NHL Betting Guide for April 8th

A wild Thursday night in the National Hockey League features ten games along with one postponement. Eight games with 7:00 p.m. ET starts with the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes, the early marquee matchup. The last match of the night has an earlier start time, as well, as the Stars and Blackhawks hook up at 8:00. Lots of options to choose from in the player props arena on FanDuel. As always, make sure to have that fantasy lineup locked and loaded with so many games popping off at primetime.

Why not extend your fantasy game for another chance at cold hard cash. Head over to FanDuel  to create your own daily lines to compete for big prizes. Hopefully, you rolled with us on Monday, where we went a perfect 6-for-6 with our Golden Knights-Blues and Avalanche-Wild game picks. Let’s keep the puck moving for another big night.

New Jersey Devils vs. Buffalo Sabres Moneyline, Total, and Odds


 Moneyline: Devils -134 / Sabres +114

Spread: Devils -1.5 (+198) Sabres +1.5 (-245)

Total: Over 5.5 (-102) Under 5.5 (-120)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Devils +25000 Sabres +25000

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New Jersey Devils vs. Buffalo Sabres News, Analysis, and Picks


After a franchise-worst 18-game winless streak, the Buffalo Sabres are all the sudden kind of a hot hockey team. Buffalo has won two in a row for just the second time this season and has victories in three of their past four games. They’ll go for the two-game sweep of the Devils after beating New Jersey 5-3 on Tuesday. Down a goal, Buffalo scored three straight goals in the second and third periods to complete the comeback over their East basement roommates. Casey Mittelstadt had a goal and an assist, including the eventual game-winner, while Linus Ullmark stopped 27 of 30 New Jersey shots.

A few of those Devils players taking those shots won’t be in the lineup for the rematch. New Jersey shipped Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac to the Islanders on Wednesday ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst are coming back to Jersey but won’t likely be in the lineup Thursday night for the struggling Devils. 

New Jersey has dropped three straight and lost six of their past seven games to narrow the gap between last-place Buffalo and the Devils. Jersey remains one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league, and now without Palmieri and Zajac, their offense is even more anemic. They are ripe for the picking, and Buffalo holds a ton of value tonight.

The Picks: Sabres moneyline (+114), Total Under 5.5 (-120), Sam Reinhart Over 0.5 Points (-140)

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders Spread, Moneyline, Total, and Odds


Moneyline: Flyers +156 / Islanders -186

Spread: Flyers +1.5 (-184) Islanders -1.5 (+152)

Total: Over 5.5 (-120) Under 5.5 (-102)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Flyers +5000 Islanders +1000

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders News, Analysis, and Picks


The New York Islanders are heating up again and beating the teams they need to get by. New York is coming off their second win over the Washington Capitals in the past week. The Isles pounded the Caps 8-4 on April Fool’s Day and followed up that high-scoring blowout with a tight 1-0 shutout on Tuesday night. Semyon Varlamov stopped all 29 Capitals shots, and Brock Nelson broke the double goose egg with the game-winner with less than seven minutes remaining. Thanks to those performances over Washington, the Isle are now tied with the Caps atop the East Divison.

Sandwiched between wins against Washington, New York took care of business against their Thursday night opponent. The Islanders needed the shootout on Saturday to get the extra point out of Philly in a 3-2 victory. Anthony Beauvillier scored both New York goals while Ilya Sorokin stopped 30 Flyers shots in the tightly contested affair. Sorokin couldn’t stop Claude Giroux, who scored both Flyers third-period goals, including the game-tying marker with less than ten minutes to go. The Flyers have lost six of their past nine games and are falling fast out of the East’s playoff picture.

As mentioned earlier, the Isles acquired Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the Devils yesterday, but it’s unlikely they will play for New York on Thursday night.

The Picks:  Islanders Cover -1.5 (+152), Total Over 5.5 (-120), Mathew Barzal Over 0.5 Points (-172) 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers Spread, Moneyline, Total, and Odds


Moneyline: Penguins +108 / Rangers -126

Spread: Penguins +1.5 (-245) Rangers -1.5 (+198)

Total: Over 6.5 (+104) Under 6.5 (-128)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Penguins +2000 Rangers +7000

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers News, Analysis, and Picks


The New York Rangers have picked up their game of late and have shown they can explode offensively at any given time. New York’s attack was on full display in their first game of a two-game set with Pittsburgh. The Rangers fired off eight in a four-goal win over the Penguins on Tuesday. Artemi Panarin led the way with a goal and three assists, while Adam Fox had a goal and two assists as part of nine Rangers to collect multiple points. New York amazingly did this on just 25 shots against both Penguins goalies, Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith. It was the third time in three weeks New York has scored at least eight goals in a game. On the flip side, Pittsburgh fired 45 shots on Igor Shesterkin, with the Russian make 41 stops.

New York’s third win in their past four pulled them within five points of Boston and the final playoff spot in the East. For Pittsburgh, it was their second-straight loss, and they’ve given up a combined 15 goals in that span after winning five straight. Despite the recent stumble, the Pens sit just four points back of Washington and the Islanders at the top of the division. Goaltending has clearly been the issue as the offense has put up nine goals in the pair of losses. DeSmith has allowed ten goals in that pair of games, so expect Jarry to get the start to try and stop the slide.

The Picks:  Penguins moneyline (+108), Total Over 6.5 (+104), Sidney Crosby Over 0.5 Assists (-114) 


 

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