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Top NHL Betting Picks of the Week (February 14th , 2022)

By Hank Blaine

There could be history made on Tuesday in the NHL by superstar Sidney Crosby and a traded player probably will debut with his new club. Here’s a look at both of those games. Check back for NHL odds.

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • When: Tuesday, February 15th, 2022. 7:00pm ET
  • Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM (Philadelphia) // 105.9 FM WXDX (Pittsburgh)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Penguins star Sidney Crosby is one goal shy of joining the 500 club. He would be the 46th player to reach that milestone and third active behind Alex Ovechkin (759) and Patrick Marleau (566). Marleau isn’t actually playing but also hasn’t official retired.

The youngest 500-goal scorer was Alex Ovechkin (age 30) and the oldest was Mark Recchi (turned 39 six days after his milestone tally) At 34 years old, Crosby would be the third-youngest player (after Ovechkin and Jarome Iginla) to reach the milestone during this era.

Pittsburgh won its third in a row Sunday, 4-2 at New Jersey. Crosby extended his point streak to six consecutive games with two assists. Crosby also had four shots on goal and one hit in 21:08 of ice time. He has two goals and eight assists during his point spree. Crosby is up to 31 assists and 44 points in 37 contests this year. Bryan Rust scored his 16th goal in his last 16 games. Less than one minute into the third period, Rust scored moments after the Penguins power play expired. Near the front of the net, Rust was uncovered and easily deflected Kris Letang’s shot-pass. Evgeni Malkin returned to the Penguins lineup for the first time since he was placed in COVID protocol during the All-Star break. He had one shot on goal, one giveaway, but three takeaways.

The Flyers lost their second in a row Saturday, 4-2 in Detroit. Carter Hart stopped 20 of 23 shots. It was the third time in four games that Hart has surrendered at least three goals. Top forward Derick Brassard missed Saturday’s game because he was dealing with soreness. Brassard returned from his hip injury on Wednesday. Saturday marked the third straight time that Brassard was out of the lineup immediately after returning from this injury.

Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia 6-2 in the last meeting between these teams on Jan. 6. Rust scored two goals.

NHL Betting Pick: Penguins

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames

  • When: Tuesday, February 15th, 2022. 9:00pm ET
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • TV: NHL Network
  • Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Blue Jackets) // Sportsnet 960 The FAN (Flames)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

This should be the Flames debut of winger Tyler Toffoli, who was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. Toffoli, 29, recorded nine goals and 17 assists in 37 games played this season. He goes to a Flames team with a 26-13-6 record, second in the Pacific Division. Montreal is the worst team in the NHL so this won’t be the Habs’ last trade.

If there’s anyone in the league that knows exactly what Toffoli can bring to the ice it is Flames head coach Darryl Sutter, who coached the forward to a Stanley Cup championship in 2014 when both were with the Los Angeles Kings. Toffoli also doesn’t represent a deadline rental. Signed to a four-year, $17 million contract in the fall of 2020, he is signed through 2023-24 at a $4.25 million cap hit.

Calgary will send first- and fifth-round picks, forward Tyler Pitlick and forward prospect Emil Heineman back to Montreal. The 2022 first-round pick heading to the Canadiens is top-10 protected. If it’s top 10, the Canadiens would receive a 2023 first-rounder instead. The fifth-round pick is in the 2023 draft. Pitlick, 30, had two assists in 25 games for Calgary. Montreal is his sixth team in eight seasons.

Calgary enters on a six-game winning streak following a 5-2 win over the Islanders on Saturday. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists. Gaudreau is on a six-game points streak and has 19 goals and 58 points in 45 games thus far. He is sixth in NHL scoring, just seven points out of the lead.

Markstrom was named the NHL’s No. 1 star for last week. He stopped 93 of the 97 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and one shutout. Markstrom leads the NHL with eight shutouts, two shy of the single-season franchise record established by Miikka Kiprusoff in 2005-06. The 32-year-old Swede has appeared in 36 total contests this season, placing among the top netminders in shutouts (1st; 8), goals-against average (4th; 2.12), save percentage (5th; .926) and wins (9th; 20).

The Jackets won their third in a row Saturday, 2-1 in Montreal. Elvis Merzlikins saved 30 of 31 shots. Merzlikins broke out of a rough patch where he allowed at least three goals in four straight starts. He has a 17-12-1 record, 3.31 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 30 contests this season.

Columbus was routed at home by Calgary 6-0 on Jan. 26. Matthew Tkachuk scored twice and the Flames fired a team-record 62 shots on goal. It was the most by a visiting team in a regular-season game since the NHL started tracking shots on goal in 1955-56.

NHL Betting Pick: Flames

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