Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his overtime goal against New York Rangers’ Alexandar Georgiev in an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, in New York. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)
- There’s NHL action on five fronts on Monday, Feb. 1st, 2021
- Robert Duff won his last pick on the Capitals, bringing his NHL record to 5-2 (+2.36 units)
- All of odds, lines, and best bets for these games are right here
It’s a busy Monday on the NHL schedule, with five games from which bettors can make their picks. The reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning are in action, as are Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
A sixth game between the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks was postponed due to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.
NHL Odds February 1st
|Nashville Predators||+150||+1.5 (-160)||O 5.5 (-125)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-180||-1.5 (+135)||U 5.5 (+105)|
|Boston Bruins||-145||-1.5 (+165)||O 5.5 (-115)|
|Washington Capitals||+125||-1.5 (-196)||U 5.5 (-105)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||-115||-1.5 (+205)||O 6 (-121)|
|New York Rangers||-105||+1.5 (-261)||U 6 (+100)|
|Vancouver Canucks||+135||+1.5 (-171)||O 6 (-115)|
|Montreal Canadiens||-160||-1.5 (+145)||U 6 (-105)|
|Calgary Flames||-115||-1.5 (+200)||O 6 (-115)|
|Winnipeg Jets||-105||+1.5 (-255)||U 6 (-105)|
Odds taken Jan. 31st at PointsBet
Predators Stike Lightning
When the Lightning defeated the Predators by a 4-3 count on Saturday, it marked the first time that Nashville suffered a loss in regulation to Tampa Bay since Dec. 29, 2013, a span of 13 games.
Tampa Bay has won its past two games against Nashville, ending a four-game losing skid against the Predators. The Lightning haven’t won three in a row from the Preds since a four-game streak from 2004-08.
The Predators suffer their first regulation loss to the Lightning since 12/19/13. They were 10-0-3 in their previous 13 games against them.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 31, 2021
However, Nashville is enjoying plenty of success of late at Tampa Bay. The Predators are 4-1 there since 2017 and own a 6-3 edge since 2010.
So far, the champion Lightning are displaying no evidence of any Stanley Cup hangover. At 4-1-1 they’re tied for second in the Central Division, just two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets. However, Tampa Bay holds three games in hand on 4-2-3 Columbus.
Steven Stamkos recorded the 300th power-play point of his NHL career, tying Martin St. Louis for the most in @TBLightning history. https://t.co/zJd36FJ5zT #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/RFchMBiyyL
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 31, 2021
Bolts backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney is free from a two-week stay in COVID-19 protocol. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper wants McElhinney to get back into game shape before he’ll see any action. Including last year’s playoffs, Andrei Vasilvevskiy has started 32 straight games in goal for the Lightning.
Nashville rallied from a 4-1 third-period deficit to nearly tie Saturday’s game. To succeed against the Lightning, the Predators need to stay out of the penalty box. The Preds have successfully killed off just 21 of 33 shorthanded situations. Their 63.6% success rate is last overall in the 31-team NHL.
Game time Monday at Amalie Arena is 7pm EST. The game is being broadcast regionally by FOX Sports Sun and FOX Sports Tennessee.
Pick: Nashville Predators (+150), 1 unit.
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Close Not Counting
The Rangers are 1-2-2 in their past five games and 2-4-2 for the season. Each of their past six games have ended in one-goal outcomes. New York has lost five of those games.
Saturday’s four-goal outburst against the Penguins was the most goals scored by the Rangers since a 5-0 shutout of the New York Islanders in the second game of the season. Unfortunately, the production was offset by allowing a season-high five goals in their 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
Tony DeAngelo was on the ice for four of the Penguins’ five goals last night.
Here they are ⬇️ #NYR pic.twitter.com/fwnTG6dBT9
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) January 31, 2021
Sunday, the Rangers placed controversial defenseman Tony DeAngelo on waivers. DeAngelo was on the ice for four of five goals in Saturday’s loss. Published reports are suggesting that he and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev got into an altercation in the tunnel leading to the dressing room following the OT loss.
Pittsburgh has already beaten the Rangers three times this season. Overall, the Pens are 5-2 in their last seven against the Broadway Blueshirts.
THE WIZARD OF CROS!
Sidney Crosby scores in overtime and P.O Joseph gets his THIRD primary assist of the night. pic.twitter.com/1X6WVgb1j3
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 31, 2021
The Penguins are 7-3 in their last 10 at Madison Square Garden. They’re averaging 4.27 goals per game in their last 11 visits to MSG.
Monday’s puck drop is at 7pm EST. The game is being carried by NBCSN.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins (-115).
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.