NHL Western Canadian Teams Take Centre Stage Early This Week
Calgary Wraps Up Homestand On Monday Night
The Calgary Flames play the final game of a seven-game homestand on Monday night as they welcome in the St Louis Blues. The Blues have the best record in the Western Conference entering that game so this will be a tough test for this young Flames team. But Calgary is 4-2 SU already on this homestand, and their Monday night game with St Louis is priced in the pick'em range.
Yet, that doesn't appear to present enough value for a wager on Calgary, given the Blues are a little testy after a 5-2 loss over the weekend and St Louis has already beaten the Flames by a 5-2 score this season. Maybe we see the Flames take a step back before heading to the airport.
Vancouver's Coming Back Down To Earth
The entire hockey world has been surprised by the strong play of a young Vancouver Canucks team that was expected to be a bottom-feeder in a rebuilding year this season.
That hot start is starting to be a distant memory as preseason projections for this team are starting to come into shape. I had mentioned last week that Vancouver's schedule gets a lot tougher going forward and this trek through California that they are currently on has proved to be the tough ordeal many believed it would be for Vancouver.
Through two of the three games in California on this road trip, the Canucks are 0-2 SU and have been outscored by a 9-1 margin. Things conclude in Los Angeles on Tuesday night for the Canucks before they head home for a brief two-game homestand. After that it's a tough six-game road trip out East, so I wouldn't be in a hurry to bet too many Canucks ML's for the rest of November.
Edmonton Still Looking To Find Their Groove
The Oilers finished a four-game East Coast road trip with a 2-1 loss in a shootout to Washington on Sunday night, ending the trip with a 2-2 SU record overall. Things could have been a lot worse for the struggling Oilers though as both of their wins came in OT and when NHL games reach that point they are basically a coin flip. At 6-9-1-1 SU, Edmonton is only ahead of the disastrous Arizona Coyotes right now in the Pacific Division standings, and this was an Oilers team that were basically co-favorites to win it all at the beginning of the season. Shocking to say the least.
If Edmonton can't find a way to get hot soon and pile up consecutive victories, expect some changes to be coming soon. The Oilers need secondary scoring help behind their top guys but it's not like those guys grow on trees. Solidifying their identity and playing strong, consistent hockey on a nightly basis is Edmonton's goal right now, and with two home games on deck against Las Vegas and St Louis, things could turn in the right direction this week.
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