Welcome to VSiN’s NHL Betting Guide for Friday, January 21St, featuring odds, predictions and best bets. The guide also includes the latest news, projected starting goaltenders, and important injury updates. Whether you’re a seasoned NHL bettor or learning how to be on hockey, this guide is an essential resource for making informed bets on NHL games.
Today’s NHL Odds
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- Anaheim Ducks (+210) at Buffalo Sabers (-250)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (-105) at Calgary Flames (-105)
- Minnesota Wild (EVEN) at Florida Panthers (-120)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (-280) at Montreal Canadiens (+240)
- San Jose Sharks (+115) at Columbus Blue Jackets (-135)
- Philadelphia Flyers (+125) at Detroit Red Wings (-145)
- Winnipeg Jets (-135) at Ottawa Senators (+115)
- Carolina Hurricanes (-165) at New York Islanders (+145)
- Los Angeles Kings (-105) at Nashville Predators (-115)
- Arizona Coyotes (+290) at Dallas Stars (-350)
- St. Louis Blues (-255) at Chicago Blackhawks (+215)
- Edmonton Oilers (-165) at Vancouver Canucks (+145)
- Washington Capitals (EVEN) at Vegas Golden Knights (-120)
- Colorado Avalanche (-105) at Seattle Kraken (-115)
Today’s NHL Predictions
Home team’s projected win probability. Subject to change based on starting goaltenders and injury news.
- Buffalo Sabers – 73.2 percent (-273)
- Calgary Flames – 50 percent (EVEN)
- Florida Panthers – 51.6 percent (-106)
- Montreal Canadiens – 23.5 percent (+325)
- Columbus Blue Jackets – 41.4 percent (+141)
- Detroit Red Wings – 54.3 percent (-119)
- Ottawa Senators – 42.4 percent (+136)
- New York Islanders – 40.6 percent (+146)
- Nashville Predators – 51.4 percent (-106)
- Dallas Stars – 72 percent (-257)
- St Louis Blues – 67.8 percent (-211)
- Vancouver Canucks – 35.4 (+183)
- Vegas Golden Knights – 45.9 percent (+118)
- Seattle Kraken – 53.2 percent (-114)
Today’s Best NHL Bets
Here are today’s best NHL bets:
Washington Capitals (Moneyline) EVEN
Washington comes into Saturday having gone 4-6 in their last 10 games, but they’re still a top-10 team by expected goal percentage over the last month, and beyond. Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom only have six games under their belt, but they’ve found chemistry with linemate Sonny Milano and it’s only a matter of time before things start to click for that line offensively. The Capitals are tough to play against at even strength, their power play has been improving and Darcy Kuemper does his job most nights.
Vegas, meanwhile, is reeling after losing another key player (Captain Mark Stone) to injury. The Golden Knights have lost four out of their last five games and rank 26th in expected goals percentage and 25th in shot attempt percentage since Dec. 27th, a 10-game stretch. Vegas isn’t scoring (seventh in goals per 60 in last 10 games) and they aren’t generating great looks as the 24th best team in terms of generating expected goals.
Goaltending was a strong point for the Golden Knights earlier in the season, when they were playing well, but now they’re playing like one of the worst teams in the league (seventh-worst in shots against per 60) and Logan Thompson has barely been hanging on. I’m not counting the Golden Knights out, but the Capitals should be the favorite in this game, not the underdog.
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Unit Won: -13.87
ROI: -10.7 percent
*Indicates that a team is playing the first half of a back-to-back
Today’s Starting Goaltenders
No goaltenders are confirmed unless otherwise stated. Projections are based on factors like rest, venue, opponent and upcoming games. Projected starters underlined. Follow Andy on Twitter for updates.
- Anaheim – John Gibson played the final forty minutes of Thursday’s game in Columbus after Anthony Stolarz allowed three goals on 15 first-period shots.
- buffalo – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is projected to start.
- Tampa Bay – Brian Elliott got a start in versus the Canucks, so Andrei Vasilevsky is expected to be back between the pipes on Saturday.
- Calgary – Dan Vladar hasn’t started since Jan 14thand the Flames haven’t won since then.
- Minnesota – Philip Gustavsson will start in goal for the Wild on Saturday.
- Florida – maybe AlexLyon earned himself a start.
- Toronto – Ilya Samsonov has been confirmed to start for the Maple Leafs.
- Montréal – Samuel Montembeault is in tough with Jake Allen still on the shelf.
- sanjose- The Sharks are about to play two games in two days, and it seems like the team still considers James Reimer the starter. San Jose will be in Boston on Sunday and, therefore, Kaapo Kahkonen is projected to start on Saturday.
- Columbus – Joonas Korpisalo is back with the team after dealing with a personal matter. He hasn’t started since Jan 12th.
- Philly – Although Samuel Ersson impressed in his time as the Flyers’ backup goalie, the organization risked losing Felix Sandstrom to waivers if they did not call him up and send Ersson down. The Flyers play the Jets on Sunday.
- Detroit – Ville Husso is the projected starter.
- Winnipeg – The Jets will take on the Flyers in Philadelphia on Sunday, so it’s unclear whether Connor Hellebuyck, or David Rittich will start in goal on Saturday. I’m going with the latter, for now.
- Ottawa – Cam Talbot starter in Pittsburgh on Friday which means Anton Forsberg will likely be facing off against the Jets on Saturday.
- carolina- Fredrik Andersen is the projected starter.
- islanders Ilya Sorokin will likely be back in the cage against the Hurricanes.
- Los Angeles – The Kings will be in Chicago on Sunday, like that Phoenix Copley is projected to start on Saturday.
- Nashville – I don’t see any reason why JUse Saros wouldn’t be the Predators” starter.
- Arizona – Karel Vejmelka has been confirmed as the Coyotes’ starter.
- Dallas – Scott Wedgewood might have earned himself another start before the All-Star break.
- Chicago – Petr Mrazek bounced back with a win after a bad performance, but with Los Angeles on deck, maybe Alex Stalock starts on Saturday.
- St Louis – This is a good spot for Thomas Greiss to start again.
- Edmonton – Stuart Skinner will start according to reports.
- Vancouver-Collin Delia started against Colorado on Friday, which means Thatcher Demko is likely not ready and we’re probably going to see Spencer Martin in goal.
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- Colorado – Pavel Françouz will likely be in goal for the Avalanche after Alexandar Georgiev played on Friday.
Check out the VSiN NHL Injuries for additional information.
- Vegas – It’s unclear if captain Mark Stone will miss a lot of time or not.
- Carolina -Forward Max Pacioretty suffered a torn Achilles on Thursday, just five games into his stint with the Hurricanes, and will be out long term.
- Anaheim – Mason McTavish missed Thursday’s game and is listed as day-to-day.
- Colorado – Cale Makar has missed the last two games due to injury, but he is traveling with the team.
- Dallas – Loope Hintz has been out longer than expected.
- Florida – Eric Staal is out for at least a week and Sergei Bobrovsky is considered day-to-day.
- Detroit – Tyler Bertuzzi is day to day.
- seattle Justin Schultz other Jaden Schwartz are day-to-day.
- Los Angeles – Gabriel Vilardi is day to day. Arthur Kaliyev other Trevor Moore remain out.