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Best NHL Bets Today | NHL Picks, April 2

Written by: Michael Hanich
Published April 2, 2024
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Best NHL Bets Today April 02 2024

Another start to a chaotic week is upon us. With just a few more weeks until the playoffs, teams need to find consistency and get the rhythm in check. Usually, the best teams will perform at their best within a few weeks until the postseason. That does not seem to be the case this season with many of the top teams in the league. For example, the top-ranked scoring offense in the league in the Colorado Avalanche only scored one goal against the second-worst team defensively in the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. These games are completely unpredictable, but they are among the safer bets to make moving forward. Look for the best bets to come from DraftKings.

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Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators

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My Pick: Boston Bruins (BOS)

With just a few weeks of the regular season left, there are not many games that will have that playoff-type atmosphere. One game on Tuesday night that are among the top games of the week will be set for a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview between the Boston Bruins (43-17-15) at the Nashville Predators (43-27-4).

This game tonight will be the second matchup of the season between these two elite teams. The last time these two teams faced off on the ice, the Bruins took a 3-2 victory at home in the second game of the season. Boston was able to score a goal in each of the three periods, with forward James Van Riemsdyk getting two of those goals.

Both the Bruins and the Predators are coming into this game as two of the hottest teams in the NHL after a dominant run in March. They have, however, encountered a significant slump during the run they created earlier in the month.

After winning five of six games early in March, Boston has lost three of their last five games. No team was more hot in the second half than the national burgers, who had won 16 of 18 games, with their only two losses being in overtime. After those 18 games, however, Nashville would lose two consecutive games being outscored 15-8.

Boston and Nashville coming into this game averaging 3.27 goals per game. The biggest difference will be the efficiency of the defensive side of the ice, which significantly favors the Bruins. Boston is ranked 6th in the league in goals allowed per game (2.73), while Nashville is ranked 16th in the league (3.04). Look for the Bruins to make a big statement win in tonight's matchup.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights

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My Pick: Over 5.5 Goals Scored 

The final game of the night is set for a huge Pacific Divisional matchup between the Vancouver Canucks (46-20-8) going on the road to take on the Vegas Golden Knights (41-25-8). This is a game that will have major playoff implications for seeding and potentially locking down a wild card spot.

This game will be the third matchup of the season between these two rivals, with another huge game in just a little under a week. The series is split between these two teams this season as Vegas took the first victory on the road with a 4-1 win on November 30. Vancouver would get a revenge win over Vegas with a 3-1 win on the road on March 7.

This game has a great opportunity to be a high-scoring matchup as the Canucks and the Golden Knights are ranked in the top half of the season in scoring. Vancouver is ranked sixth in the league in goals per game (3.45), while the Golden Knights are ranked 15th in the league in that same category (3.16). Vegas has scored four goals in three of the last five games played and three goals in the three games before that.

The last two matchups between the Canucks and the Golden Knights have not reached five goals, but this game has the potential to be different. Las Vegas and Vancouver are looking to account for more consistency and more efficiency before the start of the playoffs, this game will have the potential to make that happen.

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Michael Hanich is a sports journalist/analyst with a wide variety of experience in the newspaper and digital field. He has a love for all sports. The leagues that he covers are College Football, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, College Basketball (men’s and women’s), the MLB, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and the WNBA.

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