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Best NHL Expert Picks: Bet Leafs

Bet on the Leafs in our Best NHL Expert Picks

You can pore over the goaltending matchups or injury reports to inform your wagers, but hockey is the type of sport where betting trends and being plugged into the hockey betting scene is a key to success.

So, at Odds Shark, were doing the hockey betting heavy lifting for you. Our NHL best bets are crafted each week by our top hockey bettors to find consistent value and win you some money over the course of the hockey season.

We post three to five of our NHL best bets every Tuesday, so check out our top NHL expert picks for the upcoming hockey games below.

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This Week’s NHL Expert Picks: 

Below, find our top picks every Tuesday for NHL expert picks with all odds and bets available at Bovada. We had a tough 0-3 week last week, but we’re back with the following three picks for Tuesday, December 7:

NHL 2021-22 Betting Record: 5-10

NHL Expert Pick #1: Leafs -1.5
The Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:08 p.m. ET

Mitch Marner and Rasmus Sandin are both out with injuries, but I’ll still bank on Toronto’s combination of offense and goaltending in this matchup tonight.

The Leafs are seventh in goals for and seventh in goals against in the NHL this year, a great recipe for wins. With Jack Campbell in net, the Leafs are 13-4-2, and Toronto’s top goaltender has allowed just 1.78 goals per game.

Pick #2: Ducks/Sabres OVER 6
The Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Buffalo Sabres, 7:38 p.m. ET

The Ducks and Sabres are certainly not exciting teams on paper, but they’ve both scored a lot more than most thought coming into this season. Anaheim ranks fifth in the league with 86 goals while the Sabres sit 18th with 69. 

Add in the poor goaltending matchup we have tonight, and I’m banking on the OVER. The Sabres are giving young Finnish goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen his fifth-ever NHL start tonight. In his four previous games, Luukkonen has allowed 3.88 goals per game and he owns a 3.42 GAA in the AHL this season.

Pick #3: Hurricanes/Jets UNDER 5.5
The Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Winnipeg Jets, 8:08 p.m. ET

While the Sabres-Ducks game is rocking one of the worst goaltending matchups of the night, Freddy Andersen and Connor Hellebuyck is the best duel this Tuesday.

Both Andersen and Hellebuyck have goals-against averages below 2.7 and save percentages above .915. Neither the Jets or Canes are in the top 10 in goals for, and both are in the top 10 in preventing goals. This game has UNDER written all over it.

What Is An NHL Expert Pick?

An NHL expert pick is a suggested wager from one of our hockey betting experts on who will win or cover in a hockey contest, or a bet on the goal totals.

NHL bets can range from betting on the moneyline (which is simply which team wins), to the puckline (for the favorite to win by more than 1.5 goals), to whether the total goals scored in a contest is OVER or UNDER a certain number.

Here are examples of NHL bets you can find at our top sportsbooks:

  • • Moneyline: Will the Oilers (-200) or Flames (+140) win?
  • • Puckline: Will the Oilers (-1.5) or Flames (+1.5) cover?
  • • Total: Will the Oilers and Flames combine for OVER or UNDER 5.5 total goals?
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