BlackJack Fletcher’s Favorite Bets: Analyzing the Sunday NHL Slate
Maybe you just aren’t a huge college basketball fan. Maybe all the talk of “March Madness” has you going a little mad. Maybe you’re just a diversified gambler and like to dip your toe in more than one thing at a time. Whatever the case may be, I’ve got you covered, baby. Here’s some alternative action today if you have had enough of gambling on the NCAA Tournament. Let’s give you some winners, brother.
Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights (-155)
4 p.m. ET
Vegas needs to get right and do it quick. The Golden Knights have dropped two in a row and three in a row at home. This is not par for the course for this team. They have been the most dominant home team in the NHL this season, posting a 24-9 mark in the desert. The Flames are a better road team than a home team, going 20-10 away from the Saddledome. That said, the Knights are trying to catch Nashville for home ice in the Western Conference playoffs and also are trying to fend off Winnipeg for the second spot in the conference. They need this game and have to win in front of the home crowd on a Sunday afternoon.
THE PICK: Vegas Golden Knights
Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders (-110)
5 p.m. ET
This is a game about spots as much as anything. The Islanders and Hurricanes are one point apart in the Eastern Conference standings, and both realistically are out of the playoff hunt. However, they may still be clinging to hope. This is a bad spot for Carolina for a few reasons. First, they just played at home yesterday and lost to Philadelphia. Second, they have to travel and have something of an odd start time at 5 pm ET. And finally, the Islanders are a better home team and have been difficult to stop offensively at Barclays Center. This feels like a spot in which the Islanders can get the job done and put a “W” on the board after a day off.
THE PICK: New York Islanders
Now that we have those games on the board, you should probably go back to watching March Madness, since it’s all anybody will be talking about on Monday.
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