Looking for the best NHL Betting Picks? In this article, we’ll give you our top hockey betting picks for three games on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. These matchups include the Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings at New York Islanders.
Two of the NHL’s hottest teams square off as the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. There will be plenty of star-power on the ice, so you pretty much know where we’re going with this one. Our betting pick is for the total to go over 6.5 goals. Let’s dive into some numbers to see why we’re heading in this direction.
NHL Betting Line: Penguins at Lightning
The 6.5 total shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the amount of firepower on the ice and -120 juice behind the over. Not to mention, seven of the last 10 Penguins’ games have gone over the total. Recent games of the Lightning haven’t been quite as lucky, but their opponents haven’t necessarily been up to the task. Pittsburgh’s offensive-minded game should open the ice up a lot in this game.
Penguins Betting Form
The Penguins are playing great hockey right now, winning eight of their last 10 games. In fact, they have scored four goals or more in seven of those 10 games. Pittsburgh is sixth in the NHL, scoring 3.33 goals per game.
Getting Sydney Crosby back into the lineup certainly helped – he’s scored four goals and notched eight assists in the seven games since returning after a long absence. Evgeni Malkin still leads the team with 54 points (16 G, 38 A) while Bryan Rust (22 G, 23 A) and Jake Guentzel (20 G, 23 A) aren’t too far behind.
In goal, Pittsburgh doesn’t have a clear-cut start between Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry. However, it’s been the latter of those two getting more work after the All-Star break. Adding even more intrigue to the situation is that the Penguins had three full days off before tonight’s game. We’ll just have to wait and see later which one of them is between the pipes.
Lightning Betting Form
While the Penguins are rolling, the Lightning have been doing just as well. Tampa Bay has won 16 of its last 19 games, scoring four goals or more in 11 of those games. The Lightning rank third in the NHL with 3.58 goals per game, most of that coming from the insanely-talented duo of Nikita Kucherov (24 G, 39 A) and Steven Stamkos (24 G, 33 A). Not to mention, there’s plenty of guys on all four lines that can get the job done. Defensemen Victor Hedman (9 G, 33 A) and Kevin Shattenkirk (7 G, 21 A) are both some of the best blueliners in hockey at moving the puck.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has won 17 of his last 20 starts and will undoubtedly be in net tonight. He has, however, showed some signs of being human lately, allowing at least three goals in three of his last six starts. With the Penguins coming to town, we’d bet he can do that again. Over his career, Vasilevskiy is 6-3 with a paltry 3.57 GAA and .896 save percentage against Pittsburgh.
NHL Betting Pick: Over 6.5 goals (-120)
When the teams met back on Oct. 23, the Lightning won by the score of 3-2. We could very well see this being a 3-3 game going into overtime, and that would certainly be glorious for this total. Nonetheless, we’re expecting to see a wide-open game with plenty of scoring. Although 6.5 goals are a lot to score, these two sides have the personnel to do it.
New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 p.m. EST Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
NJ | Money Line: +190 | Puck Line: -141
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PHI | Money Line: -225 | Puck Line: +118
Total: 6 goals
The struggling New Jersey Devils will make the short trip down I-95 to face the surging Philadelphia Flyers. It has been a one-sided affair thus far, with the Flyers winning the first two matchups this season. And that’s why our betting pick is for the Flyers to win this game by two or more goals. We’ll take a look at the facts to add more power behind this punch.
NHL Betting Line: Devils at Flyers
Typically, we don’t see a lot of puck lines get favorable odds like this at +118. There’s a good reason because it’s very tough to beat a team in hockey by two or more goals. Well, when teams are playing the Devils this season it makes achieving that feat a little easier. After all, five of the Devils’ last nine losses have come by two goals or more.
Devils Betting Form
Things have been rough for New Jersey this season; particularly, Tuesday’s game against Montreal where they blew a three-goal lead. This is a team that has fought hard over the last four games, but that fatigue will likely blow up in their face tonight. We’re not too big on the Devils scoring many goals against the Flyers, so we’ll spare the details on this offense. Philly can imply a tough defensive game plan that keeps them scoreless.
MacKenzie Blackwood will likely get the start in net for Jersey. While he has kept the Devils in some of these recent games, Blackwood has certainly given up his fair share of goals. In his last five starts, he has allowed three goals – at least four goals in four of those starts. The Flyers have scored at least three goals in each of their last five games and in seven of the last eight.
Flyers Betting Form
As we mentioned, the Flyers have been lighting the lamp numerous times over the last eight games. In addition, they have been a very good team at home, going 18-4-4 this season. Philly gets a huge lift with defenseman Shane Gostisbehere returning after a 10-game absence with a knee injury. The main Flyers’ scorers this season have been Sean Couturier (13 G, 33 A), Travis Konecny (17 G, 27 A) and Jakub Voracek (11 G, 29 A) – look for them to be crucial in this game.
While Carter Hart is still nursing that abdomen injury, Brian Elliott has a 4-0-1 record. In fact, Elliott has two shutouts over the last three games and only allowed a total of one goal in his last three wins. The Devils will certainly struggle from time to time, and we believe this will be another one of those situations.
NHL Betting Pick: Flyers Puck Line (+118)
The proof is in the puck-line spread, giving the Flyers a more-than realistic chance to win this game by two goals or more. We can spout off the list of Devils’ heartaches but that last game against the Canadiens pretty much sums up where this team is at mentally right now. It’s tough for a team to comeback from blowing a three-goal. And it’s not the first time New Jersey has done that this season. Hence, the Devils being the third-worst team in the NHL.
We’ve got another matchup involving a bad team, as the Los Angeles Kings travel to Brooklyn for a meeting with the New York Islanders. Both of these teams have not played well of late, but at least one of them isn’t completely lost. Our betting pick is for the Islanders to win this game outright. Let’s look at some factors as to why the home team will get the W.
NHL Betting Line: Kings at Islanders
When looking at the Islanders’ moneyline totals, we’re not seeing them numbers this high. Right before the All-Star break, they were favored by -250 against the Red Wings (W 8-2) and -160 against the Rangers (L 3-2) – the latter of those games they would have won had it not been for unbelievable goaltending. Considering the Kings are basically walking through the motions for the rest of the season, this money line shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Kings Betting Form
The Kings have the second-fewest goals per game (2.46) this season. That’s not a likely scenario for this matchup, considering the Islanders are allowing the fifth-fewest goals per game (2.69) Those struggles for LA have never been more present, as they’ve scored no more than two goals in four of the last five games.
Jon Quick could get the start in net but he has gone 0-5-1 over the last six games. There has been some talk of Jack Campbell maybe getting some starts as the Kings play out the string. However, no such word of when that’ll be. If Campbell does end up making the start, that would be even better news for the Islanders.
Islanders Betting Form
The Islanders usually don’t do a lot of scoring but that has changed over the last few games. In fact, the Islanders have scored at least three goals in four of their last five games – something that is basically unheard of on Long Island. The usual suspects, Mathew Barzal (18 G, 26 A) and Brock Nelson (21 G, 20 A), should be on the scoresheet this evening.
No word yet on who will be starting in net for the Islanders, whether it’ll be Thomas Greiss or Semyon Varlamov. Neither guy has been particularly dominant of late, but whoever is in net should get themselves a nice-and-easy win.
NHL Betting Pick: Islanders Money Line (-186)
New York had a couple of third-period scares in their last two games, so look for them to take tonight’s matchup more seriously. This is a team that has some games in hand on its opponents a win would put them in a better spot going forward in the playoffs. Just like the Devils, the Kings have a hard time holding onto leads. In fact, LA has blown 10 games in which they were leading in the third period. Look for the Islanders to not even need a comeback.
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