COVID is once again the story affecting the NHL, but there are 13 games on Tuesday night. The Calgary – Nashville game has already been postponed, and the Hurricanes also have multiple players out. Let’s make some NHL betting picks for Tuesday, Dec. 14.
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Blue Jackets vs. Canucks Over 5.5 (-118, SugarHouse)
These two have consistently been in the bottom half of the league defensively, especially at stopping chances and killing penalties, which bodes well for NHL betting. The Blue Jackets have allowed the league’s third-most expected goals per 60 (over 2.6) and over three actual goals allowed. Special teams are not much better for Columbus, as they allow the most high-danger chances to opposing power plays as well. Since Bruce Boudreau has taken over the Canucks, they have become far more aggressive in the opponent’s zone firing pucks. This trend should continue considering their three consecutive wins under his leadership. This could hinder the Jackets’ chances to put up a crooked number, but the Canucks’ main issue this year has been a putrid penalty kill, which has only stopped 66% of such situations. To further support the cause, the Canucks have taken over four minor penalties per game this year, so the Jackets will get their shots.
The outcome of this game will almost certainly be decided by the goalies on each side, with both carrying save percentages pushing 92%. But even then, with each team allowing the other to get chances, they will need to be extra sharp to keep the puck out.
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Kasperi Kapanen to Score a Point vs. Canadiens (-106, SugarHouse)
The Penguins have had no consistency up top with injuries taking out two of their top-line wingers, but this has opened up opportunities for players such as Kasperi Kapanen. With Jake Guentzel still out, Kapanen is on the team’s top line and power play with Sidney Crosby facing the league’s second-worst team by record. Along with the upgrade at center for Kapanen, he has been great with Evan Rodrigues. Together in 160 minutes they have absolutely demolished the competition, with 10 goals for, zero against, over seven expected goals and a high-danger share over 60%. There is not a top line winger in a better spot with these odds, but with so many games on the NHL betting slip, some will not notice.
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