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Saturday’s NHL Games Should Prove To Be Exciting

Posted by Carter Brown on 1/30/2014 8:32:10 AM

After a short break for the American Thanksgiving holiday, the NHL starts back up on Friday and has a full slate of games for Saturday as well. The betting websites are looking at a few of these Saturday games as being key matchups in some pretty intense divisional battles. The NHL season is really heating up and, as the New Year approaches, it is starting to look like some teams are already thinking about pulling away in their respective divisions and claiming a spot in the ongoing Stanley Cup futures betting.

Saturday – Vancouver Canucks @ New York Rangers

The Vancouver Canucks have taken a beating over the past couple of years with bad player contracts and bad roster moves, but the team just keeps chugging along. This season, the Canucks got off to a very rough start and have been up and down ever since. The Canucks are a shell of what they used to be, but that shell is working hard to make the playoffs this season. The New York Rangers are finally getting production from those expensive forwards they have been signing for the past few years and it is showing up on the score sheets. The Rangers are still having problems putting the puck in the net consistently, but they are getting enough scoring to continue to climb the Eastern Conference standings.

Pick: New York Rangers

Saturday – Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens

The online betting world loves a good Original Six hockey game, especially when it involves the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. But these games are even more special when they mean something in the standings. The Leafs and Canadiens are currently tied in the Atlantic Division standings, which makes this game extremely important for both teams. The Canadiens are getting great goaltending from Carey Price, as is his custom in the first half of the season, and the Leafs are still trying to decide if they want to call Jonathan Bernier the number one goalie, or if the honor belongs to James Reimer. The Canadiens come into this game as the hot team with a four-game winning streak and the Habs should be able to continue that streak as they have everything they need to dominate the Leafs at home.

Pick: Montreal Canadiens

Saturday – Anaheim Ducks @ San Jose Sharks

An early battle for the lead in the Pacific Division pits the Ducks against San Jose in the Shark Tank. The two teams are tied for the division lead and they also happen to be two of the best teams in the NHL at this point in the season. Anaheim seems to have finally found faith in goaltender Jonas Hiller, while the Sharks are still finding creative ways to put the puck into the net. The Sharks are hot right now with the Ducks struggling. This should be San Jose’s game to win at home and take the lead in the Pacific Division.

Pick: San Jose Sharks

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