The NHL schedule is game-packed tonight with 14 games. While such a hefty slate on a weeknight can be daunting from a handicapping perspective, we don’t have to dig into each and every contest. Instead, we can zero in on a trio of matchups to better focus our efforts.
We have done just that and come up with what look to be the three most appealing games from a matchup perspective. We’ll place individual wagers on all of them, but we will also tie things together for a three-game parlay ticket with a smaller slice of our bankroll.
After all, if we’ve already done the research on all three and feel good about what we have come up with, then why not put all the games on a single ticket in hopes of even greater returns? Nailing all three won’t be easy, but it’s certainly worth a whirl once we have done our due diligence for the day.
Let’s take a look at all three contests, starting with a game featuring the defending Stanley Cup champions.
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Colorado Avalanche @ Washington Capitals, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN+
Avalanche vs. Capitals pick:
Our first game features two clubs which have hit a rough patch of ice in recent times. Both the Avalanche and the Capitals have won just two of their last 10 contests. Colorado enters tonight’s game having lost four in a row, while Washington has dropped three of their last five.
The Capitals remain in the thick of the playoff race in the east, while the Avalanche are on the outside looking in over in the west. The hosts are installed as pretty sizable favorites, and oddsmakers have set the benchmark at 6.5 goals. Let’s look at what both clubs are bringing to the table.
The challenging season for the Avalanche has included several lengthy losing streaks, including the current four-game swoon. All four of those losses have come at home, with Colorado being outscored 20-7 by opponents. The team hasn’t been faring much better on the road, as they have dropped four of their last five away games.
The Capitals have gotten somewhat back on track after a long winless run of their own. The team is 2-1 over their last three, but that came on the heels of dropping seven in a row. That span included two losses in overtime. Washington is just 2-3 in their last five home games.
Semyon Varlamov has the probable tag for the visitors. He’s 13-13-5 this season with a 2.89 GAA and .905 save percentage. For his last five, Varlamov is 2-3 with 16 goals allowed. Gabriel Landeskog leads the team with 29 goals, while Mikko Rantanen is tops with 51 assists.
Signs point to Braden Holtby being in net for the hosts. He’s 19-13-3 this season with a 3.01 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Holtby is 4-1 over his last five with 13 goals against. Alex Ovechkin leads the way with 37 goals, while Nicklas Backstrom has chipped in with 40 assists.
This will be the second meeting of the season for the two clubs. Back in November, Washington picked up a 3-2 overtime victory on the road. The Capitals have a dominant mark of 8-2 in the last 10 meetings of the teams.
Since the calendar changed to 2019, the Avalanche have just three wins. The team is 2-8 over the last 10 and just 3-14 over the last 17. While that points to a poor club overall, Colorado curiously has a six-game winning streak on its season-long resume.
Washington’s defense of the cup hasn’t gone along swimmingly. There have been some impressive spurts, as the Capitals have ripped off six and five-game winning streaks this season. The team is 2-1 over the last three and 2-6-2 over the last 10.
The Capitals have had their share of troubles this season, but they are several steps above the Avalanche in the pecking order. We like the hosts to pick up the victory for game one on our ticket.
Winnipeg Jets @ Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 PM EST, TSN2
Jets vs. Canadiens pick:
Next up is the matchup of two clubs who have playing very well in recent times. Both the Jets and the Canadiens have won seven of their last 10 games, and both are in solid position for playoff berths in their respective conferences.
The two teams have matching 3-1 records over their last four. The Jets lost last time out to the San Jose Sharks by a score of 3-2, while the Canadiens are riding a two-game winning streak. The odds are really tight for this one, and signs point to a game which could break either way.
The Jets are one of the top teams in the west, and they have been playing like it for much of the season. Highlights include a five-game and a pair of four-game winning streaks. Winnipeg has won three of the last four and is 2-2 in recent away games.
The Canadiens have been very steady this season and remain right in the middle of the playoff race in the east. The team is in the midst of a lengthy home stand for which they are 3-2 thus far. Two of those victories came in overtime.
Connor Hellebuyck is probable tonight between the pipes for the Jets. He’s 24-14-2 on the year with a 2.86 GAA and .910 save percentage. Hellebuyck is 3-2 over the last five while allowing 16 goals. Mark Scheifele leads the team with 26 goals, while Blake Wheeler is tops with 54 assists.
For the Canadiens, it’s looking like Carey Price will be getting the nod. He’s 22-13-4 thus far with a 2.53 GAA and .916 save percentage. For his last five, Price is a perfect 5-0 with just eight goals allowed. Brendan Gallagher leads the way with 21 goals, while Max Domi has contributed 30 assists.
This will be the first meeting of the season for these two squads. Their last two matchups have gone to overtime. The teams are 1-1 for those tilts, with the road team coming out on top both times. For the last 10 in this series, the teams are tied at 5-5.
The teams bring matching 7-2-1 records over their last 10 to the table. They’re also both 3-2 over their last five. In a nutshell, both clubs are playing well as of late, and the end result should be a really competitive game. On the season, Winnipeg is 14-10 on the road, while Montreal is 16-10-3 at home.
This one is close to being a toss-up, but there is an edge to be found. Price has been playing phenomenal recently, and there’s nothing to suggest his personal hot streak will be coming to an end. We’ll take the hosts to pick up a close win.
San Jose Sharks @ Calgary Flames, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN+
Sharks vs. Flames pick:
The final game we will be focusing on looks like the best one of the entire slate. The Sharks are headed north of the border to face off with the Flames. Just four points separate these two clubs in the standings. The Flames are in first place in the Western Conference, while the Sharks occupy third.
Both squads are sizzling, as San Jose has picked up victories in seven of their last 10 while the Flames have won eight of 10. Oddsmakers have the hosts as a decent-sized favorite and the Over/Under of 6.5 goals suggests we could see plenty of pucks hitting twine this evening.
The Sharks have won their last three straight, outscoring opponents 13-10 while doing so. Incredibly, all three of those tilts went to overtime, with two of them coming on the road versus the Capitals and Jets. The team has been on the road for five of the last six, going 3-3 over that span.
The Flames have looked every bit the part of a Stanley Cup contender this season. The team’s 73 points is tops in the west, and they have ripped off a number of winning streaks this season, including two five-game runs of perfection. They’ve been on the road for the last two, going 1-1.
Martin Jones is the likely starter for the Sharks. He’s 25-10-4 with a 2.92 GAA and a .897 save percentage. Jones is 3-2 over his last five with 21 goals allowed, but he has only given up a total of four in his last two starts. Joe Pavelski is the team leader with 29 goals, while Brent Burns tops the team with 48 assists.
David Rittich has the probable designation for the Flames. He’s 20-4-4 this season with a 2.49 GAA and .918 save percentage. Rittich is 4-4 over his last five with 14 goals allowed. The top offensive threat for the Flames is Johnny Gaudreau, who has 29 goals and 45 assists on the season.
This will be the third meeting of the season for the two clubs. They’ve split the first two with the home squad winning each time. Calgary has won three of the last four, but San Jose has a 6-4 edge over the last 10 games in this series.
The Sharks are 7-3 over their last 10. The current three-game winning streak came on the heels of a three-game losing streak. Prior to that stretch, the Sharks had ripped off seven victories in a row. The Flames are a sizzling 8-1-1 over their last 10. They have been excellent at home with a mark of 17–3, while the Sharks are 13-12-2 on the road.
This is another contest that looks to be incredibly close. Both teams are hot and looking like legitimate contenders come playoff time. We’ll finish out our parlay ticket by giving the hosts the nod to win another close and competitive game.