Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – December 24th Edition.

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – December 24th Edition

Written by on December 24, 2018

While hockey is a sport that fits perfectly with winter, the NHL actually takes some time off during the holiday season. As such, we need to wait until Thursday before we can get our hockey fix going again, but when the NHL does return, it will deliver some great games. The divisional and playoff races are now really starting to heat up, with a couple of surprise teams getting in on the winning act. Let’s jump ahead to later in the week to pick out some games that are very much worth your NHL Betting attention, starting on Thursday night.

 

Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week – December 24th Edition

 

Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers – Thursday

With 4 straight wins, the Blue Jackets are up into second place in the Metropolitan Division, just 2 points off the pace being set by the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. Thursday will see the Blue Jackets head to the Big Apple for a date with the New York Rangers, a team sitting 7 points back of the final Wild Card spot.

 

These teams have evenly split their last 4 meetings, with the road team coming up victorious in each of the last 2 games. The Rangers won in Columbus when they met earlier this season, but given their current form, I like the Blue Jackets to get revenge here.

 

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Columbus is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Columbus’s last 13 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • NY Rangers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of NY Rangers’ last 9 games
 

Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets – Thursday

We spoke earlier about surprise teams this season, and there is no-one perhaps more surprising than the Calgary Flames, who are currently leading the way in the Pacific Division.

 

They will have a tough trip on their hands on Wednesday when they travel to Winnipeg to face a Jets team that is currently sporting the best record in the Western Conference. The Flames are 3-2 SU in their last 5 meetings with Winnipeg, which included an emphatic 6-3 win earlier this season. I like the OVER here, and I also like the Jets to get the win on home ice.

 

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Calgary is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Calgary is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Calgary’s last 16 games on the road
  • Winnipeg is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Winnipeg is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Winnipeg’s last 8 games
 

Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning – Saturday

As we quickly approach the midway point of the season, it is the Tampa Bay Lightning who have set the bar in the NHL. The Bolts have already picked up 58 points, putting them 8 points clear of the next best team in the league. On Saturday night, they will host an in-form Montreal team that has 2 wins in a row and 7 in their last 10.

  The Lightning should be one of your NHL Betting picks of the week.  

It is a run that has put the Canadiens into one of the Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference. As good as Montreal has been of late, they are going against a team that has dominated them in recent season. The Lightning has 3 straight wins over Montreal and has also won 5 of the last 6 meetings. Tampa Bay to win this one.

 

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Montreal is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Montreal is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal’s last 5 games when playing Florida
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games
 

Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres – Saturday

If the playoffs were to begin today, both of these teams would be in the playoffs. The Buffalo Sabres are currently sitting 3rd in the Atlantic Division, 3 points ahead of the Boston Bruins, who are in one of the two Wild Card spots. This will be the third meeting between these two teams, with the previous games evenly split.

 

Strangely enough, it has been the road team that has consistently held sway in this match-up, with 7 of the last 9 games in this series going the way of the visitor. That’s a trend that’s tough to go against here, so let’s take the Bruins to win on the road.

 

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Boston is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Boston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 7 games
  • Buffalo is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Buffalo is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo’s last 9 games