Five Canadian NHL Teams In Action On Tuesday Night
Toronto Celebrates 100 Years Of Existence
The Toronto Maple Leafs play at the odd time of 2:00 pm EST for this centennial aniversary game, marking to the date 100 years of existence in the NHL for the franchise. That's quite a feat and I'd hate to be the visiting Carolina Hurricanes who are coming to town, but the Maple Leafs never play matinee games, let alone on a Tuesday afternoon. This odd scheduling quirk is something neither side is really used to and makes it tough to cap.
This will be the third time these two teams have met this year with the visiting club going 2-0 SU and the 'over' cashing in both games. Scores of 6-3 and 5-4 will have bettors likely expecting a few goals in this game, but with the quirkiness of this 2 pm start time, I wouldn't be so sure on that. There is no line as of this writing, but afternoon 'unders' during weekends aren't typically a bad place to start, and if this total is at 6 like the first two meetings, I will be definitely on the 'under' in this game.
Ottawa Is Back Indoors And Looking For 3rd Straight Win
After outlasting the Montreal Canadiens in frigid outdoor temperatures on Saturday night (3-0 Ottawa win), the Ottawa Senators get to go back indoors as they host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. After a long stretch of losing it's nice for this team to finally have a winning streak going currently, and with the Wild having lost two in a row themselves, it's not like they are playing their best hockey at the moment adn will be tough to back.
Ottawa is still a team I'm not able to trust though and Minnesota isn't a great option either on the ML. WIth the ML odds being listed in the pick'em range, oddsmakers believe this game will be a coinflip just like I do and it makes the side a stay away for sure. But just like the Leafs game, the total is somewhat attractive as this game could actually see some goals. Minnesota is 5-1 O/U after losing by 3+ tallies, and with this being their 4th game in six nights, a 7-3 O/U run in that specific scenario comes into play as well.
Montreal Caps Off Night In Vancouver
The Vancouver Canucks have been hit hard by the injury bug the past few weeks and are about +120 home underdogs against the Habs. Both teams are coming off losses, and while Montreal's was outdoors against Ottawa, Vancouver looked really bad in a 6-1 defeat against the Flames on Sunday. Vancouver was outshot 38-17 in that game as they were thoroughly dominated, and five losses in their last six suggests reality is finally starting to catch up with this young, rebuilding club trying to build for the future.
The Canucks had been playing over their heads for the first two months and after suggesting for most of November to fade them and getting burnt, that bad run of play has finally arrived. Throw in the fact that the BC native Carey Price loves to play in this city, and I fully expect Montreal to bounce back from that tough loss outdoors and beat the Vancouver Canucks.
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