Last night’s NHL bet of the night resulted in a second rough result in a row. Maybe preseason isn’t so fickle as I originally thought it might be.

Last night’s NHL action was about as decided as you can imagine. Four of the six favorites took the game. Bucking the trend were the likes of New Jersey and Colorado. With the Avs dishing a 5-1 shellacking of the reformed Dallas Stars in Denver.

The Stars didn’t have their top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Alex Radulov out there. In nets, the Stars had Lehtonen and Bow. Meanwhile, the Avs threw out  NHL vets like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nail Yakupov. The latter netting three points on the night.

I don’t know about you but I’m still high on Nail Yakupov. I’m not willing to accept a former first overall pick can be this bad.

But even Colorado over Dallas didn’t have the best return of the night. That was reserved for the New Jersey Devils over the Montreal Canadiens with a +130 return on the night. Detroit had the biggest return of +135 but they lost 6-1 so who cares.

For the Devils Hischier, Hall, Johansson, and Palmieri played. And all four got a point.  For the Habs, Galchenyuk, and Gallagher led the line with Price in net. Price in net should have been the difference. His .903 SV% on the night wasn’t reminiscent of his multi-award season.

NJD (+130) 4 @ 1 MTL (-160)
PHI (+105)  1 @ 2 BOS (-125)
WPG (+115) 0 @ 1 MIN (-140)
DET (+135) 1 @ 6 CHI (-165)
DAL (-125) 1 @ 5 COL (+105)
VGK (+115) 2 @ 5 SJS (-140)

Tonight’s Lines

I want to tell you that these are not the opening lines. I just wasn’t up early enough to get that out. So the lines might reflect roster compositions going into tonight’s games. But the closer we get the more vets we’re going to see.

STL (+175) @ WSH (-215) Bet Of The Night
NAS (+165) @ TBL (-190)
NYR (+110) @ NYI (-130)
PIT (+115) @ CBJ (-140)
BUF (+165) @ TOR (-205)

Looking at the lineups there shouldn’t be an upset. Most of the favorites are playing vet heavy rosters. Like Tampa Bay. Stamkos, Kucherov, Johnson, and Palat are all suiting up. Nashville has Kevin Fiala. That might not be pretty.

I’m going with Buffalo though. In the preseason Toronto just hasn’t looked good. Losing both times to Ottawa by healthy margins 6-1 and 5-2. At home, to local rival Buffalo might be different. I also have zero faith in Curtis McElhinney as a backup. And he’s getting the start. So bet of the night Buffalo takes it over Toronto.

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