NHL Weekend Betting: Wild visit SoCal

The undefeated Minnesota Wild will look to continue playing shutout hockey when they travel to Anaheim to take on the high-scoring Ducks on Friday night as early +130 underdogs in NHL online betting.

Backstopped by goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who had been expected to start the year in the AHL, the Wild (2-0-0) have posted back-to-back shutouts to start the season. Minnesota’s early success has boosted their Stanley Cup odds at Sportsbook to 10/1 from the 14/1 odds they owned prior to Sportsbook night.

Anaheim (3-1-0), who trails the Wild in Stanley Cup betting at Sportsbook with odds of 12/1, leads the NHL in goals scored in the early going.  The Ducks have rebounded from an Sportsbook night loss with three straight wins, eking out one-goal victories over Detroit and Philadelphia, and easily covering the puckline in a 5-1 pounding of Buffalo.

The Wild then make the short trip to the Staples Center for a Sunday night meeting with the Kings while the Ducks welcome St. Louis. The Blues, who join the Ducks at 12/1 in Stanley Cup betting, take on Arizona on Saturday night.

Matchup Reports: Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks | Florida Panthers vs. Buffalo Sabres

Over in the Eastern Conference, the Buffalo Sabres will be gunning for a second straight victory when they take on the winless Florida Panthers (0-2-1) on Friday as early +110 home moneyline underdogs in NHL online betting.

The young but talented Sabres (1-3-0) have experienced growing pains from the get-go, giving up 40+ shots in three consecutive losses, SU and puckline, to start their campaign. Buffalo bounced back with a 4-3 shootout win against Carolina, but remain deadlocked with the Panthers and Hurricanes as 66/1 longshots to win the conference in NHL futures betting at Sportsbook. Things get no easier for the Sabres on Saturday when they take on the Boston Bruins.

The Panthers travel to Washington for a matchup with the Capitals on Saturday. Led by superstar Alex Ovechkin, whose point total OVER/UNDER was pegged at 77.5 in NHL props betting at Sportsbook, the Caps are 9-1 SU in their last 10 against Florida according to the OddsShark NHL Database, with the goal total finishing OVER in four of their last six meetings.