Tuesday's NHL Picks on the Total Influenced by Goaltending & Betting Trends

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 1:39 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 1:39 PM GMT

This revealing NHL betting preview article focuses on the odds total for tonight's battle between Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils.

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 7:05 PM ET
According to the NHL betting odds at Pinnacle, the total in this contest is 5.5. These teams have seen each of their previous four meetings go under the total.

 

Two Starting Goaltenders are shutting the Door
The Washington Capitals have gone under the total in seven of their last ten games overall. Tonight’s starting goaltender for the Capitals will be Braden Holtby, and he’s seen six of his last seven starts stay under the total. The Capitals have met the Penguins twice this season, and on both occasions they held them scoreless. Braden Holtby was between the pipes for both of those contests, and he stopped all 58-shots on goal by the Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have seen just one of their previous eight games go over the total. Tonight’s starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been superb for the better part of this season. Fleury hasn’t seen any of his previous eight starts go under the total, and he’s posted two shutouts during that time. As a matter of fact, Fleury has earned six shutouts this season, and has seen just 36.4% of his forty-four starts go over the total. Pittsburgh is coming off a 2-1 loss at Chicago on Sunday, and the Penguins have gone under the total in all eight games this season, following a contest in which they scored one goal or less.

NHL Picks: Play on Washington and Pittsburgh to go under the total of 5.5 at Pinnacle.

 

Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils 7:35 PM ET
According to the NHL odds at 5Dimes, the posted total in this game is 5.0. These teams have failed to see any of their previous six meetings go over the total. The Sabres enter tonight having gone under the total in five consecutive games in a row, and have gone over the number just once in their previous ten. New Jersey has gone under the total in three consecutive games, and has exceeded the number just once in the last nine contests.

 

Both Teams Offensive Woes
The Buffalo Sabres average a NHL worst 1.9 goals per game this season, and that number has dipped to 1.4 per outing during their last five contests. The Sabres have amassed only 24-shots on goal or less in nine of their last ten games, and are averaging a paltry 22.8 shots on net per contest for the season.

The New Jersey Devils have seen just five of their twenty-six home games (19.2%) this season go over the total. The Devils have averaged a pathetic 19.1 shots on goal per game during their last nine contests. New Jersey averages only 2.2 goals per game this season, and only 1.8 goals per outing during their last five contests.

 

NHL Totals Angle
The New Jersey Devils are allowing an average of 30.7 shots on goal per game by the opposition this season. The Devils have amassed just 26 or fewer shots on goal in each of their previous nine games. This sets up a betting angle on the total that’s been extremely profitable in recent years, and that’s the clincher for me when making one of my NHL picks on Tuesday.

Any home team (New Jersey) that’s allowing 29.5 or more shots on goal per game by the opposition, and they’ve (Devils) accumulated only 26 or less shots on goal in each of their previous five games, has seen 35 of those 44-games (79.5%) go under the total during the past five seasons.

NHL Picks: Play on Buffalo and New Jersey to go under the total of 5.0 at 5Dimes.

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