avatar Written by Graeme & Scott on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Welcome to the NHL 2017-2018 season. The NHL is back as of October 4th, 2017 and we have also returned with your daily free NHL tips.

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Here’s our thoughts on October 4th:

Leafs vs Jets Betting Tips:

The NHL season is always very tough to make predictions at this time. A lot of our thought process is based on last season. You also never know how a team is going to perform. For example after last year, the Leafs are highly regarded due to their playoff performance. Will that mean they’ll come out and dominate the game? Or will they come in over-confident and get caught out?

Honestly taking the first few nights off till you get a feel for things isn’t the worst idea in the world. We tend to try and look for value plays at this point. However we’re going to go with the Leafs to beat the Jets.

We just think that they are the overall better team, and Babcock isn’t someone that will let that confidence ruin things for them. They also didn’t make any real drastic changes during the off-season.

Everything looks solid and the defensive pairings look largely intact. This is a team with a lot of depth especially at the back which is going to encourage the players.

We’re on Leafs to win.

Canada: 1.95 Odds at Bet365 (Americans: We recommend http://www.bovada.lv.
USA: No odds available yet but we advise Bovada.
Everyone Else: 1.95 Odds at Bet365 (Americans: We recommend http://www.bovada.lv.

Oilers vs Flames Betting Tips:

There’s no deep thought about this game – we haven’t studied pre-season form extensively to make this pick or anything like that. However in the Battle of Alberta we’re taking Over 5.5 Goals.

These two teams are always good for a chance at a high scoring game. We’ll throw out “Over 5.5” in this one right away, then discuss it and see if we can argue enough against it to remove it from our bets. We can’t do it this time.

The Flames from what we’ve seen so far – Smith is gonna get lit up! Oilers should dominate them but sometimes the form book goes out the window in rivalries like this. Even when the Oilers rack up the goals the Flames are usually right there with them.

We’ll take the Over in that one.

Canada: 1.95 Odds at Bet365 (Americans: We recommend http://www.bovada.lv.
USA: No odds available yet but we advise Bovada.
Everyone Else: 1.95 Odds at Bet365 (Americans: We recommend http://www.bovada.lv.

Other Games:

No bets in the other games. We think the Flyers could be a team that surprises this season and we are concerned about the Sharks – especially with no Marleau. We’re tempted by that Flyers line but we need to see them play before we can comfortably bet them. Probably some value on them but it’s a bit of a risk.

Blues vs Penguins – such a tricky one. Penguins are excellent at home but on the first game of the season we’re not too comfortable betting in regulation or handicaps. Blues are missing a couple of forwards but difficult to really analyze something like that this early on.

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Luan Duong

Hi welcome back. Lets hope for a good solid season once more. Thank you for what you do.

Peter Jordan

welcome back!

Maikel Vd Ven

Welcome back guys!!


Glad to have you back boys. Greetings to everyone else. Let’s talk hockey!


Hi guys! The last season watched you, and in this, too, I will spread my thoughts!

Kim Espen Hansen

Hi guys! Thx for sharing ur great work with us 🙂

Danny Solomon

Good luck for the season, guys! Looking forward to reading your tips and thanks for all the hard work you put in helping us to make a few quid!


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in the first round in opening matches a good choice is betting 1 or 1.5 in 1 period! While the ceremonies are over and the anthem is played, the players are cooling down! take a look)


i got leafs & peg over 6 -107 tonight good luck with your plays

Victor Ozolins

Welcome back all NHL fans. My prediction for tonight is Oilers and Toronto to win and both games over 5.5 goals.


Nice to see you again guys!

It is really too early to say much about the teams and make good predictions but I will stil not pass the first night without giving some tips.

Here the picks for tonight,

Oilers win %85
Jets win %70

I think most of you know that I do not bet for full time most of the time. So please consider that.

Please also be advised that there is or are the reasons behind of these percentage. But I do not want to write it out because I believe or feel that brings bad luck. Most of the time it was so 🙂 So do not expect any explanation :p Please also do not blame me if you take my tips and all goes wrong. I do not put a gun on your head to play on it or I do not make you feel that you are going to win.

So I wish you all fun. Do not use your kids budget for gambling 🙂

Good luck!


Welcome back guys & gals! I agree it’s hard to predict games at the start of the season but if I did…
Based on last season Leafs have a potent offence, 2nd best PP solid (but inexperienced) defence and an incredible coach; Jets have offense but they lack discipline, weak PK & Mason had a 2.66 GA;
Odds aren’t great but I think the Pens will take this; Blues are missing some key players and Yeo
lacks experience in St.Louis;
Battle of Alberta is tricky; Oilers have the offense & great goaltending but the Flames have
an incredible defense; Smith and Jagr are new (experienced) but may have ‘opening night jitters’ so the Oilers with home ice have the advantage; Good luck! ?

Arto Reinikainen

Leafs ML
Sharks in reg


Nice to see you back guys! I’ll be betting with caution up to middle/end of November. So, this means my plays will mainly be with 1 unit.

Oilers in reg @ 2.08



Leafs, Oilers and Sharks. All in reg.

Western RattlersD

What a relief hockey is back! MLB doesn’t qualify as a sport if you ask me. Soccer, surfing and ping pong are more predictable and more professionally conducted than MLB.
Tonight: Toronto/Winnipeg OVER is my only pick
Leans: Pittsburgh to Win, because StLouis is not a strong team, and they have injuries. StL could get an early lead, they’ll be trying to, so it’s up to Pittsburgh to show up, but in Pittsburgh that should happen?????. Also……Edmonton to Win. I’m avoiding the O/U on that one, it could be a 2-1 or 7-5 game. Too risky, 1st night of the season. However, I’m extremely interested in seeing how the Flames are doing after 2 or 3 games and we get a good view at the new chemistry and new players. Edmonton should be a strong bet-on team this year, barring injuries. But not Game 1 of season.


Nice to see you guys again. 🙂
I have no bet from my programm today, but I want to ask around some stuff:
Do you guys remember an app or a site where I can see injured players of a nhl team and also confirmed starting goalies? I used OwnersBox and it seems like it is down for now. I will update this post with a bet when I’m ready with this. 😀

Mirko Presen

Alright The NHL season begins…. I say Jets-Leafs go over 5,5 Goals, as well as Flames-Oilers go Over 5,5 Goals