The NHL is back on Saturday night with a full slate of games. While Hockey Night in Canada won’t be the same this week, with many teams located in Canada postponing their home games, the NHL still has 11 games scheduled. With 22 teams scheduled to play, there are plenty of intriguing matchups that allow bettors to make successful and profitable bets in the upcoming games.
Under 6 – Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Dallas Stars
|Penguins stat line||20 wins in 33 games||3.30 goals per game||2.48 goals against per game|
|Stars stat line||16 wins in 30 games||2.87 goals per game||2.97 goals against per game|
The Penguins and Stars are both coming off high-scoring games making it easy to think they will pile on the goals in the upcoming matchup. However, both teams have great defenses that look to step up and control the upcoming game. The Stars should limit the Penguins offense with Esa Lindell, Miro Heiskanen, Ryan Suter, and the rest of the defensive unit stepping up at the blue line and cutting off angles to the net for the Penguins forwards on the odd-man rush.
The Penguins, meanwhile, should eliminate and potentially shut out the Stars’ top-heavy offense with Kris Letang, John Marino, Marcus Pettersson, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone alike while also limiting shots on the net. Moreover, goaltender Tristan Jarry is having a great season as the starting goaltender and looks to blank the Stars shots on the net throughout the game.
The Under will cover in a low-scoring game with both defenses stepping up.
Also Consider: Penguins (-120) – The Penguins look to extend their 10-game winning streak and should defeat an inconsistent Stars team on the road.
Boston Bruins (+130) Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
|Bruins stat line||17 wins in 30 games||2.87 goals per game||2.60 goals against per game|
|Lightning stat line||23 wins in 36 games||3.28 goals per game||2.81 goals against per game|
The Lightning have the best record in the Atlantic Division and look to add on a home win against their divisional rival. The problem is that the Bruins are one of the more talented teams in the NHL and look to find favorable matchups on both ends of the ice. The Bruins should find the back of the net throughout the game with Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and finding quick shots on the net on the wings. The Bruins will also establish a strong offensive zone presence which will allow defenseman Charlie McAvoy to fire shots on the net from the point to create chaos in front of the net.
The Bruins defense, meanwhile, should eliminate the Lightning offense with Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and the rest of the defensive unit controlling the defensive zone and limiting passing lanes for the Lightning forwards. Additionally, the Bruins’ deep defensive unit will create turnovers in the defensive zone and force difficult shots on the net, allowing goaltender Linus Ullmark to have a great game in goal and make plenty of easy saves.
The Bruins will win the game and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs.
Over 6 – Columbus Blue Jackets Vs. New Jersey Devils
|Blue Jackets stat line||15 wins in 32 games||3.09 goals per game||3.56 goals against per game|
|Devils stat line||14 wins in 35 games||2.89 goals per game||3.37 goals against per game|
The Devils defeated the Blue Jackets on Thursday night 3-1 and the expectation is for a low-scoring game in the rematch. However, the two offenses are poised to rebound from the recent game and constantly find the back of the net against two struggling defenses. The Devils should find the back of the net throughout the game with Jack Hughes, Pavel Zacha, Jesper Bratt, and the rest of the forward unit creating quick scoring chances on the odd-man rush while also creating open shot with great puck movement in the offensive zone.
The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, should run up the score with Max Domi, Boone Jenner, Oliver Bjorkstrand, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net of the odd-man rush and establishing a strong offensive zone presence. The Blue Jackets will also create open ice at the blue line for defensemen Zach Werenski and Adam Boqvist to pick apart the struggling Devils defense.
The Over will cover in a high-scoring game controlled by both offenses.
Also Consider: Blue Jackets (-130) – The Blue Jackets look to bounce back against the Devils and should win the game to even up the score on their home ice.
Anaheim Ducks (-105) Vs. New York Rangers
|Ducks stat line||18 wins in 37 games||3.03 goals per game||2.67 goals against per game|
|Rangers stat line||22 wins in 35 games||2.86 goals per game||2.54 goals against per game|
The Rangers continue their west coast road trip as they face the Ducks. The Rangers have been a great team all season but the Ducks look to control the game from the opening puck drop. The Ducks should limit the Rangers’ top-heavy offense with Kevin Shattenkirk, Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, and the rest of the defensive unit controlling the blue line to make it difficult for the Rangers to find quick shots on the odd-man rush and establish an offensive zone presence. In addition, goaltender John Gibson is having a great season in the net and looks to cover up the Rangers’ initial shots on goal to eliminate second-chance shots.
The Ducks will also run up the score with Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras, Sonny Milano, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and finding quick shots on the odd-man rush while also creating open shots with great puck movement in the offensive zone. The Ducks will also create space for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to pick apart the strong Rangers defense with excellent shots from the point.
The Ducks will win the game with a strong performance on their home ice.
Also Consider: Over 6 – Both offenses have played great in recent games and look to continue to find the back of the net in the upcoming game.
Over 5.5 – Vegas Golden Knights Vs. Chicago Blackhawks
|Golden Knights stat line||23 wins in 37 games||3.54 goals per game||3.00 goals against per game|
|Blackhawks stat line||11 wins in 34 games||2.29 goals per game||3.47 goals against per game|
The Golden Knights have been playing great and have been led by their offense. In the upcoming game, both forward units look to constantly find the back of the net against two struggling defenses. The Blackhawks should create plenty of scoring chances with Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, and the rest of the forward unit creating quick scoring chances on the wing while also finding open shots near the faceoff circles. The Golden Knights meanwhile should pile on the goals with Mark Stone, Jonathan Marchessault, Nicolas Roy, and the rest of the forward unit creating open shots with great puck movement in the offensive zone and a strong offensive zone presence. Moreover, Golden Knights defensemen Shea Theodore and Alex Pietrangelo will pick apart an awful Blackhawks defense from the point by finding open skaters near the net and with excellent shots on the net.
The Over will cover with both offenses controlling this game from the opening puck drop.