New Year’s Eve NHL betting tips
NHL betting advice on New Year’s
By Bob Duff
What better way to ring in the New Year than by placing some winning hockey wagers? These are the night’s most intriguing games, with odds courtesy of BetOnline.ag:
Something has to give. Which way are you leaning? The Blue Jackets have won 14 in a row, tied for the third-longest winning streak in NHL history. The Wild have won 12 in a row and have points in 13 straight (12-0-1).
The league-leading Blue Jackets, 13-0-0 in December, own a 16-game point streak (15-0-1) and a 10-game road point streak (9-0-1), both franchise records, as is their 26 points for the month. Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky own franchise marks for both winning (12) and point streaks (14, 13-0-1).
The Wild have established or equaled club marks for consecutive games with a point (13) and consecutive home wins (eight).
Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk (24 saves) has posted a career-high and franchise-record win streak of 10 games while also pushing his personal-best point streak to 14 contests (12-0-2). Wild forward Eric Staal is riding a nine-game point streak, with 5-7-12 numbers in that span.
Pick: The Blue Jackets (+113)
The Bruins rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 4-2 win Thursday at Buffalo on two late Ryan Spooner goals but now can Boston bring that successful formula home?
The Bruins (8-9-0) are currently the only team holding down a playoff spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference with a losing home record. Thursday marked the sixth time in the last 12 games that the Bruins had fallen behind by two goals but the first time in that span that they’d rallied to win.
The Sabres are 2-1-3 in their last six road games but overall have just one regulation win in their last six games (1-3-2). The Sabres are 0-3 against the Bruins this season and have been outscored 10-3 in those three losses.
Pick: The Bruins (-201)
Backup goalie Keith Kinkaid blocked 43 shots Thursday as the Devils beat the Capitals 2-1 in a shootout, ending a seven-game losing streak against Washington. Overall, the win was just the second by the Devils in their last 11 games. New Jersey forward Michael Cammalleri has 15 points in 17 career games against Washington.
The Capitals have earned points in eight of their last nine games against New Jersey (7-1-2). Washington goalie Braden Holtby has three shutouts against the Devils in his career and captain Alex Ovechkin has recorded 43 points in 42 games against the Devils. Forward Justin Williams has nine points in his last 11 games.
Pick: The Capitals (-165)
The two most recent victims of the Wild and Blue Jackets clash in the Manitoba capital. Jets forward Blake Wheeler has points in his last six games, with 4-3-7 totals. Winnipeg had won two in a row before the loss to Columbus on Thursday. It was the seventh time this season that the Jets have won two in a row but failed to extend the streak to three games.
Thursday’s loss to the Wild snapped the Islanders’ three-game winning streak. To say the Isles are a streaky team is an undestatement. They opened December 3-0-1, then went 0-4-1 before launching the three-game win stretch. Goalie Jaroslav Halak, who backstopped Team Europe to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey final, has been played on waivers by the Islanders.
Pick: The Jets (-140)