The NHL returns to action tonight after shutting down yesterday for Halloween.
We turn the calendar to November with a record of 20-20 this year for +0.3 units. Things would have looked a lot nicer for October if we hadn’t ended the month with an 0-3 Sunday, but those days inevitably happen during a long season. Hopefully we can get November off to a nice start tonight.
Twelve games to choose from tonight and there are a few interesting matchups. Connor McDavid and the Oilers visit Auston Matthews and the Leafs in a game that we hope lives up to the hype. Minnesota’s Devan Dubynk shoots for a fourth straight shutout as the Wild host the Sabres, the Lightning visit the Islanders in a rematch from last year’s playoffs, and the Rangers host the Blues in a great matchup of quality teams at Madison Square Garden.
We’re betting on 4 games tonight. Good luck if you’re tailing along.
Odds below are at the time we made the pick. Be sure to check out our live odds page for updated odds on today’s games.
We lost with Edmonton Sunday night versus Ottawa as Craig Anderson (who we didn’t think was playing) and the Sens shut out the Oilers 2-0. However, the Oilers carried the play in that one (outshooting Ottawa 37-22) and the game was 1-0 until Ottawa sealed it with a late empty netter.
That was just the Oilers’ second loss of the year. After their first loss of the season, Edmonton bounced back immediately with 5 straight wins. Complacency and falling into bad habits have been things that have haunted the Oilers in recent years, and it sounds like Edmonton coach Todd McLellan is making it a big focus to nip that in the bud. That’s easier to do after a loss and we think Edmonton brings a good focus to this one, particularly playing in Toronto (basically Connor McDavid’s hometown) and starting off a road trip.
We don’t expect the Leafs to just roll over here. They almost always put up a good fight, and Auston Matthews will try to put on a show as he is inevitably compared to McDavid in a matchup of the past two No. 1 overall picks. But the Oilers have allowed only 3 non-empty net goals in their past 5 games, the Leafs have scored just 1 goal in each of their last 2 outings, and getting Edmonton at plus money is something we can’t pass up.
Ottawa returns home from a 2-1 road trip and should feel good about things, especially after Craig Anderson’s inspirational shutout of the Oilers Sunday night. That was Anderson’s second straight goose egg and we think the Senators can ride that momentum into this game against a Carolina squad that has just 1 win in 6 road games this year.
We don’t normally like backing teams playing their first home game after a long road trip (the Sens’ trip was just 3 games, but it was on the west coast), but laying just -125 odds puts us on the Sens here.
Last week, the struggling Flames went into Chicago and pulled off a gutsy 3-2 victory. However, they needed a shootout to do it, Chicago came inches away from winning the game in the final seconds, and the Blackhawks weren’t firing on all cylinders themselves.
Now Chicago looks like it’s hitting its stride. The Blackhawks put together perhaps their best performance of the season Sunday in a 3-0 win over the Kings, and some recent line changes has helped generate more offence. Their penalty killing unit has allowed just 1 goal in the past 2 games (after allowing 14 in the first 7 games) and the Hawks should be motivated by last week’s loss to the Flames.
We’ll lay -1 on the puck line to get a chance at plus money on the Hawks while also protecting ourselves against a 1-goal Blackhawks victory here, but like the chances of Chicago pulling away tonight.
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The Jets are really difficult to figure out. Friday in Colorado, they came up with a huge effort to win 1-0 in their 4th game in 6 nights at altitude. Then they return home Sunday and lay an egg against the Sabres, falling 3-1.
We think the Jets are more Sunday’s team than Friday’s team (the Avs outshot them badly in that 1-0 win) and they’re also banged up, the latest injury coming to Tyler Myers – a defenceman who logs 24 minutes of ice time per game. That leaves a huge hole on the Winnipeg blue line which should be bad news against a deep Washington forward corps. Offensively, the Jets have scored just 2 goals in their last 2 games and 8 in their last 5, and they’re playing their 5th game in 8 nights.
The Capitals have won two straight after rare back-to-back losses and look like they may be ready to go on a bit of a run. With Washington not having gone to OT since its opening game of the season in Pittsburgh, we think the Capitals have at least a 50% chance of winning this game in regulation – making the +110 return a great value.
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