NHL Daily Gambling Preview – 2/20/21

Made money last night on the small four game slate going 2-1 for the second winning night in a row. Today there’s the biggest slate of the NHL season with twelve games through the day. Breaking them all down.

Devils vs. Sabres (12:30)

The Sabres blow and I’m just gonna keep betting against them, pretty much blindly. I think the Devils are an underrated team and are coming off two wins in their two games since coming off their pause. In two games against the Sabres this year, the Devils are 1-1 losing 4-3 and then winning 5-3. The Sabres are playing significantly worse since then and the Devils should win this one. Going with NJ for 1.5 units on the ML and half a unit on the puck line.

Capitals vs. Rangers (12:30)

These two teams have only played once so far this season and in that game the Rangers won 4-2. I do think that the Caps are the better team in this matchup, so I’d expect them to win again to tie up the season series. Going with the Caps for half a unit.

Avalanche vs. Golden Knights (3:00)

These two teams matched up very evenly in their first two matchups of the season with the Knights winning 1-0 and then the Avs answering back to win 3-2. I’d lean the under here but wouldn’t bet on it since both teams have a lot of scoring power. This game takes place outdoors tonight with the backdrop of beautiful Lake Tahoe and with the weather and the ice giving more variability, I’m definitely staying off betting this one but will absolutely be watching it.

Panthers vs. Red Wings (5:00)

Last night the Panthers kept rolling against the Red Wings with their fourth win in five games this season vs. Detroit while they cruised to an easy 7-2 win. I think they keep rolling today so I’m going with Florida for a unit.

Penguins vs. Islanders (7:00)

In three games this season between these teams, the Isles won two of those games including their most recent on Thursday. I’m laying off this game in a matchup that I think should be pretty evenly matched.

Blue Jackets vs. Predators (7:00)

Both of these teams aren’t very good. On Thursday, Columbus shut out the Preds to win 3-0. I’d give a slight lean to Columbus again tonight but I’m not betting on this game that I could see going either way. 

Canadians vs. Maple Leafs (7:00)

In the three games between the two best teams in the North this season, Toronto has won two of those matchups. The line in this game is a pick em and I’d agree that it could easily go in either direction. Not betting it.

Hurricanes vs. Lightning (7:00)

With Carolina on the back of games two nights in a row and with both Reimer and Mrazek out with injury, the Canes are starting their (technically third string) backup goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. He’s got a losing record, a 3.23 GAA and under 89% save percentage. Against the best team in the Central, I think Tampa gets to him and I’m going with the Bolts for a unit to even up the season series after a 1-0 double shutout win for Carolina early in the season.

Coyotes vs. Kings (7:00)

On Thursday night I lost on the Yotes losing to the Kings in a shootout after coming back to force overtime after the Kings started the game up 2-0. I think tonight Arizona bounces back and I’m taking them for half a unit.

Blues vs. Sharks (8:00)

The Blues scored with around a minute left on Thursday night before David Perron won it for the Blues in overtime. I think they win again tonight but SJ keeps it close. I’m going with the Blues ML for half a unit.

Ducks vs. Wild (9:00)

After Thursday night, the Wild are now 2-1 against the Ducks. All three games went under and the Ducks are a team that general trend under. I’d lean the under on this game but not enough to bet on it at 5.5 with more juice on the under.

Oilers vs. Flames (10:00)

The Battle of Alberta’s even this year after the Oilers won last night 2-1 (losing my bet on the over). As I said yesterday, this series has trended over and I’d lean the over again but anything can happen in games between these two teams. Not betting on it.

Picks

1.5u Devils ML (-130)

.5u Devils -1.5 (+195)

.5u Capitals ML (-145)

1u Florida ML (-175)

1u Tampa ML (-145)

.5u Arizona ML (-155)

.5u Blues ML (-180)

Record: 86-75 (-14.49 units)


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