Thursday night NHL wagering preview
Make more from your Thursday hockey bets
By Bob Duff
Buffalo has won three straight in overtime for just the second time in franchise history, the other three-game streak coming Nov. 5-6-10, 2006. Prior to this run, the Sabres were 3-9 past regulation in 2016-17, including two overtime wins. The Sabres are 5-2 against Central Division opponents and have won three in a row against teams from the Central for the first time since 2009.
Dallas is currently 0-0-2 on a season-high six-game homestand. Stars captain Jamie Benn has 1-7-8 totals in his last seven home games. Stars forward Tyler Segin has posted 6-4-10 numbers in his last eight home games. Dallas is without injured defensemen Jamie Oleksiak (lower body) and Johnny Oduya (upper body).
Pick: The Sabres (+129)
The Bruins rallied from a third-period deficit for a huge 4-3 overtime win over Detroit at home Tuesday in a game with significant playoff implications. Boston is now third in the Atlantic Division. David Pastrnak netted the OT winner, ending a 17-game goalless drought and reaching the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his NHL career. The victory snapped Boston’s four-game losing streak. Boston is 4-7 in its last 11 home games.
The Penguins fell to St. Louis, their first regulation loss at home since Nov. 21, ending a 13-0-1 run. The forward line of Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust-Conor Sheary has produced 20-28-48 totals in Pittsburgh’s last 16 games. Defenseman Justin Schultz has equaled his career high with 33 points. The Penguins have won two straight on the road and two in a row from Boston.
Pick: The Penguins (+102)
The Blues snapped a three-game slide with a 3-0 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday behind the shutout netminding of backup Carter Hutton. The Blues sit in the first Western Conference wild card playoff position. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has points in three straight games and forward Paul Stastny has six points in the last three games.
Minnesota’s 67 points through 47 games is a franchise record. Wild forward Mikael Granlund extended his point streak to a career-long eight games (1-8-9) in Tuesday’s win at Dallas. Goalie Devan Dubnyk is 26-8-3. His goals-against average (1.91) and save percentage (.935) lead all NHL goaltenders. Minnesota has suffered an NHL-low 11 regulation losses this season and have lost back-to-back games in regulation just once all season long.
Pick: The Wild (-162)
Two unlikely NHL playoff teams as the NHL All-Star break nears, the Senators are a surprising second in the Atlantic Division. Mike Condon made 31 saves Tuesday and earned his fourth shutout of the season as Ottawa halted Washington’s 14-game point streak and improved to 4-0-1 in their last five contests. Ottawa is 6-1-4 in its last 11 home games.
The Senators conclude a three-game homestand against the Flames, who hold down the final Western Conference wild card playoff spot. But Calgary has hits the skids of late, on a 1-5-1 slide, including back-to-back losses to Toronto (4-0) and Montreal (5-1) to open this three-game road swing. Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton has eight points in the past eight games. Calgary is 0-4-1 in its last five road games and also 0-4-1 in its last five games played in Canada.
Pick: The Senators (-147)