For this week’s “Toasty Totals,” we’re leaning on history to repeat itself. That is, we picked three matchups that feature teams that typically produce high-scoring affairs. Whether it’s one team scoring gleefully against another or a back-and-forth barnburner, these games should all go over their lofty totals. Find the NHL starting lines and bet the ‘over’ in this Thursday’s parlay.
Best NHL Totals to Parlay on Dec. 21
Oilers and Devils are Too Hot For TV
We usually won’t recommend betting “over” on an NHL game with a total of seven. That means we will need eight total goals to cash this bet. But when you have Connor McDavid and the Oilers against Jack Hughes and the Devils, we’re certainly not betting the “under.” Check their recent matchups.
Nothing but smiles for Jack Hughes as he scores his second career hat trick. 🧢 pic.twitter.com/V2Bt8UZv5l
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 17, 2023
The totals have gone over in six of their last nine meetings and four of their last five games in New Jersey. The totals of their last four games in Jersey: seven, 11, seven and seven.
These teams also have identical stats: better than 25% on the power play and around 75% on their penalty kills. On top of that, they have porous goaltending. They allow an average of four goals or close to it. Either team could score 5+ goals on its own, hence why we’re betting online on this to go over seven goals.
NHL Pick: Oilers-Devils Over 7
Canucks Light Up Stars Again
Vancouver loves playing Dallas. Even when the Canucks were struggling and the Stars were soaring, they found ways to burn them. The Canucks have scored 3+ goals in six of their last seven games against Dallas. That’s why six of their last nine meetings have gone over their totals. But Vancouver alone can’t carry the total to go over. What about Dallas?
The Stars were held to two goals or fewer in five of their last six games against Vancouver. They were even shut out in an earlier meeting this season. So why bet the “over” on the NHL odds tonight? Dallas has been on fire when it comes to cashing “overs.”.
Its last seven games have all gone over. And we owe this to its prolific offense, which averages 3.8 goals at home, and its generous netminding at home. Both Jake Oettinger and Scott Wedgewood regularly give up more than three goals at the American Airlines Center. Against the Canucks, a team that averages more than 3.6 goals on the road, we like our chances.
NHL Pick: Canucks-Stars Over 6½
Avalanche Take it Out on Senators
If Vancouver loves torching Dallas, Colorado will drop an Avalanche on the Senators. The Avalanches should be fuming after getting upset in Chicago. This team has not played well on the road but has been a juggernaut at home: 12-4 and averaging 4.3 goals. That’s why 60% of their home games have gone over the total (9-6-1).
Against Ottawa, Colorado is facing a desperate team in the fifth and final game of its road trip. The Senators, under new coach Jacques Martin, choked a 3-0 lead against Arizona. Moreover, it was the fifth straight game where Ottawa gave up four or more goals. This team is an easy NHL pick to fade, especially against Colorado.
The Avalanche have scored five or more goals in four straight games against Ottawa. The totals have also gone over in nine of their last 11 meetings. This is an easy bet online.
NHL Pick: Senators-Avalanche Over 6½
Questions Of The Day
Which team has the highest probability of scoring the most goals?
Either Edmonton or Colorado is a good bet to score plenty of goals this Thursday, December 20 in the NHL.