Weekend NHL Odds Analysis
Take Ottawa and its struggling road record and put it up against Buffalo and there’s some logic in support of the +120 underdog Sens on Friday.
The Sabres (-140) have not won at home this season, and have fallen to the Senators four straight at HSBC Arena. Ryan Miller has an astounding 1.33 GAA in his last three games, so the UNDER bet might be worth a look if you don’t like the NHL moneyline odds.
The Blackhawks rallied for a 3-2 OT win over the Blues on Monday, but sportsbooks give the Blues a -115 advantage at home when they face each other on Saturday. The Hawks at +105 have shown resiliency this week and have won four straight overall. UNDER bettors might be tempted to wager on this game – especially with the stellar play of both goaltenders.
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Also on Friday; underdogs Calgary (+115) visit the favored Columbus Blue Jackets, who are paying -135 at Nationwide Arena. Red-hot Tampa Bay at (+110) is a wise underdog bet when they face off against the favored -130 Atlanta Thrashers. And in a late-night affair, the Canucks at -185 face some adversity when they play host to underdog Minnesota (+165).
Saturday night the New York Rangers will visit the Bruins in Boston where they will most likely be heavy underdogs in the Original Six matchup. As well, the Montreal Canadiens travel to Ottawa to face a reeling Senators team, and Toronto will try and keep their road record intact when they meet the Flyers in a bruising affair in Philadelphia. Check out the live lines at Bovada.
Anaheim will look for its first road win when they try and defeat a Red Wings team at Joe Louis Arena. Dallas hosts Nashville, struggling Buffalo takes on the slow-starting New Jersey Devils, and Atlanta goes up against Washington.
Nashville will have their hands full when they meet up with the home-strong Dallas Stars, who will likely be favorites in that contest. Pittsburgh will try and stay undefeated on the road when they face St. Louis, which has not lost at home yet this season.
Other action has the Islanders in Florida for a date with the Panthers, Columbus takes on Chicago, Carolina plays Phoenix, and Los Angeles is in Colorado to take on the Avalanche. Finally, the Edmonton Oilers play in front of the home crowd when the Sharks head to the city of champions.
Sunday has three more games; Nashville and Tampa Bay will hook up after both teams travelled overnight to play in the sunshine state contest. San Jose hopes its big players are hitting their stride when they play Calgary. And lastly, New Jersey crosses the bridge to play the Rangers in New York.