Best NHL Bets Of January 20, 2022
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Best NHL Bets Of January 20, 2022

Need some winning advice when it comes to NHL betting? Welp, you've found it! We're breaking down our best NHL bets of January 20 with EXACT advice on who and what to take. Read this if you want to cash out!

Betting lines for hockey are abundant on Thursday night with nine games on the schedule. However, we’re most confident in the four NHL bets below.

Moneyline: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins

Oh how quickly things change in the NHL. One minute, you’re red-hot and winners of five straight. The next minute, you’re getting blown out 7-1 at home by the Hurricanes. That’s the exact story of the Bruins right now, which made for an interesting moneyline bet against Washington.

Yet we sense that awful performance was a flash in the pan for the Bruins. Another home game against the Capitals will prove that. Here’s why: Boston owns this team, having won five consecutive meetings against Washington and we’re betting on a sixth happening on Thursday.

Plus, adding to our confidence is that the Caps seemingly can’t win two in a row. They’re fresh off a victory over the Jets, but that’s not necessarily a good thing for them. Since early December, Washington is 1-5 in the game immediately following a win. A weird trend that we’re betting remains the case.

Boston To beat Washington
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Over/Under 5.5 Goals: Dallas Stars at Buffalo Sabres

At a meagre 5.5 goals, this matchup has the lowest over/under totals of the night per the top Canada sportsbooks. It’s warranted given both these teams have played sluggish all-year long, but especially as of late. Dallas has dropped three in a row, while Buffalo is on an 8-game losing skid on its home ice.

The recent betting odds signal an under. Here’s why: the Sabres have scored under 2.5 goals in six of the last seven home games (hence why they’re not winning). The Stars have also scored less than 1.5 goals in six straight away games. We’re riding those trends and hammering the under here.

Under 5.5 goals scored in Dallas vs. Buffalo game
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Over/Under 6.5 Goals: Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings

Whenever the Avalanche take the ice, the over is almost always a strong play. That's certainly been the case as of late. In Colorado's past eight games, the over has hit seven times! 

When you average an NHL-high 4.3 goals per game, as the Avs do, it's no wonder why overs are the norm. In the same token, Avalanche's defence is susceptible to allowing scores. At 3.03 scores allowed per game, that ranks tenth worst league-wide. Cause of these two factors, bookies almost always give Colorado games the highest over/unders of the night, which is again the case on Thursday. 

We like how Colorado matches up to LA. Here's a team the Avalanche have beaten eight of the past 10 times. We expect them to score plenty and often on Thursday, which should send this game into the seven-goal range at least.

Over 6.5 goals scored in Colorado vs. LA game
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Moneyline: San Jose Sharks at Seattle Kraken

Here's a doozy of a game to finish off the night of betting. San Jose and Seattle is a virtual toss-up right now, but bookies are favoring the home-ice Kraken on the moneyline ever slightly. We would have to disagree with the assessment, however.

For some reason, the Sharks are one of the most slept-on teams, both by bettors and fans of the sport. Here's a team clinging to a wild card playoff spot with a respectable 21-17-2 mark. Yet, they're 'dogs against the fourth-worst team in the NHL? Yeah, we're taking San Jose to win it.

San Jose To beat Seattle
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How To Bet On NHL?

While we're most confident in the bets above, that doesn't mean there's not betting value elsewhere on Thursday night. If you want a complete list of bets on NHL, visit one of the sportsbooks listed below. Spreads, moneylines, over/unders, props — you'll find it all at these bookies AND at bettor-friendly prices too.

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