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Best Quick NHL Bets Today: Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets Over & Patrick Kane Player Props for 1/11/22

Tuesday night in the NHL has seven games to choose from across the league. The schedule from here on out should be quite interesting, with so many games being made up and so many still getting postponed — not to mention the Olympic break that will now be filled with makeup games. To help simplify and pick NHL bets for tonight’s slate of games, this column will use Awesemo’s industry-leading projections along with the newly updated NHL OddsShopper. There is plenty to sift through so let’s get into it for Jan. 11.

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Best NHL Bets Today: Player Prop Picks & Predictions

Blackhawks vs. Jackets Over 5.5 (-120, BetMGM)

The value in this bet is clear, with the over barely getting any juice as the Blackhawks go into Columbus to face the Blue Jackets in a matchup of two bottom-tier defensive teams. The Blackhawks have been middle of the pack in some categories defensively, but this has much to do with the quality, or lack thereof, on the Jackets side. For the year at five-on-five the Jackets rank 31st or worst in chances against, goals allowed and expected goals allowed on a per-60 basis.

Marc-Andre Fleury will be the only way this game will hit the under, as returning Jackets goaltender Jonas Korpisalo has allowed 12 goals in his last three starts while boasting a save percentage of just .886.

Maple Leafs Puckline (+1.5) vs. Golden Knights (-250, BetMGM)

The Toronto Maple Leafs head into Vegas playing high-level hockey, with points in eight of their last 10 games (6-2-2). After struggling a bit initially without Mitch Marner, they have found continuity in their lines, especially on the attack, scoring at least three goals in each of their last 13 games. The Golden Knights have always been a tough team at home, but this is not the Knights team many expected to start the year. They have no Max Pacioretty and a defense that has really struggled, including a penalty kill that has thwarted just 77.7% of its chances (24th in the league). This may be the most crucial aspect of the game, as the Maple Leafs come in sporting the league’s best power play, capitalizing on nearly 31%.

Auston Matthews can carry any team to competitiveness, let alone just hanging around. With their recent output and the Knights’ horrendous penalty kill, one could also argue taking the Leafs moneyline as well at -120.

Patrick Kane Over 3.5 Shots on Goal vs. Jackets (-110, Caesars)

Mitigating risk is nice with the Leafs puckline bet, so why not double-down a bit on Patrick Kane in a fantastic spot against the porous Jackets? For the year, Kane has fired off 3.65 shots per game and comes in with a 3.55 shot total in Awesemo’s projections.

As mentioned previously, there is not a better matchup defensively in the league for any team at even strength. Kane should have zero issues finding four shots on target with his near 22 minutes per game on the year.

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