Free NHL Bets and Picks: Carolina Hosts Columbus Blue Jackets Before Four Game Road Trip
Tuesday, October 10 offers seven games on tap. The Vegas Golden Knights will host their first regular season home game against the Arizona Coyotes on top of many good games. I will be using BetOnline for my NHL bets and picks of the day.
Columbus Blue Jackets (+108) at Carolina Hurricanes (-119)
Metropolitan division rivals Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes face off Tuesday for the first time this season. The Blue Jackets enter the game 1-1 losing their last game to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hurricanes are 1-0 after defeating the Minnesota Wild in a shootout.
Carolina made quite a few moves in the offseason in hopes of ending the season as a playoff team. The Hurricanes acquisitions seemed to pay off early against the Wild as goaltender Scott Darling notched his first win as a Hurricane. Justin Williams added an assist on Derek Ryan’s goal in his return to Carolina.
The Hurricanes allowed four goals to the Wild and scored four in regulation themselves to force a shootout. The Hurricanes could find themselves in another high scoring affair as Joonas Korpisalo is expected to play for Columbus. Korpisalo allowed five goals in against the Blackhawks in the Blue Jackets last game.
After shutting the Islanders out at home, the Blue Jackets lost 5-1 against a strong Blackhawks team. The Blue Jackets will look to rebound in Carolina. Columbus has outshot opponents 70-58 so far this season. Columbus has been led by Artemi Panarin, who was traded from Chicago for Brandon Saad.
The Blue Jackets forward core has the advantage in this game boasting talents like Panarin, Wennberg and Atkinson. Columbus’s rookies Sonny Milano and Pierre-Luc Dubois have also contributed to start the season. I believe Columbus’s forward core will give them the edge in what could be a high scoring affair.
After this game Carolina has a hard road trip ahead as they play three straight games against Western Conference Canadian teams before ending the four-game road trip in Dallas. The Hurricanes will want to enter this road trip with a strong 2-0 record, but it will not be an easy task against the Blue Jackets. I believe the Blue Jackets will spoil the home game for the Hurricanes with a strong offensive performance.
Detroit Red Wings (+1½ -190) at Dallas Stars (-1½ +165)
The Dallas Stars, who were thought to be a Stanley Cup contender after a strong offseason, have begun the new season 0-2. The Detroit Red Wings are an opposite story. Many believed the Red Wings would be toward the bottom of the standings, but they sit at an impressive 2-0.
Detroit has gone 2-0 largely because of the strong goaltending by Jimmy Howard. Howard boasts a .961 save percentage and 1.44 GAA. The Red Wings have been outshot 77-61 in their two games. If this trend continues, the Red Wings won’t be able to stay above .500 for long.
Mike Green leads the team in points with four, Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha both have three. Only six players of the nineteen who have played have been able to post a point. The Red Wings have scored a total of five goals in regulation. On the other end, the Stars, who have only scored three goals in their two games, have seven players with points.
After shutting out the Golden Knights through two periods, Ben Bishop was removed from the game with a cut above his eye. During his two periods Bishop turned away nineteen shots. Kari Lehtonen, who replaced him, finished the game and played against St. Louis in the next game, has allowed six goals on thirty-two shots against.
If the Stars get Bishop back against the Red Wings, the Stars could shut down the Red Wings offense. The Stars boast offensive talent such as Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov to get the puck past Jimmy Howard. I believe the Stars will be able to get a win at home against Detroit in multi-goal fashion.