Today’s NHL Picks: Pucking Hockey Predictions 10-4-17
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets Prediction
Hockey is back! And it kicks off with the media rivalry of Auston Matthews vs. Patrik Laine. Matthews took home the Calder Trophy last year after scoring 40 goals with 29 assists in all 82 games played. And Laine finished second in voting ending the season with 36 goals and 28 assists through 73 games played.
During the preseason Laine led the Jets in power play goals, which were all on one-timers. As for where Matthews led his team with five goals and two assists.
Eric Fear played for Winnipeg in 2011-12 who is now playing in Toronto. And Ron Hainsey also played for Winnipeg after the team left Atlanta. Hainsey is one of two top defense pairings the Leafs purchased in the offseason.
I would like to see the Leafs win this game, as it’s not often I bet against them. However, I like Winnipeg’s chances tonight. The Jets have won three of their past four home openers.
Steve Mason in October -> 18-32, .894, 3.20
vs Maple Leafs -> 4-6, .876, 3.43
Frederik Andersen in October -> 12-8, .920, 2.30
vs Jets -> 5-0, .890, 3.20
- Maple Leafs
St Louis Blues vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction
What’s the bet for reigning Stanley Cup champs banner-raising home opener? Bet against them? Yeah, that’s it! Except, the Blues have dropped bodies quicker than Seguin drops girlfriends. However, the Penguins lost a lot of bodies in the offseason.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Nick Bonino, Chris Kunitz, Trevor Daley, Ron Hainsey, and Matt Cullen have all found new homes. And in my opinion, that’s far too much talent gone to have a three-peat. But it’s game one, and these Pens always find ways to win. Also, Patrick Hornqvist starts the season on the sidelines due to offseason hand surgery.
St. Louis was eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup runner-ups, Nashville Predators. And from what I have read, the Blues are relying on speed and skill this season. Not so much a hard backend? Unfortunately, the Blues enter this game with five guys in the press box. And a hard-hitting backend may be what they need tonight.
Alexander Steen (hand), Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), Robby Fabbri (knee), Patrik Berglund (shoulder) and Zach Stanford (shoulder).
Jake Allen in October -> 10-4, .929, 1.80
vs Penguins -> 1-1-1, .900, 2.98
Matt Murray vs Blues -> 0-1, .893, 3.00 (60mins)
no October stats yet.
Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction
Edmonton only topped Calgary by nine points in the standings, and the battle of Alberta played a big part in determining the standings. Last season Edmonton destroyed Calgary, all four times while outscoring the Flames 21-11 over those four games.
Not sure why Calgary added Jagr, he’s progressively slowed down each season and has yet to last a full season without showing his age over the past two seasons. This is a sad signing, and it won’t help them any tonight.
Smith spent the last six seasons in Arizona, but was traded to the Flames this summer and will take over as their No.1 netminder for the 2017-18 season. Smith’s fantasy value improves with the move, as he goes from a team who gave up the second most shots per game (34.1) to a team that gave up the eighth-fewest (28.7). However, his Flames career might get off to a rocky start as he goes up against Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
However, the Flames have been desperate after preseason ended. They added Jagr and now Tanner Glass to a one year deal. Glass only played 11 regular season games last season, scoring just once.
Edmonton also came across an addition that they did not expect. American born right winger Kailer Yamamoto will be in the lineup tonight. He forced the Oilers to dress him after scoring five goals in five preseason games.
Mike Smith in October -> 30-18, .905, 3.00
vs Oilers -> 15-3, .924, 2.32
Cam Talbot in October -> 12-10, .917, 2.43
vs Flames -> 6-2, .913, 2.59
Philadelphia Flyers vs San Jose Sharks Prediction
Nolan Patrick was selected 2nd overall, a pick the Flyers were not expecting. Well, maybe Hextall was expecting it. Patrick will make his NHL debut tonight in San Jose, centering the 2nd line alongside Simmonds and Jordan Weal.
Starting tonight, Claude Giroux will show us all why he will remain the Captain through the 2017-18 offseason. And moving to the wing may be what the Captain needs. Giroux ended last season with just 58 points through all 83 games played; his 14 goals were the lowest in a full season since 2009-10. After scoring 86 points in the 2013-14 season, his production has been on a steady decline since.
Considering he played on the wing while on the PP, moving to left-wing should boost his production up to at least 75 points by season end. He will skate alongside Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek.
For San Jose, they kick off their season without the face of the franchise, Patrick Marleau. With Marleau last season, the Sharks finished with 99 points, however, found themselves cleaning out their lockers after a first-round exit to Edmonton.
Marleau exits San Jose leading every offensive category in Sharks’ history. 508 goals, 573 assists, 1,081 total. 160 power play goals, 17 shorthanded goals and 98 game winners over 19 seasons. And at the age of 38, he ended last season with 27 goals.
Brian Elliott in October -> 21-12, .908, 2.59
vs Sharks -> 6-4, .920, 2.56
Martin Jones in October -> 11-7, .928, 1.91
vs Flyers -> 2-0, .962, 0.97
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