NHL Better Betting Tips On Tuesday
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By Bob Duff
The Bruins, looking like playoff outsiders for the third straight season, have caught fire since Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien behind the bench.
The Bruins are 6-1 under Cassidy and now sit third in the Atlantic Division. Forward Brad Marchand, fifth in NHL scoring with 64 points, has 17-16-33 totals since Jan. 1. That's the most goals any NHL player has scored in 2017. The Bruins have won three straight at home and five of their last six.
The Coyotes haven't won in Boston since March of 2009 and haven't beaten the Bruins anywhere since 2010. Arizona have won two of their last three. Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata extended his career-high point streak to nine games (4- 7-11) in Sunday's win at Buffalo and reached the 600-point milestone (274-326-600).
Pick: The Bruins (-280)
The most interesting aspect to this game might be seeing who is or isn't in the lineup for these two teams, both of whom have already entered sell mode as the trade deadline approaches. Detroit sent forward Tomas Jurco to Chicago, while Vancouver dealt forward Alex Burrows to Ottawa.
Detroit return to action after their bye week and teams returning to the ice from a bye are 4-12-4 so far this season.
The 16 teams that have lost were outscored 60-23. Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has five points in his last three games.
The Canucks have lost two straight, four of five and nine of 12. They are 1-4 in their last five home games. Canucks forward Bo Horvat has eight points (4-4-8) in the last nine games.
Pick: The Canucks (-111)
The Leafs literally bulked up Monday, adding 6-7 center Brian Boyle in a trade with Tampa Bay, the tallest player in franchise history. Leafs forward Auston Matthews became the third rookie in franchise history to reach the 30-goal mark in a season, joining Wendel Clark (34) in 1985-86 and Daniel Marois (31) in 1988-89.
Things haven't been going well at home of late for the Sharks but the Leafs are the elixir capable of fixing what ails San Jose.
The Sharks have won eight in a row over Toronto and 12 of the last 13 meetings, a stretch of success that dates back to Dec. 3, 2005.
San Jose have lost three straight at home and are 3-1-5 in the last nine games at the SAP Center. Sharks center Joe Thornton, who is two helpers shy of 1,000 for his NHL career, has 12 assists in his last six home games against Toronto. Sharks defenseman Brent Burns has posted 5-3-8 totals during a five-game point streak.
Pick: The Sharks (-141)
Fresh off Saturday's Stadium Series win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field, the Penguins begin a two-game road trip in Texas.
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby leads the NHL with 34 goals, two off his total for the 2015-16 season. Penguins goalie Matt Murray is 23-7-3, one shy of the franchise rookie record for wins set by Gary Inness in 1974-75.
Penguins rookie forward Jake Guentzel shows two multi-point games in his NHL career - Saturday's two-assist effort in the outdoor win and two goals in his Nov. 21 NHL debut against the New York Rangers.
The Stars are 3-8 in their last 11 games but 3-1 in their last three home games.
Pick: The Penguins (-145)
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