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Friday Night NHL Top Picks & Bets (October 27, 2023)

Get ready for an action-packed Friday night in the NHL with our top picks and bets for October 27, 2023. Check out the expert predictions to target the favorable matchups.

Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes

  • Date: Friday, October 27, 2023
  • Location: Mullett Arena in Tempe, AZ
  • TV: Bally Sports
  • Odds/Point Spread: Kings (-143) Coyotes (+115)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

The Arizona Coyotes (3-3-0) will try to defeat the Los Angeles Kings (3-2-1) at Mullett Arena on Friday. The moneyline on this matchup has Los Angeles at -143 while Arizona is priced at +115. The total is set at 6.

The Los Angeles Kings were victorious in their previous encounter against the Coyotes, defeating them 6-3. Los Angeles showed great offensive performance in the game, scoring 6 goals out of 28 shots. The Kings also had a successful power play, with 1 goal out of 4 attempts. They will enter this game as the favorite with a moneyline of -143.

Looking at their overall performance this season, the Los Angeles Kings have recorded 27 goals while conceding 21 goals. They have achieved a points percentage of .583 with 7 points. Their power play has been effective, converting 5 goals out of their 27 chances, giving them a power play percentage of 18.52%. In terms of shots attempted, the Kings have made 184 attempts with a shot percentage of 14.7%.

Cam Talbot will be in the crease for the Kings. Throughout his career, Talbot has recorded 226 quality starts with a quality start percentage of .542. He has a save percentage of .913 and has made 11,625 saves out of 12,727 shots against him. Talbot has a goals against rate of 2.65 and a career record of 220-158-36.

In their previous encounter, the Arizona Coyotes suffered a 6-3 defeat against the Kings. They managed to score 3 goals out of 27 shots on goal in that game. So far this season, the Coyotes have scored a total of 15 goals and have a points percentage of .500.

The Coyotes have allowed 15 goals, with 9 goals conceded at even strength and 6 goals while shorthanded. Their power play has been successful, scoring 8 goals out of 28 opportunities, giving them a power play percentage of 28.57%. In terms of shots, the Coyotes have taken 170 shots with a shot percentage of 8.82%.

Karel Vejmelka will be defending the goal for the Coyotes. This season, Vejmelka has a 46.5% quality starts rate and a save percentage of .900. He has made 3,115 saves out of 3,460 shots against him and has allowed an average of 3.48 goals per game.

The Pick: Los Angeles Kings (-143)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

San Jose Sharks vs Carolina Hurricanes

  • Date: Friday, October 27, 2023
  • Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
  • TV: Bally Sports South
  • Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+220) Hurricanes (-300)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

The Carolina Hurricanes (3-4-0) will clash with the San Jose Sharks (0-5-1) at PNC Arena on Friday. The odds for this game currently have the Sharks as underdogs at +220, while the Hurricanes are favored to win at -300. The over/under for the game is set at 6.

The San Jose Sharks are coming off a 3-1 loss against the Panthers in their previous game. They struggled on offense, only managing to score 1 goal out of 28 shots attempted. They will look to improve their performance and bounce back in this matchup against the Hurricanes.

The Sharks have given up 16 goals while scoring 5 goals themselves when playing at even strength. They have faced 23 power play opportunities and allowed 6 goals on those attempts. In terms of scoring, the Sharks have accumulated 8 goals this season while conceding 22. They have a shooting percentage of 5.4%. The Sharks have had 20 power play opportunities and converted 3 of them, giving them a power play success rate of 15.00%.

In goal for the Sharks will be Mackenzie Blackwood. In his career, opponents have scored 438 goals against him, resulting in a goals against average of 2.98. Blackwood has played in 156 games, earning a save percentage of .906. He has a record of 65-60-19 and has recorded 76 quality starts with a rate of .517. Blackwood has faced 4,658 shot attempts and has made 4,220 saves.

In their previous game, the Carolina Hurricanes suffered a 3-0 loss to the Lightning. They had 4 power play opportunities but failed to convert any of them. The Hurricanes attempted 32 shots on goal but were unable to find the back of the net.

The Hurricanes have taken 233 shots this season, leading the NHL, and have a shooting percentage of 11.59%. They have allowed their opponents to take 187 shots. On the penalty kill, they have a success rate of 68.75% on 32 power play opportunities. Their save percentage is 82.4%. The Hurricanes have accumulated 34 power play opportunities and have converted 23.53% of them. They have scored 19 goals at even strength and 8 goals with a power play advantage. Their opponents have scored 33 goals against them, including 23 at even strength and 10 while the Hurricanes were shorthanded. Overall, the Hurricanes have scored 27 goals this season, earning 6 points with a points percentage of .429.

In goal for the Hurricanes will be Antti Raanta. He has made 6,300 saves out of 6,870 shot attempts, giving him a save percentage of .917. Raanta has a career record of 128-74-27 in 256 games, with 233 starts. He has accumulated 141 quality starts with a rate of 60.5%. Raanta has allowed an average of 2.45 goals per game and has given up a total of 570 goals.

The Pick: Carolina Hurricanes(-300)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Vegas Golden Knights

  • Date: Friday, October 27, 2023
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV
  • TV: Vegas 34
  • Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+300) Golden Knights (-400)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

The Vegas Golden Knights (7-0-0) will compete against the Chicago Blackhawks (2-5-0) at T-Mobile Arena on Friday. The moneyline on this contest has Chicago at +300 and Vegas opens at -400. The betting total comes in at 7.

The Chicago Blackhawks will look for redemption after their recent 3-0 loss against the Bruins. Chicago struggled to find their offensive groove in this game, failing to convert any of their 23 shots on goal and missing all 3 power play opportunities. Despite a tough offensive performance, the Blackhawks aim to bounce back in their upcoming matchup against the Golden Knights.

When it comes to defensive performance, the Blackhawks have allowed 18 goals while scoring 12 of their own in even-strength situations this season. They have faced 22 power play attempts and surrendered 3 goals. In terms of goal scoring, Chicago has managed to score 14 goals so far, ranking 27th in the league, while conceding 21 goals. With a shot percentage of 7.7% and 183 attempted shots, the Blackhawks currently hold 4 points and a points percentage of .286. On the defensive end, they have faced 254 shots and boast a save percentage of .917. Chicago has also had 30 power play opportunities, scoring 2 goals at a rate of 6.67%.

Stepping into the crease for the Blackhawks is Petr Mrazek, who has a career record of 151-127-34. Through his experience, Mrazek has faced 9,409 shots and made 8,539 saves, leading to a save percentage of .908. He has allowed an average of 2.76 goals per game in his 338 appearances, accumulating a total of 158 quality starts.

In their previous game, the Vegas Golden Knights secured a 3-2 victory against the Flyers. Although they couldn’t capitalize on their 3 power play chances, Vegas managed to score 3 goals out of 29 shots on goal.

Vegas has been strong on both ends of the ice this season, scoring 21 goals at even strength and 6 goals with a man advantage. They have taken 212 shots, while allowing 196 shots from their opponents. The Golden Knights currently have 27 goals, 14 points, and a points percentage of 1.000. Defensively, they have conceded 13 goals, with 11 goals coming at even strength and 2 while shorthanded. With 25 power play opportunities, Vegas has a power play rate of 24.00%. They have also recorded a penalty kill rate of 90.00% on their opponents’ 20 power play opportunities, with a save percentage of 93.4%.

Adin Hill is expected to guard the net for the Golden Knights. Throughout his career, Hill has started in 92 games, earning a record of 49-39-6. He has faced 2,799 shots and made 2,550 saves, resulting in a save percentage of .911. Hill has allowed an average of 2.62 goals per game and holds a quality start rate of 54.3%.

The Pick: Chicago Blackhawks (+300)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

Minnesota Wild vs Washington Capitals

  • Date: Friday, October 27, 2023
  • Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
  • TV: Monumental Sports Network
  • Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-143) Capitals (+115)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

The Minnesota Wild (3-2-1) will face off against the Washington Capitals (2-3-1) at Capital One Arena on Friday. The Wild are favored with odds of -143, while the Capitals are the underdogs at +115. The over/under for the game is set at 6.

Last game, the Minnesota Wild defeated the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 7-4. The Wild had a strong offensive performance, scoring 7 goals on 31 shots. Their penalty minutes totaled 17, and they had 3 power play opportunities but were unable to convert any of them.

The Wild have scored a total of 25 goals this season, ranking 6th in the league. They have allowed 25 goals against. Minnesota has a points percentage of .583, with 7 points earned so far. They have a power play success rate of 17.39%, scoring 4 goals on 23 chances. While at even strength, the Wild have scored 21 goals and allowed 21. They have a shooting percentage of 14.0%, with 179 shots taken. Defensively, they have faced 211 shots and have a save percentage of .882. The Wild have allowed 4 power play goals on 19 opportunities.

In goal for the Wild will be Marc-Andre Fleury, who has a career record of 545-316-91. He has a goals against average of 2.58 and a save percentage of .913. Fleury has played a total of 57,161 minutes and has recorded 25,687 saves.

The Washington Capitals are coming off a 6-4 victory against the New Jersey Devils. They scored 6 goals on 25 shots and converted 1 of their 3 power play opportunities.

So far this season, the Capitals have scored 12 goals and allowed 23. They have earned 5 points with a points percentage of .417. At even strength, they have scored 16 goals and allowed 7. The Capitals have a power play success rate of 10.53%, scoring 2 goals on 19 chances. They have taken 161 shots, with a shot percentage of 7.45%. Defensively, they have allowed 171 shots and have a save percentage of 86.5%. The Capitals have killed off 69.57% of their penalties, allowing 4 power play goals on 23 opportunities.

Darcy Kuemper is expected to start in goal for the Capitals. Kuemper has a career record of 166-123-44 and has a save percentage of .916. He has a quality start rate of 55.0% and has made 188 quality starts in his career.

Parlay Pick: Washington Capitals (+115) & Under 6

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

St. Louis Blues vs Vancouver Canucks

  • Date: Friday, October 27, 2023
  • Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
  • TV: Sportsnet
  • Odds/Point Spread: Blues (+135) Canucks (-167)

The Vancouver Canucks (4-2-0) welcome the St. Louis Blues (2-2-1) at Rogers Arena on Friday. The line on this contest has the Blues at +135 and the Canucks are opening at -167. The betting total is set at 7.

The St. Louis Blues will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4-2 defeat against the Jets their last time out. The Blues had a below average offensive outing in the defeat. For the matchup, they were able to notch a goal on 2 out of the 20 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 4 power play tries and were able to score 1 goal. St. Louis earned 6 penalty minutes for this contest.

While playing at even strength, the Blues have allowed the opponent to score 10 goals while having 9 when they are on offense. St. Louis Blues opponents have totaled 14 power play opportunities (32nd in hockey) and have come away with 4 goals in those attempts. Pertaining to their goal scoring prowess, the St. Louis Blues have racked up 10 goals (31st in hockey) so far this season and have given up 14. St. Louis has taken 116 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.6%. For the current campaign, they have recorded 5 points and their points percentage is .500. The Blues so far have had 170 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .918. St. Louis is sitting with 15 power play opportunities and they have added 1 goal out of those tries, giving them a rate of 6.67%.

The man in net for this game is Jordan Binnington. Binnington has played in 227 games during his pro hockey career. He has amassed a mark of 119-74-27 and he was named the starter in 222 games. The opposition has notched 607 goals against Binnington in his career and his goals against rate is 2.76. Binnington has had 6,529 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 5,922 total saves. His save percentage currently sits at .907 in his 13,195 mins between the pipes. Over the course of his career, Binnington has recorded 115 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .518.

In their last game, Vancouver went up against the Predators in an outing where the Canucks took home the victory by a tally of 3-2. The Canucks recorded 3 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they pursued. They had 1 chance on the power play in this outing but didn’t put one in the back of the net.

Vancouver has tried 157 shots (28th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 14.65%, while allowing their opponents 198 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 78.26% on their oppositions 23 power play tries, and their save percentage currently sits at 92.4%. They have earned 17 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 35.29%. The Canucks have accumulated 17 goals at even strength and 6 goals (11th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 15 goals to be scored by of a combination of 10 goals at even strength and 5 goals while they had less men on the ice. Over the course of the season, the Vancouver Canucks have earned a total of 23 goals, 8 points, and a points percentage of .667.

On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Thatcher Demko protecting the goal. His opposition is averaging 2.89 goals per contest and he has relinquished 482 goals overall. Demko’s quality start rate sits at 54.8% and he has 91 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He was named a starter in 166 games and his ice time sits at 10,014 mins. Demko has accrued a lifetime mark of 83-69-15 and has played in 172 games. He has compiled 4,911 saves out of the 5,393 shots attempted, giving him a save % of .911.

The Pick: Vancouver Canucks (-167)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada)

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