NHL Betting Preview and Best Bets (February 25): Oilers Out to Extend Streak

Eddie Griffin

It’s another tasty Thursday for NHL betting, as there are ten games on tonight’s schedule to take a look at.

The Montreal Canadiens have made a coaching change, firing Claude Julien and slapping the interim tag on assistant coach Dominque Ducharme. The Canadiens take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight, seeking to end February on a more positive note than much of the month has been.

The month has been an excellent one for the Edmonton Oilers, who are the hottest team in the NHL at the moment. After beating Vancouver for their 10th win in 12 games on Tuesday, the Oilers look to double up the Canucks before heading home for a highly-anticipated three-game stretch against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Those are just a couple of the games on tonight’s ledger. Here’s a look at those games and the rest of the day’s schedule, along with today’s NHL best bets.

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February 25 NHL Betting Schedule

Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders, 7:00 pm ET

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN+

Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN+

Dallas Stars vs Florida Panthers, 7:00 pm ET

Chicago Blackhawks vs Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 pm ET

Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators, 7:00 pm ET

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 pm ET

Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 pm ET

Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 pm ET

Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks, 10:00 pm ET

February 25 NHL Betting Game of the Day

Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets

For an in-depth look at this game, check out our Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets preview.

February 25 NHL Betting Odds and Trends

All NHL betting odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook. Click here for updated NHL betting odds.

Canadiens vs Jets

NHL Betting Matchup: Montreal Canadiens (9-5-4, 6-0-4 away, 8-9-1 O/U) vs Winnipeg Jets (11-6-1, 6-3-1 home, 8-9-1 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Canadiens -130, Jets +110
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (+110), UNDER 6.5 (-130)

Key Canadiens vs Jets Trends: The Canadiens made a coaching change because they have won only one of their last six games after an 8-2-2 start.

Bruins vs Islanders

NHL Betting Matchup: Boston Bruins (11-3-2, 6-2-2 away, 7-9-0 O/U) vs New York Islanders (9-6-3, 5-0-1 home, 5-12-1 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Bruins -132, Islanders +112
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (+120), UNDER 5.5 (-140)

Key Bruins vs Islanders Trends: The Islanders have won both head-to-head matchups against the Bruins so far, both in Boston.

Penguins vs Capitals

NHL Betting Matchup: Pittsburgh Penguins (10-6-1, 3-5-1 away, 9-8-0 O/U) vs Washington Capitals (9-5-4, 6-3-2 home, 11-7-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Penguins -104, Capitals -112
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (-105), UNDER 6.5 (-115)

Key Penguins vs Capitals Trends: This is already the sixth meeting this season between these two fierce rivals. Pittsburgh is 4-1-0 in the first five meetings, going 3-1-0 in Pittsburgh and taking Tuesday’s road tilt in overtime. The Penguins are 5-1-0 in their last six games overall.

The OVER is 7-4-0 in Washington’s home games this season. However, it is 1-4-0 in their last five games overall, and the over has failed to hit in Pittsburgh’s last four games.

Hurricanes vs Lightning

NHL Betting Matchup: Carolina Hurricanes (12-5-1, 6-4-0 away, 10-6-2 O/U) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (12-4-1, 7-1-0 home, 9-7-1 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Hurricanes +126, Lightning -148
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (-105), UNDER 6.5 (-115)

Key Hurricanes vs Lightning Trends: After losing the first two head-to-head matchups this season, the Lightning have won two already this week, winning 4-2 in Raleigh on Monday and 3-0 at home yesterday.

Stars vs Panthers

NHL Betting Matchup: Dallas Stars (6-4-2, 2-3-1 away, 7-7-0 O/U) vs Florida Panthers (12-4-2, 6-3-1 home, 9-9-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Stars +116, Panthers -136
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-110), UNDER 5.5 (-110)

Key Stars vs Panthers Trends: The UNDER is 5-2-0 in the Panthers’ last seven home games.

Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets

NHL Betting Matchup: Chicago Blackhawks (10-6-4, 5-4-3 away, 9-11-0 O/U) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (8-7-5, 5-3-3 home, 10-10-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Blackhawks +114, Blue Jackets -134
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-125), UNDER 5.5 (+105)

Key Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets have played consecutive games against the same opponent nine times thus far this season. The same total result has happened in both games only once in those nine occurrences, which was consecutive overs against the Dallas Stars three weeks ago. Tuesday’s game against the Blackhawks was a 6-5 loss in a shootout. Additionally, the UNDER is 9-5-0 in the Blackhawks’ last 14 games.

Flames vs Senators

NHL Betting Matchup: Calgary Flames (9-9-2, 5-5-2 away, 7-11-2 O/U) vs Ottawa Senators (6-14-1, 3-5-1 home, 8-12-1 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Flames -154, Senators +130
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (+110), UNDER 6.5 (-130)

Key Flames vs Senators Trends: The Flames have lost five of their last seven games, while the Senators have won four of their last six. The UNDER is 8-3-1 in the Flames’ last 12 games, and it is 10-4-2 in the Senators’ last 16 games.

Devils vs Sabres

NHL Betting Matchup: New Jersey Devils (6-6-2, 4-2-1 away, 6-8-0 O/U) vs Buffalo Sabres (6-8-2, 2-5-1 home, 6-9-1 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Devils -116, Sabres -102
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (-105), UNDER 5.5 (-115)

Key Devils vs Sabres Trends: The Sabres are 3-1-0 against the Devils and 3-7-2 against everyone else. The UNDER is unbeaten in Buffalo’s last six games, and it is 5-3-0 in their home games this season.

Predators vs Red Wings

NHL Betting Matchup: Nashville Predators (8-10-0, 3-6-0 away, 8-9-1 O/U) vs Detroit Red Wings (5-13-3, 3-6-2 home, 6-15-0 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Predators -164, Red Wings +138
  • Total: OVER 5.5 (+115), UNDER 5.5 (-135)

Key Predators vs Red Wings Trends: The UNDER has hit in nine of the Red Wings’ 11 home games, and it is 8-2-0 in their last 10 games overall. The Red Wings have scored two or fewer goals 16 times this season, while the Preds have achieved that feat 11 times, including seven times in their last 10 games.

Oilers vs Canucks

NHL Betting Matchup: Edmonton Oilers (13-8-0, 7-3-0 away, 11-9-1 O/U) vs Vancouver Canucks (8-13-2, 5-5-2 home, 13-9-1 O/U)

  • Moneyline: Oilers -138, Canucks +118
  • Total: OVER 6.5 (-125), UNDER 6.5 (+105)

Key Oilers vs Canucks Trends: The OVER has hit in all three previous head-to-head matchups between the Oilers and Canucks this season. Taking away each team’s games against Calgary and Ottawa, both of whom are among the worst offensive teams in the NHL, and overs are far more prominent. The OVER is 10-4-0 in Vancouver’s games against other opponents, and it is 8-5-1 in Edmonton’s games against other opponents.

February 25 Super Six NHL Best Bets

  • 1. Jets to win vs Canadiens (Best Bet): New coach, same result.
  • 2. Predators vs Red Wings UNDER: Obviously the over will end up hitting here, because the best laid plans and all of that. But the under is indisputably the best play for this one.
  • 3. Oilers vs Canucks OVER: The over has come out a winner in their other meetings this season, and it is the best play for tonight’s matchup.
  • 4. Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets UNDER: The two high-scoring games that these two have had recently make the over appealing here. But the under is the better play based on the overall body of results.
  • 5. Lightning to win vs Hurricanes: The Lightning have taken the last two games against the ‘Canes and should make it three in a row tonight to officially put their recent blip behind them.
  • 6. Flames vs Senators UNDER: The under is the best bet in this spot based on the frequency of unders on both sides.

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