Welcome back to the second week of NHL Top Bets for this 1/24 NHL article. The people made it known they wanted expanded NHL betting content and Win Daily listened. We have a pair of bets below for this seven-game Wednesday slate.
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Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins – Boston ML (-135)
We’re starting off with a matchup between two Eastern Conference heavyweights. Carolina will be entering the night 25-15-5. whereas Boston comes in with a record of 29-8-9. Last season, these two teams faced each other three times with the Bruins winning two of the three matchups.
As of late, the offense has been very good for the Hurricanes. They have scored three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games. Carolina ranks ninth in goals per game and fifth in shots per game. Sebastian Aho leads the team with 51 points. On the defensive side, the Hurricanes have been strong as well. They rank fifteenth in goals against per game and first in shots against per game.
Boston’s offense has also been good recently. The Bruins have scored four or more goals in six of their last 10 games. The Bruins rank seventh in goals per game and seventeenth in shots per game. Their main star David Pastrnak leads the team in production with 67 points and 30 goals. The Bruin’s defense hasn’t lived up to standards of past seasons, but the goaltending has helped compensate for this. Linus Ullmark has a record of 14-5-2 with a 2.80 GAA and .913 SV%. while Jeremy Swayman has a record of 15-3-7 with a 2.31 GAA and .923 SV%.
We could try to boost the odds a bit and aim for the regulation win, but I think we just eat the money line here at -135 “check other sites outside DraftKings before placing for the best odds possible”. As noted above both teams have been in great form recently but the Bruins are winners of five straight and should make it six straight at home.
Buffalo Sabres at Los Angeles Kings – Under 6.5 (-115)
For the season, the Kings have allowed the least goals in the NHL (116). Meanwhile, Buffalo has not been among the league’s highest scoring teams with 136 goals and Los Angeles only has five more (141). The fact that this total is set at 6.5 is interesting to begin with.
Overall, Los Angeles has been the better team this season but not as of late. The Kings come in 2-2-4 over their last ten games whereas Buffalo is 6-4. It gets worse than that as Los Angeles has only won two of their last thirteen games. It is not very surprising but a big reason why they have been losing so much is that they have not been scoring goals. In fact, one of the two wins during that stretch was a 2-1 victory last week against the Rangers.
Buffalo has seen the total go over in just one of their previous five contests. Looking over a longer timeframe, the under has hit in 16 of the Sabres last 24 road games. The under has hit in 15 of the King’s last 24 home games including in four of their last five. Overall, across their last month or two, low scoring affairs have been the norm.
For all of the reasons noted above, this bet makes a lot of sense, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this line move down to six even or below by gametime.
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