Tag Archive: NHL betting preview for tonight


Well despite a good start in the NBA the NHL’s neural network has been really struggling. No plays tonight.

Boston -144 @ Buffalo +133

Intro: 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference takes on 2nd to last place team in the same conference as Boston heads to Buffalo. Of course being one of the elite teams in the NHL Boston has a very good record on the road as well as home so heading to Buffalo who isn’t exactly a scaring many visiting teams. Both teams are on one game winning streaks.

Systems: The NN actually picked Buffalo to win this one and the Math model of course picked the Bruins who are statistically dominant.

Prediction: Boston wins.

Edmonton +206 @ Detroit -226

Intro: The second bottom feeder vs top team of the night will see Edmonton who is 5-4-1 in their last 10 travel to Detroit where they are riding a 17 game winning streak.

Systems: Interestingly enough the Neural net actually picked Edmonton to win this game I’ve understood most selections the past 2 days but this is the second head scratcher. The other system picked Detroit by a large margin.

Prediction: Detroit keeps it streak going.

Carolina +134 @ Anaheim -145

Intro: Here we go a match up which sees two struggling teams yippy. I’m so excited. I clearly don’t care for tonight’s card very much but Anaheim has been hot as of late going 7-2-1 but the visiting Hurricane’s are doing pretty well themselves as they are on a two game winning streak.

Systems: Finally a game I can at least wrap my head around the both systems predicts a Hurricane win on the road.

Prediction: I could see Carolina pulling off the upset but I’m staying away from all the games tonight.

Calgary +165 @ San Jose -180

Intro: Here we go a clean sweep of uninteresting games as #3 seed San Jose who lost last time on the ice hosts Calgary who is 5-3-2 in their last 10.

Systems: Both systems point to San Jose holding true to the Vegas odds.

Prediction: San Jose.

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These are going to be pretty quick today and going to have to update some of the games when I wake up as I was having computer problems this morning and have to hit the sack here shortly

Minnesota -120 @ Columbus +111

Intro: Minnesota heads to the last place Columbus Blue Jackets. Neither are on a great roll Minnesota is 4-4-2 and Columbus is 3-6-1. 8 of Columbus’s 14 wins have come at home.

Systems: Both systems point towards the Wild winning.

Prediction: A one unit play on Minnesota.

New York Islanders +159 @ Philadelphia -173

Intro: Philadelphia who is currently 4th in the Eastern conference hosts the Islanders of New York where they will look to revenge their 4-1 loss from Mid January. The Islanders are currently riding the hot hand winners of going 6-2-2.

Systems: Again both systems favor one team and that is Philadelphia.

Prediction: No unit play but I’d predict the Flyers given the hot streak by the Islanders though I think you are getting some decent value by taking them.

New Jersey +147 @ New York Rangers -160

Intro: Both teams are playing very good as of late well the Rangers have been all year as they are currently in first place in the East. New Jersey is riding a 4 game winning streak while the Rangers have a solid 2 game streak of their own. This matchup will be a tie breaker as they have split the series this year but this time the game will be in the Big Apple.

Systems: No surprise both the Neural Network and Math model favor the Rangers who are home and statistically the better team.

Prediction: The odds are out of my range so this wont be a play but look for the Rangers to win ending the Devils run.

Florida +146 @ Washington -158

Intro: Both teams are pretty average as of late and Florida currently sits above Washington in the standings currently sitting in the 3rd spot just behind the Bruins. Washington however has one of the best home ice records in the NHL going 18-7-1.

Systems: I was shocked to see Washington favored by the math model but looking at their statistics I guess I should be more surprised that Florida is the 3rd place team. I did expect the NN to predict the Capitals.

Prediction: I agree with both models but as of late Florida seems to have Washington’s number winners of 2 of the 3 matchups this season both of which were the 2 recent meetings but both of those were in Florida.

Pittsburgh -130 @ Montreal +120

Intro: Pittsburgh is red hot as of late winning 8 of the last 10, and have won all 3 matchups this season. the Canadians have lost all the of those games by a total of 4 goals though so they have to think they can hang with the Penguins.

Systems: Another game where both systems agree with Vegas suggesting the Penguins should be the favorites.

Prediction: A no play little to pricey I do expect Pitt to win but I’d like this to be -125 or better.

Los Angeles +101 @ Tampa Bay -109

Intro: Tampa Bay has allowed the second most goals in the NHL luckily for them they host the Kings and their NHL lowest scoring offense. Tampa would actually have a solid team if they could find a way to win away from home.

Systems: The both systems predict the Kings pull off the upset they come to this outcome because of key edges in face off percentage, 1st period differential, goals against average and Power play ability.

Prediction: While I could see the Los Angeles pulling off the upset my prediction is Tampa is much stronger at home and will win this game. No play on this one though.

St. Louis -117 @ Ottawa +108

Intro: Both teams will be looking to win a game as they both last their last time on the ice. St. Louis however has had a pretty rough time winning away from home going 8-11-3. Ottawa is just 3-6-1 in their last ten games.

Systems: The basic math model predicts the Blues to win thanks to a huge difference in first period differential and goals against average however the neural network gives a large edge to Ottawa this is likely due to some key upsets in the data.

Prediction: I’m actually going to go with the upset pick but the price is not enough even though it has gone up to +115 at Pinnacle.

Vancouver +109 @ Nashville -118

Intro: This is an example where you have to watch lines and look for the right price Vancouver when I typed out the template was at +109 now sits as a favorite of -115. That’s a pretty large line movement. Given that only 2 spots separate these two teams in the Western conference. Both teams are working on a 1 game winning streak but Nashville is on the hotter streak winners of 8 of the last 10.

Systems: The math model and NN again have a disagreement with the math model predicting a large margin in favor of the Canucks the Neural Network gives slightly more than a goal edge to the Predators.

Prediction: If i was making my prediction at the initial line I’d lay two units on Vancouver but with the current line its a no play with the value going towards Nashville who has won 8 of their last 10 home games.

Toronto -101 @ Winnipeg -107

Intro: Winnipeg like most teams have a solid record at home but even have struggled their as of late losers of 3 of their last four home games. The Jets return from a long road trip for one night then head to Washington to start another. Toronto is riding a 3 game winning streak and are 6-3-1 in the last 10 games.

Systems: The math model favors Toronto but this is in large part to a massive first period differential as the Maple Leafs have a +/- of 17 goals in the first period compared to the Jets +1 goal. The NN gives the edge to Winnipeg at first I thought it was because of Toronto being on the ice for the second night in a row but ran removing that part and still favors the Jets.

Prediction: If Toronto wasn’t on the back end of a back to back than I’d consider taking the Maple Leafs considering the line movement money seems to be coming in pretty strongly for Winnipeg.

Phoenix +133 @ Dallas -144

Intro: This game will help separate the 9 and 10 seeds in the West. Both teams have been pretty average in the last ten games.

Systems: Dallas will win says both systems.

Prediction: I’d have to agree and say the Stars should win this one I think the odds are about right so no play.

Chicago -129 @ Colorado +119

Intro: Chicago looks to turn their fortune around when they head to Colorado tonight as they have lost the last 2 games.

Systems: Both say the Blackhawks walk away victorious.

Prediction: Blackhawks for a no play.