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NHL Salami: Goalies Under Duress

Expect Plenty of High-Scoring Affairs

Don’t let the fact that there are five games with six-goal totals fool you, this could be an action-packed night with 13 games scheduled for Thursday.

Only one team that was in action on Wednesday also has a game scheduled for Thursday night so there shouldn’t be a case of tired legs impacting the quality of play.

Vladislav Gavrikov #4 of the Columbus Blue Jackets
Vladislav Gavrikov #4 of the Columbus Blue Jackets | Bruce bennett/getty images/afp

All four division leaders are in action and, after a total of 16 goals being scored in the three games being played on Wednesday, those who bet online might want to brace for more goals being scored on Thursday.

Let’s check the latest NHL picks, stats, injury reports, and NHL predictions. We’ve plenty of NHL expert picks for you to consider.

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Canadiens vs Blue Jackets

  • Over 6½ (-115), Under 6½ (-110)

Only the Philadelphia Flyers have scored fewer goals among Eastern Conference teams than Columbus while Montreal has the fourth-fewest goals in the conference.

The total has gone under in six of the Canadiens’ last seven road games as well as in six of the last seven games against Eastern Conference teams. Columbus’ offense is showing signs of life with the total having gone over in five of its last six games.

Both teams are dealing with injury issues. Columbus will be without forwards Jakub Voracek and Patrik Laine as well as star defenseman Zach Werenski. Forwards Paul Byron, Evgeni Dadonov and Jonathan Drouin are on injured reserve for Montreal.

  • Pick: Under 6½ (-110)

Flyers vs Bruins

  • Totals: Over 6 (-115), Under 6 (-105)

The Boston Bruins have never opened a season 10-0 at home but that would be the case with a victory against Philadelphia.

The 14-2-0 Bruins have 65 goals, the most in the NHL. Familiar faces are leading the charge as David Pastrnak has nine goals and Patrice Bergeron has scored eight times. However, they have plenty of help. A total of 13 players have at least two goals and 20 players have scored at least one.

The Flyers are trying to snap a four-game losing streak with eight goals scored in those four contests. Not having veteran forwards Cam Atkinson, Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk will make things more challenging for the Flyers in going against a team leading the NHL in goal differential.

A pleasant surprise for the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins is the production of defenseman Connor Clifton as he has two goals and six assists in 16 games.

  • Pick: Over 6 (-115)

Flames vs Lightning

  • Totals: Over 6½ (-110), Under 6½ (-110)

After a slow start, defending Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay is starting to heat up with six of the Lightning’s last eight games finishing over the total.

Tampa Bay has scored 11 times over the last two games to move into fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Nikita Kucherov has three multi-point efforts over his last seven games while Steven Stamkos has a goal and three assists in the last two games.

Calgary has scored nine times in beating Winnipeg and Los Angeles. Tyler Toffoli is coming off a three-point game for the Flames.

  • Pick: Over 6½ (-110)

Devils vs Maple Leafs

  • Totals: Over 6½ (-130), Under 6½ (+110)

The Maple Leafs have a reputation of playing a wide-open style that leads to scoring chances for both the Toronto forwards as well as the top players on the other teams. However, just six of Toronto’s games have finished over the total.

During New Jersey’s 10-game winning streak, six times the Devils allowed two goals or less. Only Boston has allowed fewer goals among Eastern Conference teams than New Jersey.

  • Pick: Under 6½ (-110)

Stars vs Panthers

  • Totals: Over 6½ (-130), Under 6½ (+110)

There could be some goals being scored in this one.

At least seven combined goals have been scored in four of Florida’s last six games. Defenseman Brandon Montour is off the best offensive start in his career for Florida.

On the other side, no player in the NHL has more points in the month of November than Dallas winger Jason Robertson, who has scored at least two points in seven of the last eight games for the Central Division-leading Stars. Robertson, Jamie Benn, Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz have combined for 21 goals and 87 shots over the last seven games.

Dallas is scoring on 55.6% of its power plays in November while Florida has allowed the seventh most power-play opportunities during the month.

  • Pick: Over 6½ (-130)

Avalanche vs Hurricanes

  • Over 6½ (-105), Under 6½ (-115)

Colorado is without high-scoring forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Valeri Nichushkin as well as defenseman Bowen Byram. Still, the defending Stanley Cup champions lead the NHL in power-play goals scored and power-play percentage.

Carolina is coming off a shutout win over Chicago, but things will be more challenging against Colorado.

When the teams met five days ago, a total of five goals were scored and Colorado managed just one power-play goal. Don’t be surprised to see more offensive fireworks in this one as both teams haven’t played since Monday and should have plenty of jump in their legs.

  • Pick: Over 6½ (-105)
 Goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Carolina Hurricanes
Goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Carolina Hurricanes | Joel auerbach/getty images/afp

Ducks vs Jets

  • Totals: Over 6 (-120), Under 6 (even)

Winnipeg has the worst over-under mark in the NHL with 10 of the 14 games finishing under the total while Anaheim has scored the fewest goals among Pacific Division teams.

The Jets are 0-5-1 against the Las Vegas odds totals at home as they have allowed the fewest goals in the NHL. Add in the fact that five of Anaheim’s last seven games against Central Division foes went under the total and this has a decent chance of going under.

  • Pick: Under 6 (even)

Capitals vs Blues

  • Totals: Over 6½ (-110), Under 6½ (-110)

After a tough start, the St. Louis Blues are starting to roll.

St. Louis has allowed two goals in each of the last three games and takes a four-game winning streak into this matchup.

Washington is headed in the other direction, losing three of its last four games and giving up 11 goals in the last two contests.

Washington was already shorthanded at forward with the injuries suffered by Nicklas Backstrom, Connor Brown, Carl Hagelin, T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson. Also, Nicolas Aube-Kubel is serving a three-game suspension for an illegal check.

  • Pick: Over 6½ (-110)

Penguins vs Wild

  • Totals: Over 6½ (-110), Under 6½ (-110)

An average of 8.7 goals have been scored in the last three meetings between Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

It will be interesting to see which style wins out. The Penguins want to see forwards Sydney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guenztel and Rickard Rakell get out on odd-man rushes while Minnesota prefers a more tight-checking affair.

Each of Minnesota’s last seven games have finished under the total while Pittsburgh has scored two goals or less five times while going 2–6-2 over the last 10 games.

Could this turn into a rare low-scoring match between the teams?

  • Pick: Under 6½ (-110)

Islanders vs Predators

  • Totals: Over 6 (Ev), Under 6 (-120)

This has been a strange stretch of games for the Islanders. In the first seven games played in November, at least seven goals were scored four times while the other three contests had just nine goals scored.

The Islanders just played a wide-open game with Ottawa that featured 73 shots on goal and three power-play goals scored.

Nashville has allowed two goals in winning its last two games after going through a stretch of games when the Predators allowed quality scoring opportunities.

  • Pick: Over 6½ (ev)
Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders
Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders | Bruce bennett/getty images/afp

Rangers vs Kraken

  • Totals: Over 6 (Ev), Under 6 (-120)

The total has gone under in four of Seattle’s last five games as well as in 10 of the last 14 road contests for the Rangers.

There are some injury concerns in goal for the Kraken with Philipp Grubauer out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

The teams have combined to allow just six power-play goals on 46 opportunities in November and that only increases the likelihood of a low-scoring matchup.

  • Pick: Under 6½ (-120)

Coyotes vs Golden Knights

  • Totals: Over 6½ (-105), Under 6½ (-115)

Vegas leads the Western Conference in goal differential while Arizona has the third-worst goal differential in the NHL so this might get out of hand early.

Since allowing seven goals in a loss to Dallas, Arizona has allowed 11 goals over the last five games.

Vegas has scored 29 goals over the last five games with Jack Eichel leading the way with six goals and four assists.

  • Pick: Over 6½ (-105)

Red Wings vs Sharks

  • Totals: Over 6 (-105), Under 6½ (-115)

Detroit has hit a rough patch with an 0-2-2 record over the last four games. The Red Wings haven’t scored more than three goals in any of the seven games in November.

San Jose is coming off a bit of a stunner with a 5-2 win over Western Conference-leading Vegas as Logan Couture had a goal and an assist. Can the Sharks make it two in a row?

  • Pick: Over 6 (-105)

And the Totals are …

Nine of the top 10 scoring teams in the month of November will be in action on Thursday night, so that is why a majority of the games are projected to go over the NHL betting lines total.

This could end up being a tough night to be a goalie around the NHL rinks.

  • Pick: Over 82

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