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Three games will be at the center of attention tonight in the NHL, with two of them being nationally televised. One game has the potential to be a Western Conference Finals preview. Another game will feature a second game of a head-to-head that features a can’t miss puck line bet. These will be the games to keep track of for solid betting opportunities.
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Time: 7:30 PM E.T. - Wednesday
The first televised game of the night is set for a Central Divisional battle as the Minnesota Wild (17-18-4) on the road to take on the heavily favored Dallas Stars (23-11-5). This game will be the third time this season that the Stars and the Wild will meet on the ice.
The first matchup was a Stars’ 8-3 win on the road on November 12. This past Monday was the second match of the season as the Stars shut out the wild 4-0 score on the road. Dallas has outscored Minnesota 12-3 this season. This game tonight will be the first matchup of the season in Dallas.
It is clear that the Stars are going to be clear favorites for the game tonight, but the biggest bet to potentially make will be the number of points that Dallas will win by. Just over two points is generous for this wild team that has shown their inability to defend.
Dallas has come into this game with the more efficient offense and defense. The Stars are ranked third in the league in goals scored per game (3.59), while their defense has been improving significantly after a rough few weeks.
Dallas has won four of the last five matchups against Minnesota. The last time Minnesota defeated Dallas was on February 18 of last season with a 2-1 score, but Dallas won the previous two both by three points. Whenever the Stars win, it is at least by three goals, which should be a significant factor going into this game tonight. If there is a great bet to make tonight with this game, it should be the puck line.
Time: 10:00 PM E.T. - Wednesday
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The final game of the night is set for a huge matchup in the Western Conference as the Vegas Golden Knights go on the road to take on the Colorado Avalanche. This could easily be a preview of the Western Conference finals as both teams are playing at a higher level and possess some of the best players in the league. The Golden Knights are the reigning Stanley Cup champions, while the Avalanche won the title in the previous playoffs.
The Avalanche are attempting to redeem themselves from the previous matchup on November 4 when the Golden Knights gave them their worst loss season with a 7-0 score on the road. Goalie Adin Hill accounted for 41 saves in the matchup of elite teams. Forward Mark Stone had a stellar performance of two goals and two assists, while center Jack Eichel accounted for two goals.
The Avalanche have become one of the most prominent and efficient offenses in the league since the scoreless loss to the Golden Knights and the Buffalo Sabres shortly after. Colorado is averaging 3.66 goals per game, second in the league thanks to a tremendous play from their big three, led by center Nathan Mackinnon. The Avalanche averaged 4.5 goals in the last four games, including four goals in the 4-3 shootout win at home over the Boston Bruins this past Monday.
The Golden Knights’ seventh-ranked scoring defense (2.78 goals allowed per game) will be up to the task, led behind by goalie Adin Hill. Vegas, however, has been on a rough path as the team has lost seven of the last 10 games while allowing an average of 3.9 goals during the process. Their offense has been inconsistent as well during that span.
This is a game that the avalanche should be able to get revenge on as the Golden Knights are at their most vulnerable.
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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