One week into the NHL season and teams are struggling. This includes the Boston Bruins who have run into some hot goaltenders while the Vancouver Canucks have forgotten how to play offense. But online betting odds still peg them as legitimate teams.
Take the long view when it comes to capping NHL matchups. Several teams look good on paper but they’ve likely played one or two teams who they matched up well. This new season will limit the teams face each other, but the cream will still rise to the top.
With this in mind, I’ll be taking a flyer on the struggling Bruins as part of our three-team NHL parlay. The other two matchups won’t be as sweat-inducing however.
Boston Bruins Expose Philadelphia Flyers
This battle between Eastern Division powers slightly favors the Bruins per NHL betting odds thanks to their better 5-on-5 play and defense. The Flyers are the more prolific offense here with 3.75 goals scored on average (5th) compared to Boston’s 1.33 (30th).
The difference is that the Flyers have played against the 29th-ranked defense in Pittsburgh and the Sabres, who allow 3 goals a game. Against Boston, they will run into what Boston’s dealt with in their three games: a relentless team and a wall between the pipes.
It’s also unsustainable that Boston keeps shooting the puck at just 3.26 percent. Eventually, some of those bounces will be lighting the lamp. Already backed by a stout defense, I like for Boston to make a statement against Philly.
NHL Pick: Boston Bruins to win (-135)
The Jets snatched a quick one from the Senators on Tuesday. On the brink of defeat, Jets captain RW Black Wheeler scored with seconds to spare to tie the game and LW Nikolaj Ehlers iced the game in overtime.
That was a tough loss for Ottawa, which drops to 1-1-1 and has been playing well above expectations. The Sens scored five goals on the Leafs and have scored 10 in total. They are still inconsistent and give up as many goals as they score but the signs are positive.
Winnipeg, on the other hand, has been involved in close games in all three appearances. Like the Sens, they can get sloppy on defense and allow 35 shots per game (27th). Both teams have porous defense and decent goaltending. This should be another one-goal game with Ottawa covering on the puck line.
NHL Parlay Pick: Ottawa on the puck line +1.5 (-270)
Lightning Shocks Blue Jackets
The defending Stanley Cup champions are coming off convincing victories over the Blackhawks. By their standards, they were two softballs to start the season. They’ll get a stiffer test against playoff rivals, the Blue Jackets but should still pass it with flying colors.
Columbus is 1-2-1 and has allowed 3.25 goals on average, 21st in the NHL. Their defense and goaltending are solid, but they are offensively challenged ranking 20th in scoring chances percent (46.5%) and going 0-of- 7 in their PP.
The Lightning will be in for a tougher fight but should overpower Columbus. The puck line -1.5 at +153 is a tempting bet, but there is plenty of value for Tampa to win at -170 and should be a nice parlay anchor.
NHL Parlay Pick: Tampa Bay to win (-170)
NHL Parlay: Boston to win (-135), Ottawa puck line +1.5 (-270), and Tampa Bay to win (-170) at +279
These NHL picks all depend on whether Boston can overcome their scoring woes or if they’ll get turned back by another hot goaltender. G Carter Hart is capable of that, but even if they don’t score too much they can still stifle the Flyers and pull it out somewhere. Find these odds at the BetUS sportsbook.
Ottawa on the puck line is a given. Winnipeg can score, but they have been playing sloppy and it’s unlikely they blow out Ottawa even with the experience disparity. Tampa Bay beating Columbus is the anchor and should cash easily.
Alternatively, you can put Tampa on the puck line -1.5 to push a bigger return. Still, be wary of the scrappy Blue Jackets. But with this payout of almost 3-1, it’s worth a shot. Cheer for the Bruins for at least this night.