Jesse M Cox
Exactly one month into the NHL season and things already haven’t gone to plan for some franchises. The NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken, are off to a rough start and currently sit in last place of the Pacific Division. The Edmonton Oilers, who finished last season 35-19-2 off to a 10-2 start and are currently tied with the Hurricanes and Panthers for most wins in the league.
Let’s take a look at some of the weekend’s biggest matchups and see if we can’t get the best picks from them. Be sure to get the best odds by using our hockey odds comparison tool where you can see all of the odds offered on every game and compare them across different sportsbooks:
A well rested Blue Jacket squad will look to get their fourth straight win vs. the Capitals after not playing since last Saturday. The Blue Jackets are off to a 7-3 start in part to the play of 26 year old Oliver Bjorkstrand who already has five goals and eight assists on the season.
The Capitals are 7-2-4, Ovechkin already has 11 goals and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 11 assists. The Caps will be tired playing back to back, so find a good bookmaker and take the underdog Blue Jackets (+120) in this one.
Colorado was a trendy preseason pick to win the Stanley Cup. They’ve gotten off to a slow 5-5-1 start, but are still a dangerous team. They’re averaging 3.3 goals per game and J.T. Compher has 10 points over the last 10 games for the Avalanche.
The sharks are heavy road underdogs in this one, and I wouldn’t pick them for an upset. Instead, I’d take Compher as an anytime goal scorer or the under of 6 goals scored.
The Kings are 8-5-1 and look to extend their road winning streak to four games. The Jets are 7-3-3. Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor has 10 goals and 18 points in just 13 games this season. Last time these two met on October 28th, Winnipeg won 3-2. Take the Kings to win this time and at (+145) you can make some cash off of it as well.
These teams haven’t met since February 2020, a game in which the Ducks won convincingly at 5-1. The Ducks have beaten the Canucks the last five times the teams faced each other. Anaheim’s coming into this game hot, winning their last four games and outscoring opponents in those games 15-4. Anaheim has now scored 28 goals in its last eight games.
The Canucks have struggled to get out of the gate this season. They currently sit in seventh place in the Pacific Division, only ahead of the Kraken. Over their last six home games they’re 2-4.
For this match I’d take the over in goals. The Ducks have scored at least three goals in eight straight games and I think they’ll make it nine tonight.