If you find there are days where you don’t like the odds on the games that day or find yourself undecided on which team to pick, consider making a bet on the games over/under. This is a great way to put together a winning ticket even though you may be conflicted in deciding which team will emerge victoriously.
Over/Under (6.0 goals): Vancouver Canucks vs Detroit Red Wings (-120)
You need to be a little bit more in-depth when looking at over-under bets and analyze the team’s previous stretches of games and how they rank overall in certain statistics, specifically, goals for and goals against. The Canucks have scored three or more goals in all but one of their previous six games, while goaltender Thatcher Demko has posted a save percentage better than .900 in only two games in the same span.
The Detroit Red Wings are also having trouble keeping the puck out of their net and have been involved in some very high-scoring affairs of late. Between Thomas Greiss and Alex Nedeljkovic, neither of them have been able to lock down the crease or get a win for the team in the last six games. Greiss was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots to the Edmonton Oilers in his last start before Nedejlkovic allowed another three on 25 shots. The Red Wings are reliant on scoring their way out of games because of the poor goaltending and have allowed six or more goals in four of their last six games.
The combined poor goaltending of late from both teams and willingness of them to score in lieu of their goaltending woes makes this game a coach’s nightmare. But at least a high-scoring affair will be highly entertaining for the fans with the offense being the focal point, which is why you should bet on there being more than six goals in this game.
Over/Under (6.5 goals): Vegas Golden Knights vs Florida Panthers (-110)
Vegas is on a five-game losing skid with a 16-13-3 record on home ice, but with starting goaltender Robin Lehner back on the injured list, the team is forced to turn to Laurent Brossoit and rookie Logan Thompson in the crease. Unfortunately, both goaltenders have not been able to get the job done and Vegas is losing ground rapidly in the Pacific Division standings.
Brossoit allowed four goals on 13 shots in his last start against the Winnipeg Jets before he was pulled for Thompson who then allowed three goals on 10 shots. Brossoit is the more experienced of their current goaltender options but also allowed four or more goals in three of his last four starts. Neither goaltender is able to provide any stability in the crease right now, and with the pressure of making the playoffs mounting, it won’t get any easier.
They will have their hands full with the amount of offensive firepower the Florida Panthers have at their disposal as the highest-scoring team in the league with 248 goals for. They are also ranked first in the league in shots for per game played with 36.7, which means the Golden Knights goaltender will face a lot of rubber. All things considered, Vegas is in for a tough battle against a top-tier team and the league’s second-highest scorer, Jonathan Huberdeau, who is up to 84 points on the season.
Odds via Yahoo and BetMGM.