NHL Daily Gambling Preview – 12/19/21

Hockey went good for me last night, as I went 5-1, winning 1.82 units. Today with all the cancellations, we have a four game NHL slate. Let’s run it back and make it a good weekend of hockey with back to back big wins.

Islanders vs. Golden Knights (2:00)

Vegas is on a four game win streak coming into this game with only one loss in their last nine games to improve to 19-11 on the season. Their offense has scored the fourth most goals in the NHL, an average of 3.5 goals per game but they’re allowing an average of 3.03 goals per game. The Islanders stink, they’ve won three of their last five games but they’re still 8-12-5 on the season. They’re allowing 2.84 goals per game on average but their offense is pathetic, only scoring an average of 2.16 goals per game, third fewest in the NHL. I’ll take the Golden Knights here on the road for half a unit.

Jets vs. Blues (3:00)

The line on this game makes no sense to me. The Blues are 17-8-5 with five wins in their last six games. They’re scoring a seventh most average of 3.4 goals per game and allowing a tenth fewest 2.63 goals per game game. The Blues get Jordan Binnington back in goal today for the first time since November 30th. The Jets, who just lost their head coach, are 13-11-5, with just one win in their last five games. They’re allowing a 13th fewest average of 2.76 goals per game and they’re averaging 2.83 goals per game. I like the Blues as a dog here and will take them for half a unit. 

Devils vs. Penguins (7:00)

These two teams come into this game on complete opposite streaks. The Penguins have won their last six straight games and they’re now 16-8-5 on the season. They are averaging 3 goals per game and allowing an average of 2.41 goals per game, third fewest in the NHL. They’ve gotten phenomenal goaltending from Tristan Jarry (1.92 GAA, .933 save percentage) and he’s confirmed in goal tonight. The Devils are 10-14-5, and they’ve lost their last five straight games, with just one win in their last ten games. They’re averaging 2.72 goals per game and allowing a sixth most 3.38 goals per game. When these teams played the first time this season on 10/30, the Devils won 4-2. The script should be flipped on this matchup, especially with the Devils having guys on covid protocol and Jon Gillies getting his second start in goal, I’ll take the Pens in regulation for half a unit and parlay the ML with the Caps for half a unit.

Capitals vs. Kings (7:00)

Both of these teams have won three of their last five games. The Caps are a great team, with a 18-5-7 record, averaging a fifth most in the NHL, 3.47 goals per game while allowing a seventh fewest average of 2.57 goals per game. The Kings are 13-11-5. They’ve been very good defensively, allowing a fifth fewest in the NHL average of 2.52 goals per game, but they haven’t been good offensively, scoring a sixth fewest average of 2.55 goals per game. Especially with the Kings probably starting their prospect Garret Sparks in goal, I like the Caps here at home to go undefeated on the season against LA after their 2-0 win in LA on 11/17. Along with my parlay with the Pens ML, I’ll take the Caps in regulation for half a unit.

Game Bets

.5u Vegas ML (-140)

.5u Blues ML (+120)

.5u parlay: Penguins ML/Capitals ML (+109)

.5u Penguins in regulation (-134)

.5u Caps in regulation (-125)

Record (Regular Season): 206-171-9 (-22.02 units)


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