Wednesday NHL: Peterson picks Canadiens vs Maple Leafs, Avalanche vs Wild, Golden Knights vs Blues
Montreal Canadiens (+128) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (-155), 7:30 pm EDT, Colorado Avalanche (-195) @ Minnesota Wild (+163), 9 pm EDT, Las Vegas Golden Knights (-150) @ St. Louis Blues (+125), 9 pm EDT.
Montreal Canadiens (+128) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (-155), 7:30 pm EDT
No. 4 and No. 1 in the North do battle Wednesday night in Toronto as the Canadiens face the Maple Leafs. Montreal is 4-1 in their last 5 games and is coming off of an impressive 3-2 OT victory over Edmonton Monday night. Toronto is 4-1 as well in their last 5 and is coming off of back-to-back victories over Calgary. Although Montreal is surging right now, Toronto has been one of the most consistent teams all year and they have solidified themselves at the top of the North.
The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.1 goals per game in their last 10 while allowing 2.3. The Canadiens are averaging 3.0 goals per game and are allowing 2.7. Statistically speaking, this is a very even match-up. My confidence is leaning slightly towards Toronto here as they continue to prove they're the full package. Take Toronto on the Moneyline, but don't take your blood pressure while tuning in for this one because it has all the makings to be an absolute dogfight.
PICK: Toronto Maple Leafs Moneyline (-155)
Colorado Avalanche (-195) @ Minnesota Wild (+163), 9 pm EDT
The Colorado Avalanche survived a late onslaught by the Minnesota Wild Monday night in St. Paul but it didn't come easy. Ending 5-4 and with plenty of drama, this game was a large contrast from the prior 2 meetings between these Western division powerhouses that saw Colorado dominate. Minnesota will have the benefit of playing at home again on Wednesday night, but it's going to take a really special performance to stop the Avalanche right now.
Winning 8 of their last 10, Colorado is the hottest team in the NHL. Averaging 4.6 goals per game lately and allowing 2.2, it's easy to see why they continue to fend off all challengers. Minnesota is 2-3 in their last 5 with the 2 lone victories coming over the Las Vegas Golden Knights, which is an impressive accomplishment, but the 40% victory rate in their last 5 is concerning. Expect another close game, but also expect to see the Wild come up just short once again.
The last three meetings between these teams have cumulatively totaled 21, which means they're averaging 7 goals per game when they meet. Considering both teams can score and the pace should be fast and furious, lean on the OVER here as Colorado is averaging 3.6 goals per game (full season stat) and Minnesota is averaging 2.9 per game this season.
PICK: Over 5.5
Las Vegas Golden Knights (-150) @ St. Louis Blues (+125), 9 pm EDT
The Las Vegas Golden Knights sit at No. 2 in the West after losing the top spot to the Colorado Avalanche. Going 2-3 in their last 5 games, Vegas is fresh off of a 6-1 thumping over St. Louis Monday night. Although this hasn't been St. Louis' year, they have proven to be a tough challenge for some teams but not for Vegas. Monday night was the third meeting in a row between these teams that ended in a landslide victory for the Knights.
Aside from a rough stretch recently, Vegas has been in the upper echelon of the NHL all season long, and with a record of 25-10-2, they're bound to do damage in the playoffs. Take Vegas here on the Moneyline at a fair price but expect the Blues to keep it close. The Spread is tempting but after pushing Colorado to the brink twice just recently, the Moneyline is safer.
PICK: Vegas Golden Knights Moneyline (-150)