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After a thrilling return to the ice last night after a few days off, the NHL will have only four games to be played. Among the four games, only two games are worth the bet in terms of overall outcome. The two games mentioned are two highly anticipated games that should captivate the casual NHL fan and potential sports bettors. These games have great potential for players to earn some significant earnings by playing DraftKings.
Time: 10:00 PM E.T. - Thursday
The biggest game of the night is set for a huge Western Conference matchup that could be a WCF game as the Los Angeles Kings (20-7-4) go on the road to take on the Vegas Golden Knights (21-10-5). This will be the third matchup of the season between these two elite Western Conference teams.
The Golden Knights won the first matchup 4-3 in a shootout in Los Angeles on October 28. Many players for the Kings and the Golden Knights contributed to the scoreboard. Los Angeles would get revenge on Vegas a few weeks later on the road with a 4-1 score. Kings forward Adrian Kempe accounted for a goal and an assist while goalie Cam Talbot allowed only one goal from an elite Golden Knights’ offense while saving 37 shots.
This game could go one way or the other in terms of offensive or defensive efficiency. Both the Kings and the Golden Knights have some of the most talented players in the league on both sides of the ice. Los Angeles is ranked third in the league in goals per game (3.58) and first in goals allowed per game (2.32). Vegas is ranked 12th in goals per game (3.33) and 10th in goals allowed per game (2.78).
The Golden Knights rebounded from their tough performances in November, but are currently on another tough streak. Vegas has lost five of the last six games and is currently on a four-game losing streak.
The Kings, on the other hand, have won four of the last five games all against Pacific Coast divisional teams. Los Angeles possesses positive momentum in their performances, unlike the Golden Knights. While the Golden Knights have the home-court advantage, this series has shown that doesn’t matter.
Time: 10:00 PM E.T. - Thursday
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Another highly anticipated game this Thursday night will be an Eastern Conference versus Western Conference thriller between the Philadelphia Flyers taking on the Vancouver Canucks. This is a game that would originally have the Canucks as big favorites, but they are pushing for more solidity and consistency against elite teams like Vancouver.
Tonight will be the second time this season that the Canucks and the Flyers will meet. The Flyers defeated the Canucks in their home court in the third game of the season on October 17 with a 2-0 score. Flyers goalie Carter Hart accounted for 26 saves as it is the only time this season that the Canucks have been shutout in their 35 games this season.
The Canucks are one of the few elite teams this season in the NHL. Vancouver is ranked first in the league in goals per game (3.86) while also ranking second in goals allowed per game (2.51).
The Flyers’ offense isn’t as explosive as the Canucks possess as they are more slow and conservative. Vancouver relies on speed and quick transitions, while Philadelphia likes to take its time and wait for the best shot opportunities. The Flyers’ offense ranks 23rd in the league in goals per game (2.97). Their defense will give them a great shot to knock off the Canucks as they rank ninth in goals allowed per game (2.76).
Vancouver is coming into this game with revenge on their minds in their early season loss to Philadelphia. The Flyers have the talent to suppress the Canucks, but the Canucks have developed into a much more explosive and intense team. This makes the Vanucks Stanley Cup finals contenders.
Michael Hanich is a sports journalist/analyst with a wide variety of experience in the newspaper and digital field. He has a love for all sports. The leagues that he covers are College Football, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, College Basketball (men’s and women’s), the MLB, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and the WNBA.More info on Michael Hanich
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