The NHL has a full slate of games for Thursday night, January 12th. After only three games on Wednesday night, the NHL has 11 games scheduled with multiple teams returning to the ice following brief pauses. With the surplus of games, there are a few mismatches and matchups that bettors can find favorable and profitable wagers.
Under 6 – Vancouver Canucks Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
|Canucks stat line||16 wins in 35 games||2.51 goals per game||2.80 goals against per game|
|Lightning stat line||24 wins in 38 games||3.32 goals per game||2.82 goals against per game|
The Canucks continue their Florida road trip with a matchup against one of the best teams in the NHL in the Lightning. The Lightning offense has been great in recent games but both teams are led by their defenses and goaltending and both units look to control the upcoming game. The Canucks will limit the Lightning offense with Quinn Hughes, Tucker Poolman, Tyler Myers, and the rest of the defense creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting passing lanes for the Lightning forwards. Moreover, Canucks’ goaltender Thatcher Demko looks to bounce back from his recent disappointing performance and blank the Lightning shots on the net.
The Lightning, meanwhile, should eliminate and potentially shut out the Canucks defense with Victor Hedman, Jan Rutta, Mikhail Sergachev, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone while limiting shots on the net. In addition, goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is having a great season in the net and will cover up the Canucks shots on the goal and eliminate second-chance shots.
The Under will cover in a low-scoring game controlled by both defenses.
Detroit Red Wings (+120) Vs. Winnipeg Jets
|Red Wings stat line||16 wins in 37 games||2.70 goals per game||3.35 goals against per game|
|Jets stat line||16 wins in 33 games||2.97 goals per game||2.91 goals against per game|
The Red Wings host the Jets with both teams looking to make up ground in their respective divisions. The Jets are hoping to win in their first game in a week, but the Red Wings will find favorable matchups on both ends of the ice. The Red Wings defense will step up and limit the Jets offense with Moritz Seider, Marc Staal, and the rest of the defensive unit stepping up at the blue line to limit the Jets forwards from carrying the puck into the offensive zone while goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic has a great game in the net.
The Red Wings offense, meanwhile, will pile on the goals with Tyler Bertuzzi, Lucas Raymond, Adam Erne, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net on the odd-man rush and creating open shots with great puck movement in the offensive zone. The Red Wings’ strong offensive zone presence will also allow defensemen Moritz Seider and Nick Leddy to find open shots from the point to open up the offense and pick apart the Jets’ defense.
The Red Wings will win the game and provide great odds in the process as home Underdogs.
Also Consider: Over 6 – The Jets are playing their first game in a week and with both teams returning to the ice, the sloppy play should result in a pile-up of goals.
Over 6 – Nashville Predators Vs. Buffalo Sabres
|Predators stat line||24 wins in 37 games||3.14 goals per game||2.65 goals against per game|
|Sabres stat line||10 wins in 35 games||2.57 goals per game||3.54 goals against per game|
The Sabres offense has struggled, making it easy to think that this game will be a low-scoring one. However, the Predators’ offense has been red hot lately and both forward units look to find the back of the net throughout the game. The Sabres should find the back of the net throughout the game with Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner carrying the puck into the offensive zone and creating quick shots on the odd-man rush. The Predators, meanwhile, will run up the score with Matt Duchene, Tanner Jeannot, Luke Kunin, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net on the odd-man rush and establishing a strong offensive zone presence while Roman Josi creates scoring chances from the blue line throughout the game.
The Over will cover with both offenses stepping up and controlling this game.
Pittsburgh Penguins (-145) Vs. Los Angeles Kings
|Penguins stat line||21 wins in 35 games||3.29 goals per game||2.46 goals against per game|
|Kings stat line||18 wins in 36 games||2.72 goals per game||2.58 goals against per game|
The Penguins have looked like one of the best teams in the NHL recently, winning nine of their last ten games. The Kings are looking to win on their home ice, but the Penguins can exploit mismatches on both ends of the ice. The Penguins will find the back of the net throughout the game with Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust, Jake Guentzel, and the rest of the forward unit outskating the Kings in the neutral zone to create open shots on the odd-man rush. The Penguins’ deep forward unit will also create shots through traffic and great puck movement in the offensive zone to run up the score against the Kings’ defense.
The Penguins defense, meanwhile, will eliminate and potentially shut out the Kings’ top-heavy forward unit with Kris Letang, John Marino, Marcus Pettersson, and the rest of the defense forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone while limiting shooting lanes. In addition, Tristan Jarry is having a great season in the net and will make plenty of saves throughout the game and limit the Kings from finding effective shots on the net.
The Penguins will win the game and continue their hot streak.
Also Consider: Under 6 – The Penguins and Kings have two of the best defenses in the NHL that should eliminate the opposing offenses throughout the game.
San Jose Sharks (+105) Vs. New York Rangers
|Sharks stat line||20 wins in 37 games||2.81 goals per game||3.05 goals against per game|
|Rangers stat line||23 wins in 37 games||2.84 goals per game||2.51 goals against per game|
The Rangers are in the middle of a west coast road trip as they face the Sharks in the upcoming game. The Rangers are having a great season, but the Sharks can find favorable matchups on both ends of the ice. The Sharks will find the back of the net throughout the game with Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and creating open shots on the wing. Moreover, the Sharks will establish a strong offensive zone presence and allow Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns to find open shots from the point.
The Sharks defense meanwhile will eliminate the Rangers top-heavy offense with Erik Karlsson, Mario Ferraro, Brent Burns, and the rest of the defense cutting off angles to the net on the odd-man rush and limiting shots on the goal, allowing goaltender James Reimer to make plenty of easy saves throughout the game.
The Sharks will win the game and pull off the upset on their home ice.