Free NHL Bets and Picks: Toronto Continues Winning Against New Jersey
Wednesday October 11 offers five NHL games. Each NHL game continues to carry a storyline. The lines for my free NHL picks of the day are provided by BetOnline.
New Jersey Devils +1½ (-180) at Toronto Maple Leafs -1½ (+160)
Toronto overcame a huge challenge against the Blackhawks on Monday night. After a big overtime win against Chicago, Toronto opens the season 3-0. New Jersey has started the season 2-0 after a disappointing season last year.
The Devils beat Colorado and Buffalo this season, both teams finished in the bottom of the standings last season. In both of the Devils games they played the teams backup goaltenders. The Devils played Jonathan Bernier when they met up with Colorado, he posted a .897 save percentage.
When Buffalo met up against New Jersey, Chad Johnson saw some action in-net. He posted a .727 save percentage in two periods of action before getting pulled from the game. Buffalo’s starting goaltender Robin Lehner replaced him and stopped all nine shots.
If New Jersey meets up with Frederick Andersen, the Maple Leafs staring goaltender, the Devils could have difficulty in scoring against a team averaging more than six goals a game.
The Maple Leafs are playing at an elite level. Toronto have outscored their opponents 19-10 so far, this season. It is no question that Toronto can score. The Maple Leafs have an impressive 37.5 percent success rate on the power play. As for the Maple Leafs penalty kill, they have killed off a near average 82.35 percent.
Many of these stats point towards the Maple Leafs being an elite team this season. The Devils have yet to prove that they can compete with the best. I believe this will shine through in Toronto, as the Maple Leafs are able to coast to a 4-0-0 start to the season with another strong performance for the Maple Leafs forward core.
Calgary Flames (+118) at Los Angeles Kings (-130)
Calgary finally overcame their losing streak of twenty-nine games against Anaheim at the Honda Center. Now Calgary sits at 2-1 after losing to Edmonton in their season opener. The Flames will be looking to finish their short two game vacation in California, with another win. Los Angeles enters this game 2-0. The Kings have won both of their games by a margin of 6-1.
The Flames have been playing good hockey ever since their loss against the Oilers. The Flames, led by Johnny Gaudreau, have outscored opponents 8-3 since the loss to Edmonton. The Flames have played a rough, hard hitting, defensive style to start the season. This could play an important role in the team’s relative success throughout the season.
On top of that, Mike Smith has posted an impressive .957 save percentage and a 1.68 GAA. In Monday night’s game against the Ducks, Mike Smith had an awkward injury in the last minute of the game while trying to sprawl out and keep the puck out of the net. Smith returned to finish the game, but it is uncertain if anything serious occurred on the play and it is not confirmed on whether he or Eddie Lack will start against the Kings.
Los Angeles has also started the season off with impressive goaltending. Jonathan Quick, who missed a large chunk of last season, has posted a .983 save percentage as well as a .5 GAA. These numbers are taken from a two-game sample size, but they express the elite level at which Quick can play. If Quick can continue to play like that, there is no doubt the Kings will compete against any team in the league.
If this game comes down to a defensive battle, Quick has proven early this season, he can out-duel them all. I believe it is a close game, that could incite an exciting finish, but in the end, I believe the Kings will sit atop their throne.