It is a huge slate of NHL games for Saturday, May 1, with 15 games on tap, including two matinees, while there is just one game on Sunday, May 2. Let’s look at this weekend’s NHL best bets.
NHL best bets for the weekend of May 1-2 feature all of the top teams in action and some excellent NHL betting trends. It is a huge slate of NHL games for Saturday, May 1, with 15 games on tap, including two matinees, while there is just one game on Sunday, May 2. It had to happen, as the system we have been following finally had a bad weekend, but we limited the damage with a couple of other wins on Saturday. Let’s look at this weekend’s NHL best bets.
Saturday NHL Best Bets
If you have been following the NHL this season then you know that teams are playing within their division exclusively. This has meant that teams are oftentimes playing a set of games against each other. What has been happening in the second game of these series is that the games are lower scoring and they are going under the total. We have eight of those games on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins
The Sabres have played much better over the past couple of months, so the Bruins could get a good test. Boston is trying to stay in the last playoff spot in the East, so this is one of those must-win games. It is a system play, as the teams played Thursday, so we’ll go under the total.
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
These teams played on Thursday so it is a system play and that means we take the game under the total.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals
When you think of the Penguins vs. the Capitals you usually think of the over, but this is a system play, as the teams played on Thursday. That means we play the game under the total.
Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs
Any time you play the Leafs to go under it is risky, as they are a high scoring team with questionable goaltending, but this is a system play, as the teams met on Thursday, so we’ll go under the total.
Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks are another of those teams that is tough to play under the total, as they simply don’t play much defense and their goaltending is weak. This is a system play, as the teams met on Thursday, so we’ll go under the total.
San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche
The Avalanche are actually a very good defensive team, but the Sharks are porous and don’t play much defense. This is a good system play, as the teams met on Friday night, so we’ll go under the total.
Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators
This is the one play this weekend that is not part of the system. It is a huge game for both teams who are battling for a playoff spot and it is a tough spot for Dallas. The Stars played in Tampa on Thursday, while Nashville has been sitting at home and prepping for this game, as they have not played since Tuesday. This is a great chance for Nashville to take a huge step toward a playoff berth and I expect them to get the home win.
Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers are another team that is tough to play under the total, but this is a system play, as the teams met on Thursday. We’ll go under the total.
Vegas Golden Knights at Arizona Coyotes
Vegas is a high scoring team but they are also a good defensive team that gets good goaltending. The Coyotes can’t afford to get into a shootout with Vegas, so this should be a low scoring contest. The teams met on Thursday, so it is a system play that we’ll take under the total.
Sunday NHL Best Bets
Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings
The Lightning are a high scoring team, but they have excellent goaltending and good defense, so they can shut teams down. The Red Wings are totally unpredictable so you never know what you are going to get. These teams met on Saturday, so this is a system play that we take under the total.
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