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Expect A Wild Night In Minny To Help Win Your NHL Parlay April 18

There is not much left to the NHL playoff race on this last day of the regular season, but six interesting betting opportunities are still available on Thursday.


Expect A Wild Night In Minny To Help Win Your NHL Parlay
Expect A Wild Night In Minny To Help Win Your NHL Parlay

The only spot yet to be determined is third place in the Pacific Division. The Vegas Golden Knights own a one-point lead as they host the Anaheim Ducks. The Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks, and can take third with a win and any Vegas loss.

It would be hard to bet against both winning big. The loser of that battle will be the second wild card in the Western Conference and face the Dallas Stars in the first round of the playoffs. The third-place team will match up against the Edmonton Oilers.

Two other interesting matchups highlight the schedule as the Pacific Division champion Vancouver Canucks visit the Winnipeg Jets and the Colorado Avalanche host Edmonton. Colorado is +375 in the NHL Conference odds to win the West and the Oilers +400.

A Wild Night In Minny – Wild -1½

The Minnesota Wild were impressive in winning their last two games on the road, especially the 3-1 victory against the playoff-bound Kings on Monday.

The Wild need a win to reach 40 after a disappointing first half and should get the job done at home, where they are 20-14-6. Minnesota won just 17 of its first 42 games and are 22-12-5 since.

The Kraken, who made the second round of the playoffs last season, will finish under .500 after losing their last four. The Wild have also won four in a row in the series by a total of 14-3.

Veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is likely to get the start for the Wild after agreeing to stay for one more year. Expect a big night in St. Paul if you bet online.



Cash In On Vegas – Golden Knights -1½

Do the Golden Knights want to play Edmonton in the first round or Dallas in the NHL playoff matchups?

It probably doesn’t matter for them, so they will try to finish the regular season with four straight wins and let the chips fall where they will. The Golden Knights are an impressive 27-11-2 on home ice with six straight wins.

Vegas is also likely to be alert because it lost the last two games against the Ducks, who are 14-24-2 on the road. Both of those Anaheim wins were at the Pond.

It would be a big game for Adin Hill in goal as well for the Golden Knights if he gets the start. Hill has been limited to 34 games by injury this season and could use a strong performance to get him ready for the postseason.



Expect Avalanche Statement – Avalanche ML -170

Colorado is 3-5-2 down the stretch and would like a strong effort before taking on Winnipeg in the first round of the playoffs.

The Avalanche are 2-3-1 in their last six home games, but 30-9-1 at Ball Arena on the season. Nathan MacKinnon, one of the favorites to win the Hart Trophy with 138 points, needs six in the finale to catch Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov for the league scoring title.

That seems unlikely, but cashing a moneyline bet at the sportsbook on Colorado is a strong possibility. The Oilers lost at Arizona on Wednesday and may rest several key players, including Connor McDavid.

Take the Avs to respond.



Defense Rules In Hollywood – Blackhawks, Kings under 6

The Kings are third in the league in goals-against per game (2.54) and Chicago is last in the league in scoring (2.15).

That should be enough information to put your money on the under, but you never know in a game such as this. The Kings have won five of their last seven and may want to avoid Dallas, which beat them twice by 4-1 scores this season.

Los Angeles should take this game seriously and clamp down on the Blackhawks, who have totaled six goals in five straight losses. The Kings beat the Hawks twice last month and are 7-0-2 in the series over the last nine. Expect a 4-1 or 3-1 win for L.A.

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Questions of the Day

Which is the best game for over bettors on Thursday?

San Jose at Calgary. With nothing on the line, this game could open up. The Flames scored six in each of their last two wins.

What team playing on Thursday is the best value bet to win the Stanley Cup?

Winnipeg. The Jets are second in the league in scoring defense, have a Vezina-worthy goalie (Connor Hellebuyck) and are +1500 to win the Cup.


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