Daily Picks 10/08: Clash Of The Elites

Our picks for today's NHL action
Chris Wassel
Tue, October 8, 10:05 AM

Tuesday’s NHL features eight games with a little of everything. That includes two division rivals, a battle of the walking wounded, two teams off to a slow start, and a late-night clash of elites. Anyway, let’s break it all down now!

Here are Today’s NHL Picks:

Carolina Hurricanes @ Florida Panthers

 

- The Carolina Hurricanes have a flair for the dramatic as they have managed to come back in all three of their games, force overtime, and then ultimately gain two points.

 

The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers are two of the more entertaining teams in the league. They both push the pace well at even-strength. Florida does this well at home as they can average over 34 shots per 60 there. Carolina can easily top 40 shots on any given night along with 20+ scoring chances. The one difference may be special teams where Florida can be a bit of an adventure, but they were ranked third last season. Florida has enough offense to deal Carolina its first defeat in regulation this season, but this could be a high-scoring affair.

 

1u – Florida Panthers ML @ -125

1u – Over 6.5 Total Goals @ +140

Winnipeg Jets @ Pittsburgh Penguins

 

- Winnipeg is missing several players on their blueline while Pittsburgh will be without Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad for an extended period.

 

The Winnipeg Jets will probably be glad when this trip to the East Coast is over. They are 1-2 so far with one dramatic comeback win over New Jersey. Other than that, this trip has been a series of nightmarish twists. The latest is Dmitry Kulikov who is day-to-day with what is being described as personal reasons. Winnipeg is missing several defensemen as they have given up 4+ goals in all three contests. Pittsburgh has its own problems dealing with injury scares and injuries galore as well. Pittsburgh is missing Bryan Rust, Nick Bjugstad, and now Evgeni Malkin. However, the Penguins are not missing anyone of significance on their blueline. Pace of play should help Pittsburgh as they do play a little loose at home. Both teams can easily average 3+ goals a game and the expectation is a high-scoring game that Pittsburgh can close out late.

 

1u – Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 @ +170

1u - Over 6.5 Total Goals @ +113

San Jose Sharks @ Nashville Predators

 

- San Jose tries to get in the win column as they face a Nashville team off to a bit of an uneven start themselves.

 

This is one game that should have more buzz around it. Again, keep in mind, that San Jose just has not been able to put together an effort close to 60 minutes yet this season. According to Statschecker, Nashville and San Jose have split their four previous meetings while averaging eight goals per game combined. At some point, the Sharks are bound to break out as they have only scored three goals in three games. Nashville gave up 3.5 goals per contests while tallying four goals per night. Pekka Rinne and Martin Jones will have their hands full all night as the over is again an easy pick.

 

1u – Over 6.5 Total Goals @ +155

Boston Bruins @ Vegas Golden Knights

 

- Vegas fresh out two routs of the San Jose Sharks face a Boston team that has been able to shut teams down early (allowing just one goal in two games).

 

Vegas and Boston meet on Tuesday night in one of the late contests that carries a lot of betting interest. Boston’s goaltending has been raved about in the early going as Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak have stopped all but one shot so far. This was headlined by a 35-save shutout from Halak against the Arizona Coyotes. Vegas, on the other hand, showed more of a balance against San Jose while outscoring them nine goals to two. Boston has taken three of the previous four meetings against Vegas, but this is a different Golden Knights team now. According to Statschecker, Vegas is the one team that has the top-six to scare Boston and score some goals. That will be the difference in this game as the Golden Knights have the push to force the pace. Take Vegas and the moneyline in this tilt.

 

1u – Vegas Golden Knights ML @ -140

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