Tonight’s games involving Canadian teams:
Montreal @ Toronto (-265)
The Leaf’s are the greatest team in the world, ever, just ask any Leaf’s fan!
I am originally a west coast guy so I love to give jabs to the Leaf fans when I can, even though I live in Ontario now. The do have a very good team and in this matchup, are obviously the favorites. I like the Canadians, they did pretty well last year and were fun to watch. They have some young players which can provide energy and a spark to them. Carey Price is an awesome goalie. Great historical battles between these teams, always a fun game to watch. Leafs do have the goods though and should easily win this one, but they will probably sneak out with a 1 goal win.
New York Ranger (-125) @ Ottawa
Rangers added a couple nice players this season in Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba and had great luck to get #2 pick in the draft in Kaapo Kakko but they are still in rebuild mode and wont make the playoffs. Ottawa (who wont make playoffs either) seems to have the Rangers number when playing at home against them (even though neither team resembles what they once were), one of those little oddities. Ottawa will struggle a lot of nights this year as will the Rangers but in this one, I think I give the Sens the edge at home.
LA Kings @ Edmonton (-160)
I could talk about some of the off season moves here, and the fact that Oilers just cant seem to get/keep their crap together over an entire season, and that this is the Kings first game of the season while the Oilers played against my Canucks on opening night and beat them… but I am over that (almost)… This is one where Edmonton should dominate, and I think they have the advantage not only based on talent on the ice, but some kind of momentum already as they have played and the kings have not a meaningful game already. The only thing I am not sold on is goaltending/defense for the Oilers, not meant as a knock against Smith, but the defense is never perfect in Oil land and I guess I have just seen enough of goalies there being left on their own and it is a tough gig. However, tonight, I feel the Oilers will bust things wide open and win big.
Vancouver @ Calgary (-180)
Ok, here we go! My favorite team in the Canucks and for the 2 of you who saw my comments last year or two, my ‘I could never admit in Public I love this team’ other team I really like is the Flames. Great rivalry here and I love some of the battles these teams have had in the last and have been lucky enough to watch a number of these games live back in the day. The Canucks young stars are Petterson, Boeser, Horvat, and Hughes.
The Flames have Gaudreau, Monahan, Tkachuk, Lindholm, Bennet , and Lucic (I WISH he played for Vancouver). I am getting excited waiting for this one to start!!!
Canucks are still the younger team and have some growing up to do and lessons to learn. Calgary will help teach them those lessons, based on what they have been going through as well the last few years. Calgary is the better team and as much as it pains me, I think the Flames will take a close one tonight. But… Go Canaucks Go and I will do a couple pro line tickets tonight so if all other games come in, i will win either way.