Solid bounce back night for the picks. Washington really let us down with their virtually non-existent defense. If you missed it, the Ducks and Kraken game was incredible. I know the Ducks aren’t the toughest opponent but the Krak heads could take a big step this year, they looked good. We have a massive 10 game slate tonight so tons to choose from with quite a few games catching my eye.
I absolutely love this game tonight. Both squads should be taking massive steps forward this year. Neither team excels at defense or goal tending, while bringing in elite goal scoring abilities. Tage Thompson is coming off a 38 goal campaign, helping push Buffalo to a strong finish to the season which they hope will continue tonight. They’re not the push-over Sabres of years prior. Neither is Ottawa, who added elite goal scorer Alex DeBrincat, with multiple 40 goal seasons in his short career, one of them being last season as a member of the abysmal Blackhawks. To go along with elite goal scoring, the goaltending in this game is sub par. Ottawa start Cam Talbot is out, leaving Anton Forsberg to defend the net opposite 41 year old Craig Anderson. There should be rubber flying all over the place tonight, making the over look real juicy.
Over 6.5 Total Goals (-120)
I had to throw in my Pens tonight, especially at home against a glorified college team. The Coyotes are in full tank for Bedard mode this year. Pittsburgh is hungry for one for go around with their big dogs. After coming back from injury last year Sidney Crosby was on pace for 100 points in a full schedule, even at his age he is an elite player. Pittsburgh also has the best D core they’ve had in a while, adding Jan Rutta and Jeff Petry to bolster the back end. This game has both ends of the talent spectrum, a playoff team in Pittsburgh and a college team in Arizona, Pittsburgh should have no problem handling this one.
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (-150)
Smashville has it’s first game on North American soil after going 2-0 in Prague, hosting a Stars team that will look to improve their scoring from last season. Nashville is going to be a solid team this year, they got shafted in the playoffs last year having to face the Avs in the first round, without Saros in net. Saros is back and they’ve added Nino Neiderreiter and Ryan McDonough to increase their offensive presence. They face a Dallas goalie who single handedly took the Flames to 7 games last year. Jake Oettinger was a wall in the playoffs last year, it’ll be interesting to see if he can keep that up during his sophomore season. Dallas has had trouble scoring goals which is what leans me toward Nashville tonight, especially with a goalie like Saros between the pipes.