After a weekend full of big games, the NHL is back with eight games for Tuesday, November 30th. This is the last slate of games in the month of November and with many teams looking to add on a win to cap off the first two months of action, there are also plenty of great matchups and mismatches in the games as well. Bettors will be on the lookout for which teams can provide profitable payouts as a result.
Under 5.5 – San Jose Sharks Vs. New Jersey Devils
|Sharks stat line||11 wins in 21 games||2.62 goals per game||2.71 goals against per game|
|Devils stat line||9 wins in 19 games||2.95 goals per game||2.89 goals against per game|
The Devils and the Sharks have two talented forward units but both teams are led by their defenses and two goaltenders that are having great seasons. The Devils should limit the Sharks forward unit with Ryan Graves and Dougie Hamilton cutting off angles to the net on the odd-man rush while the rest of the defense creates turnovers in the defensive zone. In addition, goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood will blank the Sharks’ initial shots on the net and eliminate second-chance scoring opportunities.
The Sharks meanwhile, should eliminate and potentially shut out the Devils offense with Mario Ferraro, Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone alike while also limiting shots on the net. The limited scoring chances for the Devils will allow goaltender James Reimer to have a great game in the net and eliminate shots on the goal.
The Under will cover in a game controlled by both defensive units.
Over 5.5 – Washington Capitals Vs. Florida Panthers
|Capitals stat line||14 wins in 22 games||3.55 goals per game||2.36 goals against per game|
|Panthers stat line||14 wins in 21 games||3.67 goals per game||2.57 goals against per game|
The Panthers and the Capitals have two of the best offenses in the NHL and both units will look to find the back of the net throughout the game despite facing two defenses that have played well this season. The Panthers will crash the net on the odd-man rush to create quick scoring chances led by Aleksandar Barkov and Anthony Duclair while also establishing a strong offensive zone presence, allowing Aaron Ekblad to add an extra dimension to the offense with great play from the point. The Capitals meanwhile should run up the score with great puck movement in the offensive zone, allowing Alexander Ovechkin and Tom Wilson to find open shots on the net by the faceoff circles and create great centering passes as well.
The Over will cover in a high-scoring game controlled by both offenses.
Columbus Blue Jackets (+110) Vs. Nashville Predators
|Blue Jackets stat line||12 wins in 19 games||3.42 goals per game||3.11 goals against per game|
|Predators stat line||11 wins in 21 games||2.71 goals per game||3.00 goals against per game|
The Predators are hosting the upcoming game and looking to add on a win and makeup ground in the Central Division. The problem is that the Blue Jackets have looked great to start the season and look to exploit mismatches on both ends of the ice. The Blue Jackets will look to limit the Predators struggling offense with Jake Bean, Vladislav Gavrikov, and Zach Werenski creating turnovers at the blue line and making it difficult for the Predators to establish an offensive zone presence. Moreover, goaltender Elvis Merzlikins is having a great season and will blank the Predators shot on the net throughout the game.
The Blue Jackets offense meanwhile, has been one of the best in the NHL and will constantly find the back of the net in the matchup. Boone Jenner, Patrik Laine, and the rest of the forward unit will carry the puck into the offensive zone and find quick shots on the goal on the odd-man rush while also establishing strong puck movement in the offensive zone. Additionally, the Blue Jackets will establish a strong offensive zone presence, allowing Zach Werenski to find shots through traffic from the point.
The Blue Jackets will win the game and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs.
Carolina Hurricanes (-120) Vs. Dallas Stars
|Hurricanes stat line||15 wins in 20 games||3.30 goals per game||2.15 goals against per game|
|Stars stat line||10 wins in 19 games||2.74 goals per game||2.84 goals against per game|
The Stars have played significantly better on both ends of the ice recently, winning six of their last seven games. However, they face arguably the best team in the NHL in the Hurricanes who look to exploit mismatches on both ends of the ice in the upcoming game. The Hurricanes should limit the Stars offense with Anthony DeAngelo, Jaccob Slavin, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone alike while also forcing the Stars to take direct shots on the net. In addition, goaltender Frederik Andersen is having a great season and looks to eliminate second-chance scoring opportunities for the Stars.
The Hurricanes offense meanwhile should run up the score with great puck movement and effective shots on the net. Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov will crash the net on the odd-man rush and find plenty of scoring opportunities on cross-ice passes. The Hurricanes will also create a strong offensive zone presence throughout the game and create plenty of shots off of quick passes and play from the point as well.
The Hurricanes will win the game with a dominant performance.
Anaheim Ducks (+110) Vs. Los Angeles Kings
|Ducks stat line||11 wins in 22 games||3.18 goals per game||2.73 goals against per game|
|Kings stat line||9 wins in 20 games||2.70 goals per game||2.70 goals against per game|
The Kings and Ducks meet up in the battle of Southern California and both teams have looked promising this season. The Kings will look to add on a win at home but the Ducks can find favorable matchups on both ends of the ice. The Ducks should pile on the goals with Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras, and the rest of the forward unit finding open shots on the wing while finding open skaters near the net, allowing defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to open up the offense from the point. Speaking of Kevin Shattenkirk, he should lead the Ducks defensive unit along with Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm and create turnovers in the defensive zone while forcing difficult shots on the net, allowing goaltender John Gibson to have a great game in the net.
The Ducks will win the game with great play on both ends of the ice.
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