NHL Bets Blog – NHL 12/27/2022

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Hope everyone had a nice holiday break, those 3 days felt like 3 weeks for me. The NHL is welcoming us back with a massive 12 game slate to kick off the “2nd Half” of the season.

Parlay didn’t play out as expected, with the Oilers of all teams letting us down. Back from a brief break, you never know how teams are going to come out. Everyone is well rested but it’s tough to know how game ready guys will be, especially if they dug into the holiday snacks as much as I did.

 

 

Washington Capitals (+135) @ NY Rangers (-155)

The Penguins fan in me hates what I’m about to say but, I like this spot for the Capitals. The Rangers aren’t the team we saw last year, their poor 5 on 5 game play is finally biting them in the butt. In their last 5 home games they’ve allowed over 3 goals against, which won’t fair well facing a Capitals team that’s scoring over 4 a game.

Although still fairly injured, Washington plays good team defense that allows only 28 shots against. With the Rangers averaging 25 shots a game, Kuemper may be spending his time making snow angels. As far as offense Washington have been peppering goalies with a league leading 36 shots in the last 5 games.

As I’ve said before, the Rangers are a much better road team than they are a home team, making this a great place to get plus money on the Capitals Money Line.

Washington Capitals Money Line (+135)

 

 

Toronto Maple Leafs (-175) @ St. Louis Blues (+150)

As much as I pick on the Leafs for being a disappointment at time, I can’t find any reason as to why they lose this game. They’re by far the better team. After playing poorly for a while, the Blues went on a mini Cinderella run to get back to .500% but the Leafs are just too good.

Winning 7 of their last 10, the Leafs are getting scoring from all of their lines which makes it difficult to defend against, even for a team on home ice. On paper this is much more of a mismatch than I think the books are giving it credit for.

I would like to take the Leafs Puck Line but they let me down big time last game against the Flyers and the Blues are better than the Flyers so I’ll stick with the regulation win.

Toronto Maple Leafs to Win in Regulation (-110)

 

 

Colorado Avalanche (-210) @ Arizona Coyotes (+180)

You already know I love the Coyotes at home, and tonight they get an injured Avs line up. Although they aren’t as injured as they have been, they’re still without many of their key players with Valeri Nichushkin out of the line up again tonight.

The Avs simply aren’t a good road team right now, allowing over 3.5 GAA. There’s also a good chance this turns into a penalty fest, which would give the Coyotes a major advantage. The Avs PK is sub 70% as of late, and although the Coyotes PP isn’t exactly lighting teams up they still have the ability to take advantage of a PK as poor as this one.

Arizona Coyotes Money Line (+180)

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