It doesn’t get much better than a full NHL weekend slate with tons of top teams (and top players) in action. For Saturday, though, the battle between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Edmonton Oilers — fresh off a big win over the Washington Capitals — is a must-watch if you like top-end talent going at it. Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Connor McDavid, and Leon Draisaitl are just some of the huge names that will be on the ice for that game, which should be a really exciting way to cap off a busy hockey day.
We’re going to run through today’s 10-game schedule with an eye to the NHL betting lines:
St. Louis Blues vs Nashville Predators
Only three points separate the St. Louis Blues and the Nashville Predators in the Central Division so Saturday’s afternoon tilt is important. St. Louis is coming off a thorough beatdown of the New York Rangers that ended the Blues’ four-game losing streak while Nashville has won three straight by a goal differential of 14-2.
Nashville is a slight home favorite, which is reasonable given how good Juuse Saros is. Even with the Blues’ impressive win in their last time out, go with the Predators straight-up because of Saros. He’s that good.
Philadelphia Flyers vs Carolina Hurricanes
As they’ve done all season, the Carolina Hurricanes are cruising and are looking for their fourth win in a row as they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers, who have shown life in recent games but are still one of the worst teams in the league.
Carolina has won three straight (and 8 of 10 overall) despite backup goalie Antti Raanta starting all three of those games. Frederik Andersen is healthy, which means it’ll be either him or Raanta between the pipes for the Hurricanes, but Raanta has been so good in a reserve role for Carolina that it might not matter.
The Hurricanes are huge home favorites on the BetUS sportsbook and they’re a great puckline play though the value isn’t great. The under has hit in six of Carolina’s last seven games so that’s a smart pick too.
Arizona Coyotes vs Boston Bruins
The Coyotes are not the automatic win for their opponents as Arizona was earlier in the season, but the Boston Bruins have been so good for the past month that the Coyotes’ recent surge — four straight wins — might not make a big difference.
Arizona has won five of six, beating playoff teams like the Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vegas Golden Knights. Boston has been really good since Brad Marchand returned from suspension and the Bruins have been nearly unbeatable with Jeremy Swayman in net.
Boston is a massive home favorite with Swayman — who has won his last seven starts — in net. Take the Bruins on the puckline with Swayman ending the Coyotes’ streak in a lopsided game.
Seattle Kraken vs Montreal Canadiens
Two of the league’s cellar-dwellers face off in Montreal on Saturday with the Seattle Kraken having lost four in a row and the Habs are back at home after a 3-2-0 road trip.
The Kraken have won only one game in the past month, which has been due both to Seattle’s inconsistent offensive production and subpar goaltending. On the other hand, Montreal has won seven of nine games, and the Canadiens’ young players — like Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield — have really hit their stride.
Still, Montreal is only slightly favored. The Canadiens are a great play on the moneyline or to win in regulation at plus-money with how well they’ve played and with how badly Seattle has been.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Ottawa Senators
In another matchup between non-contenders, the Ottawa Senators — who have won two straight — welcome the scuffling Chicago Blackhawks. Anton Forsberg has been really good recently to stabilize the goalie position for the Senators and the return of Josh Norris has been a big boost to Ottawa’s lineup.
Chicago should have Marc-Andre Fleury back in net but Vegas has this game as a pick’em. Take the Blackhawks because they have the goalie advantage and have been scoring goals at a solid pace as of late.
Anaheim Ducks vs New Jersey Devils
There will be plenty of exciting young players on the ice in Newark as the Anaheim Ducks — led by Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry — visit Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, and the New Jersey Devils.
The Ducks have cooled off significantly after a good start to the season which is understandable considering all their youth and inexperience. The story is kind of the opposite for New Jersey, which is only starting to play better now that more of the Devils’ key pieces are healthy and they’re getting solid goaltending.
New Jersey is a solid home favorite and you should take the Devils straight-up if you’re betting online but only if Nico Daws is starting. Daws has entrenched himself as New Jersey’s top goalie option by playing great, but he has started six games in a row so Jon Gillies could give him a breather. Check the goalie news for this one.
Detroit Red Wings vs Calgary Flames
The Detroit Red Wings have lost four games in a row so one of the last teams they want to face is the Calgary Flames. It’ll be tough for Detroit to snap its skid against the Flames in Calgary, where they’re 17-5-5. Calgary is also coming off a blowout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in which the Flames showed why they’re such a scary team.
Calgary is a huge home favorite here and the Flames on the puckline are the way to go with Jacob Markstrom likely getting the start. You could throw a dart on Detroit on the moneyline for a big-value play but they’ve struggled so mightily on defense and between the pipes this past week that it’s hard to see them stopping the Flames’ balanced offense.
New York Rangers vs Dallas Stars
Igor Shesterkin had a rare hiccup in his last start, allowing four goals in the game’s first 20:15, and got pulled in the New York Rangers’ 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. New York has been beatable lately because, outside of Shesterkin’s dominance, the Rangers just aren’t that good of a team.
They’ll have their hands full with the upstart Dallas Stars, who have won four of five and could get a boost from the recent news that they extended star Joe Pavelski’s contract for another season. Pavelski and Jason Robertson have carried the scoring burden for Dallas, which is looking for its fourth-straight home win. Also, goalie Jake Oettinger has flown below the radar a bit but he has been great for the Stars.
Dallas is slightly favored. The under is definitely a good bet with these two good goalies (and somewhat subpar offenses) while the Rangers on the moneyline is probably the best bet on the game itself. Shesterkin is due for a major bounceback performance and, when he’s on, there’s nothing the opposing team can do about it.
Los Angeles Kings vs San Jose Sharks
Two days after stunning the Los Angeles Kings with a comeback win in overtime, the San Jose Sharks welcome the second half of a home-and-home series with their division rival. That win snapped the Sharks’ three-game losing skid and the Kings’ three-game winning streak and struggling San Jose hopes that it can be a springboard for a late-season turnaround.
The Kings are solid road favorites and they’re the team to back because they’re too good to drop consecutive games to a team like San Jose. Take Los Angeles straight-up or, if you’re fine with the risk, to win in regulation. The under is a good idea too.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers
As mentioned above, the Tampa Bay Lightning playing the Edmonton Oilers is a game featuring an embarrassment of talent on both sides. It’s also a critical game for Edmonton, which has been struggling and needs every point it can get.
The Lightning haven’t been great either but they’re so secure in their playoff positioning that there isn’t too much urgency on Tampa Bay’s part. Edmonton’s footing is shaky, at best.
Tampa Bay is favored here and the Lightning probably are the team to side with on the moneyline. The Oilers’ goaltending situation is not ideal, to put it charitably, and the Lightning are an explosive offensive team. The over here is also a must-take.