Top Five NHL Picks for Saturday, December 4th 2021

Top Five NHL Picks for Saturday, December 4th 2021

The Florida Panthers continue to reign supreme with an NHL-best 35 points after 23 games. Toronto has been on fire recently winning nine of its last ten games to tie the Panthers with 35 points.

The Rangers, Stars, and Avalanche have all won eight of their last ten games. Will these teams continue their streaks on Saturday? Here are the top five NHL picks for Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins

Lightning vs. Bruins Picks

Best Bet: OVER 5.5

Tampa Bay heads to Boston winners of seven of their last ten games. The Bruins have won six of nine and allowed two goals or less in each of the six wins.

The Lightning has won eight of the last ten against Boston. Tampa Bay is 10th in the NHL in scoring and the Over is 12-9-1 in Lightning games. The Over is 6-2-1 in Tampa Bay’s away games. These two teams have enough scoring talent to go Over 5.5.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers

Blackhawks vs. Rangers Picks

Best Bet: RANGERS -185

The Rangers are on a roll. They have won four straight and eight of their last nine. Four of the eight wins were by a single goal.

The Blackhawks are 8-12-2 overall and are 3-3 in their last six games. Chicago is 10-12 ATS on the season, 5-6 ATS at home. The Rangers have been very good to bettors on the road. They have a 9-4 ATS record away from home. They will add to it on Saturday.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottawa Senators

Avalanche vs. Senators Picks

Best Bet: OVER 6

The Avalanche are No. 5 in goals scored per game this season. They have won eight of their last ten games and have averaged five goals a game in doing so.

Ottawa ranks near the bottom of the NHL in scoring, but the Senators have had a few games where they put up multiple goals. One of those was on Nov. 22 against the Avalanche. Colorado won 7-5.

The total has gone Over in nine of Colorado’s last 12 games and the Over is 6-3-1 in the Avs road games this season. Ottawa is good for a goal or two and the Avs could hit the total themselves. Back the Over.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Penguins vs. Canucks Picks

Best Bet: UNDER 5.5

The Penguins go on the road to face Vancouver, a team ranked 26th in scoring this season. Before Wednesday’s win over Ottawa, the Canucks had scored three goals in just one of eight games.

One of those games was a one-goal effort against Pittsburgh in a 4-1 loss on Nov. 24. The Under is 8-1-1 in Canucks home games this year. It’s a low total, but back the Under.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Minnesota Wild

Maple Leafs vs. Wild Picks

Best Bet: MAPLE LEAFS -120

The Maples Leafs are the hottest team in hockey right now. They have won five straight and 10 of their last 11. They have also won seven straight on the road.

The Maples Leafs are third in the NHL in goals against. The Wild rank 20th. Back Toronto to win again.