We only have two games in the NHL schedule for Sunday, but we can see a lot of goals. The Pittsburgh Penguins play their opening game against the Washington Capitals as they seek their first win of the season. The Florida Panthers will also be looking for their first win, but their first two games have been postponed due to COVID-19. They welcomed the Chicago Blackhawks winlessly to Sunrise.
Below you’ll find some of my favorite bets for Sunday. For more betting this season, see the FTN Bet Tracker at FTNBets.com.
Washington Capitals +100 (William Hill) in Pittsburgh Penguins -109 (FanDuel) – 6 goals
Whenever Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin face off, it’s TV to watch. Ovechkin hasn’t scored a goal yet, but he has two assists. Crosby has scored in every two of his games to start 2021. The Penguins returned home after two heavy defeats to the Philadelphia Flyers by a combined score of 11-5. Tristan Jarry conceded six goals from 25 shots in the opening game and he only lasted 11:30 in the second game after he let three goals go past him on Philadelphia’s first six shots. Jarry is not to blame as the Penguins lost some of the blue line and they didn’t have the strongest defensive unit before departure.
Meanwhile, the Capital won both of their meetings against Saber in Buffalo by a combined score of 8-5. Both Capital and Penguin are in the top 10 in the high scoring odds and dangerous odds allowed at 5v5 last season, and it looks like that trend can continue. I thought we’d see more of the complete game from Pittsburgh, so I’d lean on it for the win, but what ends up is the game. You can get more than six goals at -115 at William Hill.
Choose: Pittsburgh 5-4
Chicago Blackhawks +130 (William Hill) in Florida Panthers -145 (FanDuel) – 6.5 goals
Chicago lost its first two games to defending Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay Lightning by a combined score of 10-3. It was in a difficult position to start the season, but it is likely a sign of things to come as captain Jonathan Toews is without a time limit and failed to replace Corey Crawford in goal. No team allowed more shots, goals, scoring chances or dangerous scoring chances on 5v5 last season than Chicago. Florida was sixth in goals per game last season and submitted the third most goals per game. Taking over six goals is also the best bet for this game.
Choose: 5-3, Florida Panthers