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Find line reports, best bets, and subscribe to push notifications in the Betting News section The NHL has offered up a treat in the buildup to American Thanksgiving. The highlights this week include a renewal of hockey's oldest rivalry, a rematch between the defending Cup champions and preseason favorites, a date with the league's highest-scoring teams, and a meeting of two Hart Trophy favorites. Giddy up. Here's a guide to wagering during this week's slate. Game bettingVancouver Canucks at Philadelphia Flyers (Monday)This is a good bounce-back spot for the Flyers after losing to the Flames in a shootout Saturday.
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A plethora of attractive interconference games highlights this weekend's schedule, with 28 of the league's 31 teams in action on Saturday.
The busy slate features a pair of Canada's west coast teams heading east, an Original Six clash in Quebec, and two of the league's hottest teams meeting in California.
Let's get at it.
Vancouver Canucks at Washington Capitals (Saturday)
This is a tough spot for the, who fly east for a 9:30 a.m. PST puck drop against the East-leading . Vancouver is a different team away from home than it is at Rogers Arena, and the Nucks are 2-8 in games that start before noon PST since the start of the 2014-15 season. The price will be a bit steep, but back the Capitals to take care of business on home ice, and back them to win in regulation if you don't feel like laying the juice.
Markstrom, Canucks beat Capitals 2-1 in shootout
Jacob Markstrom stopped 32 shots and then denied seven more during an extended shootout, helping the Vancouver Canucks beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Saturday. Elias Pettersson scored his 10th goal for Vancouver, which earned its second straight win since a stretch of seven losses in eight games. It was the Canucks’ 12th power-play goal in their last seven games.
Calgary Flames at Philadelphia Flyers (Saturday)
Right now you can get Bill Peters at 10-1 to be the next NHL coach fired. Peters may have earned a bit of a longer leash after his work in Calgary last season, but how patient is general manager Brad Treliving willing to be? Thehave been shutout in their last three road games and are in the midst of a six-game skid that's seen them drop to seventh in the Pacific. Something needs to change in Calgary. The are 6-1-3 on home ice and should make it 7-1-3 on Saturday as they'll likely handle the Flames in a 10 a.m. PST puck drop.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Colorado Avalanche (Saturday)
As expected, Sheldon Keefe's arrival had a galvanizing effect on the. Toronto beat the Coyotes on Thursday in the coach's first game in charge - it was a relatively obvious bet at even money and hopefully, you took advantage. Still, Toronto's issues run deeper than the identity of its bench boss. It's still a team that lacks mental and physical toughness, as well as depth. Nazem Kadri gets a shot at his old team here, and you can expect a spirited effort from a well-rounded team as a result. Expect Colorado to deal Keefe his first NHL coaching defeat.
Canucks’ Alex Edler to miss minimum two weeks with upper-body injury
Veteran Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler will miss a minimum of two weeks with an upper-body injury, head coach Travis Green announced Tuesday night. The post Vrana, Hathaway power Capitals to win over Sharks appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Edler will be re-evaluated in two weeks, said Coach Green.
New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (Saturday)
took just one of four possible points against a pair of Eastern Conference bottom-feeders this week, but the results were deceiving. The Canadiens controlled both games against the Blue Jackets and Senators and were unlucky not to win them both. They will right the ship against a team that will be playing the second leg of a back-to-back and has lost seven of their last eight in Montreal, including four in a row. Also, take a look at the under, which has hit in seven of the Canadiens' last eight home games on two days' rest.
Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights (Saturday)
Thehave been one of the more inconsistent teams in the NHL this season, alternating between victories and defeats throughout November. When they win, they win big, and when they lose, they lose big. By that logic, they should capture this game since they were run out of the building by the Kings on Thursday. In reality, though, you should have a lot more confidence in a good, albeit underachieving, team bouncing back from its loss to the Sharks. Vegas will round out its homestand with a win.
Brian Burke considered favourite to replace Don Cherry
TORONTO — Former NHL executive Brian Burke is listed as the heavy favourite to be Don Cherry's successor on "Hockey Night in Canada" on one sports betting site. SportsBettingDime.com has released odds on candidates to replace Cherry after the commentator was sacked by Sportsnet yesterday for a rant about immigrants not wearing poppies on his "Coach's Corner" segment on Saturday. Burke, who currently works as an analyst at Sportsnet, is listed as the 3-2 favourite (must bet $2 to win $3) to appear on Cherry's longtime "Coach's Corner" segment on Saturday.Burke is the 5-4 pick to be the full-time replacement next season.
New York Islanders at San Jose Sharks (Saturday)
Remember when thewere 4-10-1 and the hockey world declared their season over? They're now 11-11-1 and one of the hottest teams in the NHL, just three points out of a playoff spot. Of course, there's no team hotter than the , who picked up a pair of overtime victories this week to extend their win streak to five and point streak to 16 games. Backing both teams to extend their runs by claiming at least a point here is an attractive option. You can bet the game will go to overtime at close to 7-2.
New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators (Friday)
Thehave been a tough out all season, while the Rangers seem to be turning a corner. Stay away from side betting in this one and instead look at the first period over, which has hit in six consecutive meetings between these two teams and five of the Rangers' seven road games this season.
Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes (Saturday)
Scoring hasn't been much of an issue for the streakingas of late, but they always seem to make it one in Carolina. They have failed to score more than two goals in their last five trips to face the , including eight of their last nine in Raleigh. Hitting Florida's team total under 3.5 goals will come at a short price in this one given its recent form and is worth a wager.
Flames fire coach Bill Peters after allegations by Akim Aliu
Flames fire coach Bill Peters after allegations by Akim AliuOn Monday night, Aliu alleged on Twitter that Peters had directed a racial slur toward him “several times” while the two were together in the AHL. Aliu played for Peters when he was head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate, for five games in the 2008-09 season and 48 games in 2009-10. Aliu also appeared in 13 games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye in ’09-10.
Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues (Saturday)
You have to go all the way back to Dec. 30, 2016, to find the last time thescored more than two goals in St. Louis in a regular-season game. They've been marred in a funk in November and a trip to face the is hardly a good remedy. Take Nashville's team total under 3.5 and 2.5 in this spot.
New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (Saturday)
registered three goals in three games against the Rangers last season, as well as a pair of assists. He made a critical error on Wednesday against the Senators that resulted in Ottawa's overtime winner, so this is a good bounce-back spot for him against a team he's had success against. You can bet him to get over 2.5 shots at plus money, and likely get 3-1 odds for him to find the back of the net.
Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for theScore. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter.
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Andre Burakovsky scores twice, Avalanche beat Flames 3-2 .
CALGARY — Andre Burakovsky stayed red-hot with another two goals on Tuesday night, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the slumping Calgary Flames. That's five goals in the last three games for the 24-year-old left-winger, who on this night took advantage of a promotion to the top line and a chance to line up alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Joonas Donskoi. MacKinnon assisted on both Burakovsky goals to give him 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in his last six games.Vladislav Kamev also scored for Colorado (13-6-2), which has won five of its last six. The Avalanche improve to 3-1-0 on a five-game road trip that wraps up on Thursday in Minnesota.
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