5 NHL Games Worth Watching This Friday (October 30th Edition)
The Big Game
Chicago (+135) at Minnesota (-145)
The Blackhawks and Wild clash in St. Paul tonight in a key Central Division matchup that sees Minnesota playing the role of home favourite. Opponents have not had an easy go of it at the Xcel Energy Center with the Wild starting the season 4-0-0 in home rink play. Chicago’s been underwhelming away from the United Center, but have been stingy at home and away giving up only 1.9 goals per contest. Devan Dubnyk is a go between the pipes for Minnesota with Chicago expected to counter with backup Scott Darling as their netminder.
Four More Worth Watching
Ottawa (+113) at Detroit (-123)
Detroit got off to a hot three win start with freshly minted coach Jeff Blashill behind the bench but have dipped to .500 status as the sesaon’s gone on. A home win versus the Sens might send the Red Wings on the right course. Both teams could use a jolt for the underwhelming special teams with Detroit and Ottawa’s PP/PK units playing below the league average. By the way, seven of the last ten OTT/DET clashes have hit the over side of the the Over/Under total.
Boston (+110) at Florida (-120)
The Bruins are still sorting out who they are in the Don Sweeney GM era. The B’s have been steadfastly in the middle of the pack to star the year, although star David Krejci has been lighting things up with seven goals and seven assists in the early going. Boston’s been surprisingly hot on offense averaging a league best 4.1 goals-per-game. The Panthers will look to shrink that total with Roberto Luongo protecting the net. Florida could definitely use the services of Aleksander Barkov in this tilt, but he’s out 2-4 weeks with a hand injury.
Columbus (+175) at Washington (-190)
The bottom-feeding Blue Jackets seem to have clicked with their new bench boss John Tortorella. CBJ has won their last two contests (the Ws earned by Columbus this year) and will have their possible rejuvenation tested by a 6-2-0 Capitals squad. It could be an important victory for the Blue Jackets or it might just be a merciless blowout where the Caps (owner of the second best goals-per-game in the NHL) exploit the lowest ranked defense in the league.
Vancouver (+104) at Arizona (-115)
Arizona is soaring above minimal expectations so far this season and young stars like Anthony Duclair and Max Domi helping lead the way. The Yotes will host the Vancouver Canucks tonight in an intriguing Pacific Division showdown. Recording the game? Be sure to tack on an extra 30 minutes or more to your runtime. The Canucks have managed to send five of their ten games this season into overtime.
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