Thursday NHL betting portfolio
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By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL betting options to consider, with odds courtesy of BetOnline.
The Bruins — on the outside of the playoff picture looking in — begin life without former head coach Claude Julien when they host the visiting San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on Thursday night.
Following back-to-back defeats, the Bruins relieved Julien of his duties as the club continues to struggle to stay in the playoff race. The Bruins enter Thursday’s match as -123 favorites on home ice, where they’ve been absolutely dreadful this season. The Sharks, who’ve won seven of their last 10, head to Boston as appealing +111 underdogs.
Defenseman Brent Burns continues to have a remarkable season in San Jose as the blue-liner now has 57 points in 54 games. Burns has six points in the last three games heading into action against the Bruins.
The last 10 meetings between these two clubs have been close, with the Sharks winning six of those matchups during that span. San Jose has won the last three meetings.
The Sharks and Bruins — two high-scoring clubs — should be able to surpass the total goals projection of 5.
Pick: San Jose Sharks (+111) and the Over (5)
Two teams battling for Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spots will square off on Thursday night when the Philadelphia Flyers host the visiting New Yorks Islanders at Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers, who are clinging on to the second and final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, enter Thursday’s matchup as -120 favorites. The Islanders started the season slow but a mid-season surge has them in contention for a playoff spot. The Isles are intriguing +109 underdogs on the road, where they’ve struggled all season long.
The Flyers have given up the third most goals against in the NHL this season — an ongoing issue the team has yet to rectify.
Considering an over/under wager? Don’t expect a high-scoring affair, so take the under on the projected total of 5.5.
Pick: New York Islanders (+109) and the Under (5.5)
The Capitals will be looking to make it five in a row on Thursday when the Eastern Conference leaders host the Detroit Red Wings at the Verizon Center.
There’s been no question since mid-December the hottest team in the NHL has been the Capitals, who happen to enter Thursday’s contest as convincing -258 favorites. Sitting comfortably in first in the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals are 22-5-1 on home ice. That doesn’t bode well for the Red Wings — winners of just four of the last 10 games and +229 underdogs heading into the nation’s capital.
The longer this game goes, the better shot the Red Wings have of winning. Detroit is a perfect 6-0 in shootouts this season, while the caps are 1-4 in the breakaway contest.
This won’t be close though, which is why you should jump all over the Caps, who are -1.5 point spread favorites and should cover with ease.
Pick: Washington Capitals (-258) and cover -1.5