A flurry of activity ahead of Friday’s trade deadline has changed things dramatically in the National Hockey League. And we’re going to see more action before all is said and done. What does that mean on our NHL parlay picks for Thursday, March 2? Well, several teams held players out of the lineup before making deals. We saw San Jose put Timo Meier on ‘roster management’ rest before dealing him to New Jersey in a blockbuster deal. The Sharks have struggled to score for much of the season and things could get worse before they get better in the Bay Area. Players likely to be traded probably won’t take the ice putting some teams at a disadvantage.
I had a good last week on my NHL picks and parlays at BetRivers sportsbook hitting three of four wagers. I’ll look to continue the run on Thursday, March 2 with a good slate of games to consider. The league-best Boston Bruins continue to chase history with a home match against the Buffalo Sabres, who are in the thick of the wild card race in the Eastern Conference. As of Monday night seven teams were within seven points of each other for the two wild card berths and five of those clubs will be in action on Thursday looking to secure valuable points.
NHL Parlay Picks for Thursday, March 2
Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins
It’s hard to bet against the Bruins at this point since they’ve been so dominant all season. They are within reach of setting the NHL record for wins and points in a season boasting the top defense and third best offense. They return home Thursday following a four-game road trip with Monday’s win in Edmonton their seventh straight. It’s always tough playing that first home game after a long trip, especially one that took you to the other coast. And Buffalo is looking to reach the postseason for the first time in years using a strong offense to put them in contention for a wild card berth. Buffalo beat the Bruins when the teams met in Boston in December and as much as I want the underdog to prevail I’m going to refrain from picking a side and instead bet the OVER with teams that can score.
NHL Parlay Pick: Sabres/Bruins OVER
Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames
The Leafs made a splash with several trades to bolster their chances of getting past the first round of the playoffs. They won’t catch the Bruins in the Atlantic so maintaining second place will at least get them home ice in a likely matchup with Tampa Bay. That’s still down the pipe a bit but it’s never too early to prepare. Acquiring Ryan O’Reilly from the Blues earlier was big adding a veteran Stanley Cup winner. And more importantly the Leafs didn’t part with a member of their current roster. The Leafs haven’t been as good on the road, though, and they are in the middle of four-game trip playing the second game of a back to back after tangling with Edmonton on Wednesday. And with just three wins in their previous 10 games the Flames are falling further off the pace in West wild card chase. I expect the Flames will play with a sense of urgency needing wins more than ever and they get one against a weary opponent.
NHL Parlay Pick: Flames ML
St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks
Both teams are out of the Western Conference playoff picture and have already started selling assets. The Blues traded away captain Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko, two integral pieces from their Stanley Cup winning squad from a few seasons ago. The Sharks waived the white flag by sending Meier to New Jersey for a package of prospects and draft picks and more players could go before the deadline. The teams struggled to score goals before trading away top offensive talent so putting the puck in the net will be more of a chore. The Blues won the first meeting 5-3, but that was back in November when the clubs still had a chance. With no postseason and squads made up of prospects there’s a good chance we see few scoring chances and fewer goals leading to a NHL pick against the UNDER. St. Louis has received better goaltending lately from Jordan Binnington so if I had to pick a side the Blues are it.
NHL Parlay Pick: Blues ML / UNDER
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