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Best NHL Under Bets On Tuesday

Best NHL Under Bets On Tuesday
With the NHL into its final drive toward the Stanley Cup playoffs, defense is of paramount importance. The teams that keep the puck out of the net have the best chance of Cup glory. Keep that in mind as you size up the night's best under bets.

Take These NHL Unders

By Bob Duff

With goals at a premium as teams battle for their playoff lives or jockey for postseason position, these are the games on Tuesday’s NHL schedule you should definitely be playing the under in.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins (5.5)

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A huge showdown for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, the Penguins are in second place in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the Blue Jackets.

The two teams have gone over the 5.5 number in two of three games this season but in their last meeting on Feb. 17, Pittsburgh eked out a 2-1 overtime victory and with so much on the line, that sort of game figures to play out on the ice this time as well.

The Blue Jackets have gone under the 5.5 total in each of their last six games, scoring more than two goals once in that span and allowing more than two goals only twice over that six-game sample.

The Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in their last game but went over 5.5 in the four prior games. Still, expect Sidney Crosby and company to play it close to the vest in this one. Win in regulation and Pittsburgh will hold a three-point edge on Columbus with three games to play.

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils (5)

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This game is the epitome of an under bet. In four games so far this season, the Flyers and the Devils have gone under five total goals twice, including Saturday’s 3-0 Philly victory, and scored exactly five goals in another meeting. Two of their four head-to-head showdowns ended in shutout victories for the Flyers.

The Devils have simply stopped scoring, with two goals or less in six of their last eight games, twice managing to net three times over that eight-game span. New Jersey have gone over the five total in just two of its last nine games while the Flyers have surpassed the five total in only three of their last eight games.

Carolina Hurricanes at Minnesota Wild (5.5)

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On paper, this one looks like a gift. While it’s a small sample size, the Hurricanes beat the Wild 3-1 in their only previous meeting this season on March 16, well below the 5.5 total being offered on this game.

Minnesota is averaging 2.9 goals per game over the past 10 games, while Carolina is scoring 2.5 goals per night during their last 10. Add those numbers together and you get 5.4, again below the prospected total.

Both the Hurricanes and the Wild are 3-4-3 against the over/under in their last 10 games. Carolina have gone under the 5.5 total in each of their last four games and in six of the last seven.

The Wild and Hurricanes have gone under 5.5 in each of their last four meetings and in six of the last seven games in which they have opposed each other.

New York Islanders at Nashville Predators (5.5)

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Neither of these teams are known for their goal-scoring prowess. The Islanders have got to four goals just twice in their last 11 games and have gone under the 5.5 total in three of their last five games and six of the last eight. 

In the only head-to-head meeting this season, the Predators beat the Islanders 3-1. Nashville have gone under 5.5 in four straight and six of seven games. The Predators have scored a total of six goals in their last four games. 

  

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