avatar Written by Graeme on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

It was a night of action packed hockey with some good games.

We thought Bobrovsky was in last night for the Jackets but they ended up pulling him around lunchtime due to illness and Forsberg came in. It looked to be a tight game but two poor goalie performances saw that one go over in an 8 goal thriller.

The Bruins got off to an amazing start against the Blues and while St. Louis clawed their way back into it it wasn’t enough for them as Boston came out 5-3 winners. Marchand grabbed two.

One thing this year seems to be teams who SHOULD be able to wrap up a game in regulation that can’t. Blackhawks and Predators were two of those last night who required overtime to beat their inferior opponents. Both teams blew leads. It can be frustrating from a betting perspective as there’s too much juice to take a team with OT/SO – and we never like to do that with a favourite anyway. Blackhawks and Predators were two teams that we wanted to back yesterday but we could only justify the odds in regulation. Thankfully we stayed away from both there.

We move onto Wednesday, January 11th with a small schedule of just 4 games.

Capitals vs Penguins Betting Tips:

It’s always a fun one when this comes up on the board for me and Scott. I know right off the bat he’s going to want Over 5.5 goals. My job is always to play devils advocate to him – which can be quite tough when you’re trying to argue against a high scoring game with two of the best offenses in the NHL.

However tonight I fully agree with him – Over 5.5 Goals. On one side you have the Washington Capitals who are playing some bloody great hockey at the moment and are on a nice run. On the other side you have the Penguins and you better believe they want to erase the memory of their humiliating loss the last time they played the Capitals. However the Penguins don’t have the ability to stifle a game – I’d be extremely surprised to see a 1-0 win for the Pens or something like that for example.

I’m on Over 5.5 Goals. Letang isn’t fully healthy and Oshie is back which is good too.

Flames vs Sharks Betting Tips:

The Flames have a good home record lately with 4 wins in a row but that’s against the Avs, Coyotes and Canucks(twice). Not exactly what you’d call a murderers row. I’d like to back the Sharks but they’re a hard team to back this season. Their price is nice though. However I’m going to go with Over 5 Goals incl OT/SO. It’s a big divisional game with both teams motivated to win. Flames offense will be wanting to show what they’ve got after being shut out especially being at home.

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Other Game Thoughts:

Islanders vs Panthers: Initially my thought was Over 5 thinking Greiss won’t have the momentum anymore from waivering Halak – then I looked at the odds and I liked Islanders to win. However then I studied the Panthers road form lately and decided to stay away. They’ve had some really impressive close battles and this could be another one. If they get a 1 goal lead I could see it being a bad night for the Islanders.

Jets vs Canadiens: If Price was in net for the Habs I would have been all over them. I still think the Jets will struggle to score but we just don’t have faith in Montoya. Generally for the Habs to win a game with him in net they have to score at least 2. They’re not exactly banging them in on the road. With Laine out for the Jets as well it’s tough to back their offense so the Over isn’t as appealing either. I’d lean Habs because of the price but can’t tip it.

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It’s not only Montoya. They have a lot of staff on IR. With full roster they win (with Montoya).

Norbert Buzási

I love Pittsburgh as dogs, but probably will settle for the over as well. It hurts.


Fleury is just 2-3-3 with a 3.8 GAA on the road this season, Pens just 8-6-3 on the road. I agree, tough to bet against that Pens offense though especially at those odds.


1-2 yesterday

Sabres Vs Flyers over 5 (Push)
Jackets win in reg ❌
Hawks over 2.5 goals ✅


Goal by Tarasenko ❌

Tonight’s tips:

Islanders over 2.5 goals
Caps Vs Pens over 5
Flames Vs Sharks over 5

No bonus tip for tonight.

Thoughts anyone?


Norbert Buzási

Ah, I expected a bonus tip like: Crosby and Ovie both to score. 😀 C’MON MAAN!

NHL Daily Tips

Haha. Funny you said that, I actually considered saying it. But I don’t feel like saying the “obvious” goalscorers for that match.
If I would tip some goalscorers tonight it would be Lee og Tavares for Islanders. Top goalscorers for a team that would “probably” score a lot tonight 😉
Do you enjoy my bonus tips?

Norbert Buzási

Yes, I like betting on scorers in football, and I like it in NHL as well.

Johnny Hockey

Tough games…

> I agree with the OVER in Pens/Caps
> I like Isles to win -> Too much injured cats

Petri Kontiola

Islanders, Jets, Caps and Sharks.
Single combo, all in reg.


Tonight I am with Sharks!

Sharks ML @ 2.03

They are getting hot and Flames are playing their 5th in 8 nights!

I think Flames will only come back against Devils.

January: 5/8 & +2.141u

GL to all!

Arto Reinikainen

With only 4 games tonight im going to write my thoughts on the games. Im going all out with handicaps tonight.

Islanders handicap -1.5 @ 3.27

– One of the new rivalries that started last year and in the playoffs. Islanders have dropped 2 in a row again after a couple of frustrating games to opponents they should never lose to, and they desperately need points as they’re last in the East right now. Islanders think they’re good enough to make the playoffs and im sure we’ll see them pushing hard in this 2nd half of the season. I think we’ll see a very hungry Isles team tonight trying to get the 2 points in front of their fans against a familiar team, and a lot of excitement playing at home after a 2 week absence. With all the injuries the Panthers have, the Islanders are the better team right now, even without Hamonic. Overall, they also played some pretty good hockey in their last 5 games, beating Caps at home and also blowing the Jets out on the road (16 goals scored in their last 5 games is also very encouraging). Of course the Panthers will do their best to get some points out of this one and im sure they’ll make it tough on the Islanders, but they play their 4th game in 6 & 5th in 8 nights. Islanders have had 3 days off so if they can take over the game, i don’t see the Panthers having much of an answer, especially with the roster they’re icing. Only concern i have is Roberto Luongo and the fact that 4 of the last 5 meetings have gone to OT but even if Luongo plays lights out, who is going to score for the Panthers? (7 goals in their last 5 games).

Jets handicap -1.5 @ 3.26

– Plekanec is out for the Habs, adding to that crazy long injury list. Honestly i think we might see all those injuries to key players starting to take toll on the Habs. They managed to win a lot of close OT games a while back, but they only have 1 regulation win in their last 9 games. That’s usually a sign that the team is hanging in there playing well, but the team they have on the ice overall isn’t that great and eventually it’ll start catching up to them. Montoya is in, and while i don’t necessarily think he’s going to get lit up or anything, it’s better to have him in there than Price (if you’re betting against the Habs). Outside of those things why i go for the Jets here is i think they just want it more. Laine injury is still in their minds and they want to keep on rallying around that, Habs are the top dog in the East and the Jets aren’t even in the playoffs right now. Last game was a good one to build on (Jets had conceded a lot of goals at home lately). I see the Habs having a faster start to the game, but Hellebuyck is playing very well right now and i think the Jets can capitalize on their momentum swings a lot better tonight.

Caps handicap -1.5 @ 3.50

– Should be a fun one to watch. Both teams are playing well and averaging over 3 goals per game in their last 5, and there shouldn’t be any sitting back. Expecting a lot of back and forth hockey and goals both ways (although both goalies are playing extremely well right now, so that’s why im hesitant to go for the Over 5.5). But at the end of the day i just feel like the Caps are on a mission this year to beat the Pens every time they face each other, and games like these where teams don’t sit back tend to see that 2 goal gap in the end even if it’s very even game. Also, looking at the past 5 meetings, 2 of them were played in Washington and they won both of those by 2 or more goals.

GL !

Arto Reinikainen

My god the Habs score on every chance they get and for the Jets D it’s back to letting up 5 again at home, geez.

Islanders sleepwalking in a must-win game, i swear they’re the most frustrating team to bet on year after year. Might as well watch paint dry.

At least Ovie is getting it done for the Caps.

Im going with Sharks ML that i thought a lot of earlier to hopefully end the night on a positive note.


Winning night for me last night with hawks ML, Tonight is a tough night for me but after going back and forth I’ve decided to pull the trigger on the Flames ML tonight


Pens-Caps over 5.5
Pens total 2.5+ 22 goals in last 5
Sharks ML
Sharks total 2.5+ Sharks have score 18 in last 5
Flames-Sharks over 5