NHL Betting Picks for Tuesday 2/20/24: Can the Rangers Make It Eight Straight?

Nicholas Vazquez
Nicholas Vazquez@nickvaz
NHL Betting Picks for Tuesday 2/20/24: Can the Rangers Make It Eight Straight?

It may be the NBA All-Star Break, but we've still got a lot of action on the ice tonight.

Whether it's moneylines or total goals, there are plenty of ways to bet on the NHL action all season. It's a long 82-game campaign, meaning that the best selections of each night can be very different based on backup goalies coming into play, injuries that add up, and if teams are due for positive or negative swings.

Let's dive into the best bets for tonight.

Note: Lines are subject to change throughout the day after this article is published. All NHL betting odds and totals are from the NHL odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. All advanced statistics are used from MoneyPuck.com and NaturalStatTrick.com.

NHL Best Bets

Dallas Stars at New York Rangers

Rangers Moneyline (-137)

Two teams in the top five in the league standings face off in New York tonight as the Dallas Stars battle the New York Rangers.

Dallas is coming off an overtime loss yesterday against the Boston Bruins. They were without three regular defensemen going into that game. Matt Duchene was also a late scratch, and it looks like he will miss this game, as well.

Miro Heiskanen will likely return, but Dallas will still be without two defensemen in already thin group on defense. They also will be starting Scott Wedgewood in goal, who has allowed the seventh-most goals above expectation in the NHL.

The Rangers have now won seven games in a row after their dramatic win outdoors on Sunday. They are fifth in the NHL in points and fourth in points percentage.

Igor Shesterkin will be the goalie for the Rangers, and he's starting to round into form. He has won his last three games with a save percentage of .912.

With the Stars playing yesterday and now missing a key forward in Duchene, I like the Rangers here. These two teams are both among the best in the league, but the rest advantage and goaltending advantage should give New York the edge.

I like laying -137 on the Rangers at home here.

Nashville Predators at Vegas Golden Knights

Golden Knights Moneyline (-142)

The defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights won 4-0 on Monday and return home with a chance to win again.

Of course, that was against the lowly San Jose Sharks. However, they'll face another team who is struggling of late. The Nashville Predators have gone 3-6-1 in their last 10 games, including a disastrous 9-2 loss to Dallas on Thursday.

Vegas is getting a boost with the return of Shea Theodore on defense. He is their second-best defenseman, and his return helps slot every defensemen into a role that's more suitable for them.

The Golden Knights will also have the goalie advantage as Juuse Saros continues to struggle for Nashville. He's allowed .120 goals above expected per 60 minutes while likely Vegas starter Adin Hill has saved .952 per 60 minutes, the best mark in the NHL.

Nashville doesn't totally seem capable of going into Vegas and winning at the moment. They do have a better expected goal (xG) rate than Vegas, 51.19% to 50.63%, but Vegas' goaltending should make up for that.

The model on numberFire loves the Golden Knights, giving this bet a three-star rating.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings

Under 6.5 (-110)

The Los Angeles Kings have gotten back on track of late since their coaching change. They've won four of their five games, including three of the four on their most recent road trip.

The most impressive part is their defensive game. They held teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers to one goal or fewer. Overall, they allow the fifth-fewest xG per 60 minutes at five-on-five.

They will face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Columbus averages the sixth-fewest expected goals per 60 and is without talented forwards like Adam Fantilli and Patrik Laine.

L.A. gets a great matchup against Columbus' weak defense, but they are just 16th in goals per game. They are 17th on the power play but 1st in the league on the penalty kill.

Cam Talbot will be back in net for the Kings after his solid start against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Talbot was one of the best goalies in the league from October to December, so if he gets back to that form, the Kings should be able to contain Columbus tonight.

The model reflects this, as well, favoring under 6.5 goals in this game.

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