NHL picks: 4 best bets for Tuesday night
Andrew Berkshire provides his best NHL picks and predictions for Tuesday night's action.
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The Canucks may not be unbeaten under Bruce Boudreau anymore after they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in a shootout right before the calendar turned to 2022, but they’re still unbeaten in regulation.
The Panthers are one of the top cup contenders in the league this year, dominant at even strength and in all situations, but the Canucks have continually proven over the last month that they don’t go down without a fight, and they should be up for this big challenge.
Not that the Canucks have faced a low level of competition during their winning streak - they took out the Bruins and Hurricanes in that stretch - but the Panthers are arguably their biggest challenge since Boudreau took over the bench. They should be buoyed by the returns of Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson as well.
Since coming back from the holiday break, the Panthers have scored 33 goals in six games. The Canucks haven’t been scoring at that level, and Thatcher Demko has been flat out brilliant since the coaching change, but the Panthers have been picking teams apart.
Just putting up their average level of offence over the last stretch, the Canucks don’t need to be that great to hit the over, and if the game does go to overtime…well it just makes sense.
After blowing a 4-1 lead to the Colorado Avalanche, which is the sixth time the Maple Leafs have blown a three-or-more-goal lead since they did in game seven against the Boston Bruins in 2013, you have to think they’re a little mad. No other team has blown leads that large more than four times over that stretch, and people wonder why Leafs fans are so collectively anxious?
Getting right back on the horse against yet another Stanley Cup contender on Tuesday in the Vegas Golden Knights, I think the Leafs are going to play a statement game.
One embarrassing loss to a team as great as the Avalanche shouldn’t detract from the fact that the Maple Leafs are 20-4-2 since October 26, getting 80.8 per cent of the available points to lead the entire league over that time. With the way this team fails to live up to expectations, there’s always a bit of panic behind the winning streak.
They need to silence the doubt in the back of their heads immediately.
These are two teams who had hot starts to the season and have seen the shine come off of late.
The Sharks aren’t too far out of playoff contention with the Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, and Edmonton Oilers all within two points of each other in the Pacific, but neither team has been inspiring of late.
San Jose looks like the better team overall, by goal differential, team record, and the underlying numbers, but the Red Wings did just blow them out last week.
With the Sharks being favoured by the odds makers, and the teams being relatively equally matched, why not bet on the underdog?