There’s an excellent slate of games tonight with 6 matchups to wager on. Anthony Elio has his top 2 NHL best bets for 10/27/2023.
Minnesota Wild vs. Washington Capitals
The Washington offense finally woke up on Wednesday, outscoring the New Jersey Devils 6-4. Alex Ovechkin scored a goal for the second game in a row as the team racked up 3 goals in the third period to come away with a W. Dylan Strome led the offense with 2 goals as the Caps finally scored more than 2 scores in regulation. Does this mean that the Washington offense is waking up? If it is, tonight is a great opportunity to light the lamp.
The Capitals will host the Minnesota Wild, who have had a tough time on defense recently. Minnesota currently ranks 4th in the league in expected goals against while allowing the most overall goals in the league with 4.43. The Wild will start future Hall-of-Famer Marc Andre-Fleury between the pipes, and his best days are definitely in the rearview mirror. Fleury currently has a .868 save percentage to go with 3.53 GAA. While Minnesota hasn’t been great at lowering scoring opportunities, they’ve been generating plenty of their own. The Wild are averaging 3.86 goals per game (4th in the league) and are led by 3 players with 9 points right now: Kiril Kaprizov, Mats Zuccarello, and Joel Eriksson Ek. The Wild’s high-flying offense and disappointing defense (22 goals against) should benefit the Washington offense as the rust wears off. With Minnesota on a 6-game over run, I’m expecting plenty of goals at Capitol One Arena tonight.
Best Bet: Over 6.5
Los Angeles Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes
The Arizona Coyotes get the chance for some revenge tonight after losing 6-3 on Tuesday when they take on the Los Angeles Kings. The big difference tonight? They’ll be playing at home The Coyotes are overall more comfortable in their 5,000-person home stadium Mullett Arena, having gone 21-15-5 there last season. Arizona also won their lone home game of the season so far, taking down the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. I really like what I’ve seen seeing from goaltender Karel Vejmelka so far. The goalie has gone 2-2 this year with a 1.84 GAA and .942 save percentage. It’s been a decent start for the offense, with top forwards Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz tied leading the team with 7 points each. However, the team is going to need to start putting up more than 2.5 goals per game before I start taking this offense more seriously.
Arizona will have a tough time against a surging Los Angeles offense. The Kings lead the league in xGoal% while also leading the NHL with 4.5 goals per game. Kevin Fiala has been an assists machine, with 8 of his 9 points being assists so far. While Los Angeles is much shakier on the defensive side, allowing 3.5 goals per game, the offense has been able to bail the team out. As much as I like Vejmelka and the Yotes at home, this surging Kings offense should be too much to overcome. I’m taking Los Angeles to nab a road win tonight.
Best Bet: Los Angeles Kings Moneyline