Last Updated: 2017-11-17
We were either 1-1-1 or 2-1 last week depending on when you bet the total in the New York Rangers game and will now head to our second week of NHL Spot Plays. While we’re a bit later than normal this week, it was by design as I wanted to make sure not to release the over 6 in the New Jersey at Toronto game Thursday night, one that simply looked too good to be true, especially after the teams played a 6-3 game earlier this season.
New Jersey at Winnipeg: While the Devils’ hot start has received a fair amount of attention to start the season, the same really can’t be said for Winnipeg even though both teams have identical 11-4-3 records. While the Jets weren’t really expected to have a strong season, people gave the Devils even less of a chance to make the playoffs. New Jersey got Travis Zajac back on Thursday for the first time this season and he’ll make them better defensively, but doesn’t quite have the speed of some of the other forwards. The Devils scored five goals after being shutout earlier this season and believe they’ll bounce back a little bit here and will grab the Devils as road underdogs in this one. The Devils are still getting under-priced a bit, as people are expecting their winning ways to come to a screeching halt, which may happen at some point during the season, but they still offer a bit of value and should be a nice price here.
Chicago at Pittsburgh: The price is going to be a bit on the steep side here, but have to take the Penguins in a huge revenge game in this one. The Blackhawks completely dominated the Penguins opening night, winning 10-1. Chicago had 6 power play opportunities to two for Pittsburgh and had a 42 to 29 shot advantage. While plenty of people are running around talking about the demise of the Penguins, it’s a bit early for that. Sure, Pittsbugh looks uninterested at times and bad at others, but if there’s one team who knows the Stanley Cup isn’t going to be won in November, it’s Pittsburgh. But the Pens also have some pride, so would expect their best effort of the season on Saturday. The Pens have a few days off after the game, so should leave it all out on the ice, so will lay the odds with the defending Cup champions in this one.