I swept last night’s two game NHL slate, going 3-0 to win two units. Solid day. Tonight we have a pretty fun seven game slate. Let’s win again!
Red Wings vs. Flames (7:00)
This isn’t the most interesting of matchups. The Flames have been largely disappointing this season with a 24-17-10 record. They’ve been playing their best hockey of the year lately though with an 11-5-4 record (which still hasn’t been great) in their last 20 games, coming off an entertaining 5-4 loss to the Rangers on Monday night in their return from the All Star break. Calgary hasn’t been spectacular on either end of the ice, but they haven’t been horrible either. The Red Wings have been even worse. They’re 21-20-8 on the season and came back from the All Star break with a 5-2 loss to the Oilers on Tuesday night (triple winner for me) and have only won three of their last eight games. Detroit’s struggled a bit on both ends of the ice this season. I like the Flames to get a win here on the road and will take them for half a unit.
Panthers vs. Sharks (7:00)
This should be a pretty fun game between two teams that aren’t great. In the first game between these teams this season in San Jose on November 3rd, the Panthers won 4-3 in a shootout in a game that had a four goal third period. Florida came crashing down from winning the President’s Trophy last season, coming into tonight’s game with a 25-22-6. They are coming off two huge wins in a row though, going into the All-Star break with a 4-3 overtime win against the Bruins and then coming back from the break with a 7-1 blowout win on Monday night at home against their rival Bolts. Their offense has still been very good but their defense and goaltending has been atrocious. The Sharks have been horrible this season with a 16-25-11 record and will likely be sellers at the deadline to get even worse. They also come in on two wins in a row, going into the break with a 6-4 win in Pittsburgh and then completely screwing me on Tuesday night as they beat the Lightning 4-3 in overtime despite getting completely outplayed all game. They have been terrible on both ends of the ice, especially defensively. I like the Panthers to win this game and will take them in regulation for half a unit but I really like the over here. I’ll take the alternate over 6.5 and the Panthers team total over 3.5 for a unit each.
Devils vs. Kraken (7:00)
This has the potential to be a really fun cross conference matchup in New Jersey and the first game between them went to overtime with a 4-3 Kraken win at home on January 19th. The Devils look to answer back at home tonight. They’ve been fantastic this season and are in second place in the Metro Division with a 33-13-4 record. They have been incredible on both ends of the ice and have a 9-1-1 record in their last eleven games, coming off a 5-4 overtime win at home against the Canucks when they came back from the All Star break on Monday (screwing me since I had them in regulation only). The Kraken are in second place in the Pacific, just a point back from Vegas as they’re having a great bounce back season from their inaugural season last year, coming into tonight’s game with a 29-16-5 record. They did have a dud of a game though on Tuesday, coming back from the All Star break and getting shut out 4-0 by the Islanders. Seattle’s offense has been fantastic this season but they’ve been inconsistent defensively. I like the Devils to win at home here and will take them for half a unit. I also like the over and will take the alternate over 6 for half a unit as well.
Flyers vs. Oilers (7:00)
This is a pretty big mismatch and I expect this game to stink, but it lines up for an awesome betting spot for the Oilers. Edmonton’s been incredible lately, improving to 29-18-4 on the season with an 8-0-1 record in their last nine games. They came back from the All Star break getting me a triple winner in Detroit on Tuesday night as they beat the Red Wings 5-2. With the incredible play from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to lead the league, even without much depth behind them, the Oilers offense has been some of the best in the NHL. Their defense has struggled at times though. The Flyers have been terrible this season, coming into tonight’s game with a 21-22-9 record with only one win in their last five games, coming off a 2-1 loss to the Isles on Monday night. Their offense has really struggled but their defense hasn’t been too bad. I’m going right back to the same plays I had on the Oilers on Tuesday with a unit each on the Oilers in regulation, Oilers team total over 3.5 and the alternate over 6.5.
Lightning vs. Avalanche (7:00)
This is easily the best game on the slate tonight with a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals where the Avs beat the Bolts in six games. Both teams have played well again this season but have each taken steps back from last year. The Lightning are coming off two losses (both losses for me) after the All Star break, losing 4-3 in overtime to the Sharks on Tuesday despite being the much better team in that matchup and getting blown out 7-1 by their rival Panthers on Monday night. Their offense has been incredible this season, but their defense, which although still good hasn’t been as consistent at times. The opposite could be said about the Avalanche, who’s defense continues to be fantastic but their offense hasn’t produced to the same level that got them to lift Lord Stanley a year ago. They’re 27-18-4 on the season, coming off a 2-1 overtime loss in Pittsburgh that screwed me on Tuesday night. The Avs have been great recently though with a 7-1-1 record in their last nine games. I’d slightly lean the Lightning win at home here and would slightly lean the under but not enough to bet on either of those, so I’ll just lay off this game entirely.
Islanders vs. Canucks (7:30)
I broke this game down in depth on StatSalt for the first game that Bo Horvat will play against his former team after being acquired and signed long term by the Islanders last week. I really like the Islanders to win this game, especially with the Canucks in the second half of a back-to-back but the moneyline at -245 is too expensive. I will take the Isles in regulation for 1.5 units. I’d lean the over but not enough to bet it. I’ll also take Bo Horvat to score for half a unit.
Wild vs. Golden Knights (8:00)
This should be a fun game in the Western Conference tonight between two good playoff teams that are both struggling a bit right now. I broke this game down in depth on StatSalt. As I said in that article, would lean the Golden Knights get a win on the road but not enough to bet them. I do like the under a lot though and will take it for a unit (wish I locked this in at the better price last night but oh well).
.5u Flames ML (-165)
.5u Panthers in regulation (-134)
1u Panthers/Sharks over 6.5 (-148)
1u Panthers TT over 3.5 (-167)
.5u Devils ML (-125)
.5u Devils/Kraken over 6 (-129)
1u Oilers in regulation (-114)
1u Oilers TT over 3.5 (-143)
1u Oilers/Flyers over 6.5 (-141)
1.5u Islanders in regulation (-143)
.5u Bo Horvat over .5 goals (-103)
1u Golden Knights/Wild under 6 (-124)
1u Boston Bruins – Stanley Cup Champions (+1000)
1.5u Boston Bruins – Stanley Cup Champions (+1100)
2u Vegas Golden Knights – Stanley Cup Champions (+1200)
1.5u Carolina Hurricanes – Stanley Cup Champions (+1300)
1u New Jersey Devils – Stanley Cup Champions (+1600)
Record: 397-336-10 (-31.86 units)
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