Are you looking forward to the hockey tournament at this year’s Winter Olympics? It might not be all that exciting because of course the NHL isn’t allowing its players to participate this time. And the world’s second-best league, the Russian KHL, might not, either. Depending upon how an investigation into Russian Olympic athletes and doping goes, the KHL may prohibit its players from participating in the Games. Here’s a look at two interesting NHL betting matchups this week: Oilers-Islanders and Wild-Maple Leafs. The NHL odds for both games should be updated soon right around before game time, so keep an eye out for it!
NHL Betting Matchups & Picks of the Week – November 6th Edition
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Edmonton Oilers at NY Islanders NHL Odds & Game Info
When: Tuesday, 7 PM ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Radio: 630 AM (Edmonton) / 88.7 FM (NY)
Opening NHL Betting Lines: TBA
Why Bet On Edmonton?
The Oilers have a ton of talent but have yet to get it going as they are 4-8-1 entering the week following a 4-0 home loss to Detroit on Sunday. Cam Talbot surrendered all four goals on 35 shots. It’s been a rough season for him.
In addition, reigning Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid hasn’t had the greatest start to the season but is still on pace for 34 goals and 109 points. He had a five-game point streak snapped Sunday and he currently sits at five goals and 16 points. The Oilers are an ugly 1-6-1 against Eastern Conference teams.
Despite the Oilers mustering early pressure from the opening faceoff, it was the Red Wings who got on the board twice in the first period.
“We’ve got to find a way to stay in the game. When they get the first one, it feels like we fold our cards a little bit,” defenseman Oscar Klefbom said following the Detroit loss.
This starts a four-game road trip for Edmonton, all vs. teams from the Eastern Conference. John Tavares is killing it at the moment.
Why Bet On NY Islanders?
The Isles are playing pretty solid hockey. After a slow start to the season that saw him record just three points in his first seven games, captain John Tavares has 14 points in his past six games (as of Sunday). That stretch includes five games with at least two points as well as a pair of hat tricks.
That production has him sitting second in the league in goals scored for the season with 12 (just two behind Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov) in only 13 games. Tavares is averaging more shots on goal per game (3.8) than he ever has before, he has a 54 percent Corsi mark that is higher than any other season in his career, and he is significantly boosting the production of every player around him, specifically forwards Anders Lee and Josh Bailey who have seen some significant ice time alongside Tavares in recent games.
Tavares’ 12 goals in the Isles’ first 13 games were the fifth most (tie) in three decades by a pivot. The others on the list–Mario Lemieux, who has the top three slots at 18, 18 and 14 and Alex Steen, who scored 13 goals in 2013-14.
It should be Jaroslav Halak in net. He comes off a 4-3 loss to Washington. That broke his four-game winning streak and his record currently sits at 5-3-0 with a 2.83 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Odds & Game Info
When: Wednesday, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Air Canada Centre
Radio: KFAN 100.3 FM (Minnesota) / 590 AM (Toronto)
Opening NHL Betting Lines: TBA
Why Bet On Minnesota?
The Wild were one of the West’s best teams last regular season but are middling along around .500 this season. Devan Dubnyk allowed one goal on 34 shots in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks. Dubnyk blanked the ‘Hawks for the first 54 minutes of the game, but he allowed Artem Anisimov to score a power play goal late. Dubnyk now has a 4-4-1 record with a 2.81 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage.
The Wild remain without one of their best players in Zach Parise. He had back surgery late last month and was ruled out 8-10 weeks. The surgery relieved pressure on a nerve that caused leg pain and weakness.
Parise, who played through the back issue last season, said on Oct. 10 he suffered a setback about two weeks before training camp. Parise suffered the back injury in January 2016, and ended up missing the playoffs that season. He returned to the Wild lineup last year and had 19 goals in 69 games. In his career, Parise has played 830 games and has 318 goals and 343 assists. He was captain of the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi in 2014. The Wild are also missing winger Charlie Coyle, out until December because of a broken leg,
Why Bet On Toronto?
Th Leafs looked like one of the best teams in the NHL earlier this season but have gone into a bit of a funk. After their 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, a game that probably wasn’t as close as that final score would indicate, the Maple Leafs have now lost six of their past eight games and haven’t always looked great in the process.
Netminder Frederik Andersen has not had a great start to the season and after Saturday’s loss is carrying an .895 save percentage that is among the worst marks in the NHL. During this recent eight-game stretch he has been even worse with an .891 mark.
Auston Matthews is still playing great, though. Over the weekend, he became just the fourth player in NHL history to have two penalty shots in the same game. Matthews joins Mud Bruneteau (1938), Erik Cole (2005) and Max Pacioretty (2014) in the record books. However, none of the four were able to bury both of their opportunities. Matthews beat the Kings’ Jonathan Quick with a backhand on his first attempt, but Quick got the better of Matthews on his second attempt by just getting enough of his shot to send the puck over the goal. Matthews has the third most in the NHL behind Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.
Expert Prediction & NHL Betting Picks of the Week
Both home teams will take care of business.