Hockey betting tips on Tuesday
NHL betting insight and analysis
By Bob Duff
Plenty of NHL action on tap Tuesday. Here’s a breakdown of some of the better showdowns, with money lines provided by BetOnline.ag:
The Rangers have won six of seven and downed the Penguins 5-2 at Pittsburgh on Nov. 21. Pittsburgh won 6-1 at Madison Square Garden two nights later. Just when it appeared that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist might be losing his No. 1 job to Antti Raanta, he rebounded with a vengeance. Lundqvist is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 0.98 goals-against average and .967 save percentage. Lundqvist, 15-8-1 in 24 games this season, has tied Dominik Hasek for the most wins by a European-goaltender in NHL history (389).
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby grabbed an assist in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss at Toronto to avoid going pointless in consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 24-27, 2016 but he’s gone a season-high three games without a goal. Pittsburgh has points in nine straight games (7-0-2) and are 6-0-1 at home since that loss to the Rangers.
Pick: The Rangers (+127)
The Blue Jackets will be looking to make franchise history and overtake the Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets hold three games in hand on Pittsburgh. Columbus has won nine in a row, tying the franchise mark set from Mar. 18–Apr. 4, 2015. John Tortorella became the first U.S.-born NHL coach with 500 wins in the latest Columbus victory. Sergei Bobrovsky leads NHL goalies with 19 wins and has won eight in a row, one shy of his franchise record. Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has points in six straight games (4-6-10).
Four games into a six-game road trip, the Kings are 2-2 but have allowed just one goal in three straight games and four of five, including back-to-back 1-0 decisions – a win at Pittsburgh and a loss at Boston. Prior to the consecutive 1-0 outcomes the Kings had scored at least three times in five of six games.
Pick: The Blue Jackets (-145)
Just when it appeared that the Islanders were turning their season around they went right back into free fall, have lost five in a row and are back at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The Islanders are 30th in the NHL on the power play (12.8 percent) and 26th overall on the penalty kill (78.1 percent) Third-string goalie Jean-Francois Berube has started their last two games.
Boston’s 1-0 win over Los Angeles gave Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask a share of the NHL lead with four shutouts, ended a three-game home-ice losing skid and pulled Boston’s home record even at 8-8-0. T.he Bruins are 6-3-3 in their last 12 overall
Pick: The Bruins (-167)
The red-hot Wild have won seven in a row and have outscored the opposition 25-10 during that run. Minnesota has posted a 1.40 GAA during its winning streak. Center Eric Staal has collected 4-1-5 totals in his last three games. Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk shares the NHL lead with four shutouts and has gone seven straight starts without allowing more than two goals.
Colorado has lost three straight and are 2-9-1 in the last 12 but the Avalanche are 2-0 versus the Wild this season, winning 1-0 on home ice Nov. 5 and taking a 3-2 verdict Nov. 19 at Minnesota.
Pick: The Avalanche (+205)