Hockey Day in Canada
This Saturday, all seven Canadian NHL teams will be in action. So stock up and get ready to place your bets.
If Saturday was a cocktail, it would be called Canadian Clubs and 7.
Forget about "Hockey Night in Canada," which might as well be a national holiday. Let's call this coming action-packed Saturday a "hockey dream day."
All seven NHL franchises will be out on the ice. The action starts at noon in the East and likely plays all the way up until near midnight out in the West.
The first puck drops in the capital city, Ottawa. We'll see if the Senators (13-20) can slow down the streaking Anaheim Ducks (21-16), who quacked loudly in upsets of both Boston and Tampa Bay within the past week, but fell in a shootout on Wednesday night to Toronto.
Saturday afternoon, Winnipeg (17-15) skates into St. Louis to face the red-hot Blues (25-12), who are playing their best hockey of the season.
Then, the Leafs (25-10) should have enough talent to handle the Red Wings (18-18) for a road game in Detroit.
At the same time, up north Edmonton (20-16) heads to Quebec to face the struggling Habs. Montreal (8-26) is suffering a dismal season, but they're always dangerous when least expected.
The nightcap is the intriguing Vancouver-Calgary matchup, with two teams that need the win. The Canucks (18-19) have played spectacularly since their coaching change last month, but stumbled this week suffering three straight losses. Meanwhile, the Flames (19-12) enjoy the best goal differential in the Pacific Division and should be a tough test.
Of course, each game will be a little more electrified with a bet or two riding on the final outcome. Odds, including lots of props, can be seen at SPREADS.CA
(ANA-OTT -- Puckdrop is Saturday at 12:30 pm ET)
(WPG-STL -- Puckdrop is Saturday at 3 pm ET)
(TOR-DET -- Puckdrop is Saturday at 4 pm ET)
(EDM-MTL -- Puckdrop is Saturday at 4 pm ET)
(VAN-CGY -- Puckdrop is Saturday at 7 pm ET)