Eight games in the NHL are scheduled for Thursday after a third game was postponed due to COVID-19. The New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild all saw their games postponed.
Below are some of my favorite Thursday bets. If you’re looking for more bets this season, check out the FTN Bet Tracker on FTNBets.com.
Vancouver Canucks +165 (BetAmerica) at Toronto Maple Leafs -179 (WilliamHill) – 6.5
Vancouver and Toronto are playing against each other for the first time this season and it is the first of three games between these teams. The Canucks are playing their fourth of six straight on the street while the Maple Leafs return home after a 3-1 record on the street. Both teams lose, but Toronto got off to a much better start to the season (7-2-1) than the Canucks (6-7-).
The Maple Leafs are strong favorites, but they are a strong game and you can include the over to make it worth your time. The Canucks have finished 10 of their 13 games and scored at least five goals in seven of those competitions. They allowed 3.69 goals per game in the season (fourth most). According to the Natural Stat Trick, Vancouver has allowed 30.78 goalscoring chances at 5 against 5 per 60 minutes in the league. You also gave up the fourth-highest odds at 5v5.
Betting nugget: At least six goals were scored in 70% of games in the North Division.
Forecast: 5-3, Toronto Maple Leafs
Other tips to consider: STL over ARI; AUTO via CHI; MON -1.5 against OTT
Andrei Svechnikov OVER 2.5 SOG -139 (DraftKings)
Svechnikov is one of my favorite props that I have to take with me every time the Carolina Hurricanes hit the ice. The winger has five goals this season and only seven games (seven points). He’s got 25 shots so far (at least two in each game) and 18 in his last two games. He continues to play difficult minutes and is the trigger for Carolina’s first power play unit. Svechnikov scored one goal in six shots in Carolina’s 4-3 win over Chicago on Tuesday. The Blackhawks coughed the third most shots per 60 minutes at 5v5.
David Perron OVER 2.5 SOG +115 (DraftKings)
Perron has scored more than 2.5 shots on goal in five of his last six games. During that time he has four goals and eight points. Perron put three pucks into the net against the Coyotes on Tuesday and his line had seven shots at team level at 5v5. They created five scoring chances and one high-risk chance with even strength. Arizona has allowed the eleventh most shot attempts per 60 minutes at 5 against 5.
Others to consider: John Carlson OVER 2.5 SOG +105 (DraftKings)