Hockey is here. The NHL drops the pucks tonight with four juicy matchups to get the betting ball rolling but if pucklines and total bets don’t get your blood pumping, try your hand at home props. Multiple online books have proposition bets but I’ve listed my favorite bets for tonight below.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators
The Sens are heavily favored in this one and the computer actually has them winning by three goals. Toronto is basically a brand new team and it could take a significant adjustment period to get everyone on the same page. Toronto gave up a barrel of shots last year and they are going to do the same until their young defensive corps gets some more NHL experience. Sportsbook is offering a -115 line for Frederik Andersen to stop more than 28 shots and I think that cash is easy.
St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks
There’s not a ton of lines I like in this game so I’m going with a long-shot wager of Vladimir Tarasenko to score two or more goals at +600 value on Sportsbook. The Tarasenk-show scored twice against the Hawks in the Blues’ last regular season game and he seems to always score in bunches. This Russian-born sniper is my pick to usurp Alex Ovechkin as the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Sportsbook this year and I’m predicting he gets that campaign off to a good start tonight.
Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers
Both these teams are dominated by young up-and-coming players and should put on a show tonight. The two top lines of Eberle-McDavid-Lucic and Gaudreau-Monahan-Versteeg could each score multiple goals but I’m especially bullish on Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan tonight in my daily fantasy lineups. The props I’m targeting here are Johnny Hockey to outscore Connor McDavid and Monahan to outscore Jordan Eberle. You can find those propositions on Sportsbook at +150 a piece.
LA Kings vs San Jose Sharks
The Stanley Cup runners-up host the Kings in their first game of the season and this one’s hard to read. LA’s defensive style is unlikely to waver this season and the Sharks were awful at home last year. I am one of the biggest Jonathan Quick haters out there but I think he has a chance to toss a shutout bid tonight. Actually, I think either goalie could post a no-no so putting a sprinkle on both Quick and Martin Jones would net you a nice profit even if only one holds the opposition to a goose egg.