NHL Betting Guide for January 23rd

It’s a pretty quiet Saturday for what’s usually the NHL’s showcase night. The fastest game on ice had a busy Friday, so only a handful of games tonight. Just five matches in all with an early 2:00 p.m. start in Columbus when the Blue Jackets welcome Tampa. Our late-night west coast game goes down at 10:00 p.m. between the Senators and Jets. Still some good games between solid teams that don’t exactly like each other a whole lot. Let’s get into it.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins Moneyline, Total, and Odds

Moneyline: Flyers +124 Bruins -144

Spread: Flyers +1.5 (-240) Bruins -1.5 (+198)

Total: Over 5.5 (+100) Under (-120)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Flyers +1300 Bruins +1200

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins News, Analysis, and Picks

The Flyers will look to vanquish the demons of allowing Boston to score four goals in the third period to eventually earn a point with Philadelphia. Philly had a late two-goal lead as well but couldn’t close out the big bad Bruins, who took this one in a shootout. James van Riemsdyk scored a pair of goals, while Claude Giroux picked up his first goal of the season when he sniped on the powerplay in the second period. Boston hung in with secondary players chipping in. Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist while Jack Studnicka, Charlie Coyle, and Brandon Carlo all picked up their first goals of the season. Philly was outshot badly in this one, with goaltender Carter Hart facing 43 shots and stopping 39 of them.

A few interesting trends from these two teams. The Flyers have only hit the under once in their past seven as an underdog, while Boston has gone under in five of their past six games, which explains the low total. The under is also the play in six of these two teams past seven meetings in Boston, while Philadelphia has covered in five of the last seven head-to-head meetings.

The Picks: Flyers Moneyline +124, Total Over 5.5 (+100), Patrice Bergeron Over 0.5 points (-160)

Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks Spread, Moneyline, Total, and Odds

Moneyline: Canadiens -146 Canucks +124

Spread: Canadiens -1.5 (+184) Canucks +1.5 (-220)

Total: Over 6.5 (-120) Under 6.5 (+100)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Canadiens +1800 Canucks +3500

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks News, Analysis, and Picks

The Canucks will be looking for retribution after getting absolutely shellacked 7-3 by Montreal on Thursday. One of the main characters has been Tyler Toffoli. Toffoli, who played ten regular season and seven playoff games for the Canucks last year after getting traded from LA, has five goals in the first two games of this unique three-game set in Vancouver. The Habs forward had a hat-trick in Montreal’s shootout loss to the Canucks on Wednesday before potting a pair in the Canadiens Thursday night blowout. The former King now has 18 career goals in 30 games against the Nucks.

Bo Horvat has been leading the way for Vancouver with an NHL-tying (with Toffoli) five goals and is tied for second in the league with seven points. The defense has been a problem for Van-city as they have lost four of their past five games while giving up an NHL-worst 28 goals.

The over has been the play in the past five games Montreal was a favorite and in five of Vancouver’s past six games. Montreal has won five of their past six in Vancouver and has covered three of their past four overall.

The Picks:  Canucks Moneyline (+124), Total Over 6.5 (-120), Elias Pettersson Over 0.5 points (-166)

Los Angeles Kings vs. St. Louis Blues Spread, Moneyline, Total, and Odds

Moneyline: Kings +166 Blues -198

Spread: Kings +1.5 (-168) Blues -1.5 (+142)

Total: Over 5.5 (-115) Under 5.5 (-105)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Kings +7500 Blues +1800

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Los Angeles Kings vs. St. Louis Blues News, Analysis, and Picks

St. Louis will look to start winning with defense again as they have been most successful in recent. The Blues have picked up points in three of their first four games, which included a pair of matchups with the stacked Colorado Avalanche. In one of those games, the Avs hung eight goals on the usually defensively sound Blues. Torey Krug and Mike Hoffman’s addition has brought some skill and offensive punch, but they don’t want it to impede their strong defensive play and will look to get back to that against the offensively challenged Kings.

It’s pretty much a tire-fire in LA with the Kings losing three of their first four games but getting points in two of those defeats. This team is old and in desperate need of a rebuild and could be one of the NHL’s worst hockey teams this year. Veterans Anze Kopitar, who has started with six assists, and Jeff Carter with his one goal and five points, have played well, but there just isn’t enough depth, and they have terrible goaltending. St. Louis should come out strong for their third straight home game. 

The Picks:  Blues cover -1.5 (+142), Total Over 5.5 (-115), Anze Kopitar Over 0.5 assists (+100)