NHL daily rundown: Les Bleu, Blanc et Rouge
Last night’s action: There was only one game on Monday night and the card last night came and went without any value plays, so we have to go back to Sunday night for the recap. The New York Islanders never really got going against Los Angeles and fell 3-2. We did salvage a split thanks to those Golden Knights, who defeated the Patrice Bergeron-less Boston Bruins at T-Mobile Arena.
The Maple Leafs are on the second night of a back-to-back and will be starting backup goalie Curtis McElhinney against the hot-starting Detroit Red Wings. The Wings are coming off a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. There is a very small amount of value on the Wings here, but not enough to pull the lever.
For an in-depth breakdown of the Maple Leafs vs. the Red Wings, check out Stuckey’s article here.
The middle game of the Wednesday’s three-game card features the top two teams in the Central Division as Chicago visits St. Louis. Interestingly enough, both of these teams are off to good starts despite giving up way more shot attempts than they have generated at even strength. Both St. Louis and Chicago rank in the bottom five in Corsi For Percentage at 5-on-5 through their first six games. That being said, the wrong team is favored here, and the Blackhawks are a good play.
The night wraps up in Hollywood, where the Montreal Canadiens will finish off a back-to-back of their own against the Los Angeles Kings. The Habs fell 5-2 to the Sharks last night and are off to a rocky start in the standings. However, Montreal has done a great job of driving play to this point and are underpriced in this spot. Grab the visiting team and hope for the best.
Plays: Chicago +104, Montreal +150
(Season to date: 12-12, +3.10u)
[Photo: John Hefti, USA Today Sports]