Monday night gives NHL Betting fans and gamblers two ESPN-affiliated games with plenty at stake. First, the Florida Panthers host the Toronto Maple Leafs on ESPN+. The Panthers are trying to nail down one of the two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference. Florida is fighting with the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders for the final two postseason spots. Meanwhile, on ESPN, the Chicago Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota is in a 3-way tie for first in the Central Division.
NHL Free Picks – Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers
Faceoff time at FLA Live Arena is at 7 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN+.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are 46-21-9 straight up and 34-38-4 over/under the total. Also, Toronto is 2nd in the Atlantic Division playoff standings. Toronto is 23 points behind the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Late on, Toronto has covered four out of their last eight games. While the Maple Leafs have gone under the Betting on the NHL total in four of its previous five matchups.
Toronto has NHL rankings of 9th for goals scored and 2nd for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Maple Leafs have NHL rankings of 9th for goals against and 14th for penalty killing.
First among Toronto scorers is Mitchell Marner with 28 goals, 67 assists, 95 points, and a +16. First goaltender Ilya Samsonov has a .915 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average. His record is 25-10-4 with four shutouts.
The Florida Panthers are 39-30-7 straight up and 40-27-9 over/under the total. Also, Florida is 7th in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Pittsburgh is one point behind the Panthers in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Late on, Florida has covered four out of their last five games. While the Panthers have gone over the NHL Picks Today total in one of its previous seven matchups.
Florida has NHL rankings of 5th for goals scored and 11th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Panthers have NHL rankings of 23rd for goals against and 27th for penalty killing.
First among Florida scorers is Matthew Tkachuk, with 39 goals, 64 assists, 103 points, and a +27. First goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has a .901 save percentage and 3.07 goals against average. His record is 24-20-3 with one shutout.
Florida is playing its best hockey of the season and has much more at stake than Toronto. Also, Toronto’s public popularity will give the Panthers a good price.
BetMaker Best Bet: Florida Panthers
NHL Betting Picks – Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks
Faceoff time at United Center is at 9 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
The Minnesota Wild are 42-23-10 straight up and 31-42-2 over/under the total. Also, Minnesota is 1st in the Central Division playoff standings. The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche are tied with the Wild in the Central Division playoff race. Late on, Minnesota has covered five out of their last eight games. While the Wild have gone over the total in two of its previous three matchups.
Minnesota has NHL rankings of 23rd for goals scored and 13th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Wild have NHL rankings of 3rd for goals against and 12th for penalty killing.
First among Minnesota scorers is Kirill Kaprizov, with 39 goals, 35 assists, 74 points, and a +6. First goaltender Filip Gustavsson has a .932 save percentage and 2.03 goals against average. His record is 20-9-6 with three shutouts.
The Chicago Blackhawks are 25-45-6 straight up and 39-34-3 over/under the total. Also, Chicago is 15th in the Western Conference playoff standings. In the Western Conference playoff race, Chicago is 33 points behind the Winnipeg Jets. Late on, Chicago has covered one out of their last nine games. At the same time, the Blackhawks have gone 4-2-1 over the NHL Best Picks total in their previous seven matchups.
Chicago has NHL rankings of 32nd for goals scored and 29th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Blackhawks have NHL rankings of 26th for goals against and 20th for penalty killing.
First among Chicago scorers is Max Domi with 18 goals, 31 assists, 49 points, and a -9. First goaltender Petr Mrazek has a .895 save percentage and 3.61 goals against average. His record is 9-21-3 with 0 shutouts.
Chicago’s recent poor play indicates they have golf on their mind for next week. Minnesota is playing for the Central Division title.
BetMaker Best Bet: Minnesota Wild
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