Using OddsTrader’s computer picks, we were able to place tonight’s best bet based on the information generated.
Our computer’s two best picks for today’s 10-game NHL slate see us laying some juice on the Kings’ and Devils’ Under as well as taking a home underdog in a Western Conference clash between the Blues and Canucks.
- Kings vs. Devils: Under 6.5 (-120) at Bet365
- Canucks vs. Blues: Canucks Moneyline (+104) at BetRivers
Thursday, February 23, 2023 – 07:00 PM EST at Prudential Center
Kings Best Form in West
The L.A Kings have been involved in a very tight battle for the Western Conference, they are currently sitting 4th in the Conference but only 3 points separate them from top six and 6 points from the top 8.
Their form has been impressive over their previous 10 games, hitting a 70% win rate which sees them having the best form in the entire Western Conference over the past 10 games.
Despite having the 2nd best powerplay in the NHL, hitting at 26%, the Kings defensively have allowed 3.35 goals per game. They are lucky they are in the Western Conference because their 71 points would only have them 7th in the East.
They can go joint top of the Western Conference with a win tonight if the Golden Knights lose.
Devils Chasing Hurricanes
The N.J. Devils have been hot on the heels of Carolina in the Metropolitan Division for most of the season, but still trail the Hurricanes by 5 points having played one game extra. The Devils’ home form has not been as impressive as their away from.
Going 21-4-3 on the road, they have gone 16-11-2 at home. Their home record only looks decent because they have won six of their previous seven, interestingly only winning 5 of those 6 in regulation.
The Devils come into this home game having had under 6.5 goals scored in 19 of their 29 home games thus far this season, with the Kings hitting a 50% record on the over 6.5 goals.
Although the Kings games have seen 7+ goals in their previous five and the Devils 6+ in their last five (including 7 or more in two of them), we are taking a look at the under 6.5 at -120 considering our computer has predicted this game to end on six goals.
Moreover, 8 of the last 10 games between these teams ended with six goals or less.
Final Score Prediction: Los Angeles Kings 2 – New Jersey Devils 4
NHL Pick: Under 6.5 (-120) at Bet365
Thursday, February 23, 2023 – 08:00 PM EST at Enterprise Center
Canucks Fine Without Horvat
Despite losing Bo Horvat, the Canucks have done much better without him scoring 3.75 goals per game compared to 3.38 when he was on the roster. With that being said, they still struggle defensively; scoring was never an issue for this Canucks team even with Horvat.
The Canucks have allowed the league’s second most amount of goals per game at 4.02, as both goaltenders have allowed an average of 3.50 goals per game, as well as Spencer Martin who was demoted to the AHL.
No O’Reilly, Big Problem
Rebuild mode is officially on for this St. Louis Blues back office. Although they were already performing poorly offensively before the loss of Vladimir Tarasenko, they have since gone 0-3 without him and find themselves 6th in the Pacific Division and just one win ahead of 7th place San Jose.
According to the computer pick in this one, the Vancouver Canucks are wrongly priced up as underdogs in this road game at the NHL odds, therefore we are more than happy to take them to win on the moneyline at +104 with BetRivers.
This is very much so a 50/50 matchup and we believe the Canucks to have a better offense than the Blues. With this likely turning into a shootout, give us the Canucks to win this one at plus money.
Although both teams have just a 30% win rate in their last 10 games, the Blues have only scored three goals in their previous three games and went 0-3, whilst the Canucks have been able to score 10 going 2-1.
Final Score Prediction: St. Louis Blues 2 – Vancouver Canucks 3
NHL Pick: Canucks Moneyline (+104) at BetRivers