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The NFL season is over after a thrilling Super Bowl LVIII. Many sports fans are going to be wanting more sports in their life with the absence of football which is a great opportunity for the NHL to step in. This Monday night will bring some big games to watch and potentially earn some money through great betting opportunities at DraftKings. Tonight’s games will feature a significantly better team as a close favorite, making these bets the perfect opportunity for great winnings.
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Time: 7:00 PM E.T. - Monday
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One of the first games of the new week in the NHL is set for a Western Conference versus Eastern Conference matchup. The New Jersey Devils (25-21-4) will host the Seattle Kraken (21-20-10) as they look to continue their march for an underrated season.
The last time these two teams were on the ice, the Devils took care of business with a 2-1 score on December 7. The Devils’ defense, which has been the biggest problem of their playoff potential, was great against the Kraken. Devils goalie Akira Schmid accounted for 37 saves on 38 shot attempts.
This game has a chance to go either way in terms of production and outcome. Both teams possess one of the worst units in the league.
The Kraken have been getting better throughout the season in their defensive efficiency. They are only allowing an average of 2.86 goals per game, 11th in the league. Offensively, however, the Kraken have been underperforming despite having talented playmakers on their roster. The Kraken are ranked 27th in the league in goals per game (2.76). The Kraken have only scored two goals in their last two games, including a no-score in the loss to the San Jose Sharks, who possess the worst defense in the league.
The Devils have the youth, talent, and explosiveness on the offensive side of the ice to make a serious run in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. New Jersey is tied for eighth in the league in goals per game (3.38) and is expected to get better thanks to the return of star center Jack Hughes. What brings the Devils down is their lack of efficiency on defense as they are ranked 29th in the league in goals allowed per game (3.52).
The defense has done well in two of the last three games, but they were shut out in their most recent loss at the Carolina Hurricanes. New Jersey will have their star player back and feel more confident playing against the bad defense of the Kraken.
Time: 7:00 PM E.T. - Monday
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The New York Rangers (33-16-3) are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL. On Monday night, the Rangers will host a red-hot team in more ways than one by taking on the Calgary Flames (25-22-5).
The Flames were at the bottom of the league on both sides of the ice. Going into Monday’s matchup, the Flames are ranked 16th in the league in goals per game (3.13) while their defense is ranked 14th in the league (3.02).
Since December 31, the Flames have turned their season around and become a much more consistent threat in the Western Conference. During this stretch, the Flames have won 11 of the last 18 games played and are averaging 3.5 goals per game while the defense is only allowing 2.6 goals. Calgary has been a much more confident team since the start of the season.
The Rangers are still among the teams to beat in the NHL, however, as they are among the most efficient teams on both sides of the ice. New York is ranked 12th in goals per game (3.25) while its star defense is ranked eighth in goals allowed per game (2.79). The Rangers have become one of the most tenacious defensive teams in the league thanks to their efficient goalies and reliable defenders who can consistently steal the puck.
This game will be the second game of the series played with the last being a 3-1 road win for the Rangers on October 24. Rangers center Filip Chytil accounted for two assists while goalie Igor Shesterkin accounted for 25 saves on 26 shot attempts.
The Flames should be more aggressive on offense on Monday’s matchup, but the Rangers should be locked in.
Time: 10:00 PM E.T. - Friday
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The city of Las Vegas had a thrilling night with Super Bowl LVIII surpassing the expectations of a great game on Sunday night. While the city is recovering from the hangover of the Super Bowl, the sports town is going to be busy again as the Vegas Golden Knights (31-15-6) are set to host the Minnesota Wild (23-23-5) on a busy Monday night.
This game tonight will be the first of three matchups this season between the two Western Conference teams. The Wild have been up-and-down this season as they have shown flaws to make lose multiple games, but they are good enough to sneak by wins against teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins last Friday.
The Golden Knights had one of the best starts in the entire season before suffering two months of inconsistency in wins. Since the 4-1 home loss to the Florida Panthers on January 4, the Golden Knights have won nine of the last 13 games.
The Wild are among the bottom half of the league in goals per game by averaging 2.96 goals (19th in the NHL) and has allowed an average of 3.27 goals per game (23rd in the NHL). The Golden Knights’ defense has been among the most elite units since the start of the season. Vegas ranks seventh in the league in goals allowed per game (2.69) while their offense (which has been becoming more efficient since the start of the new year) is ranked 14th in the league in goals per game (3.17).
The Golden Knights have allowed two or fewer goals in five of the last seven games played with the other two games being losses. The Golden Knights will win if the defense is playing at a productive level.
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