Home And Home With Boston Highlights The Maple Leafs Weekend
Big Home-And-Home For The Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the four teams playing twice this weekend, and they are one of two Canadian teams playing the same opponent both times. The Leafs begin a home-and-home series with Boston on Friday night as it's a rare home game for the Leafs on that day. The Bruins have really struggled away from home (1-3 SU) so it's important that Toronto finds a way to grab the opener so that they can essentially play with a bit of house money in Boston on Saturday night.
However, the biggest concern for Leafs fans entering the weekend is the health status of Austin Matthews. Matthews sat out the win over Minnesota on Wednesday night with a nagging injury, and with two games in 48 hours against a division rival, you've got to wonder in HC Mike Babcock will sit him for both of these games to make sure he gets healthy. Matthews status is a must know before wagering on Friday night's tilt, so if you are looking to get action down on that game, be sure to check in on that.
Winnipeg Has Winnable Games On Tap
Winnipeg enters the weekend having won four of their last five games and is well rested having been off since Monday. Those day's off were spent flying out to Las Vegas as the Jets have road games against Vegas (Friday) and Arizona (Saturday). Both of those teams are back at home after lengthy road trips out East and could be ripe for the picking for this rolling Jets team.
Not only have the Jets won four of their last five, but they've gained at least a point in the standings in eight straight contests. With Las Vegas starting to come back down to earth and looking more like an expansion team, and Arizona yet to sniff five wins on the year, this is a stretch of hockey where bettors could really make some hay backing the Jets.
Ottawa's Rare Home-And-Home With Non-Conference Squad
Ottawa and Colorado are over in Sweden this weekend for one of the NHL's Global Games, and the two squads will play over there on Friday and Saturday afternoon for those in the EST. This will be different surroundings for all involved, but given the fact that Ottawa and Colorado just pulled off the big trade for Matt Duchene late last week, there is a little extra luster to these two contests.
Duchene's first game with his new teammates in Ottawa will be against his old squad and that's always a weird situation. Add in the fact that these two teams are halfway across the world over in Europe and handicapping these contests has a few more unknowns. There is tremendous motivation on both sides with Colorado looking to beat their former friend and Duchene and his new teammates looking to do the same. From a betting perspective it might be best to sit on the sidelines for the first meeting and then back the team that lost Game 1 to win the second, especially if it's Colorado who will be listed as "road" underdogs in all likelihood on Saturday.
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