NHL Wednesday Odds, Wicked Wagers, and Game Previews

by | Dec 7, 2022 | Hockey

The slate of NHL games tonight is excellent with some teams that are riding high on extended winning streaks. The Bruins and the Flames, two of the leagues best teams get tested today with tough matchups. Here we breakdown each game and give the best NHL Wednesday odds in the market.

Washington Capitals (-135) at Philadelphia Flyers (+115) – Wednesday, 7:00 PM EST

Washington enters Philadelphia one spot ahead of their Wednesday night opponent. Alex Ovechkin and company are in unfamiliar territory as they are well below .500 after playing 27 games this season. The injury bug hasn’t done Washington any favors this season. Sadly, for this team, they are aging in a league that favors the youth.

The Caps are allowing 3.07 goals per game, good for 16th in the NHL. Their biggest issue has been scoring goals as they rank 27th in the NHL (2.74 GPG). Not everyone on Washington is struggling to light the lamp as Alex Ovechkin has thirteen goals already this season. Ovechkin is just eight goals away from tying Gordie Howe for 2nd all time on the goal scoring list. He will look to inch a little closer tonight as his Capitals try to improve upon their poor road play. Washington is currently 4-8-3 on the road this season.

Philadelphia is coming off their biggest win of the season after knocking off the defending Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche. Goaltender Carter Hart made 29 saves on 32 shots to secure the victory on home ice. He will get the nod again tonight against Washington. All things considered; Hart has been good this year. He enters Wednesday night with 2.83 goals against average and .911 save percentage. However, the 24-year-old will have a tall task in stopping the almost greatest goal scorer of all time in Ovechkin.

The Flyers will need Travis Konecny to continue his hot streak tonight as he is riding a 3-game point streak since his return from injury. Konecny leads the team in goals (10) even after his injury, but he ranks 2nd in points behind Kevin Hayes. Philadelphia ranks at the bottom of the league in every offensive category, but they do possess the speed advantage tonight.

Both of these teams have struggled tremendously on offense through the first quarter of the season. Flyers are riding high after knocking off Colorado and will continue this into Wednesday with another win on home ice.

Wicked WagerFlyers ML (+115)

Wicked Player Prop Travis Konecny Anytime Goal Scorer (+155)

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Minnesota Wild (+130) at Calgary Flames (-155) – Wednesday, 8:00 PM EST

Minnesota is riding a 4-game win streak entering Calgary Wednesday night. The Wild have scored twenty goals in that span, which topples their current goals per game average (3.13). Minnesota has been very good on the road, sporting a 6-3-1 record away from Xcel Energy Center. They have been hot the past ten games going 6-3-1 and averaging 3.6 goals per game. Joel Eriksson Ek has been a huge part of the team’s success the past ten games, having posted five goals and seven assists. Additionally, Kirill Kaprizov is picking up right where he left off last season. He has 16 goals and 16 assists, both team highs. Kaprizov, in his 3rd season, has quickly become one of the most lethal goal scorers and playmakers in the NHL. You can fully expect him to hit the 50-goal mark for the first time in his young career this season. He faces a tough defensive team in Calgary tonight but could jump into the top 10 in NHL scoring.

Calgary is riding a 2-game win streak where they have scored eight goals and only allowed four. They currently sit at 5th place in the Pacific with a 12-10-3 record. The Flames have been solid on home ice this year. They are 9-5-1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Elias Lindholm and newly acquired Nazem Kadri are tied for the team lead in points with identical stat lines through 25 games. However, in the last ten games, Jonathan Huberdeau has been leading the way with two goals and six assists.

The biggest offseason splash from the Flames was certainly acquiring Huberdeau in the blockbuster trade that sent Matthew Tkachuk to Florida. Huberdeau’s production this year has been underwhelming as he has posted just 15 points through 22 games. Calgary will need him to catch fire if they are going to make a run this season. The Flames rank 22nd in the NHL in goals scored per game (3) and will face a Minnesota team allowing just over 3 goals per game. Calgary needs to get themselves a statement win on home ice.

Both of these teams are looking to keep pace in their respective divisions tonight. This will be a fast-paced hockey game with a lot of scoring. Calgary will prevail and get a huge win on home ice.

Wicked Wager Calgary Flames ML (-155)

Wicked Player Prop Jonathan Huberdeau Total Assists Over 0.5 (-105)

Boston Bruins (-175) at Colorado Avalanche (+145) – Wednesday, 9:00 PM EST

The 20-3-1 Boston Bruins – say that five times fast. We all expected the Bruins to be good, but 20-3-1 a quarter into the season is absurd. This team is firing on all cylinders. They rank 1st in the NHL in goals scored per game (3.96) as well as goals allowed per game (2.17).

Boston is coming off their first overtime loss of 2022 after falling to Vegas in a shootout Monday night. They will look to quickly get on track. They must continue to build their lead in in the Atlantic Division. However, they must also keep pace in the Eastern conference to compete with the New Jersey Devils for the top team.

Linus Ullmark will be getting the start tonight against a tough Colorado offense. The veteran goaltender is 14-1 this season with 1.93 goals allowed average. He is the early season favorite for the Vezina and if he continues this play, the sky is the limit for Boston. It’s no surprise that the Bruins first line ranks 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in points. Their stats speak for themselves: Pastrnak (35), Marchand (21) and Bergeron (21). They are on an insane pace right now and will look to stay hot against the defending Champs.

The defending Champs are having a bad week to say the least. They fell to an abysmal Philadelphia Flyers team Monday night. Additionally, they are now without superstar Nathan MacKinnon for about a month. MacKinnon left the game Monday night in Philadelphia with an upper body injury. This is bad news for Colorado as they sit at 4th in the Central with MacKinnon as the leading scorer. Luckily, this team is still loaded and will stay near the top of the standings until MacKinnon returns from injury.

Colorado will have their work cut out for them on home ice going up against an absolute powerhouse in the Boston Bruins. They rank 13th in the NHL goals scored per game and this will surely take a hit while MacKinnon’s out. Championships teams push through adversity and this will be Colorado’s first opportunity to see what they’re made of.

MacKinnon being out is a huge blow to this team as they are set to play the Boston Bruins. You just can’t bet against the B’s this year. Bruins will handle the Avalanche on the road and move to 21-3-1.

Wicked Wager Boston Bruins -1.5 (+140)

Wicked Player Prop Mikko Rantanen Anytime Goal Scorer (+145)