Looking for the best NHL Picks? In this article, we’ll give you our top NHL picks today for two games on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. These matchups include the Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers & New Jersey Devils at St. Louis Blues.
7:00 p.m. EST Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
It’ll be a vital game for the Eastern Conference Playoffs push, as the Philadelphia Flyers host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Philly has won both meetings between the teams this season, and we’re not sure exactly which side will take this one. However, our top hockey betting pick will be for the total to go under 5.5 goals. Let’s look at some recent trends between the teams to finalize our decision.
NHL Betting Line: Blue Jackets at Flyers
This will be the first time the Flyers have a total below six goals in exactly a month – that game was at 5.5 and the total went under. We believe this total is quite telling in what will happen this evening, and it also helps that we’ve got two exceptional goalies. Not to mention, the Blue Jackets have a solid trend over their games going under the total.
Blue Jackets Betting Form
After an incredible 18-2-3 run that started in December, the Blue Jackets have now dropped five straight games. This current losing streak certainly doesn’t fall on the shoulders of goaltender Elvis Merzlikins. In fact, the rookie netminder has only allowed more than two goals once over that five-game span. On the season, Merzlikins is 12-8-6 with a 2.20 GAA and .928 save percentage.
The problem, however, has been the Columbus offense. These guys have been incredibly woeful, scoring two goals or fewer in six of the last eight games – and exactly one goal in three of the last four.
Flyers Betting Form
Since returning from a month-long absence, goalie Carter Hart is 2-1 with a 2.38 GAA and .915 save percentage. Both of those wins came against the Panthers while the lone loss came against the Lightning, who are on an 11-game winning streak. With all of the woes attached to the Blue Jackets offense right now, Hart should be able to put a meaningful performance once again.
The Flyers offense has been humming along just fine, scoring 23 goals over the last five games. In this matchup, that smoothness will be tested with some serious aggression from an opponent looking to end a losing streak.
NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5 Goals (-110)
The total has gone under in 12 of the Blue Jackets’ last 15 games. While the over has gone over in seven of the last 10 Flyers’ games, this is a team that plays better defensively at home. This will be the first of two matchups this week between the team, with the back-end of the home-and-home coming on Thursday night. Look for this one to be a low-scoring matchup while the next game could open up a bit more.
New Jersey Devils at St. Louis Blues
NJD | Money Line: +205 | Puck Line (+1.5): -114
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STL | Money Line: -245 | Puck Line (-1.5): -104
Total: 6 Goals (O: -114 | U: -107)
8:00 p.m. EST Enterprise Center – St. Louis, MO
This will be an intriguing matchup as the New Jersey Devils hit the road to face the St. Louis Blues. For most of the season, the Devils have struggled – and now they’re playing well. For most of the season, the Blues have played well – and now they’re struggling. We could see a change, though, and that makes our top hockey betting pick the Blues to cover the puck line. Let’s look at some factors that’ll make this a comfortable win for the home team.
NHL Betting Line: Devils at Blues
This will be the highest money line total of the season for the Blues. Considering their recent struggles, it’s quite telling to see them favored by this much. In the 13 highest money-line numbers for St. Louis this season, the team is 10-3, with six of those wins coming by two goals or more.
Devils Betting Line
The Devils are 7-5-2 over their last 15 games, mostly due to the play of goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood. He is coming off a career-high 52-save performance on Sunday against the Blue Jackets and now he owns a 5-0-1 record over the last six games. All of that is truly great about Blackwood. However, you see all of these numbers and then realize how much of an underdog New Jersey is; something isn’t adding up.
Although they got the win on Sunday, the Devils are down two key players (Andy Greene and Blake Coleman) after the trades they made. Going into St. Louis, the home of the defending champs, is hard enough. Now, they’ll be doing it against a pissed off team that is looking to break an extended losing streak.
Blues Betting Line
As we mentioned, the Blues are on a four-game losing streak and now have a 2-7-3 record over the last 12 games. We have also alluded to St. Louis having its highest money-line number of the season, at -245. It really doesn’t make much sense for a team with a ton of struggles to be in that position. However, this team has plenty of motivation to get back on the good foot. Dallas and Colorado have caught up to St. Louis for that top spot in the Western Conference Playoffs.
Not to mention, the Blues would love to make their teammate Jay Bouwmeester proud. The veteran defenseman is out indefinitely after collapsing on the bench in a home game last week. It appears as if this has really shaken the team of late.
It’ll likely be Jordan Binnington that gets the start for the Blues. The Devils offense isn’t typically one that strikes fear into their opponents, and the recent trades will have them in a bit of a tizzy. Binnington has a decent 2.66 GAA this season.
NHL Betting Pick: Blues Puck Line (-104)
We’ve laid out the numbers and getting-right narrative the Blues have on their side tonight. Of course, going out and doing it is the most important part of the operation. The oddsmakers clearly believe that tonight is the night that St. Louis gets back on the good foot and gets a convincing win against New Jersey. After all, we rarely see a team with strong odds like this on the puck line – it means something.
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