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NHL Tuesday Betting Analytics
Better Hockey Betting Comparisons
By Bob Duff
Don't look now but here come the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Penguins are 7-1-1 in their last nine games following Sunday's 4-0 whitewash of Florida. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby (40-40-80) fired a natural hat trick, becoming the first player with 40 goals this season and moved into a share of the league scoring lead with Edmonton's Connor McDavid.
Crosby's linemates Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary each set career highs with three assists in the game, while Marc-Andre Fleury posted his 44th career shutout.
The Sabres return home following a Monday date at Detroit and are 6-8-1 in the second game of back to backs so far this season. Sabres forward Jack Eichel has not gone consecutive games without a point since Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Buffalo is 17-12-6 at home but are only 2-2-2 in the last six there.
Pick: The Penguins (-180) and the under (6)
Could this be a Stanley Cup final preview?
The Capitals are the NHL's top team, while the Flames are the league's hottest club. Washington have clinched a playoff spot, and reached the 100-point plateau for the 10th time in franchise history and third season in succession.
Capitals forward T.J. Oshie has scored a career-high 29 goals. With 54 assists, Caps center Nicklas Backstrom is one off the NHL lead.
The Flames, who occupy third place in the Pacific Division, are 13-1-1 in their last 15 games. Flames goaltender Brian Elliott has won 11 consecutive games, tying to beat the mark set by Mike Vernon from Jan. 17 – Feb. 27, 1989, the season the Flames won the Stanley Cup.
Pick: The Flames (-153) and the under (5)
Entering Monday's game at Dallas, the Sharks are 17-6-5 since Jan. 16 and their 39 points over that span was second-best in the NHL.
Their six regulation losses since that date are the lowest in the league. The Sharks are 9-3-1 in the second game of back to backs this season.
San Jose's Brent Burns is one of just eight defensemen in NHL history to record two or more 25-goal seasons, and only the sixth blueliner in NHL history to do so in consecutive seasons.
Until recently one of the NHL's hottest teams, the Wild have lost two in a row and four straight on the road. They rallied from a 4-0 decifit Sunday at Winnipeg but ended up losing 5-4. The Wild have lost back-to-back home games for the first time since November.
Pick: The Sharks (+122) and the under (5)
After a rough patch, the Blues have found their legs again. Jake Allen won his career-high 27th game and registered his fourth shutout of the season, blanking Arizona 3-0 Saturday to help the Blues improve to 7-1-0 in their last eight contests and overtake Nashville for third place in the Central Division.
After this one, the Blues play two more against the Avalanche and twice against the Coyotes, the bottom dwellers in the Western Conference.
The lowly Avs have won back-to-back games just once are are 5-15-1 in that span. They are 0-2 against the Blues and have been outscored 8-1 in those games.
Pick: The Blues (-190) and the over (5)
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