NHL matchups, odds to watch: April 18

NHL.com identifies key gameday matchups and players to watch throughout the 2023-24 season

Note: Betting lines provided by Betway (U.S.Ontario)

1. Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche (9:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, SNO, SNE, SN1)

EDM moneyline: +175
COL moneyline: -210
The Oilers are 5-3-2 in their past 10 games and will visit the Avalanche, who are 3-5-2 in that same span. Colorado leads the NHL in goals per game (3.67) while Edmonton is tied for the third-most in the League (3.59). The Oilers lead the NHL in shots on goal per game (33.9) and the Avalanche rank fourth in the category (33.1). Edmonton went 1-0-1 in their two games against Colorado this season, scoring eight goals for and allowing five against.

Connor McDavid has points in three of his past four games with six points (three goals, three assists) in the span. McDavid has at least three shots on goal in six of his past seven games. Warren Foegele has four points, including three goals, in his past four games. Nathan MacKinnon has 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in his past 28 games and is just six points behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov for the NHL points lead. Defenseman Cale Makar has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past six.

2. Anaheim Ducks at Vegas Golden Knights (10 p.m. ET; SCRIPPS, BSSD, BSSC)

Over 6.5 total goals: +110
Under 6.5 total goals: -140
The Ducks have lost back-to-back games and will visit the Golden Knights, who have won their past three consecutive games. Vegas is tied for the 11th-most goals per game in the League (3.23), while Anaheim is allowing the third-most goals per game (3.60). The Golden Knights have scored at least three goals in each of their past three games with 14 total goals in the span. The Ducks have allowed nine goals in their past two games.

Anaheim forward Trevor Zegras has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games. Frank Vatrano has four goals in his past four and defenseman Cam Fowler has four assists in that same span. For Vegas, Jack Eichel has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past seven. William Karlsson has points in three of his past four, with three goals and four total points in the span.

3. Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET; BSW, NBCSCH, SN360)

CHI puckline (+1.5 goals): +115
LAK puckline (-1.5 goals): -150

The Blackhawks have lost five consecutive games and are 3-7-0 in their past 10. They will visit the Kings, who are 5-5-0 in that same span and enter this matchup after losing 3-1 to the Minnesota Wild on Monday. Los Angeles has won both its games against Chicago this season, scoring 11 goals and allowing just two in the span. The Kings won both of those games by a differential of at least four goals.

Connor Bedard has points in two of his past three games (two assists). Philipp Kurashev has points in three of his past four games with three points (two goals, one assist) in the span. For Los Angeles, Kevin Fiala is on a three-game point streak with three points, including two goals, in the span. He has at least five shots on goal in two of his past three games. Defenseman Drew Doughty has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past five.

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