Saturday’s Game Picks: Don’t Sleep on the Wild or Canes

Flip Livingstone

2021-10-23

Week 1 in the NHL is officially in the books. As expected, this week's action saw plenty of unpredictability from a betting perspective. Whether it be the red hot San Jose Sharks, the ice cold Montreal Canadiens, or the upstart Buffalo Sabres, there's plenty of intriguing storylines to keep an eye on.

Onto today's tilts: The Saturday NHL board is always loaded with tantalizing matchups and today is no different. 13 games on tap including a juicy showdown between the Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers (see pick below) that is sure to see its fair share of red lights lit.

With eight teams in action on Friday night, be sure to double-check starting netminders and lineups, hit up our friends at Goalie Post for all the latest on that front. Let's keep things really simple this week and get some wins. Good luck and enjoy the day.

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2021-22 Saturday Record (Complete Record Tracked/Posted on Twitter):

Gold: 0-1
Silver: 0-1
Bronze: 1-0

Side bets: 2-1

Overall: 3-3

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Gold Pick
Carolina Hurricanes @ Columbus Blue Jackets – Pick: Hurricanes

If the Carolina Hurricanes haven't earned your respect as a legitimate contender by now, they likely never will. Don't sleep on this Carolina team, as a strong 3-0-0 start in a Metro Division full of killers has once again put the league on notice: The Hurricanes are very much for real. A top-six forward group stacked with young, skilled, and speedy forwards make Carolina a very difficult club to handle in the offensive end.

No, this isn't a Hurricanes fan blog, but obviously I do have a lot of love for a hockey team that features some of the elite emerging superstars in the game in Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov. In terms of this matchups against Columbus, a few things are at play here in terms of laying a nice wager on the Canes. First, Carolina is one of the best road teams in the league over the past few seasons, which includes a 4-1 record in its last five games overall.

Secondly, the Hurricanes are 4-2 overall in their last six when fa