Hockey Night in Canada Picks, Predictions, & Analysis
It’s time for another edition of the best show on ice as Hockey Night in Canada is rearing and ready to go with two matchups comprised of only Canadian teams. With the Toronto Maple Leafs set for an interconference clash against the Vancouver Canucks, while the Winnipeg Jets travel to face the Calgary Flames in what is sure to be a closely contested matchup.
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Vancouver Canucks VS Toronto Maple Leafs Picks
Set to open this evenings Hockey Night in Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs (7-4-3) will play host to the Vancouver Canucks (4-7-3) in a matchup that is sure to dazzle audiences from around the country in this high-octane matchup.
Last weekend the Toronto Maple Leafs secured a massive win against the Boston Bruins, giving them not just two points in the standings but plenty of confidence for a team that has struggled to find their identity early on into the season. Now knowing they can hang with the top teams in the NHL, look for the Maple Leafs to dominate at home against the Canucks.
This season hasn’t gone to plan for the Canucks on the other hand, having little to no success to show so far this season and sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. With no time to waste, the Canucks will try their best to turn the tides of their season and secure a massive win over the Maple Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada.
Both teams are known for their goal scoring ability and fast-paced style of play. This tilt is sure to have you on the edge of your seat from the opening faceoff to the final horn, so don’t miss out, place a bet on the Canucks VS Leafs with our best bets.
Moneyline/Puckline Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs (ML/-1.5)
In a showdown between two teams who love to get pucks on net and rely on their offensive firepower to secure them the victory, back the Maple Leafs in this primetime matchup.
While both teams are similarly constructed, the Maple Leafs share the same strategies as the Canucks, but produce at a much higher clip. In 14 games played the Canucks have scored nine more goals than the Maple Leafs but have allowed second-most goals against in the NHL with 58 total.
Facing a Leafs squad that has no problem ripping shots past goaltenders, look for the top lines of the Maple Leafs to have no trouble splitting the defence of the Canucks, finding easy scoring chances as a result.
The Maple Leafs have a strong enough defence to keep the Canucks limited in the defensive zone and can pass the puck cleanly amongst each other in order to maintain possession while searching for high danger scoring chances.
Back the Maple Leafs to win tonight’s matchup, covering the -1.5 puckline and securing all bettors a safe payday on a matchup that is sure to produce nonstop action.
Over/Under Pick: Over 6.5 Goals
There’s going to be no rest for the lamp in this contest, as the red light is sure to shine bright throughout the night as these two high powered offences duke it out. The Vancouver Canucks currently sit within the top-ten of the NHL in goals scored per game, turning every matchup they’re part of into a wild west shootout.
On the other side of the rink, the Maple Leafs may not have scoring numbers that jump out at you, but don’t be fooled as they can score in succession quickly on any given night. The Maple Leafs take their time in the offensive zone, passing around the ice until an opportunity presents itself, and when it does it’s rare that they miss the mark.
Look for both teams to find the back of the net in this contest, lighting up the scoreboard and hitting the Over on your bet slip so you can win big on the wild scoring output produced by both teams.
Winnipeg Jets VS Calgary Flames Picks
Heading out West to Calgary, Alberta, tonight’s nightcap matchup is set to be a heavyweight showdown between two of the top Canadian franchises in the NHL this season.
The Calgary Flames started the season off hot, but recently have hit a wall. Losing their last seven games, the Flames have looked downright awful as of late, but will be looking for a bounce back performance against the Winnipeg Jets.
On the other side of this matchup, the Winnipeg Jets have silenced their critics, currently in control of their division and looking like a playoff threat in the Western Conference. Riding a three game win streak, the Winnipeg Jets are looking to make it four straight with a road win on Hockey night in Canada.
Moneyline Pick: Calgary Flames
Nothing lasts forever, for better or worse, in this case the better as we are backing the Calgary Flames to snap their nearly two-week winless streak. While it may be by the skin of their teeth, the Flames hold the superior upside against the Jets.
With several dynamic players on their roster, the Flames can compete with any team in the NHL. While the Hockey Gods haven’t been on their side as of late, the Flames are more than equipped to overcome the odds and find themselves back in the win column as they look to regain control of the Pacific division.
The Flames have depth at every position and with their home barn rocking, look for the Flames to hike up their socks and get the job done by any means necessary, ending their losing streak and starting to climb their way back into the playoff picture.
Take the Flames moneyline against the Winnipeg Jets.
Puckline Pick: Winnipeg Jets
We may be backing the Flames to secure the win over the Jets, but it won’t be by much as the Jets have proven themselves to be one of the toughest teams to play against in the NHL. With a strong defensive core lead by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, the Jets have held goals at a premium for any team that faces them.
The Jets are no slouches on offence either, with several legitimate goal scorers such as Mark Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois, the Jets have no problem beating netminders. With a (+1.5) puckline set for tonight’s tilt between the Jets and Flames, look for the Jets to stay neck-in-neck with the Flames and even in a losing effort, with a goal insurance you can still win when the Jets lose.
Back the Jets to cover the spread and secure you a win on the NHL puckline.
Over/Under Pick: Under 6.5 Goals
As safe as an Under can get, this is found money for all NHL bettors. A fantastic wager to make, both teams excel defensively and will likely see goals scored at a low-rate.
The Jets have allowed the fewest total goals against in the entire NHL and even against a top offence such as the Flames, look for the Jets to keep things low scoring. The Flames are no pushovers in their own end either, with several big bodied players waiting to lay the boom on any player foolish enough to enter their zone with their head down.
Back the Jets and Flames to score Under 6.5 total goals and enjoy a throwback style performance from each team in what is set to be a defensive matchup.
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