We’re kicking off the new month with a jam-packed 12-game NHL slate tonight! The action begins at 7:00 p.m. with three games. ET and concludes at 10:30 p.m. out west. with a clash between the Ducks and Sharks in the Pacific Division. Below are my top three bets for tonight’s game.
OKBET Sportsbook provides the odds.
Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights have been on a tear to start the season, and they’ll look to keep it going as they begin a five-game road trip in Washington, D.C. They’ll face a Capitals team that’s 5-4-1 and coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Hurricanes last night.
Because Washington is on the second night of a back-to-back, Charlie Lindgren will be in charge of the net tonight. With a 3.09 GAA and.925 SV% to start the season, the 28-year-old is 1-1-0. While those are respectable numbers, I’ll always feel comfortable betting on a team against a backup goalie, especially one as hot as Vegas.
The Golden Knights will try to win their fifth game in a row, and they’ve been doing it on both ends of the ice. During their winning streak, they’ve averaged 3.25 goals per game while allowing only 1.00. Logan Thompson recorded his second shutout of the season in one of those victories, a 4-0 victory over the Ducks. He’s now 4-2-0 this season with a 1.69 GAA and.943 SV%. All things considered, I think the Golden Knights will keep their hot streak going and win tonight.
Moneyline bet on the Vegas Golden Knights (-125 )
Minnesota Wild vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Wild had a rough start to the season, losing their first three games and allowing 20 goals in that span. Minnesota has rebounded, going 4-2-0 in their last six games and allowing just 2.50 goals per game during that time. The Canadiens are on a two-game winning streak, having recently defeated the Sabres and Blues.
Jake Allen should face Marc-Andre Fleury in tonight’s goaltending matchup. Allen is 3-3-0 with a 2.85 GAA and.909 SV%, while Fleury is 4-1-1 with a 3.69 GAA and.880 SV%. Fleury, on the other hand, is 3-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA in his last three games. I believe the veteran goaltender is finding his stride, and I’ll back him tonight against a mediocre Canadiens team. Montreal’s offense has struggled this season, averaging 3.0 goals per game (24th) and scoring on only 11.11% of power play opportunities (27th). I believe Minnesota will be able to extend their lead at home and cover the puck line.
Minnesota Wild -1.5. (-105 via OKBET)
Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders
The Blackhawks have dropped three straight games, but have gained points in the last two with an overtime loss to Buffalo and a shootout loss to Minnesota on Sunday. The other defeat came in a 6-5 shootout with the Oilers on Thursday, when Leon Draisaitl scored the game-winning goal with only 48 seconds remaining in the third period. This trend, I believe, will be indicative of how Chicago’s season will unfold. They clearly lack talent in comparison to most teams, but they play sound, fundamental hockey and always play hard. I believe the Hawks will be involved in a number of games, so I’m going to take a chance on them tonight as a large underdog.
The Hawks will face one of the best goaltenders in the league tonight in Ilya Sorokin. The Russian-born goaltender has a 3-3-0 record with a 2.21 GAA and.933 SV%. However, Chicago is currently one of the league’s top offenses, ranking 10th in goals per game (3.4) and fifth in man advantage (27.59%). If the Blackhawks can turn this into a high-scoring shootout, they have a chance to win. Tonight, let’s take them as an underdog!
Moneyline (+150 via OKBET): Chicago Blackhawks