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NHL Betting Tips For Tuesday, April 2

Jon and DerekA stellar March didn’t conclude in ideal fashion Saturday as our Best Bet on the Bruins Team Total Over 3.5 lost, dropping us to 8-2 on our top plays for the month and 11-4 in March overall.

However, each of our three opinions for Saturday action cashed relatively easily.

We deliberately went lower volume in March as it has historically been our worst month, but with opinions also performing well of late, it’s encouraged us to get a little bit more aggressive in the final week of the season.

That’s why tonight, we’re rolling with a Best Bet, a pair of other bets and three opinions that almost made the card as well.


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Other Bets:

• Bruins at Blue Jackets: We don’t see much sense in standing in front of the Blue Jackets train right now, especially in Columbus. They’ve outscored their last five opponents 24-7 at home and are still fighting to get into the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Bruins are essentially locked into second place in the Atlantic (the Leafs could still technically catch them, but it’s unlikely) and might be letting down a bit, losing three of four. The most concerning thing for the Bruins has to be their defensive play, giving up 3+ goals in 5 straight and 8 of their last 11. Columbus dealt the Bruins a 7-4 defeat three weeks ago in Columbus, and we think the Jackets earn another two points here. Rather than lay -135 on the moneyline, we’ll back Columbus -0.5 in regulation time at +120.

• Hurricanes at Maple Leafs: Carolina needs victories to get into the playoffs, while the Leafs have already clinched and appear certain to finish third in the Atlantic. But that apparent difference in motivation is already baked into the price, to the point that we think it opens value on Toronto. Even if a win doesn’t matter in the standings, the Leafs need to turn their play around with the playoffs beginning next week. Last night’s 2-1 win at New York is something to build on, and they’ve now outshot their last two opponents by an 82-50 margin. Yes, the Leafs are on a back-to-back and 3-in-4 situation, but Carolina is playing its 3rd in 4, 4th in 6 and 7th in 11. At this low price, we’ll grab the Toronto moneyline -104.

Leans

• Jets moneyline +114 (Eric Comrie in net for Winnipeg is enough to keep us off, but the Wild has lost 20 of 27 at home and its playoff hopes are basically dead after Sunday’s loss in Arizona)

• Flyers Team Total Under 2.5 -127 (just a bit too pricey for us to pull the trigger)

• Canadiens moneyline -115 (Montreal needs a win, Tampa doesn’t and is starting Eddie Pasquale in net, but we need a better price than this to fade the Bolts)