Two hockey games show up on a pretty confident slate across the board, lets get right into those 2 plays as well as a potential parlay we could attack here.
Chicago Blackhawks v. New York Islanders (@United Center; Chicago, Illinois)
I love the Blackhawks at home this year and I don’t think you will find them in a better spot than tonight for what will be looked at as “not an easy win”; but one that they should be able to pull off without a doubt. Aside from the fact Chicago has been on an absolute tear going 9-1-0 in their last 10 including a dominating 4-1 win in the United Center over the juggernaut of a team, the Penguins. The Isles on the road are 10-14-4 comparing to the Hawks 21-8-4 record at home (top 5 in NHL) and to make things even sweeter, the Islanders played a hard fought game last night in Texas and will have to travel to Chicago and be ready to play all within 12 hrs of each other. Look for the Hawks to extend their win streak to 6 in a row here against a tired New York side.
PICK: Blackhawks to win. (-200)
Carolina Hurricanes v. Arizona Coyotes (@PNC Arena; Raleigh, North Carolina)
I know the Hurricanes may be the furthest thing from what a gambling man considers a team they would feel comfortable putting money on but hear me out on this one. Knowing that all hockey lines can be astronomical depending on the situation (for ex: Penguins home v. the Avalanche would probably boast a -500 money line if not more), this is a pick that can be pretty fair of a risk for a nice spot with a home team. The Arizona Coyotes are just as done and out of the playoffs as the Hurricanes but it seems that the fight is still there for the Canes while Arizona has no will left. After the trade deadline left them without Hanzal they look like an even worse team than their already awful record suggests. They dropped a 6-3 game last night to the Sabres and will be traveling from Buffalo down to Raleigh to play back-to-back games. Carolina also has quite the record at home (18-9-2) comparing to the Coyotes (8-20-4) on the road. After a rough stretch of games as well as a rough schedule, look for Carolina to take out some of their frustrations tonight and beat up on the trash Coyotes.
PICK: Hurricanes to win. (-230)
Getting into the last quick portion, a parlay on the line could be a play. Take the two picks above and adding a Penguins at home win over the Lightning gives us a nice 3 leg parlay here that could return a nice profit with solid plays.
PARLAY: Carolina Hurricanes win. (-230) Pittsburgh Penguins win. (-165) Chicago Blackhawks win. (-200) (10 to win 25)