NHL Best Bets – 1/6/2022

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NHL Best Bets 01-06-22

The NHL is back with a full slate of games. On January 6th, 11 games are scheduled as the season slowly returns and teams are returning their full rosters and players from the COVID-19 list. With 22 teams scheduled to play, bettors will look for favorable matchups and mismatches that can lead to successful and profitable bets. Some games, in particular, provide great bets.

San Jose Sharks (-120) Vs. Buffalo Sabres

Sharks stat line17 wins in 34 games2.79 goals per game3.15 goals against per game
Sabres stat line10 wins in 33 games2.64 goals per game3.48 goals against per game

The Sharks have been on a losing streak recently and are facing the Sabres on the road. The Sabres are looking to win on their home ice but the Sharks can find favorable matchups against a struggling Sabres roster. The Sharks will find the back of the net throughout the game with Logan Couture, Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl, and the rest of the forward unit creating scoring chances and the win and establishing a strong offensive zone presence against a struggling Sabres defense while Erik Karlsson fires shots from the point. Speaking of Karlsson, along with Brent Burns, he should help the Sharks eliminate and potentially shut out the Sabres defense by controlling the blue line and limiting the Sabres from establishing a strong offensive zone presence while James Reimer makes plenty of big saves in the net.

The Sharks will win the game with a much-needed bounce-back win.


Under 6 – Calgary Flames Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Flames stat line17 wins in 31 games3.16 goals per game2.35 goals against per game
Lightning stat line22 wins in 35 games3.26 goals per game2.86 goals against per game

The Flames and Lightning both recently played in high-scoring games and the expectation is for the offenses to step up and control the upcoming game as well. However, both teams have talented defensive units that will step up and limit the opposing offenses throughout the game. The Lightning look to limit the Flames offense with Victor Hedman, Mikhail Sergachev, and the rest of the defensive unit controlling the blue line and eliminating the Flames from finding quick scoring chances on the rush.

The Flames meanwhile, should eliminate the Lightning offense with Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Chris Tanev, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting passing lanes for the Lightning forwards. Moreover, Jakob Markstrom is having a great season in the net and looks to blank the Lightning shots throughout the game.

The Under will cover in a low-scoring game controlled by both defenses.

Also Consider: Flames (+120) – The Flames are coming off a recent defeat and look to rebound and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs.


Over 6 – Columbus Blue Jackets Vs. New Jersey Devils

Blue Jackets stat line15 wins in 31 games3.16 goals per game3.58 goals against per game
Devils stat line13 wins in 34 games2.88 goals per game3.44 goals against per game

The Blue Jackets and Devils are both eager for a win and looking to make up ground in the Metropolitan Division. Both offenses have struggled recently but look poised to find the back of the net throughout the game against two struggling defenses. The Devils should find the back of the net throughout the game with Jack Hughes, Pavel Zacha, Dawson Mercer, and the rest of the forward unit creating quick scoring opportunities on the odd-man rush while also creating open shots in the offensive zone. In addition, defensemen Ryan Graves and PK Subban should open up the offense with great shots from the blue line on the net to overwhelm the Blue Jackets defense.

The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, should run up the score with Boone Jenner, Max Domi, Oliver Bjorkstrand, and the rest of the forward unit establishing a strong offensive zone presence and finding quick shots on the goal with great passes against an awful Devils defense. The Blue Jackets will also allow defensemen Adam Boqvist and Zach Werenski to create open shots from the point and find open skaters near the net to help pile on the goals.

The Over will cover in a high-scoring game with both offenses stepping up.


Anaheim Ducks (-140) Vs. Detroit Red Wings

Ducks stat line18 wins in 36 games3.03 goals per game2.67 goals against per game
Red Wings stat line16 wins in 34 games2.79 goals per game3.35 goals against per game

The Red Wings are coming off a big win in their recent game and will now head out west to face the Ducks. It’s easy to think that the Red Wings will win the upcoming game and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs but the Ducks are a great team that will exploit mismatches on both ends of the ice. The Ducks will find the back of the net throughout the game against a Red Wings struggling defense with Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras, and the rest of the forward unit creating open shots in the offensive zone with quick plays along the boards.

The Ducks defense meanwhile, should eliminate and potentially shut out the top-heavy Red Wings forward unit with Kevin Shattenkirk, Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone while also limiting shots on the net. Additionally, goaltender John Gibson has been great as the starting goaltender and looks to cover up the Red Wings’ initial shots on the net and eliminate second-chance scoring opportunities.

The Ducks will win the game with a dominant performance on their home ice.

Also Consider: Under 5.5 – The Ducks and Red Wings have talented defensive units and two of the game’s best goaltender that should make this game a low-scoring one.


Los Angeles Kings (+115) Vs. Nashville Predators

Kings stat line16 wins in 33 games2.70 goals per game2.67 goals against per game
Predators stat line21 wins in 34 games3.03 goals per game2.65 goals against per game

The Kings host a Predators team that has been playing great lately and looks to continue their winning ways. The problem is that the Kings are having a great season and look to find favorable matchups on both ends of the ice. The Kings should pile on the goals with Anze Kopitar, Alex Iaffalo, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net on the odd-man rush and finding open shots off of cross-ice passes. The Kings should also limit the top-heavy Predators offense with Matt Roy, Michael Anderson, Tobias Bjornfot, and the rest of the defensive unit limiting the Predators from finding quick shots on the rush while also limiting shooting lanes, allowing goaltender Jonathan Quick to have a great game in the net.

The Kings will win the game and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs.

Also Consider: Over 5.5 – The Kings and Predators offense have both been red hot lately and look to find the back of the net throughout the game.

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