Once again, I hit the first leg of my NHL Parlay Picks and missed the second leg this past Saturday. To be fair, I was very fortunate to hit my first leg though as the Tampa Bay Lightning struggled to get past the Chicago Blackhawks. Tampa Bay and Chicago were tied 1-1 with a minute left to play when Brayden Point found the back of the net. The Lightning added an empty net goal with two seconds left to cover the puck line and that had me feeling great.
Unfortunately, that feeling was fleeting because the New York Islanders laid an egg at home against the Washington Capitals. The Isles opened up the scoring against the Capitals in the first five minutes, but they failed to add a second goal in the final 55 minutes. New York had just 18 shots on goal, while Washington slotted in five goals on just 27 shots in a beatdown.
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NHL Schedule for Thursday, March 16
Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. ET
Colorado Avalanche at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. ET
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. ET
Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m. ET
Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers, 9 p.m. ET
Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes, 10 p.m. ET
Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m. ET
Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET
Seattle Kraken at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET
NHL Parlay Picks for Thursday, March 16, 2023
Pittsburgh Penguins ML at New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings -1.5
The Pittsburgh Penguins looked like they might miss out on the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season a couple months ago, but they have rallied and are playing very good hockey over the last few weeks. Pittsburgh is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games, and we saw the Pens knock off the New York Rangers in overtime in the Steel City on Sunday afternoon.
This might be the last real hurrah for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Crosby is no longer a young phenom, and he will turn 36 in August. His history of concussions means that he could hang up his skates after one more bad hit, but he is having a solid season with 29 goals and 51 assists, and he is just outside the top ten in scoring with 80 points.
Meanwhile, Malkin will turn 37 in July. He is the second-leading scorer for the Pens once more with 23 goals and 47 assists, but he has a negative plus-minus. Fortunately, Pittsburgh has other goal scorers in Jake Guentzel, Richard Rakell, Jason Zucker, and Bryan Rust.
The New York Rangers are backsliding. Many hailed them as a Stanley Cup contender after the Rangers traded for Patrick Kane, but they have now lost seven of their last 11 games. The offense has let them down with just 27 goals in that stretch, and that’s not enough to win considering the scoring explosion we have seen this year.
At this point, it’s a no brainer to fade the Columbus Blue Jackets. They are sitting in last place in the NHL standings, and they want to increase their chances of landing the No. 1 overall pick in order to select potential franchise changer Connor Bedard. Columbus has lost four straight games entering this showdown with the Los Angeles Kings, and the Blue Jackets have surrendered at least three goals in seven straight games.
This is a nice spot for the Los Angeles Kings. They have won five of their last six games, and they are in the middle of a seven-game homestand. The Kings are just three points behind the Vegas Golden Knights, and they should take care of business provided Kevin Fiala is on the ice.
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