The NHL season is approaching the midpoint and teams are looking to make a big push before the all-star break. There is a light schedule for January 9 and the Kings hosting the Oilers headlining the action.
Philadelphia Flyers versus Buffalo Sabres
Philadelphia is next to last in the Metropolitan Division and Buffalo is 4th in the Atlantic Division. Both teams enter “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator and Buffalo has a +16 to +11 edge on the Power Ranks Indicator. The teams have been trending in games “over” the line and the Score Predictor has Buffalo by a 3-2 score with 62 percent confidence. The teams have shown stability according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. Buffalo won the first meeting between the teams by a 2-1 score. I like Buffalo again at home in a game “over” the line.
Seattle Krakken versus Montreal Canadiens
Seattle comes in 3rd in the Pacific Division and Montreal is last in the Atlantic Division. The teams are headed in opposite directions and Seattle is “burning hot” versus “dead” on the Team Strength Oscillator. In addition, they have a +17 to +3 advantage on the Power Ranks Indicator. The teams have combined in games over the line in 11 of the last 12 games. The Score Predictor likes Seattle by a 4-3 score with 56 percent confidence. I like Seattle to continue their roll, winning by a goal or two in a game “over” the line.
Nashville Predators versus Ottawa Senators
Both teams are in the middle of the pack in their respective divisions. Ottawa is “burning hot” versus “average” and +14 to +9 on the Power Ranks Indicator. Nashville has been involved in games “over” the line in each of their last six, but Ottawa has been trending in games “under” the line. The Score Predictor likes Ottawa by a 3-1 margin with 69 percent confidence. Both teams have been consistently performing with regard to their favorite/underdog status. Ottawa won the first game between the teams this season as a road underdog. I like Ottawa again by two goals, but pass on the over/under bet.
Edmonton Oilers versus Los Angeles Kings
Edmonton is 5th in the Pacific Division and heads to Los Angeles to take on the Kings, who are 2nd in the division. The Kings are “average up” versus “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +23 to +13 on the Power Ranks Indicator. The teams have been trending in games “over” the line and the Score Predictor has the Kings winning by a 5-2 score, but with only 16 percent confidence in the prediction. Los Angeles won the first meeting between the teams as a road underdog. Neither team has performed well with regard to their favorite/underdog status. I like the Kings to win again by two goals in a game “over” the line.
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