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Best NHL Bets Today | NHL Picks, March 5

Written by: Michael Hanich
Published March 5, 2024
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Best NHL Bets Today March 5

This Tuesday night should be just as big of a betting opportunity to earn some significant winnings as yesterday’s big slate of games. There are plenty of games for casual sports fans and bettors to bet on and win big through solid game lines, over/under and more. Get into the action by taking the chance by placing a bet throughout DraftKings.

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins

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My Pick: Edmonton Oilers (EDM)

Among the busy slate of NHL games going into Tuesday is a game that has Stanley Cup Finals potential. The biggest game of the night will be the Boston Bruins (36-13-14) hosting the Edmonton Oilers (37-20-2), who continue to rise in a competitive Western Conference.

This game tonight will be the second time these two elite teams will meet on the ice. The last time the Bruins and the Oilers faced each other was in an overtime thriller in Edmonton on February 21 where the Bruins came out as the final victors. The Bruins’ defense did an excellent job of limiting the three stars of the Oilers to non-scoring situations. Boston was able to score three goals in the second period before Edmonton scored three goals in the final period.

The Bruins and the Oilers have dealt with a lot since that overtime thriller. Boston lost four of the last six games since that game but is coming off a 4-1 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs last night. The loss to the Bruins began a three-game losing streak for the Oilers, but have since won four consecutive games.

Since that matchup in late February, the Bruins’ elite defense has had some up-and-down performances with consistency. The game before the Maple Leafs win, Boston allowed five goals in the 5-1 road loss to the New York Islanders.

Edmonton’s fourth-ranked offense (3.56 goals per game) is coming off a 6-1 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. The Oilers are the team coming into the game with momentum while the Bruins are reestablishing a rhythm after a terrible slate of games but are in the second night of a back-to-back. The Oilers are the team that is fresher physically and more rejuvenated mentally.

Seattle Kraken vs. Winnipeg Jets

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My Pick: Winnipeg Jets (WPG)

Every game is critical in the battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. For the Seattle Kraken (27-23-11), they were able to show they will not be an easy team to disregard in the race for a Wild Card spot. Seattle is coming off a 4-2 road win over the favored Calgary Flames and has won three of the last four games after a rough start to the NHL All-Star Break.

Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets (39-16-5) have been cruising throughout this season with stellar play on both sides of the ice. The Jets came out of the NHL All-Star Break with two tough losses but have since won eight of the last ten games. Winnipeg is currently on a two-game winning streak from a back-to-back, both on the road, this past Saturday and Sunday by outscoring their opponents 10-5.

On Tuesday night, the Kraken and Jets will meet for the first time this season with three games scheduled. Don’t expect this game to be an offensive-heavy performance as the Jets and the Kraken both possess top-ten defenses. Winnipeg is ranked second in the league in goals allowed per game (2.38) while Seattle is ranked eighth in goals allowed per game (2.77).

Their offense leaves more to be desired as the Jets and the Kraken ranked in the bottom half of the league per game. The Kraken are ranked 28th in the league in goals per game (2.74).

The Jets will have a huge advantage defensively as their elite defense takes on a slow Kraken that is playing in a back-to-back. Winnipeg is also one of the most consistent teams in the NHL, they rarely lose games they should win.

Dallas Stars vs. San Jose Sharks

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My Pick: Dallas Stars -1.5 

One of the best and most consistent bets to make in the NHL is to go over on the team opposite the San Jose Sharks (15-39-6). The Sharks are easily one of the worst teams in the league, including the Connor Bedard-less Chicago Blackhawks.

This Tuesday night, the Sharks will host the Dallas Stars (37-17-9), one of the most prominent teams in the Western Conference. This game will be the second matchup of the season with one more later this month.

The Sharks gave the Stars a scare in their stadium this past Saturday as Dallas had to hold on for a 3-2 win in a shootout. San Jose’s defense played one of its best performances of the season by holding the elite Stars’ offense to only two goals in regulation. The Stars were likely on autopilot after a big 4-1 road win over the Winnipeg Jets, two days earlier.

Dallas will likely look to play more consistently in the second game of this home-and-away series. The Stars are ranked fifth in the league in goals per game (3.52) while the Sharks are ranked 32nd in the league in goals allowed per game (3.87).

While the Stars aren’t as elite defensively as they have been earlier in the season, they are still efficient at times. Dallas is ranked 13th in the league in goals allowed per game (2.98). The Sharks haven’t made any progress since their poor efforts to add talent to the roster throughout the season through trades. The Sharks are ranked 31st in the league in goals per game (2.13), just barely better than the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Stars should be in a much better position to win big on Tuesday than in the previous matchup versus the Sharks.

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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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