The Hurricanes return to action against one of the best teams in the NHL. Later in the night, I expect to see a low scoring affair between Anaheim and Arizona. Sandwiched in between, I believe the Flames and Canadiens should excel on offense and smash the over in total goals. Will I be bit by Carolina against Tampa Bay, or will we see an unusually high scoring game with Anaheim that ruins my night?
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Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens
January 28th, 7:00 P.M. (ET), Centre Bell
The North Division is an absolute battle right now, which is why I want to find value between two Canadian teams.
I wouldn’t necessarily say that Calgary and Montreal have a deep hatred for one another, but there is definitely animosity between the two clubs. One thing these two teams know how to do is score goals and I think there will be a ton of scoring action between them.
In the early going of the season, the Habs average the most goals scored per game. Through six games, Montreal has scored the most goals of any NHL team and currently averages 4.83 goals per game.
Canadian teams have struggled to keep Montreal off the board and I see the Canadiens’ scoring prowess continuing against Calgary.
The Flames aren’t scoring as nearly as much as Montreal, but Calgary hasn’t struggled to tickle twine either. The Flames are currently ranked 12th in goals per game.
Don’t get me wrong – the Flames and Habs are stacked in between the pipes, but it’s hard to not look at the scoring touch of both teams. You can easily select a number of players from both sides that could have high-scoring games, which is why I am leaning on this game taking the over in total goals.
I wouldn’t say that either team has an elite defense, which means there will be tons of opportunity for goal scoring in this contest.
I am adding the total goals over 5.5 (-139) to my betslip.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
January 28th, 7:00 P.M. (ET), PNC Arena
After 10 days off, the Hurricanes finally return to action against one of the best teams in the NHL. Here on BetPicks, I have grown fond of the Tampa Bay Lightning because of their ability to score goals (which I love) and their consistency on the money line.
While money line bets may not bring you the greatest value, I love adding Tampa Bay to my parlay slip. The Lightning are routinely one of the best teams in the league and they are facing a Carolina Hurricanes squad that hasn’t seen action in over a week.
Expect the Hurricanes to come out sluggish in this one. Sure, Carolina might be well-rested. However, it isn’t like Carolina has had a few days off or skipped their morning skate. They need to be game-ready after 10 days off against an elite squad.
I’ll admit, the Lightning are missing key players that have affected their offensive performance, but they still have elite talents like Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos that can turn a game upside down. Tampa Bay are usual favorites for NHL picks and it’s easy to see why the Lightning are heavily touted in this one.
Instead of one breakout star, we’re seeing a collective group performance from Tampa Bay in the early going of the season.
With Tampa Bay having their feet under them and Carolina hitting the ice for the first time since January 18, I am adding Tampa Bay ML (-143) to my slip.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Anaheim Ducks
January 28th, 9:00 P.M. (ET), Gila Riva Arena
As much as I love goal scoring (I mean, who doesn’t?) I am choosing this game because I think the opposite will happen.
The Ducks and Coyotes have struggled to score goals this season. Both Anaheim and Arizona rank incredibly low in goals for per game, which leads me to believe that this contest will see little to no goal scoring.
Despite both teams having capable forwards, there is another reason I think this contest will feature minimal goals.
Arizona and Anaheim easily have above-average goaltending. The Ducks’ John Gibson and the Coyotes’ Darcy Kuemper are two highly-rated netminders. With both teams struggling to score and these brick walls in the blue paint, I can’t see either team scoring with ease.
The Ducks and Coyotes met earlier this week, resulting in a 1-0 victory for Anaheim. Unless something drastic happens, I can’t trust either teams’ offense to be proficient in this game.
I am taking the under 5.5 goals (-139) and adding it to my betslip.
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