NHL Parlay Picks: Potential Stanley Cup Champs Highlight Sunday's Action
Championship Pedigree's Looking To End Season Hot
If there ever was a day that some of the NHL's best teams decide to "get up" for a big game against a non-traditional rival (in some cases) today would be it. The Nashville/Tampa Bay game is a potential Stanley Cup Final preview and with the Lightning taking the first meeting 4-3 in OT a few months ago, the visiting Predators would love to return the favor.
The Washington/Pittsburgh game will be hotly contested as always, and for those of you looking for some early pucks to wager on, the Boston/Philadelphia game shouldn't be a slouch either. The other two games on the board pit a New Jersey team looking for two more critical points in the standings, while Colorado is in Anaheim to face the Ducks where both teams are in desperate need of those standings points. So where am I focusing on for today's parlay?
NHL Parlay Picks - Odds Taken From Bet365.com
First I'd like to begin with that Nashville/Tampa Bay game as I do think we see the Predators storm back and even up the season series. Nashville clearly got caught looking ahead to this game with a 7-4 home loss to Buffalo yesterday, a defeat that was rather embarrassing on all fronts for the Preds. But with that "lookahead" game now here, expect the best from Nashville as they really look to test themselves against one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
Nashville is 9-3 SU in their last 12 meetings with Tampa Bay, and on a 7-2 SU run when playing the second of a back-to-back, so the lack of rest shouldn't affect them too much. The Preds are also 13-5 SU in their last 18 games against another winning team, and at this +130 price tag, there is simply too much value to pass up.
- Nashville vs Tampa Bay: Pick - Nashville ML (+130)
- New Jersey vs Montreal: Pick - Montreal ML (+140)
New Jersey Looking To Avoid Classic "Trap" Spot
The New Jersey Devils grabbed a critical two points in the standings yesterday with a 4-3 win over the Islanders and have no started to creat a bit of separation between themselves and the Florida Panthers for that 8th and final playoff spot out East. New Jersey only has four games remaining (including tonight's), and hold a five-point lead over the Panthers who do have a game in hand. Another win by the Devils tonight and Florida would really have to start looking at running the table, but I don't believe the Devils will make it that tough on Florida just yet.
This is the second game in as many nights and third in four nights for the Devils, who just went through a bit of a gaunlet stretch of their schedule. In fact, you can go all the way back to near the start of the month when New Jersey beat Montreal 6-4 to see where this brutal run of games started for New Jersey and it's probably only a matter of time before they run out of gas.
After that win over Montreal, New Jersey hosted Winnipeg, went on a long road trip out west that saw opponents like Nashville, Vegas, the California teams, and then Pittsburgh, only to return home and see Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh again. The Devils proved they are a playoff calibre team with how they played in March, but now it's one of those strong potential letdown spots for them against a Montreal team who's been looking to get this season done for quite some time. The intensity and motivation might not be what it should be for the Devils , and that's a scary thing as a road favourite.
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