It's Thanksgiving eve in the United States, and the NHL has 14 games on the schedule tonight.
We have a 2006 Stanley Cup rematch as the Oilers are in Carolina to take on the Hurricanes, the Boston Bruins are in Florida to play Matthew Tkachuk and the Panthers, and a night cap that features a potential Western Conference final as Vegas pays a visit to Dallas.
Let's take a look at each game and make some picks!
The Oilers are 2-2-0 under new head coach Chris Knoblauch. They're still not clicking as a group, getting poor goaltending, and their best players aren't playing up to the level they need to in order for the Oilers to have success.
Carolina is a tough matchup for a team struggling to find its way. The Hurricanes play a relentless, in-your-face, high pressure system in all three zones. The Oilers defense could struggle to break out of their own zone because of the high-pressure Carolina forecheck.
Carolina is 7-3-0 in their last ten games and have been getting solid production throughout their lineup. I think the Hurricanes are the wrong opponent at the wrong time for the Oilers.
Carolina Money Line -140
Under 6.5 Goals (+110)
This should be a great game. We have a first-round rematch from last season when the Florida Panthers shocked the world defeating the historically great Boston Bruins in seven games.
The Panthers are the hottest team in the NHL right now at 8-2-0 in their last ten games. They are getting production throughout their lineup - nine players have at least five points in their last ten games. Sam Reinhart is leading the way with 14 points while Matthew Tkachuk and Carter Verhaeghe are point per game players in that span.
On top of that, the Panthers two best defensemen, Arron Ekblad and Brandon Montour, have returned to the lineup after missing the first 16 games of the season. That is a huge boost for an already impressive Panthers squad.
The Bruins have been on a roll to start this season. They lead the NHL in points with 29 in 17 games. They've only lost one game in regulation this season.
One of the most underappreciated players in the NHL right now is David Pastrnak, who is second in the NHL in points with 29 in 17 games. He has led the charge for the Boston Bruins offensively.
The most impressive part of the Bruins is their goaltending. Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman have continued their strong play from last season into this season. Among NHL goalies to play in at least four games this season, Swayman is third in save percentage (.933%) and fifth in goals against average (2.09) while Ullmark is seventh in save percentage (.928%) and eighth in goals against average (2.23).
This is going to be a fun, entertaining, competitive game between these two teams. I'll take the home team and for the game to go to overtime.
Florida Money Line -105
Tied after Regulation Yes +300
|VGS Golden Knights
The leaders of the Pacific and Central divisions meet in Dallas for what should be an excellent game.
The visiting Golden Knights are on a bit of a cold streak for their standards. They are 2-4-1 in their last seven games which includes losses to the likes of the Flyers, Capitals, and Ducks. The Knights have only scored six goals in those five losses. Things just aren't clicking like they were to start the season.
On the other side, the Dallas Stars are rolling. They are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games and only given up more than three goals once in that span. They are playing sound defense, getting great goaltending from Jake Oettinger and have got great offensive contributions throughout the lineup.
The ususal suspects, Joe Pavelski, Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson have all produced at a point a game clip in the Stars last 11. But Matt Duchene has 13 points in his last 10 games and Tyler Seguin has 11 points in 11 games. Impressive output from their veteran forwards.
Dallas is playing great hockey right now and they're catching Vegas at the perfect time. I like the Stars to win on home ice tonight.
Dallas Puck Line -1.5 (+185)
Wyatt Johnston Anytime Goalscorer +275
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