Seven NHL games on deck for this Tuesday and four are happening in the top-heavy and otherwise predictable Central Division. Sure, some upsets have happened here. But when we parlay its three best teams, that’s a deal that is tough to pass up, especially with a payout of over 2-1 per the NHL odds.
Tampa Turns Columbus Back
Let’s start with the biggest favorite for the evening. Tampa Bay (24-8-2) is -250 against Columbus (13-15-8) despite splitting the season series at one game apiece. Hold up. That last game was mighty fishy with the Blue Jackets scoring five goals and registering a PDO of 116.7.
This game was both Andrei Vasilevskiy’s worst game and the Blue Jackets’ best. Don’t expect the same here as the significantly superior Lightning should trounce Columbus this time on the strength off… well, everything.
The Lightning have the edge on offense, defense, special teams, goaltending, and are playing at home where they are 13-2. They are 12-3 on the puck line here as well. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets are 6-9-2 on the road where they are being outscored by 19 goals this season.
Add Tampa to your NHL betting parlay as they get by Columbus.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning ML -225
Panthers Gobble Up Tasty Wings
From one Florida team to the next, we have the Panthers (22-9-4) who are hosting the Red Wings (12-20-4). Florida is 4-2-0 against the Red Wings and have outscored them 17 to 13 this season. They may have dropped a game at home against them, but they rectified that the next game.
I think the odds are underestimating Detroit here a bit. This team has won two straight (even if it is against Columbus) and are not so bad 5-on-5. That said, the Wings are horrible on the road where they are 3-12-1 for the year and have a -32 goal differential.
The Panthers are actually worse at home than they are on the road. They are still 10-4-3 within the BBT Center and have a +5 goal differential. Losing D Aaron Ekblad to a gruesome leg injury hurts, but this team is still deep enough to roll through teams they should beat like Detroit.
Things can get dicey on 5-on-5 here. That’s where Detroit plays things close. But the gap widens when on special teams. The Panthers should eat up Detroit’s league-worst 72.3% penalty kill. Add them to the parlay.
Pick: Florida Panthers ML -230
Hurricanes Storm Through Blackhawks
Completing this parlay are the Hurricanes who are looking to blow away the Blackhawks in their own rink. The series leans 2-1 for Carolina and this was before they started relying on their upstart goalie, Alex Nedeljkovic.
The 25-year-old has been posting solid numbers including a 93.5 save percent (SV%) on even strength and a 92.5 SV% on scoring chances. That includes 90.9 SV% on high danger chances. He’ll get a chance to flash these stats against the chronically dangerous Blackhawks.
Chicago has been one of the NHL’s worst defensive teams this season. They’re allowing the most shots per game and would be last in the NHL in goals allowed had it not been for goalie Kevin Lankinen.
But as good as Lankinen is, he’s only posting a 90.2 SV% against Carolina. That’s his second-worst mark after Tampa Bay who he hasn’t won against. Carolina is a much better team across the board and with more stability in net, they should handle Chicago. Complete the parlay with Carolina.