NHL Preview and Best Bets (February 18): Back the Under in Pittsburgh?

NHL Preview and Best Bets (February 18): Back the Under in Pittsburgh?

There have been a few days without some NHL betting advice, but Toronto’s capitulation against Ottawa on Monday night was so stunning that a few days were needed to recover.

Speaking of the Maple Leafs, they bounced back from whatever that was to beat the Senators last night, and they will be looking to do so again tonight to close out their three-game set against the Sens. That matchup is one of nine games to choose from tonight, so even if you’re still a little wary of throwing your money behind Toronto, there is plenty else on which to dole out your dollars.

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February 18 NHL Betting Schedule

New Jersey Devils (5-3-2) vs Boston Bruins (10-2-2), 7:00 pm ET, ESPN+

New York Rangers (4-7-3) vs Philadelphia Flyers (8-3-2), 7:00 pm ET

Nashville Predators (6-9-0) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (7-6-4), 7:00 pm ET, ESPN+

New York Islanders (8-4-3) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7-6-1), 7:00 pm ET

Ottawa Senators (4-13-1) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (12-3-2), 7:00 pm ET

Buffalo Sabres (4-6-2) vs Washington Capitals (7-4-3), 7:00 pm ET

San Jose Sharks (6-7-1) vs St. Louis Blues (9-5-2), 8:00 pm ET

Los Angeles Kings (5-6-3) vs Arizona Coyotes (7-6-2), 9:00 pm ET

Minnesota Wild (6-6-0) vs Anaheim Ducks (6-7-3), 10:00 pm ET

February 18 NHL Betting Game of the Day

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins

NHL Betting Matchup: New York Islanders (8-4-3, 4-4-2 away, 5-10-0 O/U) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7-6-1, 5-1-0 home, 9-5-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Islanders +110, Penguins -130
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-110), UNDER 5.5 (-110)

The Islanders make the trip for a double dip in Pittsburgh in the midst of a hot streak, That streak started the last time these two teams met almost two weeks ago. At the time, the Islanders had lost five in a row, but over their last six games, they are 5-0-1. The only blemish in that stretch is a 4-3 shootout loss to the Pens last Thursday.

Pittsburgh is trying to get off of the rollercoaster, meanwhile. They need to start generating more success with Tristan Jarry minding the net. While they are 3-5-1 when Jarry starts, they are 4-1 when backup Casey DeSmith starts.

Key Islanders vs Penguins NHL Betting Trends: The UNDER is 8-2-0 in the Islanders’ road games. The OVER hit in Pittsburgh’s first five games, but it is 4-5-0 since then.

February 18 NHL Betting Best of the Rest

New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins

NHL Betting Matchup: New Jersey Devils (5-3-2, 3-1-1 away, 5-5-0 O/U) vs Boston Bruins (10-2-2, 4-0-0 home, 6-8-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Devils +198, Bruins -240
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-110), UNDER 5.5 (-110)

The Bruins are in action for the first time this week, as they have not played since a 4-2 road loss to the Islanders last Saturday. That loss snapped a five-game win streak for Boston. Now, they are back home where they are a perfect four for four this season.

After being sidelined since January 31, the Devils made a winning return to the ice on Tuesday with a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. These two faced off to start the season, and neither game was decided in regulation. The Bruins won the first 3-2 in a shootout, and the Devils took the second 2-1 in overtime.

Key Devils vs Bruins NHL Betting Trends: The Devils and Bruins have played twice this season, with both matchups hitting the UNDER and going to extras. Boston won the first meeting 3-2 in a shootout on January 14, while the Devils took a 2-1 overtime win two days later.

February 18 NHL Betting Schedule Top Trends

Rangers (4-7-3, 1-2-1 away, 4-10 O/U) vs Flyers (8-3-2, 5-2-1 home, 9-4-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Rangers +108, Flyers -126
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-125), UNDER 5.5 (+105)

Key Rangers vs Flyers NHL Betting Trends: Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Devils snapped a six-game UNDER streak for Rangers games. The OVER is 5-3-0 in the Flyers’ home games.

Predators (6-9-0, 1-5-0 away, 7-7-1 O/U) vs Blue Jackets (7-6-4, 4-2-2 home, 8-9-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Predators +108, Blue Jackets -126
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-120), UNDER 5.5 (+100)

Key Predators vs Blue Jackets NHL Betting Trends: The OVER is 5-3-0 in the Blue Jackets’ home games, while it is 4-2-0 in Nashville’s road games.

Senators (4-13-1, 3-8-0 away, 6-11-1 O/U) vs Maple Leafs (12-3-1, 7-2-1 home, 7-9-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Senators +285, Maple Leafs -350
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (-110), UNDER 6.5 (-110)

Key Senators vs Maple Leafs NHL Betting Trends: The UNDER is 6-3-1 in Toronto’s home games, and it is 5-1-0 in their last six games overall.

Sabres (4-6-2, 2-1-1 away, 6-6-0 O/U) vs Capitals (7-4-3, 4-2-1 home, 10-4-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Sabres +156, Capitals -186
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (-105), UNDER 6.5 (-115)

Key Sabres vs Capitals NHL Betting Trends: The OVER is 6-1-0 in the Capitals’ home games thus far this season, while it is 3-1-0 in Buffalo’s road games. Both previous head-to-head meetings this season went over, with each side taking a 4-3 shootout win.

Sharks (6-7-1, 5-6-1 away, 8-6-0 O/U) vs Blues (9-5-2, 3-3-2 home, 10-6-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Sharks +176, Blues -210
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-130), UNDER 5.5 (+110)

Key Sharks vs Blues NHL Betting Trends: The Sharks, who won their last game (a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday) have yet to win consecutive games this season. Six of their losses have been by multiple goals.

Kings (5-6-3, 2-4-0 away, 10-4 O/U) vs Coyotes (7-6-2, 4-3-2 home, 9-5-1 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Kings +142, Coyotes -168
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (+100), UNDER 5.5 (-120)

Key Kings vs Coyotes NHL Betting Trends: The OVER is 5-1-0 in the Kings’ road games this season. The Coyotes have alternated overs and unders in their last six games, with their last game finishing under.

Wild (6-6-0, 3-3-0 away, 6-6-0 O/U) vs Ducks (6-7-3, 3-3-2 home, 4-11-1 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Wild -132, Ducks +112
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (+100), UNDER 5.5 (-120)

Key Wild vs Ducks NHL Betting Trends: The UNDER is 4-2-0 in Minnesota’s road games, while it is 6-2-0 in the Ducks’ home games.

February 18 NHL Betting Best Bets

  • 1. Islanders vs Penguins UNDER
  • 2. Devils vs Bruins UNDER
  • 3. Sabres vs Capitals OVER
  • 4. Kings vs Coyotes OVER
  • 5. Blues -1.5 vs Sharks