NHL Best Bets Today (Back Streaking Maple Leafs over Rangers at The Garden Thursday)

Gamblor giveth, Gamblor taketh away.

After a 3-0 sweep on Tuesday night, Gamblor the Gambling God got its revenge last night, as I went 0-3 for the reverse sweep, undoing the gains I made.

That’s gambling for ya.

The only thing we can do now is hop back on the horse and march forward. Thankfully, we have plenty more games to choose from compared to last night, with 12 games scheduled to take place.

Let’s dive into my three NHL best bets for Thursday night. You can find the best available odds for every game on the slate, along with the top available betting promos from each sportsbook HERE.

NHL Best Bets Record-to-Date

NHL Best Bets Today (Thursday, December 15)

  • Maple Leafs -120 vs Rangers
  • Stars/Capitals OVER 6 (-110)
  • Blackhawks +175 vs Golden Knights

Maple Leafs -120 vs Rangers

Toronto Maple Leafs @ New York Rangers | Current Best Odds


Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers

I’ve been trying to bet against the Maple Leafs recently because some of their recent advanced analytics, like CORSI%, have not looked good. But, it’s time for me to stop getting caught up in those. They may not be racking up a ton of shots, but they’re making the most of their opportunities. They’re second in the NHL in shooting percentage (13.65%) and first in the league in save percentage (.951) over their last 10 games. That right there will win you a lot of games.

Matt Murray gets the start for the Leafs tonight and he’s been on fire since returning from injury, sporting a .926 save percentage in his first 10 starts. Now, he and the Leafs get to take on a Rangers team that is 29th in expected goals for over their last 10 games.

I’ll ride with Toronto in this spot.

Stars/Capitals OVER 6 (-110)

Dallas Stars @ Washington Capitals | Current Best Odds


Dallas Stars
Washington Capitals

There’s no need to overthink this one. The Capitals and Stars rank second and third in expected goals for over their last 10 games, both playing some of the best offensive hockey they’ve played this season. They’ve have an average combined goals per game of 6.63 over that stretch.

Dallas has also been one of the best shooting teams in the league this season, coming in at fourth in shooting percentage. I expect offense in this inter-conference matchup.

Blackhawks +175 vs Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights @ Chicago Blackhawks | Current Best Odds


Vegas Golden Knights
Chicago Blackhawks

I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out. I think now is a good time to fade what seems to be a regressing Golden Knights team. They’re 5-5 in their last 10 games and rank near the bottom of the NHL in a few key areas over that stretch.

They’re 29th in CORSI%, 26th in expected goals for, and 26th in shooting percentage.

To be fair, the Blackhawks don’t exactly rank way above them in any of those areas, but they aren’t far off. I think this is a good time to take a shot at a +175 home underdog.

You can track Iain’s bets on Betstamp here.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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