Our NHL matchup predictions have 11 games on the NHL games schedule to choose from, so let’s start our NHL Tuesday game odds preview by swinging over to the Garden State where the first-place Vegas Golden Knights (29-17-2, 60 points) take on the scorching hot New Jersey Devils (30-12-4, 64 points). We’ll dive into that game from a betting perspective in addition to the Minnesota Wild (25-16-4, 54 points) heading to Florida to face the defending Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning (29-15-1, 59 points).
The first-place Knights look anything but with four losses in their last five games, with all but the Dallas Stars game coming as a favorite of -130 or more. The magic at the Fortress isn’t there for Bruce Cassidy as they try to improve on a sparkling 15-4 road record. As perplexing as their performance is at home, the same could be said for the devils who are just 12-10-2 at the Rock, but 18-2-2 on the road.
That makes for a confusing dichotomy for bettors. To us this will come down to which team we think will play better defensively 5 on 5, and that’s the New Jersey Devils. This is one match-up where special teams will not play much of a role.
The last thing the Knights need to see is a team that doesn’t give up many shots per game (28) considering VGK has managed just 17 goals in their last seven games. Take Lindy Ruff’s team to roll even though you’ll have to lay a little bit more of your bankroll to get the right side here.
If we know bettors, you can expect this number to go in favor of the Tampa bay Lightning, with logical thinking being that if the Wild couldn’t take down the Florida Panthers in their last game with backup Alex Lyon in net, how would they ever beat the Tampa Bay Lightning with Andrei Vasilevskiy in the crease.
That’s a legitimate train of thought, but logic doesn’t cash tickets. If you watched, you would know that the Wild were too busy trying to be perfect instead of peppering the Panther backup. Most goaltenders will keep their teams in games when the opposing teams five on five play isn’t generating scoring chances. The Wild ended up with 32 shots but it didn’t seem like a dangerous effort against the Panthers who were down two defensemen at points during the night.
The Lightning are just 1-6-1 against the Central Division in their last 8 games and the fact that this is the first game back from a road trip always provides a challenge, especially after a 3-2 road trip ended with two losses at Edmonton and Calgary. Let’s take the Wild who will surely come with less than sloppy effort against one of the league’s measuring stick opponents.
The Nashville Predators are still considered to be a team on the playoff bubble, but with three wins in their last four games and 7 of their last 11, there seems to be another switch Nashville can turn to when in trouble.
We saw that in their recent game against the Los Angeles Kings after squandering an early 2-0 lead that turned into a 3-2 Kings advantage. The Preds would own the third period to get the win. This was a character win that great teams all have and from a betting perspective, I would want my cash on a team that is in a place to not quit after giving up three goals and a lead.
Their depth scoring has been terrific, another key component to cashing tickets. This is a revenge game for Nashville after losing to the Jets, 2-1, in December. Winnipeg is playing well but we think days rest and home ice advantage will be the difference here, take the Predators and the short price (-105).
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Our NHL Tuesday game odds and picks column wouldn’t be complete without giving some love to those who need it the most. The Ducks are a small road dog, something that can’t be said often, but this does provide a great betting angle.
Arizona is coming off a head-scratching 4-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights which likely means you’ll get a better number as the day goes on, but as was stated earlier, logic doesn’t cash tickets. Take the Ducks while catching up on some late-night television. This one will hurt your eyes to watch.
That does it for our NHL Tuesday Game odds and picks. To recap, we’re going with the Devils, Wild, Predators, and Ducks which should round out a decent payout on a 4-teamer.
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