It is another busy night in the NHL betting world with 11 games on Thursday night. With basically one week left in the season, it is crunch time for almost everyone as they try to sneak into the playoff picture. Of the 11 games tonight, nine involve at least one playoff team which should draw focus from many. When the public gets involved things can get a bit wonky so to help find the best NHL bets amongst the crazy, Awesemo’s OddsShopper with projections, expected ROI and win percentage all in one spot becomes incredibly handy for all bettors. There is plenty to get through so let’s find the best NHL picks today.
NHL Picks Today: Best Hockey Bets & Player Props
Panthers vs. Red Wings Under 7 (-105, FanDuel)
It is never fun to root for an under in any game unless of course betting is involved or you just enjoy boring/defensive gameplay, but it is very rare to see a line such as this on the NHL betting streets. These are two teams on the complete opposite end of the spectrum in every aspect as is evident by the implied total of six for the Panthers. With that said, the value on this bet in comparison to any line on Awesemo’s OddsShopper is still even better than the under of six in Pittsburgh (-115) featuring two very competent teams battling for playoff position. With the Red Wings’ complete inability to defend, especially on the penalty kill, and the stark contrast in skill between these two there will undoubtedly be line movement constantly, so grabbing this number early is strongly advised.
The obvious appeal of this bet is the fantastic value with a very lofty and rare total. The Panthers should absolutely cruise in this game without a doubt but expecting six goals is lofty even for their potent offense (4.17 goals per game). On top of super high expectations, there is also some narrative to be injected here as the Panthers have all but locked up the top seed in the East already, so if they get a comfortable lead, it is not unthinkable that they will shut it down.
James van Riemsdyk Over 1.5 Shots on Goal (-170, Caesars)
In a battle of two absolute dumpster fires lies the highest expected NHL prop bet to hit on the night for James van Riemsdyk. The Flyers’ offensive-winger is a 74% favorite to surpass his current line, which of course paces the night’s betting slate and also has an xROI only second to Mika Zibanejad in any NHL prop bet with a win rate over 55%. The Canadiens have been awful just a year removed from the Stanley Cup, including the league’s sixth-worst shot against mark and third-to-last expected goals against. On the year, van Riemsdyk is averaging 2.11 shots per contest and carries a projected shot total of 2.6 with tonight’s matchup.
It is hard to imagine what is going to happen in this game with neither team giving a hoot, but with a total pushing seven goals, it is expected that there is plenty of offensive zone time and lack of defense. van Riemsdyk thrives in situations where defense is an afterthought and with an incredibly soft line this is one of the NHL picks today that is primed to hit pretty easily.