NHL Top Line (11/28)
We have a healthy 5 game slate on tap for tonight with something for everyone. Some fill in goalies are being sent to the crease as well as some usual suspects. Should be a fun night so lets get to it.
St. Louis Blues (-123) vs. Detroit Red Wings (+111) O/U – 5.5 goals
Jake Allen (6-6-3) 3.43 adjGAA v Jimmy Howard (7-6-3) 2.80 adjGAA
First up we have Jake Allen squaring off against Jimmy Howard in Little Caesars Arena. This is the first contest between these two middling teams so far this season. The Blues are averaging a middle of the road 3.05 goals per game while the Red Wings are averaging an even more anemic 2.75. For what its worth, the Blues scored 4 goals against the Jets in their last game but did so on just 27 shots on goal. Likewise, Detroit scored 5 goals in their last game against the Blue Jackets on 32 shots. Detroit is averaging 32 shots per game in their last 6 games, a good fair bit more than their season average of just over 29.
Anaheim Ducks (+155) vs. Florida Panthers (-172) O/U – 5.5 goals
John Gibson (8-8-4) 2.68 adjGAA v James Reimer (4-5-2) 3.56 adjGAA
The next match-up pits John Gibson and the Ducks against James Reimer and the Panthers in Florida. It’s fair to say Gibson could see the most shots against any goalie on the night going up against the team averaging the second most shots per game in the league. He might even stand a chance considering his 92.6% save percentage on the year going against Florida’s 9.2% shooting percentage. Reimer, on the other hand, has struggled a bit with his 89.5% save percentage in just over 670 minutes of ice time this season. He should be helped out, however, with the fact that Anaheim is taking the fewest shots in the league up to this point.
San Jose Sharks (+144) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (-160) O/U – 6 goals
Aaron Dell (3-3-2) 2.72 adjGAA v Frederik Andersen (13-7-0) 2.31 adjGAA
Aaron Dell should see the ice tonight for the Sharks as they are on the second leg of a back-to-back and in the midst of an east coast swing. On the season Dell is averaging just 2.60 goals against him with a 91.4% save percentage. For Toronto, Frederik Andersen will look to better his 13-7-0 record on the season whose 93.2% save percentage is among the top on the league. He should have a chance to prove himself against the 3rd ranked team in terms of shots taken.
Dallas Stars (+175) vs. Calgary Flames (-195) O/U – 6 goals
Landon Bow (0-0-0) 2.80 adjGAA v David Rittich (8-2-0) 2.13 adjGAA
Currently, the Dallas Stars are slated to put Bow between the pipes on the back end of a back-to-back on the road against a hot (pun intended) Calgary Flames team. He sports a relatively respectable 90.1% save percentage and 2.68 GAA between NHL and AHL so far this season. He’ll have his work cut out for him against the team who is top 5 among shot takers and top 8 among shot makers this season. Rittich is as hot as any goalie this season and has allowed just over 2 goals per game against him with a 93% save percentage.
Pittsburgh Penguins (+103) vs. Colorado Avalanche (-114) O/U – 6.5 goals
Tristan Jarry (0-0-1) 2.10 adjGAA v Philipp Grubauer (5-1-2) 3.22 adjGAA
Another team slated to send out a fill in goalie on the second leg of a road back-to-back is the Penguins, who look to send Tristan Jarry to the ice. In his one game this season Jarry blocked 35 of 37 shots against him and helped Pittsburgh to a win. He’ll have his work cut out for him against the high flying 1st line of Colorado, who sports the two highest individual points leaders in the league in Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. Philipp Grubauer takes 1 regulation loss and 90.7% save percentage to the crease for the Avs.
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and lets keep on these winning ways. Good luck tonight to everyone playing.