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NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, April 5

Jon and DerekTonight’s the second-last busy night of the NHL regular season with 12 games on the board. And even though there’s only 1 playoff spot still up for grabs in each conference and the 8th spot in the West will essentially be decided Saturday when the Blues visit the Avalanche, there’s still a lot riding on most of tonight’s contests.

The Bruins can pull ahead of Tampa in the Atlantic with a win tonight, the Penguins, Blue Jackets and Devils are battling for home-ice advantage in the first round, and the Sharks, Kings and Ducks are doing the same in the West.

We finally enjoyed a winning night again on Tuesday as the Canadiens showed some pride in their final home game of the year, coming from behind to extend a tired Jets team with a thin lineup and backup goalie into overtime and covering the +0.5 regulation time wager.

Leans also went 5-2 Tuesday and are now 20-10 over the last 10 days, suggesting that our March struggles may be behind us. We’re hoping a strong run in the final few days of the regular season will get us back to the +20 unit mark on the season, which was actually our personal goal at the start of the campaign.

We’ve got 5 bets tonight and have opinions on most of the other games as well. Good luck on whatever you play!

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.

Hurricanes Logo VS Pick Flyers Logo
Game: Hurricanes @ Flyers Pick
Time: 7:00PM ET
Pick: Hurricanes Team Total Over 2.5 -103 (also like Hurricanes First Period Moneyline +143)

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes have allowed just 13 goals in their last 6 games. Philadelphia has allowed 3+ goals in 7 of its last 8.

Reasons to bet Philadelphia: The Flyers are 5-1-3 in their last 9 games and are still battling for a playoff spot. Carolina has lost 14 of its last 22 games.

Other things to know:

  • Philadelphia beat Carolina 4-2 March 17 in Carolina and 2-1 Feb. 6 in OT in Carolina
  • Carolina beat Philadelphia 4-1 March 1 in Philadelphia
  • Carolina is 17-18-5 on the road
  • Philadelphia is 20-13-6 at home
  • Philadelphia has scored 4+ goals in 7 of its last 9 games
  • The Over is 8-2 in Philadelphia’s last 10 games
  • Faulk is doubtful for Carolina

Probable goalies: Ward, Elliott (confirmed)

Bruins Logo VS Pick Panthers Logo
Game: Bruins @ Panthers Pick
Time: 7:30PM ET
Pick: Under 6 -116 (also like Panthers First Period Moneyline +105)

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins are 22-11-7 on the road and playing for first place in the Atlantic Division. Florida has lost 6 of the last 7 meetings, including a 5-1 rout by the Bruins Saturday in Boston.

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers basically need to win out as they chase a playoff spot in the East. Boston has lost its last 3 road games and 4 of its last 6 away from home.

Other things to know:

  • Florida has won 20 of its last 26 home games
  • Florida beat Boston 3-0 March 15 in Florida
  • Boston has scored 15 regulation time goals in its last 7 road games
  • Florida has scored 8 goals in its last 4 games and 3 goals or less in 8 straight, excluding empty netters
  • Florida has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 7 of its last 10 games
  • Both teams are playing their 4th game in 6 days
  • The Under is 6-2 in Boston’s last 8 road games

Probable goalies: Rask (confirmed), Luongo (confirmed)

Golden Knights Logo VS Pick Oilers Logo
Game: Golden Knights @ Oilers Pick
Time: 9:00PM ET
Pick: Under 6 -105

Reasons to bet Vegas: The Golden Knights are 6-1-2 in their last 9 games. Edmonton has lost 5 straight and scored just 6 goals in its last 4.

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers have won 2 of their 3 meetings with Vegas this season.

Other things to know:

  • Vegas beat Edmonton 4-1 Feb. 15 in Vegas
  • Edmonton beat Vegas 3-2 in OT Feb. 13 in Vegas and 8-2 Nov. 14 in Edmonton
  • Vegas has scored 4+ goals in 5 of its last 9 games
  • Edmonton has allowed 3 goals or less in 8 of its last 10 games
  • The Under is 8-1 in Vegas’ last 9 road games and 7-2 in its last 9 games overall

Probable goalies: Fleury, Talbot

Coyotes Logo VS Pick Canucks Logo
Game: Coyotes @ Canucks Pick
Time: 10:00PM ET
Pick: First Period Over 1.5 +101

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes have won 4 of their last 5 games and are 17-8-2 in their last 27. Vancouver is just 15-18-7 at home.

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks are 5-1-1 in their last 7 games and will be motivated to deliver a victory in the final home game of Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s careers. Arizona has lost 8 of its last 11 trips to Vancouver.

Other things to know:

  • Arizona beat Vancouver 1-0 March 11 in Arizona and 2-1 March 7 in Vancouver
  • Vancouver beat Arizona 3-1 Feb. 25 in Arizona
  • Arizona has scored 4+ goals in 6 of its last 9 games
  • Arizona has allowed 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 9 games, excluding empty netters
  • Vancouver has allowed 4+ goals in 5 of its last 9 games
  • Vancouver has scored 4+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games
  • The Under is 15-4-2 in the last 21 meetings in Vancouver

Probable goalies: Kuemper (confirmed), Markstrom

Wild Logo VS Pick Kings Logo
Game: Wild @ Kings Pick
Time: 10:30PM ET
Pick: Wild Team Total Under 2.5 -128 (also like Kings -0.5 regulation time -102)

Reasons to bet Minnesota: The Wild has allowed 17 regulation time goals in its last 10 games, excluding empty netters. Minnesota is 5-1-3 in its last 9 games versus the Kings.

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings can still improve their playoff positioning with a win while the Wild is locked into third in the Central. LA has allowed just 4 regulation time goals in its last 4 games and 2 or less in 6 of its last 7.

Other things to know:

  • LA beat Minnesota 4-3 in OT March 19 in Minnesota and 5-2 Dec. 5 in LA
  • Minnesota is playing for the second straight night, 3rd in 4 and 4th in 6
  • Minnesota has lost 9 of its last 12 games when playing on 0 days rest
  • Minnesota has scored 1 goal in 4 of its last 6 games and just 5 goals in its last 4 road games, excluding empty netters
  • The Under is 9-2 in Minnesota’s last 11 games on 0 days rest
  • The Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings

Probable goalies: Stalock (confirmed), Quick (confirmed)

Predators Logo VS Pick Capitals Logo
Game: Predators @ Capitals Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Under 1.5 +102

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators should be motivated to clinch the Central Division with a victory as well as break out of a 3-4-1 funk in their last 8. Washington has lost 6 of the last 8 meetings.

Reasons to bet Washington: The Capitals have won 7 of their last 8 games and are 27-10-2 at home. Nashville is playing its 4th game in 6 days and 8th in 13.

Other things to know:

  • Nashville beat Washington 6-3 Nov. 14 in Nashville
  • Nashville is 24-9-7 on the road
  • Nashville has won 20 of its last 28 games when playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • Washington has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games and 8 of 10
  • Washington is playing on 2 days rest
  • The Over is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings

Probable goalies: Saros (confirmed), Grubauer (confirmed)

Rangers Logo VS Pick Islanders Logo
Game: Rangers @ Islanders Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Islanders Team Total Over 3.5 -105

Reasons to bet NY Rangers: The Rangers have won 6 of their last 7 games against opponents with losing records. The Islanders have allowed 3+ goals in 7 straight games and 9 of 10.

Reasons to bet NY Islanders: The Islanders have owned their cross-town rivals for years, winning the last 6 meetings and 13 of the last 16. The Rangers have lost 7 of 9, allowing 4+ goals in 6 of those outings.

Other things to know:

  • The Islanders beat the Rangers 3-0 Feb. 15 at NYI, 7-2 Jan. 13 at NYR and 4-3 in a shootout Oct. 19 at NYR
  • The Rangers have been outshot 133-75 in their last 3 games
  • The Islanders have scored 16 goals in their last 4 games
  • The Islanders have allowed 9 power play goals in their last 7 tgames
  • The Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in NYI
  • The Islanders are playing their final home game of the season

Probable goalies: Pavelec (confirmed), Halak (confirmed)

Leafs Logo VS Pick Devils Logo
Game: Leafs @ Devils Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Over 6 -112

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs have won 9 of their last 12 games and scored 4+ goals in each of their last 11 victories.

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils are 6-0-1 in their last 7 games and could clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight in their home finale. Toronto has nothing to play for in the standings.

Other things to know:

  • Toronto beat New Jersey 1-0 in OT Nov. 16 in Toronto
  • New Jersey beat Toronto 6-3 Oct. 11 in Toronto
  • The home team has won 12 of the last 15 meetings
  • Toronto has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games and 2+ in 9 of 10
  • The Over is 7-2 in New Jersey’s last 9 games
  • The Over is 6-2 in Toronto’s last 8 games
  • The Over is 5-1-3 in the last 9 meetings

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

Penguins Logo VS Pick Blue Jackets Logo
Game: Penguins @ Blue Jackets Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Blue Jackets First Period Moneyline -113

Reasons to bet Pittsburgh: The Penguins have had 3 days off to prepare for this clash that could determine home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Columbus has allowed 8 regulation time goals in its last 2 games.

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and have won 16 of their last 21. Pittsburgh has 1 regulation time win in its last 6 games and is just 16-20-4 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • Pittsburgh beat Columbus 5-2 Feb. 18 in Columbus, 5-4 in OT Dec. 27 in Pittsburgh and 3-2 in a shootout Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh has scored 3+ goals in 9 straight meetings
  • Pittsburgh has scored 4+ goals in 5 of its last 9 games
  • Pittsburgh has allowed 3+ goals in 9 of its last 10 games
  • Columbus has scored 21 goals in its last 4 games and 4+ in 7 of its last 8 games
  • Columbus has allowed 2 goals or less in 10 of its last 12 home games
  • The home team has won 10 of the last 12 meetings
  • The Over is 10-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 11 road games
  • The Over is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings in Columbus

Probable goalies: Murray (confirmed), Bobrovsky

Canadiens Logo VS Pick Red Wings Logo
Game: Canadiens @ Red Wings
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens have scored 3+ goals in 5 of their last 7 games. Detroit has lost 7 of the last 9 meetings.

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings are 3-0-1 in their last 4 games, including an OT loss Tuesday to the red-hot Blue Jackets. Montreal has lost 16 of its last 21 road games and is coming off a draining 5-4 OT loss to WInnipeg Tuesday in its final home game of the year.

Other things to know:

  • Montreal beat Detroit 4-2 March 26 in Montreal, 10-1 Dec. 2 in Montreal and 6-3 Nov. 30 in Detroit
  • Montreal has lost 8 of its last 10 games
  • Montreal has allowed 4+ goals in 4 of its last 7 games and 6 of 10
  • Montreal is playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • Detroit has scored 17 goals in its last 4 games
  • The Under is 18-6 in Detroit’s last 24 home games

Probable goalies: Niemi (confirmed), Coreau (confirmed)

Flames Logo VS Pick Jets Logo
Game: Flames @ Jets
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Pass

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames are 20-14-6 on the road. Winnipeg is playing its first home game following a 4-game road trip and has gone to OT in 5 of its last 8.

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets have won 9 of their last 10 games overall and are 30-7-2 at home. Calgary has been outscored 39-12 in its last 9 games, winning just once during that span.

Other things to know:

  • Winnipeg beat Calgary 2-1 in a shootout Jan. 20 in Calgary
  • Calgary beat Winnipeg 6-3 Oct. 7 in Calgary
  • The home team is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings
  • Calgary has outshot its opponent in 8 of its last 10 games
  • Winnipeg has 2 regulation time wins in its last 8 games
  • Winnipeg has allowed 4+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Winnipeg has scored 4+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games and 6 of 10
  • The Over is 10-2 in Winnipeg’s last 12 home games
  • The Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings

Probable goalies: Gillies (confirmed), Hellebuyck (confirmed)

Avalanche Logo VS Pick Sharks Logo
Game: Avalanche @ Sharks Lean
Time: 10:30PM ET
Lean: First Period Over 1.5 -108

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche is desperate for points as it fights with St. Louis for the final wild card spot in the West. San Jose has lost 4 straight.

Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks are still playing for home-ice advantage in the first round. The late-season pressure might be getting to the young Avalanche, which has scored 1 regulation time goal in 5 of its last 7.

Other things to know:

  • Colorado beat San Jose 3-1 Feb. 6 in Colorado and 5-3 Jan. 18 in Colorado
  • San Jose has won 15 of its last 16 home games versus Colorado
  • San Jose has allowed 3+ goals in 5 straight games
  • The Over is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings
  • The Over is 9-3 in San Jose’s last 12 games
  • The Under is 5-1 in Colorado’s last 6 games

Probable goalies: Bernier, Jones (confirmed)

 

Good luck!

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