The Golden Knights haven’t had the same magic they did last season, especially on the road. Things won’t get any easier when they visit the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. We cover this game and much more in our NHL betting cheat sheet with need-to-know betting notes, goalie profiles and injury news to help you crack the NHL odds for the early week matchups.
VEGAS ROAD SHOW
The Vegas Golden Knights have been terrible on the road this season, going just 2-5 in their first seven contests away from home with a -10-goal differential and face one of the league’s best home teams in the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday. Toronto is still loaded offensively even without Auston Matthews and they’ve been dominant against Western Conference opponents with an 11-4 mark in their last 15 games. The magic seems to be gone from the Golden Knights and on the road, they look pedestrian at best. Take the Leafs at home at a reasonable price.
SINGING THE BLUES
The St. Louis Blues and Carolina Hurricanes are both in the midst of an early season swoon. While both teams need to focus on their defensive shortcomings, it leaves bettors in a nice position with the total as there is plenty of evidence to support another Over in this one. The Over is 5-0 in the last five for St. Louis and is 4-0 for the Hurricanes against a team with a losing record. Jake Allen and Scott Darling are expected to start in goal for their respective teams and both goaltenders have a sub .900 save percentage with a goals against average over 3.00. Take the Over on Tuesday night in St. Louis.
The Sharks offense deserves a better fate as they rank 10th in the NHL in goals for but are in second in total shots per game as they continue to pepper opposing goaltenders. Minnesota meanwhile is 14th in shots per game and goals per game but on average they give up the 10th most shots per contest. Expect the goaltenders to be busy in their matchup as both teams have a knack for getting the puck towards goal and that’s a good sign for Over bettors. The Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams in San Jose and Tuesday night adds to that trend.
The Oilers and Lightning meet up on Tuesday night as Connor McDavid and Steven Stamkos face off in Florida in a game many are expecting to go Over the number. The Oilers are hoping they can take advantage on the power play against a Lightning side that rarely gives up goals in bunches, but they’ll have to solve the leagues second best penalty killing unit. Edmonton is 20th in the NHL in goals for and while Tampa sits fourth in the league they will have to contend with Mikko Koskinen who has been playing ridiculously well of late for the Oilers. Stay conscious of special teams when wagering on this one.
Mikko Koskinen, Edmonton Oilers: Speaking of Koskinen, the 2009 Islanders draft pick is enjoying a resurgence with the Oilers after spending most of his career in the KHL. The Finnish national has been excellent playing in Russia as he has never had a GAA over 2.42 and while competition in the KHL is not at the level of the NHL it is still quite impressive. Koskinen is 3-0 for Edmonton and faces off with Andrei Vasilevskiy of Tampa Bay who has been exceptional since the beginning of last season. The Under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these two teams and Tuesday night is no different.
The Canucks are expected to be without of their best players in Brock Boeser on Tuesday as he suffered a groin injury in Colorado over the weekend. Boeser has 11 points so far this season and that greatly hurts the offense of the Canucks who are currently ranked 11th in the NHL in goals for. The Wings meanwhile have the 25th ranked offense in the NHL and have trouble scoring against everyone which makes this a candidate for the Under.
HAT TRICK TRENDS
- The Oilers are winless in last six against Tampa Bay and the home team is 13-3 in last 16 meetings.
- The Road team is 5-1 in last six meetings between Vancouver and Detroit. The Red Wings are 0-7 in last seven vs Pacific division opponents.
- The Under is 9-0 in Toronto’s last nine games overall and 8-2 in Vegas’ last 10.