James Guillory, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Justin Williams
The NHL’s Christmas break is over and that means we’ve got a pretty packed slate to get through on the ice.
There are 13 games on Thursday night and only one of them (note: Rangers-Blue Jackets doesn’t have a line yet) opened with odds tighter than -130/+110. That game was St. Louis vs. Buffalo and the Blues, who opened as -125 favorites, have now been bet up to -134, according to the consensus odds on The Action Network App.
Let’s get to a few games.
NHL record: 29-28, +11.77 units
Betting odds: Detroit Red Wings (+224) at Pittsburgh Penguins (-252) | Over/Under: 6
The Penguins opened at -225 at Pinnacle, arguably the sharpest sportsbook on the planet, but were quickly tapped up to -252. Pittsburgh is a much stronger team than Detroit, but the odds are now a little too wide.
In terms of talent, the Red Wings are one of the weakest teams in the NHL and the Penguins are one of the strongest. That won’t sound like a ringing endorsement for the Red Wings, nor should it, but just because Detroit is second best by a mile here doesn’t mean there isn’t value on backing the Wings.