Free NHL Bets and Picks (Nov 11): Chicago Looks to Fix Early Season Struggles in Carolina
Another busy Saturday packs a total of twelve NHL games. The packed schedule will likely bring many good matchups and a couple of upsets. Here are my best bets for November 11 NHL games. Odds can be found at BetOnline (review).
Chicago Blackhawks (+115) at Carolina Hurricanes (-127)*
The Blackhawks have stumbled out of the gate this season, but the Hurricanes have not started off any better. Chicago sits at 7-7-2, while Carolina is 5-5-3. Both teams have struggled to score goals early.
The Hurricanes have scored thirty-four goals in thirteen games. Jeff Skinner is the Hurricanes leading goal scorer with seven. Skinner has added two assists on top of his goals. Justin Williams leads the team with eleven points. The Hurricanes will need to add a more consistent scorer if Carolina wants to improve early.
Chicago has scored forty-four goals in sixteen games. The Blackhawks leading goal scorer is Brandon Saad with six, three of his goals came in the first game of the season. Patrick Kane has put up fourteen points in sixteen points to lead the game. With players like Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and rookie Alex DeBrincat the Blackhawks offense could go off any moment.
This game could likely be Scott Darling’s first game against Chicago, after joining the Hurricanes in the offseason. Darling has not met expectations yet with the Hurricanes. He has posted a .910 save percentage and a GAA of 2.35. He has put up a 4-3-3 record.
Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks starting goaltender, has posted a much better .942 save percentage and a 1.87 GAA. If Crawford gets the start, he will give the Blackhawks a much-needed edge in the game.
Blackhawks vs Hurricans Prediction
Both teams have posted up terrible numbers on the power play. Carolina has scored on 13.33 percent of their power play opportunities. The Blackhawks have been slightly worse, scoring on only 12.86 percent of their chances. Chicago does have the edge on penalty killing though. The Blackhawks have killed off 85.48 percent of their penalties against, while the Hurricanes have only killed off 76.92 percent.
Both teams have struggled throughout the season, but the Blackhawks have the edge in this matchup. The Hurricanes played in Columbus, Ohio on Friday night. If Chicago can perform better than they have of recently on Saturday night, they will pull out a much-needed victory.
*This article was written before Carolina played the Blue Jackets
Edmonton Oilers (+106) at New York Rangers (-117)
Both the Oilers and Rangers had difficult starts to the season. The Oilers started out the season 2-5-1, while New York went 1-5-2 in their first eight games. Edmonton has jumped up to a 6-8-1 record, while the Rangers have clawed back to 8-7-2.
The Rangers have now won five games in a row. These wins include impressive victories like winning in Tampa Bay and at home against the Blue Jackets. New York has won two of these games in overtime, the other three won in regulation were won by two goals. It is safe to say New York is back to the form they were in last season when they went to the second round of the playoffs.
Edmonton has started to fight back into contention. The Oilers have won three of their last four games. Edmonton’s last two games were wins in overtimes against New Jersey and the Islanders. This will be Edmonton’s third straight away game, they have one more after this before returning home.
The Rangers have been led by Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Shattenkirk. Zibanejad has scored eight goals and added ten helpers. Shattenkirk has found the back of the net five times and helped with assists eleven times. Pavel Buchnevich has heated up recently as well.
Just like last season, the Oilers are being led by captain Connor McDavid. McDavid has six goals and twelve assists. Leon Draisaitl has helped with five goals and seven assists. He sits second on the team, and has been hooking up with McDavid recently to help the Oilers on their recent success. If the duo can continue to find success, the Oilers could fight back into the Pacific Division.
Cam Talbot and Henrik Lundqvist are expected to start in Saturday’s matchup. Both goalies have had elite seasons in the past, but are off to less impressive starts to this year. Talbot has posted a .912 save percentage and a GAA of 2.90. Lundqvist has a .903 save percentage and a 2.99 GAA.
Oilers vs Rangers Prediction
Saying the Rangers have a 54 percent chance to win this game does not sound right. Both teams have stepped up as of recently, and with McDavid and Draisaitl connecting, the Oilers can compete with anyone. As an underdog in the matchup, I believe Edmonton is the better pick.