Friday night hockey is a west coast affair as all eight teams of the West Division are in action beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. This will be the focus of our NHL betting parlay, which also includes two underdog bets. Find all the NHL odds at the BetUS online sportsbook.
Now, let’s see if we can squeeze some cash out of this three-legger we have going.
Anaheim Crunches Colorado
Can we agree to call the Ducks the loveable losers of the NHL? Bless their try-hard souls, but Anaheim has one of the biggest disparities between their actual record (6-12-5) and their puck line record (16-7).
What Anaheim lacks in goalscoring or consistent goaltending, it makes up for in grit and fistfights. The Ducks can get under their opponents’ skins and make games closer than they should, even against a Stanley Cup favorite like Colorado.
But hold up, the Avalanche may be without Nathan MacKinnon who took an ugly hit against the Sharks. They’re already missing half of their blueline, and, moreover, they’ve had some issues converting on their scoring chances lately, finishing last in their division in scoring chance shooting percent (SCSH%) in their last ten games.
Yet folks will gladly throw cash at Colorado. If John Gibson shows up for Anaheim, it could be a tedious day in the office for Colorado. They should still win, but I expect Anaheim to make them earn it and maybe even take them to a shootout.
Pick: Anaheim puck line +1½
Kings Exploit Shorthanded Blues
We’ve got a similar theme here with the Ducks’ cousins to the south, the Kings. Los Angeles was on a roll, and then I jinxed them by putting them in a parlay, and now they’ve dropped three straight. Still, Los Angeles, like Anaheim, is money on the puck line at 16-5.
The Kings are also going against the Blues, who have been ravaged by injuries and are missing key players in every position. St. Louis has struggled to stay afloat in the division at 13-8-2. They’re brutal on the puck line at 6-17 and claim one two-goal victory in their last 14 games.
Add the fact that the Kings have beaten them three of four times this season, and it’s surprising that the books are still underselling Los Angeles. Though shocking to say in 2021, the Kings are a better scoring team even if St. Louis wins the corsi battle here.
It’s more of a toss-up this game, so naturally we side with the underdogs. Add the Kings on the puck line.
Pick: Los Angeles Kings puck line +1½
Knights Cut up the Sharks
Finishing off our parlay is the most straightforward bet of the evening with the Knights beating the Sharks. These two have only met once and went as expected, with Vegas destroying San Jose.
Vegas still has issues with its power play. But they did drop three PP goals on the Sharks, which is already a quarter of their total output for the entire season. San Jose is just that bad on the penalty kill thanks to Martin Jones indirectly goading management to take him out to pasture.
San Jose has a glut of talented players like LW Evander Kane and D Brent Burns. They may still see themselves as playoff contenders and they’ll play Vegas tough on 5-on-5. I still give Vegas the edge here, but they had better stay whistle-free.
Even if San Jose plays Vegas tough at even strength, special teams will be the difference here. Vegas rolls.
Pick: Vegas Golden Knights to win
Parlay: Ducks puck line +1½, Kings puck line +1½, and Golden Knights to win
As far as the online sports betting goes, this is relatively low risk but hinges on Anaheim against Colorado. Alternatively, you can parlay other bets into this including the three other NHL games or from other sports.
Read the BetUS sportsbook reviews to learn more about your wagering options and enjoy the games!