NHL Betting Guide for October 14th

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We are off and running in the NHL season after another exciting slate of action. Home teams swept the board last night, with the Anaheim Ducks being the only underdog to cash. All five games finished under the total, which could be foreshadowing what to expect over the coming days, as teams get their sea legs underneath them. It’s a busy Thursday schedule, with nine games to get through tonight, featuring three teams on the second night of a back-to-back.

These are the wagers we’re looking at from FanDuel Sportsbook!

Dallas Stars vs. New York Rangers Moneyline, Total, and Odds


 Moneyline: Stars +114|Rangers -134

Spread: Stars +1.5 (-240)|Rangers -1.5 (+195)

Total: 6 Over -106|Under -114

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Dallas Stars vs. New York Rangers News, Analysis, and Picks


The New York Rangers must have pissed off the NHL schedule makers after they slated them for a back-to-back with travel on the third night of the season. The Rangers were handed a convincing defeat last night, dropping a 5-1 decision, and now head home to take on the Dallas Stars.

The Rangers were awful at five-on-five yesterday, getting out-possessed, out-shot, and out-chanced. New York attempted one measly high-danger chance, attempting just 12 shots and posting a 47.6% Corsi rating in 43:30 minutes of action. Things don’t get any easier against the defensive-minded Stars.

Dallas finished last season with the fifth-ranked expected goals-for percentage at five-on-five, emphasizing strong defensive zone play. The Stars allowed the third-fewest scoring and high-danger chances, resulting in the fourth-best expected goals-against. Despite the dominance, the Stars finished last season with a 0.977 PDO (save percentage plus shooting percentage), making them progression candidates this season, as they work their way up to average (1.000).

New York was dominated by the Capitals last night and faces a more daunting opponent in the Stars tonight. This price warrants a play on the Stars as they look to open their season with a win.

The Picks: Stars +114

Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres Moneyline, Total, and Odds


 Moneyline: Canadiens -142|Sabres +120

Spread: Canadiens -1.5 (+180)|Sabres +1.5 (-220)

Total: 5.5 Over -122|Under +100

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres News, Analysis, and Picks


The Montreal Canadiens never stood a chance last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Habs were entirely out of their element, relying on Jake Allen to keep them in their season-opening contest. Allen’s performance wasn’t enough to steal the victory, though, and now Montreal needs to pick up the pieces in time for their game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Only one team put up a worse expected goals-for percentage than the Habs last night, and their circumstances worsened on the second night of their back-to-back. The apparent factor impacting the Habs is playing on consecutive nights to open the season. The other noteworthy aspect is that the Habs started primary goaltending Allen last night. Carey Price is unavailable to start the season, and the Habs will rely on Sam Montembeault tonight against the Sabres. Montembeault last appeared in the NHL during the 2019-20 season, where he posted an 89.0% save percentage, 79.5% high-danger save percentage, and -6.8 goals saved above average. It’s unlikely Montembeault is the difference-maker that Allen was last night.

Assessing a team’s chances based on pre-season performances isn’t a great measuring stick, but the Sabres looked good in their exhibition games. Buffalo posted an expected goals-for percentage above 50.0% in four of their six pre-season games, cumulatively finishing with the eighth-best rating at 56.5%. The Sabres had noteworthy production at five-on-five, putting up top-five offensive metrics in six pre-season games.

We should have guarded optimism about the Sabres’ chances this season, but they looked good in pre-season action and get favorable circumstances in their first game of the season. We’re betting the Sabres come out on top tonight, although it might take overtime or a shootout to get there.

The Picks: Sabres +120, 60-minute tie +310

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