NHL Betting Tips Week 8
Two teams heading in the opposite direction face each other Monday night in Winnipeg, as the Jets host the Calgary Flames. After a fast start, the Flames are playing the way most observers thought they would and have now lost six games in a row and eight of their last nine.
Winnipeg has gone 5-3 this month, with two losses coming to the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and lost on the road Sunday to the Minnesota Wild, which is nothing to be ashamed of, as Minnesota is 9-1-2 at home. The Jets have won four of their last five games. The early line had Winnipeg as -150 favorites, which is a reasonable number compared to the way the two teams have been playing.
On Wednesday, the league’s two marquee players get together, as the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Washington Capitals. While all of the pregame attention will be focused on Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, the supporting cast of the Capitals are playing better than the supporting cast of the Penguins. Evengi Malkin has been invisible at times during the season and has just three goals in 20 games. He does have 15 assists, but is a minus-8 on the year.
The Capitals will likely be small home favorites and worth a shot against a Penguins team that has lost four of their last five heading into Monday’s game with Anaheim.
On Thursday, the New Jersey Devils visit the Los Angeles Kings in a rematch of last week’s game that saw the Kings break a scoreless tie in the third period and add an empty net goal for the 2-0 win. The Devils have scored just 10 goals in nine games for Cory Schneider and four of those came in one game. If Schneider gets the start as expected, I’d look for that trend to continue and take the under.
On Saturday, the Carolina Hurricanes visit Boston in a rematch of Monday’s game. These teams typically play each other close and I’d look for the loser on Monday’s game to turn the tables on the other team and earn a split for the week.
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