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NHL Best Bets for February 22: Avalanche Will Cover PK Line

NHL action returns this Thursday with a big card on our slate with no less than eleven games taking place. We are taking three bets tonight as we are looking to target an over, an under and a puck line bet.

All three odds come in at an average of +114 with Bet365, one of our top-rated sportsbooks.

Picks Summary

  • Stars-Senators Over 6.5 (+115)
  • Panthers-Hurricanes Under 6.5 (-125)
  • Avalanche -1.5 (+150)

*All odds available at Bet365 (check our Bet365 Review)


Dallas Stars vs. Ottawa Senators

Thursday, February 22, 2024 – 07:00 PM ET at Canadian Tire Centre


Betting Trends

  • The total has gone over in 7 of Dallas’ last 9 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division.
  • The total has gone over in 4 of Ottawa’s last 5 games at home.
  • Both teams combine for 7.15 goals per game.

Expect Goals in This NHL Matchup

The Dallas Stars are one of the NHL’s best over teams right now, having gone 25-21-2 to the over thus far this season. This ranks them as the 3rd best team to bet on the over 6.5 line in the Western Conference, while opponents Ottawa have gone one better and rank as the top team in the Eastern Conference to bet on the over 6.5 goals line.

The previous two times these teams met, there were 9 and 7 goals scored in each outing respectively, and both teams come into tonight’s game having only seen five and three goals scored in their previous outings, so we expect a bounce back tonight from both offenses.

The Pick

Considering the stats, and the fact that we have two of the best over 6.5 goal teams facing off in this matchup, we are very surprised to be getting plus money on the over in this game and we advise betting this down to as low as +100.

Both teams combined have seen 50% of their previous 20 games go over 6.5 goals.

NHL Pick: Over 6.5 Goals (+115) at Bet365


Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Thursday, February 22, 2024 – 07:00 PM ET at PNC Arena


Betting Trends

  • The total has gone under in 6 of Florida’s last 9 games.
  • The total has gone under in 6 of Carolina’s last 9 games against Florida.
  • The total has gone under in 5 of Carolina’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference.

Eastern Conference Heavyweights

Two of the best teams in the NHL (and Eastern Conference) meet for this matchup and we are targeting the under 6.5 goals line as we believe this will be a tight game without an inch given, added to the fact the majority of their recent meetings have seen the total go under on the night.

The Florida Panthers are currently top of the Conference, while Carolina are 4th at the time of writing. Both teams come into this game in strong form as the Panthers have won 11 of their previous 15 and the Hurricanes 10 of their previous 15.

The Pick

Bet on the under in this NHL game, both teams are strong right now and won’t want to lose this matchup. We believe the under 6.5 goals line to be a strong bet here and despite laying some juice, we are more than happy to bet this at -125 for under 6.5 goals to be scored. We would bet it down to as low as -135.

Florida are 19-37 on the season to the under 6.5 goals line and 8-21 on the same line when playing on the road.

NHL Pick: Under 6.5 Goals (-125) at Bet365


Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings

Thursday, February 22, 2024 – 07:00 PM ET at Little Caesars Arena


Betting Trends

  • Colorado are 10-0 in their last 10 games against Detroit.
  • Colorado are 5-0 in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit.
  • Detroit have the best ATS record in the NHL this season having gone 34-21.

Colorado Value on the Puck Line

It’s time to take down the best ATS team in the league as we are opposing the Detroit Red Wings Puck Line in this matchup despite them having the best ATS record in the NHL at the time of writing.

However, things aren’t as bad as they may seem, as the majority of Colorado’s road games have seen them lose the puck line battle. But on home ice, they have the exact same record as the Red Wings on the road, with a 17-10 record.

The Pick

It helps that the Avalanche are 10-0 against Detroit in their previous 10 games and they have covered the spread in 70% of those victories. The +150 betting odds available on the puck line is too good to be true in our opinion and we would bet this down to as low as +125.

Colorado’s road form might not be the best in recent games, having gone 3-7 across the previous 10, but all three victories resulted in them covering the spread, let’s hope they can get a win and the spread should follow.

NHL Pick: Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+150) at Bet365

*The line and/or odds referenced in this article might have changed since the content was published. For the latest information on line movements, visit OddsTrader’s free betting odds tool.

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