There could be a shifting of some odds to win the Stanley Cup and both conferences at Mybookie on Tuesday because the NHL’s trade deadline was Monday afternoon, although the consensus is that player movement on deadline day could be slower and less consequential than in years past. We shall see. Here’s a look at two intriguing matchups early this week for your NHL Betting. Check back for Mybookie odds.
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Stars vs Hurricanes
- When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET (NHL Center Ice)
Important game for both as they battle for playoff positioning – or just to make it overall. Dallas should and might even lead the West in points as that conference is so mediocre/bunched up. Carolina is no lock to make the playoffs as it’s probably Wild Card or bust.
Who will the Hurricanes start in net here? They lost both of their top goalies, James Reimer and Petr Mrazek, in Saturday’s game in Toronto. The team had to call upon emergency goalie David Ayres, and he became the first emergency goaltender ever to pick up a win as he gave up two quick goals to become the goalie of record and then made eight saves to get the 6-3 win. Ayres also became the oldest goaltender to win his first NHL game at the age of 42.
Could be that Carolina has traded for a goaltender by the time you have read this. The team has called up goalies Anton Forsberg and Alex Nedeljkovic. Forsberg hasn’t played in the NHL since 2017-18 when he appeared in 35 games for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dallas was a 2-1 winner over Chicago on Sunday. Tyler Seguin scored the game-winning goal; Seguin gave the Stars a 2-1 lead at the 16:29 mark of the second period and it held up as the game winner. He has three game-deciding goals in the last six games. Seguin has 15 goals and 47 points in 62 games this season.
The Stars look for the season sweep as they beat the Hurricanes 4-1 on Feb. 11 in Dallas. Jamie Benn had his third career hat trick for the Stars. Benn, who scored a goal in each of the first two periods, was awarded his third when the Dallas captain was pulled down while heading toward an empty net late. Benn scored the game’s first goal in the first period, added a power-play tally in the second and was credited with his third with 1:19 to play when he was hauled down by Andrei Svechnikov of the Hurricanes on the way to shooting at an open net. Denis Gurianov had the other Dallas goal. Sebastian Aho scored for Carolina in the first period against Anton Khudobin, who made 24 saves for his third straight win.
Sabres vs Avalanche
- When: Wednesday, 8 PM ET (NBC Sports Network)
Buffalo would need a minor miracle to earn an Eastern Conference Wild-Card spot, while Colorado is battling for the Central Division title and perhaps the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Buffalo is on a two-game winning streak following a 2-1 home win over Winnipeg on Sunday. Kyle Okposo scored both goals. Okposo opened the scoring at the 9:58 mark of the first period and he broke a 1-1 tie at 7:47 of the third period. He has nine goals this season, including four during a four-game point streak. Okposo has 17 points in 45 matches this year. Jonas Johansson blocked 25 shots in the win. Johansson made his fourth appearance with the Sabres this season and he picked up his first NHL victory.
Colorado won its third in a row Saturday, 2-1 in a shootout in Los Angeles. Pavel Francouz stopped 20 of 21 shots. He didn’t allow the Kings to score in the shootout. Unless the Avs make a trade before Monday’s deadline, Francouz is going to the be the man going forward for the Stanley Cup hopefuls, as Philipp Grubauer remains sidelined with an injury.
The Avs go for the season sweep as they pummeled the Sabres 6 -1 in Buffalo on Feb. 4. Colorado scored six times on its first 14 shots. Samuel Girard scored 13:12 in, and Andre Burakovsky scored 45 seconds later in a game the Avalanche scored four more times on 10 shots in the second period. Burakovsky added three assists for a career-best four points. Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and two assists, while Nikita Zadorov, Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen also scored. Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots. Sabres goalie Carter Hutton was chased after allowing five goals on 13 shots. He was replaced by rookie Jonas Johansson, who finished with 13 saves after allowing a goal on the first shot he faced in his NHL debut.
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Back Stars and Hurricanes.