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Better Saturday Night Hockey Bets

Better Saturday Night Hockey Bets

NHL predictions on Saturday

By Angelo Montilla

Here are a few NHL betting options to consider, with odds courtesy of BetOnline.

Montreal Canadiens (-145) vs. St. Louis Blues (+131)

Blues

It seems like a coaching shakeup is exactly what the St. Louis Blues needed as the club seeks a fourth consecutive victory on Saturday night when they travel to Montreal to face the struggling Canadiens.

The Blues relieved Ken Hitchcock of his duties and the club has won three straight since Mike Yao officially took over the head coaching duties. St. Louis enters Saturday night’s contest as intriguing +131 underdogs against the Canadiens, who are -145 favorites on home ice, where they’ve lost only four times this season.

Montreal’s defense will almost certainly have their hands full with Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko, who has three goals in the club’s recent three-game winning streak.

Head-to-head, the Blues have defeated the Habs seven times over the last 10 meetings — including a 3-2 victory at home on Dec. 6. Also in the last 10 games, the Blues have posted a 3-3 record when heading into matchups as the underdog.

This match could turn into a high-scoring affair, so taking the over on BetOnline’s total goals projection of 5 is not such a bad idea.

Pick: St. Louis Blues (+131) and the Over (5)

Ottawa Senators (-119) vs. New York Islanders (+108)

Isles

Don’t look now but the New York Islanders are making their way up the Eastern Conference standings. Winners of seven of their last 10 games, the Islanders hit the road on Saturday for another crucial game against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Senators, who have struggled of late, enter Saturday’s matchup as the -119 favorites. With a victory, the Isles could potentially move into a tie for the final wild-card spot as they head to Ottawa as intriguing +108 underdogs.

Expect the Islanders to throw everything on the Senators’ net as the club ranks eighth in the league in shots for per game. That’s translated to a seventh-best goals for per game average of 2.98.

Looking at the head-to-head history between these two clubs, it’s the Islanders that have held the advantage, winning seven of the last 10 meetings during that span. The Isles are 7-10-4 away from the Barclay’s Center, but they’re a club hard to bet against right now.

The total goals projection is set at 5.5 — a little to high to confidently take the over. Expect a closer match that may need overtime to settle.

San Jose Sharks (-123) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (+111)

Sharks

The Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks head to Philly on Saturday night looking to take a bite out of the floundering Flyers.

The Sharks have won six of their last 10 games as they enter the road match on Saturday as expected -123 favorites despite posting a mediocre 15-11-2 record away from SAP Center this season. The Flyers, who looked like a promising team in mid December, have all of a sudden run cold as they look to snap a two-game losing skid at Wells Fargo Center.

There hasn’t been much to complain about how the Sharks have performed this season. One reason is because Brent Burns — a likely Norris Trophy candidate — who has 22 goals and 57 points to lead the Sharks in both categories.

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October 2018 (13)
Wed 3 Ducks 5 - 2 Sharks
Sat 6 Ducks 1 - 0 Coyotes
Mon 8 DET 2 - 2 Ducks
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Sat 13 Ducks 3 - 5 Stars
Sun 14 Ducks 3 - 2 Blues
Wed 17 Isles 1 - 4 Ducks
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Tue 23 Ducks 1 - 3 Hawks
Thu 25 Ducks 2 - 5 Stars
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Wed 7 Flames 2 - 3 Ducks
Fri 9 Wild 5 - 1 Ducks
Mon 12 Preds 1 - 1 Ducks
Wed 14 Ducks 0 - 5 Knights
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Sun 18 Avs 4 - 3 Ducks
Wed 21 Canucks 3 - 4 Ducks
Fri 23 Oilers 1 - 2 Ducks
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Tue 27 Ducks 3 - 1 TBL
Wed 28 Ducks 3 - 2 FLA
Fri 30 Ducks 2 - 1 Canes
December 2018 (13)
Sun 2 Ducks 6 - 5 Caps
Wed 5 Hawks 2 - 4 Ducks
Fri 7 Canes 4 - 1 Ducks
Sun 9 Devils 5 - 5 Ducks
Wed 12 Stars 3 - 6 Ducks
Sat 15 Ducks 2 - 1 Jackets
Mon 17 Ducks 4 - 2 Pens
Tue 18 Ducks 1 - 3 Rangers
Thu 20 Ducks 1 - 3 Bruins
Sat 22 Ducks 0 - 3 Sabres
Thu 27 Ducks 2 - 4 Sharks
Sat 29 Coyotes 5 - 4 Ducks
Mon 31 TBL 2 - 1 Ducks
January 2019 (10)
Fri 4 Knights 3 - 2 Ducks
Sun 6 Oilers 4 - 0 Ducks
Wed 9 Sens 2 - 1 Ducks
Fri 11 Pens 7 - 4 Ducks
Sun 13 Ducks 3 - 4 Jets
Tue 15 Ducks 1 - 3 DET
Thu 17 Ducks 3 - 0 Wild
Sat 19 Ducks 3 - 2 Devils
Sun 20 Ducks 0 - 3 Isles
Wed 23 Blues 5 - 1 Ducks
February 2019 (13)
Sat 2 Ducks 3 - 9 Jets
Mon 4 Ducks 1 - 6 Leafs
Tue 5 Ducks 1 - 4 Habs
Thu 7 Ducks 0 - 4 Sens
Sat 9 Ducks 2 - 6 Flyers
Wed 13 Canucks 0 - 1 Ducks
Fri 15 Bruins 3 - 0 Ducks
Sun 17 Caps 2 - 5 Ducks
Tue 19 Ducks 4 - 0 Wild
Fri 22 Ducks 1 - 2 Flames
Sat 23 Ducks 1 - 2 Oilers
Mon 25 Ducks 0 - 4 Canucks
Wed 27 Hawks 4 - 3 Ducks
March 2019 (16)
Fri 1 Knights 3 - 0 Ducks
Sun 3 Avs 1 - 2 Ducks
Tue 5 Ducks 3 - 1 Coyotes
Wed 6 Blues 5 - 4 Ducks
Fri 8 Habs 2 - 8 Ducks
Sun 10 Kings 3 - 2 Ducks
Tue 12 Preds 2 - 3 Ducks
Thu 14 Ducks 1 - 6 Coyotes
Fri 15 Ducks 5 - 3 Avs
Sun 17 FLA 2 - 3 Ducks
Wed 20 Jets 3 - 0 Ducks
Fri 22 Sharks 3 - 4 Ducks
Sat 23 Ducks 3 - 3 Kings
Tue 26 Ducks 5 - 4 Canucks
Fri 29 Ducks 1 - 6 Flames
Sat 30 Ducks 5 - 1 Oilers
April 2019 (2)
Wed 3 Flames 1 - 3 Ducks
Fri 5 Kings 2 - 5 Ducks
September 2019 (6)
Tue 17 Ducks 22:30 Sharks
Sat 21 Ducks 20:00 Coyotes
Mon 23 Ducks 22:30 Kings
Tue 24 Sharks 22:00 Ducks
Wed 25 Kings 22:00 Ducks
Sat 28 Coyotes 19:00 Ducks

These two high scoring teams are more than likely going to duke it out on Saturday night, which means taking the over on BetOnline’s total goals projection of 5 is the right choice. 

It’s been no contest between the two teams over the last 10 games with San Jose winning nine times during that stretch.

Pick: San Jose Sharks (-123) and the Over (+111)

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