We’ve another packed weekend of action on the ice and a number of games that could have a vital say in the final NHL standings. As always, there’s plenty of representation for Canada across the fixtures and those looking to back the nation’s hockey stars have plenty of markets to select from.
Without further delay, let’s look to find the best of the value from our NHL weekend picks.
BUF 4 – CBJ 3 OT
DAL 3 – TOR 2
TBL 3 – EDM 1
PHI 6 – FLA 2
NJD 4 – DET 1
OTT 3 – ARI 2
NSH 5 – NYI 0
NYR 4 – MIN 3 SO
WSH 3 – COL 2
VGK 6 – STL 5 OT
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San Jose Sharks @ Winnipeg Jets
We’ve got a tight moneyline market for this fixture but it’s the Jets who will start as the narrow favourites. You can pick up Paul Maurice’s Winnipeg at 1.80 with PowerPlay while the Sharks are behind at 2.30 with Bet365. Interestingly, San Jose has shifted overnight and on Thursday, the US side could be claimed at a price closer to 2.00.
Punters may see value in the Sharks but Winnipeg has the immediate form and a greater return over the course of the campaign. Jets may be in fourth place in the Central with a 50% record of 29 wins from 58 but San Jose is second from bottom in the Pacific with 24 from 56 and that’s a clue to the overnight shift.
Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins
According to the sportsbooks, there can only be one winner in this game, so if we’re looking for some value, we may have to move away from the moneyline options. The Penguins are way out in front at odds of 1.60 with 10Bet while Montreal lag behind at 3.60 with 888Sport.
There’s no surprise in those figures: Pittsburgh goes into this clash in second place in NHL’s Metropolitan Division with 34 wins from 55. The Canadiens are in mid-table in the Atlantic and while it hasn’t been the worst season for Claude Julien’s side, it hasn’t been the most inspiring of campaigns either.
We’ll avoid the Moneyline bet for the Canadiens – Penguins match up and look at some props instead. When the teams last met on January 5, it was close enough with Pittsburgh running out 3-2 winners on the day. Later in the season when one side has little to play for, the margins can be wider and the goals can flow.
As alternative bets for this game, we can take Over 6.5 goals at 2.20 with Bodog or, we could back a riskier option and stake on exactly two goals in the second period at 3.25 with Sports Interaction.
Turning to the Sharks vs Jets game, we would be happy to take the moneyline market in this instance. San Jose is on the slide and with Winnipeg having every incentive to finish the season on a high, their win odds of 1.80 could be worse.
Can we get any better value from this game? The most recent meeting between these two teams came at the end of November as Winnipeg ran out 5-1 winners and this weekend’s clash could be an equally comfortable ride for the Canadian side. Those looking at total goals would get just 1.57 from over 5.5 with Spin Sports as a mirror to that most recent clash. If, however, we push that to Over 7.5, the same sportsbook makes it a little more tempting at odds of 3.00.
Splitting the difference is PowerPlay who quote 2.00 for over 6.5 and that’s our preferred second pick. To conclude, while both these games should go with the favourites, we’ve looked to get as much value as we can from the following moneyline and additional props.
- Winnipeg Jets to beat San Jose Sharks at 1.80 with PowerPlay
- Over 6.5 goals in Winnipeg Jets vs San Jose Sharks at 2.00 with PowerPlay
- Over 6.5 goals in Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins at 2.20 with Bodog