Tampa Bay Lightning's Brian Elliott celebrating with Corey Perry

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brian Elliott, left, and Corey Perry, center, celebrate after an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • There are 12 NHL games upon which to wager on Saturday, December 11th, 2021
  • The struggling Edmonton Oilers have lost four successive games
  • Let’s take a look at the Saturday NHL odds, along with our best NHL picks

It’s Saturday night and the NHL odds are presenting some matchups with intriguing histories.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators both entered the NHL as expansion franchises in 1992. They’ve taken divergent paths since then. While Ottawa currently resides at the bottom of the league, Tampa Bay has won the last two Stanley Cups.

Likewise, the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes (as the Hartford Whalers) wound up entering the NHL in 1979 as the league absorbed four teams from the defunct WHA.

Those are two of a dozen games on tap during the first day of this weekend’s hockey action. Let’s take a look at the Saturday NHL odds and our two best bets.

 Saturday NHL Odds – December 11th

Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Tampa Bay Lightning -225 -1.5 (+115) O 6 (-115)
1:08pm Ottawa Senators +180 +1.5 (-135) U 6 (-105)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Chicago Blackhawks +210 +1.5 (-120) O 5.5 (-120)
7:08pm Toronto Maple Leafs -260 -1.5 (+100) U 5.5 (+100)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Anaheim Ducks +125 +1.5 (-195) O 6 (+105)
7:08pm Pittsburgh Penguins -145 -1.5 (+165) U 6 (-125)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Montreal Canadiens +165 +1.5 (-140) U 6 (-110)
7:08pm St Louis Blues -195 -1.5 (+120) O 6 (-110)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Washington Capitals -220 -1.5 (+110) O 6 (-110)
7:08pm Buffalo Sabres -155 +1.5 (-130) U 6 (-110)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 New Jersey Devils +140 +1.5 (-180) O 5.5 (+100)
7:38pm New York Islanders -160 -1.5 (+155) U 5.5 (-120)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Philadelphia Flyers -160 -1.5 (+155) O 6 (-120)
8:38pm Arizona Coyotes +140 +1.5 (-180) U 6 (+100)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Carolina Hurricanes +100 +1.5 (-225) O 6 (-115)
10:08pm Edmonton Oilers -120 -1.5 (+185) U 6 (-105)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Columbus Blue Jackets +135 +1.5 (-170) O 6 (-110)
10:08pm Seattle Kraken -160 -1.5 (+150) U 6 (-110)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Boston Bruins +110 +1.5 (-220) O 5.5 (+105)
10:08pm Calgary Flames -135 -1.5 (+180) U 5.5 (-125)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Dallas Stars -120 -1.5 (+190) O 5.5 (+100)
10:38pm San Jose Sharks +100 +1.5 (-235) U 5.5 (-120)
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday, Dec. 11 Minnesota Wild -155 -1.5 (+155) O 5.5 (+100)
10:08pm Los Angeles Kings -120 +1.5 (-180) U 5.5 (-120)

Odds as of December 11th at DraftKings.

Lightning vs Senators Odds and Betting Trends

The Senators have won three of four. However, Ottawa fell 5-3 at home to the New York Islanders in their last game.

Anton Forsberg, 3-0 with a .913 save percentage in his last three starts, is expecting to get the nod in goal for the Sens. Friday saw Ottawa placing veteran defenseman Michael Del Zotto on waivers.

Lightning vs Senators Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
4/1/2019 Ottawa 2 Tampa Bay 5 TB TB Over
10/12/2019 Ottawa 4 Tampa Bay 2 OTT OTT Under
12/17/2019   Tampa Bay 4 Ottawa 3 (OT) TB OTT Over
1/4/2020 Ottawa 3 Tampa Bay 5 TB TB Over
11/6/2021 Ottawa 3 Tampa Bay 5 TB TB Over

The Lightning have won three in a row over the Senators and five out of six games. Tampa Bay is also 5-1 straight up in the last six games played at Ottawa.

The Bolts have won five in a row overall and the total has gone over in five of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.

Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning PL -1.5 (+115)

Hurricanes vs Oilers Pick and Prediction on Saturday

It’s homecoming for former Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear. He was shunted from Edmonton to Carolina in the summer after his turnover in Game 4 of the playoffs against Winnipeg paved the way for the Oilers’ postseason departure.

Carolina has won three of four games from the Oilers. The Hurricanes have also taken three successive decisions at Edmonton.

Hurricanes vs Oilers Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
3/20/2018 Carolina 3 Edmonton 7 EDM EDM Over
1/20/2019 Edmonton 4 Carolina 7 CAR CAR Over
2/15/2019 Carolina 3  Edmonton 1 CAR CAR Under
12/10/2019 Edmonton 3 Carolina 6 CAR CAR Over
2/16/2020 Carolina 3 Edmonton 4 (OT) EDM EDM Over

The Canes might be catching the Oilers at exactly the right time. Edmonton has lost four in a row. The Oilers have scored only four goals over their last three games.

Meanwhile, they’ve allowed 16 goals during their four-game skid. The total has gone over in five of the last six games between these two teams.

Pick: Carolina Hurricanes ML (+100)

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