NHL Best Bets – 10/28/2021

NHL Best Bets - 10:28:2021

There are nine games scheduled for Thursday, October 28th with plenty of exciting matchups. The Calgary Flames hope to continue their impressive road trip with a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and five games are being played on the West Coast, making the night for many hockey fans a late one. On Tuesday night, we went 3-3 on the Best Bets, bringing the record to 7-4-1 on the season and the hope is that many of the recommended wagers leave us with another profitable night.

Under 5.5 – Calgary Flames Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Flames stat line3.50 goals per game 2.50 goals against per game
Penguins stat line4.00 goals per game2.67 goals against per game

The Flames and the Penguins have played great in all phases of the game to start the season. It’s easy to think this game will be a high-scoring one but these two teams match up well with one another and the two defensive units and goaltenders should control this game. The Flames defensemen should eliminate the Penguins forwards and their speed in the neutral zone with Rasmus Andersson and Noah Hanifin, in particular, controlling both blue lines and allowing Jacob Markstrom to have a great performance in the net. The Penguins should also limit the Flames offense and their ability to generate the odd-man rush with Marcus Pettersson and john Marino creating turnovers throughout the ice and goaltender Tristan Jarry continuing his strong start in the net to the season and blanking the Flames shots on goal.

The Under should cover in a defensive game, highlighted by both goaltenders.

Boston Bruins (+105) Vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Bruins stat line3.50 goals per game 2.75 goals against per game
Hurricanes stat line4.40 goals per game1.60 goals against per game

The Hurricanes have looked like one of the best teams in the NHL and face a Bruins team at home that is coming off a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. All signs point to the Hurricanes winning this game but the Bruins provide great odds as a road Underdog and can exploit mismatches throughout the game. The Bruins defense looks to control the center of the ice with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo limiting the cross-ice passes that the Hurricanes forwards love to take advantage of.

The Bruins also should find the back of the net a few times in this game with the top line of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron carrying the puck into the offensive zone to set up the offense while the entire forward unit finds easy shots on the goal throughout the game. Moreover, the Bruins will look to find McAvoy and the defensemen at the point to open up the offense and add on a few shots with shots through traffic.

The Bruins should win the game and pull off the upset.

Buffalo Sabres (+110) Vs. Anaheim Ducks

Sabres stat line 3.00 goals per game1.83 goals against per game
Ducks stat line 2.86 goals per game 3.43 goals against per game

The Sabres have been the surprise of the NHL to start the season, finishing last season with the worst record in the NHL but winning four of their first six games. The Sabres face the Ducks on the road and look poise to continue their strong start with their defensive unit leading the way. The Sabres should eliminate the Ducks struggling offense with Colin Miller, Robert Hagg, and Rasmus Dahlin creating turnovers in the defensive zone and forcing tough shots on the net which can easily be saved by goaltender Craig Anderson. On the offensive end of the ice, the Sabres should find the back of the net a few times with the speed off the wings from Victor Olofsson and Kyle Okposo to overwhelm the Ducks defensemen.

The Sabres should win the game and provide favorable odds in the process.

Minnesota Wild (-120) Vs. Seattle Kraken

Wild stat line3.33 goals per game 3.00 goals against per game
Kraken stat line 2.57 goals per game 3.43 goals against per game

The Kraken made a statement in their recent 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens and look to extend their winning streak as they host the Wild. The problem is that the Wild have looked like one of the best teams in the NHL to start the season and should win in all three zones. The Wild defense should eliminate a Kraken offense that has struggled to start the season with Mathew Dumba and Jonas Brodin creating turnovers in the neutral zone and limiting passing lanes in the defensive zone to allow for easy saves by goaltender Cam Talbot.

Offensively, the Wild should pile on the goals with Kirill Kaprizov creating space for the rest of the forwards on the ice while Joel Eriksson Ek and Mats Zuccarello find the back of the net on open shots. In addition, the Wild backend of the forward unit, led by Kevin Fiala, can take advantage of some of the later defensive pairings of the Kraken and run up the score as a result.

The Wild should win the game and continue the remarkable start to their season.

Winnipeg Jets (-115) Vs. Los Angeles Kings

Jets stat line4.00 goals per game 3.67 goals against per game
Kings stat line2.33 goals per game3.33 goals against per game

The Jets have won only three of their first seven games but that number is deceiving considering they have won their last three games and have looked like a completely different team recently. Led by a potent offense the Jets look to overwhelm the Kings defensive unit with Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers, and the Jets forwards finding easy scoring opportunities on the odd-man rush while also creating goals from excellent passes in the offensive zone. The Jets defense should also step up in this game against a struggling Kings offense with Neal Pionk, Brenden Dillon, and the defensive unit controlling the blue line, making it difficult to carry the puck into the zone. Moreover, Connor Hellebuyck, who has struggled to start the season, looks to return to form and have his best performance of the season in the upcoming game.

The Jets should win this game with a decisive victory, extending their winning streak to four games.

San Jose Sharks (-150) Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Canadiens stat line1.57 goals per game 3.57 goals against per game
Sharks stat line3.33 goals per game 2.33 goals against per game

The Sharks were humbled in their recent game with a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. However, if there’s any team to help regain your footing against this season, it’s the Canadiens who have stumbled out of the gate and have played poorly across the board this year. The Sharks look to take advantage with the offense stepping up and finding the back of the net a few times with Logan Couture, Timo Meier, and the Sharks forwards crashing the net while Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson find open shots from the point. Speaking of Burns and Karlsson, they lead a revitalized defensive unit that should eliminate the Canadiens hapless offense, especially with Karlsson’s skating on the odd-man rushes.

The Sharks should win the upcoming game and return to their winning ways.

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