For NHL fans and sports bettors alike, Wednesday’s opening day slate of games is a nice way to bring back the sport.
There are five games, with three on NBCSN and Fubo.tv, including one team raising the banner for its 2020 Stanley Cup title.
Let’s take a look at the two games on either end of the five-game schedule, which should both be entertaining and value packed for bettors.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins (+100) at Philadelphia Flyers (-121)
Puckline & Prediction: Flyers -1.5 (+230), over/under 6 goals
5:40 p.m. EST NBCSN and Fubo.tv
The two Pennsylvania teams come into 2021 with odds of +400 to win the East Division, both behind the Boston Bruins (+250). But the Flyers were the top seed in the Eastern playoffs last year, and looked set to make a run, before the Islanders stunned them 4-3 in the semis.
These two teams don’t like each other, the fans don’t like each other, and this is really the perfect game to open the season for each squad. Right away, the over 6 goals, with its odds of -105, jumps off the page. And with either team’s money line, you are getting value. If you do think this game goes over, you should probably look at each period’s over as well. You can get huge odds of +230 for over 2.5 in the first period.
St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche
St. Louis Blues (+120) at Colorado Avalanche (-140)
Puckline & Prediction: Avalanche -1.5 (+195), over/under 5.5 goals
10:40 p.m. EST NBCSN and Fubo.tv
Once again, with the new divisions for 2021, these two teams look to be part of a three-way battle (with Vegas) for the West title. It is a cracking game to start the season, and also to end the five-game opening night slate.
Colorado has the best odds to win the Stanley Cup (+650), and will have a target on its back all year. Of course, St. Louis is 18 months out from its 2019 Stanley Cup championship, and could be set up to make a run again in 2021.
With both teams trying to jump out to an early advantage, the over 1.5 goals in the first period, with odds of -121 (under is -110), looks to be in play here. While the money line on the Avs of -140 would be good, I might look at the extra half a goal (-1.5), and its bonus of +195, and think it might be worth a play as well if you are taking the home team.