Happy Thanksgiving fellow Canadians! And of course we extend our greetings to everyone worldwide. Sorry for being MIA over the weekend, but heck it was a holiday! What are we thankful for? That there is amazing hockey on today, and it’s not late. We can all sit back and stuff our faces with great food, surrounded by friends and family while watching some really great hockey. And of course, make a bet or two! Here’s what bets we think will get you more turkey…
Vegas vs. Buffalo
Max Pacioretty will try to stretch Vegas’ win streak to two with their game in Buffalo this afternoon. Conor Sheary will want to put a stop to that with his hot streak of 5 goals in his past seven games, and the youth on the Sabres first two lines is pretty mine blowing too. Not to mention they just named jack Eichal their mew captain and will probably want to make a point by winning this one at home against last year’s Stanley Cup runner-up. They also just beat their inter-state rival on Saturday, the Rangers, 3-1. Pacioretty left Montreal on less than best terms so visiting a former Eastern conference rival should feel familiar. He had five shots in his last game against Minnesota, so we expect him to be active again. But Buffalo has a lot of pride and will soon start being tough to play against at home, due to their emerging talent. They’ll be up to prove something against such a great upstart team that managed to do what the Sabres have been trying to do for a decade.
Pick: Buffalo wins, 6 plus goals
Detroit vs. Anaheim
These former Western conference rivals have a lot of history before Detroit was moved back to the East. Anaheim hasn’t lost yet either in the infancy of this season, and will fight hard to make their home record perfect for a start. In their 25th year, they would love to see the Detroit Red Wings stay win-less, and get the valuable two points on home ice at the Honda Center. Detroit who’s 0-1-1 hasn’t gone without a win in its first three games since the 1991-92 season and probably will not want to revisit that record. But both teams have injuries too, to veteran players so there should be some youth on the bench. The big guns should be in net to counter-act that, so it might be a goalie’s dual tonight with Jimmy Howard and John Gibson both given the nod pregame. The coach sounds weary already and his words are what sways our bet. Talking about their previous loss, Jeff Blashill told the media scrum today:
“All we can do is focus on making sure that we’re getting better here, and I thought again there was a lot of things we did good,” said the coach, “We’ve got to make sure we repeat a lot of that performance tomorrow night and find a way to score a bit more.”
A bit more? Highly doubtful.
Pick: Anaheim wins, under 6 goals
… of course today Lady Puck chose the birds!