A less than impressive week for us last week in the tipping stakes with zero correct predictions in our three matches. That seems to be how things went in the league last week. The form book went out the window with wins for the Montreal Canadiens and the Anaheim Ducks while the Edmonton Oilers fine start to the season has started to stutter.
There are some great games penciled in for this week’s schedule as we approach the halfway point of the season.
Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators
Monday 9th December 7:35PM
League leaders and Stanley Cup favourites Boston Bruins begin their four game road trip across the border for a game with the struggling Senators.
It’s a case of top versus second from bottom in this Atlantic Division matchup. The Bruins are rightly favoured with the bookmakers and odds of -200 looks appealing. The Senators already look to be out of the playoff picture and inconsistency has cost them dearly. One win in the last 6 games paints a picture and they have suffered defeat to the Bruins already this season. A 5-2 defeat at the start of November was followed up by a 2-1 loss at home in the Canadian Tire Centre.
Brad Marchand has done most damage in their meetings this season and the Canadian is +140 to add to his goal tally this season. Thomas Chabot had some success in their last meeting and the defenseman is +450 with CanPlay to get on the scoresheet on Monday night.
The form of both teams suggest a high scoring affair in Ottawa on Monday. We’re backing over 6 goals at -115 with CanPlay.
Carolina Hurricanes @ Edmonton Oilers
Tuesday 10th December 8PM
The Carolina Hurricanes head to Rogers Place to face the Pacific Division leaders Edmonton Oilers. As mentioned already, the Oilers’ surprising start to the season has come to a halt. They have lead the Pacific Division for most of the season but 5 losses in their last 10 games suggests a regression to the mean. The Hurricanes are 8-6-1 on the road and they will be confident of picking up another away win on Tuesday night.
The Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl leads the league with 53 points, scoring 19 goals and 34 assists. The German will be expected to contribute again and he could be a good bet in the goalscorer stakes. For the Hurricanes, Sebastian Aho has been the main goalgetter. The Finn has 16 goals in 30 appearances this season.
Both franchises are averaging roughly 2.5 goals per game over the last 10 games. They might just cancel each other out and we’re backing the under in the Total Goals market with CanPlay.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Colorado Avalanche
Wednesday 11th December 9:30PM
There will be plenty of eyes on the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night as the Flyers face the Avalanche. Philadelphia have the third best record in the Metropolitan Division and seven wins in the last ten games has seen them shoot up the rankings. The Avalanche are in a similarly strong position. Colorado are in second place in the Central Division with eight wins from their last ten games.
Fans are expecting a high-intensity, top quality battle between these two. The Avalanche probably have the better quality side of the two and home advantage should see them over the line.
Nathan McKinnon has been the key man for the Avalanche and he is likely to breach Carter Hart’s goal on Wednesday night.
These franchises are two of the highest scoring teams in the NHL and we’re expecting another goalfest this week. Bet on over 5 goals with CanPlay in this one.