NHL Best Bets (12/15/23): Expert Predictions For Tonight’s Games

Tonight’s NHL slate features 6 exciting matchups. Anthony Elio has a best bet for the Western Conference showdown between the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes

San Jose Sharks vs. Arizona Coyotes

The San Jose Sharks, who looked like a historically bad team earlier this year, have been oddly competitive as of late, going 3-1 in their past four games. However, the team has been playing on a razor’s edge, with each of their last five games being determined by a single goal. The team could use some help when it comes to killing the power play, with the Sharks currently 29th in the league at 73.27%. Additionally, it’s tough to be enthusiastic about the team between the pipes, as Mackenzie Blackwood (0.900 SV %, 3.67 GAA) is projected to start tonight. Blackwood has been allowing plenty of goals on the road as of late, with an average of 3.83 goals allowed per game. The Sharks as a whole are 3-11-1 on the road this season.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes have been underwhelming, with a four-game losing streak in which they’ve been outscored 18-8. However, keep in mind that three of those games were on the road, as the Yotes have been much better at Mullett Arena. Arizona is 8-5 at home this season and is riding a 4-1 home streak in which they’ve outscored opponents 18-9. The offense is led by Clayton Keller with 25 points, and he’s getting help from Michael Carcone (14 goals) and Lawson Crouse (13 goals). While it’s tempting to take a San Jose team that’s looked improved lately, I like Arizona to win by multiple goals in their cozy 5,000-person home stadium.

Best Bet: Arizona Coyotes -1.5

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Anthony Elio is the Lead Writer for LINEUPS.com, focusing on sports betting, online casino gaming, and horse racing. He covers state betting handles, sportsbook partnerships, operator news, and NHL picks. Outside of his work with LINEUPS, Elio has also written for Daily Fantasy Cafe, Innovation & Tech Today, Krazy Coupon Lady, and Residential Tech Today.

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