There is a full slate of games for Saturday, November 20th. From the early puck drops at 4:00 PM Eastern time until the late games out West, there are 12 games scheduled and 24 of the 32 teams playing. With plenty of games on the schedule, there are plenty of intriguing bets and some bettors will find favorable matchups that can lead to profitable bets in the upcoming games.
Minnesota Wild (+125) Vs. Florida Panthers
|Wild stat line||11 wins in 16 games||3.44 goals per game||3.06 goals against per game|
|Panthers stat line||12 wins in 17 games||3.88 goals per game||2.41 goals against per game|
The Panthers have been a great team this season and look to win at home in the upcoming game. However, the Wild can find favorable matchups on both ends of the ice and will look to pull off the upset as a result. The Wild will look to limit the Panthers from establishing an offensive zone presence with Mathew Dumba and Jared Spurgeon stepping up at the blue line for the Wild defense. In addition, Wild goaltender Cam Talbot should blank the majority of the Panthers’ shots on goal and limit their ability to find second-chance scoring opportunities.
On the other end of the ice, the Wild will pile on the goals with their speed on the forward unit overwhelming the Panthers’ defensive unit. Kirill Kaprizov, Joel Eriksson Ek, Ryan Hartman, and the rest of the forward unit should carry the puck into the offensive zone and find quick shots on the odd-man rush. Moreover, the Wild should establish an offensive zone presence to allow defensemen Mathew Dumba and Jared Spurgeon to find open shots from the point throughout the game.
The Wild will win the game and provide great odds in the process as home Underdogs.
Nashville Predators (-110) Vs. Montreal Canadiens
|Predators stat line||9 wins in 16 games||2.69 goals per game||2.63 goals against per game|
|Canadiens stat line||4 wins in 19 games||2.00 goals per game||3.53 goals against per game|
The Predators are on a road trip and will face the Canadiens in Montreal but look to win the game in a dominating performance. The Predators’ offense should step up against a Canadiens defense that has struggled with Matt Duchene, Ryan Jonahsen, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and finding open shots on the net while defenseman Roman Josi creates scoring opportunities from the point. Speaking of Roman Josi, he should lead the defensive unit along with Mattias Ekholm, Dante Fabbro, and the rest of the defensive unit and create turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone alike while also limiting shots on the net. Additionally, Predators goaltender Juuse Saros is having a great season and should continue to play well against a struggling Canadiens offense blanking most if not all shots on the net.
The Predators will win the game with a dominant performance.
Under 5.5 – New York Islanders Vs. Calgary Flames
|Islanders stat line||5 wins in 13 games||2.23 goals per game||2.90 goals against per game|
|Flames stat line||9 wins in 17 games||3.18 goals per game||2.00 goals against per game|
The Islanders play their first home game of the season against a red-hot Flames team. Both teams have talented forward units but are led by their defenses and great goaltending. The Islanders should eliminate the Flames offensive with Adam Pelech and Noah Dobson keeping up with the Flames forwards in the neutral zone while Scott Mayfield the rest of the defensive unit create turnovers in the defensive zone and limit shooting lanes. Moreover, Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin should continue to play well in the net and eliminate second chance shots for the Flames forwards.
The Flames meanwhile should also eliminate the Islanders’ offense with Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, and the rest of the unit creating turnovers in the neutral zone and the defensive zone while also limiting the Islanders struggling offense from generating shots on the net. The Flames also have seen goaltender Jacob Markstrom put together a great season in the net and he should eliminate the Islanders’ shots on the goals as well.
The Under will cover with both defenses controlling this game.
St. Louis Blues (+105) Vs. Dallas Stars
|Blues stat line||9 wins in 16 games||3.38 goals per game||2.63 goals against per game|
|Stars stat line||6 wins in 15 games||2.53 goals per game||3.27 goals against per game|
The Blues have been one of the best teams in the NHL to start the season but are surprisingly road Underdogs against the Stars. The Blues potent offense should pile on the goals with David Perron, Brayden Schenn, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net and finding open space in the offensive zone to generate effective shots on the net. Defensively, the Blues will eliminate a top-heavy Stars offense with Torey Krug, Marco Scandella, Justin Faulk, and the rest of the defensive unit controlling the blue line and limiting the Stars from establishing an offensive zone presence while also creating turnovers in the defensive zone, allowing goaltender Jordan Binnington has a great game in the net.
The Blues will win this game and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs.
Over 6 – Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Edmonton Oilers
|Blackhawks stat line||5 wins in 16 games||2.25 goals per game||3.31 goals against per game|
|Oilers stat line||12 wins in 16 games||3.81 goals per game||3.00 goals against per game|
The Blackhawks have looked like a different team in recent weeks, especially on the offensive end of the ice. With both teams being led by their offenses, the upcoming game should be a high-scoring one with both teams finding the back of the net at will. The Blackhawks will look to their top two forward lines led by Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat and find quick scoring chances on the odd-man rush while also creating scoring opportunities on excellent centering passes. Moreover, the backend of the Oilers defense has struggled this season and the Blackhawks’ offense should take advantage and find plenty of scoring chances as a result.
The Oilers meanwhile have one of the best offenses in the NHL, led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Both McDavid and Draisaitl will establish an offensive zone presence with great skating in the neutral zone while also making plays on the odd-man rush. In addition, the Oilers will find the back of the net off of great puck movement in the offensive zone, allowing Darnell Nurse to get some shots on the goal from the point to further open up the Oilers’ offense.
The Over will cover in a high-scoring game with both offenses in control.