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NHL Best Bets of the Week: 2/3

by Covers.com
Updated On: February 3, 2020, 5:19 pm ET

ATLANTIC BATTLE

The biggest game on Monday has the Atlantic Division’s third and fourth-place teams facing off when Toronto visits Florida and tries to maintain its hold on the division’s No. 3 seed. Over the last 10 games, the Panthers have scored the second most goals in the East but will need someone else to pick up the scoring slack with their leading-scoring center Alex Barkov out of order. Barkov exited Saturday’s game with an apparent knee injury.

The Panthers whipped the Maple Leafs before the All-Star break 8-4 - a game that the Leafs haven’t forgotten and also one in which Barkov collected three points. Toronto has come out of the break hot, winning its first three games since the mid-season hiatus while Florida is coming off a goalless performance in Montreal on Saturday. Grab the Leafs on the moneyline.

BACKING THE DOG ON TUESDAY

The Chicago Blackhawks are winners of four straight on the road and head to Minnesota to take on the Wild Tuesday night. The Wild’s first game after their 10 days off was a forgettable performance, losing 6-1 at home to the Bruins in a game in which they allowed three powerplay goals.

Chicago has had success against the Wild winning the last four matchups with the most recent a 5-3 victory on December 15. Chicago sits three points out of the final playoff spot in the West and will be worth the price of admission as a proable moneyline underdog Tuesday. The Blackhawks have won their last three games as pups, paying out +120. +170 and +155.

 

STRIKING OIL IN THE DESERT

The last time the Arizona Coyotes won a game the date was January 14. Since then, the Yotes have dropped five in a row including their three games after the All-Star break. Defense hasn’t been its strong suit either, as Arizona has allowed its opponent to score three or more goals in each of its last nine games. Tuesday night they welcome the Edmonton Oilers, who have scored 15 goals in their three games since the All-Star break.

Conor McDavid & Co. lead the league in goals since January 1 at 4.5 per game, capitalizing on their scoring chances with a league-high shooting percentage of 19.65 percent. Edmonton is also 4-1 SU in its last five road games and has won the last three matchups in Arizona. Take the visiting team on the moneyline.

 

GETTING OVER THE HUMP DAY

Hump day gives us two offenses that are scoring more than three goals a game in the new year and are combining to hit the Over at 65 percent in 2020. The Leafs offense is always a treat to watch when you’re tailing the Over as the Buds have seen totals below 6.5 goals just five times in their last 21 games. Their goalie, Frederick Andersen, has also been aiding the Overs, allowing three or more goals in 10 of his last 13 games.

Helping the Rangers' offense has been the play of their special teams. Since the calendar turned to 2020, New York has the league’s second-best powerplay attack at over 30 percent. We're taking the Over 6.5 on this mid-week matchup.

 

GOALIE PROFILE: Carey Price, MONTREAL CANADIENS

The Habs goalie has looked good out of the break, winning two of his four starts including a 4-0 shutout of January’s best offense: the Florida Panthers. On Tuesday, Price and Canadiens will take on the New Jersey Devils, who have lost two of their three games since the break.

Over his career, the Montreal goalie has a goals against average of 2.49 versus the Devils with a .910 save percentage. We like Price to keep the Habs in the game against a struggling Devils team in what should be a plus-money moneyline for the visiting team.

 

INJURY UPDATE: D SHAYNE GOSTIBEHERE, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

The Flyers should get a boost to their blueline this week and perhaps as early as Monday with the return of defenseman Shayne Gostibehere. The young blueliner doesn’t play huge minutes (about 18 per game), but the rearguard does average over two minutes of powerplay time per game which is the second most on the team by a defenseman.

Having Gostisbehere could help the Flyers powerplay which is scoring at only 20 percent with the defenseman on the shelf. Their Monday opponent, the Detroit Red Wings, are in the bottom half in the league in penalties taken of late and own the 29th-ranked penalty kill since January 1. Goals could come Philly’s way this week and be aware of their totals as they will also be without their goalie Carter Hart.

 

HAT TRICK TRENDS

• The Edmonton Oilers are 5-1-2 O/U in their last eight games and are leading the league in goals per game in 2020. On Tuesday, they travel to Arizona, which is giving up 3.8 goals per game since January 15 and is usually fitted with a total of 5.5 goals. Edmonton is 8-4 O/U on totals of 5.5 this year.

• The Chicago Blackhawks have the best first-period Over record spanning the last 10 games at 8-2 O/U. They travel to Minnesota on Tuesday and take on the Wild who are 6-4 O/U in first-period totals in their last 10.

• Since the All-Star break, away underdogs have been straight cashing. The traveling dogs are 17-5 SU (77 percent) over the last week and are 19-3 ATS on the +1.5 as well.

 

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