The Boston Bruins were considered an afterthought to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division last September. But that perception has now flipped with the B’s steamrolling into a game at the lackluster New Jersey Devils. The St. Louis Blues have been one of the best teams in the NHL since New Year’s and will host the dreadful Detroit Red Wings. The Dallas Stars are trying to close out a wild card playoff spot against a Colorado Avalanche team that took a step back this year. And the Winnipeg Jets will head to Sin City to face the Vegas Golden Knights in a rematch from last year’s playoffs. Let’s take a look at the best bets for Thursday in the NHL!
Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. ET
Boston ranks an impressive third in the NHL for goals against and has won seven of their last 10 to stand at 43-20-6-3. New Jersey has taken a terrible step back after making the playoffs last year with a record of 27-37-5-4 while ranking 27th for goals against. The Devils have also lost eight of their last ten. Boston has owned the cashier’s cage in their series with New Jersey. In fact, the Bruins have won 15 of the last 20 in their series with the Devils. Just two of the last 13 between these teams have gone over the total. And at New Jersey the B’s have come away with the cash in 10 of their last 14 visits. Just one of the last seven between these teams at New Jersey have gone over the total.
Detroit Red Wings vs. St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET
Detroit is a miserable 11-19-3-2 on the road and has lost eight of their last 10 games. The Red Ink Wings have NHL rankings of 27th for goal scoring and 29th for goals against. St. Louis may have finally found a goaltender with rookie Jordan Binnington. Consider his .931 save percentage and 1.77 goals against average with five shutouts. St. Louis has turned the tables recently in their series with Detroit with three wins in the last four meetings. The Blues and Red Wings have gone under the total in nine of their last 12 matchups. Additionally, St. Louis took their last home game against Detroit with four of the last five in this matchup at St. Louis going under the total.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET
The Avalanche have gone from a playoff team to one likely to be hitting the golf links next month. Colorado has lost five of their last eight games and have fallen to 21st in the NHL for goals against. The Avalanche have won just 15 out of 36 away games. Dallas has won six of their last nine and is 21-12-2-1 at home. The Stars rank second in the NHL for goals against. Colorado has won five of their last seven against Dallas with three of the last four in this series going under the total. However, at Dallas the Stars have ruled the cashier’s cage with six wins in their last seven home games against the Avalanche. Dallas and Colorado have gone under the total in three straight games at United Airlines Center.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m. ET
The Golden Knights are red hot with eight wins in their last nine games. Vegas has won four of their last six against Winnipeg with three of the last four in this series going under the total. And at Vegas the Golden Knights have come away with the money in three out of four games against the Jets with three of those four games also clearing the total.
Thursday NHL Best Bets: Vegas Golden Knights, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, and Boston Bruins
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