If you’re looking to bet on the National Hockey League Thursday is a good time to do it. Not only are the races for playoff spots heating up, so are the Connor Bedard sweepstakes. All four division leaders entering the week are in action as part of the 11-game slate giving us more wagering options on our NHL parlay picks. There’s no sure thing when it comes to gambling but the Boston Bruins are as close as it gets on pace to set league records for wins and points. They host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers
I had a good last week on my NHL picks and parlays at BetRivers sportsbook hitting two of three winners to go 5-2 in my last seven wagers. I’ll look to continue the run on March 9 with a good slate of games to pick from. Carolina has a slim lead over New Jersey in the Metropolitan with both teams playing. The Canes host Philadelphia while the Devils visit Washington. Division leaders in the West are on the road with Vegas taking on Tampa Bay and Dallas visiting Buffalo.
NHL Parlay Picks for Thursday, March 9
Edmonton Oilers at Boston Bruins
How can you not back the Bruins in this game? They beat the Rangers, 4-2, on Saturday for their 10th straight win and have four days off before hosting the Oilers. There might be some rust after a lengthy delay, but the Bruins have been rolling all season winning 79 percent of their games while going 26-2-3 at home. They have the best defense in the NHL allowing just 2.08 goals per game and the Bs shut down McDavid and Leon Draisitl in a 3-2 win in Edmonton just over a week ago. That game was an outlier since both clubs can also score and we’ll see three of the top four goal scorers on Thursday. Edmonton leads the league goals per game with Boston second setting the stage for a game that will be more Edmonton’s style. Boston is better at keeping the puck out of their net but I still like the clubs to generate offense, especially with Edmonton’s top-ranked power play.
NHL Parlay Pick: Bruins ML / OVER
Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes
On paper this looks like a mismatch. But as we all know the games aren’t played on paper. The Canes have 30 more points and 17 more wins than Philly and they won the first two meetings, though they were both one-goal games. And it’s been a tough go for the Flyers, who ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Detroit on Sunday. Still, Philly has dropped 12 of 16 games leaving them with the third-worst record in the East and in the middle of the race for Bedard. The Canes have been among the best teams for a few seasons with the NHL’s second best scoring defense clamping down against a team that’s found it tough to score recently.
NHL Parlay Pick: Hurricanes ATS
Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche
With the Western Conference so congested and several teams in action I had to go with a game featuring two of the top teams. Just when it looked like the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche were getting primed for another playoff run with six straight victories, things took a turn for the worse. They blew a lead to Seattle losing 3-2 in overtime on Sunday, their third defeat in a row. More disturbing was the fact they allowed 17 goals in those games. While they’re currently in a wild card spot, Colorado is only a few points behind Minnesota for second in the Central Division and even catching Dallas for first isn’t out of the question. Unfortunately they’re running out of time. The Kings are playing their best hockey of the season with Monday’s 4-2 win over Washington their fourth straight putting them at 9-2-1 in their last 12. The addition of Kevin Fiala, who has 22 goals and 45 assists, has rejuvenated the offense and power play. If the Kings get goaltending they can be a force and Joonas Korpisalo could be the answer leading to a NHL pick for the visitors.
NHL Parlay Pick: Kings ML
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