NHL Best Bets – 11/2/2021

NHL Bets 11-2-21

After a dry spell of only three games on Monday night, hockey fans are treated to a plethora of games for Tuesday, November 2nd with nine games scheduled. Along with the high number of games, there are plenty of exciting matchups and bettors will be looking for some favorable ones that could result in good payouts from the slate of games.

Vegas Golden Knights (+155) Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Golden Knights stat line2.50 goals per game 3.25 goals against per game
Maple Leafs’ stat line 2.33 goals per game3.22 goals against per game

The Golden Knights and Maple Leafs have both stumbled out of the gate to start the season. The Maple Leafs are looking to add another win at home and build momentum in the Atlantic Division but the Golden Knights can control all three zones in this game with a roster that is more talented than their 4-4 record might indicate. The Golden Knights will limit the Maple Leafs forward in the defensive done with Alec Martinez and Shea Theodore creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting shooting lanes throughout the game. In addition, the Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner is improving with each start and looks to have another strong performance against a maple Leafs forwards unit that is failing to generate effective shots on the net this season.

The Golden Knights should also find the back of the net a few times in this game with their offense stepping up in the game. The Golden Knights have struggled offensively primarily because of the pile-up of injuries in the forward unit. However, head coach Pete DeBoer has finally figured out his forward pairings, moving Chandler Stephenson to the backend to give the offense more depth. In the upcoming game, the Golden Knights will look to overwhelm the Maple Leafs’ defense, controlling the puck in the offensive zone and constantly firing shots on the goal. Moreover, the offensive zone time will allow the Golden Knights’ defensemen to find open shots from the point, further opening up the offense and running up the score.

The Golden Knights will win this game and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs.

Winnipeg Jets (-130) Vs. Dallas Stars

Jets stat line3.50 goals per game 3.25 goals against per game
Stars stat line1.75 goals per game 2.75 goals against per game

The Stars have a great defense and have proven throughout this season that they can slow down any game and win low-scoring matchups. The problem is that they are facing one of the fastest forward units in the NHL with effective skating and puck movement alike in the Jets, who look to continue their hot streak in the upcoming game. The Jets forward unit can carry the puck into the offensive zone at will and Kyle Connor, who has established himself as one of the best offensive players in the game, looks to find the back of the net a few times while also finding Nikolaj Ehlers and the rest of the forwards for open shots in the offensive zone to pile on the goals.

Defensively, the Jets have struggled but look to have their best performance of the season in the upcoming game against a Stars offense that is one of the worst in the game. The defensemen, led by Neal Pionk and Logan Stanley, will look to eliminate the Stars forwards at the blue line and make it difficult to carry the puck into the offensive zone. In addition, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will see fewer shots on goal than usual with the defenseman creating difficult shooting lanes in the game and Hellebuyck freezing a lot of the initial shots on the net, eliminating second chances for the Stars.

The Jets will win the game with a decisive victory.

Under 5.5 Calgary Flames Vs. Nashville Predators

Flames stat line3.63 goals per game 1.88 goals against per game
Predators stat line2.75 goals per game2.75 goals against per game

Both teams are off to a strong start to the season and are playing great across the board. This game can easily become a high-scoring game but the Flames and Predators are led by their defenses and the goaltenders in particular in Juuse Saros for Nashville and Jacob Markstrom for Calgary. Saros has a .917 save percentage and a 2.45 goals-against average on 205 shots while Markstrom has a .957 save percentage and a 1.33 goals-against average on 186 shots.

In the matchup, the Flames will limit the Predators forwards with Noah Hanifin and Rasmus Andersson playing aggressively in the neutral zone and defensive zone alike knowing Markstrom can bail them out in the net. Likewise, the Predators will force the Flames to slow the game down with Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm keeping up with Johnny Gaudreau on the odd-man rush, forcing the Flames to find scoring opportunities in the offensive zone which will allow for easy saves for Saros.

The Under will cover in a low-scoring game controlled by both defenses and goaltenders.

Over 5.5 New Jersey Devils Vs. Anaheim Ducks

Devils stat line3.00 goals per game2.86 goals against per game
Ducks stat line3.10 goals per game 3.40 goals against per game

The Devils and the Ducks are both rebuilding but have young and talented scorers in their forward units that look to take advantage of two struggling defenses. The Devils offense looked doomed when they lost Jack Hughes to a shoulder injury but have seen Pavel Zacha and Andreas Johnsson step up in his absence, combining for eight goals and four assists in his absence. In the upcoming game, the Devils will look to capitalize on the odd-man rush and allow their young forwards to create in space to find the back of the net on the Ducks struggling defense.

The Ducks meanwhile have seen the emergence of Troy Terry, their 24-year-old center who leads the team with five goals. Terry along with Trevor Zegras will create plenty of scoring opportunities against a Devils defense that continues to play poorly and not only create shots on the goal but allow defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who already has three goals and seven assists, to receive great shots from the point.

The Over will cover in a game controlled by two young forward units.

Vancouver Canucks (+105) Vs. New York Rangers

Canucks stat line2.33 goals per game 2.67 goals against per game
Rangers stat line2.44 goals per game2.11 goals against per game

The Rangers have outplayed the Canucks to start the season and look to win the upcoming game as a result. However, this is the second game in three days for the Rangers on the West Coast and the Canucks will look to take advantage. In addition, the Canucks can exploit some mismatches on both ends of the ice.

The Canucks will pile on the goals in this game with Bo Horvat and Conor Garland creating scoring opportunities near the net. Additionally, defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Quinn Hughes, who already have three goals combined, will fire shots from the point through traffic to either find the back of the net or create chaos in front of the goal to allow the Canucks forwards to find easy scoring chances.

Speaking of Hughes and Ekman-Larsson, they have struggled defensively but have the speed to match up with the Rangers forwards that like to find quick chances off of turnovers. The Canucks will limit the Rangers, especially Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin from carrying the puck into the offensive zone and forcing them to win in the offensive zone instead, allowing Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko to have a great performance in goal.

The Canucks will win the game and pull off the upset at home.

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