Last night’s 1-3 slate was pretty brutal. At this point in the NHL regular season it’s getting tough to predict how teams are approaching these games with only about a week left in the regular season and most playoff spots already locked up. Some teams can still play for seeding but its hard to gauge how much some teams are valuing what seed they finish vs. if they’re better rested going in. I’ll likely trend very lightly this coming week betting wise with the motivation factors being more up in the air. Then I’ll crush the playoffs.
Penguins vs. Sabres (7:00)
The story earlier this week was Sabres goalie Michael Houser’s NHL debut and his back to back wins against the Islanders. Tonight he’s back in goal for his third start looking to start his NHL career 3-0. The Penguins are locked in the playoffs and currently tied for first place in the East with Carolina. They’re playing for seeding in the East. On the season, the Pens are 5-1 against the Sabres this year and 4-2 on the puck line. I’d lean the Penguins tonight but at the expensive price I’m laying off this game and hoping Houser keeps shocking the world in goal.
Bruins vs. Rangers (7:00)
The Rangers are coming on the second leg of a back to back and a VERY emotional game last night against the Capitals that saw over 100 minutes of penalties that you could read about on my blog from this morning. The B’s are locked into the playoffs and only playing for seeding. On the season they’re 4-2 against the Rangers and should win again tonight. The price is just too expensive for me to back them without much motivation so I’ll skip this game.
Islanders vs. Devils (7:00)
The Islanders looked like they didn’t give a shit when they played Buffalo on Monday and Tuesday. Like they just played lazy and didn’t care. They’re in the playoffs and just coasting until that starts and don’t seem to care about what seed they end up as. On the season the Islanders have crushed the Devils winning five of the six games they’ve played against each other. I’d lean the Isles here but with the way they played against the Sabres I’m not touching this game.
Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens (7:00)
There’s been some hard fought games between the Leafs and Canadiens this season with the Leafs leading the season series 5-3. Toronto’s the way better team here and have pretty much locked up first place in the North. Montreal most likely is in the playoffs but hasn’t actually clinched fourth place. I’d lean the Leafs here but I’m not betting this game.
Hurricanes vs. Blackhawks (7:00)
This season Carolina, who almost has first place in the Central Division locked up has been phenomenal. They’re 5-2 against the Blackhawks this year and I’d think that continues. I’d lean Carolina but its just way too expensive at over -330. I’ll take the over here for a unit, which is 6-1 this season in matchups between these teams.
Oilers vs. Canucks (9:00)
The Oilers are on fire lately going into their clinched spot in the playoffs with seven wins in their last nine games. The Canucks have sucked coming into this game with six straight losses including including two in their their last two games to the Oilers. Edmonton is 5-2 on the season against Vancouver and I’d lean they win this one again but I’m not betting it at -260 when the Oilers have nothing to play for.
1u Carolina/Chicago over 6 (-120)
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: 306-221-2 (-7.25 units)