Free NHL Bets and Picks: Toronto Looks to End Two Game Losing Streak in San Jose
After a busy weekend, Monday offers an eight-game mix. The Golden Knights start a long road trip, Toronto looks to end a losing streak and more. I had no picks on Sunday, but Thursday through Saturday I went 5-1 on my picks. Here are my free NHL picks for October 30. Odds can be found at BetOnline.
Toronto Maple Leafs (+100) at San Jose Sharks (-110)
The Maple Leafs enter Monday nights matchup after back-to-back losses to Carolina and Philadelphia. San Jose is coming off a five-game road trip, where they went 3-2. This will be the Maple Leafs and Sharks first matchup of the season.
The Sharks are starting a five-game homestand, which will be their second of the season. San Jose went 2-3 on their first time. At home they were outscored 16-13 and the only teams they beat have losing records right now. Buffalo is sitting at 3-7-2 and Montreal is 3-7-1.
Toronto is 7-4 on the new season, but in their last four, the Maple Leafs have gone 1-3. Toronto starts a four-game road trip Monday night, with three of them being against California teams. The Maple Leafs will need to get back on track if they want to continue the hot-start to the new season.
A big part of this game could come down to Toronto’s power play against San Jose’s penalty kill. Toronto has a 26.19 percent power play, while San Jose’s penalty kill is at an 88.37 percent. Toronto went 0-4 in their last two losses and will need to get back on track. Toronto has scored a league high forty-five goals. I expect the Maple Leafs to find the back of the net against the Sharks.
Auston Matthews has been playing at an elite level after last season’s Calder Trophy campaign. Matthews has scored eight goals and added seven assists on the year. Matthews will likely be attempting to beat Martin Jones. Jones has posted a .928 save percentage and a 2.31 GAA. Matthews has not been shut down easily, so I do not expect Jones to be able to do the job.
Maple Leafs vs Sharks Prediction
If Toronto can put the puck in the net, I believe they will find success against a less than impressive Sharks team. The Maple Leafs will come out strong and be fighting to get off to a strong start on this road trip.
Los Angeles Kings (+113) at St. Louis Blues (-125)
I have been all over the Kings during their road trip, which concludes in St. Louis. In the first five games of the road trip, the Kings went 4-1. Los Angeles has outscored opponents 17-10 in the five games. In total on the season the Kings are 9-1-1.
The Blues have also been one of the NHL’s best teams this season. St. Louis is 9-2-1 and are riding a six-game point streak. The Blues are playing their second of four straight at home.
While both teams have had excellent goaltending to start the season, the Kings have the edge. Jake Allen has a .920 save percentage and a 2.51 GAA. Jonathan Quick has posted an even better .946 save percentage and a 1.76 GAA. If both goalies get the start, it will be an early season goaltender battle.
The Blues have three players who are averaging a point per game. Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo all have 15, 12, and 12 points, respectfully. All three players have played twelve games.
The Kings have two players averaging a point per game. Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown have 13 and 11 points. Both teams have players who can consistently put up points, so it will be key on whose top line can produce better.
Last game the Kings won 2-1 against the Bruins in overtime. Tyler Toffoli scored both goals, which brings up his total to five on the season. Toffoli also added a goal against the Canadiens two games ago. If he can begin to find the net on a night-to-night basis, the Kings will get even better. Two seasons ago, Toffoli led the team in goals with thirty-one. He will be looking to beat that career high this season.
Kings vs Blues Prediction
The Kings have yet to be favored on the road this season, but in those games, have gone 5-1. I believe the Kings need to be taken as a bigger threat on the road and they can prove it in St. Louis. If the Kings continue to get great goaltending, they could shut down the Blues hot offense and finish the road trip very strongly.