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NHL Betting Tips For Friday, March 31

Jon and Derek3-3 overall yesterday, splitting the two Best Bet first period moneylines for a small profit on those.

It looked like it may be a much better night but the Sharks lost the first period in Edmonton despite scoring in the opening minutes, and the Islanders scored a late goal to sneak Over their 2.5 team total after Philly jumped out to a 5-0 first-period lead.

The Isles were the only “must-win” teams not to pick up points last night. The Hurricanes, Lightning, Leafs and Bruins all won as the tight playoff race in the East continues to remain compelling. The Senators could use another victory or two as well, having lost 7 of 9 and in danger of falling into a wild card spot, if not even further.

7 games in the NHL tonight and after so many important games last night, there really aren’t any games tonight that have a huge impact on who will make the playoffs (the Kings need a win to stay in contention, but they’re an extreme longshot to make the playoffs as it is.)

However, Sharks at Flames has seeding implications in the Pacific, and the Blues will want a win tonight in Colorado to strengthen their hold on third in the Central and avoid a wild card spot.

Below is our favourite bet of the day, plus stats, trends and opinions on the rest of the action.

Good luck!

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.

Devils Logo VS Pick Islanders Logo
Game: Devils @ Islanders Lean
Time: 7:30PM ET
Lean: Pass (considered Devils First Period Moneyline +141 but line dropped)

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils should be motivated to play the spoiler role against their division rivals. The Islanders were blown out 6-3 last night in Philadelphia and have lost their last 5 home games.

Reasons to bet New York: Desperation time for the Islanders, plus they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games with the Devils – including 6 straight in New York. New Jersey has lost 6 of 7 games and 8 of 10.

Other things to know:

  • New York beat New Jersey 6-4 Feb. 19 in New York
  • New Jersey beat New York 3-2 Feb. 18 in New Jersey
  • New Jersey has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games and 7 of 10
  • New Jersey has scored 10 regulation time goals in its last 6 games
  • New York has allowed 3.7 goals per game in its last 10 games
  • New York is 7-0 in its last 7 games following a loss of 3+ goals
  • The Under is 25-9-2 in the last 36 meetings in New York

Probable goalies: Kinkaid (confirmed), Greiss

Blue Jackets Logo VS Pick Blackhawks Logo
Game: Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks Lean
Time: 8:30PM ET
Lean: Blue Jackets +0.5 (regulation time) -125

Reasons to bet Columbus: The Blue Jackets are 6-1-2 in their last 9 games and have allowed just 3 regulation time goals in their last 4. Chicago has lost 4 of the last 5 meetings.

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, including a 5-1 victory Wednesday in Pittsburgh when they led 4-0 after the first period. Columbus has scored 8 goals in its last 5 games.

Other things to know:

  • Columbus beat Chicago 3-2 Oct. 21 in Columbus
  • Columbus is 21-9-7 on the road
  • Chicago is 25-9-5 at home
  • The Under is 6-1-1 in Columbus’ last 8 games
  • Columbus has 1 PP goal in its last 10 games
  • Chicago has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Chicago has won 7 of its last 9 home games
  • The Over is 24-9-2 in Chicago’s last 35 games

Probable goalies: Bobrovsky, Crawford (confirmed)

Blues Logo VS Pick Avalanche Logo
Game: Blues @ Avalanche Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Blues Team Total Over 3.5 +122

Reasons to bet St. Louis: The Blues are 11-1-1 in their last 13 games and have won 5 straight meetings with the Avalanche. Colorado has lost 7 straight games and is 11-25-2 at home.

Reasons to bet Colorado: The Avalanche offence has produced 2 goals or more in 5 of its last 6 games, and 3+ in 4 of 8. The Blues are just 20-17-1 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • St. Louis beat Colorado 4-2 March 21 in Colorado, 3-0 March 5 in Colorado and 5-1 Nov. 7 in St. Louis
  • St. Louis has scored 3+ goals in 8 of its last 10 games (4+ in 4 of 7)
  • St. Louis has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 9 straight games (11 goals in 9 games)
  • The Under is 7-1-1 in St. Louis’ last 9 road games
  • The Over is 6-1 in Colorado’s last 7 games
  • Colorado has allowed 4+ goals in 7 straight games)
  • The Under is 11-4-1 in the last 16 meetings

Probable goalies: Allen, Pickard

Sharks Logo VS Pick Flames Logo
Game: Sharks @ Flames Lean
Time: 9:00PM ET
Lean: Pass (considered Over 5 -131)

Reasons to bet San Jose: The Sharks outshot Edmonton 40-22 last night in a 3-2 loss to the Oilers. Calgary has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 4 of its last 5 games.

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames have won 9 of 11 at home and can clinch a playoff spot with a victory tonight. San Jose has lost 7 of its last 8 games, scoring 2 goals or less in each of those losses.

Other things to know:

  • Calgary beat San Jose 3-2 Jan. 11 in Calgary and 3-2 Nov. 3 in San Jose
  • San Jose beat Calgary 4-1 Dec. 20 in San Jose
  • San Jose has lost 5 straight road games
  • San Jose has allowed 3+ goals in 5 straight games
  • San Jose has won 13 of its last 19 games on 0 days rest
  • Calgary is 19-7 in its last 26 games overall
  • The Over is 5-1-3 in Calgary’s last 9 home games

Probable goalies: Dell, Elliott

Kings Logo VS Pick Canucks Logo
Game: Kings @ Canucks Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Pass (considered Kings Moneyline but line skyrocketed)

Reasons to bet Los Angeles: The Kings could be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss tonight. Vancouver has lost 8 of its last 10 games and 13 of 17.

Reasons to bet Vancouver: The Canucks have been a thorn in the Kings’ side lately, going 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings. LA has scored 2 goals or less in 7 of its last 9 games and is 15-19-5 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • Vancouver beat LA 4-3 March 4 in LA and 2-1 Dec. 28 in Vancouver
  • LA beat Vancouver 4-3 in a shootout Oct. 22 in LA
  • Vancouver has lost 11 of its last 12 home games
  • LA has allowed 2 regulation time goals or less in 6 of its last 8 games
  • Vancouver has scored 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games and 6 of 9
  • The Under is 12-4-6 in the last 22 meetings in Vancouver
  • The Under is 17-4-5 in LA’s last 26 road games

Probable goalies: Quick, Miller (confirmed)

Capitals Logo VS Pick Coyotes Logo
Game: Capitals @ Coyotes Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: Over 5.5 +104

Reasons to bet Washington: The Capitals are 7-0-1 in their last 8 games and have scored 4 goals or more in 5 of their last 6 games. Arizona has lost 7 of 8 games, and scored 1 goal or less in 6 of its last 7.

Reasons to bet Arizona: The Coyotes are 4-0-1 in their last 5 home games against Washington. The Capitals have given up at least 3 goals in 5 straight road games.

Other things to know:

  • Washington beat Arizona 4-1 Saturday in Washington
  • Washington is 20-11-6 on the road
  • Arizona has allowed 3+ goals in 8 straight games (4+ goals in 3 of 8)
  • The Under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings
  • The home team has won 9 of the last 11 meetings
  • Doan is questionable for Arizona

Probable goalies: Holtby, Smith


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