With approximately six weeks remaining in the NHL's shortened 2021 season and just over two weeks to the trade deadline, you can expect the next month-and-a-half of hockey to be not only entertaining but tightly contested, as well. As I've mentioned in previous weeks, a quick scan of the evening's boxscores produces a number of results within the one-goal threshold on a nightly basis. Keep that in mind when betting, obviously on the puckline even more so.
Teams are jockeying for position across the league with the playoffs looming, which always makes for some great hockey to watch and, of course, bet on. I say it every week, but I will say it again: make sure you are checking on starting goalies, COVID protocol lists, and getting the right prices before puck drop.
Today's board has seven evening contests and four afternoon matchups to make some cash on, good luck.
Side bets: 9-12
Edmonton Oilers @ Toronto Maple Leafs – Pick: Oilers +1.5
Guess what? I'm betting on a Maple Leafs game without taking Toronto or the Over! And while this might not exactly be a bold bet by any stretch of the imagination and the odd isn't exactly great, but I see this game being a closely-contested, one-goal affair. The Maple Leafs have looked like a much better team with Jack Campbell in the cage, almost rejuvenated in a sense, which is obviously not what you want to hear if you're Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
However, this is a massive measuring stick-type game for an Edmonton squad playing its best hockey of the season and closing in on the division lead. The Oilers HAVE to be fired up for this one after getting completely embarrassed in their last three meetings against Toronto earlier in the season. These are two different teams from then to now. The Leafs have been struggling to light the lamp and a once red-hot top-six offensive unit has gone cold at the worst time of year. Whereas the Oilers, led by McDavid's 60 points and Leon Draisaitl's 50, seem to be just hitting their stride with wins in seven of their last 10.
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