There are only three games on the NHL betting schedule on Wednesday night and the highlight game will be opener, which features one of the oldest rivalries in the NHL as the Boston Bruins visit the Montreal Canadiens. All three games present relatively even matchups as the biggest favorite on the betting lines for Wednesday is the Edmonton Oilers at -130.
Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens
Odds: Bruins -115
The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins have won seven of their last 10 against the Canadiens, but the Habs have taken six of the last 10 meetings against the Bs in Montreal, where the fans are always up for it. The Bell Centre can be intimidating and the Canadiens are 5-1-0 at home so far this season, while the Bruins are 2-0-1 away from home, so something has to give. This game could come down to a battle of goalies as Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Montreal’s Carey Price can both shut down any team when they’re on, so a low-scoring game could be on the menu. No two teams have ever met more in the history of the NHL than Boston and Montreal, and it’ll be a typically tight checking game where no one wants to give an inch, but the Habs are rolling right now.
Pick: Canadiens -105
Anaheim Ducks @ Colorado Avalanche
Odds: Avalanche -120
The Avalanche have played much better at home (3-1-0) than on the road (1-4-0), but they’re running into a hot Anaheim team that has stormed out to a 6-1-1 start in this shortened season. The Ducks have had the upper hand against the Avs, winning seven of the last 10 meetings between the Western Conference clubs, and Anaheim has the same record in their last 10 trips to the Pepsi Center in Denver. Colorado will have their hands full trying to stop the high-flying Ducks, who are third in the league in goals scored and sixth on the power play, but if they get in penalty trouble, Anaheim can get into trouble as they’re 27th in goals allowed when they’re a man down. Look for the Avs to bounce back from their first home loss of the season.
Pick: Avalanche -120
Dallas Stars @ Edmonton Oilers
Odds: Oilers -130
The Oilers are trying to break out of a slump as they’ve dropped three straight and in a lockout-shortened season, you can’t afford these types of streaks for very long. For all their young offensive power, Edmonton is only 22nd in goals scored, but they are fourth on the power play and their speed can be a problem for any team in the NHL. Dallas has to be more of a defensive team as they’re only 28th in goals scored, so they’re looking to avoid any type of back-and-forth action. But they’ve dominated the Oilers recently, winning nine of the last 10 meetings, but Edmonton has managed to take four of the last 10 at Rexall Place against the Stars, who are 2-4-0 on the road. Edmonton is 2-1-1 at home so far this season, but they’re a young team who can get down on themselves.
Pick: Stars +110