DailyFaceoff/Corsica NHL Bets (January 2nd)

Updated: January 3, 2019 at 10:21 am by Dylan Berthiaume

With six games on tap for tonight, there’s plenty of spots to like. I’ve highlighted Corsica’s most probable and valuable bets below. You can find predictions for all of tonight’s games here. Good luck!

Highest Probability

Oilers @ Coyotes – Spread | EDM +1.5 (-273)

Corsica gives Edmonton a 74.43% chance of covering the spread tonight, making it the most probable bet on tonight’s slate. The Coyotes will be without centreman Nick Schmaltz tonight. The 22-year-old is out with an upper-body injury, leaving a big void in the Coyotes’ offense. Schmaltz has 14 points in 17 games since being acquired from the Blackhawks. 14-year-veteran Brad Richardson is expected to take his place on the second line tonight. He is a savvy two-way forward but his offensive abilities pale in comparison to that of Schmaltz.

With Schmaltz out of the picture, the Oilers’ star power should be enough to keep this one close, if not win outright. Adin Hill is expected to be in net for the Coyotes tonight. After a red-hot start to the season, the young netminder has come back down to earth, posting a 3-3 record with an .887 SV% over his last six appearances. Look for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to get the better of Hill tonight.

Highest Value

Canucks @ Senators – Over/Under | Under 6.5 (-105)

If you’re looking for a bit of a riskier play that can offer you great return on your dollar, Corsica likes the under for the Canucks and Senators tonight. These two teams swapped backup goaltenders earlier today, with the Senators acquiring Anders Nilsson and Darren Archibald in exchange for Mike McKenna, Tom Pyatt, and a 2019 sixth-round pick. Luckily for all of us in on the under, McKenna will not be making his Canucks debut tonight. Instead, the red-hot Jacob Markstrom will get the nod. The 28-year-old netminder has hit his stride of late, winning eight of his last nine starts with a .943 SV%. He’s allowed more than two goals only once in that span, so he’ll almost certainly do his part in getting this game to the under tonight.

The Senators will counter with Marcus Hogberg in goal. The rookie has struggled in his only two appearances this season, but he won’t need more than a half-decent performance to keep Vancouver’s offense in check. The Canucks have struggled to get the depth scoring necessary to complement the likes of Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson. They’re tied for second-last in the NHL with just 28.3 shots per game this season. Corsica gives this game a 63.51% chance of finishing with less than 6.5 goals.

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Dylan Berthiaume

Dylan has been an Associate Editor of DailyFaceoff since 2018 and a co-host of the DFO Podcast since 2015.
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