NHL daily picks: Backing the banged up B’s
Not much to get into here with a late pick on a light night of NHL action. We’re also running late, so let’s get into it.
Last night’s action: It was an 0-2 night ’round these parts as the Islanders outplayed the Oilers but were undone by that blasted Connor McDavid in overtime. The Isles outshot the Oilers 13-2 in the third period but couldn’t come through. In our other pick, the Florida Panthers were second best against the Carolina Hurricanes.
There’s only one game getting our attention tonight, as the matchups between Toronto and Minnesota and San Jose and Tampa Bay are priced appropriately.
Even without Brad Marchand, the Bruins are now at the price where they warrant a play. The Rangers are on a bit of a roll, but they have had a lot of problems limiting scoring chances against and currently rank second worst in the entire NHL in expected goals against. On the other hand, the B’s are doing a great job at limiting opponents’ scoring chances, and they drive possession at an impressive clip. It’s late, but the B’s are the way to go here.
Season to date: 35-42, -2.41u
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