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NHL Betting Tips For Saturday, March 3

Jon and DerekThere may be just 8 games on the National Hockey League schedule today, but at least we get a full day of action!

Philly and Tampa will get things started at 1 p.m. eastern, the first of 5 afternoon games before the evening slate is highlighted by an outdoor game between the Leafs and Capitals at the U.S. Service Academy in Maryland.

We’re coming off a 1-1 day yesterday (if only the Rangers could have held onto their first period lead for 2 more minutes to cash the +152 first period moneyline) after getting March off to a great start with a 3-0 Thursday.

Today, we’ve got bets on 3 of the 8 games, including a pair of late afternoon plays, and may decide to add more later (if we do, we’ll post it on Twitter and Facebook).

Note: We’re posting earlier than usual today because we’ve both got busy Saturday plans with the kids, so the goalie information won’t be as reliable as usual. Good luck if you’re tailing along or whatever else you’re on today.

Odds below are at the time we made the pick. Be sure to check out our live odds page for updated odds on today’s games.

Islanders Logo VS Pick Penguins Logo
Game: Islanders @ Penguins Pick
Time: 5:00PM ET
Pick: Islanders Team Total Under 2.5 -104

Reasons to bet New York: The Islanders are 2-1-1 in their last 4 visits to Pittsburgh. The Penguins have lost 3 straight, allowing 17 goals during the skid.

Reasons to bet Pittsburgh: The Penguins are 23-8-1 at home and in a prime focus spot after allowing 8 goals in a loss to the Bruins on Thursday. New York lost last night at home to Montreal, the Islanders’ fifth straight loss, and is giving goaltender Chris Gibson just his third NHL start.

Other things to know:

  • Pittsburgh beat New York 4-0 Jan. 5 in New York and 4-3 in OT Dec. 7 in Pittsburgh
  • New York is 13-17-3 on the road
  • The Over is 39-23 in New York’s games this year
  • The Over is 35-28 in Pittsburgh’s games this year
  • New York has allowed 19 regulation time goals in its last 5 games
  • New York has scored just 19 goals in its last 9 games, excluding empty netters
  • The Under is 6-2 in New York’s last 8 road games

Probable goalies: Gibson (confirmed), Jarry

Canadiens Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Canadiens @ Bruins Pick
Time: 5:00PM ET
Pick: Canadiens Team Total Over 2.5 +120

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens are 3-0-3 in their last 6 games, allowing just 10 regulation time goals during that span. Boston has given up 3+ goals in 8 of its last 11 outings.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins are 21-7-4 at home and have beaten Montreal 3 times already this season. The Canadiens are 9-19-2 on the road and playing for the second straight night.

Other things to know:

  • Boston beat Montreal 4-1 Jan. 20 in Montreal, 4-1 Jan. 17 in Boston and 4-3 Jan. 13 in Montreal
  • Montreal has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games
  • The Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings
  • Montreal has won 6 of its last 8 visits to Boston
  • The road team is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings

Probable goalies: Niemi, Rask

Senators Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Senators @ Coyotes Pick
Time: 8:00PM ET
Pick: Over 5.5 -105

Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators won 5-4 last night in Vegas, the 7th time in 10 games that Ottawa has scored 3 goals or more. Arizona is just 11-18-4 at home this year.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Ottawa is 8-18-5 on the road and has allowed 4+ goals in 6 of its last 10 overall.

Other things to know:

  • Arizona beat Ottawa 3-2 in OT Nov. 18 in Ottawa
  • Arizona is 5-3-2 in the last 10 meetings
  • The road team has won 6 of the last 9 meetings
  • Arizona had scored 6 goals in 4 games before scoring 5 against Minnesota on Thursday
  • The Over is 9-3 in Ottawa’s last 12 games

Probable goalies: Condon, Raanta

Flyers Logo VS Pick Lightning Logo
Game: Flyers @ Lightning
Time: 1:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Philadelphia: The Flyers have won 7 straight on the road. Tampa has allowed 3+ goals in 7 of its last 10 games.

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning is 21-6-2 at home, where it has won 9 of its last 11 against the Flyers. Philadelphia has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games.

Other things to know:

  • Tampa beat Philadelphia 5-1 Jan. 25 in Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia beat Tampa 5-3 Dec. 29 in Tampa
  • Tampa has scored 4+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games and 6 of 8
  • Tampa is playing its 3rd game in 4 days and 4th in 6
  • Tampa has been outshot 69-47 in its last 2 games
  • Philadelphia has lost 13 of the last 19 meetings

Probable goalies: Mrazek, Vasilevskiy

Blues Logo VS Pick Stars Logo
Game: Blues @ Stars Lean
Time: 2:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 -109 (also considered Blues Team Total Under 2.5 -120)

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues may have some confidence back after snapping a 7-game losing streak Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Detroit. Dallas has allowed 5+ goals in 4 of its last 8 games.

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars are 22-10-2 at home. St. Louis has scored 2 goals or less in 6 of its last 8 games.

Other things to know:

  • Dallas beat St. Louis 2-1 Feb. 16 in Dallas and 4-2 Dec. 29 in Dallas
  • St. Louis beat Dallas 3-0 Dec. 7 in St. Louis and 4-2 Oct. 7 in St. Louis
  • The home team is 7-0-1 in the last 8 meetings
  • St. Louis has allowed 3+ goals in 6 of its last 8 games
  • Dallas has scored 15 goals in its last 8 games
  • The Over is 8-3-3 in the last 14 meetings

Probable goalies: Allen, Bishop (confirmed)

Blackhawks Logo VS Pick Kings Logo
Game: Blackhawks @ Kings Lean
Time: 4:00PM ET
Lean: Hawks First Period Moneyline +135

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks should be motivated to play for respect after getting whipped 7-2 Thursday in San Jose. LA may look past the Hawks with 4 days off on deck.

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings have won 6 of the last 7 meetings, including a pair of 3-1 wins earlier this season in Chicago. The Blackhawks have lost 11 of their last 14 games.

Other things to know:

  • LA beat Chicago 3-1 Feb. 19 in Chicago and 3-1 Dec. 3 in Chicago
  • Chicago has lost 7 straight on the road
  • LA is 16-11-3 at home
  • Chicago has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 18 of its last 22 games, excluding empty netters
  • Chicago has allowed 3 goals in 11 of its last 14 games
  • LA has scored 3+ goals in 7 of its last 8 games
  • LA has allowed 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 9 games, excluding empty netters

Probable goalies: Forsberg, Quick

Leafs Logo VS Pick Capitals Logo
Game: Leafs @ Capitals Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Leafs Moneyline +103

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs are 13-2-2 in their last 17 games. Washington has scored 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games, excluding empty netters.

Reasons to bet Washington: The Capitals are 22-9-2 at home this year. Toronto has given up 3+ goals in 8 of its last 10 games.

Other things to know:

  • This game will be played outside as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series
  • Washington beat Toronto 4-2 Nov. 25 in Toronto
  • Toronto beat Washington 2-0 Oct. 17 in Washington
  • Toronto is 17-12-5 on the road
  • Both teams have been off since Tuesday
  • Toronto has allowed 2 power play goals in its last 10 games
  • Toronto has won 6 of its last 7 games when playing on 3+ days rest

Probable goalies: Andersen (confirmed), Holtby (confirmed)

Rangers Logo VS Pick Oilers Logo
Game: Rangers @ Oilers Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Rangers Team Total Over 2.5 -113

Reasons to bet New York: The Rangers should bring lots of energy following back-to-back victories in Vancouver and Calgary. Edmonton is just 13-16-2 at home.

Reasons to bet Edmonton: New York has allowed 106 shots in its last 2 games.

Other things to know:

  • New York beat Edmonton 4-2 Nov. 11 in New York
  • New York has won 6 of the last 8 meetings
  • New York has allowed 3+ goals in 8 of its last 9 games (7 times in regulation)
  • Edmonton has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Edmonton has just 5 regulation time wins in its last 28 games

Probable goalies: Georgiev (confirmed), Talbot

 

Good luck!

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