The NHL begins a new week with many teams entering a pivotal stretch in the NHL season. It’s still early in the 2021-22 season but many teams are starting to figure out if they can truly contend in the NHL or not and what that means moving forward for the roster. December 6th has six games scheduled and the surplus of games allows bettors to find favorable matchups and mismatches that can lead to profitable payouts.
Over 5.5 – Anaheim Ducks Vs. Washington Capitals
|Ducks stat line||13 wins in 25 games||3.32 goals per game||2.88 goals against per game|
|Capitals stat line||15 wins in 25 games||3.52 goals per game||2.44 goals against per game|
The Ducks and the Capitals are two complete teams that are off to promising starts. The upcoming game should see both offenses take advantage of favorable matchups and find the back of the net throughout the game. The Ducks will find plenty of quick scoring chances on the odd-man rush with Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone to find quick shots on the goal, overwhelming the Capitals defense. Likewise, the Ducks can establish an offensive zone presence to allow defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler to find open shots from the point, further opening up the Ducks offense.
The Capitals meanwhile should run up the score with their deep offense overwhelming the Ducks defense. Alexander Ovechkin, Tom Wilson, and the Capitals forwards will establish great puck movement in the offensive zone to find open shots near the net. The Capitals will also find goals on the backend of the forward unit with Conor Sheary and Lars Eller finding open ice against the backend of the Ducks defensive unit.
The Over will cover with both offenses stepping up and controlling this game.
Under 5.5 – Dallas Stars Vs. Arizona Coyotes
|Stars stat line||12 wins in 21 games||2.81 goals per game||2.71 goals against per game|
|Coyotes stat line||5 wins in 24 games||1.79 goals per game||3.63 goals against per game|
The Coyotes are struggling on both ends of the ice this season and it’s easy to think that the upcoming game will be a high-scoring one with the Stars piling on the goals against the Coyotes defense. However, both teams have been led by their defenses and both units look to take advantage of the opposing offenses in this game. The Coyotes will look to limit the Stars offense with Shayne Gostisbehere, Dysin Mayo, Anton Stralman controlling the blue line and limiting the Stars forwards from carrying the puck into the offensive zone and establishing a scoring presence.
The Stars meanwhile, should eliminate and potentially shut out the Coyotes hapless offense led by their strong defense. Esa Lindell, Miro Heiskanen, Ryan Suter, and the rest of the defensive unit will create turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone while limiting shots on the net. Moreover, the Stars goaltender Braden Holtby is having a great season in the net and should blank the Coyotes’ shots on the net and eliminate second-chance scoring opportunities.
The Under will cover in a low-scoring game controlled by both defenses.
Ottawa Senators (+150) Vs. New Jersey Devils
|Senators stat line||6 wins in 22 games||2.59 goals per game||3.91 goals against per game|
|Devils stat line||9 wins in 22 games||2.91 goals per game||3.32 goals against per game|
The Senators have struggled immensely this season and are expected to lose to the Devils in their upcoming game. The Senators however have proven early on this season that they can be a tough team to put away and can take advantage of a struggling Devils team. The Senators will look to find the back of the net multiple times with Drake Batherson, Brady Tkachuk, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net on the odd-man rush while also finding open ice in the offensive zone against a struggling Devils defense. On the other end of the ice, the Senators will eliminate the Devils struggling offense with Thomas Chabot and Artem Zub stepping up and limiting the Devils from finding open shots on the net while also creating turnovers in the defensive zone.
The Senators will win the game and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs.
Pittsburgh Penguins (-130) Vs. Seattle Kraken
|Penguins stat line||11 wins in 24 games||2.83 goals per game||2.63 goals against per game|
|Kraken stat line||9 wins in 24 games||3.00 goals per game||3.46 goals against per game|
The Penguins are in the middle of the West Coast road trip and eagerly trying to make up ground in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins face the Kraken and should exploit mismatches on both ends of the ice. The Kraken have played well on the offensive end of the ice recently but the Penguins defensive unit can eliminate the top-heavy forward unit with Kris Letang, John Marino, and the rest of the defensive unit limiting the Kraken on the odd-man rush and cut off angles to the net. In addition, Tristan Jarry is having a great season in the net and will blank the Kraken shots on the goal.
Offensively, the Penguins will pile on the goals with their speed overwhelming the Kraken struggling defense. Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzle, Evan Rodrigues, and the rest of the forward unit find quick scoring chances on the odd-man rush to find open and quick shots on the goal. Likewise, the Penguins will create open shots in the offensive zone to run up the score and allow Kris Letang to find open skaters near the net from the blue line.
The Penguins will win the game with great play on both ends of the ice.
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