There are seven games scheduled for Monday, October 25th and there are plenty of intriguing bets within the upcoming games. The slate of games is already going to be exciting to watch but placing a few bets on the games will only further enhance the excitement of the matchups. Some games might be tough to evaluate and some teams are unpredictable on the ice but understanding the teams will help for wagers on the upcoming games and this breakdown should hopefully provide enough information as a result.
Over 6 – Washington Capitals Vs. Ottawa Senators
|Capitals stat line||3.80 goals per game||2.20 goals against per game|
|Senators stat line||2.00 goals per game||2.40 goals against per game|
The Capitals possess one of the best offenses in the NHL, led by Alexander Ovechkin who already has five goals and five assists this season. Along with Ovechkin, the Capitals look to find goals in the offensive zone against the Senators with great puck movement in the offensive zone from TJ Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and the rest of the Capitals forward unit. The Senators meanwhile have struggled offensively to start the season but have more than enough young, talented skaters in Tim Stutzle, Brady Tkachuk, and Joshua Norris who can find open shots off the odd-man rush and skating into the offensive zone against the Capitals defense.
The Over looks to cover with both offenses stepping up and controlling the game.
Under 6 – Tampa Bay Lightning Vs. Buffalo Sabres
|Lightning stat line||3.00 goals per game||4.00 goals per game|
|Sabres stat line||2.60 goals per game||2.00 goals per game|
The Lightning have struggled on the defensive side of the ice to start the season, allowing opponents to find open shots and the back of the net on goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. However, the Lightning have one of the most talented defensive units in the NHL and along with Vasilevskiy, should bounce back in the upcoming game, facing a struggling Sabres offense after facing some of the best offenses in the game in recent games. The Sabres meanwhile, are led by their defensive unit this season with Jacob Bryson, Colin Miller, and Rasmus Dahlin all having strong starts to the season. The Sabres look to limit a Lightning offense that is without star forward Nikita Kucherov and will miss his presence on the wing to create offensive opportunities.
The Under looks to be the favorable bet with both teams stepping up on the defensive end of the ice.
Carolina Hurricanes (-115) Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
|Hurricanes stat line||4.50 goals per game||1.75 goals against per game|
|Maple Leafs’ stat line||2.00 goals per game||3.17 goals against per game|
This game is poised to be the best one of the night with both teams expected to compete for the Stanely Cup this season. The Maple Leafs are coming off a tough 7-1 loss to the Penguins and are looking to make a statement in their upcoming game. The problem is the Maple Leafs are facing an undefeated Hurricanes team that can exploit mismatches across the ice.
The Hurricanes look to establish the cross-ice pass with Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov skating into the offensive zone and catching the Maple Leafs out of position. Moreover, the Hurricanes forwards unit tends to find goals with shots through traffic, which can easily overwhelm Maple Leafs’ goaltender Jack Campbell. Defensively, the Hurricanes should limit the Maple Leafs in the neutral zone with Brady Skjei, Brett Pesce, and the rest of the unit controlling the blue line and preventing the Maple Leafs’ forwards from establishing an offensive zone presence.
As a result, the Hurricanes look to win the game and provide great odds in the process.
Calgary Flames (+110) Vs. New York Rangers
|Flames stat line||2.75 goals per game||2.75 goals against per game|
|Rangers stat line||2.33 goals per game||2.17 goals against per game|
The Rangers have looked like one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference to start the season, led by a great defensive unit and strong goaltending. However, the Flames are a favorable bet as road Underdogs who are looking to win their third consecutive game. The Flames should find scoring opportunities on the odd-man rush with top-line skaters, Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, and Matthew Tkachuk finding open ice and easy shots on the net, especially when Rangers defenseman Adam Fox isn’t on the ice.
The Flames defenses should also limit the Rangers offense with Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, and the rest of the Flames defensive unit stepping up at the blue line to limit the Rangers neutral zone passes which set up their forwards on the odd-man rush.
The Flames should win the game to continue their impressive road trip.
Dallas Stars (-125) Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
|Stars stat line||2.00 goals per game||2.20 goals against per game|
|Blue Jackets stat line||3.00 goals per game||2.80 goals against per game|
The Stars have been led by their defense to start this season with Esa Lindell, Miro Heiskanen, and Ryan Suter all having strong starts to this season in the defensive zone. In addition, the Stars have seen goaltender Braden Holtby step up early on in the season after a disappointing season last year with the Vancouver Canucks. The Stars will face a Blue Jackets forwards unit that is top-heavy and as a result, limit the Blue Jackets from creating scoring opportunities near the net.
On the offensive end of the ice, the Stars will look to Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Joe Pavelski, two of their top forwards, to step up in the upcoming game as they have struggled early on this season. Moreover, the Stars will look to establish great puck movement in the offensive zone to allow Miro Heiskanen, who has two goals and four assists this season, to set up scoring chances from the point.
The Stars should win the game and control both ends of the ice in the game as well.
St. Louis Blues (-175) Vs. Los Angeles Kings
|Blues stat line||5.50 goals per game||2.75 goals against per game|
|Kings stat line||2.80 goals per game||3.40 goals against per game|
The Kings have a young and promising roster that can take a big leap this season in the Western Conference but they are no match to the Blues who look like one of the best teams in the Conference. The Blues offense has played well on the odd-man rush and with strong centering passes with David Perron leading the way with five goals and two assists early on in the season. The Blues look to continue piling on the goals against a Kings’ defense that is talented but still, a young unit, with two starting defensemen 22-year-old or younger.
On the defensive end of the ice, the Blues are led by some of the best skating defensemen in Torey Krug, Marco Scandella, and Justin Faulk, who could limit any forward unit in the neutral zone. In addition, the Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington is continuing to play well in the net and has already stopped some of the best offenses in the NHL and looks to play well against a Kings forwards unit that has struggled early on this season. The Blues should win the game and continue their impressive start to the season.
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