Welcome back to NHL Top Bets for this 1/25 NHL article. The people made it known they wanted expanded NHL betting content and Win Daily listened. We have a pair of bets below for this nine-game Thursday slate.
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Philadelphia Flyers at Detroit Red Wings – Detroit ML (-130)
Tonight, we have a matchup between two teams that have suffered in recent seasons but have turned their luck around in 2023-2024.
The Red Wings have had their best season in many years, sporting a 24-18-5 record coming into tonight. The Red Wings are 12-8-4 in their home games this season but as of late they have been on a roll. Detroit is 7-2-1 over their last 10 games and will be looking to keep the momentum going.
Meanwhile, the Flyers have also had their best season in at least four years and will be entering the night 25-17-6. They have done some of their best work in road games too with a 14-6-4 road record away from home. This all said, with goalie Carter Hart out indefinitely, I expect some regression. There is simply no replacing him although Samuel Ersson may try all he likes. Aside from missing Hart, the absence of Owen Tippett due to injury may further hinder the Flyers.
The Red Wings have been favored 14 times this season and have finished 9-5 in those games. Detroit has an 8-3 record (winning 72.7% of its games) when it has played as a money line favorite of -130 or shorter.
While the over is also tempting here, the better value is on this surging Red Wings team. The whole city of Detroit is on a sports high this week and expect the Red Wings to help keep the hysteria strong.
Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders – Under 6 (-115)
This matchup features a pair of teams not known for lighting up the scoreboard. The Canadiens have lost six of their last eight games and have barely been scoring. As for the Islanders, at this point low scoring games are a part of their reputation.
In terms of positives, on the New York side, Mathew Barzal has been a driving force for the Islanders with 12 goals and 48 points this season. Meanwhile defenseman Noah Dobson has also made an impact with 6 goals and 48 points.
For the Canadiens, Nick Suzuki leads the team with 12 goals and 39 points, followed by Cole Caufield with 16 goals and 36 points. Bo Horvat is questionable for the Islanders tonight as he is suffering from an injury.
Even with Horvat out, the Islanders should still win here. However, rather than picking sides we will just go with the more apparent bet on the total. The Islanders are 24th in the NHL this year in terms of goals per game, coming in with just 2.93 goals er game on the season. Five of the Islander’s last six games have went under 6.5 with one six total on the number and every other total below that. This all said, the Canadiens sit 28th in the NHL this year with just 2.72 goals per game and in consideration of all of that, the under here is our best bet.
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