NHL Betting Picks For Tuesday, December 5

Islanders/Lightning, Predators/Stars and Rangers/Penguins highlight what looks like a great 10-game schedule in the National Hockey League tonight!

Several Canadian teams also hit the ice as the Jets visit Detroit, the Canadiens host St. Louis and the Canucks are home to the Hurricanes.

We pushed our bet last night on the Flyers first period moneyline to stay on a 10-5 run with these free NHL betting picks. Hopefully we can serve up a couple of winners tonight.


NHL Betting Odds For Tonight

Here’s a look at the odds for each of tonight’s games at www.BetOnline.ag as of Tuesday afternoon.

(For the latest odds, visit our Live Odds page.)


NHL Predictions For Tonight

Winnipeg Jets at Detroit Red Wings

It’s bounce-back time for the Red Wings after they were humiliated 10-1 by the Canadiens Saturday night on national television. Detroit’s a proud franchise with a long winning tradition, and we expect the Wings to bring a huge effort tonight on home ice.

If Detroit’s going to threaten to pull off the upset of the red-hot Jets, the Wings will probably need to score some goals to do it. That’s because Winnipeg is consistently filling the net right now, producing at least 4 goals in 5 of its last 9 games. Even if Detroit tries to play better defence, we’re not sure they can hold the Jets under 3, something they’ve failed to do to opponents in 6 of their last 7.

Winnipeg isn’t invincible on the road, however, losing 4 of its last 6 games away from home. We see great potential for both teams to score at least 3 goals here tonight, so the Over 5.5 is very appealing at these short odds.

NHL betting prediction: Over 5.5 -105

New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning

A few weeks ago, New York went into Tampa and beat the Lightning 5-3, sending Tampa into a brief tailspin. Tonight, the Bolts should be eager to avenge that loss, a game in which they trailed the Isles 4-0 before making a game of it.

New York has won 8 of its last 10 games, but they’ve needed a lot of offence to do it. The Isles have scored 5 goals or more in 6 of their last 10, masking a leaky defence that has allowed at least 4 goals in 4 of their last 7. Now, playing for the second straight night following a 5-4 shootout win in Florida, they’ll be hard-pressed to slow a motivated Tampa attack.

The Lightning had been in a scoring slump, potting just 9 regulation time goals in a 5-game stretch, but they broke out Saturday with a 5-2 home win over a stingy Sharks team. Nikita Kucherov scored twice in that game and the Lightning scored 4 third-period goals, and we expect them to carry that confidence and momentum into tonight’s contest. With the strong possibility that the Islanders get a couple of goals themselves, Tampa might need 4 goals to get the victory tonight. Betting on their Team Total Over allows us to get the Bolts at plus money at home against a tired opponent.

NHL betting prediction: Lightning Team Total Over 3.5 +112