NHL Picks: Can Hurricanes stay Hot against Washington Capitals?

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NHL Picks: Can Hurricanes stay Hot against Washington Capitals?

The NHL has three games on this Monday night slate. It is also Halloween, so this is a chance to hand some candy out while giving out some tricks and treats right here. 

Monday is short and sweet, like a bag of fun size candy bars, so let's get to it to help with your NHL betting.

What Went Right This Weekend

It was an easy weekend. Take a mental break every so often. 

Get outdoors and make bets on an app or two. Taking a look at the New Jersey Over, Puckline, and Team Over wager on Sunday worked out well. 

Let’s get back to work. 

Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes

The crazy aspect of this game is this. These are two former Southeast, now Metropolitan Division rivals. The early division race is jammed and shifts frequently. Both teams are coming off wins over the weekend. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper has looked good in back-to-back starts for Washington. Frederik Andersen has been decent for the Carolina Hurricanes.

It is early, but Carolina, even at 5-2-1, has been a little off. Their goal differential is only +3, and that sounds like we are being picky. However, the Hurricanes are just 3-5 against the spread (Puckline). 

Washington is missing Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom. There is no question that ⅔ of a first line that created all sorts of havoc could be helpful against Carolina. The Capitals have a ton of balance, but no one is playing outstanding. Even Alexander Ovechkin only has four goals and seven points in nine games. He is at 4.33 shots per goal, so he is not too far off from his average in the past half-dozen seasons. 

Carolina has better depth, and that should be the key tonight. Andersen’s shaky nature sometimes versus Kuemper, who can be an adventure sometimes himself. That should lead to the Over being automatic. However, that 6.0 is teetering on 6.5. There could be a couple of different ways err parlays to go with this tilt. 

Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues

Detroit and Buffalo were considered here, but Los Angeles and St. Louis are “trick or treat,” maybe “trick and treat,” all wrapped in one. St. Louis has the goaltending, and Los Angeles possesses serious offense. Phases are missing.

St. Louis’s -7 goal differential is far from one of the worst in the league but is second-worst in the Central Division. Meanwhile, Los Angeles is at -5. They are allowing 4.1 goals per game, down from the first week of the regular season. Unfortunately, the Kings are like a yo-yo. They scored three or more goals in their last four contests but are just 2-2.

There are some risks in this contest. Our advice is to bet minimal. It is Monday, and remember the 12-game slate coming tomorrow. Waiting is the hardest part. 

Hopefully, there are a few more treats in the bag tonight as news breaks from morning skates, etc.

Some Picks And More To Chew On

  • Parlay - T.J Oshie anytime goal, Caps +1,5 goals, and Total Under 7.5 goals at +550
  • Parlay - Andrei Svechnikov anytime goal, Sebastian Aho anytime goal, Carolina wins at +525
  • Parlay - Pavel Buchnevich anytime goal, Blues to win, Over 5.5 goals at +500
  • Blues 3-way bet at +125

Good luck, and once again, thanks for reading! We will have a few more plays on social media as conditions warrant.

All odds today come from BetMGM.