We hit 3 huge parlays over yesterday’s games, but we are always looking to do better, our experts have been hard at work researching the 5 games today to bring you the best NHL picks out there.
Vegas Golden Knights @ Minnesota Wild – 7.00 PM ET
The Golden Knights lost to the Wild on Monday in the first leg of their 2 game series in Minnesota, putting an end to the Knights 6 game win streak.
The game did not play out anything like their previous fixtures in Vegas the week before, with the Knights failing to score a goal in the 2-0 defeat, their second shutout loss for the season.
They did not look like the team that beat the Wild 5-1 just 5 days earlier, the effects of a congested fixture seemingly taking a toll on the Knights, as they played their 5th game in just 7 days.
💻 Roy: It’s going to be a grind again tomorrow and we’ll be ready. pic.twitter.com/RyPTH6HVok
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 9, 2021
It was all smiles for the Wild, who pick up their 7th win from the last 10 games, and see themselves move up to 3rd on the West Division table, overtaking the Avalanche following their defeat to the Coyotes.
Brodin and Fiala picked up the goals for the Wild, but it was all about rookie goalie, Kaapo Kahkonen, who saved all 26 of the Knights attempts at goal to achieve his first career shutout.
NHL Pick – Minnesota Wild (+100)
Spread Pick – Minnesota Wild +1.5 (-263)
Total Goals Pick – Under 5.5 (120)
Ottawa Senators @ Edmonton Oilers – 8.00 PM ET
The Senators and Oilers met on Monday night for the first of a three game series in Edmonton, the Senators put up a good fight, even taking the lead within 1 minute of the start of the game.
They ultimately went down 3-2, their third loss over the last 4 games of a 6 game road trip, and remain in last place in the North, a full 6 points behind next place Calgary Flames.
Thomas Chabot now leads the scoring for the Senators this season after he had a hand in both of the Senators goals, his 4th in three games and 19th overall.
The Oilers picked up their second win in a row, also winning the previous game 3-2 over the Flames, they appear to be back in some semblance of form following their terrible run against the Maple Leafs.
Connor McDavid was once again instrumental in the Oilers victory, assisting in 2 goals, his 5th in just 2 games. Leon Draisaitl also got back on the scoresheet, burying the third and final goal for the Oilers to end his scoring slump.
With the win the Oilers have now beaten the Senators in all 5 games they have played this season, and they will be looking to keep that stat going as they head into todays’ game.
Arizona Coyotes @ Colorado Avalanche – 9.00 PM ET
The Coyotes got a big win over the Avalanche in the first game of their 2 match road trip to Colorado, their first win over the Avs this season, as they were beaten across 2 games at home towards the end of February.
The win was the second in a row for the Coyotes, who defeated the Wild on Saturday 5-2, Clayton Keller picked up 2 points in that game, and added a further 2 against the Avalanche, for a total of 20 for the season.
The Coyotes are neck and neck with the Avs on the West Division table, they sit in 5th on 28 points, just 1 point behind them in a playoff position.
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) March 9, 2021
The Avs’ shaky form continued, losing back to back games against the Ducks and Coyotes, giving them a record of 5-4-1 over the last 10 games.
Plagued by injuries recently, they have struggled to maintain momentum over more than 2 games since the start of the season.
The fans and players alike will breathe a sigh of relief to hear that Nathan MacKinnon looks set to return for this game, having missed the previous 3, MacKinnon has 22 points for the Avs this season.
NHL Pick – Colorado Avalanche (-200)
Spread Pick – Arizona Coyotes +1.5 (-151)
Total Goals Pick – Under 5.5 (-131)
Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks – 9.30 PM ET
The Kings lost to the Ducks on Monday night in the first of a 2 match series in Anaheim, the match was a thriller, with the Ducks winning in overtime after the game finished 5-5 in regulation time.
The loss was the Kings’ 5th over their last 6 games, 3 of those losses have come in overtime, which they have underperformed in this season, winning just 2 out of 8 overtime situations.
The Kings fought hard to take the game to overtime, they were down 5-4 with just 3 minutes to play when Adrian Kempe scored, completing his hat trick in the process.
After losing 9 consecutive games, the Mighty Ducks have now won their second game on the trot, once again going to overtime, but it was Adam Henrique who scored the winning goal this time around.
These narrow victories are a welcome change for the Ducks, who have lost 12 games this season by just 1 goal, 6 of those coming in overtime.
Rickard Rakell, who was the hero of the Avalanche game with a goal and 2 assists, once again spearheaded the victory against the Kings, providing another 3 points.
Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks – 11.00 PM ET
After they couldn’t find a winner during their 1-1 overtime, the Canadiens went to a shootout against the Canucks, losing one shot to nil.
The loss was their 7th from the last 10 games, and came as quite a surprise considering the dominant performance they put on against the Jets previously.
The Canadiens had all but won, 1-0 up with less than a minute to play in the third when Adam Gaudette found the back of the net to take the game to overtime. Carey Price had played great in net for Montreal up until that point, making 28 saves for the night, and saving 2/3 shootout goals.
Carey n’était pas dans le mood pour les feintes de Nick. 😂
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 10, 2021
The Canucks marked their 3rd straight victory by beating the Canadiens, bringing them two points closer to a playoff position, the win didn’t come easily for them, with Gaudettes’ equalising goal coming with just 40 seconds left to play.
Just like the Canadiens, good goaltending played a big factor in keeping the game so close, with Thatcher Demko making 29 saves over the game before coming up big in the shootout saving all three shots.
The two have played 6 games against each other this season, and the win was just the Canucks’ 2nd, todays’ match is the second last game of what has been a so far undefeated homestand for the Canucks.
NHL Pick – Montreal Canadiens (-156)
Spread Pick – Vancouver Canucks +1.5 (-185)
Total Goals Pick – Under 6.5 (-151)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of Bet365.