NHL Week 2 Betting Report
The second full week of the National Hockey League season begins Monday with just a pair of games, including the New York Rangers at the Los Angeles Kings in a battle of two of the top goalies in the game. Henrik Lundqvist has struggled a bit against Los Angeles in his career, going 2-3-1 with an .899 save percentage, making the Kings just one of six teams Lundqvist has less than a .900 save percentage against. Jonathan Quick is 2-0 with a 1.45 GAA and .936 save percentage against the Rangers. The Kings are -145 on the overnight line.
On Tuesday, Corey Schneider and the New Jersey Devils visit Vancouver and Schneider is expected to get the start against his former team, as Martin Brodeur is slated to start Monday night against Edmonton. Roberto Loungo is 7-13 all-time against the Devils. The Devils could be worth a look as a mid-priced underdog.
Wednesday’s key game will be the Chicago Blackhawks at the St. Louis Blues. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford has been a major thorn in the side of the Blues in his career, owning a solid 9-1-2 record against his Central Division counterparts, while Jaroslav Halak has had some impressive showings against Chicago, and is 3-1-3 with a 2.08 GAA and .931 save percentage. There could be a possible under play, especially if the bookmakers decide to hang a 5.5 on the game.
On Thursday, the Montreal Canadians travel to Edmonton and the Oilers have had Carey Price’s number over the years, with Price going 1-4-1 with a 3.53 GAA and .853 save percentage against Edmonton. The Oilers have had trouble stopping the opposition so far this season, as Devan Dubnyk has been horrible so far. It will be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ second game with the team, as he is expected to return to the line-up on Monday against the Devils. There could be plenty of scoring in this one.
The Rangers’ brutal season-opening road trip continues on Saturday, as they visit the Blues and Lundqvist is still looking for his first-ever victory over St. Louis. Halak hasn’t been great against the Rangers, sporting a 5-4 record with a 2.88 GAA and .904 save percentage, while Brian Elliott has been even worse going 1-3-1 in his career. The over may be worth a small shot in this spot.
Carolina, Florida, Los Angeles, New Jersey, NY Rangers and Phoenix all play four games this week, with the Rangers playing their third game in four nights on Thursday at Anaheim; the Coyotes playing their third game in four nights on Friday at Philadelphia and on Sunday at Carolina in a game where both teams are playing their third game in four nights. Carolina’s game against Los Angeles on Friday will be their third in four nights, while the Panthers home games against Pittsburgh on Friday and Los Angeles on Sunday will be their third game in four days.