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Take Hurricanes, Blues, Habs to Cash Your NHL Parlay

The New York Rangers visit the Colorado Avalanche for the marquee matchup of a busy Thursday night of NHL action and picking a winner might not be an easy call for your sports betting.

The Rangers are feeling good after clinching a playoff spot on Tuesday and the Avalanche will be primed for a big effort after an upset loss to the Montreal Canadiens at home. If you’re going to lay some money, bet the over. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon could help you cash.

Take Hurricanes, Blues, Habs to Cash Your NHL Parlay
Take Hurricanes, Blues, Habs to Cash Your NHL Parlay

There are only two home underdogs, including the Arizona Coyotes hosting the red-hot Nashville Predators and the Canadiens taking on the Philadelphia Flyers. The Coyotes are a hard team to bet on, but Montreal is interesting.

The two favorites in the NHL conference odds to win the East are hosting teams just outside playoff position as the Florida Panthers (+350) meet the New York Islanders and the Detroit Red Wings visit the Carolina Hurricanes (+350).


One More Blue Note – Blues ML (-135)

It’s getting close to desperation time for the St. Louis Blues in their quest for a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

The Blues should give their fans a little hope with a home victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday. St. Louis is 6-1-1 in its last eight games and still trails Vegas by six points for the final playoff spot. The Blues are a solid 21-12-2 on home ice.

The only worry is if St. Louis is deflated by the 2-1 overtime loss to Vegas on Monday. But the Blues have been a gritty bunch all season and are 42-30 ATS at the sportsbook.

Jordan Kyrou has led the way of late with seven points in three games for the Blues while Calgary has lost four in a row and scored just six goals total.



Canes Should Rebound – Hurricanes -1½ (Ev)

The Hurricanes have not gone two games in a row without a point since early December and are coming off a 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Carolina is 6-1-1 in its last eight games and is still fighting with the Rangers for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division, so there will be no letup. The Hurricanes have won three in a row at home against teams in playoff position – Florida, Toronto, and Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings are limping through the end of the season. Detroit is 3-9-1 in its last 13 games to fall two points behind Washington for the final wild-card spot in the East.

Carolina has won both matchups this season and three in a row, allowing a total of four goals to the high-scoring Wings. Detroit is 3-0 ATS in the last three, but take the Canes to get it done.



Stay With The Habs – Canadiens ML (+130)

Montreal comes home after impressive victories at Seattle and Colorado. Sometimes, the first game after a long road trip is tough, but the Canadiens are playing very good hockey.

Martin St. Louis is back behind the bench for Montreal, which has been a good bet all season. The Canadiens are 46-25 ATS and have won 22 times as an underdog.

Philadelphia has been surprising all season and is still hanging on to third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers have to be drained after battling seven straight teams in playoff position, going 2-3-2.



Jets, Golden Knights Under 5½ (-105)

You usually want to go over when you get a 5½ target number for your NHL betting, but when the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday the prospect of a grind-it-out, playoff-style game is a strong possibility.

Winnipeg is second in the league in goals against while Vegas is 11th but won a Stanley Cup with a strong defense last season. The Jets are 0-3-1 in their last four and Vegas should tighten up after coughing up a lead in a 5-4 overtime loss at Nashville on Tuesday.

If you don’t like a defensive battle, perhaps you take the over when the Avalanche host the Rangers. The first game was a 2-1 OT win for the Rangers in New York on Feb. 5, but you can expect more goals from two teams among the favorites in the odds to win the Stanley Cup.

Another possibility is taking the Dallas Stars +1½ at Vancouver. The Stars have won five straight.



Questions Of The Day

What is the NHL game that could produce the most goals?

Chicago-Ottawa. Could be the Rangers-Avalanche game. But the Senators and Blackhawks are 28th and 29th, respectively, in goals-against.

Who is the biggest NHL underdog of the night?

San Jose. The Sharks, who have won once since Feb. 15, are +320 to beat the host Minnesota Wild.

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