price has an excellent 1.00 GAA and .971 save percentage.
The Jets were a 3-2 winner at Columbus last night. Montreal came away with a 6-2 road win against Calgary in their last game. Those two results set up a profitable NHL betting angle.
Any home team (Montreal) that’s coming off a road win by 2 goals or more, versus an opponent (Winnipeg) coming off a road 1 goal win, resulted in the home team going 39-19 (67.2%) under the total since 1996. The current NHL betting odds at BetOnline provide us with a most favorable wagering value pertaining to this specific wager.
NHL Pick: Play UNDER the total of 5.0 (+113) at BetOnline
Sabres vs. Islanders 7:35 PM ET
The Buffalo Sabres have really come on offensively of late. Buffalo has scored 3 goals or more in each of their previous four games, and have averaged a terrific 43 shots on goal per contest during its last three outings. As a matter of fact, Buffalo leads the NHL with an average of 33.8 shots on goal per game. Goaltending hasn’t been the Sabres strong suit in their first eleven games. Chad Johnson has been shaky over his last four starts evidenced by a poor .866 save percentage in those outings. Their backup goaltender is 22 year old Linus Ullmark who’s made two career starts, and both have come this season. Buffalo has allowed an average of 3.8 goals per game in its previous five contests.
The Islanders are averaging 3.6 goals per game in seven home contests. They may be without top scorer Jon Tavares (Flu) tonight. Tavares sat out Saturday’s 3-2 road loss to New Jersey. There’s still enough offensive firepower in this lineup to expose Buffalo’s suspect goaltending and penalty killing. The Sabres are allowing opponents to convert on 28.6% of their power play chances.
Both team’s power play units have been superb thus far. The Islanders are converting on a robust 28.6% of the man advantage opportunities, and Buffalo is cashing in at a 22.7% rate. I like this game to be a high scoring affair, and one of my NHL picks on Sunday will be indicative of that prediction.
NHL Pick: Play OVER the total of 5.0 (+110) at The Greek