A significant part of the attention in the hockey world will be on the Hall of Fame inductions. However, despite this, there are still two hockey games on which fans can bet. The NHL season presents many opportunities for betting, whether it’s moneylines or total goals. With a long 82-game campaign, selecting the best bets each night can vary based on factors such as backup goalies, accumulating injuries, and potential positive or negative swings for teams.
The first game to consider is the New York Islanders at the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers are favored to win, with a moneyline of -160 and a spread of -1.5 (+150). The Oilers, with a disappointing start to the season at 3-9-1, now have a new coach behind the bench. Despite their poor start, the Oilers have shown strong underlying numbers, ranking second in expected goals percentage. Their power play, however, has not been as dominant as in previous seasons, and they have struggled with shooting percentage. On the other hand, the Islanders have not won in their last four games and have scored the third-fewest goals per game, making it a favorable matchup for the Oilers.
The second game of interest is the Colorado Avalanche at the Seattle Kraken. The Kraken are the underdogs with a moneyline of +130. The Avalanche, expected to be cup contenders, have had a somewhat disappointing start at 8-5-0. In a surprising turn of events, the Kraken defeated the Avalanche in their previous meeting and have been showing improved performance. With solid goaltending from Joey Daccord, the Kraken are positioned to be a formidable opponent. Additionally, the Avalanche are coming off two home losses and now have to play on the road, making them vulnerable to an upset.
For those looking for more NHL betting opportunities, FanDuel Sportsbook provides a comprehensive list of NHL odds. It’s important to exercise personal judgment when participating in daily fantasy contests or placing sports wagers, as the author’s advice does not guarantee a successful outcome.