NHL Week 8 Picks, Odds and Live Scores
National Hockey League 2016-17 Week 8 Preview
Our NHL Week 7 results were a mixed bag as we posted a 2-2 record that moved our overall mark to 9-4 on the season. The week opened with a gut-wrenching bad beat as Anaheim led four times during their shootout with New York before the Ducks fell to the Islanders 3-2 in the 14th round. We got back on the winning track when the Edmonton vs Colorado clash easily surpassed the five goal game total as the Oilers posted a 6-3 victory over the Avalanche. Greed got the better of us as Montreal won but failed to cover the puck line during a 2-1 win over Detroit. We salvaged an even record when we cashed a Penguins plus Canadiens two-team Bet365 money line parlay. As we roll out of November, and head into December, let’s get to our NHL Week 8 previews and predictions.
NHL Week 8 Predictions
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Edmonton Oilers – Bet OVER 5.5 (-125) Game Total at Bodog (OVER Toronto 4-2 Final)
Rogers Place Arena – Edmonton, Alberta 9:00 PM ET Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Teams with two of the brightest young stars in the NHL clash when Toronto rolls into Edmonton tonight. Following a solid 9-3-1 season start, the Oilers have cooled some as they are 3-6-1 during their last ten games. Edmonton should be an ornery bunch as they just dropped a home and home set (3-2 SO and 2-1) to the Arizona Coyotes who are tied with the Islanders in the NHL basement. The Oilers own a one point lead over San Jose in the battle for first place in the Pacific Division.
Inconsistent is the best way to describe the Maple Leafs season to date as Toronto rolls into Alberta with a 9-8-4 record. The Buds have played some decent hockey during November, as they are 7-4-1 so far this month. The Leafs snapped a mini 0-2-1 losing streak as they posted a 4-2 win against the Washington Capitals at home on Saturday. Toronto sits eighth with 66 goals scored but 26th with 69 goals allowed. The Maple Leafs are three points out of the Eastern Conference Wild Card race.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: TOR G Frederik Andersen (9-6-3 GAA 2.97) faces EDM G Cam Talbot (11-8-2 GAA 2.45) in the netminder matchup here. Anderson was sharp as he allowed two goals while facing 35 shots in the Leafs win over Washington. Talbot is making a fifth straight start and he is looking to snap a two-game losing streak. These team opened the month in Toronto as the Maple Leafs posted a 3-2 OT win over the Oilers. Expecting a high scoring contest, we are backing the OVER on the 5.5 (-125) game total posted on the Bodog NHL betting board.
Leafs Rake Oilers: In a match that featured talented budding stars, Auston Matthews of Toronto and Connor McDavid of Edmonton, we expected a high scoring contest and that panned out here. For one period anyway. Figuring we would have a breezy, stress free night, things didn’t look good after Matthews scored the only goal during the first frame. The floodgates opened though as three goals were potted within the first six minutes of the second period. We felt really good when the Leafs made it 4-1 just prior to the second break. Though the 4-2 final appears stressful, McDavid scored 3:58 into the third stanza to make our OVER ticket at Bodog a winner. Our overall record is now 10-4 and we'll be back on 01/12/16 with our prediction for the Islanders vs Capitals contest.
Islanders @ Capitals – Bet Washington -1.5 (+125) ATS at SportsInteraction (New York 3-0 Final)
Verizon Center Arena – Washington, DC 7:00 PM ET Thursday, December 1, 2016
Fresh off a four-day break, and about to embark on a travel heavy December schedule, Washington battles the New York Islanders during the first of three meetings this month. The Capitals have had some time to stew over a 4-2 loss in Toronto on Saturday and should be a fairly motivated group. Alex Ovechkin & Crew are 13-6-2 and sit third in the Metropolitan Division – five points behind New York and one back of Pittsburgh. The Caps have played three less game than the Rangers and one less than the Penguins. Washington has posted a 4-2-1 record over their last seven matches.
Looking to dig out of a big early season hole, New York is off to an 8-10-4 start, the Islanders are aiming to win three straight contests for the first time this year. After opening November with a 2-5-4 record, John Tavares & Crew closed out the month with a 2-1 overtime win against Calgary on Monday and 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh at home last night. The Brooklyn Boys lost by a 4-2 count, to Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, during their last two matches on back-to-back nights. Washington posted a 2-1 victory over the Islanders during their first meeting this year back on October 15.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: WAS G Braden Holtby (10-5-1 GAA 2.18) vs NYI G Jaroslav Halak (3-6-4 GAA 3.08) gives the Capitals an edge in the goaltending duel tonight. Holtby looks to rebound from the loss vs the Leafs but he went 7-3-0 in November and owns an 11-1-3 career mark against the Islanders. Halak, who has lost his last five starts by a combined 18-7 count, has been sharing time with Thomas Greiss who started last night. Although the Islanders must feel like they are turning a corner - we see the Capitals putting up a roadblock here. Lay the -1.5 (+125) puck line at on the NHL betting board at SportsInteraction and back Washington tonight.
Islanders Cruise Past Capitals: We took a swing and missed big time as the New York Islanders went into Washington and cruised past the Capitals with a 3-0 shutout win. Though outplayed, Washington outshot New York 38-28 thanks in part to six power play chances; the Islanders scored three goals during a five-minute span in the third period to put this one away. Those three goals came on just eight shots in the final frame as the Islanders won a third straight match. The Caps continue to struggle on special teams as they are now 10 for 70 on the power play this season. The loss drops our overall record to 10-5 and we will look to get back on track on 3/12/16 when we preview and predict the Pittsburgh Penguins versus Detroit Red Wings contest on Saturday.
Detroit Red Wings @ Pittsburgh Penguins - Bet Pittsburgh -1.5 (+145) ATS at Bet365 (Pittsburgh 5-3 Final)
PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7:00 PM ET Saturday, December 3, 2016
After an inconsistent November, Pittsburgh went 5-5-2 last month, the Penguins opened December by decking Dallas 6-2 on Thursday. New York has matched the Pens record over the last ten games (5-4-1) so Pittsburgh remains two points back of the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division with a game in hand. Goaltending is an issue in the Steel City, particularly when Marc-Andre Fleury starts, as Pittsburgh’s 72 goals allowed is the seventh most in the league. The Pens are 9-2-1 at home.
Following a strong start, the Red Wings opened the season with a 6-2-0 record, the Motor City Crew have cooled considerably as they are 5-8-3 over their last 16 contests. Fairly tight on defense, with 61 goals allowed, Detroit is struggling on offense with a 2.29 goals per game average. Seven of the Wings past eight games have been decided by one goal and the one that wasn’t was a 3-1 win over Dallas where they scored an empty net goal. Injuries continue to mount in MoTown.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: We get a veteran versus a rookie in the netminder matchup here as PIT G Marc-Andre Fleury (7-5-3 GAA 3.29) is up against DET G Jared Coreau who is making his first NHL start. After four rough outings (16 goals allowed and a 0-3-1 record) Fleury stopped 33 of 35 shots during the win over Dallas. With starter Jimmy Howard sidelined, we are surprised that the Wings rookie is being thrown into the fire as we expected Petr Mrazek to get the call here and Coreau to go tomorrow against the Islanders. While we expect Detroit to play a tight defensive style in front of their young goaltender – the Penguins fire-power will be too much here. Lay the -1.5 (+145) puck line at the Bet365 sportsbook and back Pittsburgh on their home pond.
Miracle on Fifth Avenue: Just as bad beats are a frustrating part of sports wagering - miracles can also occur that help boost a handicapper’s bankroll. That was the case at PPG Paints Arena on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh tonight as the Penguins posted a 5-3 win over Detroit. Our ticket seemed doomed after Detroit led 3-1 at the second intermission. The Wings lead was thanks in large part to rookie goaltender Jared Coreau who stopped 24 of 25 shots during the first forty minutes. Three goals by the Penguins, eleven minutes into the third frame, gave us some hope and then an empty net tally with 41 seconds remaining delivered the miracle win. We’ll take it as our record moves to 11-5 overall. Check back here early next week as we preview and predict the NHL Week 9 action.
NHL Live Scores Week 8
Seven weeks into the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, the Montreal Canadiens continue to shine as the best team in hockey. Owners of the top spot overall, the Habs have 34 points which gives them a three point lead over the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers who have both played one more game than Montreal. St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Ottawa sit in a tie for third overall with 29 points. The Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders are at the other end of the spectrum as they are tied in the NHL basement with just 18 points each. The Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres are just outside the cellar as they as tied with 19 points. Here at Canada Sports Betting we love fire on ice puck betting action and our widget below is always up to date with the latest scores form the NHL. Getting into the action is simple as the CSB top rated online sportsbooks deliver hot handicapping action on every NHL contest. Check out our expert reviews and then register a personal wagering account at the bookmaker of your choice – anytime 24/7 and 365 days per year.
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