Top 'O'/'U' NHL Picks for Tuesday's Betting Ticket

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3:06 PM GMT

Our resident NHL handicapper shares his three best totals selections on Tuesday’s card. Take the time to read his analysis regarding the totals in the games between Columbus/Washington, Calgary/Philadelphia, and Ottawa Minnesota.

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets will host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, the total in this game is set at 5.5. Tonight will be the fourth meeting of the season between these clubs. The first three encounters had an average of 7.0 goals combined being scored.

 

All Signs indicate a High Scoring Game
The Columbus Blue Jackets have seen four of their previous five, and eight of their last eleven games go over the total. The Blue Jackets have allowed four goals or more in four of their last five games. They’re coming off a divisional 5-3 road loss versus the Pittsburgh Penguins in their previous game. Columbus has gone over the total in all six of their games during the 2014-2015 NHL campaign following a road loss versus a division opponent, and those contests have averaged 7.2 goals combined scored per outing. They’ll be facing a team (Washington) today which has scored three goals or more in six of their previous eight games.

NHL Pick: Play on Washington and Columbus to go over the total of 5.5 at Bookmaker.

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Flames vs. Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers will entertain the Calgary Flames on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at 5Dimes, the total in this game has been posted at 5.5. This will be the first meeting of the season between these teams. They met twice a season ago and both contests went under the total.

 

Recent Trends favor Low Scoring
The Calgary Flames enter tonight’s game having gone under the total in each of their previous three games. As a matter of fact, Calgary has gone over the total in just fourteen of their previous forty games (35%).  Karri Ramo is slated to be in goal for the fourth consecutive game for the Flames. In those previous three starts, Ramo has posted an exceptional .958 save percentage.

The Philadelphia Flyers have seen four of the last five games go under the number, and only three of their previous thirteen games have surpassed the posted total. The Flyers goaltender Steve Mason returned to make his first start in nearly three weeks on Saturday versus the Rangers, and he seemed to pick up right where he left off prior to being sidelined by injury. Mason stopped 32 of 34-shots on goal in a 4-2 win. This will be Mason’s nineteenth start at home this season, and he’s posted a stellar .940 save percentage when cast into that role.

NHL Pick: Play on Calgary and Philadelphia to go under the total of 5.5 at 5Dimes.

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Senators vs. Wild
The Minnesota Wild will play host tonight to the Ottawa Senators at 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at BetOnline, the posted total in this game is 5.0. This will be the first meeting of the season between these non-conference opponents. They met twice a season ago with Ottawa winning on each occasion by identical 3-0 scores.

 

Red-Hot Goaltenders
Stand up and raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of a NHL rookie player named Andrew Hammond. If you’re still seated with your hand down, then don’t feel bad. Outside of Ottawa, the vast majority of NHL fans fall into that same category. All this rookie goaltender has done since being called up from the AHL Binghamton Senators is go 5-0, compiling an excellent .957 save percentage, and has posted two shutouts.

The Minnesota Wild has been on an absolute tear since acquiring goaltender Devan Dubnyk in a trade. Since that transaction, Dubnyk has started in all twenty games for the Wild, posting a terrific 1.64 GAA, and has compiled five shutouts in those contests.

 

Final Analysis
This has all the makings of a low scoring affair, and especially considering the outstanding play of both starting goaltenders for tonight’s non-conference clash. One of my NHL picks for Tuesday will reflect my sentiments in this regard.

NHL Pick: Play on Ottawa and Minnesota to go under the total of 5.0 at BetOnline.