NHL Best Bets – 12/18/2021

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NHL Best Bets 12-18-21

The Covid-19 outbreak is starting to affect the NHL and the scheduling with multiple teams seeing their games postponed. With multiple teams losing players and playing with depleted rosters, it’s important for bettors to check the schedule and stay up-to-date with which players might be missing games and which teams will likely have their games postponed. December 17th currently has six games scheduled, leaving plenty of great matchups that fans and bettors alike can find profitable and successful bets.

Maple Leafs (-130) Vs. Vancouver Canucks

Maple Leafs’ stat line20 wins in 30 games3.27 goals per game2.50 goals against per game
Canucks stat line14 wins in 31 games2.52 goals per game2.87 goals against per game

The Canucks have looked like one of the best teams in the NHL recently, winning their last six games. It’s easy to think they’ll continue their winning ways but the Maple Leafs have been one of the league’s best teams that look to exploit mismatches on both ends of the ice. The Maple Leafs will look to find the back of the net throughout the game with Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and the rest of the forward unit establishing a strong offensive zone presence and creating open shots off of quick passes near the net.

The Maple Leafs’ defense meanwhile, should eliminate and potentially shut out the Canucks offense with Morgan Rielly, Justin Holl, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone alike against a top-heavy Canucks offense. Moreover, goaltender Jack Campbell is having a great season in the net and will cover up the initial shots from the Canucks and eliminate second-chance scoring opportunities.

The Maples Leafs will win this game with a great performance on both ends of the ice.

Also Consider: Under 5.5 – Both teams have been led by their defenses and both unit should step up in the upcoming game.


Los Angeles Kings (+130) Vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Kings stat line13 wins in 28 games2.68 goals per game2.54 goals against per game
Hurricanes stat line20 wins in 28 games3.21 goals per game2.18 goals against per game

The Kings are having a great start to the season and face one of the best teams in the NHL in the Hurricanes. The Kings will find favorable matchups on both ends of the ice to win the game and pull off the upset as well. On the offensive end of the ice, the Kings should find quick scoring chances with Phillip Danualt, Anze Kopitar, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and creating open shots at center ice.

On the defensive end of the ice, the Kings will look to eliminate and potentially shut out the Hurricanes offense with Alexander Edler, Matt Roy, and Michael Anderson all creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting the Hurricanes from creating open shots off of cross-ice passes. In addition, goaltender Jonathan Quick should blank the Hurricanes’ quick shots on the net and step up against the shots through traffic to limit the Hurricanes from creating effective shots on the goal.

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

Also Consider: Under 5.5 – Both teams have great defenses that look to control this game from the opening puck drop.


Over 5.5 – New Jersey Devils Vs. Detroit Red Wings

Devils stat line10 wins in 28 games2.75 goals per game3.32 goals against per game
Red Wings stat line14 wins in 30 games2.73 goals per game3.40 goals against per game

The Devils and Red Wings are both trying to make up ground in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have struggled offensively but look to find the back of the net throughout the upcoming game. The Devils should create plenty of scoring opportunities with Jack Hughes, Pavel Zacha, and the rest of the forward unit creating quick scoring chances on the odd-man rush while PK Subban and Dougie Hamilton pick apart the Red Wings struggling defense from the point. The Red Wings meanwhile will run up the score with Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin, Lucas Raymond, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net on the odd-man rush and establishing a strong offensive zone presence against a struggling Devils defense to find the back of the net throughout the game.

The Over will cover in a high-scoring game controlled by both offenses.

Also Consider: Red Wings (-140) – The Red Wings should win the upcoming game at home with a bounce-back win.


Edmonton Oilers (-130) Vs. Seattle Kraken

Oilers stat line17 wins in 28 games3.36 goals per game3.11 goals against per game
Kraken stat line10 wins in 29 games2.79 goals per game3.52 goals against per game

The Kraken are looking to add on a win at home and could easily pull off the upset and provide great odds in the process as home Underdogs. The problem is that they face an Oilers team that is having a great season and should exploit mismatches on both ends of the ice in the upcoming game. The Oilers will look to limit the top-heavy Kraken offense with Evan Bouchard, Darnell Nurse, and the rest of the defensive unit stepping up and cutting off angles to the net on the odd-man rush. Likewise, goaltender Mikko Koskinen has struggled this season but with the defense limiting shots on the goal, he should have a great game in the net.

The Oilers offense meanwhile, should pile on the goals and run up the score with Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Zach Hyman, and the rest of the forward unit creating quick scoring chances on the odd-man rush while also establishing a strong offensive zone presence. Moreover, the Oilers’ scoring depth will allow the forward unit to create open shots in the offensive zone, especially against the backend of the Kraken defensive unit which has played poorly this season.

The Oilers will win this game and continue to make up ground in the Pacific Division.

Also Consider: Over 6 – The Oilers’ offense has been incredible while both defensive units have struggled this season and the Over should cover with both offenses stepping up in this game.

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