Focusing on two games in the North Division, I think we see an abundance of goals between Edmonton vs. Ottawa and Toronto vs. Vancouver. Both matchups have seen lots of scoring in previous games and I think we’ll see the same thing Monday night. As for the Blues taking on the Coyotes, can the Coyotes handle the Blues’ offense? The Yotes have held their own against STL in the past, but I am rolling with the percentages.
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Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators
February 8th, 7:00 P.M., Canadian Tire Centre
It seems every time the Senators and Oilers hit the ice, we see a ton of goals. Maybe it’s the skill of Edmonton’s offense or the lack of the Senators’ defense. Either way, when both teams collide, goal scoring is apparent.
Through two games this season, 19 goals have been scored. The Oilers have captured both wins straight up and the Senators have struggled to maintain pace with Edmonton’s explosive offense.
The Senators allow 6 goals per game against Edmonton, the most they have allowed against any team in the North Division this season. Edmonton’s 12 goals against Ottawa tie their most goals scored against one team, as they have also scored 12 goals against Toronto.
While Ottawa’s offense may not contribute much in terms of total goals, the Sens aren’t terrible on offense. The Senators have managed to score a goal in every game this season. Ottawa may be a basement team for the remainder of the season, but their offense is far from worst in the league.
Of course, Ottawa’s biggest downfall will be their defense and goaltending. Right now, the Senators’ defensive group are facing a ton of shots and offensive chances per game. With that in mind, it’s going to be incredibly hard for the Sens to take this on the money line.
I expect the Sens and Oilers to compete in another high-scoring affair. I am adding the total goals OVER 6.5 (-125) to my bet slip.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
February 8th, 7:00 P.M., Scotiabank Arena
Much like the above game, I see these two Canadian teams potting lots of goals. Vancouver and Toronto are meeting for the third consecutive game. Much like the other two contests, I expect to see a flurry of goals that helps us cash in on this NHL parlay of the day.
Toronto and Vancouver both rank relatively low in goals against. The Canucks are the worst team in the NHL, while the Leafs are ranked 17th. Toronto is the top dog in the North Division, but I think it’s safe to say that it isn’t because of their defense.
With that being said, Vancouver and Toronto both rank high in goals for. Vancouver is at opposite ends of the spectrum, as they are ranked #1 in goals for. The Leafs aren’t far behind as they are the 4th highest-scoring team in the league right now.
I know, both teams have scored a ton of goals thanks to playing teams like the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets. However, these teams have also shown up offensively against other top teams.
I think scoring will be plentiful and this game hits the over. I am adding the total goal OVER 6.5 (-120) to my betslip.
Arizona Coyotes vs. St. Louis Blues
February 8th, 8:00 P.M., Enterprise Center
I think the Coyotes are one of those teams that can steal wins, but you need to go with the percentages in this one. 7 times out of 10, we’re going to see the stronger team win and I think the Blues are stronger than the Coyotes.
Arizona is the definition of an average team. They don’t necessarily excel at any aspect of the game, but they aren’t horrendous in any category either. Any Arizona fan would tell you they need help with their depth, but the same holds true for many teams.
What scares me about St. Louis is that the Blues are known to allow their share of goals. The Blues’ identity on defense is rather different this season and they are still trying to adjust.
Still, it’s always smart to go with the percentages on BetPicks, especially with a parlay. It may not be flashy or bold, but I think the Blues can win this game with separation. Of the Blues’ 7 wins on the season, 4 of them have come by more than one goal. I think we see the Blues take this one on the money line but also cover on the puck line.
I am adding St. Louis -1 (+130) to my bet slip.
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