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NHL Best Bets for Wednesday, February 1st

Bruins vs Maple Leafs

Big, big tilt tonight in Toronto. The Leafs are looking really good right now, winning 6 of their last 10 and scoring points in 7 of those 10. They've rattled off 5 wins in their last 6 home contests too, and most recently crushed the Capitals 5-1 on Sunday. The Bruins come to town losers of 3 in a row, which is shocking for a team on pace to break the regular season points record and has been absolutely blazing hot all year long. I feel like expecting them to lose a 4th-straight after being so dominant all season is a stretch, but the Leafs are no slouch. These two have split the season series thus far, with the Leafs winning 2-1 in Toronto way back on November 5 and the Bruins winning 4-3 more recently on January 13 in Boston. The Leafs will be without superstar Auston Matthews tonight, and although they've fared well in their few games without him, losing a player of such elite caliber against arguably the deepest lineup in the game is a huge hole to fill, even at home. I think the odds swing in Boston's favor tonight, albeit ever so slightly.

Bruins ML -120

Hurricanes vs Sabres

I don't like taking teams on the second game of a back-to-back, but the Hurricanes aren't just any team. The Canes have points in 9-straight games and have won 6 in a row. They rallied from 3 goals down to top the Kings last night, and they topped the NHL's best team in the Bruins the game before that. The Sabres have been hot of late going 5-0-1 in their last 6 games to pull themselves within 1 point of the final Wild Card spot in the East. I actually really like this Sabres team too and believe it or not wouldn't be surprised if they pulled this one out, even with the Hurricanes playing at a torrential pace. So, let's compromise…

Sabres PL -175

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