Morning NHL Odds Update
It may have been a disappointing day for most peoples' NHL betting, as there were some rather unusual results in spite of there being just four games.
To start the night off, the Sabres beat the Islanders in a shootout. Ryan Miller was excellent, making 30 saves in what could end up being his last start for Buffalo.
Minnesota, pinned as a -225 favorite, got absolutely destroyed 6-1 at home by Edmonton. A win would have given them a playoff spot, but they completely blew a golden opportunity.
Elsewhere, the Blackhawks overcame the Flames 3-1 at home as -270 favorites, while the Coyotes were unable to protect their home ice with a 5-4 loss to the Avalanche (+145).
Early Saturday Preview
A few matchups have still yet to have lines posted, including the Devils/Rangers, Flyers/Senators, and Wild/Avalanche.
One of the biggest favorites on the board at the moment is Pittsburgh. The Penguins will be hosting the Hurricances in their regular season finale and are favored at -205 at Bet 365 to get the win.
Pittsburgh, despite a 7-3 record over their last 10, have lost two straight games coming into tonight, so you know they'll be going hard as they look to turn the momentum heading into the playoffs. One would think the Penguins will be able to do so against a Carolina team that's 3-5-2 over its previous 10.
Other relatively large favorites on Saturday include Columbus, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Anaheim, and Los Angeles.
Columbus (-225) still has a chance at making the playoffs, so they have a ton to play for tonight against Nashville, whom have gone 1-8-1 over their past 10.
It's rare to see the Lightning (-175) favored by such a large margin, but this is a home game against the Panthers we're talking about here. Tampa Bay has gone a very respectable 12-9-2 and Florida has won just six times on the road in 2013.
The Blues are playing great hockey and are still battling for seeding, which could explain why they're nearing -165 on the NHL odds board versus Chicago tonight. It's rare to see the Blackhawks posted up as an underdog, especially at a price like +145, and it's hard to go against them here considering they're 8-1-1 over their last 10.
Anaheim has won three in a row, including that nice road win over Vancouver the other night, and will try to keep up the good play against Phoenix. The Ducks are at -160 to get the W, which seems like a good price after how poorly the Coyotes played in their home finale last night.
As for the Kings, they're -150 favorites against San Jose. The two teams are tied on points at 57, meaning seeding is on the line here. L.A. has recorded a 18-4-1 mark at home this season, while the Sharks are 8-13-2 on the road.
Stay on the up and up with our Saturday Picks of the Day~
No NHL odds have been made public for this game, but check back with us later on in the day.
We'll have a breakdown of this matchup as well as a final sports pick from David Schwab. The Rangers are playoff-bound, but the Devils will be going for a third straight win to close out their season. What way will Schwab go with his play?
We will also have another big day of picks from David Lawrence. He should have three picks in his POD article and will also be breaking down a game of his choice. Stay tuned to see if he can have a successful finish to the NHL regular season.