While they might not be the scariest postseason foe because of their well-documented goaltending problems, the Edmonton Oilers are undeniably one of the most explosive teams in the league. They’ve won six games in a row and, in addition to the characteristically great play of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton has gotten excellent netplay from Mike Smith. He’ll have to be on top of his game on Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche, who have won five straight.
Of course, Colorado-Edmonton is the headline game on Saturday but, with 12 games on the docket, there’s a ton of action. Let’s preview every game based on the NHL betting lines:
Devils vs Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars are still hanging onto the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference and could use two more points as they host the reeling New Jersey Devils. Dallas has won four of six while New Jersey has dropped five straight and 10 or 12.
The Devils’ goaltending has been an issue all season and it has gotten worse lately so the Stars should be able to score early and often. Dallas is a huge home favorite here and is a good bet to win on the puckline, or to win in regulation parlayed with the over.
Capitals vs Penguins
With the playoffs around the corner, the Pittsburgh Penguins need to turn things around quickly. The Penguins have lost three straight and six of eight overall as they’ve fallen behind the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division. The Washington Capitals haven’t been much better but they’re basically locked into the second Wild Card position in the East so their so-so recent play hasn’t mattered much.
This is a good bounceback spot for the Penguins, who are solidly favored at home. Look for Tristan Jarry to finally get some support from his offense with Pittsburgh winning in regulation.
Panthers vs Predators
The Florida Panthers just keep on rolling. They’re on a six-game winning streak as they visit the Nashville Predators, who have won four of five. Nashville currently holds the top Wild Card spot in the West — two points ahead of the Dallas Stars — and the Predators continue to get elite goaltending from Juuse Saros.
But, for as good as Saros is, the Panthers might be too much for him. Florida did play yesterday, beating the Buffalo Sabres, so Nashville is at a rest advantage yet the Panthers’ offense is relentless and should have a big day. Florida has scored four goals or more in eight of nine. The Panthers are slightly favored on the road in this one and should win straight-up with Spencer Knight in net.
Canadiens vs Maple Leafs
The latest edition of the famed Montreal Canadiens-Toronto Maple Leafs rivalry should be a lopsided one. Montreal has won two of three but the Canadiens are limping to the finish of a completely disastrous season. On the other hand, Toronto has won six of its last seven games and is scoring at will behind the ridiculous two-way play of Auston Matthews.
The Maple Leafs’ goaltending is still a major question mark, even with Jack Campbell back from injury, but Toronto should be able to significantly outscore Montreal in a game the Maple Leafs are enormous favorites in. If you’re betting online, take Toronto on the puckline or even to win by more than two goals.
Blue Jackets vs Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings snapped a six-game losing streak with a bang, beating the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets on consecutive nights this week. Now, Detroit will try to make it three in a row against the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus has lost eight of nine and looks like a shell of the team that was nearly unbeatable in February.
With that said, this game is essentially a tossup. Detroit has looked good and should have Alex Nedeljkovic back in goal but Columbus is still talented and is due for an offensive outburst. Go with the Blue Jackets on the moneyline.
Senators vs Rangers
They’re far from playoff contention but the Ottawa Senators have shown some life lately and won’t be an easy team for the New York Rangers to roll over. Ottawa has won three of four and is coming off a tight 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday. Meanwhile, New York has won two straight and is only two points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
With Igor Shesterkin in goal, the Rangers are tough to beat. He’s the main reason why New York is so heavily favored against Ottawa. Take the Rangers to win on the puckline or parlay the Rangers winning in regulation with the under.
Flames vs Kraken
The Calgary Flames have won three straight as they inch toward clinching a Pacific Division title. They open up a home-and-home with the worst team in the division — the Seattle Kraken — on Saturday with Jacob Markstrom probably getting the nod in goal.
Seattle is coming off a much-needed win over the Chicago Blackhawks but the Kraken have really struggled against good teams. Calgary is a big favorite, even on the road, and should be able to take care of business. Consider taking the Flames on the puckline.
Ducks vs Flyers
Things haven’t gotten easier for the Anaheim Ducks since they ended their 11-game losing streak. Anaheim was blown out by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames in consecutive games and will hope for a better result against the equally hapless Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers have won two of their last three games but have lost Carter Hart’s last four starts and he will probably be between the pipes in this one. Philadelphia is a very slight home favorite on the BetUS sportsbook. Take Anaheim for the value.
Islanders vs Blues
The Blues, particularly with Ville Husso in net, are tough to beat. St. Louis isn’t a huge favorite, though, which shows how much respect the Islanders are getting for their recent play. Consider going with New York as the underdog.
Avalanche vs Oilers
The league’s two hottest teams match up as the Colorado Avalanche take on the Edmonton Oilers. Both teams are clicking on all cylinders as their high-level offensive playmakers continue to shine. Colorado’s position as the top team in the West is all but assured, though, while Edmonton needs to keep winning to stay ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.
Colorado is only slightly favored here. The Avalanche are always a reliable bet but, for this game, consider Edmonton straight-up on the moneyline with how good they have been.
Sharks vs Canucks
The San Jose Sharks look to snap a five-game skid as they take on the Vancouver Canucks, who have won their last two games and are technically still alive in the playoff chase. The bigger news surrounding San Jose recently, though, is that longtime general manager Doug Wilson is stepping down which is sure to signal big changes around the organization.
For tonight’s game, though, go with the Canucks as comfortable home favorites. They have a lot to play for while the Sharks can’t wait for this disappointing season to come to a close. But, take Vancouver straight-up because James Reimer could make this a close game.
Coyotes vs Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights’ five-game winning streak ended with a thud as Vegas lost 5-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. The Golden Knights need all the points they can get as they attempt to sneak back into playoff position so Vegas has to beat the Arizona Coyotes, who have won just twice since the middle of March.
With Robin Lehner back in goal, Vegas is a massive favorite against Arizona. The Golden Knights should win comfortably in a huge bounceback situation. Go with Vegas on the puckline, possibly parlayed with the under.