NHL Odds and Picks for All 4 Games Today

Auston Matthews on the ice versus the Senators

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews(34) during an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Toronto, Canada. (AP Photo/Peter Power)

There are four NHL games scheduled on Monday, October 18th 2021
Auston Matthews will make his season debut for the Maple Leafs against the Rangers
See below for odds, analysis and a few bets to target

The first Monday night of the 2021-22 NHL season features a four-game slate on October 18th. Auston Matthews will play his first game of the season when the Toronto Maple host the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Arena.

Elsewhere around the league, the Calgary Flames will look to bounce-back from a Battle of Alberta loss when they host the Anaheim Ducks. The Flames are -184 favorites at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Here are NHL odds and two betting picks for Monday, October 18th.

NHL Odds – Oct. 18th

Game Time (EST)
Team
Puck Line
Total
Moneyline

Monday Oct. 18
New York Rangers
+1.5 (-166)
O 6 (-114)
+160

7:00 pm
Toronto Maple Leafs
-1.5 (+138)
U 6 (-106)
-190

Game Time (EST)
Team
Puck Line
Total
Moneyline

Monday Oct. 18
Seattle Kraken
+1.5 (-210)
O 6 (-112)
+126

7:00 pm
Philadelphia Flyers
-1.5 (+172)
U 6 (-108)
-148

Game Time (EST)
Team
Puck Line
Total
Moneyline

Monday Oct. 18
Anaheim Ducks
+1.5 (-156)
O 5.5 (-112)
+154

9:30 pm
Calgary Flames
-1.5 (+130)
U 5.5 (-108)
-184

Game Time (EST)
Team
Puck Line
Total
Moneyline

Monday Oct. 18
St. Louis Blues
-1.5 (+146)
O 5.5 (-118)
-180

10:00 pm
Arizona Coyotes
+1.5 (-176)
U 5.5 (-104)
+152

Odds as of Oct. 17 at FanDuel.

Rangers Hold Underdog Value vs Leafs

The Rangers have underdog value against the Maple Leafs on Monday. This line is being inflated due to Auston Matthews making his season debut, as the Rangers have had Toronto’s number of late. New York has won four of the past five meetings and have the offensive weapons to exploit Toronto’s susceptible defense.

Rangers vs Maple Leafs Recent Results

Date
Home-Away
Moneyline
Puck Line
Over/Under

02/05/2020
Rangers 5 – Toronto 3
NYR
NYR
Over

12/28/2019
Toronto 4 – Rangers 5 OT
NYR
NYR
Over

12/20/2019
Rangers 3 – Toronto 6
TOR
TOR
Over

03/23/2019
Toronto 1 – Rangers 2 OT
NYR
NYR
Under

02/10/2019
Rangers  4 – Toronto 1
NYR
NYR
Under

The Rangers are coming off their first win against Montreal in which Alexis Lafreniere potted the game winner.  Another key storyline from the game was the play of goalie Igor Shesterkin, who stopped 30 of 31 shots for the victory. These two players are vital to New York’s success this season, so it’s important they’re playing with confidence early in the season.

First goal of the season ☑️
First goal on your hometown ice ☑️
A good night for Alexis Lafreniere ☑️#NYR pic.twitter.com/SyqKesWlJg

— Rangers on MSG (@RangersMSGN) October 17, 2021

The Maple Leafs are 2-1 to begin the season, but are struggling on offense. Toronto has yet to score more than three goals in a game and have gotten just one assist from star forward Mitch Marner. The Rangers have the firepower to matchup with Toronto, and their recent history against the Leafs gives them underdog value in the NHL odds.

Pick: New York Rangers ML (+160)

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Flames In Bounce-Back Spot vs Ducks

The Calgary Flames are in a prime bounce-back spot when they host the Ducks on October 18th. Calgary lost the Battle of Alberta to Edmonton on Saturday night thanks to a hat trick from phenom Connor McDavid. The Flames actually played well in the loss, outshooting the Oilers by a 47-33 margin.

Ducks vs Flames Recent Results

Date
Home-Away
Moneyline
Puck Line
Over/Under

02/17/2021
Calgary 6 – Anaheim 4
CGY
CGY
Over

12/13/2020
Anaheim 0 – Calgary 6
CGY
CGY
Over

10/20/2019
Anaheim 1– Calgary 2
CGY
CGY
Under

04/03/2019
Anaheim 3 – Calgary 1
ANA
ANA
Under

03/29/2019
Calgary 6 – Anaheim 1
CGY
CGY
Over

Calgary has won three straight games against Anaheim, scoring six goals in each of the two most recent meetings. Ducks goalie John Gibson has recovered from a lower-body injury and is expected to start against Calgary. The American netminder has struggled against the Flames of late, posting a .867 save percentage in his last two starts.

This Flames team should be hungry coming off a tough loss to Edmonton. Matthew Tkachuk in particular was a standout from the season opener, pacing the team with nine shots on goal. The Ducks were held to a single goal last time out against Minnesota and could struggle against Jacob Markstrom, who owns a .923 save percentage in his career vs Anaheim.

Pick: Calgary Flames ML (-184)

Author: wpadmin

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