Chicago Blackhawks (+215) @ Ottawa Senators (-255)
Ottawa hosts the trash can Blackhawks tonight, with an implied team total over 5 goals I expect the scoring to start early. The home squad has won the first period in the last 5 match ups between these teams and tonight the home team is significantly better than the visitors.
Chicago is an all around dumpster fire while the top 6 forwards for Ottawa are as good as any. Chicago is among the worst in the league in almost every defensive category and while they do occasionally pull a rabbit out of their hat, I would expect to see the Senators come out buzzing tonight in front of the home crowd.
Ottawa Senators -.5 First Period (+115)
LA Kings (-255) @ Anaheim Ducks (+205)
This is a nearly identical situation to the previously mentioned game. LA is playing very well as of late and Anaheim is the de facto worst defensive team in the league. They allow the most goals, shots, and high danger chances per game.
Given the complete lack of defense from Anaheim, they have lost the first period in their last 6 home games. They downright stink, with LA being on such a heater I see no reason for this trend to change.
LA Kings -.5 First Period (+120)
New York Rangers (+105) @ Edmonton Oilers (-125)
Going into game five with Tarasenko in the line up for New York, I think the hype has worn off for the Rangers. Don’t get me wrong I still they’re a very good team I just think that the energy bump the trade gave them has worn off. That leads me to believe they’ll be a little slower tonight, relying more heavily on Igor Shesterkin.
Igor is a fantastic goalie but he will have his work cut out for him as he faces a McDavid led offense that generate 37 shots a game. Being their 3rd straight road game and 2nd on the West coast, I think the Rangers take a step back. Not to say they can’t win but if they are to win it’s going to be on the pads of Igor Shesterkin.
Igor Shesterkin Over 29.5 Saves (-115)