Looking for the best NHL Betting Picks? In this article, we’ll give you our top hockey betting picks for two games on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. These matchups include the Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets.
Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers
7:00 p.m. EST
Madison Square Garden – Manhattan, NY
BUF | Money Line: +155
| Puck Line (+1.5): -167
– at –
NYR | Money Line: -182 | Puck Line (-1.5): +140
Total: 6 Goals (over: -124/under: +102)
Two teams from The Empire State square off as the Buffalo Sabres visit the New York Rangers. These two teams are heading in opposite directions, with the Rangers looking much better. For that reason, our betting pick is the Rangers to win by two goals or more and cover the pick line. Let’s look at the important numbers that led us to this conclusion.
NHL Betting Line: Sabres at Rangers
This is an appropriate money line, considering the path this Sabres team is heading down. In fact, this will be the Rangers’ second-highest money line of the season. When favored by -150 or more this season, the Rangers have a 5-1 record. We’ll be looking for more of the same tonight.
Sabres Betting Form
Buffalo is really struggling right now, losing five of its last six games – including last night’s 4-3 overtime loss to Detroit, the worst team in the NHL. It has been a rough go of things offensively as well, scoring two goals or fewer in five of the last six.
Carter Hutton will get the start in net and it’d be great to see a similar performance to his last one. On Tuesday, he allowed five goals to Colorado on 13 shots en route to the loss. Prior to that game, Hutton got his first win – the first since late October. Yikes! Hutton is 7-9-4 this season with a 3.30 GAA and .891 save percentage – not exactly stellar.
Rangers Betting Form
This Rangers offense is one of the most lethal in hockey, scoring 3.29 goals per game – seventh-best in the NHL. The team is led by Artemi Panarin (27 G, 44 A), Mika Zibanejad (21 G, 24 A) and Ryan Strome (12 G, 32 A). Kris Kreider (19 G, 18 A) returned from a brief one-game absence but is now back in the lineup. Defenseman Tony DeAngelo (12 G, 29 A) is quite effective in moving the puck as well. When the Rangers faced the Sabres earlier this season, they posted six goals.
As for who will get the start in net, that remains to be seen. Henrik Lundqvist, Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev have all been splitting time. That information will likely be given after the morning skatearound. Odds are, Shesterkin would be the guy.
NHL Betting Pick: Rangers Puck Line -1.5 (+140)
Quite simply, the Rangers are just the hotter team at the moment. New York has won seven of its last 11 games, with three of those losses coming in three straight games during the Western Canada road trip. The Sabres just played an overtime game last night so we shouldn’t expect them to be too hyped for this matchup. Losing a game to the NHL’s worst team pretty much sums up where Buffalo is right now.
Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:00 p.m. EST
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
DET | Money Line:
+250 | Puck Line (+1.5): -112
– at –
CBJ | Money Line: -305 | Puck Line (-1.5): -107
Total: 5.5 Goals (over: -107/under: -114)
The third, and final, meeting between the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets goes down tonight. Columbus has won each of the first two meetings and we believe they’ll be able to do so once again. For that reason, our top betting pick is for the Blue Jackets to win by two goals or more and cover the puck line. Let’s dive into the reality of the situation.
NHL Betting Line: Red Wings at Blue Jackets
We usually don’t see a puck line on this side of even, but you have to roll with it when you do.
Red Wings Betting Line
It’s unlikely that the team with the NHL’s worst record is going to win two games in as many nights. The Red Wings got lucky against a Sabres team that has been tripping over their own feet lately. Prior to last night’s win, Detroit had failed to win a game in nine straight. All in all, the Red Wings are trying out a bunch of new players and it’s going exactly how we thought it would – miserably.
This will likely be the night we see Jimmy Howard back in net. Jonathan Bernier started the last three games and played well, but we’d be shocked to see him between the pipes for the second straight night. Howard has allowed at least four goals in each of his last three starts.
Blue Jackets Betting Line
The Blue Jackets scored five goals in each of the first two meetings this season. With the Red Wings playing on the back-end of a back-to-back set, you’d have to imagine they won’t be at their best defensively. Speaking of defense, that’s how Columbus has gotten it done all season, allowing the second-fewest goals per game (2.46) – and Detroit has scored the fewest goals per game (2.05).
Elvis Merzlikins has been fantastic in net ever since Joonas Korpisalo had a knee injury. Merzlikins has taken the opportunity and rolled with it to post an 11-6-4 record with a 2.30 GAA and .929 save percentage. In fact, Elvis should be leaving the building with a win; he’s recorded a win in seven straight starts, and in nine of the last 10.
NHL Betting Pick: Blue Jackets Puck Line -1.5 (-107)
Columbus is 8-0-1 over the last nine games. Although each of the last five has been decided by a single goal, this is a recipe for disaster for Detroit. Let alone winning back-to-back games, the NHL’s worst team simply can’t do this on back-to-back nights. Especially against a solid defensive team like the Blue Jackets.