Twelve more teams are opening up their season tonight. Last night was great, but it’s so much better to have a full slate of games.
Columbus Blue Jackers (+235) @ Carolina Hurricanes (-275)
Carolina was one of the best teams at home last year, boasting a record of 29-8-4. It may come as a surprise, but they love hockey in the south. PNC Arena offers one of the best home-ice advantages in hockey. As a matter of fact, it was the Hurricanes’ inability to win on the road that eliminated them from the playoffs last season.
Johnny Gaudreau stunned the hockey world by singing with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the offseason. Columbus is another city that has a surprisingly strong fan base. The environment Gaudreau experienced when visiting greatly contributed to his shocking decision.
The Blue Jackets didn’t make any other significant addition in the off-season, so we’ll see if Johnny Hockey can carry this team to the postseason, or if their lack of depth will be their downfall.
The Hurricanes were 3 – 1 against the Blue Jackets last year, outscoring them 16 – 5 in those wins. Because these teams didn’t change much in the offseason, bettors should ride with the Hurricanes.
Carolina -1.5 (-110) & First Period: Carolina -0.5 (+105)
Seattle Kraken (+105) @ Anaheim Ducks (-120)
There were high hopes for the Kraken in their first season, given that Las Vegas made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2018 — their opening year. However, Seattle didn’t even sniff the playoffs in their inaugural season. The Kraken were the only team to perform worse than the Ducks in the Pacific Division.
The Kraken made a few nice moves in the offseason, but nothing that is going to make a huge difference in their record this year.
Anaheim has a great young core and is ready to start a new chapter after trading Josh Manson, Hampus Lindholm, and Rickard Rakell at last year’s deadline. Unfortunately, after 17 years, they also lost their captain, Ryan Getzlaf, to retirement.
This team will look very different but could be a threat in the Pacific as they added a lot of talent in the offseason. Ryan Strome and John Klingberg were two of their significant additions. They will be on the first line with Troy Terry, Mason McTavish, and Cam Fowler.
Fans should be excited about this team, but how it’s pieced together, there is a chance it’s a failure. However, if they can play together well, this first game should be a cakewalk.