Sharks vs. Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets vs. Jets

One of the cold realities of NHL betting is that there are many nights when you have to go dumpster diving to find the best value.

Tuesday night was one such example, and it looks like there are some decent numbers for some ugly underdogs.

San Jose Sharks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs predictions

There's a lot of positive momentum surrounding the Maple Leafs right now.

The Buzz have won three in a row by a combined score of 9-1, have just signed superstar William Nylander to a massive contract extension, and while Joseph Woll is injured, goalie Martin Jones is in the crease situation. stabilized.

Things will get even better for the Leafs on Tuesday night, when they conclude a home-and-home game against the last-place Sharks. Toronto is my favorite.

While there are some bright spots for the Leafs, the Sharks are once again in a bad situation.

San Jose has lost 11 straight games (all within regulation), but has scored more than two goals just twice during that span.

None of this sounds like a recommendation to bet on the Sharks, but one of the best practices in betting (regardless of sports) is to buy low and sell high.

And there are several paths the Sharks can take to be competitive in this game.

As ugly as the current losing streak is, San Jose has performed better of late and showed no regrets in Saturday night's 4-1 loss to Toronto.

Additionally, returning home after a long road trip on the other side of the country is never easy for a team. So the team has the Leafs in a good position here.

Finally, we've seen the Maple Leafs' current group lose in these types of situations numerous times over the past few seasons, so it's never a bad idea to seriously consider numbers like this against Toronto. .

If you're brave enough to play against the Sharks, you can be patient as this number will likely continue to increase until the puck drops.

The Pick: Sharks ML (+350, DraftKings)

Johnny Gaudreau of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates with his teammates from the bench after scoring the winning goal in a penalty shootout against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 4, 2024 at Wells Fargo Center. NHLI (via Getty Images)

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Winnipeg Jets predictions

This is a potential banana peel for the hot-blooded Jets.

The Jets, who have won six straight games and are currently on a 12-game winning streak (10-0-2), started this week atop the NHL and were the talk of the league.

If you've been betting on the NHL for any length of time, you know that when a small market team like Winnipeg becomes the “talk of the town,” that's a clear signal to start selling.

Things change quickly in this league, but usually by the time the media picks up a story like this, the market has already peaked.

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The Blue Jackets haven't been very good this season, winning just four of their past 11 games, but their current 4-3-4 stretch has sent them into overtime seven times, which is a sign that this team has a halfway decent record. A job where you tenaciously stand up against a superior opponent who has shown that you have the skills you need.

Don't expect pretty players from the Jackets, but they're mostly troublesome and have enough young talent to give a team like the Jets plenty to think about in this spot, where Winnipeg returns home after winning all three games on the road. . Go out west.

Pick: Blue Jackets ML (+205, FanDuel)