NHL Expert Matt DiLeo gives his insight on this 12 game hockey slate and targets his best value plays.
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Tuesday Night’s Best Bets
We are finally back into a big slate to do 5 best bets of the night. If you are following the daily picks you know how crazy hockey has been lately. We cashed a 3 team parlay and then hit a little road block, but on larger slates there are more chances to find value. So let’s get to work.
Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins are one of the hottest teams in hockey, especially at home. They haven’t lost in regular time at home in their last 10 games. That means they should win or at least take it to overtime. They are also 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. On the contrary the Canadiens are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. The Penguins are 12-3-2 at home this year and I expect them to add to that. The Penguins have been on a tear and I would not want to step in the way of that. Carey Price has not been himself all year as well, and he is letting in 3 goals a game on average, and I think the Penguins can hold this canadiens offense to less than 3 goals. This is a classic case of riding the momentum against a worse team to secure the W. Take the Pens here.
Detroit Red Wings @ Winnipeg Jets
The worst team in hockey is going on the road to play one of the better teams in the Western Conference and you have to lay the puck line here. The Red Wings are 7-21-3 on the year while the Jets are 18-10-2. The Jets have found their stride and are 7-2-1 in their last 10. The Red Wings are 0-9-1 in their last 10. So both teams are trending in opposite directions, I would lay the juice and take the puck line for hotter team and overall better team at home. I would bet against Detroit in most games going forward this year, especially on the road. Even with Hellebuyck taking the night off, the Jets are the play here.
Calgary Flames @ Arizona Coyotes
The Flames have been playing pretty well since they fired their head coach. However, they haven’t really played anybody either. This should be a good test to see if they got their mojo back, but the Coyotes might be too much to handle. The Flames will be on the 2nd game of a back to back after playing the Avalanche in Colorado. If Darcy Keumper starts in net for the Coyotes, I would say this game is a lock. Keumper has been a top 5 goaltender in the NHL and the Flames should be tired from playing a tough Colorado team. Not to mention the Flames should be sending out Cam Talbot in goal who has been struggling to say the least. The Coyotes are leading the NHL with a 2.28 Goals Allowed per game average and I expect them to exploit a tired Calgary team and win the defensive battle in a low scoring affair.
Anaheim Ducks @ Minnesota Wild
This Minnesota team is one of the sneakiest teams in the league. They are 7-1-2 at home and are stealing wins on the road every week. They’ve won 5 of their last 6 games in general and 7-1-2 in their last 10 games. The Ducks are a defensive team with great goaltending, but if the Wild can score 3 or more goals here they should take this game with ease. The Ducks are coming in at 4-8-2 on the road and 3-5-2 in their last 10. I will ride the momentum with the Wild
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Vancouver Canucks
This is a great non conference matchup and I think there will be little defense played all night. Both The Leafs are slowly getting on track to their old form, and the Canucks are still staying pretty hot. Both teams are top 10 in the league in Goals Per Game as well as Power Play %. This game is going to be close, and it should be a shootout as well. I expect Austin Matthews and John Tavares to be sensational tonight, but I can’t trust the Maple Leafs just yet. So I am going to go with the over and sit back and enjoy the show.