It’s an eight-game NHL Tuesday night, highlighted by Vegas at Carolina. The Knights, fresh off a big win at Washington Capitals, look to dispose of another of the league’s standouts. Meanwhile, struggling Edmonton tries to make it two wins in a row when it visits Vancouver.
Let’s run through the whole slate and break down the NHL betting lines:
Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils
Dallas is aiming for a perfect four-game road trip, invading Newark the night after beating Philadelphia, 3-1. Winning these three road games in a row is notable, considering the Stars were just 4-12-1 away from home before this sojourn.
Meanwhile, the Devils are rested but struggling, having lost four of their last five. Starting goalie Mackenzie Blackwood is on injured reserve with a recurrence of an existing heel injury, so either Jon Gillies or rookie Akira Schmid tends the goal for New Jersey. This is a good spot for Dallas.
#NEWS: We have placed G Mackenzie Blackwood (left heel) on Injured Reserve.
We have recalled G Akira Schmid from Utica (AHL). He will join the team for today’s morning skate. pic.twitter.com/QRX5ZgV8Qf
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) January 25, 2022
Buffalo Sabres at Ottawa Senators
The 2021-22 NHL season hasn’t been kind to either Buffalo or Ottawa\, but both teams have young pieces that have shown promise in recent games. That’s about all these teams can hope for at this point. The Sabres are big underdogs on the BetUS sportsbook, despite an impressive 6-3 whipping of the downtrodden Flyers. Buffalo as a puck-line underdogs could be an interesting play here.
Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins
You don’t see spreads this large too often in the NHL but it’s warranted for this particular game. The Penguins are riding a seven-game home winning streak-with five wins in a row overall-as they continue to race toward the top of the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference. Offensely, they’re clicking clicking and goaltender Tristan Jarry is playing out of his mind, making Pittsburgh so hard to beat.
Arizona has shown some life lately — especially in the form of rookie goaltender Karel Vejmelka — but was blown out by the New York Islanders and New York Rangers and the Coyotes are really limping to the finish line of their road trip. Consider taking the Penguins as big puckline favorites.
Vegas Golden Knights at Carolina Hurricanes
Vegas won Monday’s headliner, a 1-0 defensive showdown at Washington. The hobbling Golden Knights will look to do the same against Carolina, probably with Laurent Brossoit in goal after Robin Lehner’s 34-save shutout. The Knights have been road warriors, winning their last seven games away from Sin City.
Despite a rare hiccup Saturday in New Jersey, the Hurricanes have played great throughout the season. One of just three teams with single-digit regulation losses, Carolina is worth a puck-line shot with the rest advantage.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders
It’s bad and getting worse for Philadelphia, which dropped its 12th consecutive game Monday night at home to Dallas. Now, the Flyers are right back at it, this time against a surging Islander team that’s won six of its last eight games. Goaltender Carter Hart was fine for Philly against Dallas, but he probably sits in favor Martin Jones on the second game of a back-to-back. The Flyers are averaging fewer than two goals per game during their skid.
Florida Panthers at Winnipeg Jets
If you’re betting online, consider going with the underdog Jets in this game. The Panthers are wrapping up a five-game road trip-mostly in Canada with a sandwiched Seattle stopover thrown in-and last games of long trips tend to be ‘iffy’ for the weary travelers, Meanwhile, the Jets are back home after a disastrous 0-4 road trip of their own. Florida is coming off a surprising loss to the Kraken, and the Panthers haven’t been good on the road all year.
Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks
Edmonton couldn’t wait for a win, finally getting off the seven-game schneid Saturday evening against provincial-rival Calgary. The pressure remains for the Oilers, and they need to continue to win. Vancouver is scuffling a bit of late, as in 2-4-1 in its last seven games, but the Canucks have been much better with Bruce Boudreau at the helm, becoming a tough out.
Nashville Predators at Seattle Kraken
The Kraken have actually hit a bit of a groove during their homestand, winning three of four. Now, they welcome a Nashville team that’s won two in a row after a four-game losing streak. The Predators are a good option to side with as puck-line favorites. Juuse Saros has been one of the best goalies in the NHL and, outside of their five-goal outburst against the Panthers, the Kraken really struggle to find the back of the net.