NHL Betting Preview (February 11): Sunshine State Rivals Clash In Central Showdown

Eddie Griffin

There’s the potential for a terrific Thursday on the NHL betting front, with ten games on tonight’s schedule.

Leading the way tonight is a rivalry showdown between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, who sit atop the Central Division early on. The Lightning look like the class of the NHL again, but the Panthers have the goods to challenge them tonight.

Elsewhere, it looks like unders could be the order of the day in several matchups. But for those who love to see the lamp lit on a regular basis, don’t fret. There should be at least a goal fest or two on the cards tonight.

Here for just the picks? Scroll to the end, which is where you will find today’s NHL best bets. But there’s a lot of information to check out along the way that can help you build the bankroll you desire and deserve.

All NHL odds are via Fanduel Sportsbook as of Thursday, February 11 at 5:00 pm ET

February 11 NHL Betting: Today’s Schedule

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers

Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Chicago Blackhawks

Detroit Red Wings vs Nashville Predators

Ottawa Senators vs Winnipeg Jets

Carolina Hurricanes vs Dallas Stars

Anaheim Ducks vs Vegas Golden Knights

Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks

San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings

February 11 NHL Betting Game of the Day

Tampa Bay Lightning (9-1-1) vs Florida Panthers (7-1-2)

  • Time & TV: (NA), 7:00 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Lightning -166, Predators +140
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-120), UNDER 5.5 (+100)

The Lightning have won six games in a row and have looked extremely impressive in doing so. In their win streak, they have outscored their opponents 27-9. The Panthers should offer up more of a test than the Nashville Predators or Detroit Red Wings, who are the bottom two teams in the Central Division. Tonight’s game may provide a good indication of whether or not the Lightning will actually have any challengers in the Central Division or if they’re going to stroll to the division title.

The Panthers have been to the postseason only six times in their existence, but they had a good first year under Joel Quenneville last season and are on track to have another solid campaign. The Panthers have only one regulation loss to date, a 4-1 loss to the Red Wings on Sunday.

Key NHL Betting Trends: The UNDER is 6-1-0 in the Panthers’ last seven games.

February 11 NHL Betting: Best of the Rest

Edmonton Oilers (8-7-0) vs Montreal Canadiens (8-3-2)

  • Time & TV: ESPN+, 8:00 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Oilers +132, Canadiens -156
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (-110), UNDER 6.5 (-110)

The Canadiens lost at home to the North Division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs last night but won’t have much time to dwell on it as they face Connor McDavid and the Oilers tonight. The Oilers have won five of their last six games after starting 3-6-0.

Key NHL Betting Trends: The UNDER has hit in the Canadiens’ last three games, and the UNDER is 3-1-0 in the Oilers’ last four games.

Columbus Blue Jackets (6-5-3) vs Chicago Blackhawks (6-4-4)

  • Time & TV: (NA), 8:00 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Blue Jackets +102, Blackhawks -120
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-110), UNDER 5.5 (-110)

The Blackhawks enter tonight’s game on a good run, having collected nine points from ten over their last five games. This current run started with a home win over the Blue Jackets, who are having a little more success lighting the lamp after some early struggles. After scoring only 24 goals in their first 10 games, Columbus has scored 15 goals in their last four games.

Key NHL Betting Trends: The UNDER has hit in eight of Chicago’s 14 games this season, including both previous matchups with the Blue Jackets.

Carolina Hurricanes (7-3-0) vs Dallas Stars (5-2-3)

  • Time & TV: (NA), 8:30 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Hurricanes -130, Stars +110
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-110), UNDER 5.5 (-110)

The Stars and Hurricanes face off again after meeting twice at the end of January. The ‘Canes have been on the road since those two home games, and they have alternated wins and losses thus far on their trip. Last time out, they lost 3-2 to the Blue Jackets, surrendering the winning goal with less than five minutes to go. The Stars continue to be on a cold streak that started with their two losses to Carolina. Dallas has won only one of their last six games, with three of their losses coming in overtime or a shootout.

Key NHL Betting Trends: Monday’s loss to the Blue Jackets was only the third time this season that the Hurricanes failed to score at least four goals.

February 11 NHL Betting: Other Games

Pittsburgh Penguins (5-5-1) vs New York Islanders (5-4-2)

  • Time & TV: (NA), 7:00 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Penguins -108, Islanders -108
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-110), UNDER 5.5 (-110)

Key NHL Betting Trends: The Penguins have only one win in their last five games. The Islanders have won their last two games and beat the Pens 4-3 when they last met last Saturday.

Detroit Red Wings (3-9-2) vs Nashville Predators (5-8-0)

  • Time & TV: (NA), 8:00 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Red Wings +154, Predators -184
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (+100), UNDER 5.5 (-120)

Key NHL Betting Trends: The UNDER is 1-5-0 in the Red Wings’ last six games, and it is 3-5-0 in their eight road games. Also, the UNDER is 2-4-1 in the Predators’ home games.

Ottawa Senators (2-11-1) vs Winnipeg Jets (7-4-1)

  • Time & TV: (NA), 8:00 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Senators +190, Jets -225
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (+105), UNDER 6.5 (-125)

Key NHL Betting Trends: The UNDER has hit in each of Ottawa’s last five games, and it is 4-1-0 in the Jets’ last five games.

Anaheim Ducks (5-6-3) vs Vegas Golden Knights (8-1-1)

  • Time & TV: (NA), 10:00 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Ducks +190, Golden Knights -230
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-115), UNDER 5.5 (-105)

Key NHL Betting Trends: The OVER is 4-9-1 in Ducks games this season. But two of the four overs have come in their three matchups with the Golden Knights, who have had the OVER hit in eight of their ten games.

Calgary Flames (6-5-1) vs Vancouver Canucks (6-10-0)

  • Time & TV: (NA), 10:00 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Flames -152, Canucks +128
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (+105), UNDER 6.5 (-125)

Key NHL Betting Trends: The OVER is 10-6-0 in Canucks games, including 4-2-0 in their home games.

San Jose Sharks (5-5-1) vs Los Angeles Kings (3-6-3)

  • Time & TV: (NA), 10:00 pm ET
  • Moneyline: Sharks -122, Kings +104
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (+110), UNDER 6.5 (-135)

Key NHL Betting Trends: The OVER is 9-3-0 in Kings games this season, and the OVER is 7-4-0 in San Jose’s games so far.

February 11 NHL Betting: Best Bets

  • 1. Sharks vs Kings OVER (Best Bet)
  • 2. Senators vs Jets UNDER
  • 3. Lightning vs Panthers UNDER
  • 4. Hurricanes to win vs Stars
  • 5. Ducks vs Golden Knights OVER

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