Who doesn’t like some late-night NHL betting action, especially if your wagers from the earlier games did not pay off? The 10:00 pm ET slate of games features one game that should be a pretty meaningful game featuring two Canadian teams, while the other one may not be a highly anticipated matchup unless you have some skin in the game.
Moneyline: Seattle Kraken (-115) vs Detroit Red Wings (-105)
This game will be the Red Wings’ final game of a four-game road trip but they are coming off a shutout victory against the Vancouver Canucks. Detroit has struggled to get good goaltending so the shutout from Alex Nedeljkovic should provide a big confidence boost to the team. They own a losing record on the road at just 9-17-3 but will be getting reinforcements upfront when Tyler Bertuzzi returns to the lineup as he was held out due to his vaccination status with the red Wings playing north of the border.
The Kraken don’t have much to play for and like the Red Wings have gotten below-average goaltender for most of the season. Seattle will be well-rested heading into this game getting two full days of rest after their 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in their previous game.
Both teams will be sitting out some of their key trade pieces in Mark Giordano and Nick Leddy leaving the blueliners of both teams weaker than usual. The Kraken already traded away Calle Jarnkrok to the Flames, which should further limit the Kraken’s offensive production. The Red Wings should manage to get the victory in this one with Bertuzzi returning to the lineup, although it has the means of being a back and forth affair.
Moneyline: Vancouver Canucks (+120) vs Calgary Flames (-145)
In the more intriguing of the two late games, the Flames will put their 18-11-2 away record on the line against the Canucks’ mediocre 14-12-4 home record. This will be the second night of a back-to-back for the Flames who suffered a shocking shutout loss to the Buffalo Sabres last night with Jacob Markstrom getting the nod in the crease. This means we should get a matchup of Dan Vladar and Thatcher Demko in this one.
Demko has started seven consecutive games for the Canucks sporting a 4-2-1 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.86 goals-against average in that span. The Canucks have relied heavily on their starter as they continue to chase down a playoff spot. The team failed to score in their last game against the Red Wings but did get Elias Pettersson back from injury, which should provide some depth and free up some ice for J.T. Miller who leads the team with 73 points in 60 contests.
The Flames are the best team in the Pacific Division and for good reason. The team’s general manager Brad Treliving has not been reluctant to make additions to improve the roster bringing in Tyler Toffoli and Calle Jarnkrok. So far, the Flames have not been able to break through against the Canucks this season winning their first meeting in January in overtime 1-0 and losing their most recent game against them in 7-1.
Expect a much better effort from the Flames this time around in a bounce-back effort, especially with the new additions to the roster. It should be an entertaining game but the firepower and depth of the Flames offense will succeed and be the reason for their road victory.
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