Another split yesterday, as the Sharks got things done against the Penguins but the Ducks couldn’t come through as underdogs for us against the Kings losing 3-2. These break-even days aren’t the worst that could happen, but I am looking for a big night here tonight – and think I have found some good value on a lot of plays.
6 NHL games on the betting board tonight… plays are below. Also click here to sign up for my free and exclusive picks I don’t post on the website (Game of the Week/Game of the Month pick coming this weekend!).
NHL Betting Picks for Thursday, February 24th:
New York Islanders @ Philadelphia Flyers – UNDER 5.5 GOALS (+115) – It’s hard to ignore goaltender Al Montoya for the Islanders who is getting the start here tonight. Montoya is 3-1 with a 1.42 GAA and .946 SV % in his short time with the Islanders so far. New York is coming off a 2-1 loss to Toronto, but have won 6 of their last 8 games. Bobrovsky will get another start for the Flyers – he is 23-9-4 on the season with a .918 SV%. Note that the UNDER is 5-0 in the Flyers last 5 home games, and 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. Also note that the UNDER is 10-3 in the Flyers last 13 games vs a team with a winning % below .400. The UNDER has hit the last two times these two teams and 5 of their last 7 meetings. We’re getting value with the UNDER in this one at +115.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens – MAPLE LEAFS TO WIN (+142) – The Leafs come into tonight’s game still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have won 3 of their last 4 games (with their loss coming in shootout) and are riding the play of netminder James Reimer. Reimer is giving the Leafs a chance to win every game they play with his .934 SV% and 2.12 GAA. The Canadiens are coming off a big win in Vancouver Tuesday night, but are having their struggles winning just 2 of their last 8 games played. Alexander Auld is between the pipes tonight as Carey Price gets the night off. Auld has done a fine job playing the back up role with a 4-2-1 record and .926 SV%. Note that Montreal is just 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 games as a decent sized favorite of -150 to -200. Both teams are struggling offensively lately and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a low scoring one goal type game here tonight. With Montreal fresh off a 3 game Western Canada swing I like the Leafs at +142 tonight. Toronto is my big ugly underdog pick of the night.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Nashville Predators – PREDATORS TO WIN (+103) – Neither of these two teams are playing outstanding hockey at the moment as they both are in the tight race for the Western Conference playoffs with 31 wins a piece. The Blackhawks are 5-5 in their last 10 games while the Predators are 4-6 in their past 10. Both starters (Crawford and Rinne) are expected to start in net and have been stellar this season. Chicago is just 3-8 in their last 11 road games vs a team with a winning home record, and are just 1-4 in their last 5 games as a small road favorite. Also note that the Blackhawks are having troubles putting together winning streaks, as they are just 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. These two teams have already met 5 times this season with the Predators winning 3 of the 5, including both games on home ice. We can expect a tight game tonight, but I don’t think the Blackhawks deserve to be favorited here. Take the Predators with some value as small home underdogs.