Last Updated: 2017-11-09
After taking last year off, we’re back with another go at our weekly look at the NHL, usually picking between two and four games, based on scheduling factors, emotional factors and historical tendencies. We’ll call them NHL Spot Plays so as not to be confused with Adam Burke’s always-informative NHL Situational Sports Betting Tips article. We had fair success with this article when we last did it, so let’s see if we can pick-up where we left off.
While I don’t dabble with the NHL much, our two season bets are off to decent starts, with the Sabres struggling a bit in the early going and the New Jersey Devils playing well at the start. But there’s still a lot of hockey to be played this season.
Chicago at Philadelphia: The Blackhawks are getting by on reputation right now and come into Thursday’s game with the Flyers sitting at 7-6-2 and have gone 4-5-1 over their last 10 games. Chicago defeated the Flyers 3-0 on Nov. 1 and this is a decent spot for Philadelphia to get a measure of revenge in the final time they’ll see Chicago this season. The Flyers are coming off a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Avalanche and could have been guilty of looking forward to this one a bit. Philadelphia has shown a bit of a tendency to play up or down to their level of competition this season, defeating the likes of Washington, Edmonton and Toronto, but falling to the Avalanche and Arizona. The Flyers have been tough on Chicago at home, going 9-1 the last 10 and 15-2 over the years, so will take the Flyers -115 in this Thursday night game.
Edmonton at New Jersey: Another situation a bit similar as above, as the Oilers just defeated the Devils 6-3 less than a week ago and are now favored on the road. After their fast start, the Devils are 0-2-1 over their last three, but had their chances in the last two, a loss at Calgary and Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to St. Louis when the Blues got the empty net goal to turn a 2-1 game into a 3-1 final.
The Oilers have struggled to score goals this season and the win over the Devils was just the third time all season they’ve scored more than two goals. Edmonton’s depth at the wings has taken a bit of a hit and the Oilers are quickly becoming a two-line team and could have trouble against a New Jersey team that has been getting production for three lines, and occasionally their fourth line. Will side with the home team as small underdogs in this Thursday game.
Edmonton at NY Rangers: We’ll stick with the Oilers and head with them to New York for Saturday’s matinee against the New York Rangers, where Cam Talbot will likely face his old team in the Rangers. After a slow start, the Rangers have come to life lately, as the offense has gotten the job done. The Rangers goaltending has been a bit shaky and with Talbot possibly pressing a bit in a trip back to Madison Square Garden, will grab the over in this spot.
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