Betting Preview OF Hockey Night In Canada

Dana Lane

Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:43 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 9:43 PM UTC

Get an early look at Saturday's Hockey Night In Canada match-up with Dana Lane.  Do trends support two potential Canucks, Hurricanes upsets? Read more to find out.

Game one of Saturday’s ‘Hockey Night In Canada’ coverage begins with the Toronto Maple Leafs traveling to North Carolina to take on the Hurricanes 

Early betting numbers show that the Hurricanes have opened as a -115 favorite.  It’s a little early to give an opinion on this match-up but here are some trends to consider as you construct your Saturday card.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have always been a tough team to back on the road as they are just 29-70 on the road in their last 99 attempts.  That’s not even a 30% chance to cash your bet based on history.  In addition, Toronto brings a 16-39 Saturday record into the PNC Arena. 

If you think the Hurricanes numbers are any better, that would be a false assessment. The Hurricane are just 34-71 in their last 105 Saturday games and just 28-61 in their last 89 games following a win.

This game will be another chance for viewers to watch Auston Mathews as he charges towards the Calder Memorial Trophy along with the Winnipeg Jet’s Patrik Laine.  Mathews is behind Laine for the honor but facing a bad defensive team in Carolina could tighten the race on national television.

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Game two features the Pittsburgh Penguins traveling to Rogers Arena to take on the Vancouver Canucks at 10:00 ET / 7:00 PT.

Before we know who will be starting in goal for the Penguins we are starting to see opening numbers trickle in that has the Penguins a -200 favorite.  The question in goal comes because the Penguins will be playing their second game in as many nights after a Friday meeting with the Edmonton Oilers.

Let’s give you some numbers to consider as they apply to Saturday’s match-up.

I have the Pittsburgh Penguins as my number one team in my current power rankings and why not as they clearly have as much depth as anyone in the league when healthy.  Betting against the Penguins has always been a bad idea with a 71-34 record in their last 105 games and 41-16 against teams with a losing record in their last 57 games. The Canucks are 7-19 against teams from the Metropolitan Division including a 2-7 stretch against the pens.

I would never recommend laying -200 on a game but the puck-line is a real option (Currently it is at -170 at 5Dimes). Have fun watching CBC's NHL doubleheader and check back in the morning for my daily selection.  

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