NHL Daily Picks: Best Moneyline, Puck Line & Total for Monday Night

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Below we have our top NHL picks for moneyline, puck line, and total bettors with this Monday night slate of ice hockey matchups

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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 

Monday, November 28, 2022 – 07:00 PM EST at Nationwide Arena 

The Golden Knights (16-6-1) skate into Columbus after dropping their last two games, a 4-2 loss to the Kraken, and a 5-1 setback to the Canucks. Those who backed the Knights in those games took a pounding at the betting windows, as Vegas was installed as a -184 and -189 home favorite in those contests, respectively, and will now play their next four games on the road. 

The Blue Jackets (7-12-1) have dropped three of their last four with the most recent being a 3-2 loss to the Islanders on Friday. Columbus has won five of their last seven meetings with the Knights including the most recent, a 6-4 victory last March as +135 home underdogs.

Regression To the Mean  

I believe the Knights are regressing to the mean, as they are not an elite team, however, not a bad team either. They have merely been playing over their heads and their current losing streak, as modest as it may be, is not all that surprising. Columbus should be able to hang with Vegas and also had an extra day to prepare as they were resting on Saturday while the Knights were busy losing to Vancouver. 

Let’s grab the generous price the oddsmakers are dealing on the home dog here and cash a ticket. 

Predicted Score: Blue Jackets 4 – Golden Knights 2

NHL Pick: Blue Jackets ML (+227) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres 

Monday, November 28, 2022 – 07:00 PM EST at KeyBank Center

Game Preview

The Lightning are rekindling their mojo from last season as they have won four of their last five and are beginning to climb the Eastern Conference standings. Over those last five games, they have outscored their opponents, 23-13, including their 5-2 win over St. Louis. 

Conversely, the Sabres are nestled near the bottom of the Atlantic Division with a 9-12 record and have dropped 9 of their last 11 contests. In their last outing, they fell, 3-1, to the Devils and it would have been much worse had 41-year-old goalie, Craig Andersen, not been razor-sharp in stopping 41-of-44 shots.

Eat ‘Em Up

Tampa Bay is normally not the team you want to bet on the puck line as they are 8-12 when laying the 1 ½ goals. But consider that 10 of the Sabres’ 12 losses have been by two goals or more. Buffalo is ranked 25th in goals allowed and 28th in penalty killing. The Lightning eats teams up when they are on the power play and should win this one with ease.  

Let’s eschew the big moneyline (-180) and lay the puck line here. Tampa Bay shouldn’t have any issues scoring on Buffalo’s lackluster defensive unit. 

Predicted Score: Lightning 5 – Sabres 2 

NHL Pick: Lightning -1 ½ (+142) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

Florida Panthers vs. Edmonton Oilers

Monday, November 28, 2022 – 09:30 PM EST at Rogers Place

Game Preview

There is plenty of offensive power on both sides of the ice as the Panthers make their season debut in Edmonton and will take on the Oilers. The Oilers claimed a 4-2 victory earlier this month in hostile territory but the venue has shifted and now the Panthers will have to avenge their loss north of the border. 

They say if you don’t shoot, you can’t score. But that is certainly not a problem with the Panthers as they are the most prolific shooting club in the league, averaging 40.2 shots per game, while the Oilers are ranked 27th in shots allowed.  

Target Practice

This should be target practice for the Cats as they will pepper either Jack Campbell or Stuart Skinner throughout the night. Defense is not the Oilers’ strong suit but they do have plenty of talent on the offensive side of things.  

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are arguably the most dynamic scoring tandem in the league and Florida is not exactly stacked on the defensive end, ranked 20th in goals allowed, permitting over 3.3 goals per game.  

Florida’s last six games have gone over while three of Edmonton’s last four have gone high, as well. Let’s watch these two teams trade scores and bet the over in this one but if you want a few trends to convince you, then here they are: 

  • Over is 6-0 in the Panthers’ last 6 overall. 
  • Over is 4-0 in the Panthers’ last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. 
  • Over is 4-0 in the Panthers’ last 4 road games. 
  • Over is 5-0-1 in the Oilers’ last 6 Monday games. 
  • Over is 4-1-1 in the Oilers’ last 6 home games. 

Remember that if you are a fan of the Panthers, located in the Sunshine State and wish to bet on this game, you can check out our Florida sports betting guide to find the best way.

Predicted Score: Panthers 5 – Oilers 4 

NHL Pick: Over 7 (+112) at Heritage Sports

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