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After the Montreal Canadiens fired most of their hockey operations department, the Vancouver Canucks have followed suit and gone a step further by firing both their GM Jim Benning and head coach Travis Green, hiring Bruce Boudreau to replace him. Fresh on the heels of that news, the Philadelphia Flyers fired head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coach Michel Therrien.

Can the on-ice product match the drama of the off-ice machinations this week? Let's find out.

Auston Matthews to score anytime vs Columbus Blue Jackets -130

After a slow start to the season, especially at even strength, the best American player in the NHL is on a six-game scoring streak with a hat-trick in the middle of that run. 

Coming off of a pair of losses after 15 wins in 17 games, the Leafs are licking their wounds a little bit after a dirty knee by Neal Pionk took out Rasmus Sandin, and Jason Spezza’s possibly even dirtier retaliation on Pionk will have him miss five or more games.

With a shorthanded squad, the Leafs will be leaning heavily on their top players, and Mitchell Marner is still day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Matthews will continue to shoulder the burden of carrying the team, and he does it without much struggle.

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning to go to overtime +345

These are two teams struggling through some very impactful injuries, but one of them is much better than the other. In the first meeting between last season’s Stanley Cup finalists, the fate of the two teams couldn’t be more different.

The Canadiens head into this game having lost Brendan Gallagher, Josh Anderson, and Tyler Toffoli over the last couple games, and the team has struggled to score already. With that said, hockey rarely makes sense, and Jake Allen has been lights out for the Habs lately.

The Lightning have been weathering their own injuries just fine, but I expect we might see a very motivated Montreal Canadiens team to push as hard as they can after the disappointment of the Stanley Cup Final. I don’t expect them to win, I’m not crazy, but pushing the game to OT isn’t impossible.

New York Islanders defeat Ottawa Senators -135

The Ottawa Senators beat two contending teams last week in the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche, both incredible upsets despite the Avalanche being forced to play untested goalies. However, on the second half of a back-to-back it’s going to be a challenge for a team like Ottawa to pull off a win.

Speaking of challenging to get a win, the New York Islanders have lost 11 straight games with a little break in the middle due to a COVID outbreak. The Isles have played terribly, but they’ve also been dealt a raw deal in terms of the percentages, with horrendous shooting luck all season long.

This is the one though, they’re going to bust the slump. Three games in a row now the Islanders have got close, taking the Sharks, Red Wings, and Blackhawks past regulation. They’re going to get this win.

Blake Wheeler to score anytime vs Carolina Hurricanes +260

The Jets have been rebounding lately after a rough stretch, and Mark Scheifele finally filling the net has been a big reason for it.

Captain Blake Wheeler, however, is still without a goal after 19 games played. Wheeler isn’t exactly a big goal scorer, he’s primarily a playmaker, but he’s scored at a 20-goal or better pace nine seasons in a row. Forty-two shots into the season, he hasn’t been able to beat a goaltender yet, but that’s going to change.

Everyone in Winnipeg is getting the monkey off their back, and Wheeler is due.