Fantastic day for me yesterday on the NHL! I went 11-4-1, winning 7.32 units. Today we have a quick five game slate. Let’s win again for the third day in a row!!
Hurricanes vs. Lightning (3:00)
To start off the day we have a fantastic matchup in the East between the Canes and the Lightning. Yesterday the Bolts lost 5-3 in Buffalo to come into today’s game on a four game losing streak, dropping to 37-20-5 on the season. They’re still having a great year though and are pretty much already locked into another first round series against the Leafs. Tampa’s been fantastic offensively and they’re still very good defensively, but took a bit of a step back from how they played on the back end the last several years. The Hurricanes are coming off a dominant 6-1 victory in Arizona on Friday and lead the Metro Division with a 40-12-8 record. They’ve been fantastic on both ends of the ice this season. The first game between these teams this season on November 3rd was great, with the Canes winning 4-3 in Tampa in a shootout. Especially with the Bolts in the second half of a back to back, I expect Carolina to win today, and will take them for a unit. I also like the over, which I’ll take for half a unit.
Flyers vs. Red Wings (6:00)
This game stinks. The Flyers are on a four game losing streak, coming off a 3-2 overtime loss at home to the Rangers on Wednesday, dropping to 23-28-11 on the season. At the deadline they acquired Brendan Lemieux from the Kings in exchange for Zach MacEwen. The Red Wings are on a five game losing streak after a 4-1 loss on Long Island last night. Both of these teams have struggled on both ends of the ice and actually match up pretty closely. Philly won the first game between these teams on January 21st, winning 2-1 in Detroit. I’d slightly lean the Red Wings win on the road and the under, but not enough to bet either. Not a chance I watch a minute of this game.
Golden Knights vs. Canadiens (6:00)
Huge mismatch here. Coming off a 4-3 shootout win at home against the Devils on Friday, the Western Conference leading Vegas Golden Knights are 37-19-6 on the year. They’ve played really well on both ends of the ice and have played quite well recently, with an 8-1-2 record in their last eleven games. The Habs have struggled this season, coming into tonight’s game in last place in the Atlantic with a 26-32-4 record after back to back 3-2 losses in LA and Anaheim on Thursday and Friday. The Canadiens have struggled on both ends of the ice. In Montreal on November 5th for the first game between these teams, the Knights got a 6-4 win on the road. I’d expect an even easier win for them tonight and I’ll take Vegas in regulation for 1.5 units. I would slightly lean the over, but not enough to bet it.
Coyotes vs. Devils (7:00)
This is easily the biggest mismatch on today’s slate. Coming off a 6-1 loss at home to the Hurricanes on Friday, the Coyotes are back in full tank for Bedard mode, with just one win in their last five games to drop to 21-32-9 on the season. They’ve been one of the worst teams in the NHL on both ends of the ice. The Devils have been incredible, with a 16-3-3 record in their last 22 games to improve to 40-15-6 on the season, comfortably in second place in the Metro Division. They’re coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Golden Knights on Friday, but they’ve played fantastic hockey on both ends of the ice. In the first game between these teams this season, the Devils won 4-2 at home on November 12th. I’d expect a similar result here. The moneyline at -360 on this game is insane and even the -215 regulation line is too expensive for me. I’ll lay the juice on the Devils team total over 3.5 for a unit along with taking the puck line for a unit.
Avalanche vs. Kraken (9:00)
We have a fun game to close out tonight’s slate out West. The Avalanche were on fire, climbing the Central Division standings, but with big losses 7-5 to the Devils on Wednesday at home and a 7-3 loss in Dallas yesterday after, they’ve fallen to the second Wild Card spot in the West. Colorado’s been fantastic defensively this year but the Cup champs have struggled offensively. The Kraken extended their win streak to three straight on the road (all against weak opponents), coming off 4-2 win in Columbus on Friday. They’re now in third place in the Pacific Division with a 35-21-6 record. Seattle’s been very good offensively this season, but they have been inconsistent defensively. These teams split their two previous games with the road team winning each time, a 3-2 Kraken win on October 21st and a 2-1 shootout win for the Avs on January 21st. I like the Avs to win this one at home and will take them for half a unit along with the over for half a unit.
1u Hurricanes ML (-175)
.5u Hurricanes/Lightning over 6 (-110)
1.5u Golden Knights in regulation (-165)
1u Devils TT over 3.5 (-186)
1u Devils -1.5 (-139)
.5u Avalanche ML (-165)
.5u Avalanche/Kraken over 6 (-125)7
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 York Rangers – Stanley Cup Champions (+1300)
1u New Jersey Devils – Stanley Cup Champions (+1600)
Record: 528-434-19 (-36.46 units)
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