Tuesday night in the NHL has arrived with a beefy 10-game slate. Seven of the 10 games involve at least one playoff team as the positioning continues, and three games have playoff teams facing off. As far as its effect on the NHL betting world, it will certainly draw attention to those games, as the markets assume those teams have motivation to do whatever it takes to win. With so many games and attention being focused to certain spots, it is difficult finding the best NHL bets. However, projections, expected ROI and win percentage included in Awesemo’s OddsShopper make finding those diamonds in the rough a lot easier. There is plenty to get through, so let’s make some NHL betting picks today for Tuesday’s games.
NHL Picks Today: Best Hockey Bets & Player Props
Blue Jackets vs. Flyers Under 6.5 (-102, FanDuel)
These are the games sports betting was made for, as absolutely nobody would care about this game if not for their NHL bets. The Blue Jackets and Flyers are likely planning their offseason vacations, but in their way is tonight’s matchup with a pretty lofty total considering their struggles on both ends this year. The Jackets and Flyers are both bottom third in the league in expected goals per 60 at five-on-five, 23rd and 27th respectively, and both are bottom five in expected goals against as well. Herein lies the beauty of OddsShopper and the value it gives us this bet, as some sites are offering up the under 6.5 at -120 while still offering up the over at even money. In taking this bet there is a 50/50 probability of hitting the under and an additional 15% ROI if it comes home.
These are two very bad teams with nothing to play for besides bonuses at this point, which can work in both ways, as seen when teams let everything go. Thankfully, both teams lack any kind of dominant line, so scoring will still be spread around on two teams lacking scoring talent. That makes this one of the best NHL bets on OddsShopper today.
Mike Hoffman Anytime Goal Scorer (+330, Caesars)
Mike Hoffman has had a down year in Montreal no doubt with just 11 goals on the season but draws a very nice matchup in the Senators along with providing some win equity (34%). The Senators and Canadiens have both struggled all year to do anything good, as both are bottom 10 in expected goals for and goals against, which should keep this game interesting and paced up with a plethora of young legs on the ice between both. With younger players often comes lack of discipline, which is also true for these two, as both are bottom third in the league in penalties taken. That is most beneficial to Hoffman and his spot on the top power play.
In terms of overall expected ROI on OddsShopper, only three players currently rank above Hoffman, with two being defenseman and the other a fourth-line center. With the lack of defense on either side and Hoffman’s proven sniping ability (200 career goals) and role on the power play, this is the best NHL prop bet of the night.