Hockey fans are in for a treat on Saturday. All but 2 teams are suited up for what is a loaded 15-game slate beginning at 3PM ET. With the final drop of the puck coming at 10PM ET, there will be constant NHL action all afternoon and night. This is a great sports day and the NHL is a major contributor. Try to get the chores out of the way early and post up in your favorite spot to soak it all in.
Matthew Tkachuk over 1.5 points (+154)
After starting the season 2-3-0, the reigning Eastern Conference champions are 3-0-1 in their last 4 games. The Panthers are starting to click and so too is Matthew Tkachuk. He has 4 points during Florida’s current 4-game point streak and 8 points in 9 games. This team goes as Tkachuk goes. In the team’s first week and a half, neither Tkachuk nor the Panthers were producing as expected. That appears to be in the rear view as Tkachuk heats up.
The Panthers get a very favorable matchup on Saturday against the Blackhawks. Chicago is 3-6-0 with a -13 goal differential. They are coming off of a brutal 8-1 loss in Arizona. The Panthers and Blackhawks are trending in opposite directions. If the Panthers can stay hot, they should be able to run up the score of the Blackhawks. If they do, getting +154 odds is great value for 2+ points for a 109 point player against a bad team.
Here are our best bets for Saturday’s NHL slate.
Reilly Smith over 0.5 points (-130)
This one has much shorter odds as Reilly Smith is another good player in a favorable spot. The Penguins are 3-6-0 but have a great chance to get the train on the tracks tonight. They play the 0-9-1 Sharks who just lost 10-1 to Vancouver. San Jose has a -35 goal differential for an average of -3.5 goals per Game. They are a favorable matchup for any team in hockey right now. The Penguins should take care of Business just fine.
That being said, Pittsburgh’s star players have a great chance to pad their stats. Reilly Smith has 3 points in the last 3 games. He is on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Rickard Rakell, as well as on the top power play with Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and Erik Karlsson. Smith has been a great addition to Pittsburgh. He will look to be a catalyst on Saturday as the Penguins look to get right against a bad team.
Check out our full analysis of Saturday night in the NHL.
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