NHL Best Bets for Wednesday: 4 Value Plays, Including Bruins at (+198) Odds

It’s a pre-Thanksgiving feast with a smorgasbord of NHL action tonight. All but two of the league’s 32 teams are in play on one of the busiest nights of the year.

The skaters will break for the American holiday tomorrow, so now’s the time to fill your boots with bets. Here are four of our top picks for Wednesday night.

Jordan Kyrou Power Play Points – Over 0.5 (+330)

Jordan Kyrou is feeling it right now. The former second-round pick has piled up seven points in his last five games, including power play points in two consecutive outings.

It’s a favorable matchup for Kyrou against a team that ranks 30th in penalty kill percentage and 29th in overall goals against.

Buffalo has given up at least one PP goal in nine of the last 10 and will be playing its second game in as many nights. Look for a lot of clutching and grabbing from a tired Sabres squad destined for the sin bin.

John Tavares Shots on Goal – Over 2.5 (-140)

Everything is lining up for John Tavares to pepper a few pucks at Vitek Vanecek tonight. The veteran center has been around the net a lot lately, with six points in his last four contests.

Tavares has gone over 2.5 shots in 65% of his games this season, including three of the last four. The Leafs should be fired up against a scalding Devils team that has won 13 straight.

Tavares notched three SOG when these teams met last week in a game where New Jersey couldn’t stay out of the box.

Boston Bruins Spread – -1.5 (+198)

The Bruins are winning almost 90% of their games (17-2), and they’re winning them big. Boston has a league-leading goal differential (+40) and has won seven straight games by two goals or more.

In fact, 12 of the Bruins’ last 13 wins have been by 2+. That’s a mind-blowing statistic, and regression is inevitable, but we have to ride the heater while we can.

The Panthers are in a bit of a tailspin, losing three straight and giving up 14 goals in the process. All signs point to Beantown in a route.

Jonathan Huberdeau Shots on Goal – Over 2.5 (+125)

Feel free to exhale, Calgary Flames fans. Jonathan Huberdeau finally looks like the player he was expected to be. After starting the season with a crawl, last year’s 115-point winger is starting to get his legs.

He’s now tallied points in four of five games and is +5 in that span. The shots are coming as well. Huberdeau has 10 SOG in his last three games and has been rewarded with more ice time as a result.

The Flames and Penguins squared off in October in a feisty battle with 69 combined shots and a similar result seems likely. Calgary never struggles to put the puck on the net, averaging 35.8 shots (3rd) per game. That bodes well against a Pens team that ranks 22nd (33.4) in shots against.


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