It’s been a few months since I’ve actually posted my picks here at the site, but I’ve been giving them out daily at the NHL Betting Tips Facebook page. I wanted to do a write up today because things are really getting interesting in the playoff races as we head into the final week of the NHL season.
I also wanted to share that I’m planning to run a playoff bracket challenge this year, so be check out the Facebook page after the season for all of the details on that.
Alright, let’s get into the picks today:
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Boston Bruins
This is the biggest game of the night. The Lightning are still in playoff contention having earned 11 of a possible 12 points over their past 6 games and one of the teams they are chasing is the Boston Bruins. The Bruins are rolling themselves, having won 5 straight, but their last loss was to the Lightning back on March 23rd and if they lose to the Bolts again tonight they will only be two points up on Tampa while the Bolts will have a game in hand.
The Lightning are scoring almost at will of late, scoring 5 or more goals in 4 of their last 6 games. I think Tampa will be able to find the back of the net against the Bruins with Kucherov and Hedman stepping up in this game to put the Lightning on the brink of the playoffs.
Play: Lightning 2.50 @ 5Dimes.eu
Winnipeg Jets @ St. Louis Blues
The Blues are on another level of late. They’re 7-0-2 over their last 9 games and everything seems to be coming together for them at this point in the season. They have some of the best all around defensivemen in the league in Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester and I expect them to be able to shut down the scoring lines of the Jets, while Tarasenko and company find the back of the net against this weak Jets defense.
The Jets are on a four game winning streak, but these have mostly been over weak or slumping teams and I don’t expect them to be able to score 3+ times against the Blues, which I think is what would be needed for a win.
Play: Blues 1.64 @ 5Dimes.eu
Carolina Hurricanes @ Minnesota Wild
The Hurricanes are quietly playing some very solid hockey. They did lost their last couple games, but before that they were 5-0-1 and I think they are close to that level at this point in time. The Wild have only won 2 of their last 7 games and those wins were over the struggling Senators and the awful Avalanche. I think this game could be very close and if Jeff Skinner continues to score at the rate he has been the Canes should be able to find the back of the net and possibly pull off the upset.
Play: Hurricanes 2.68 @ 5Dimes.eu