NHL Pick: Golden Knights vs. Predators Under 5.5 Goals (+110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
The first of our two intriguing NHL matchups tonight that we are targeting is the Vegas Golden Knights’ visit to Nashville, where the Golden Knights will look to put an end to their losing streak, while the Predators look to extend their winning streak.
Elsewhere we are targeting two of the league’s worst teams in a matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Nashville Predators
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 – 08:00 PM EST at Bridgestone Arena
The Vegas Golden Knights come into this road game currently sitting in fifth place in the Western Conference and third overall in their Pacific division. With that said they will be hoping to kick-start their season tonight after the all-star break having lost their previous four road games in a row, only winning 4 of their last 10 on the road.
The Golden Knights are missing some key players because of injuries ahead of this game, most notably Mark Stone who is out indefinitely following back surgery. Stone had been the team's second-highest point scorer per game, averaging 0.88 points per game.
The Nashville Predators are currently on a three-game winning streak and have won 6 of their previous 7 which now sees them occupying fifth in their division and tenth in the conference. They can sneak into the playoffs this season as they are just 9 points behind second in the Western Conference having only played 48 games compared to most teams 49-52 range. That said offensively they will need to pick things up going forward into this second half of the season.
Both these teams rank in the top ten in terms of goals allowed per game, combining for 5.7 goals per game. While the Golden Knights have just about scored 3.08 goals per game (ranked as the 15th lowest) the Predators have been much worse, scoring just 2.79 goals per game, ranking as the fifth lowest in the NHL.
We are taking the plus money available on under 5.5 goals in this matchup at +110, we also like the under 6.0 goals available to bet at NHL odds of -130 (if the game ends with six goals you will get your stake returned).
On home ice, the Predators have seen most games go under 5.5 goals in the Western Conference with just 10 of their 24 games hitting 6+ goals. Despite the Golden Knights having had over 5.5 goals in 13 of their 24 away games, their previous 8 road games in a row have gone under 6.0.
NHL Pick: Under 5.5 Goals (+110) at BetOnline
Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 – 08:30 PM EST at United Center
It's last against second last in this Western Conference clash which sees the Chicago Blackhawks playing host to the Anaheim Ducks. The previous time these two teams faced off Chicago came away as 3-2 winners.
It’s been a season to forget for both these NHL franchises as the Blackhawks have an overall record of 15-29-4, scoring just 2.46 goals per game which is the third lowest in the NHL as well as allowing a 3.63 per game. Although they are only the fifth worst, the Blackhawks have played three and two games less than those above them, meaning they could be ranked as one of the bottom two by the time they catch up on games.
The poor Anaheim Ducks have allowed the most goals per game at 4.02 (the only team to allow 4+ on average) and have scored the league’s lowest with just 2.43 per game. Anaheim comes into this matchup in decent form having won 4 of their previous 6 including a win over the Colorado Avalanche. Chicago has won 6 of their last 10 but suffered a heavy 7-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers last time out on the ice.
This is a complete 50/50 game, although the Blackhawks are at home and stats-wise “arguably” the better of the two teams, we wouldn’t feel comfortable betting them to win at -125.
For our NHL picks, we think the Ducks are worth taking a punt on at +120. This is both teams' first game post the all-star break and honestly, this could go either way, so give us the better odds available with the Ducks to win this matchup.
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NHL Pick: Anaheim Ducks ML (+120) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)
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