The NHL features two games on Monday night. Buffalo squares off against Columbus in one matchup while St. Louis clashes with Toronto in the other. Let us delve into what each matchup may offer.
Here are Today’s NHL Picks:
Buffalo Sabres @ Columbus Blue Jackets
- The Buffalo Sabres have run hot in the early going with two convincing wins, ten goals, and a ton of scoring chances.
The Buffalo Sabres generated nearly 40 shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins and then 36 more shots on Saturday versus New Jersey. Buffalo’s man-advantage also garnered notice and not just for the three goals against the Devils. Their puck movement was fast and precise. The addition of players like Victor Olofsson have opened things up for the Buffalo offense.
Predictably, the Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled after the departures of Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Matt Duchene. Columbus has yielded 11 goals and scored just three times. They are also 0-2 against the spread. After Pittsburgh scored seven times against the Blue Jackets, Columbus appeared to be at a loss for words as far as solutions.
This is reflected somewhat in the odds where the game is gauged at near even. Columbus is the slightest of favorites at -115. A site or two has them as high as -125. Will Buffalo look past Columbus? That answer is doubtful. Buffalo can be had on the moneyline at a +105 which is decent value.
Now, what about the spread and the over/under? Those are excellent questions. The Sabres are 50-28 ATS after a win playing as an away team according to Statschecker. It appears that Carter Hutton and Joonas Korpisalo will be the projected starters. Again, this will be a real test for Buffalo, but one I predict them to pass.
1u – Buffalo Sabres ML @ +105
1u – Over 5.5 Total Goals @ -125
St. Louis Blues @ Toronto Maple Leafs
- According to Statschecker, there were just 13 goals in their last three meetings
While St. Louis has gotten off to an uneven start, Toronto has been anything but dull. That includes blowing a 4-1 lead to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night (6-5 loss in shootout).
This is one game that will have more buzz around it. St. Louis is hungry for a win and so is Toronto after what happened over the weekend. Frederik Andersen will likely start for Toronto while Jordan Binnington expects to be in net for St. Louis. Projections were interesting for this one but according to Statschecker, there were just 13 goals in their last three meetings. Every one of the games ended with a St. Louis win along with the under hitting in each matchup. The dynamic and trend is that the Blues played better all last year on the road while playing a stingy defensive brand of hockey.
Toronto’s continued problem is the defensive side of the ledger. The ten goals allowed in three games is one thing but scoring 14 goals offers a little hope. Despite that, the over/under is set at 6. It could waver back and forth between 6 and 6.5. With the way St. Louis can play defensively, the choice is a clear moneyline/under parlay.
1u – St. Louis Blues ML @ +114
1u – Under 6.5 Total Goals @ -150
By Chris Wassel