The NHL highlights the weekend with a full slate of games for December 12th with 12 games scheduled. With the season starting to develop, the contenders are starting to emerge from the pack while the struggling teams are starting to fall apart. With 24 teams scheduled to play, there are plenty of intriguing matchups that bettors and fans alike will look to find that can lead to profitable payouts.
Over 5.5 – Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Ottawa Senators
|Lightning stat line||17 wins in 26 games||3.35 goals per game||2.62 goals against per game|
|Senators stat line||7 wins in 24 games||2.58 goals per game||3.88 goals against per game|
The Lightning continue their Canada road trip with a matchup against the struggling Senators. The Lightning have a great defense that can make this game a low-scoring one but both teams are led by their offenses. The Senators should find the back of the net a few times in this game with Joshua Norris, Drake Batherson, and Brady Tkachuk carrying the puck into the offensive zone and finding quick shots on the net throughout the game. The Lightning meanwhile will run up the score against the hapless Senators defense with Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat, and the rest of the forward unit finding open shots off of great puck movement in the offensive zone. Moreover, the Lightning will find plenty of scoring chances from the point with Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev finding open ice at the blue line to fire shots through traffic and find the back of the net.
The Over will cover with both offenses finding the back of the net throughout the game.
Over 6 – Montreal Canadiens Vs. St. Louis Blues
|Canadiens stat line||6 wins in 28 games||2.18 goals per game||3.50 goals against per game|
|Blues stat line||14 wins in 26 games||3.38 goals per game||2.81 goals against per game|
The Canadiens have struggled offensively and the Blues can easily eliminate the Canadiens offense and make this game a low-scoring one. However, both teams are led by their offenses and look to find the back of the net throughout the game. The Canadiens will find a few scoring opportunities with Mike Hoffman, Nick Suzuki, and the rest of the forward unit finding open shots on the odd-man rush to create quick scoring chances.
The Blues on the other hand will look to run up the score with Jordan Kyrou, Brandon Saad, David Perron, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net on the odd-man rush against a struggling Canadiens defense while also establishing a strong offensive zone presence. The Blues will control possession for the majority of the game and allow Torey Krug to further open up the offense with great shots from the point.
The Over will cover in a high-scoring game controlled by both offenses.
Columbus Blue Jackets (+140) Vs. Seattle Kraken
|Blue Jackets stat line||13 wins in 25 games||3.16 goals per game||3.24 goals against per game|
|Kraken stat line||9 wins in 26 games||2.81 goals per game||3.54 goals against per game|
The Blue Jacket travel to Seattle to face the Kraken with both teams looking to make up ground in their respective divisions. The Kraken look to add on a win on home ice but the Blue Jackets can exploit mismatches throughout the game. The Blue Jackets will limit the top-heavy forward unit of the Kraken with Zach Werenski, Vladislav Gavrikov, and the rest of the defensive unit cutting off angles to the net and forcing difficult shots on the goal throughout the game, allowing goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to make plenty of easy saves.
On the other end of the ice, the Blue Jackets will look to pile on the goals with Boone Jenner, Sean Kuraly, Oliver Bjorkstrond, and the rest of the forward unit finding quick scoring opportunities on the odd-man rush while also establishing a strong offensive zone presence to create open shots against the Kraken struggling defense. Moreover, the Blue Jackets will create plenty of open shots from the point for Adam Boqvist and Zach Werenski to generate effective shots from the blue line.
The Blue Jackets will win the game and pull off the upset on the road.
Also Consider: Over 5.5 – Both the Blue Jackets and the Kraken are led by their offenses and both units look to find the back of the net throughout the game against two struggling defenses.
San Jose Sharks (+110) Vs. Dallas Stars
|Sharks stat line||14 wins in 27 games||2.70 goals per game||2.78 goals against per game|
|Stars stat line||13 wins in 24 games||2.79 goals per game||2.79 goals against per game|
The Stars have played significantly better in recent games and could easily win the upcoming game on the road. The problem is that they face a Sharks team that can find favorable matchups on both ends of the ice. The Sharks will look to find the back of the net with Logan Couture, Timo Meier, and Tomas Hertl finding open ice on the wing and effective shots on the net. In addition, the Sharks will find open ice in the offensive zone for Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson to pick apart the Stars’ great defense by finding open shots and skaters near the net.
The Sharks defense meanwhile, should eliminate and potentially shut out the Stars offense with Mario Ferraro, Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the neutral zone while forcing difficult shots on the net against the Stars top-heavy offense in the defensive zone. The limited shots on the net will allow Sharks goaltender James Reimer to step up and have a great game in the net, covering up the initial shots on the goal to eliminate second-chance scoring opportunities.
The Sharks will win the game and provide great odds in the process as home Underdogs.
Also Consider: Under 5.5 – Both teams have remarkable defenses that look to eliminate two top-heavy forward units with depth on the defensive unit controlling the game.
Under 5.5 – Boston Bruins Vs. Calgary Flames
|Bruins stat line||13 wins in 23 games||2.78 goals per game||2.57 goals against per game|
|Flames stat line||15 wins in 27 games||3.07 goals per game||2.15 goals against per game|
The Flames and Bruins have two of the best defensive units in the NHL and both units look to control this game from the opening puck drop. The Flames will look to limit the Bruins offense with Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, and the rest of the defensive unit stepping up at the blue line, making it difficult for the Bruins to establish an offensive zone presence. Additionally, the Flames defensive unit will cut off shooting lanes for the Bruins and allow goaltender Jacob Markstrom to have a great game in the net and save the majority of the shots on goal.
The Bruins meanwhile should eliminate the Flames offense with Charlie McAvoy, Derek Forbort, and the rest of the defensive unit limiting the Flames forwards on the odd-man rush with great play in the neutral zone. Moreover, the Bruins’ deep defensive unit will create turnovers in the defensive zone and force difficult shots on the net, allowing goaltender Jeremy Swayman to cover up initial shots on the goal and eliminate second-chance scoring opportunities.
The Under will cover in a low-scoring game controlled by both defenses.
Also Consider: Bruins (-110) – The Bruins look to build momentum off of a recent victory over the Oilers on the road and the top line should find the back of the net enough times to beat the flames on the road as well.