NHL Best Bets for December 21

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Robin Lehner #90 of the Vegas Golden Knights makes a save against the St. Louis Blues. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Editor’s Note: The Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers was officially postponed by the league around noon on Tuesday, as per the NHL.

As we’ve seen too many times to count the past 24 months, the sports world has been ground to a halt due to the latest variant of the COVID-19 Virus that has kept the world at a complete standstill since 2020.

On Monday the National Hockey League and their member clubs decided to halt their schedule and begin their holiday break earlier than anticipated due to the numerous postponements of games due to the Omicron variant.

This sucks! I love hockey, I love sports, I love writing about them and now there is a strong level of uncertainty about where we go next in hockey for 2022.

So let’s enjoy what we have in front of us and hope that once we reach the end of the holiday season we’ll get to some sense of normal. Let’s dive into, what’s left off, tonight’s NHL odds.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 – 10:00 PM EST at T-Mobile Arena

For our final game of 2021’s pre-holiday break, the Vegas Golden Knights and the Tampa Bay Lightning face off in what is many people’s NHL 22 simulated season Stanley Cup Finals. 

The Knights are riding a five-game winning streak, four of which coming on their recent road stand in which they averaged five goals per game.

The Lightning have won seven of their last eight facing a jumble of competition and losing to the 9-17 Ottawa Senators, which is as confusing as one would think to someone who looks at the standings, on a nearly daily basis, and can discern a good team from a bad team.

The Golden Knights are a -114 favorite according to Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review) and the Lightning are a +102 underdog, either side of the line isn’t a bad bet.

But your best bet may be to take the under 5.5 set at +110 per BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) and hope that Lehner and Vasilevskiy both have one hell of a game between the pipes tonight.

NHL Pick: Under 5.5 Goals (+110) at BetOnline

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Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 07:00 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center

As a devout fan of the New York Rangers, both of the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers have me taking blood pressure medication, but ever since the reveal of Gritty a few seasons ago, I’ve softened on the Flyers, and also the fact that they almost wore teal in the 1990s makes me giggle.

Then we have the Caps, who despite having the best superstar in the last 20 years in Alex Ovechkin, also have a player in Tom Wilson, who may be more despised in New York City by hockey fans than any Mayor we’ve had in the last 20 years.

Walking into tomorrow night, the Caps are a -134 favorite according to Heritage Sports and the Flyers are a +109 underdog as the Caps are 24 points higher in the standings than the Flyers.

Despite the Broad Street Bullies winning four of their last five and the Caps dropping three of their last five, with all of their wins coming on the road against Buffalo and Winnipeg, the hometown team is logically the underdog in this game.

And with the Flyers averaging 2.66 goals per game and the Caps averaging nearly a goal more at 3.42 per game, take BetOnlines' odds of -101 for the under for total goals which is set at 6.

Especially when the Flyers are down Derick Brassard (as of press time) and the Capitals are down T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom, the latter due to COVID protocols, this is gonna be a weird game and potentially yield some cash if some heavy hitters are off the ice.

NHL Pick: Under 6 Goals (-101) at BetOnline

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