Normally, I’d consider straightforward chalk parlays to be cursed. It’s one way for the sports betting Gods to remind you that nothing is ever this easy. But I’ll beg to differ as this unique NHL season has made it clear which teams are superior to their divisional counterparts.
With Wednesday’s NHL betting parlay, let’s pick the three most obvious choices.
Wild Continue Winning Against Ducks
Minnesota looks to make it five straight against the hapless Ducks and the NHL betting lines are strongly predicting it would. The Wild have outscored Anaheim 13 to 6 in five games and have limited it to just one goal in each of the last three.
Anaheim managed to keep the games close by controlling the puck for longer periods than the Wild. In fact, Anaheim had the better corsi rating in four of its five games. And the one game that Minnesota had a positive corsi, it lost.
But the Wild have consistently outshot Anaheim and neutralized most of their scoring opportunities. The Ducks have managed six goals in 120 shots. That’s five percent. They also whiffed on all 12 of their power plays.
The battered Ducks have also reached new levels of futility having lost six of its last seven games. They’ve been outscored by 20 goals and have allowed 31 goals. Minnesota is also 15-5 as a favorite making them an easy pick here.
Pick: Minnesota Wild to win
Penguins Bounce Back Vs Sabres
From one fade to the next. It’s time to make money off the Sabres again. Buffalo tied their franchise record for losing with their 14th straight on Monday. They’re just four away from tying the pre-Crosby Penguins in 2003-04 for the longest.
The Sabres have been so bad, Buffalo News ranked the Seattle Kraken ahead of them in the power rankings. Buffalo has scored the fewest goals (23) and allowed the most (58) during this span. They’ve been blown out by three or more goals eight times including a 6-0 defeat against Washington on the same day that infamous list was released.
At some point, Buffalo has to win. They’re ravaged by injuries, have terrible 5-on-5 play, and have lost so much mojo they don’t know what to do on odd-man rushes. Former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall has two goals all season.
Pittsburgh hasn’t been so hot lately and lost Evgeni Malkin to a lower body injury. But they have maintained playing well on 5-on-5 and their goaltenders have remained steady. They should handle Buffalo here.
Pick: Dallas Stars to win
Jets Fly Through Vancouver
Winnipeg shut out Vancouver in a 4-0 beat down on Monday. It was one of the Jets’ best performances as Connor Hellebuyck finally recorded a shutout this season. They lead the series 4-2 and have generally played well against the defensively-challenged Canucks.
On Vancouver’s side, Thatcher Demko had a rare bad game. Prior to Monday’s loss, Demko was putting up 95 save percent dating back to when he shut out Winnipeg at the start of March. The second-year netminder has been why Vancouver has an 8-3-1 record in its last 12 games and is now within the fourth spot in the North.
However, the Jets have outshot the Canucks in their last three games and have generally outplayed them. It falls on either goalie to play much better than their counterpart to push their team to win.
I can see value in Vancouver as an underdog, but the one stat that gets me is how each team performs when heading to the third. The Jets are 9-10 when either tied or behind while the Canucks are 5-16-2. Given how they’ve been outscored by 14 goals in the second, I’ll back Winnipeg here.