Last night I went 3-2, losing 1.3 units. The Jets highly outplayed the Ducks yet still lost. Nothing you can do to predict that. Tonight, a big nine game slate to get a huge bounce back winning night on.
Sabres vs. Canadiens (7:00)
The Sabres have been the biggest joke in the NHL for a decade and I expect for them to be HISTORICALLY awful this season. This team is going to be dead last in the NHL, without a question to me. They’re without Jack Eichel, who’s likely to get traded when the Sabres get their shit together on that, filled their roster with a bunch of guys at league minimum contracts and I don’t expect anyone in Buffalo to want to go to these games to watch this dog shit franchise. Montreal, who lost in the Cup Finals on a hell of a run through the playoffs last year got worse in the offseason and I don’t have much expectation for them at all this season. They’re without Carey Price and since Jake Allen started last night against Toronto in a 2-1 loss, they’re going with Sam Montembeault in goal, who started a few games for Florida but I don’t have any faith in this guy in goal starting his first game of the season. I’d expect the Habs to win this game, but with the uncertainty in goal, I’ll stay off this game. I’ll probably be loading up heavily against the Sabres this season, but I’ll stay off it in Game 1.
Senators vs. Maple Leafs (7:00)
The Leafs are on the back end of a back to back to start the season after winning 2-1 over Montreal last night. Last season, the Senators had a highly up and down year, showing very good signs in their young core and they were pests to play against but ultimately aren’t that good. These teams saw each other a lot in the North Division and play pretty close against each other. I’ll stay off of this one since I do think the Leafs are the way better team, but it wouldn’t shock me if the Sens got a win tonight.
Panthers vs. Penguins (7:00)
The Penguins came out in their season opener and ruined Tampa’s banner raising night on Tuesday with a big 6-2 upset without Crosby, Malkin and Guentzel. Florida has their best roster they’ve ever had this season and I think they’re primed to make a great run to the postseason. I thought they’d be starting the young star Spencer Knight in goal tonight, but they’re going with Bobrovsky instead. I’d lean that Florida wins this game tonight and was going to bet them, but at -190, I don’t see any value in that line and with how good Jeff Carter and the Penguins looked on Tuesday against the Cup Champs, I don’t love the idea of betting the regulation line on this one. So I’ll just skip this game, can’t lose what you don’t bet.
Rangers vs. Stars (7:00)
Last year Dallas missed the playoffs just a year removed from making it to the Stanley Cup Finals. They were riddled with injury issues and came a couple games short behind Nashville from making the postseason. The Stars should be much better this season now that they got healthy and added Ryan Suter from Minnesota. The Rangers have a lot of talent and are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Capitals last night where they couldn’t get much going. Two years ago I crushed betting Dallas unders and I’m going back to that tonight for a unit, especially with the Rangers starting Igor Shesterkin in goal.
Hurricanes vs. Islanders (7:00)
The New York Islanders were a shorthanded goal in a 1-0 Game 7 away from the Stanley Cup Finals last year. This team is a defensive wagon that can shut down any team in hockey with one of the best defensive coaches behind the bench in Barry Trotz. Carolina’s been a pretty good team the past few years but got worse in the offseason, losing Dougie Hamilton, one of the best defensemen in the league. I’ll take the Isles here on the road for half a unit.
Blue Jackets vs. Coyotes (7:00)
The Yotes were a bad team last year in a bad division and got worse in the offseason losing arguably their best player in goaltender Darcy Keumper going to Colorado. The Blue Jackets have a decent offense and even though I don’t expect them to be a great team, they should be able to outscore the Coyotes, especially with Carter Hutton in goal (who I watch suck a lot for a few years when he was in Buffalo). I’ll take Columbus for a unit here.
Red Wings vs. Lightning (7:30)
The Tampa Bay Lightning looked like they still had a killer hangover on Tuesday night from celebrating with the Cup for the entire offseason and opened the season at home with a 6-2 loss to a shorthanded Penguins team. Detroit was BAD last year and I expect them to be bad again this year. There’s not much to say about them. Tampa should be in a perfect spot to bounce back on the road tonight in Detroit and I’ll back them with a unit on the Bolts in regulation.
Predators vs. Kraken (8:00)
On Tuesday night, the Kraken came back to tie up their game against Vegas after being down 3-0, before ultimately losing 4-3 after giving up a goal just a minute later. They seems to be a team that is going to grind out games and be a pest to play against, but might not end up being a great team. Nashville went on a pretty good run on Juuse Saros fantastic goaltending to close out the regular season last year to come back from the dead to make the playoffs before losing in the first round to the Carolina Hurricanes. Other than Saros, I don’t expect much at all out of this team this season and they’ll likely miss the playoffs. I’ll stay off this game. If anything I’d lean the under in a goaltending battle between Saros and Grubauer.
Kings vs. Golden Knights (10:30)
The Vegas Golden Knights are once again a huge contender to win the Stanley Cup this season and the obvious favorite to win the weak Pacific Division. They looked great to start off the season on Tuesday night against the Seattle Kraken, getting out to a 3-0 lead to start the game before letting the Kraken get back into the game. But then they took back the lead a minute later and won 4-3. The Kings have a lot of really good young players mixed in with some veterans still in LA but they don’t have the talent to hang with the Knights. I’ll take Vegas for a unit.
1u Stars/Rangers under 6 (-120)
.5u Islanders ML (+110)
1u Columbus ML (-175)
1u Tampa in regulation (-141)
1u Vegas ML (-155)
Record (Regular Season): 5-4 (-2.84 units)