There’s nothing like a full slate of NHL games on a weeknight. Tuesday’s schedule features 11 games with tons of contenders and a few fascinating matchups.
The best game of the night is the Florida Panthers taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins in a meeting between the top team in the Atlantic Division and one of the best in the Metropolitan Division. If these teams faced off in the playoffs, it would be a great series.
Let’s run through all 11 of Tuesday’s games with an eye to the NHL betting lines for each:
Colorado Avalanche vs New Jersey Devils
It’s very tough to outscore the Colorado Avalanche in a high-scoring game and the New York Islanders learned that the hard way on Monday night, falling 5-4 to the Avalanche in a barn-burner. On Tuesday, Colorado will try to slow down the young New Jersey Devils, whose record is ugly but who have been more competitive recently.
The Avalanche, averaging nearly four games per game, will have starter Darcy Kuemper back in net while the Devils might turn to Jon Gillies to give impressive rookie Nico Daws a break.
New Jersey has the rest advantage but Colorado has the goalie edge. The Avalanche are big road favorites for good reason and should win this one even on a back-to-back. Take Colorado on the puckline, mostly due to the likelihood that Gillies gets the nod.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Philadelphia Flyers
The last few weeks have been a grind for the Vegas Golden Knights, so Jack Eichel’s near-buzzer-beating game-winner over the Ottawa Senators in a 2-1 win on Sunday was much-needed. Eichel ripped a wrist shot right by Anton Forsberg to send Golden Knights fans home happy. Vegas has another chance at two points against the lowly Philadelphia Flyers.
Philly has lost eight of 10 despite beating the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. The Flyers will have Carter Hart in goal, which is a plus for them, but Vegas is the better team and is starting to round into form. Consider going with the Golden Knights on the moneyline as solid road favorites on the BetUS sportsbook.
Florida Panthers vs Pittsburgh Penguins
This matchup of two legitimate Eastern Conference contenders in the Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins is a great one and should be thrilling if past experience between these two teams is an indication of anything. Florida has won three straight and has scored 12 goals in its last two games while Pittsburgh has won three of four overall.
With the Panthers playing (and crushing) the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night, this game is essentially a pick’em. Florida is the better team but the Penguins are really good too, so it’s a fair spread. You should take Pittsburgh straight-up even with Sergei Bobrovsky in net for Florida because the Penguins are more rested.
Seattle Kraken vs Toronto Maple Leafs
It was scary for a while but the Toronto Maple Leafs held on for an important 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday and they’ll need to do it again as they host the skidding Seattle Kraken.
Toronto scored three first-period goals but Petr Mrazek — the other disappointing Maple Leafs goalie — gave up three unanswered scores to let Columbus tie things at three in the final frame. Alex Kerfoot broke the tie before Michael Bunting added some insurance to make sure Toronto won after a pair of ugly losses.
The Kraken, who have lost nine of 10, wish they could be so lucky. Seattle’s season has slid off the rails so it makes sense that the Kraken are such big road underdogs despite having the rest advantage. Even with how inconsistent Toronto has been, it’s tough not to take the Maple Leafs on the puckline with all of their talent. Jack Campbell’s struggles make the over an intriguing play, too.
Arizona Coyotes vs Detroit Red Wings
Don’t look now but the Arizona Coyotes have won three of four and are playing good hockey. They’ll look to keep the good times rolling against a Detroit Red Wings team that has lost four of five and has been getting subpar goaltending from both Alex Nedeljkovic and Thomas Greiss.
Arizona, on the other hand, has a decent goalie tandem in Karel Vejmelka and Scott Wedgewood, both of whom have contributed nicely to the Coyotes’ recent surge.
If you’re betting online, take the Coyotes straight-up as sizable road underdogs. Arizona has improved dramatically over the past few months and, while the Red Wings are talented, they just aren’t that good.
Ottawa Senators vs St. Louis Blues
The Ottawa Senators can’t wait for their five-game road trip to be over and the St. Louis Blues can’t wait to finally play on home ice after a rough New York-area swing.
Ottawa’s loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night was their fifth straight defeat. St. Louis lost three in a row to the New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils last week and over the weekend.
So, neither team is happy right now but, with the higher overall talent level and more of a sense of playoff-related desperation, the Blues are the side to back. St. Louis is a massive home favorite so while the Blues on the puckline isn’t plus-money, parlaying that pick with the over is a smart play.
Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators broke out of a little funk with a dominant 8-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. They’ll try to make it two in a row against the streaking Dallas Stars, who have won four consecutive games behind stellar offensive play.
Jason Robertson has hat tricks in each of the Stars’ last two games and he’s the youngest player to do so since Filip Forsberg in 2017. Robertson has developed into a legitimate star for Dallas and his play — coupled with that of the ageless Joe Pavelski and Jake Oettinger in net — has made the Stars actual contenders.
Nashville is a slight home favorite over Dallas, which is interesting. The Stars are probably the better team, which means you should take them straight-up at great value. Dallas has to slow down eventually, but there’s no good reason why it should be Tuesday.
New York Rangers vs Minnesota Wild
As Igor Shesterkin goes, so go the New York Rangers. Thanks to another incredible showing from the Blueshirts’ netminder — he saved 45 of the 46 shots he faced vs. Winnipeg Jets on Sunday — the Rangers won their third straight and can make it four against the reeling Minnesota Wild.
Minnesota has dropped six of seven, largely due to the poor play of both Kaapo Kahkonen and Cam Talbot in goal. Kahkonen got lit up in the Wild’s 6-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday and it seems like Minnesota gives up a ton of goals regardless of who’s in net.
Take the Rangers as road underdogs here. With Shesterkin likely in goal, New York can neutralize Minnesota’s great offense while the Wild have liabilities in net with either Kahkonen or Talbot. Plus, the under is a good bet because Shesterkin is an under machine.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets
There’s never a good time to play the Tampa Bay Lightning, but there’s certainly a bad time to play the Lightning. For the Winnipeg Jets, that time is right now. Tampa Bay has won seven of its last eight games and has been dominant on both ends of the ice.
Winnipeg has lost two straight and six of eight overall. Connor Hellebuyck just hasn’t been as sharp as the Jets need him to be and Winnipeg isn’t giving him or Eric Comrie consistent offensive support.
The Lightning aren’t massive road favorites, though, so there’s great value in Tampa Bay on the puckline, which is the best bet for this one. The over is a good take as well.
Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks
Neither the Anaheim Ducks nor the Chicago Blackhawks have exactly been lighting things up as of late, so this game is a great spot for either of them to get two needed points. Anaheim did win two of the final three games of its homestand, but the Ducks’ offense has mostly gone quiet just as John Gibson and Anthony Stolarz have really started to struggle.
Something similar could be said for the Chicago Blackhawks, who have lost six of eight. Chicago has also had scoring issues with the Blackhawks needing to find guys other than Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat who can consistently put up goals.
Chicago is a very small home favorite. The Blackhawks are usually not the kind of team you want to bet on, but they’re due for a laugher and will have Marc-Andre Fleury in net, which always gives them a shot. Take Chicago straight-up.
Washington Capitals vs Calgary Flames
This should be a fun one as the Washington Capitals have won two in a row after a rough stretch of play and the Calgary Flames have won four of five. Calgary has also lost just twice since the end of January.
Washington has gotten two great starts from Vitek Vanecek, who continues to hold down a shaky goaltending position in D.C., in the two recent wins. He has been one of the NHL’s better goalies over the past couple weeks. Calgary is coming off a comfortable 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday behind another stellar start from Jacob Markstrom.
Dan Vladar, who beat the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, will likely get another shot for Calgary, which is a solid home favorite here. Vladar has been an awesome backup this season and is more than capable of holding down a Washington team that isn’t as good on offense as it should be. Consider the Flames on the moneyline.