After a dry spell of only three games on November 10th, the NHL returns with a full slate. November 11th gives us 11 games and hockey fans will be following all the action with many great matchups scheduled. Some teams are continuing road trips and others are looking to bounce back after tough losses. As a result, there are plenty of intriguing bets that can lead to great payouts with the multitude of games.
New York Islanders (-140) Vs. New Jersey Devils
|Islanders stat line||5 wins in 10 games||2.70 goals per game||2.40 goals against per game|
|Devils stat line||6 wins in 11 games||2.91 goals per game||2.91 goals against per game|
The Islanders are finally playing a game close to home ice after starting out the season with 10 games on the road and look to make a statement against their Metropolitan Division rivals. The Devils have looked promising at times on the offensive end of the ice but the Islanders are an awful matchup for their forwards with Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock possessing speed in the neutral zone for the defensive unit. As a result, the Islanders should eliminate the Devils forwards from finding quick scoring chances on the odd-man rush while Zdeno Chara, Noah Dobson, and Scott Mayfield limit shooting lanes in the defensive zone.
On the other end of the ice, the Islanders will look to pile on the goals with strong puck movement on the wings. Mathew Barzal and Oliver Wahlstrom can generate speed from along the boards and draw defensemen, opening up the center of the ice for Anders Lee and Brock Nelson to find open shots on the goal. The strong play on the wings will allow the Islanders to find the back of the net a few times while also creating shots from the point for the defensemen, further opening up the offense.
The Islanders will win the game with a decisive victory, controlling both ends of the ice.
Calgary Flames (-130) Vs. Montreal Canadiens
|Flames stat line||7 wins in 12 games||3.42 goals per game||2.17 goals against per game|
|Canadiens stat line||3 wins in 14 games||2.00 goals per game||3.43 goals against per game|
The Flames are traveling to Montreal to face a Canadiens team that is desperate for a win. The Flames have looked like one of the best teams in the Western Conference and will look to overwhelm the Canadiens on both ends of the ice. The Flames’ potent offense will pile on the goals with Johnny Gaudreau, Andrew Mangiapane, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net with the ability to carry the puck into the offensive zone at will against the struggling Canadiens defense. Defensively, the Flames will eliminate the Canadiens offense with Noah Hanifin, Rasmus Andersson, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the defensive zone against a top-heavy Canadiens forward unit while Jacob Markstrom continues to put together strong performances in the net.
The Flames will win this game and continue their strong start to the season.
Edmonton Oilers (+115) Vs. Boston Bruins
|Oilers stat line||9 wins in 11 games||4.18 goals per game||2.91 goals against per game|
|Bruins stat line||6 wins in 10 games||2.70 goals per game||2.80 goals against per game|
This game is going to be a great matchup between two of the best teams in the NHL and some of the best scorers in the game as well. The Bruins are playing great recently but the Oilers are looking to make a statement after a surprising 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The Oilers will look to limit the Bruins forward unit with Darnell Nurse, Evan Buchard, and the rest of the defensive unit stepping up in the defensive zone and limiting passing lanes, forcing the Bruins to take direct shots on the net rather than find Patrice Bergeron in the center of the zone on quick passes.
The Bruins defensive unit is one of the best in the NHL and Charlie McAvoy is one of the best defensemen in the league at eliminating forwards on the odd-man rush. However, McAvoy is going to have a tough time limiting Connor McDavid in the neutral zone, who is one of the best players the game has ever seen when it comes to carrying the puck into the offensive zone. Moreover, the Oilers should find plenty of open shots in the offensive zone with great puck movement, allowing Leon Draisaitl and McDavid to find open shots near the face-off circles.
The Oilers will win the game with a much-needed bounce-back performance.
Detroit Red Wings (+115) Vs. Washington Capitals
|Red Wings stat line||7 wins in 14 games||3.07 goals per game||3.29 goals against per game|
|Capitals stat line||6 wins in 12 games||3.50 goals per game||2.67 goals against per game|
The Red Wings are off to a promising start to the season and the Capitals are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference but the Red Wings can find favorable matchups against them. The Capitals are led by one of the best offenses in the NHL but the Red Wings defensemen are starting to hit their stride, led by rookie Moritz Seider who is starting to create turnovers on the forecheck, allowing the Red Wings to turn defense into instant offensive opportunities. Moreover, starting goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic is progressing into an elite goaltender and will be able to eliminate many of the quick shots that the Capitals love to find in the offensive zone.
The Red Wings meanwhile, should pile on the goals in this game with their potent offense finding opportunities in the offensive zone and on the odd-man rush alike. Tyler Bertuzzi and Lucas Raymond have led the forward unit but the Red Wings backend has stepped up as well this season and looks to find plenty of shots in the offensive zone. Additionally, the Red Wings strong puck movement will allow defensemen Nick Leddy and Moritz Seider to create scoring chances from the point with strong passes and quick shots.
The Red Wings will win the game and provide great odds in the process as home Underdogs.
Over 5.5 Colorado Avalanche Vs. Vancouver Canucks
|Avalanche stat line||4 wins in 10 games||2.90 goals per game||3.60 goals against per game|
|Canucks stat line||5 wins in 13 games||2.62 goals per game||2.69 goals against per game|
Both offenses have struggled to start the season but the Avalanche and Canucks forward units are more talented than indicated and will both look to find the back of the net in the game. The Avalanche will be without star scorer Nathan MacKinnon but Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen return to the top line and will create plenty of scoring opportunities with cross-ice passes and quick shots in the offensive zone. In addition, the Avalanche will look for their defensemen to step up at the blue line to find a few goals from the point, especially from Bowen Byram and Cale Makar who have both played well on the offensive end of the ice this season. The Canucks meanwhile, should also pile on the goals with JT Miller, Brock Boeser, and the rest of the forward unit finding quick scoring chances on the odd-man rush against an Avalanche defense that has struggled on the backend. The Canucks will also find the back of the net with Quinn Hughes, who is having a breakout season on the defensive unit, generating shots from the point and skating to the face-off circles to create plenty of quick shots as well.
The Over will cover with both offenses stepping up and controlling the game.
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