Free NHL Picks For Today 4/8/2022
New Jersey at Dallas NHL Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Devils: In one of those re-scheduled contests originally lost due to COVID-19 from earlier in the season, New Jersey must travel, must fly halfway across the country to play on back-to-back nights here in Dallas.
At least the Devils gain an hour going westbound, but this team is already tired.
Perhaps “too tired” is a better answer to why we gave the Total as one of major Over plays of the season last night, asking you to forget going over 6.5, 7 or even 7.5, instead stating that going to off-shore book and laying even 9 goals at huge plus-money would win.
At a final score of 7-4 for an 11, we won plenty of cash on a night when we had yet another winning record of well-abode .500 (without stupid -200 favorites).
And now, the injury to standout forward Jack Hughes is worse than originally believed, out of the season with a knee injury.
To be fair, it probably isn’t a super-freakish, end-of-career type of injury, but at 50 games under .500, why not place Hughes on the shelf for the summer and save his career.
The NJD press conference states the injury is “a low-grade MCL sprain of his left knee.” One good break: t’s wasn’t a break (or a tear, etc.).
Thus, NJD has no offensive punch, the D is listless, and there’s nothing to play for.
Stars: Dallas is in the hunt for a playoff berth, whether it’s an automatic spot for a third-place finish or one of two wild cards.
Yes, they lost last night (at home) to Toronto, but it was a nice third-period comeback to at least gain a point before falling in overtime.
Prediction: As compared to the NJD back-to-back and travel situation, since the line is so high, take the STARS in a parlay situation with 2 or 3 other sides at -200 or higher and put together a round-robin.
Columbus at Detroit NHL Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Both Blue Jackets & Red Wings: Among the Bottom 8 clubs from the Eastern Conference that knew weeks ago they would miss the postseason party, Columbus and Detroit are still working hard and proving they want roster sports for next season.
One way for the analytics people to know this: see how opponents of CBJ and DET do in their next game. Usually, they lose!
Thus, it might be better to wait and take really scary looks at future foes and fade them
Prediction: As for this one, hard work means great results. Because the coaches are letting them go, they allow tons of odd-man rush, so expect the puck to go into the net in an OVER play.
Ottawa at NY Rangers NHL Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Senators: Like Columbus and Detroit, Ottawa skaters are playing for contracts and are giving opponents a tough time.
Although Nashville survived them last night, can the Sens give the same effort on back-to-back nights when they visit MSG.
On-ice results say they can, and goalie Matt Murray (neck) has clear waivers and was assign to the Belleville (AHJ) Senators, so both young goalies now have the job for the balance of the season, with Anton Forsberg leading the way (.919 SPct.).
Rangers: The Blue Shirts were in a perfect scheduling situation to fall to Pittsburgh, yet won anyway — one of our few losses.
Goalie Igor Shesterkin continues to sparkle and the MSG crowds love the kid — could he really win the Vezina Trophy?
However, since the Ranger shoutout Carolina on Mar.20, they team has allowed 27 goals in seven games (one shy of 4 per game) until beating NJD, 3-1, two nights ago. Thus, the goaltender may not be quite as good as believed.
Prediction: Heavy shelf on NYR and determined visitors makes the Puck Line a poor play. Just throw the RANGERS into a round-robin parlay with their clubs in the same -200 or higher position.
Anaheim at Philadelphia NHL Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Ducks: Following a long streak (winning or or losing), one indicator for a team isn’t the game that snapped the string, it’s the two or three afterward.
For Anaheim, that result is a pair of home losses to Edmonton and Calgary. And now they get to travel back east to meet Philadelphia. Ugh.
The Ducks offense is putrid — or any synonym of your choice — while John Gibson receives no help in goal.
We wish OPat Verbeek, the new general manager, much luck in his rebuilding efforts.
Flyers: As I vividly recall, Mike Yeo, first a head coach in Minnesota, was improving the St. Louis Blues, but then was fired just 19 games into the 2018-19 season.
Yeo takes an assistant coach position with the Flyers, while the Blues beat Boston to claim its first Stanley Cup.
So what’s Yeo supposed to do in Philly. Get the team better so he can be fired once again? Why not hire a winner immediately because his current 14 wins in 48 games (14-32 ATS) is among the lowest current win rates in the NHL.
Prediction: It’s the fault of both ownership groups these clubs stink. Don’t bother to wager on this one. Send the teams and the league a message. PASS.
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Washington at Pittsburgh NHL Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Capitals: Ever since it became clear that D.C. is finish right in the playoff chase, the Caps look like an NBA team: putting in the work, but at less than 100 percent effort.
Want proof? D.C. is 1-1 ATS, 2-2 ATS, 3-3 ATS, 4-4 ATS… get the idea?
For now, there is only one focus: Allow Alex Ovechkin to score seven goals over the final dozen games to reach a milestone 50 for the season.
Penguins: It’s been reported that former famous Penguins have “suddenly” showed up at practice or out-of-town games to talk to this club.
The talks might be obvious: “Don’t worry about the regular season. It’s all about the playoffs. It doesn’t matter who you play. Just work on your game and don’t worry about the results.”
And that’s how the Pens have played since these discussions started about 10 days ago.
The team looks great. They’re scoring goals. Special teams are solid. But playing at less than 100 percent work rate, they’re losing the close games.
I agree. Don’t worry about it. And I will reconsider better on you (heavily!) Come Stanley Cup time.
Prediction: They don’t really care who wins, so why should we? This is a game for the Props. Side: PASS. Props: Take Ovechkin at OVER 3.5 shots. Also, take the YES at +300 that the game will head into overtime, thus, both managements are happy they registered a point in the standings.
Montreal at Toronto NHL Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Canadiens: It may not be the re-birth of The Flying Frenchmen, but it’s well known that management will make the players look like a pick-up game with lots of scoring — but you better help the goalie or you’ll be benched.
The result was Thursday’s wild 11-goal game in New Jersey… which we gave you as one of best Over plays of the season — we knew!
Montreal is flying high (relatively speaking), so back-to-back road games in New Jersey and Toronto shouldn’t hurt as much since the pressure is off and….
Maple Leafs: … The pressure is on Toronto to somehow fight to gain a second-place finish and the home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Ya see, this is a bad omen because club management simply doesn’t get it. They keep pressing for wins like they’re betting on the club.
Meanwhile, clubs like Pittsburgh are being encouraged to tone it down a notch to save their best efforts for the postseason.
This means the Leafs, when they are the right side, should more likely be a Puck Pline play. If you want to GUESS when that is, be my guest.
Prediction: Of course, Toronto is a -200 or higher favorite. Of course, they will probably win. But this is a rivalry contest, and like in college football, emotion matters and the analytics can be thrown in trash. The better option sounds like the OVER and let this guy’s skate all over the rink all night.
NY Islanders at St. Louis NHL Pick Prediction 4/8/2021
Isles: Long Island won five straight before falling in Dallas, but they’re stealing looking good.
CHECK YOUR ROTATION BOOK. This game was originally slated for Saturday, but was moved (along with the road game at Carolina) because of COVID and rink availability.
Because of these changes, the goalie rotation may change.
Plus, with the old schedule, the Islanders would’ve been in the middle of two days off on the road, playing gold in Hilton Head or somewhere close by in North Carolina.
Obviously, a club in good form, but how the games will affect them is unknown.
Blues: Likewise, St. Louis was supposed to play Minnesota, but instead came an Eastern Conference row.
The Blues are also playing well at 5-0-1 SU (5-1 ATS) in L6.
Prediction: Too many unknowns here, including the starting goalies. HOWEVER, since neither of the teams are known to play the “I’ll rub your back, you rub mine” game, perhaps they will “reb” and allow this game to go into overtime. Thus, a small play on the YES that the game will be tied after 60 minutes might be a fun bet for pizza money — cheese, not sausage.
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