The Chicago Blackhawks thrilled NHL fans and the world alike by extended their record-setting points streak to 24 games. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see the Hawks in action today, but the NHL is still offering off an 11-game slate to keep bettors preoccupied in the meantime. In fact, there’s so much action going on today, that we’ve pared it down to a few of the top games that bettors and fans should get excited about. So, check out our picks!
Toronto Maple Leafs +1.5 at Boston Bruins -1.5
These teams come into today’s match-up with two of the best records in the NHL, but it’s been the Bruins who have dominated the series with the Leafs recently, winning their last seven meetings. However, Boston has dropped its last two overall after mounting a six-game win streak, in which it only allowed nine total goals.
With Boston back at home with one of the best defenses in the league, look for the Bruins to get back to their winning ways and continue their recent success against the Leafs by covering -1.5 in the victory.
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 at Philadelphia Flyers +1.5
These in-state rivals will meet for the third time this season today and so far it’s been an even 1-1 split, but the Flyers got the best of Sid Crosby and Co. last time out during a 6-5 win on Feb. 20. However, since then the Penguins have stepped up their game and are back to scoring nearly 3.5 goals per game on the season and have won seven of their last 10 total games. Meanwhile, the Flyers have continued to fly low, winning just five of their last 10.
Considering Pittsburgh has been exceptional in road conditions, going 9-4-0 this year away from home, look for the Penguins to earn the win and cover -1.5 in the third meeting with Philly this year.
Montreal Canadiens +1.5 at Carolina Hurricanes -1.5
In what should be one of the most evenly matched games of the day, the Canadiens will visit the resilient Hurricanes in the teams’ second meeting this season. Montreal has remained consistent all year long, providing a solid defense and capable goal scorers, while the Hurricanes have been a bit more up and down, but have rode out devastating injuries and have still managed to hover above most teams in the East standings.
The Hurricanes have mustered up impressive wins despite losing starting goaltender Cam Ward and even won with a third-string goalie in their last game. They’ve been good at home this season, but the Canadiens should have the slight edge against a banged up Carolina squad. Look for Montreal to cover +1.5 here.
Dallas Stars +1.5 at Los Angeles Kings -1.5
After a slow start, the defending Stanley Cup champs are starting to find their groove once again, as the Kings have won eight of their last 10 games and how sit at 12-7-2 on the season. Meanwhile, the Stars have continued to hover around .500, but they’ve been slightly stronger on the road this season with a record a 6-5-1.
It will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams today, but look for L.A. to stay hot and keep things rolling against the mediocre Stars with a win covering -1.5 today.