NHL Betting Picks On Saturday
Best Value Hockey Bets
By Bob Duff
The Blues beat Vancouver 4-1 in their last game to increase their hold on third place in the Central Division. St. Louis has won four straight and improved to 9-1 in their last 10 games. Goalie Jake Allen has won seven of his last eight starts.
Forward Magnus Paajarvi scored twice in the win over the Canucks and the Blues have won 14 of 20 since Paajarvi was recalled Feb. 7 from the AHL Chicago Wolves. Kyle Brodziak also scored to halt an 11-game goalless drought.
The heat from the Flames has cooled somewhat. After winning 17 of 21 games, Calgary has lost two straight. Calgary left-winger Matthew Tkachuk will return after serving a two-game NHL suspension for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in the face during Sunday’s game between the two teams.
Pick: The Blues (-143) and the under (5)
The hottest team in the NHL right now is the Hurricanes. With Thursday’s 4-1 win at Montreal, the Hurricanes extended their point streak to nine games (6-0-3). Carolina forward Elias Lindholm scored to extend his point streak to nine games (4-6-10). Carolina has scored an NHL-leading 3.23 goals per game during March, with 42 goals in 13 games.
The Devils will miss the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season and a big reason why is due to their struggles at home. They are 2-3-2 in their last seven games at the Prudential Center and 15-14-6 overall.
Forward Taylor Hall has 4-3-7 numbers over the past seven games. Kyle Palmieri has accumulated 10-7-17 totals over the past 15 games. Twelve of rookie forward Pavel Zacha’s 22 points this season have come on the power play.
Pick: The Hurricanes (-121) and the over (5)
The Rangers are where they most like to be – away from Madison Square Garden. New York owns an NHL-leading 26-9-1 road record but come to Los Angeles off a rare setback, a 3-2 overtime loss at New Jersey. Rangers forward Rick Nash reached the 20-goal plateau for the 12th time in his 14 NHL seasons in that game.
The Kings are still one the outside looking in at the playoff picture, although in their last game, a 5-2 win over Winnipeg, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin each posted 1-1-2 totals as the Kings scored four unanswered goals – including three in the third period – to defeat the Jets.
Pick: The Rangers (+113) and the over (5)
The Capitals appear to have shaken the funk that had briefly embraced the NHL’s No. 1 team, posting three straight wins since halting a 1-5 skid. Thursday, T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout to guide the Capitals past the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in a battle between two of the top three teams in the NHL.
The Capitals recorded their NHL-leading 30th home win to match a single-season franchise record set in 1985-86 and equaled in 2009-10.
The Coyotes are 1-3-1 in their last five games. Radim Vrbata (8-15-23) leads the team in road and overall scoring (18-34-52) this season.
Rookie forward Christian Fischer became the first player in franchise history to score a goal in each of his first two NHL games and just the 3rd player in Coyotes history to score three goals in his first four career NHL games.
Pick: The Capitals (-313) and the over (5.5)