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Saturday NHL Odds, Predictions and Best Picks for All 9 Games on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

Dec 31, 2021 · 4:06 PM PST

Vladimir Tarasenko celebrates, St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russia, waves to the crowd after scoring a goal during the third period of the NHL Winter Classic hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
  • The NHL features a large 9-game slate on Saturday, January 1st 2022
  • St. Louis are road underdogs in the 2022 Winter Classic vs Minnesota
  • Read below for Saturday NHL odds, plus our best NHL picks

The NHL welcomes in the New Year with a large nine-game slate on Saturday, January 1st 2022. Headlining Saturday’s action is the Winter Classic between St. Louis and Minnesota at Target Field.

Elsewhere in the NHL odds, the Maple Leafs and Senators finally resume their schedules with a matchup at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto is listed as heavy home favorites.

Let’s take a look at the Saturday NHL odds and provide you with our two best bet predictions.

Saturday NHL Odds – January 1st

Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday Jan. 1 Buffalo Sabres +1.5 (+105) O 5.5 (-110) +245
1:00 pm Boston Bruins -1.5 (-127) U 5.5 (-110) -315
Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday Jan. 1 Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (+145) O 6 (+102) -167
1:00 pm Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5 (-180) U 6 (-124) +138
Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday Jan. 1 Montreal Canadiens +1.5 (+125) O 6 (-118) +285
1:00 pm Florida Panthers -1.5 (-152) U 6 (-104) -375
Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday Jan. 1 Chicago Blackhawks +1.5 (-177) O 5.5 (-120) +135
2:00 pm Nashville Predators -1.5 (+145) U 5.5 (-103) -165
Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday Jan. 1 Edmonton Oilers +1.5 (-265) O 6 (+102) -104
2:00 pm New York Islanders -1.5 (+210) U 6 (-122) -118
Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday Jan. 1 Ottawa Senators +1.5 (-115) O 6 (-115) +205
7:00 pm Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5 (-106) U 6 (-105) -250
Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday Jan. 1 St. Louis Blues +1.5 (-230) O 5.5 (-120) +110
7:00 pm Minnesota Wild -1.5 (+180) U 5.5 (-103) -134
Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday Jan. 1 Vancouver Canucks +1.5 (-275) O 6 (-104) -105
10:00 pm Seattle Kraken -1.5 (+210) U 6 (-118) -115
Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday Jan. 1 Philadelphia Flyers +1.5 (-200) O 5.5 (-113) +128
10:30 pm Los Angeles Kings -1.5 (+163) U 5.5 (-108) -155

Odds as of Dec. 31st at Barstool Sportsbook

Blues vs Wild Winter Classic Betting Trends

The St. Louis Blues are listed as road underdogs in the 2022 Winter Classic odds. St. Louis occupies first place in the Central Division with 41 points, while Minnesota is right behind them with 40 points. The Blues have won five of their past seven games entering the Winter Classic.

Minnesota and St. Louis have both played in one previous outdoor game. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 6-1 in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series at TCF Bank Stadium, while the Blues beat Chicago 4-1 in the 2017 NHL Winter Classic. The road team is 17-11-4 in NHL outdoor games.

Blues vs Wild Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
05/13/21 STL 7 – MIN 3 STL STL Over
05/12/21 STL 4 – MIN 0 STL STL Under
05/01/21 MIN 4 – STL 3 OT MIN STL Over
04/29/21 MIN 4 – STL 5 OT STL STL Over
04/28/21 MIN 3 – STL 4 STL STL Over

St. Louis has dominated Minnesota in recent years, winning six of the past seven meetings. The Wild have some key absences on the blueline heading into the latest meeting, including Jared Spurgeon (lower body) and Jonas Brodin (COVID-19). Minnesota has lost four straight games.

Not only is St. Louis playing the better hockey, but they have the hottest player in the Winter Classic. Vladimir Tarasenko has exploded for five goals and nine points in his past five games and scored twice in his first outdoor game. Take advantage of St. Louis’ underdog value in Saturday NHL odds.

Pick: St. Louis Blues ML (+110)

Maple Leafs Heavy Home Favorites in Saturday NHL Odds

The Maple Leafs and Senators are finally back in action in the NHL odds after a lengthy break. Toronto has won two straight games and are 7-2-1 in their past 10 contests, while Ottawa has lost two straight. The Maples Leafs are heavy home favorites in the Saturday NHL odds.

Toronto should handle Ottawa at home, but the best value for the “Battle of Ontario” is the total. The over has cashed in nine of the past 13 meetings between the Senators and Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. The Leafs rank ninth in offense, while the Sens are 30th in defense.

Senators vs Maple Leafs Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
10/16/21 TOR 3 – OTT 1 TOR TOR Under
10/14/21 OTT 3 – TOR 2 OTT OTT Under
15/12/21 OTT 4 – TOR 3 OT OTT OTT Over
04/10/21 TOR 6 – OTT 5 TOR OTT Over
03/25/21 OTT 2 – TOR 3 OT TOR OTT Under

Leafs’ superstar Auston Matthews ranks third in the Rocket Richard race with 20 goals and should feast against this weak Ottawa defense. Matt Murray is the Senators’ projected starting goalie Saturday, and he owns a miserable 0-5-0 record with a .890 save percentage.

The Senators have scored at least four goals in four of their past five games and should help the over trend continue in this rivalry. Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk have developed strong chemistry and should exploit a Toronto defense giving up the 13th-highest number of high-danger chances.

Pick: Over 6 (-115)

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