NHL Daily Gambling Preview – 4/26/21

My incredible run of not having a losing day came to an end yesterday, going 0-1 for -1.9 units. I had the winner right with Tampa but I had them in regulation only and it took ten seconds into overtime for them to get the win. Can’t overthink that loss much, Tampa played great and the puck just didn’t go in the back of the net. Tonight’s slate blows from a betting standpoint but let’s start a new winning streak!

Flames vs. Canadiens (6:30)

After Saturday night’s 5-2 win, Calgary is now 6-2 on the season against Montreal, despite the Habs being the better team this season. I’d lean Montreal wins this one with Jake Allen back in goal, but not enough to want to bet on this game in any ways.

Senators vs. Canucks (7:00)

These two teams are the worst in the North. Vancouver’s 3-1 since coming back from their COVID break and haven’t been playing awful. They’re 6-1 this season against the Sens and should win again tonight. I’d lean the Canucks here but the Sens are feisty and just seem to ruin bets so there’s no real point for a half unit bet here. I’ll skip this game.

Blues vs. Avalanche (7:00)

Colorado took a rare loss on Saturday afternoon in a 5-3 game against the Blues. Even without Grubauer, I’d think that the Avs bounce back with a nice win today. But with Johan Johansson in goal and St. Louis playing decent lately needing every point they can get in a close race one point race with Arizona for the final remaining playoff spot in the West, I’ll lay off this game. 

Stars vs. Hurricanes (7:30)

Carolina’s the best team in the Central sitting atop the tight standings with a one point lead over Florida and two points over Tampa. Dallas has sucked this year but they are only two points behind Smashville for the fourth playoff spot that’s really the only one up for grabs. The Canes are 5-1 this season against the Stars and I think that continues tonight. I’ll take Carolina for a unit and a half.

Predators vs. Panthers (8:00)

Coming off a very good hot streak the past month or so, Nashville’s got a two point lead on Dallas for the final spot in the Central playoff race. Florida’s been real hot all season and they’re 4-2 against the Preds this year. I’d lean Florida here but I’m not betting this game. Should be the most fun game on this shitty slate to watch. 

Jets vs. Oilers (9:00)

These two North Division playoff teams largely match up exactly the same. Same goals for, same goals against, same amount of wins, same amount of losses (Winnipeg has one more of those in OT, so they have a one point lead in the standings. Edmonton’s 5-2 against the Jets though this season. I’d lean the Oilers win again here, but I’m not betting it. This game’s pretty much a coin flip. The Jets are the better team, the Oilers have one of the best players in the league. Not worth betting on.   

Kings vs. Ducks (10:00)

The season series between these two shitty California teams is tied at 2 wins each. I think the Kings are the better team but not enough to bet on them winning tonight. Skipping this game. 

Sharks vs. Coyotes (10:00)

The Yotes somehow find themselves above the Blues by a point in the West standings for the final playoff spot remaining. I think that’s more of a testament to that there isn’t much depth in the West though vs. Arizona’s talent, with the two best teams in hockey and then the bottom of the West having some of the shittiest teams. Arizona’s 3-1 against the Sharks this season and the Sharks are coming into this game on an eight game losing streak. I think the Blues are a way better team than the Coyotes, so in that playoff race, Arizona needs every point that they can possibly get against these shitty teams. I’ll take the Yotes for half a unit and their team total over 2.5 for half a unit since they’ve scored at least three goals in all four games against the Sharks this year, including the early season loss.

Picks

1.5u Carolina ML (-130)

.5u Arizona ML (-120)

.5u Arizona TT over 2.5 (-160)

Futures

2u Stanley Cup Champions: Vegas Golden Knights (+700)

2u Stanley Cup Champions: Colorado Avalanche (+650)

1u Stanley Cup Champions: New York Islanders (+1300)

1u Stanley Cup Champions: Washington Capitals (+1600)

Record: 277-190-2 (+13.37 units)


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