NHL Betting Tips For Saturday, April 1

Jon and DerekThe Rangers scored late in the third period last night to cash our Best Bet Over 5.5 as the Penguins edged New York 4-3 in OT.

Overall, it was a 2-2 night for our picks and leans, with the Caps and Coyotes flying Over 5.5 but the Blue Jackets losing in regulation and the Blues managing just 1 goal against the Avalanche.

Elsewhere, the Islanders got a huge win over the Devils – but lost captain John Tavares in the process – and the Flames clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Sharks, whose late-season swoon continued. The Kings’ slim post-season hopes remained alive with a 2-0 win over the Canucks.

There are 8 games in the NHL today, including a pair of afternoon starts (love those!) Here’s our favourite bet for today, plus stats, trends and info on the rest of the games, along with opinions on each. (Note: Oddsmakers were very slow in putting lines up for all the games today, so we’ll have to add odds to a few of the leans later today.)

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.

Panthers Logo VS Pick Bruins Logo
Game: Panthers @ Bruins Lean
Time: 1:00PM ET
Lean: Pass (strongest opinion was Under 5.5 -109)

Reasons to bet Florida: The Panthers have earned points in 23 of 39 road games this year (15-16-8). Boston has been held to 2 goals or less in 4 of its last 6 games.

Reasons to bet Boston: The Bruins have dominated Florida for years, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings in Boston and 23 of 28 overall. Florida has lost 5 of its last 7 games and 14 of 19.

Other things to know:

  • Boston beat Florida 4-0 Jan. 7 in Florida, 3-1 Dec. 22 in Florida, 4-3 in OT Dec. 5 in Boston and 2-1 Nov. 1 in Florida
  • Florida has allowed 4+ goals in 4 of its last 7 games and 3+ in 6 of 8
  • Boston has allowed 2 goals in its last 3 games
  • Boston has won 9 of its last 12 home games
  • The Under is 19-7-6 in the last 32 meetings

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

Devils Logo VS Pick Flyers Logo
Game: Devils @ Flyers Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Pass (considered Devils Team Total Under 2.5 but too pricey)

Reasons to bet New Jersey: The Devils have won all 3 meetings with Philadelphia this year and have won 7 of their last 8 visits to Philly.

Reasons to bet Philadelphia: The Flyers have won 3 straight games and 6 of 9, and are 4-0 in their last 4 home games. New Jersey’s lost 5 straight and 8 of its last 10.

Other things to know:

  • New Jersey beat Philadelphia 6-2 March 16 in New Jersey, 4-1 Jan. 21 in Philadelphia and 4-0 Dec. 22 in New Jersey
  • New Jersey is 12-21-6 on the road
  • Philadelphia is 23-11-4 at home
  • New Jersey has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 6 of its last 7 games
  • Philadelphia has scored 3+ goals in 3 straight games, 4 of 5 and 7 of 10
  • The Under is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings in Philadelphia
  • The Under is 10-3-2 in Philadelphia’s last 15 home games

Probable goalies: Schneider (confirmed), Mason

Leafs Logo VS Pick Red Wings Logo
Game: Leafs @ Red Wings Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Maple Leafs First Period Moneyline -125 (also liked Under 5.5 and Wings Team Total Under 2.5)

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs have won 5 of their last 6 games and are 7-2-1 in their last 10. Toronto has beaten Detroit in all 3 meetings so far this season and in 7 of the last 10.

Reasons to bet Detroit: The Red Wings have allowed just 6 regulation time goals in their last 4 home games. Toronto has won just 17 of its 39 road games (17-14-8).

Other things to know:

  • Toronto beat Detroit 3-2 March 7 in Toronto, 4-0 Jan. 25 in Detroit and 5-4 in OT Jan. 1 in Toronto
  • Toronto has allowed 2 goals or less in 9 of its last 11 games
  • Detroit has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of its last 7 games
  • The Under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings in Detroit
  • The Under is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings
  • The Under is 8-2 in Detroit’s last 10 home games

Probable goalies: Andersen, Howard

Senators Logo VS Pick Jets Logo
Game: Senators @ Jets Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Jets Team Total Over 2.5 (will add odds when available)

Reasons to bet Ottawa: The Senators are 21-15-1 on the road and have won their last 6 trips to Winnipeg. The Jets have allowed 3+ goals in 4 of their last 5.

Reasons to bet Winnipeg: The Jets have won 6 of their last 8 games, and scored 3+ goals in 6 of their last 9. Ottawa has lost 7 of its last 9 games, scoring just 1 regulation time goal in 6 of those outings.

Other things to know:

  • Winnipeg beat Ottawa 3-2 Feb. 19 in Ottawa
  • The road team is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings
  • Ottawa has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of its last 7 games
  • Karlsson is questionable for Ottawa
  • Ottawa has lost 4 of 5 on the road
  • Winnipeg has won 4 straight at home

Probable goalies: Anderson, Hellebuyck

Stars Logo VS Pick Hurricanes Logo
Game: Stars @ Hurricanes Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -107 (also considered Hurricanes First Period -0.5 +161)

Reasons to bet Dallas: The Stars are playing pretty good defence these days, allowing 2 goals or less in 8 of their last 10 games. Carolina’s lost its last 4 home games versus Dallas.

Reasons to bet Carolina: The Hurricanes are unbeaten in regulation time in their last 13 games (9-0-4) and have scored 3+ goals in 8 of their last 9 games. Dallas has scored 2 regulation time goals or less in 5 of 6 and is 11-23-5 on the road.

Other things to know:

  • Dallas beat Carolina 5-2 Feb. 11 in Dallas
  • Carolina is 23-10-5 at home
  • The Under is 6-1 in Dallas’ last 7 games
  • Carolina has allowed 1 goal or less in 4 of its last 5 games
  • Carolina is playing its 4th game in 6 days
  • The home team is 18-6-2 in the last 26 meetings
  • The Under is 10-4-1 in Carolina’s last 15 games at home

Probable goalies: Lehtonen, Ward

Canadiens Logo VS Pick Lightning Logo
Game: Canadiens @ Lightning Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Canadiens Team Total Over 2.5 (odds not available yet, also like Over 5 -130)

Reasons to bet Montreal: The Canadiens have won 4 straight games and 12 of their last 16. Tampa’s given up at least 3 goals in 6 of its last 7 games.

Reasons to bet Tampa: The Lightning has won 4 straight as it continues its late-season playoff push. Montreal clinched a playoff spot Thursday and has a 6-point lead atop the Atlantic, so the Habs may not be as motivated as Tampa.

Other things to know:

  • Tampa beat Montreal 4-3 in OT Dec. 28 in Tampa
  • Montreal beat Tampa 3-1 Oct. 27 in Montreal
  • Montreal has won 7 of its last 8 road games
  • Montreal has scored 3+ goals in 3 straight games and 5 of 7
  • Montreal has allowed 2 goals or less in 5 of its last 6 games
  • Tampa has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 6 games
  • The Under is 9-3-3 in Montreal’s last 15 road games
  • The Over is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings in Tampa
  • The Over is 5-1 in Tampa’s last 6 games

Probable goalies: Price, Vasilevskiy

Ducks Logo VS Pick Oilers Logo
Game: Ducks @ Oilers Lean
Time: 10:00PM ET
Lean: First Period Over 1.5 +122

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks are 7-0-2 in their last 9 games and have scored 20 goals in their last 5. Edmonton has lost 18 of its last 23 games versus Anaheim.

Reasons to bet Edmonton: The Oilers have won 7 straight home games while the Ducks are just 16-15-8 on the road. Edmonton has allowed 4 goals in its last 3 games and 2 or less in 5 of its last 7.

Other things to know:

  • Anaheim beat Edmonton 4-3 March 22 in Anaheim and 4-1 Nov. 15 in Anaheim
  • Edmonton beat Anaheim 4-0 Jan. 25 in Anaheim and 3-2 in OT Dec. 3 in Edmonton
  • Edmonton has scored 3+ goals in 4 of its last 5 games (2+ in 9 straight)
  • There have been 22 first period goals scored in Anaheim’s last 10 games
  • There have been 25 first period goals scored in Edmonton’s last 10 games
  • Anaheim has won 27 of the last 34 meetings
  • The Under is 33-14-4 in Edmonton’s last 51 home games

Probable goalies: Gibson, Talbot


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