Corrigan's Gambling Corner: 3 Best NHL Gambling Picks - March 31, 2022
It has been a while since we have hit the ice, but here we are. I am the most casual hockey fan in the world, there is no doubt about that. I just like to gamble on it.
Every now and then, I remember that I am damn good at handicapping some puck, so that is what we are going to do today. I have been so focused on college basketball and the NBA, that hockey has taken a backseat.
However, I have been toying around with a new hockey betting system, and over the last two weeks, the new system is hitting at a 67% clip. I will not tell you exactly what my system looks like because that is just bad business, but I am feeling pretty good with my hockey bets as we inch closer to the postseason.
The NHL picks will ramp up during the playoffs, but for now, I just need to warm back up. As they say, I just need to see the ball go through the hoop, or in this case, watch the puck go in the net.
We would love for you to tail our picks. If you do so, please always remember to gamble responsibly.
*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
Chicago Blackhawks at Florida Panthers
This has not been a fun season for the Chicago Blackhawks. Even though they did not completely blow this team up as was rumored when Patrick Kane's name was floated around at the deadline, they shipped Brandon Hagel to the Sabers and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who they acquired during the offseason, was dealt to Minnesota.
They are massive underdogs against the Panthers tonight, and for good reason. On the season, Florida is ranked first in goals, assists, shots, and shots per game while the Blackhawks' defense is ranked 24th in goals allowed and 23rd in total shots allowed per game.
Before we go any further, let me tell you the story of the 2019 Chicago Blackhawks. At one point in the season, the total went over in 20 of 21 games for the Blackhawks. I jumped on that trend about 10 games in on their incredible run, and I am forever chasing the high of, what some people are saying, is the greatest stretch of hockey ever.
While this is a different team, and their offense kind of sucks, the total has gone over in 33 of Chicago's 67 games this season, and 10 of their last 13 games this season. On the other side, the total has gone over in 13 of Florida's last 16 games, and they are averaging over five goals a game on their home ice.
Pick: Over 7 (-104)
Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs
The Jets have made a bit of a playoff run down the stretch. They have won five of their last six, and with 14 games left in the regular season, they sit just two points back of the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the second Wild Card spot in the west.
However, Winnipeg will be without leading scorer Kyle Connor and defensemen Nate Schmidt for the next two games as they tested positive for COVID-19. Both Connor and Schmidt missed their last game against the Sabers, but a tremendous performance by goalie Connor Hellebuyck saved an undermanned Jets team. They are going to need a similar performance from Hellebuyck tonight as he will go up against one of the top offenses in the NHL.
The Maple Leafs are ranked fifth in goals, sixth in shots per game, and they are the best power-play team in the league. The Leafs are scoring 3.7 goals per game, and both teams allow three goals per game. At the end of the day, both teams come into this game scorching hot, but one team has the clear advantage on offense, especially on their home ice.
Pick: Toronto -1.5 (+100)
Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes
It is just amazing to me to see how bad the Canadiens have become just one season off making the Stanley Cup.
Montreal is tied for last with Detroit in goals allowed per game, and they have only scored 171 goals this season, which is one goal better than the Senators, who are dead-last in total goals scored. Over their last seven games, the Canadians are 2-5 SU, and their defense has been especially abysmal during this stretch, allowing 23 scoring chances.
If those numbers hold, the Canes are going to make them pay.
While Carolina is one of the top teams in the NHL, they are only 3-6 SU in their last nine, and 2-5 SU in their last seven against Eastern Conference teams. This is the perfect spot for them to get a much-needed win. Montreal is just terrible on both sides of the ice, and the Hurricanes have allowed the least amount of goals in the NHL, and they are ranked eighth in scoring.
The puck line is a little large, but this is the perfect matchup for a boring, one-sided game for Carolina.
Pick: Carolina -2.5 (+120)
3-LEG PARLAY ODDS: (+763) 1 UNIT TO WIN 7.63 UNITS
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