The Boston Bruins saw their five-game winning streak get snapped by the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, but Boston has still been one of hockey’s hottest teams lately. They’ll be put to the test on Thursday against the Vegas Golden Knights in one of the day’s multiple great matchups, whether it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins playing the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Carolina Hurricanes visiting the Washington Capitals, or Bruins-Golden Knights.
Let’s run through all nine of Thursday’s games and provide some key info for each if you’re betting online:
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Having won five in a row, the Lightning will face a tough opponent in their quest for six straight as the Penguins are starting to play well again after going through a bit of a slump. Tristan Jarry has been incredible for Pittsburgh and he’ll have to stand firm against explosive Tampa Bay, which has scored 23 goals during this streak.
Tampa Bay is solidly favored at home but you should take the Penguins straight-up as underdogs. The Lightning are due for an off-night and playing against Pittsburgh (and Jarry) causes many teams to have off-nights, especially on offense.
Ottawa Senators vs Florida Panthers
The Senators and Panthers face off with both teams struggling as of late. Ottawa has lost four of five amid a big offensive slump. The Senators have scored two goals or fewer in each of their last four losses, which isn’t all that surprising considering how most of the season has gone for Ottawa.
On the other hand, Florida hasn’t had any problems with scoring. The Panthers have lost three straight despite scoring 10 goals in their past three games. Sergei Bobrovsky and third-stringer Jonas Johansson have gotten shelled lately and haven’t given the Panthers much of a chance to win.
Florida is a massive home favorite. The Panthers should win against an undermanned Senators team but Ottawa is such a big underdog that it might be worth a shot to take the Senators straight-up or at least to cover the puckline at plus-money.
Minnesota Wild vs Philadelphia Flyers
Minnesota’s slump has turned into a full-on slide as the Wild have lost four games in a row heading into a game they need to have against the lowly Flyers, who have gone 3-15-4 in 2022 and have lost seven of eight.
If there’s any time the Wild can get right, it’s a game like this. Minnesota has no excuses and needs to figure things out on both ends of the ice but especially on offense, as the Wild’s explosive attack has been held completely in check over the past few weeks.
Minnesota is a comfortable road favorite and should be able to cover the puckline here. The over is an intriguing bet as well.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Washington Capitals
The scuffling Capitals welcome the scary Hurricanes looking to snap a three-game overall skid and six-game home slide. Washington will likely be without Carl Hagelin and Ilya Samsonov due to injury, though, which will make the already-tough task of beating Carolina even harder.
Carolina is, understandably, favored on the road in this game on the NHL betting lines but not by as much as the Hurricanes probably should be. So, you should take the value and go with Carolina on the puckline as Rod Brind’Amour’s team looks to start a new winning streak.
Vancouver Canucks vs New York Islanders
It feels like whenever the Islanders get a big win and seem to finally be turning the corner, they immediately respond with a brutal loss and then restart the cycle again. Two days after New York crushed the Anaheim Ducks 4-0, they blew a third period lead en route to a 5-3 defeat to the mighty Colorado Avalanche, which capped a disappointing road trip.
The Islanders will try to bounce back at home against the Canucks, who have been playing well despite getting crushed by the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Vancouver has won five of Thatcher Demko’s last six starts and the Canucks’ top goalie should be back in net on Thursday.
New York is slightly favored. The Islanders should play well at home after ending a long road trip but it’s hard to beat Demko so the Canucks on the moneyline are the play. The goal total is low, yet the under is also a smart bet.
Edmonton Oilers vs Chicago Blackhawks
Edmonton has cooled off after a hot start to interim coach Jay Woodcroft’s tenure, losing three of five. But, the Oilers just dominated the Flyers in a 3-0 win and have another good chance at two points as they visit the Blackhawks, losers of four of five. Chicago is in the midst of a completely lost season and is a team Edmonton needs to beat.
The Oilers are solid road favorites, however they aren’t favored by as much as you might think considering where both Edmonton and Chicago are at right now. There’s great value on the Oilers on the puckline if you’re fine with the risk; if not, take Edmonton to win in regulation.
Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames
One of the NHL’s more unlikely winning streaks finally came to an end on Tuesday as the Canadiens’ five-game surge was snapped with an 8-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. It was a matter of time for the Canadiens, who had been playing above their heads under Martin St. Louis.
Things won’t get easier for Montreal against Calgary, which has won 12 of 13. The Flames haven’t missed a beat after their own big winning streak — a 10-gamer — was snapped last week. Calgary is a juggernaut, between the balanced offense — boosted by former Hab Tyler Toffoli — and incredible goaltending that Darryl Sutter’s team boasts.
Calgary is an enormous home favorite on the BetUS sportsbook so it doesn’t even make much sense to only take the Flames on the puckline. Instead, you should parlay Calgary on the puckline with the over because the Flames should light up the Montreal net with shots.
Colorado Avalanche vs Arizona Coyotes
Colorado will be out for revenge after losing to the Coyotes in a shootout — in Denver — the last time these teams played. The Avalanche have won four in a row and have lost just four times in 2022. Arizona, meanwhile, has been much more competitive since handing over No. 1 goaltending duties to Scott Wedgewood, but he might get a day off after making four-straight starts.
The Avalanche are massive favorites, even on the road. The value in Colorado covering the puckline isn’t great but it’s hard to envision the Avalanche not rolling in this one. They should be good even if Pavel Francouz gets the nod over Darcy Kuemper.
Boston Bruins vs Vegas Golden Knights
Boston’s turnaround has coincided with the return of Brad Marchand from suspension and he’ll look to bounce back in Sin City after he didn’t do much against Anaheim. Marchand had 19 shots on goal in his first three games back — all Bruins wins — and is clearly the catalyst for a pretty top-heavy Boston offense.
Slowing Marchand down will be the first order of business for Vegas, which has lost five of seven but is coming off a much-needed 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. It hasn’t been easy for the Golden Knights to integrate Jack Eichel into the lineup, particularly with Mark Stone sidelined, but the former Boston University Terrier is looking more and more comfortable each day.
With Robin Lehner back in the fold, Vegas is a good bet here as a very slight home favorite. Take the Golden Knights straight-up even with Boston playing well. Consider the over too.