Welcome back, everyone, to our favorite day of the week on the NHL schedule for so many reasons. Tradition, history, and a full slate of games. What more could you ask for when it comes to watching hockey and throwing down some wagers?
Speaking of which, 10 games await with plenty of opportunities to stack some cash for a stretch run that is sure to be an entertaining one. We mentioned it last week: with the playoffs bearing down on us you can expect a number of the top teams in the league with legit Cup aspirations to really start to solidify themselves and secure playoff positioning as much as possible. This is crucial to avoid any kind of scenario in which a team does not control its own destiny at the end of the season. Nothing worse than scoreboard watching with your season on the line.
With that said, let's dig in and get this paper. Good luck today and enjoy all the action.
2021-22 Saturday Record Breakdown (Complete Record Tracked/Posted @Flips_Picks)
Side bets: 16-16
Total Saturday Record: 33-32-0
Seattle Kraken @ Washington Capitals – Pick: Capitals (PL -1.5) +100
Following what has been a wild week-and-a-half for the Washington Capitals, in the wake of Alex Ovechkin's comments on the war in Ukraine to players even receiving death threats and more, the Caps got back to what they do best: beating up on Eastern Conference opponents.
Ovie and the boys put up a statement 4-0 shutout victory against a very good Carolina Hurricanes squad to snap a nasty three-game slide that felt like it might derail Washington's shot at another Cup run. With the window for winning shrinking rapidly in the U.S. capital, the pressure to win is clear and palpable with this Capitals group. With that I expect a very big performance on home ice following what is sure to be a turn-around-type win against their division rival last time out versus the Hurricanes.
There's also the revenge factor to consider here in this head-to-head matchup, as the Kraken laid a beatdown on the Capitals in their first and only meeting this season to the tune of a 5-2 victory. This just feels like a great spot for a Washington win while it sits in a precarious spot in the Metro and wild-card standings.
Seattle has one win in its last eight games overall and only one win over its last six games away from home – they are not a good team, bottom line. There isn't any value in betting this game in Washington's favor on the moneyline, but I think this is a slam-dunk situation, one in which you can expect the Capitals to win by at least two-or-more tallies. Hammer the Caps, my Gold Pick of the day.
Montreal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers (Over/Under 6.5) – Pick: Over -115
I am going to keep this super simple: expect a ton of goals in this matchup. Goal horns aplenty I almost always have at least one OVER/UNDER selection as part of my Top-3 picks each week and this is one of those cases that just jumps off the page for me