Hockey Night in Canada Picks, Predictions, & Analysis
A time honoured tradition for all NHL fans North of the American border, it’s time for Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC). Always jam-packed with fantastic matchups, commentary, and exceptional presentation, this weeks edition of HNIC will be one for the ages.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will travel to La La Land to take on the Los Angeles Kings, followed by the latest chapter in the Battle of Alberta as the Edmonton Oilers visit the Calgary Flames.
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Toronto Maple Leafs VS Los Angeles Kings Picks
To kick things off on Hockey Night in Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs travel West to take on the Los Angeles Kings in an interconference battle. Last season the season series was split down the middle with both clubs taking one win each.
Both teams enter this matchup coming off of a loss, as the Kings dropped their last matchup to the Winnipeg Jets, while the Maple Leafs have been on the wrong-end of their last two matchups resulting in a two-game losing skid. With both sides desperate to right the ship and get back into the win column, this primetime matchup is sure to be a tightly contested affair.
Moneyline Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs
Winning four of their eight games played so far this season, the Maple Leafs haven’t gotten off to the start they were hoping for entering into their new campaign. Still holding onto the third-seed in the Atlantic division, with plenty of competition surrounding them, the Leafs will need to find a way to win against a tough Kings team.
We have faith in the Leafs to emerge from Crypto.com Arena victorious and even as the betting favourites, they have great odds value on the moneyline.
Overall, the Maple Leafs are the more talented team. With incredible depth within their top-six, the Leafs can score on even the best defences with ease. Able to pass the puck smoothly around the ice with several dangerous goal scorers on each line, the Leafs are a handful for any team to contain in the defensive end.
The Kings are a pesky and grizzled squad, possesing no fear of their opponents. Always able to stay within striking distance of their opponents, the Kings will have a hard time keeping up with the fast-paced play of the Leafs and could be left playing catchup both on the ice and on the scoreboard.
The Kings are a pesky and grizzled squad, possessing no fear of their opponents. Always able to stay within striking distance of their opponents, the Kings will have a hard time keeping up with the fast-paced play of the Leafs and could be left playing catchup both on the ice and on the scoreboard.
Puckline Pick: Los Angeles Kings (+1.5)
While the Maple Leafs are a great pick to win this game, the Kings are not going to go down without a fight. With several hardnosed players ready to push the puck down the ice, the Kings will use their physical play to disrupt the Leafs from gaining momentum.
Physicality has been the Achilles heel of the Maple Leafs for years now and with the blueprint out on how to defeat their squad, there will be no room for error against a well-disciplined Kings squad. Additionally, the Kings are no strangers to high-scoring tilts, with seven of their nine matchups this season resulting in a total score of Over six goals between the Kings and their opponents.
Look for the Kings to stay competitive and play to the final whistle, giving the Leafs a run for their money and covering the puckline in the process.
Over/Under Pick: Under 6.5 Goals
Both teams head into this matchup ready and able to score at will, your best bet lays with the Under in this matchup.
You can’t fight fire with fire, and that’s exactly the thought process you need to have when betting on the Maple Leafs VS Kings. With neither side known for their defence, both teams will be doing their best to outscore one another and in the process could turn into a much more methodical game than expected.
While the LA Kings have been no stranger to the lamp lighting red on both sides of the ice this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs shockingly have hit the Under in six of their eight games played so far this season. This is largely in part to the Maple Leafs excellent ability in puck possession, passing the biscuit around the rink until finding the perfect shot on goal.
The Kings will have to do their best job to disrupt the game plan of the Leafs but may be forced to play their game and attempt to best them at it instead, honing in on their scoring chances and not settling for simply dumping the puck on net.
Look for a lower-scoring matchup between these two teams, hammer the Under on the Maple Leafs VS Kings game on Hockey Night in Canada.
Edmonton Oilers VS Calgary Flames Picks
An All-Canadian showdown between two of the most bitter rivals in the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames are set to clash in the Battle of Alberta. Already having faced each other once this season in a lopsided victory in favour of the Flames, Connor McDavid and company will be looking to settle the score and steal a win on the road against their biggest adversaries.
Both teams enter tonight’s matchup on a winning streak, the Flames capturing victories in their last two games, while the Oilers look to extend their streak to four with a win over their arch nemesis. With two of the top teams from the Pacific division looking to jockey for dominant position in the standings, this matchup will go down to the wire as neither team wants to let this one slip through their fingers.
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Moneyline Pick: Calgary Flames
The winners of their first meeting of the season, the Calgary Flames have looked like bonafide Stanley Cup contenders. While the Edmonton Oilers are no slouches and have legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations in their own right, the Flames are simply the superior team.
With sensational depth at every position, the Flames are built for the postseason and will be a tough matchup for any NHL franchise during the regular season. Possessing all the necessary talent to be a top team in the NHL, the Oilers high-octane offence will struggle to compete with the top-notch two-way play of the Flames.
The Flames will be the aggressors in this Hockey Night in Canada tilt, putting the Oilers on their heels and using their rugged physical play to break the will of the Oilers speedsters when entering into their zone. Back the Calgary Flames moneyline on Hockey Night in Canada over the Edmonton Oilers.
Puckline Pick: Edmonton Oilers (+1.5)
They may not be our pick to win the matchup, but the Edmonton Oilers with a goal insurance is as good of a bet as you can make when wagering on the NHL.
One of the best offences the NHL has ever seen led by Hart Trophy winners Connor McDavid & Leon Draisaitl, the Oilers are never truly out of any matchup. Able to close the gap against any team they face, the Oilers are never out of a game.
With elite-level skill from their forwards coupled with big, bad, bruisers defensively, the Oilers are a team nobody wants to face. Able to score at will and find the back of the net in a plethora of ways, the Flames will struggle at times to contain the dynamic play of the Oilers.
Bet the Oilers to cover the puckline in the Battle of Alberta, and boost your bankroll thanks to your Hockey Night in Canada bets.
Over/Under Pick: Over 6.5 Goals
There’s no such thing as a sure thing in life, but the Over on the Oilers VS Flames is as close as it gets. The Battle of Alberta has been a historically high-scoring affair, especially in recent memory, with four of their last five matchups resulting in Over 6.5 goals.
With the score trending in the right direction towards the Over hitting, don’t miss out on one of the best bets you could make while watching Hockey Night in Canada. Their is no shortage of talent on either side so look for the lamp to light red and win you some bread on this heated rivalry.
Get ready for unbridled action and excitement of the Battle of Alberta, hammer the Over on the Oilers VS Flames on Hockey Night in Canada.
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