After a loaded weekend, the NHL takes a little bit of a step back on Monday with only three games on the league schedule. The Hughes brothers — Jack for the New Jersey Devils and Quinn for the Vancouver Canucks — face off in Newark while the surging Boston Bruins head west to take on the red-hot Los Angeles Kings.
The best game of the day, though, is the Toronto Maple Leafs taking on the Washington Capitals, with two of hockey’s top goal-scorers in Alexander Ovechkin and Auston Matthews facing off against one another.
Let’s go through all three of Monday’s games based on what the BetUS sportsbook has for each.
Vancouver Canucks vs New Jersey Devils
The Vancouver Canucks kicked off a four-game Eastern Conference road trip in impressive fashion on Sunday night, beating up the New York Rangers 5-2 behind another stellar performance in net from Thatcher Demko. They’ll go for their sixth win in their last seven games with backup Jaroslav Halak in net against the New Jersey Devils, who are coming off a strange weekend during which they crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins and were crushed by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The battle between the Hughes brothers will be cool to watch, with Jack as a center and Quinn as a defenseman. Both are already elite players at young ages who should be producing at a high level for many years to come.
Because the Canucks have the rest disadvantage and will turn to their No. 2 goalie, the Devils are slight home favorites on the NHL betting lines. New Jersey still is relying on third- and fourth-stringers in net due to injury, though, so the Devils aren’t at full-strength. But, Lindy Ruff’s team on the moneyline is a good bet here with its offensive core finally on the ice together.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won two straight games but after the insanity — and terrible goaltending — of their 10-7 win (yes, 10-7!) over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, it’s officially clear that Toronto’s has a major problem between the pipes. Washington, which has lost two straight and hasn’t really played well in 2022, will look to take advantage of Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek’s struggles.
Campbell actually started Saturday’s game but was lifted — with the lead — after he gave up five goals. So, Mrazek got the win even though he allowed a pair of goals in the 15 minutes he played. Sheldon Keefe probably will go with Mrazek again on Monday, yet neither he nor Campbell has inspired much confidence as of late.
Toronto is favored by a bit so taking the Maple Leafs straight-up on the strength of its elite offense might be the move if you’re betting online. You could also take the Maple Leafs to win in regulation for slightly better value. The over is a good take as well.
Boston Bruins vs Los Angeles Kings
The Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings are two of the hottest teams in the NHL right now with Boston having won four in a row — and Brad Marchand looking refreshed after his suspension — and Los Angeles having won five in a row.
Boston has been getting great goaltending from No. 1 netminder Jeremy Swayman, who has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last five starts. Marchand scored two goals and had an assist in Boston’s win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. The Nova Scotia native has fired a ridiculous 15 shots on net in the last two games.
Los Angeles’ winning streak has been a true team effort, with both Jonathan Quick and Calvin Petersen playing well in goal and offensive production coming from up and down the Kings’ lineup. This should be a really good game.
The Bruins are a slight road favorite but this one should be closer to a pick’em. Take the Kings on the moneyline as home underdogs for the plus-money value.