After hitting 9 of 10 picks I finally had a small losing night here with my free picks. We pushed our UNDER play between the Islanders and Devils that looked good with only 2 goals heading into the third, and I lost my pick on the Rangers who dropped a 1-0 decision to the Sabres. My other play on the night that went on the Sports Picks King betting system was the DUCKS as underdogs and that was a winner.
I want to get right back with more winners today, and we have a nice 10 NHL games on the betting board to find some value.
Slightly off topic, but the MLB season starts today and I am pumped for that. Most of you know, but for those that don’t know I run a very similar MLB picks blog giving usually 1 pick per day out for free. This is a busy time of the year for me, but luckily I do this stuff full time so I easily have the time to cover both sports and keep working hard at it.
Lets get to tonight’s NHL winners…
NHL Betting Picks for Thursday, March 31st:
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Tampa Bay Lightning – OVER 5.5 GOALS (+120) – The Penguins come into tonight winning 6 of their last 8 games and now see themselves just 4 points back of Philadelphia for the division lead and top spot in the East. Tampa Bay has won two straight games heading into tonight after they had lost 6 of 7 games prior. The Lightning have been averaging 3.28 goals per game at home this season, and are giving up 2.95 goals against per game on average overall. The OVER is 4-0 in the Lightning’s last 4 overall and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Penguins have been playing the under as of late, but when these two teams have met this season we have seen high scoring games with totals of 9, 6 and 8 in their three meetings. We usually see totals of 6 when these two teams meet, but with the Penguins injuries we have a a 5.5 total tonight and a generous price on the OVER. I think the trend continue with another game between the Penguins and Lightning making it OVER the total tonight.
Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers – SENATORS TO WIN (+115) – Not a real exciting game between two teams who are trying not to finish at the bottom of the East with just 29 wins a piece in 77 games played. The Ottawa Senators have Craig Anderson between the pipes who is 8-4-1 with a solid 1.99 GAA since being traded to the Sens. The Panthers start Scott Clemmensen who is 8-7-7 in his 27 games played this season with the Panthers. The Sens are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and feeling a little better about themselves lately, while the Panthers have been competing but are just 2-5-3 in their last 10 games. Note that Ottawa is 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs a team with a home winning % of less than .400. Florida is a brutal 1-7 in their last 8 games as a favorite, and 0-4 in their last 4 vs a team with a winning % below .400. To further that the Panthers are 0-5 in their last 5 home games vs a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Sens like playing in Florida, winning 17 of these two teams last 22 meetings in Florida. Also note that Ottawa is 28-10 in their last 38 meetings. The Sens have some young players who are working hard and playing well lately, and I expect them to continue tonight in front of Anderson. Give me the Sens on the mony line.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins – LEAFS TO WIN (+185) – Call me crazy, but I think we have some value here in taking the Leafs to win tonight. James Reimer gets the start for the Maple Leafs who still have that very outside chance at making the postseason sitting 7 points back with only 5 games remaining. Reimer is an incredible 12-4-1 on the road this year with a .923 SV%. Toronto has been playing well winning 4 of their last 5 games, which included a 5-2 home win against Boston back on the 19th. The Leafs came out with a ton of energy in their last game on Tuesday night against the Sabres who they are chasing for a playoff spot. The Bruins have gotten back on track winning 4 of 5 games after they had lost 6 of 7 prior. Note that the Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs a team with a winning home record and 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog of +151 to +200. The Leafs are also 4-0 in their last 4 games vs divisional opponents. Which brings me right into these two teams head to head this year – the Leafs have taken 3 of their 5 meetings which includes a 4-3 win in Boston in February. This young Maple Leafs team is riding the energy and haven’t given up hopes yet. I think there is too much value on the Leafs tonight to pass this game up… Toronto is my big ugly dog of the night.