NHL Daily Gambling Preview – 2/16/21

With the Leafs losing blowing a 5-1 lead to the worst team in hockey in the battle of Ontario last night, that swung my night from a winning night to a bad night, going 2-3 and losing 4 units. Thanks Toronto, assholes. That team will never win a cup. To bounce back tonight, there’s a five game slate. Let’s get it.

Sabres vs. Islanders (7:00)

Last night the Isles dominated the Sabres in Buffalo’s first game back from their COVID problems as the Islanders won 3-1 and the Sabres didn’t even have a single shot on goal in the 3rd period. Currently rookie goaltender Ilya Sorokin is projected to be in net for the Islanders. If he is, I’m laying off this game. But if Varlamov ends up in goal, I’ll take the Isles for a unit.

Penguins vs. Capitals (7:00)

The Penguins beat the Caps again, 6-3 during Sunday’s matinee game between these two rivals, again hitting the over to keep the overs trend in this matchup without a game going under since 2018. I’m hammering the over again tonight for 2.5 units. 

Rangers vs. Devils (7:00)

After a ton of coronavirus issues with the Devils that also lead to the Sabres having their season put on pause, New Jersey has their first game in the month of February tonight against their close rival Rangers. The Rangers are coming into this game on a three game losing skid and the Devils were playing pretty decent going into the cancelled games. I want to see what NJ does tonight coming off such a long layoff, so I’m skipping this one tonight. 

Golden Knights vs. Avalanche (10:00)

These teams played a great game in their first matchup of the season on Sunday night as Vegas won a barn burner 1-0. I still think these two cup contenders out of the West match up really well in what could easily be a playoff matchup. I’d slightly lean Vegas but I’m staying off this game.

Kings vs. Wild (10:00)

The Minnesota Wild are another team coming off a long COVID layoff, not having played since they lost 2-1 to Colorado on February 2nd. Both these teams tonight aren’t great but Minnesota started the season on a pretty good run. I’m skipping this one.

Picks

2.5u Penguins/Capitals over 6.5 (-125)

Record: 79-68 (-13.27 units)


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