Tuesday night in the NHL features eight games and we’ve got half of them covered four you. Below is our insight on three of the contests and we’ve also got an individual preview of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Buffalo Sabres contest.
Record: 7-14 (-395)
Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators
It’s tough to lay juice with the Nashville Predators right now – even if it’s only -115 and even if they are playing at home. They have scored just three goals in two games and in my estimation, could end up being one of the worst teams in the NHL. A bigger issue has emerged for the Predators as they have allowed seven goals in two games. Traditionally, this is a conservative, defensive team and they aren’t going to win many games if they allow 3.5 goals per game.
These two teams are about evenly matched as Minnesota (also winless on the season) is conservative but has a bit more offense. As a road dog, I see them as worth the price of investment to see if their scoring can offset the Predators home-ice advantage.
Pick: Wild +102 at Pinnacle
New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks
The Rangers are in a tight spot on Tuesday night. They are opening their season on a nine-game road trip and the first three games are all on the west coast. They played in Phoenix on Thursday night, then in Los Angeles on Monday night and now have a quick turnaround to play in San Jose on Tuesday night.
I see the best option for our sports picks in this game being the under as the Sharks are a good defensive team at home. The Rangers offense is weak as it is and playing their second game in as many nights won’t help matters. The Sharks have won their first two games of the season and have allowed just two goals in the process. Take the under.
Pick: Under 5 at SportsInteraction
Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
There’s a lot of euphoria in Toronto after the team’s 3-0-0 start but hold on a second. Let’s not plan the parade just yet. The Leafs have looked good so far but I still don’t consider them elite in the same class as, say, the Pittsburgh Penguins. They are still a young team and they are going to go through spells where they look good and spells when they look average.
Tuesday looks like a spot where we can take a shot with a road dog with our NHL picks. The Leafs are coming off an emotional win over their Ontario rivals on Saturday night and now face a Colorado Avalanche team that was the worst in the Western Conference. However, Colorado has also looked really good to start the season, winning their first two games by a combined score of 9-2. It’s also a cross-conference game, so don’t be surprised if Toronto looks past the Avs a little bit. I’ll take a flier on the NHL odds with the Avs.
Pick: Avalanche +126 at Pinnacle