NHL betting insight
By Bob Duff
Some of Saturday's top NHL match-ups, with lines provided by BetOnline.ag:
Boston Bruins (-115) at Buffalo Sabres (+104)
Do the Sabres go as Jack Eichel goes? It would appear so. Thursday, Eichel scored the tying and game-winning goals in a span of 1:43 as the Sabres rallied to beat the New York Rangers 4-3. Eichel has collected 3-1-4 totals in two games since he returned from injury and has points in his last seven games, with 4-6-10 numbers. The Sabres are 4-1-1 in their last six games.
David Pastrnak continues to carry the hot hand for the Bruins. In Thursday's 2-1 win over Carolina he set up the game-tying goal with 31.5 seconds left to play in regulation time and netted the deciding tally in the shootout. Pastrnak has points in four of five games since returning from injury. Boston have gone 2-0-1 since ending a three-game losing streak.
Pick: The Bruins (-115)
Winnipeg Jets (+180) at St. Louis Blues (-200)
It was the Vladimir Tarasenko show Thursday in St. Louis. He scored a hat-trick and tied a career high with four points in a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay as the Blues won their sixth straight home game and extended their home-ice unbeaten streak to 9-0-2. St. Louis goalie Jake Allen has won a career-high seven straight games, posting a 2.24 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage during that run of success.
The Jets saw their two-game unbeaten streak along with their five-game unbeaten run at home come to an end Thursday against Edmonton, and taking their show on the road isn't a likely way to make things better. The Jets have lost five straight aawy from home and are 3-8-2 outside of Winnipeg this season.
Pick: The Blues (-200)
Detroit Red Wings (+193) at Pittsburgh Penguins (-215)
The Red Wings barely squeaked past the Dallas Stars earlier this week 3-1 with an empty-net goal, while the Penguins hammered Dallas 6-2 on Thursday. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby registered a goal and assist in that win and leads the NHL with 16 goals in just 18 games. Pittsburgh are 9-2-1 at home this season.
Detroit continues to be an up-and-down entity, struggling to work within their new identity as a team that goes hard to the net and looks for dirty goals instead of the high-end skill Red Wings that won Stanley Cups. And they are dropping like flies.
Forward Justin Abdelkader hurt his knee in Thursday's loss to Florida, joining goalie Jimmy Howard (groin), defensemen Alexey Marchenko (shoulder), Brendan Smith (knee) and forwards Andreas Athanasiou (knee), Darren Helm (shoulder) and Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle) on the shelf.
Pick: The Penguins (-215)
Anaheim Ducks (+102) at Edmonton Oilers (-113)
Oilers captain Connor McDavid got three assists and Leon Draisaitl posted 2-1-3- numbers in Thursday's 6-3 win at Winnipeg. NHL scoring leader McDavid has points in seven straight games (6-9-15) and has posted 10 multi-point games already this season. Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot has played a league-high 23 games.
Second game of a three-game Western Canadian road trip for the Ducks, who won their third straight Thursday with a 3-1 victory at Vancouver. Anaheim will play 11 of 15 on the road in the month of December. The Ducks lead the NHL in faceoff wins (849) and faceoff success percentage (57.0). Anaheim center Ryan Kesler leads the NHL with 327 faceoff wins and Antoine Vermette (66.5) leads the NHL in faceoff winning percentage.
Pick: The Ducks (+102)
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