NHL Picks and Betting Tips December 11, 2018

Last Updated: 2018-12-11

MORNING LINE REPORT – Tuesday, December 11th

Yesterday’s NHL card was short and sweet with just four games on the board, but still produced plenty of exciting action. While I’ve always found the NHL to be an exciting league, it seems the product on the ice this season is appealing to more newcomers to the sport. A younger brand of superstars is sweeping the league with speed and talent like we haven’t seen in, well, maybe ever. There’s always been a Gordie Howe, a Wayne Gretzky or a Sidney Crosby to lead the league but the number of true high-end megastars in the league nowadays has to be the most we’ve ever seen. It’s an exciting time to be a hockey fan.

Last night’s battle in Uniondale between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders started the night off with a bang. The Penguins had the power of their dads cheering them on as they kicked off their dads’ trip, going up against the power of the invigorated home crowd of the Nassau Coliseum for the Islanders who were playing their second home game of the season at the old rink. Something had to give between two sides with huge emotional edges, but neither team was willing to relent. It took 60 minutes of regulation, five minutes of overtime and then five rounds of a shootout before something finally did give and Jake Guentzel – with this sweet little move – gave Pittsburgh the win and another victory for the “Dads’ Trip”. Maybe if Barry Trotz hadn’t used Leo Komarov as one of the first three shooters in the shootout, the home crowd would have prevailed. Yep, Leo Komarov. That really happened.

Elsewhere on the short slate, the Rangers dads had to settle for a split on their trip as their boys fell 6-3 to Tampa Bay, thanks to a Steven Stamkos hat trick. It’s only fitting the best team in the NHL would be the kryptonite for the dads.

And in Detroit, the Los Angeles Kings played a great road game and had their chances, but Jimmy Howard simply out-dueled Jonathan Quick. LA had four 2-on-1 rushes in the first period alone and a 43-21 shot advantage overall, but couldn’t capitalize. Mark it down as another frustrating loss, but a loss nonetheless.

Tuesday’s card is ripe with a few value plays thanks to a few surprises expected in net. Full injury report below but we’ll skip the goaltending notes in order to get this up before the morning skates begin and take advantage of a few soft numbers before goaltender announcements start to trickle in.

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Toronto Maple Leafs @ Carolina Hurricanes

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Vancouver Canucks @ Columbus Blue Jackets

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Los Angeles Kings @ Buffalo Sabres

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Arizona Coyotes @ Boston Bruins

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Detroit Red Wings @ Washington Capitals

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Florida Panthers @ St. Louis Blues

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Chicago Blackhawks @ Winnipeg Jets

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Ottawa Senators @ Nashville Predators

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Montreal Canadiens @ Minnesota Wild

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Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche

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– END OF DECEMBER 11 PICKS –

 

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9 thoughts on “NHL Picks and Betting Tips December 11, 2018”

  1. Nice job man. When the Flames went up 2-0 I turned it off to avoid the inevitable sweat so glad I missed that.
    I know all about migraines and how yuk it is to do anything other than lie in a dark room when they come on, so an extra thanks for today’s work.

    1. You certainly saved a few gray hairs by missing that hectic finish, but it was a satisfying result!
      Yes, these days are no fun when you’d do absolutely anything for just a bit of pain relief. Fortunately, I only get them this bad a couple days a month. Thanks for reading and the kind words!

  2. Enjoy your work and wouldn’t worry about CLV it will be positive in the end. Everyone on the Oilers today and rightfully so and I’ll be right there with you. What’s concerning me is that this line isn’t moving as expected but I’m there. Thanks for the work and Good luck read you every day.

    PaulSam@Bklynboy63

  3. Can’t believe that guys cry over free picks and especially after the heater he’s been on. Also I don’t advise betting blindly no matter who the source is. Winning takes work and even than blank days will happen.

    1. Absolutely right, thanks Paulsam. There’s always one or two who ruin it for all the good people, but I don’t let much bother me so usually get a laugh out of comments like that. You need to have thick skin if you’re going to give out free advice in this industry.
      That’s what we pride ourselves on more than anything here at Bang the Book. It’s always more about the process of doing things right than the results itself. With the right process, results will follow, but winning every day is just an impossible dream.
      The injury and goaltending information I’m providing here is invaluable and the recommended picks are just a bonus, really, although I know a lot of folks blindly play them due to the success I’ve had over the years. Fortunately, after a tough start to this season, we’re comfortably in the black for the moment 🙂
      Appreciate the support. Cheers

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