Money On The Board: NHL's Best Bets for Jan. 10/22

Welcome to Money on the Board, a daily article highlighting what I feel are the NHL's best bets for each game night. After an opening week where I started hot and fizzled off, I ended up at .500 with a 5-5 record. Not ideal, not the worst, onwards and upwards my friends. We look to catch fire early in the week and Monday's schedule brings us three what-should-be entertaining hockey games.

Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals
Odds: Bruins (1.91) Capitals (1.91)
Betting Factors: So the line for this game has moved throughout the day as everyone started hammering the over 5.5 goals. If you can find 5.5 goals, I would certainly vouch for taking the over. But I like to bet outcomes so some factors that I am considering include: the Bruins are 9-3-1 against teams from the Atlantic division and their best players have been their best players lately. The Capitals on the other hand are 10-3-5 at home this season and are supposed to be welcoming back both Nicklas Backstrom and T.J Oshie to the lineup on Monday night. It was just announced that Carl Hagelin will enter COVID protocol, to join Dmitry Orlov on the sidelines. Zach Fucale is expected to get the start in what I see as an ol' Texas shootout. Riding with the home team tonight. 
My Pick: Take the Caps
Seattle Kraken @ Colorado Avalanche
Odds: Kraken (3.80) Avs (1.27)
Betting Factors: The Avalanche are going to be without Gabriel Landeskog who entered COVID protocols on Monday. We have two teams going in opposite directions with the Kraken losing five straight and the Avs winning four in a row. Sometimes teams drop off after emotional wins like we saw in Colorado on Saturday night but in this case I just don't see it happening. Avs are 9-1 in their last 10 games and are scoring at will. Philipp Grubauer returns to Denver but he may need some sun screen for the back of his neck after this one.
My Pick: Take the Avalanche
New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings
Odds: Rangers (1.97) Kings (1.87)
Betting Factors: The Rangers are in the middle of the west coast trip and will be without Igor Shesterkin once again for this contest. They will be playing their third road game in the last five days and sit 5-4-1 in their past 10 games. The Kings on the other hand are playing better of late including a dominant performance against the Detroit Red Wings late last week. Kings are 6-3-1 in their past 10 and are well rested and reasonably healthy. 
My Pick: Take the Kings

It's a home team board tonight as Monday brings us some great action. Good luck with your bets and let's hope we can start this week off on the right foot. 

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