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NHL Wednesday Betting Recap

NHL Recap

Goals came at a fast and furious pace as five of the six games played on Wednesday night had at least six goals scored.

Five of the six games went over the total set by the NHL betting lines. The lone exception was the Edmonton-Chicago showdown which was the only game to carry a total of 6½ goals.

NHL Wednesday Betting Recap
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Anders Lee had a goal and assisted on another as the visiting New York Islanders scored five goals in the first period for the first time since 1996 in a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The game carried a rare five-goal total and the teams topped that by the end of the first period.

The Islanders scored five goals on their first 12 shots to chase goalie Jaroslav Halak late in the first period in New York’s first road game since January 18.

Vancouver scored the next three goals with Luke Schenn’s third goal of the season making it a two-goal game with 5:25 left to play in the second period. Matt Martin who had one point in his last eight games scored the lone goal of the third period as the Islanders won at Vancouver for the fourth time in their last six visits.

Schenn dropped the gloves just 3:35 into the game with Ross Johnston of the Islanders with the fight carrying a Moneyline of +300.

Five players had two points including rookies Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider as the visiting Detroit Red Wings defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3.

Neither Raymond nor Seider were born the last time the Red Wings posted a regulation win in Philadelphia. That hadn’t happened since Game 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup final.

Since that time the teams met in Philadelphia 17 times. The Flyers won 16 of those with the lone exception being a 3-2 Detroit shootout win on November 8, 2016.

It was a 4-3 game heading into the third period before Gemel Smith, who had one point in his previous 17 games, scored his fourth goal of the season. Vladislav Namestnikov added another insurance goal with 55 seconds to play.

Nick Seeler had two assists, his first two points this season after failing to register either a goal or an assist in his first 27 games for the Flyers. Philadelphia failed to score on five power-play opportunities.

Mikael Backlund had a goal and three assists for his first multiple-point game since late October as the Calgary Flames rolled to a 6-0 win over the visiting Vegas Golden Knights. Calgary leads the NHL with 16 road wins.

Despite the loss, Vegas (+900) still is tied for the fourth-best odds to win the Stanley Cup title while Calgary comes in 12th at +2200.

Andrew Mangiapane scored twice, He tied for the team lead with four shots on goal and that paid +130. Matthew Tkachuk had two assists as well as a highlight-reel goal when he went between his legs to put the puck past Vegas goalie Robin Lehner.

It was the seventh time in the last 13 meetings between the teams that the winning team had at least six goals.

The Flames winning by more than five goals had a payout of +900 according to the Las Vegas odds. On a night when four games went over the total and one went under, this game landed right on the six-goal total.

The most competitive game of the night came when the Dallas Stars defeated the visiting Nashville Predators 4-3 as Jason Robertson had a pair of power-play goals. Roope Hintz added a goal and an assist for his fifth multiple-point outing in the last eight games.

Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger only had to make one save on four Nashville power-play opportunities. Eeli Tolvanen scored just his second goal in the last 16 games for Nashville. It was the seventh one-goal affair in the last nine games between the teams. Dallas had dropped the previous three home games to Nashville. It was the first time in the last six meetings that a Nashville-Dallas game topped the six-goal mark.

Alex DeBrincat had a power-play goal and two assists as the visiting Chicago Blackhawks rolled to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Chicago has split the last six games in the series hosted by Edmonton. The 4-1 game matched the lowest-scoring combined goals team between the teams in the last eight meetings.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 19 of 20 shots in the second period when the Oilers tried to rally from a two-goal deficit. Leon Draisaitl did get one past Fleury for his first power-play goal in 20 games. The goal moved Draisaitl into the tie with Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers for the most goals (33) in the NHL this season.

Connor McDavid had one of the assists on the goal to move into sole possession of third place in the NHL scoring race. McDavid has 61 points while teammate Draisaitl and Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers have 64 points each. McDavid (+150) is back atop the odds to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player in the NHL.

Zack Kassian and Duncan Keith both left the game due to injury and did not return for Edmonton.

Dylan Strome and Kirby Dach scored in the third period to break open a one-goal contest. Dach hadn’t scored in his previous nine games. They helped Chicago win by three goals which carried a Moneyline of +1100 so that made those who bet online and went with a comfortable win by Chicago very happy.

A showdown of two of the worst teams in the Western Conference ended with the Arizona Coyotes recording their seventh road win of the season with a 5-2 victory at the Seattle Kraken.

Nick Schmaltz had his second two-goal game in the last seven contests. Alex Galchenyuk and Schmaltz had goals 37 seconds apart late in the third period to clinch the victory. Galcheynuk, who didn’t have a goal in his first 23 games of the season, scored for the third time in the last four games.

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