Monday is trade deadline day in the NHL, so there is not a ton happening on the ice. Even so, we’ve got three games on the NHL betting menu, so let’s handicap them and see if we can find some value.
Nashville Predators vs. New York Rangers
NHL Odds: Rangers -118
As unexpected as this might be, a Nashville Predators-New York Rangers matchup could very well end up being this year’s Stanley Cup final. The Predators are the top team in the Western Conference right now while the Rangers are among the best in the East. In terms of current momentum, the Predators are in a bit of a slump as they’ve dropped two in a row and four of six. As for the Rangers, they are coming off a loss but they’ve still won eight of 10. On top of that, they just made a huge move prior to the trade deadline to acquire All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle, who is going to bolster an already stalwart unit.
In terms of betting this game specifically, I’m going to go over the number here simply because of the goaltending. Pekka Rinne is one of the best in the business but he’s struggled of late. He has lost four of five while posting a 3.20 GAA. As for the Rangers, they’re relying on backup Cam Talbot and he’s allowed three goals or more in five of his last six starts and nine of 11. That being the case, I’ll go over the NHL odds total.
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at 5Dimes
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Odds: Blackhawks -215
There is simply no way anyone can logically lay -215 with the Chicago Blackhawks in this spot. Can they win? Of course. Are they worth a bet given the price? Absolutely not. The Blackhawks have lost six of 10 overall and have dropped three straight at home. If you were betting the Blackhawks in each of those games, you’d have lost 5.75 units. They’re just not a good team right now.
At the same time, Carolina has won three straight and five of seven. I’m not going to take them in this spot but what I’ll do for my NHL pick here take the under. The Blackhawks are still a strong defensive team as they’re third in the NHL in goals allowed. As for the Hurricanes, Cam Ward has given up just five goals in his last three starts and is playing pretty well. I’ll go under.
NHL Pick: Under 5 at The Greek
Montreal Canadiens vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Odds: Canadiens -120
With Canadiens games, it makes sense to keep pounding unders as Carey Price is playing out of his mind right now. He was the second star of the month in February, going 9-1-1 with a 1.34 GAA and a .949 save percentage. The Habs enter Monday on a four-game winning streak and they’ve allowed just five goals in their last four games.
The Sharks continue to be a pathetic team that’s falling apart as they’ve lost eight straight games at home. In that span, they’ve averaged just 2.0 goals per game. Overall, the Sharks have scored just eight goals in their last five losses. Take the under with your NHL picks in this one.
NHL Pick: Under 5 at Bovada