NHL betting market report: Daily picks, advice for Friday 2/18

February 18, 2022 10:43 AM

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Market Report Recap for Thursday, Feb. 17th

Thursday’s two recommended bets both got off to good starts, but late in the third, both bets were losing. Luckily, the Capitals scored three goals in the final minutes to secure the win, 5-3. The Bruins weren’t as lucky, though, as they coughed up their 1-0 lead and lost the game 4-1.


74-68, -0.6 units, -0.4 percent ROI

Note: Player prop bets (if any) can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the report.

Market Report for Friday, Feb. 18th

There are just four games scheduled for Friday, and game lines are sharp. Hopefully the weekend brings some action, and some winners.

Let’s look at things from a betting perspective:

Nashville Predators (+ 150) at Carolina Hurricanes (-170)

Since the All-Star break, the Hurricanes have struggled to win games, going 1-2-2 (1-4 straight up). Their competition has been tough, but and they went to overtime with two of the best teams in the league, but Carolina must pick things up if they want to keep pace with the Penguins, Rangers and Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. Nashville has struggled since returning to action, too, losing three straight games against the Stars, Jets and Capitals. They’ll have three days off before playing their next game against the Panthers in Florida. The Predators are an above average team when Juuse Saros is in goal, but the Hurricanes have a good goaltender in Frederik Andersen, and they have an edge in most categories. According to my model, Carolina should be priced at -173.

Florida Panthers (-130) at Minnesota Wild (+ 110)

According to my model, the Panthers should be priced around -120 on the road in Minnesota, as the Wild will likely turn to Cam Talbot, and Matt Dumba is still out of the lineup. Sergei Bobrovsky will start for the Panthers, who have only played one game since Feb. 1st. Things have not been going smooth for the Panthers on the road this season and I don’t recommend reaching on them here. The Wild have had an up and down week, but they’re still a big-time threat on offense, and one of the better home teams in the NHL., having won 16 of 20 home games so far. I’d start to consider a bet on the Wild if their price got up to around + 130, but it doesn’t look like there’s any chance of that happening.

Dallas Stars (-155) at Chicago Blackhawks (+ 135)

Chicago gave Marc-Andre Fleury a break on Thursday, and it did not go well. The Blackhawks lost to the Blue Jackets by a score of 7-4 on home ice, and now they’re set to host the Dallas Stars on Friday. Chicago is still without Jonathan Toews, and although Fleury is rested, they are likely going to lose this game. John Klingberg is back in the Stars’ lineup, and depending on who starts in goal, Dallas should be priced around -145, give or take a few cents. The Blackhawks have lost nine of their last 12 games, while the Stars have been winning more than they’ve been losing. A lot of that has to do with scheduling (it’s been rather favourable) and I don’t think Dallas is anything more than a mediocre team.

Los Angeles Kings (+ 145) at Vegas Golden Knights (-165)

Jack Eichel’s time in Vegas didn’t get off to a good start, as the Golden Knights lost to the Avalanche by a score of 2-0, but they’ll get a shot at redemption on Friday versus the Kings. Los Angeles didn’t look good against the Oilers, and they will play again on Saturday in Arizona. Jonathan Quick and Laurent Brossoit are expected to be the starting goaltenders. If that’s the case, the Golden Knights’ odds should be around -155. Vegas is going to be tough to contend with (even without Mark Stone) when Eichel and Max Pacioretty start to light it up (it will happen) but Robin Lehner is still out with an injury and the Kings’ underlying metrics’ have been very strong for a while now. Vegas will likely win the game, but the Kings could make it very difficult to do so.

Bet Summary:

There are no recommended bets currently.

Player Prop Bets:

Record: 115-113, -11.1 units, -4.11 percent ROI

There are no recommended player prop bets currently.

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