Saturday, November 6th is going to be a great day in the NHL, to say the least. With 12 games scheduled and 24 of the 32 teams playing, there are going to be some highlight goals, big saves, close games, and everything in between. With the surplus of games, there are some intriguing matchups and mismatches on the ice that make some bets favorable ones and hopefully profitable ones as well.
Over 6 – Carolina Hurricanes Vs. Florida Panthers
|Hurricanes stat line||4.11 goals per game||1.67 goals against per game|
|Panthers stat line||4.10 goals per game||2.10 goals against per game|
This game features two of the best teams in the NHL with the Hurricanes unbeaten in their first nine games and the Panthers only suffering one defeat in their first 10 games. Both teams are talented throughout the roster but the offenses look to control this game and constantly find the back of the net.
The Hurricanes have some of the best passing forwards in the game with Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho leading the forward unit. Against the Panthers, the Hurricanes will find opportunities on the odd-man rush and catch the Panthers goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky, out of position on plenty of cross-ice passes. Additionally, the Hurricanes will create plenty of scoring chances off of great puck movement in the offensive zone to allow for shots through traffic from the point that can easily be redirected into the back of the net.
The Panthers will also run up the score with plenty of opportunities being created on the odd-man rush and in the offensive zone alike. The Panthers, however, will take direct shots on the goal from Anthony Duclair and Aleksandar Barkov and allow the rest of the forward unit to take advantage of the chaos in front of the ent while also finding second chance shots near the goal. Moreover, Aaron Ekblad already has four goals on the season from the point and his presence at the blue line will further open up the offense in this game.
The Over will cover with both offenses controlling this game from the opening puck drop.
Boston Bruins (+110) Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
|Bruins stat line||2.75 goals per game||2.63 goals against per game|
|Maple Leafs stat line||2.45 goals per game||2.73 goals against per game|
The Maple Leafs are coming off a state 2-1 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and look to continue their hot streak at home. The problem is that they face a Bruins roster that not only looks like one of the best in the NHL but can provide difficult matchups for what the Maple Leafs like to do on both ends of the ice. The Bruins defensive unit particularly will look to create turnovers at the blue line to instantly start up the offense led by Charlie McAvoy who is one of the best defensemen in the NHL. As a result, the Bruins will limit the Maple Leafs from establishing an offensive zone presence and make it difficult for Auston Matthews and William Nylander to find open shots near the net.
On the other end of the ice, the Bruins will pile on the goals with strong play on the wings and great puck movement in the offensive zone. The Bruins are led by one of the best top lines in the game with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak crashing the net from the boards while Patrice Bergeron finds open ice in the center of the offensive zone and the three forwards will find plenty of scoring opportunities against a Maple Leafs’ defense that struggles to limit passing lanes.
The Bruins will win the game and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs.
Vegas Golden Knights (-110) Vs. Montreal Canadiens
|Golden Knights stat line||2.50 goals per game||3.10 goals against per game|
|Canadiens stat line||2.00 goals per game||3.33 goals against per game|
Both teams have struggled early on this season and look far worse than when they last met up in the Stanley Cup Semifinal in June. The Canadiens are hoping to win at home but have looked awful on both ends of the ice with a combination of players underachieving and a pile-up of injuries. Against the Golden Knights, the Canadiens will struggle to generate shots on the net with Alec Martinez and Shea Theodore stepping up for the Golden Knights defensive unit to create turnovers and block shots on the goal, allowing goaltender Robin Lehner to have a great performance in the net.
The Golden Knights offense meanwhile, will look to take advantage of an inconsistent Canadiens defense that is allowing opponents to carry the puck into the offensive zone at will. The forwards on the Golden Knights, led by Chandler Stephenson and Jonathan Marchessault will not only find plenty of scoring opportunities on the odd-man rush but create open shots throughout the game, crashing the net and allowing the defensemen to find shots from the point, led by scoring defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.
The Golden Knights will win the game with a decisive victory.
Over 6 Minnesota Wild Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
|Wild stat line||3.00 goals per game||3.33 goals against per game|
|Penguins stat line||3.22 goals per game||2.89 goals against per game|
The Penguins have started the season without a handful of their top scorers including Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust, and Evgeni Malkin. However, the Penguins have proven that they have one of the deepest forward units in the NHL and along with the Wild forwards, look to pile on the goals in the upcoming game.
The Penguins will find plenty of scoring chances against a Wild defense that has struggled lately and has particularly, played poorly in the neutral zone. this will allow the Penguins to take advantage of their speed with Jake Geuntzel, Danton Heinen, and Jason Zucker carrying the puck into the offensive zone and finding the back of the net on odd-man rushes. Moreover, the Penguins will create confusion for the Wild defense and goaltender Cam Talbot in the offensive zone, allowing for Kris Letang and the rest of the defensive unit to find shots from the point and also set up the Penguins forwards near the net with great passes.
The Wild meanwhile, will also find the back of the net throughout the game with Kirill Kaprizov skating on the wing and finding quick shots on the goal while also drawing Penguins skaters to open up the ice for the rest of the Wild forwards to find open shots. In addition, the Wild will take advantage of Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry’s inability to save top-shelf shots, especially glove-side shots allowing Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Hartman to find the back of the net on accurate shots.
The Over will cover with both offenses stepping up and finding mismatches throughout the game.
Philadelphia Flyers (+135) Vs. Washington Capitals
|Flyers stat line||3.33 goals per game||2.56 goals against per game|
|Capitals stat line||3.60 goals per game||2.70 goals against per game|
The Capitals have looked like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and are expected to win the upcoming game at home. The problem is that the Flyers are one of the most improved teams in the NHL to start the season and are a tough team to defeat, especially with a new and improved defensive unit. The Flyers will look to limit the Capitals’ potent offense with the Justin Braun, Ivan Provorov, and offseason acquisition Rasmus Ristolainen limiting the Capitals from executing quick passes in the offensive zone and block shooting lanes for Alexander Ovechkin, forcing the Capitals to find goals from the later pairings. Likewise, Carter Hart is having a much-needed bounce-back season and will eliminate second chance shots by covering up the puck on the initial shot.
On the other end of the ice, the Flyers will take advantage of an inconsistent defensive unit with the scoring depth standing out. The Flyers will find open shots from the faceoff circles with Joel Farabee and Cam Atkinson finding space in the offensive zone to establish strong puck movement while Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, and Sean Couturier control the center of the offensive zone to fire shots to the back of the net. The Flyers will also be able to run up the score with the backend of the forward unit, led by Derrick Brassard, taking advantage of a Capitals defense that has struggled on the backend.
The Flyers will win the game and pull off the upset.