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Money Line Pick
OTT Senators WinOTT Senators @ NJ Devils

The Ottawa Senators visit the New Jersey Devils on Monday night as the Devils start a 3-game homestand. The Senators followed up a 6-game losing streak with back-to-back wins against 2 top-tier teams in the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche, however they still find themselves in last place in the Eastern Conference. The Devils have also been struggling, as they’ve gone 1-4-0 in their last 5 games, being outscored 24-15 in that span.

Defensively, both these teams are an absolute mess. They both rank in the bottom 5 in expected goals against per 60 minutes, and the bottom 8 in goals against and goals against per game, where the Senators rank last, averaging 3.91 goals allowed per game. Offensively, the edge goes to the Devils, but only by a small margin. They’ve scored only 7 more goals than the Senators on the season, and that is primarily because they can’t finish their scoring opportunities. The Devils have consistently been in the top 10 in expected goals per 60 minutes (they rank 6th) but have ranked in the bottom half of the league in goals and goals per game. With no big separation between the teams, look for the value. The Devils are a heavy favorite, which doesn’t reflect how they have played recently. Lean towards the team who has played better hockey of late and take the Senators on the money line.

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Game Totals Pick
Over 6.0OTT Senators @ NJ Devils

Both the Senators and Devils have been allowing numerous goals of late, averaging 4.3 goals against per game in their last 10. This horrible defensive showing is attributed both to their bottom-5 defenses and goalies. All 4 goalies that are currently in the rotation for the teams rank 49th or worse out of 77 goalies in goals saved above expected.

With defensive units this bad, the offense only needs to be average to take totals over. The Devils generate tons of pressure and have averaged 3 goals per game in their last 5 games. The Senators just put up 6 goals on the Avalanche and have averaged 3 goals per game in their last 7 games. Terrible defense should lead to numerous scoring chances, so take the over.

Over 6 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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Puck Line Pick
ANA Ducks Win +1.5ANA Ducks @ WAS Capitals

The Anaheim Ducks are on the road to face the Washington Capitals in their second and final matchup of the year. These teams met on November 16, in a 3-2 Ducks overtime win in Anaheim. This time around, Washington will want to make things right, and cause a head-to-head split. Anaheim has been an okay road team, with a 4-4-2 record, but Washington has been way better in their home building with a 9-1-4 record, getting points in 93% of those games. Regardless, both teams have been impressive.

The Ducks have been riding their young guns this year. Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale have been playing incredibly well and are taking the league by storm. The Ducks are also getting big seasons from veterans Ryan Getzlaf, John Gibson, and Kevin Shattenkirk. These guys are a big reason why they are 3rd in their division. Look for them to be the difference-makers against an elite Capitals team. The Ducks may not come out with a win on the road but look for them to at least keep things close all game, and stay within 1 goal.

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Game Totals Pick
Under 5.5ANA Ducks @ WAS Capitals

The last time these teams met, the game ended with 4 regulation goals, with a 5th coming in overtime, and a similar or lower total seems likely in this one. In that last game, Vitek Vanacek was in net for Washington, and John Gibson for Anaheim. It is likely we will see a matchup between both teams’ starters this time, which would be Gibson and Ilya Samsonov.

These teams score at a high rate, but they also play solidly on the back end, and with two high-tier goalies in the pipes, this goal total should be low.

Under 5.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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Tyler Mortimer
Puck Line PickBest Bet
DAL Stars Win -1.5ARZ Coyotes @ DAL Stars

The Dallas Stars are playing great hockey and they enter this contest riding a 6-game winning streak. They have also been victorious in 8 of their last 9 games, with 6 of those wins coming by multiple goals. Dallas has been much more comfortable on its home ice this season, posting a record of 8-2-1 in such contests. Conversely, the Coyotes have struggled on the road. They are just 3-10-1 away from Arizona.

The Coyotes are coming off a 7-1 beatdown at the hands of the Golden Knights, and things won’t get any easier going up against a red-hot Stars team on the road. Dallas’ offense is firing on all cylinders, and the line of Jason Robertson, Joe Pavelski, and Roope Hintz is leading the way. The 3 of them have combined for 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) over the last 6 games. Arizona is scoring the fewest goals per game in the league (1.79), and giving up the 3rd-most goals per game (3.63). That is not exactly a recipe for success. Overall, the Coyotes are among the worst teams in hockey while the Stars are on a roll. Take the Stars on the -1.5 puck line, as they should be able to win this in convincing fashion.

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Game Totals Pick
Under 5.5ARZ Coyotes @ DAL Stars

Arizona’s goals-per-game average dips from 1.79 to 1.36 on the road. The Coyotes have scored just 3 total goals in their last 2 road games, and it’s tough to see them having much success in this one.

As good as the Stars’ offense has been during their winning streak, their defense has been just as strong. The Stars have allowed just 8 total goals over their last 6 games, and the under has cashed in all 6 of those games. Look for that trend to continue. Take the under.

Under 5.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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At Pickswise we have expert NHL picks for every game of the 2021 season. We crunch the numbers, analyze the data, and provide the best free NHL expert picks each and every day. The NHL is an exciting sport to wager on and there are plenty of opportunities for wins during the rescheduled, and reshaped 56-game season running from 13th January 2021 through to the last possible day of the Stanley Cup set for July 9th, 2021.

The Tampa Bay Lightning were crowned Stanley Cup Champions in September 2020 after defeating the Dallas Stars 4-2 in the Stanley Cup to win their second-ever title. Lots of hockey is to be played in 2021 before we find out who the next Stanley Cup champions will be. Check out all things hockey, every day of the season with our free NHL picks and analysis.

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NHL Picks are most similar to MLB Picks, in that the most popular NHL wagering is done via the Moneyline (ML) where a bettor simply picks a winner or loser of the game finding value in the price. Just like an MLB pitcher, NHL game lines are determined largely by the goaltender matchup. You’re going to pay a premium price (-180 or more) for putting in an NHL free pick on a solid goaltender – but it’s one position that can literally win or lose the bet for you. Fatigue is also a factor in finding the best NHL picks as Team A may be playing their first game in a week while Team B is in their 3rd contest in 5 nights.

We try to post our NHL picks for today at least 24 hours in advance. However, due to the huge volume of games, this can sometimes be impossible if teams are playing back-to-back games. We want to get our picks up as close as possible to the opening lines so we can get on the early line value, but team news and research is always key to making the best possible NHL Picks.

NHL Picks Against the Spread

NHL betting has a 1.5 goal spread known as the puck line (PL). Again just like baseball betting has the run line (-1.5). NHL wagers are exciting until the very last second of the game as teams often pull their goaltender near the end to get an extra skater on the ice. All of a sudden an empty-net goal pushes your NHL free pick to victory – or defeat. Betting on the puck line provides better payout odds and NHL picks against the spread can also be pushed to higher numbers such as -2.5 or 3.5 goals for an even better return on investment.

Free NHL Over / Under Picks

Most games are listed right around 5.5 goals in the NHL. The total number of goals is the total of combined goals by both teams and you can either select over or under the total. If the line is 5.5 and you wish to wager on the over then the total combined goals for the game must be 6 or more for you to cash your ticket.

NHL over/under betting is an interesting wager. A huge factor to take into consideration is the goaltenders as they have a huge part to play influencing the number of goals in the game. A goaltender’s Goals Against Average (GAA) is a key stat to measure the effectiveness of a goaltender.

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