NHL Saturday: Two Games to Watch and One to Bet

NHL Mar 04, 2022

Saturday will be busy on the ice with ten games scheduled.

The first puck drops early in Philadelphia at noon ET and concludes with a much-anticipated showdown in Colorado at 10 pm ET. We see the hockey card as a great mix of games to watch, and perhaps a few to bet.

Two games qualify as "must-see" for hockey fans, and perhaps also deserve a wager if you want to be in action. Toronto (35-15-4) is coming off one of their worst performances of the season, a 5-1 drubbing by Buffalo, and hopes to rebound strongly when they host Vancouver (27-23-6). The Canucks have won 4 of 5 and 7 of their last 10 games, so this should be a real test for the Maple Leafs.

The later "must-see" game is Pacific Division-leading Calgary (32-14-7) traveling to Colorado (40-11-4) to face the #1 ranked team on most power rankings. Even though the Flames are coming off a loss, they're the NHL's hottest team at the moment, on an 8-1-1 run.

These should be two very exciting games. That said, the best bet of all might be in a game you least expect.

OPINION (courtesy of Pointspreads.ca):

In the two feature NHL games, we'll probably sit behind the glass as spectators. We do lean to Toronto on the moneyline to wake up after getting hammered by the garbage Sabres, but that might be too high a price to lay on the favourite.

We also see the Flames as a good value as a dog, but who wants to fade the Avs at home the way they're playing? Not us.

Instead, we see the strongest betting opportunity in the Montreal-Edmonton game (puck drop at 7 pm ET). The Oilers looked sloppy in the Thursday loss in Chicago and shouldn't be laying long odds in this spot. Meanwhile, the bottom-dwelling Canadiens have quietly won 5 of their last 6 games, including wins against the Maple Leafs and Flames. We think Montreal will be priced attractively in this matchup and likely deserves a bet as a heavy underdog.