Free NHL Picks For Today 4/28/2022

Free NHL Picks For Today 4/28/2022

Free NHL Picks For Today 4/28/2022


Los Angeles at Vancouver NHL Pick Prediction 4/28/2022

Kings: Head coach Todd McLellan (43-27-10), the clubhouse leader for National League coach of the year for the only team to make the playoffs that wasn’t expected to, was clear, “There will be changes for Thursday.”


Since L.A. has clinched third place and will play Edmonton in the first round, the Kings brought 8 extra skaters — 4 forward 4 defensemen — on the trip, so the on=ice roster against the Canucks could be almost anybody.


Plus, the club plays its second game on the road in as many nights, plus the crossing of the border to get into B.C.


Last season, L.A. had just 72 points (prorated over 82 games. A win in The Vanc gives the Kings an even 100 — the best improvement in the league. 


Canucks: Last season, Vancouver had a pro-rated total of 72 points but can reach 91 with a win here. Thus, if McLellan doesn’t win the Jack Adams Trophy, then the Canucks’ Bruce Boudreau (31-15-9) will.


For more than 20 years with various publications, I ask my readers this: Among the eight clubs from each conference which made the playoffs this year, at least one will miss the following year? This year, L.A. is in and Vegas is out. If Vancouver is in 2023, could the out team be: Dallas, Nashville or even Calgary.


Remember, one team will drop. It has happened every year since the mid-1980s.


Prediction: Too many kids are playing for contracts in Vancouver; too many kids are simply playing for L.A. Still, this is a meaningless game, so a small play — if there is a play at all — in on the… CANUCKS.


Buffalo at Boston NHL Pick Prediction 4/28/2022

Sabres: Buffalo could go out with a bang, as Boston will skate several players from Providence (AHL). The internal message was to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division, a spot they just moved into, resting one point ahead of Detroit and two over Ottawa.


The Sabres also have a home game left with Chicago on Friday, so even a point against the Bruins will allow Buffalo to control its own destiny.


They are very interested if for nothing else but to sell tickets.


Bruins: Boston clinched the first wild card berth from the Eastern Conference and will travel to Metro Division champion Carolina for the first round.


Historically, the Bruins have always been better than the “Whalers,” winning three of four playoff series since the Hurricanes were located at Raleight, N.C., some 20-plus years ago.


In fact, the Canes first postseason series was against Boston in 1998-99, blowing a 2-1 series lead by dropping the next three.


Over individual playoff games, Boston has won 8-of-9 contests, including a series sweep in 2019, getting out-scored, 17-5.


Prediction: The only individual milestone which can be wagered on is Boston’s Taylor Hall needs one goal to reach 20 on the year. So a play of him scoring at +220 is interesting. Otherwise, there is very shamm lean to the UNDER or simply PASS.


New Jersey at Carolina NHL Pick Prediction 4/28/2022

Overview: This is the worst look-ahead situation for Carolina: a non-meaningful game against New Jersey with a “real” game against an opponent which has your number for the past three postseasons, droppin two series with Boston in nine composite games.


Sabres: Buffalo has won four straight, 5-of-6 SU, scoring five goals in 4-of-6.


Bruins: Boston seeks a 4-game season series sweep.


Prediction: Buffalo can achieve its late-season goal; did Boston do the same by “tanking” just to meet Carolina? Either way, the Bruins should have no interest here, as the usual round-robin parlay recommendation does not qualify here. It’s either a small play on the SABRES or PASS.


Florida at Ottawa NHL Pick Prediction 4/28/2022

Panthers: Congratulations to the President’s Trophy winner in Florida, which means the only have a 37 percent chance of winning the Stanley Cup..


Last week, when Colorado started resting key personnel to end the race for No. 1 overall, Florida did the same thing and has dropped two straight. Including an 8-4 pounding at home vs. Tampa Bay — and there wasn’t a peep from club management.


Senators: Ottawa’s last-season goal was to pass Detroit to finish in fifth place — until Buffalo passed both of them. Still, the Sens have won four straight and are 6-1-1 SU (6-2 ATS) in L8.


Prediction: In a game with little meaning, Buffalo is playing for pride; Florida is resting to play for the championship. Small wagers only on the… SENATORS.


Washington at NY Islanders NHL Pick Prediction 4/28/2022

Overview: There was a solid group of nine teams expected to contend for Stanley Cup berths out of the Eastern Conference. These were the bottom two teams on the list, with Washington in and Long Island out because of the Isles’ season-opening road trip, then COVID hitting the club just as their new rink opened at Belmont Park, extending their slow start.


Capitals: D.C. is getting ready for No. 1 Florida by resting players, while the day-to-day and short-term status of Alex Ovechkin is unknown. If you needed to predict a first-round sweep, the Caps might be on the golf course sooner than desired.


Isles: Let’s rethink the NYI season with their new rink already open and no pandemic problems. Would they still overtake Washington for a playoff berth>


Prediction: The answer is Yes, so we will take the CAPITALS in a sort of “revenge” situation (instead of waiting for next season).


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Tampa Bay at Columbus NHL Pick Prediction 4/28/2022

Lightning: Tampa Bay is readying for a playoff series against the poorest postseason club over the past 50-plus years: Toronto.


We have been camping out in front of the ticket window to wager on the Bolts in the series with the Leafs for two weeks — we can hardly wait to see another epic collapse by TML, the “Toronto Meat Loaf.” or as they say in the motion picture Bull Durham, simply “Meat.”


Blue Jackets: In our preseason poll naming the eight most likely teams in make the playoffs and compare the is to the clubs that did qualify, Columbus was a “no” on both of them’


They don’t like it, but look in the mirror, boys. As much as the Islanders had tons of excuses, you have none because you’re even behind the Long Island lads by three points!


Prediction: Tampa doesn’t care and they don’t need to. Columbus is all pissy, but for no reason, yet the play (very, very small) is on the home underdog BLUE JACKETS… unless they do something dumb, get under the skins of Tampa Bay, so I will ready for a fast in-game play on the Bolts in the third period.


Note to CBJ players: You blamed head coach John Tortorella (18-26-12) in 2020-21 and wanted a change. You got it, but still messed up. This program needs a complete overhaul.


San Jose at Edmonton NHL Pick Prediction 4/28/2022

Sharks: As noted earlier, San Jose has “fielded” 17 first-time NHL players this season. Basically, that means that the entire San Jose (AHL) Barracuda minor league club, which is last in their 9-team division, has played with the varsity.


Sharks coach Bob Boughner has made it known that all positions — except for maybe Brett Burns, but the coach did not state him either — are available next season.


That was the wake-up call for a few of the Barracuda, who thought they were lost to the minors for life. Most noteworthy, some centre named Thomas Bordeleau, who scored the game-winning goal in just his fifth National League appearance.


Oilers: Hey, Edmonton. This is the 40th anniversary of the “Miracle in Manchester,” when the Kings rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the third period to eventually win the game in overtime, eventually taking the series.


Oil City expected a much better season than “just” a second-place finish in the Pacific, really never coming close to arch-rival Calgary since the calendar turned.


Sure, they’ve won 5-of-6 down the stretch, but they don’t look like the club which opened the season at 5-0.


Plus, Edmonton has a look-ahead to cap the regular season. Vancouver comes to town for Game No. 82 with a chip on their shoulder and seeks to avoid a season sweep.


Prediction: Finally, for the first time this season, San Jose is enjoying themselves. Edmonton has only two lines that can score (1.5 if you count some nagging injuries), so they will play safe. Normally, this would be a No-Play, but a small play for kicks on the SHARKS could prove fun — and profitable.


Nashville at Colorado NHL Pick Prediction 4/28/2022

Predators: Nashville got so lucky when Dallas decided to blow a third-period lead and fall at home to Arizona — yes, those awful Coyotes — to keep the race of the first wild card berth in the Western Conference alive.


Sure, they only appoint to eliminate Vegas and clench their own berth, but the Stars have the opportunity to avoid Colorado and get Calgary in the first round.


More remarkable: Arizona won back-to-back road games at Minnesota and Dallas, at +350 and +300. That means a $100 bet gets back $450, then rolled over is a return of $1,800 *$1,700 profit). And people say there are no betting ops late in the season??!!


Avalanche: As the bumper stickers from the late 1970s used to day: “Tanned, rested and ready, Nixon for President.”


The Avs are everyone’s favorite to represent the West in the Stanley Cup Final….


Prediction: But the Avs are not the favorites among bettors for this contest. In a contest with virtually no action, I’ll play it safe, too. PASS.


Calgary at Minnesota NHL Pick Prediction 4/28/2022

Overview: The difference between the top clubs in Calgary’s Pacific Division and Minnesota’s Central Division is vast.


Calgary will have the longest odds of any division titlist this season. Minnesota, in a look-ahead oops to Arizona, wants the Flames.


Plus, this is the Wild’s game-in-hand to overtake St. Louis and gain home-ice in their 2/3 series playoff-opener.


Prediction: Yes, Calgary could be an upset loser in the first round to either Nashville or Dallas (especially the Stars because their defensive scheme has always slowed down the Flames). Take the WILD.


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