The NHL All-Star Weekend is only two weeks away and playoff picture is getting clear every day. Some teams have are ruled out completely while others can already take their foot off the gas slightly with a playoff spot in the bag. The teams in between have been fighting tooth and nail to earn a post-season spot. The intense competition has been a big hit with fans and the league has seen viewership figures rise over the last few months.
We have previewed the betting markets for three of this week’s big games.
Anaheim Ducks @ St. Louis Blues
13th January 8:08PM
It’s a case of worst versus best in the Western Conference as the Ducks travel to face Conference leaders, the Blues on Monday night. St. Louis has the second-highest winning percentage in the league and they are unsurprisingly heavy favourites for this one. You can back them to win in the Money Line betting at -225 with CanPlay.
The Blues, last year’s Stanley Cup champions, have actually improved through the first 46 games compared to last. Craig Berube will be expecting that his team can compete for Stanley Cup honours again this season.
In contrast, the Ducks have been a long way off the pace this season and they will do well to come away from this one with points. Goaltender John Gibson has been the one shining light for the Ducks this year. He is sure to have plenty of work to do on Monday night.
These sides always seem to be involved in high-scoring matchups and over 5.5 goals looks a good bet at +105 with CanPlay. The Blues should cover the 1.5 goal deficit too. Back them in the Puck Line betting at +114.
New Jersey Devils @ Toronto Maple Leafs
14th January 7PM
The Devils make the short trip across the border to face Eastern Conference rivals Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
It’s fair to say that the Devils have had a less impressive season to-date. However, their best performance of the season came in their last outing and they should be in buoyant mood heading to Canada. They ended Tampa Bay Lightning’s nine game winning streak with a 3-1 victory. Goalie Louis Domingue was outstanding in nets for the Devils.
Their opponents, the Maple Leafs are coming into this one on the back of an 8-4 defeat to the Florida Panthers. The Panthers are closing in on the Leafs in the Atlantic Division and that result could have a big impact on the final standings.
Nothing less than a win will do for Mitch Marner & Co. and we’re backing them do it in front of their home fans. Back Toronto to win CanPlay.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Boston Bruins
16th January 7:05PM
One of the NHL’s most intense rivalries roars back into action on Thursday night. There is plenty to play for here too. The Bruins lead the Atlantic Division with 27-8-11 record and they have won three in a row. The Penguins are second in the Metropolitan Division with a 28-12-5 record and have also won their last three games.
The Bruins are currently Stanley Cup favourites at +800 with CanPlay. They have a solid roster across the board and look good value for money at that price. Goalkeeper Tuukka Rask has been outstanding while Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have been their usual impressive selves.
The Penguins have been relying on Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin to provide most of the offensive thrust for the side and they will have to be at their peaks at TD Garden.
We fancy the Bruins to just edge this one. Back Boston to win with CanPlay.