Best NHL bets to make on Tuesday
Which bets should you make on Tuesday?
By Bob Duff
The NHL returns to action Tuesday from its holiday break and these are among the more intriguing matchups, with odds provided courtesy of BetOnline.ag:
With back-to-back wins over Pittsburgh and Montreal, it’s time to take the Blue Jackets seriously as a beast of the East. They’ve won a franchise record 12 games, the longest winning in the NHL over the past four seasons.
They’re also riding a 14-game (13-0-1) point streak, another new club mark. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has 10 straight wins and points in 12 (11-0-1) in a row, both club marks for a netminder. Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson recorded his 200th NHL point in the win over the Habs to extend his career-high point streak to nine games (7-7-14).
Posting a 10-5-4 road mark, the Bruins are actually a signficantly better team away from home than they are in Boston (8-9-0). Boston has points in seven straight road games (3-0-4). The Bruins are 4-3-3 against the Metropolitan Division.
Ten of Boston’s last 14 games were one-goal decisions and the Bruins are 5-1-4 in those games.
Pick: The Blue Jackets (+205)
The Penguins rebounded from a 7-1 thrashing at Columbus to whip the Devils 4-1 on home ice but Pittsburgh is clearly a different team at home (15-2-2) than on the road (7-6-3). Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has scored in three straight and leads the NHL in goals (24) and power-play goals (nine).
Though 1-6-1 overall in their last eight, the Devils are a solid 9-2-2 on home ice, although 1-2 in their last three at the Prudential Center. But they’ve lost four of five to the Penguins. New Jersey has allowed four or more goals in 13 of its last 19 games.
Pick: The Penguins (+195)
With a 3-1-1 slate in their last five games and a 6-2-2 run in their last 10, the Blackhawks continue to roll. Chicago is 13-3-4 at home this season and have owned the third period, outscoring opponents 35-21.
But one stumbling block they’ve encountered this season are the Jets, who have won both previous meetings. The Blackhawks are just 7-6 at home against the Jets.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford (appendectomy) made his first start since Dec. 1 in Friday’s 2-1 OT loss to Colorado. Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (5-8-13) extended his point streak to seven games in that game.
Though a disappointing 6-11-2 on the road this season and among five NHL teams that have allowed 60 or more goals in away games this season, the Jets are a solid 8-4-1 against Central Division opponennts, including a 3-4-1 road slate. Winnipeg has won three of four.
Jets rookie Patrik Laine (19-11-30) is second in the NHL in goals and one of two rookies with double digits in both goals and assists.
Pick: The Jets (-205).
Kevin Labanc scored twice, including the OT winner, as San Jose won its final pre-Christmas game 3-2 from Edmonton and moved ahead of the Oilers atop the Pacific Division. The Sharks are 5-1 in their last six but just 9-8-1 on the road.
The Ducks are 2-1 in three games against the Sharks this season. Anaheim returns home from a season-long six-game road trip in which the Ducks went 2-3-1. But they’ve won four in a row on home ice, including a Dec. 9 3-2 decision over the Sharks.
Pick: The Ducks (+240)