NHL December 21 2021 Betting Preview
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NHL December 21 2021 Betting Preview

Get ready for tonight’s NHL games with our betting predictions.

The NHL Season is going off the rails a bit right now, as teams deal with outbreaks and games are postponed. We still do have some games on the slate before Christmas – including a massive showdown between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights. Get ready for Tuesday’s games with our NHL December 2021, 2021, betting preview.

Game of the Night: Vegas and Tampa Bay meet as Division Leaders

To Win the GameBetwayBetwayTo Win the Game
Tampa Bay2.151.74Vegas

After some inconsistent play to start the season – Vegas and Tampa Bay (both favourites to win their divisions), sit atop their divisions when they play on Tuesday night. Vegas is riding a five-game winning streak – on the backs of one of the best offences in the NHL. Vegas has scored at least three goals in ten straight games, going 8-2-0 over the stretch.

best nhl picks december 21 2021

Tampa is playing well in December with a 7-1-0 record (the loss being a shocking 4-0 upset against the Ottawa Senators). Tampa Bay is winning thanks to outstanding goaltending from Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy is 6-0-0 in December with a .935 save percentage. He also posted consecutive shutouts in late November and is now one of the best bets to win the 2022 Vezina Trophy.

So, who is the better bet in this exciting showdown? When you see the best NHL betting lines have a division leader barely as a home favourite – you bet them to win the game. Vegas is 15-7 as a favourite this season, while Tampa is 1-3-2 as an underdog. Tampa Bay has only been an underdog on the road this season. That means as a road dog they have only won 16.7% of their games. Bet on the Golden Knights.

Vegas Golden Knights To Win the Game

Battle of the Streaks: Surging Penguins host Flailing Devils

To Win the GameBetwayBetwayTo Win the Game
New JerseyTBDTBDPittsburgh

Pittsburgh looks to extend their league-leading seven-game winning streak (tied with the Predators) against the Devils who have lost six straight. Pittsburgh’s surge up the standings is coming on the back of superb goaltending. Pittsburgh has not allowed more than two goals during their seven-game winning streak.

They are going a great job limiting opponents ‘shots and scoring opportunities – holding four of their last seven opponents to under 30 shots. That includes only 19 shots by the Devils on Sunday.  

The Devils have a hard time scoring if they cannot get a high volume of shots. The Devils rank in the bottom top in scoring percentage at only 8.7%. Pittsburgh allows the sixth-fewest shots per game. Go with Pittsburgh to grab a second straight win against the Devils.

Pittsburgh Penguins To Win the Game

Philly hosts Washington in Metro Division Showdown

To Win the GameBetwayBetwayTo Win the Game

If you want an underdog to bet on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers are the team to back. The Flyers – even though they are not as good as the Capitals – play Washington hard. They have picked up five points in their last three games against the Capitals.

capitals flyers dec 21 betting preview

The Capitals also lose a lot of games. While they tied with the Hurricanes for the most points in the league (43), they have only won 58.1% of their games. For some reason, the team falters in extra time – as their seven losses in OT/shootout are the most in the league. Take the value on the Flyers as a home underdog against Washington.

Philadelphia Flyers To Win the Game

Arizona goes for Second Win Against Seattle

Game TotalBetway
Over 5.51.95
Under 5.51.87

Arizona had one of the worst starts to a season in NHL history – losing their first 11 games. They managed to snap their losing streak against none other than the Seattle Kraken. Arizona netted five goals in the win – which was a season-high until their 6-5 win over Anaheim on Friday.

Seattle’s problems are squarely on the defensive side of the puck. Arizona scored five goals against the Kraken – on only 22 shots. Arizona is not much better than Seattle. They are the only teams in the NHL this season with a team percentage below .890.

In this matchup, we are eyeballing the over. The bad goaltending on both sides just points to at least one team lighting up the lamp multiple times. And there is no reason to expect the other side will do anything better than allowing two goals against. Bet on the over just like we predicted in Seattle's December 15 game against the Ducks.

Game Total Over 5.5 Goals

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