NHL Picks and Predictions for February 2

Updated: February 2, 2021

Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres are moneyline underdogs tonight against a New York Islanders squad that has lost five straight games—and scored just 10 total goals in that stretch.

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The NHL betting season enters its second month and despite a few setbacks for some clubs, the league is thriving and showcasing the world’s best hockey daily. Tuesday’s nine-game slate kicks off at 6 p.m. ET with the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres and concludes with a pair of West Coast games starting at 10 p.m. ET.

We can’t swallow the juice on a team that has dropped five games in a row, we’re playing the Under in a game where the total should fall from 6 to 5.5, and we’re loving the BJ’s, who will be getting some scoring help Tuesday.

We break down the hockey odds and bring our best NHL picks and predictions for Tuesday, February 2.

NHL Picks for Today

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders

The Islanders are coming off a rare bad game from goalie Semyon Varlamov, where the netminder dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime but saw only 17 shots the entire game. The Islanders’ goalie has been one of the best backstops all year with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Even with the great goaltending, the Islanders are losers of five straight and own one of the league’s worst offenses.

New York has scored two goals or less in five of its nine games this year and just 10 goals during its five-game skid. They’re generating chances, but lacking the talent to finish.

With the addition of Taylor Hall, and another point-per game pace from Jack Eichel, Buffalo is averaging nearly a full goal per game more than New York and also boasts a Top-6 powerplay. The Sabres are coming off a series where they were outplayed by the Devils and should bounce back strong and come into Tuesday’s game with an equal amount of rest as their opponent.

We like the Sabres on the moneyline and think taking the Islanders at -135 is a lot of vig for a team that’s losing and can’t score.

PREDICTION: Buffalo ML (+115)

Carolina Hurricanes vs Chicago Blackhawks

The Carolina Hurricanes played some great defensive hockey over the weekend, holding the Stars to just 40 shots over two games. The Hurricanes won both contests and are riding a four-game winning streak. Carolina is 2-3-1 O/U on the year and faces a Chicago team Tuesday night that has also had success with the Under.

The Blackhawks and their No. 1 goalie Kevin Lankinen have hit the Under in four straight games and are 2-5 O/U since the rookie has taken over. The unlikely star owns a sub-2.00 GAA and a .937 SV% to start his NHL career.

Lankinen has had to be good since the Blackhawks have found it hard to put the puck in the net. Excluding two games against Detroit, Chicago is averaging just two goals per game and has scored less than three goals six times in 10 games this year. Missing forward Alex DeBrincat hasn’t helped things either and Chicago will be without the former 40-goal scorer again tonight.

Carolina starting goalie Petr Mrazek is on the shelf – likely long-term – which means James Reimer will get the heavy load going forward. The veteran backup is 3-0 SU this year with a 1.99 GAA and a .918 SV%.

Getting this total at 6 instead of 5.5 is a real deal and we’re pounding the Under.

PREDICTION: Carolina/Chicago Under 6 (-125)

Dallas Stars vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Keeping with our trend of low-scoring teams, the Columbus Blue Jackets have potted just five goals over their three previous games. However, help is on the way with forward Patrick Laine having cleared COVID protocols and likely available for Tuesday’s match against the Dallas Stars.

Despite the low scoring, the BJ’s have managed to pick up points in seven of their last eight games and will likely start No. 1 goalie Joonas Koripsalo, who has allowed just 11 goals in five starts this year.

The Stars have played only six games this year and are coming off a pair of losses to the Hurricanes where they managed just 40 shots in two games. Dallas will be on its seventh game in 12 days and is currently on the team’s first road trip of the season. The Stars could be looking forward to their upcoming eight-game home stretch, but still have to show up for two games in Columbus.

We are passing on a total of 5 shaded to the Over, and instead, hoping the Laine addition adds a spark to the home team who is currently the underdog.

PREDICTION: Columbus ML (-105)

Top NHL Consensus for Today

Want to know who today’s biggest NHL betting and consensus bets are right now? Check out our top NHL consensus picks.

Yesterday’s picks: 2-1 (+0.72 units)
Season record to date: 17-29-2 (-13.24 units)

NHL Betting Card for February 2

  • Buffalo ML (+115)
  • Carolina/Chicago Under 6 (-125)
  • Columbus ML (-105)

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