Back after a little day off to come to terms with the fact the Penguins are garbage. I’m not sure who decided to schedule things this way, but we have a massive slate ahead of us tonight with a few juggernaut match ups. Bruins are at MSG to take on the Rangers in a nice divisional match up. The Devils will be truly put to the test against the Oilers, if they can slow down that offense then they’re the real deal. Lets get after it.
New York Islanders (-110) @ St. Louis Blues (-110)
St. Louis has a first class ticket on the struggle bus. Following the Penguins lead, they too have dropped 5 games straight after beginning the season 3-0. They’re a mess, they are changing the lines every game, throwing shit at the walls to see what sticks. Being dead last in the league in scoring is not where you want to be as you line up against Ilya Sorokin. He’s a fantastic goalie, and the Islanders are rolling right now, winning 4 straight against some high level teams. I’m not saying the Blues can’t flip a switch and be cup contenders again but I haven’t seen anything to make me like them in this match up against a solid Islanders teams.
New York Islanders Money (-110)
Carolina Hurricanes (-105) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (-115)
This should be one of the better match ups of the night. Two of the top teams in the East go at it in Tampa. The Hurricanes are a nasty team to play against, they have depth and they play a very well rounded game. Tampa isn’t the same monster they were a few seasons ago. Their top lines are still elite but they lack the depth of those cup teams. On top of that, Victor Hedman is still doubtful for tonights action, a major piece of their power play and offense in general. Going against Vasilevskiy always scares me, when he turns it on he’s the terminator, but the Hurricanes are a better team overall. They are a high shot volume team while limiting their opponents shots, outshooting their opponents by 61 shots in their 6 away games so far. Vasi well definitely be tested in this match up but I think he gives up a few.
Carolina Hurricanes Money Line (-105)
Seattle Kraken (+145) @ Minnesota Wild (-170)
Seattle has been sneaky this year, they’re solid on defense and generate a surprising amount of shots on offense. They face a pretty banged up Wild squad. Minnesota has averaged 33.6 shots against in their 5 home games this year, while Seattle has actually averaged the same amount of shots in their 5 road games. Minnesota doesn’t exactly play tight defense, they’ve been better the past few games but are still an offense first team. That should give Flower plenty of chances to see the puck. His saves prop for tonight seemed pretty low to me, for a match up that should have a lot of shots, 27.5 just seems low. I couldn’t pass on that number.
Marc Andre Fleury Over 27.5 Saves (-110)
Florida Panthers (-205) @ San Jose Sharks (+175)
I want to preface this by saying this is a long shot play. It’s a long shot for sure, but I don’t think it’s unbelievable. Just 1 of San Jose’s 6 losses came against a “bad” team, their other 5 were all to playoff level teams and some top contenders. They’ve got wins against the Leafs and Rangers, they don’t go down without a fight. A big part of that is goalie James Reimer, who has some pretty impressive stats to go along with his poor 2-5 record. Defenseman Erik Karlsson is back to his old ways, leading the team with 10 points. Florida hasn’t been great on the road, with losses to below average teams like Chicago and Arizona. Their shaky goaltending is what draws me toward San Jose, Bobrovsky has yet to live up to his gigantic contract, giving up a 3.06 GAA. Like I said this is 100% a long shot but I don’t think it’s that outrageous of an outcome.
San Jose Sharks Money Line (+175)