Saturday’s NHL Picks and Parlays
Betting lines courtesy of BetOnline.com.
Pittsburgh Penguins (-117) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (+106)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to climb up a jam-packed Metropolitan Division but the club faces another stiff test with the youthful Toronto Maple Leafs in town on Saturday night. The Penguins are a strong team on home ice, boasting a 10-3-1 record at PPG Paints Arena. That is why they head into Saturday’s contest as the -117 money line favorites. The Maple Leafs — winners of six of their last six games — enter Saturday’s road match as enticing +106 underdogs. This may be a head-to-head match the Pens have owned over the last 10 meetings, but it’s the Leafs that own a 2-1-0 record against Pittsburgh in the last three clashes. The Maple Leafs are also 10-5 against the spread on the road this season. Take the boys in blue and the over goal projection of 6.
Boston Bruins (-143) vs. New York Islanders (+129)
It looks as if the Boston Bruins have overcome a shaky start, having won seven of their last three games. The Bruins will look to keep that streak intact on Saturday night as they host the visiting New York Islanders at TD Garden. Boston opens as the -143 favorite playing at home, where its posted an 8-4-2 record. The Isles, who have dropped back-to-back games, hope to get back into the win column as the +129 underdogs. It’s hard to ignore the Bruins’ 6-3 against the spread record and 7-2 straight up mark in its their last nine games. The total goals projection is set at is set at 6, but expect a lower-scoring affair between these clubs. Keep riding the Bruins on this hot streak.
Pick: Boston Bruins (-143)
Montreal Canadiens (-141) Edmonton Oilers (+128)
Everyone’s still waiting for the Edmonton Oilers to break out and make a serious run for a playoff spot. Connor McDavid and Co. will hit the road for another tough match against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs, who have dropped two straight after an impressive five-game winning streak, open as the -141 favorites on home ice, where the club has posted an 8-6-3 record this season. The Oilers — winners of just four games in their last 10 — head to Montreal as +128 underdogs. Consider taking the Oilers, who are 5-2 straight up in their last seven games when playing the Canadiens. Edmonton is also 5-1 SU in its last six games when playing in Montreal against the Canadiens.
Pick: Edmonton Oilers (+128)
Tampa Bay Lightning (-173) vs. Winnipeg Jets (+156)
If you like scoring, you’ll want to tune into Saturday’s contest between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets. Nikita Kucherov and the Bolts, who sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, head into this game as -173 favorites having won 6 of their last 10 games and three in a row. The Bolts and Jets lead the East and West, respectively, in goals for. Winnipeg heads to Tampa as +156 and while they may not win the game, they’ll definitely give the Lightning a run for their money. Back the Bolts to win a fourth straight, but be sure to take the over on the total goals projection of 6.
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