Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – December 10th Edition

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – December 10th Edition

Written by on December 10, 2018

Expect Toronto to be a bit short-handed this week as forward Zach Hyman was ejected for his hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy on Saturday night. With the Bruins leading 6-2, McAvoy – who just returned from a concussion – got the puck from Jaroslav Halak behind his own net and made a pass to his defense partner. Hyman came in at an angle where McAvoy couldn’t see him and drilled him with a blindside hit well after the puck had made its way to the other side of the ice. Hyman surely will get a suspension. Here’s a look at two intriguing matchups this week around the NHL. Check back for the latest NHL Odds.  

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – December 10th Edition

Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild

  • When: Tuesday, 8 PM ET (NHL Center Ice)
What the heck is going on with former Wild All-Star goaltender Devan Dubnyk? He was awful last time out in a 7-2 loss in Edmonton. Dubnyk allowed three goals on just six shots across 8:42 of ice time before getting yanked. Dubnyk, who played parts of his first five NHL seasons in Edmonton, likely didn’t even have to shower after the abbreviated outing. He was relieved by Alex Stalock, and the backup coughed up four goals on 26 shots in the embarrassing 7-2 loss. The Wild will have three full days to regroup before taking on the Montreal Canadiens in St. Paul. When he joined the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season Dubnyk helped turn around what was quickly becoming a lost season. That year, he recorded a .936 save percentage in his 39 starts after the trade from Arizona, finished in the top-five in Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy voting, and even won the Masterton Trophy. In the three full seasons that followed he has been one of the most consistent and durable goalies in the league. He played at least 60 games each season, he never had a save percentage lower than .918, while his overall mark of .920 was sixth best in the league. His even-strength number of .929 was fourth best in the league. However, in his past nine appearances this year he has managed only a .857 save percentage. If you break the past four seasons down to nine-game stretches he has only been under .900 over nine games just 10 percent of the time. Overall, Dubnyk has a 10-8-2 record this year with a 2.68 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. Not clear if the Wild will have center Mikko Koivu here. He sat Friday with a lower-body injury. Koivu was hurt when Mark Giordano tripped him in the third period of Thursday’s contest. It’s the first meeting of the year between the Wild and Canadiens. Defenseman Noah Juulsen (facial fracture) is likely to play Tuesday. He has missed the past three weeks.  

Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Blackhawks

  • When: Wednesday, 8 PM ET (NBC Sports Network)
Other years this decade, this would have been one of the marquee matchups of the regular season but the Blackhawks have fallen off a cliff. They don’t resemble anything like the three Stanley Cup-winning teams this decade. The Hawks already have fired their coach and made a major trade. The club did get some good news Sunday with Connor Murphy making his season debut. Murphy missed the first 30 games of the year due to a back injury. He’s needed with fellow blueliner Gustav Forsling landing on the injured list. The Penguins are a safe NHL Betting pick for this week. Should be Casey DeSmith in net for Pittsburgh. DeSmith allowed two goals on 29 shots in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators. DeSmith saw his modest two-game winning streak come to an end, dropping his record to 8-4-4 with a 2.43 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage. Not likely that the Pens will have Patric Hornqvist as he’s dealing with a reported concussion. He not long ago returned from a concussion-related absence. Goaltender Matt Murray and center Matt Cullen are also out but inching closer to a return. “They’re progressing. The next step is for them to join the full practice,” Coach Mike Sullivan said. “I think both of them are really close. That’s why they’re on the trip. That’s encouraging news.” It’s the first meeting of the season between the Hawks and Pens. Chicago opened the 2017-18 season with a shocking 10-1 home destruction of the Penguins. Brandon Saad, a Pittsburgh native, had a hat trick but frankly hasn’t done a heck of a lot since. It was the most goals allowed by Pittsburgh since a 10-8 loss to San Jose on Jan. 13, 1996.

Expert NHL Betting Picks

Take Pittsburgh and Minnesota even with Dubnyk’s struggles.

More Interesting Games During the Week

  • Detroit Red Wings vs Washington Capitals (Tuesday)
  • Dallas Stars vs Anaheim Ducks (Wednesday)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning (Thursday)
  • Dallas Stars vs San Jose Sharks (Thursday)
  • Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Friday)
  • Calgary Flames vs Minnesota Wild (Saturday)
  • Vegas Golden Knights vs New York Rangers (Sunday)