With the start of a new week on hand, it’s time for a pair of expert NHL ice hockey picks that could help you get your new betting week off to a positive start. With Colorado looking to get the road upset over Toronto and Montreal looking to do the same to Boston, let’s find out where the best betting value lies in both matchups in the YouWager NHL sportsbook.
Colorado has dropped three straight and a whopping nine of their last 10 games overall, including a 3-shutout loss against Montreal on Saturday. Semyon Varlamov allowed two goals on 28 shots to get the loss and the Avalanche never mounted serious scoring chances.
“We have to come together and figure a way out of this. And I have no doubt we will, but nonetheless, it’s frustrating,” said Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog
Colorado has managed to go a solid 11-11-2 on the road this season and 13-12 on the road against the Puck Line. The Avalanche average 3.4 goals per game (eighth) but allow a generous 3.2 goals per contest defensively (23rd).
The Leafs have been one of the very best teams in all of hockey s9ince the start of the season, but they’ll be looking to find some consistency after dropping four of six while alternating wins and losses over their last five. Toronto was on the wrong end of a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Boston on Saturday despite getting goals from Andreas Johnsson and Mitch Marner. Kasperi Kapanen added two assists while Michael Hutchinson took the loss by giving up three goals on 29 shots.
“Complaining and saying you’re unlucky and feeling sorry for yourself isn’t going to do much,” Nazem Kadri said.
Toronto has gone 13-9-1 at home, but just 10-13 at home against the Puck Line. The Leafs average 3.6 goals per game to rank a stellar third in scoring while allowing 2.8 goals per contest defensively to rank an equally impressive sixth in goals allowed.
Toronto might be in the midst of a mini-funk right now, but the Leafs are the super easy pick to hold it down at home against a Colorado team that is far too generous at the defensive end of the ice. The Avalanche are a winless 0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record, 0-5 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and Avalanche and an uninspiring 3-13 in their last 16 games overall.
While the Avalanche have gone 6-2 in their last eight road dates against Toronto, the Leafs have gone an identical 6-2 in their last eight Monday games, 20-8 in their last 28 games against teams from the Western Conference and 22-9 in their last 31 home games against a team with a losing road record. Toronto holds it down at home in this one!
Predicted Score: Colorado Avalanche 2 | Toronto Maple Leafs 4
The Canadiens have won two of three and come into this contest off a convincing 3-0 shutout win over Colorado on Saturday as Brett Kulak, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jordie Benn all lit the lamp to lead the way to victory. Phillip Danault added two assists and goalie Carey Price made 28 saves to get the win. The Canadiens have gone 12-8-3 on the road this season and 16-7 against the Puck Line on the road. Montreal averages 3.0 goals per game (15th) while allowing an identical 3.0 goals per contest defensively (19th).
Boston has won six of its last seven games and comes into this matchup off a thrilling 3-2 win over Toronto on Saturday. David Krejci, Sean Kuraly and David Pastrnak all lit the lamp for Boston in the win while Kuraly added two assists and goalie Tuukka Rask made 30 stops to get the win. Boston has gone 16-6 at home this season, but a more modest 12-10 against the Puck Line at home. Boston averages 2.9 goals per game (17th) while limiting the opposition to just 2.6 per contest defensively to rank a stupendous second in goals allowed.
Montreal is playing some solid hockey right now and they’ve gone 12-5 in the last 17 meetings in Boston while the road team in this rivalry has gone 4-1 in the last five meetings. However, Boston has gone a perfect 4-0 in their last 4 games against teams from the Atlantic division and 7-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Boston is playing well and feeling good about themselves right now and I expect them to get by Montreal in a hard-fought affair in this one.
Predicted Score: Montreal Canadiens 2 | Boston Bruins 3
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