NHL Saturday Breakdown (December 2nd, 2023)
With thirteen games on the slate for Saturday, and coverage that starts before Noon Eastern and wraps up just after Midnight, it’s a packed day of action in the National Hockey League as we break down a few of the key matchups in this NHL Weekend Preview.
Stream: NHL Network / ESPN+
Line: TB +120/DAL -145, 6 (Over -115/Under -105)
The first of a home-and-home series that concludes on Monday in Tampa, the Lightning start by heading to the Dallas Stars off of a bad 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins where they had a 2-0 lead after the first period, and the Pens rallied off four unanswered goals, capped by an empty-net goal from goaltender Tristan Jarry. The Stars are off a 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary on Thursday.
Line: NYR -140/NSH +120, 6.5 (Over -130/Under +110)
The Nashville Predators look to get back on track after having their six-game win streak snapped at home on Thursday to the Minnesota Wild. They host the Blueshirts, who lost to the Preds 4-1 back on October 19th on Broadway. Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has 12 goals and 31 points on the season. Nashville is 17-3 to the First Period Over in their last 20 contests.
Line: BOS +105/TOR -125, 6.5 (Over +100/Under -120)
This Original Six and Atlantic Division rivalry gets renewed yet again in Toronto, where the Maple Leafs have won five of their last six NHL games. The Bruins come into town on a mild slump, losing three of their last four games. The favorite has won five of the last six meetings in this series. Toronto has gone past regulation in six of their last ten games overall and in each of the last two meetings with Boston.
Line: STL +100/ARZ -120, 6.5 (Over -110/Under -110)
Two Central Division foes collide in Glendale as the surging Coyotes, fresh off a 4-3 overtime win over Colorado on Thursday night, take on the St. Louis Blues. Forward Jake Neighbours has been hot for the Blue Notes, scoring seven goals and an assist over his last seven games. The First Period Over is 9-4 in the last thirteen meetings between these clubs, and the Blues have won in 15 of their last 22 meetings in Arizona.
Stream: NHL Network/ESPN+
Line: VAN +100/CGY -110, 6.5 (Over -115/Under +105)
Wrapping up the NHL Weekend Preview: Two hated Pacific Division rivals wrap up Saturday night’s action as the Canucks will skate with new defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who just left this Calgary team days ago in a trade. The disgruntled veteran now looks to help out a Vancouver club that has alternated wins and losses over their last six games but still lead the National Hockey League in total goals with 92.
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