NHL Week 5 Betting Report
On Tuesday, Tampa Bay visits New Jersey, as both teams are coming off of big wins. The Lightning defeated in-state rival Florida in a shootout on Sunday, while the Devils are coming off a big comeback win in Boston.
New Jersey has looked like a different team with rookie Eric Gelinas in the line-up and their early struggles, along with Tampa Bay’s winning streak have kept the price down to a manageable New Jersey-120. Even when they were struggling the Devils managed points in each of their three home games, so will take a shot on the small favorite.
Wednesday’s slate is on the small side, but there are three excellent games; Boston at Pittsburgh; San Jose at Los Angeles and Detroit at Vancouver. The Red Wings and Canucks have had some high-scoring games in the past and the over could be the way to go in this one, especially if the oddsmakers hang a 5 on the game.
On Thursday, the Bruins return home for a game against the Ducks and could be ripe for a letdown, especially if they knock off the Penguins the night before. Anaheim is playing well and should grab a decent price as an underdog in this one.
On Friday, the St. Louis Blues visit Sunrise, Fla., for a date with the Panthers and nobody could be happier than Blues’ goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who is 8-1 lifetime against Florida with a stellar .944 save percentage and a 1.66 goals-against average. Look for his domination to continue as a medium-sized road favorite.
If there’s one team that the Kings’ Jonathan Quick has struggled with in the regular season, it’s the Nashville Predators, who visit Los Angeles on Saturday. Quick has won just twice in nine tries against the Preds. Pekka Rinne hasn’t been great against the Kings, either, going 7-6-1. With both goaltenders having less than .900 save percentages against each other, it could be another game to play over 5.
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