With 10 games scheduled, the NHL will provide a plethora of chances to win big tonight at the sportsbooks. Whether you’re looking for winners, losers or player props, this evening’s action has it all. Here is our full betting rundown for the night ahead on the ice.
Boston Bruins @ Winnipeg Jets
An offensive machine meets a defensive juggernaut, as the Winnipeg Jets host the Boston Bruins this evening. Only the New York Islanders have given up less goals than the Bruins this year, among east teams. Both Boston goalies have been stellar between the pipes. Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak have posted sub-2.42 GAAs. The Bruins will need a big effort out of whichever netminder gets the start tonight, as the Jets rank third in the Western Conference with 237 goals scored. Oddly enough, these two teams enter the contest on two-game losing skids. Both could use the win, to say the least. Winnipeg has a one-point lead in the Central, while Boston is trying to hold off the Maple Leafs in the Atlantic. The advice here is to only take Boston (+105) or Winnipeg (-125) to win outright.
Montreal Canadiens @ New York Islanders
It’s the question on every bettors’ mind tonight: where will the goals come from in this matchup? Thanks to stellar defensive play and nothing more than timely offense, the Canadiens and Islanders look to be cemented in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. With a record of 37-26-7, it is strange to see Montreal’s goal differential is only a plus-three. The Islanders boast a plus-32 but that is thanks in large part to likely Vezina nominee, Robin Lehner. Point being, taking the under on 5.5 goals (-135) is the way to go tonight. In their only meeting of the season, Montreal took home a 4-3 decision. But, one must note that neither Lehner or Carey Price suited up that night. Instead, the goaltending matchup was Thomas Greiss facing Antti Niemi. Look for tonight’s contest to be much tighter defensively.
Dallas Stars @ Minnesota Wild
After the two premier matchups of the night in the Eastern Conference, there is a slight drop in intrigue. Washington travels to Philadelphia, but that contest has lost a bit of steam since it appears the Flyers may not qualify for the postseason. NHL fans will look to the Stars facing the Wild for some excitement on Thursday evening. Dallas holds a playoff spot with 77 points, and the Wild are just one point back of postseason hockey, sitting with 74 points on the year. Dallas appears to be headed in the right direction at the perfect time, winners of seven of the past 10 games. Goalie Ben Bishop has extended his shutout streak to three games, so look for him to get another call in this crucial game. With that being said, Minnesota scoring two or less goals (-130) appears to be the safest bet in this contest.
Washington Capitals (-1.5) @ Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins (-1.5) @ Buffalo Sabres
Tampa Bay Lightning (-1.5) @ Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues (-1.5) @ Ottawa Senators
Anaheim Ducks @ Arizona Coyotes (-1.5)
Florida Panthers @ San Jose Sharks (-1.5)
Nashville Predators (-1.5) @ Los Angeles Kings