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We start a new week with an absolutely loaded NHL slate on Monday, May 3rd, 2021, so let’s not waste any time in getting some winners on the board!

 

New York Islanders -300 at Buffalo Sabres +240 O/U: 5.5

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7:00 PM EST

Pick: New York Islanders -1.5; I said it a couple of days ago, I’m really done with the Buffalo Sabres, as this Buffalo team just has no idea what they’re doing to finish the year. New York has not only playoff positioning at stake, but a nice run could get them home ice through the division rounds of the playoff bracket and with how well the Isles performed at home this season, that could be huge. I like the Isles in a rout of the Sabres, something that’s become the norm for the Sabres this season.

 

Boston Bruins -230 at New Jersey Devils +190 O/U: 5.5

7:00 PM EST

Pick: Boston -1.5; The Bruins could lock up the final playoff spot with a win or a Rangers loss to Washington in regulation, but against a New Jersey team that’s played their worst hockey at home this season for whatever reason, I think we’ll see that the Bruins would rather not leave anything to chance and would like to get their spot booked by their own hand. A nice run of form to finish the season with some help could also vault the Bruins into some home ice advantage should they reach the postseason so I’ll back the Bruins in a beating of the lowly Devils.

 

Washington Capitals -110 at New York Rangers -110 O/U: 5.5

7:00 PM EST

Pick: New York Rangers -110; This here is simply a case of the line telling us everything that we need to know for this game. The public perception is that Washington’s the better team so automatically they’re going to win this game. However, that’s not the case when the Rangers are the more desperate team and need to win out if they’re going to have any chance at catching the Bruins for the last playoff spot in the East division. Chances are slim for the Rangers but they have no choice here. Give me the Rangers in this spot.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins -155 at Philadelphia Flyers +135 O/U: 6

7:00 PM EST

Pick: Pittsburgh -155; Getting the Flyers as a dog in a rivalry game at home is tempting, but the Flyers are another team that’s performed better on the road than at home this season and simply put, I’m not sure that even pride could save the Flyers at this point. I look for the Penguins to put the clamps down on the rival Flyers and to get the job done here and pick up another win over Philly to boost their shot at the top seed in the East come playoff time.

 

Chicago Blackhawks +200 at Carolina Hurricanes -240 O/U: 6

7:00 PM EST

Pick: Carolina -1.5; The Hurricanes are another team that have the world to play for against a team with nothing on the line in Chicago as the ‘Canes are trying to fend off the pesky Tampa Bay Lightning for home ice through the division rounds of the playoffs, and with how well the ‘Canes have played at home this season, going 18-3-4, it’s not hard to see why. The Blackhawks were a money machine for us early on, but I’m not trying to be behind this incantation of Chicago so I’ll back the Hurricanes in a huge statement win over the hapless Blackhawks.

 

Nashville Predators -169 at Columbus Blue Jackets +150 O/U: 5

7:00 PM EST

Pick: Nashville -169; Simply put, there’s no backing the Columbus Blue Jackets who are the worst team in the NHL this season. They only have nine wins at home all year long and while Nashville hasn’t been a dominant road team by any stretch, they’re simply the better option here.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs -145 at Montreal Canadiens +125 O/U: 5.5

7:00 PM EST

Pick: Toronto -145; Rinse and repeat. I don’t care that Montreal’s had a nice string of wins lately, they’re finally getting the price they deserve and I still think it’s a bit light considering that Toronto’s the better team here and the only reason the line is where it is is because this is a rivalry game but I think Toronto sends a message with this being a potential playoff matchup, so give me Toronto here.

 

Winnipeg Jets -150 at Ottawa Senators +130 O/U: 6

7:00 PM EST

Pick: Ottawa +130; This is another game telling us all we need to know in the way the line is set up. The Winnipeg Jets are backing into the playoffs right now, losing 7 of their last 10 games and with all the talent Winnipeg has, they should be a -170 favorite at least. However, Ottawa plays their best hockey at home and are simply catching the Jets in a vulnerable spot. This is a nice value spot for the Sens here.

 

Dallas Stars +125 at Florida Panthers -145 O/U: 5.5

7:00 PM EST

Pick: Dallas +125; I know that Florida’s had the better amount of success this season, especially at home, but this is just a play for the more desperate team in Dallas who has a game in hand on Nashville for the last playoff spot in the central division, but the Stars still need to make up extra points and a win in an unlikely spot like this one against Florida would be a good start. Give me the Stars here.

 

Anaheim Ducks +210 at St. Louis Blues -250 O/U: 5.5

8:00 PM EST

Pick: Anaheim +1.5; The Blues are the better team and have had the better run of form lately now that they’re showing a sense of urgency with them being in a playoff position and with the spot being the only one up for grabs this late in the season. However, this feels like a win at all costs game for the Blues and if they’re going to win, they win by a 3-2 scoreline or even a game that ends up in OT. Anaheim’s played their best hockey on the road this season and has been a money machine against the puck line on the road. Give me Anaheim +1.5 here.

 

Vegas Golden Knights -125 at Minnesota Wild +105 O/U: 5.5

8:00 PM EST

Pick: Minnesota +105; I’ve been enamored with Vegas in recent weeks, but the Wild are playing just as well right now and have been dominant at home this season. Vegas needs to keep winning to lock up the top spot in the West, but Minnesota leapfrogging Colorado would be huge as it would give the Wild home ice for that series. I think we see an inspired effort from the Wild here, so give me Minnesota here.

 

Edmonton Oilers -185 at Vancouver Canucks +165 O/U: 6

10:00 PM EST

Pick: Edmonton -185; This may be a game to watch rather than bet, but this just feels like a one goal game either way you slice it, and side by side, the Oilers were always going to get the edge from me. Vancouver just looks like this workload after their COVID stoppage is starting to catch up to them and while it’s a nice value spot as a home dog, the Oilers simply get it done here.

 

Los Angeles Kings +120 at Arizona Coyotes -141 O/U: 5.5

10:00 PM EST

Pick: Arizona -141; Arizona is arguably the hardest team in the NHL for me to stomach backing, but the bottom line here is that the Coyotes are fighting for a playoff spot while the Kings lose ping pong balls with every game they win. I’m going with the desperation angle here, so I’ll lay the juice with the ‘Yotes in this spot.

 

Colorado Avalanche -250 at San Jose Sharks +220 O/U: 6

10:30 PM EST

Pick: Colorado -1.5; With some teams, it’s all about just winning to jostle for playoff positioning, but for the Avs, they’re the far better team against the Sharks and San Jose’s had issues keeping the puck out of their net all season long. I expect Colorado to put their best foot forward and to use that foot to kick the Sharks’ tail on Monday, so give me Colorado on the puck line in this one.

 

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