Good day there NHL hockey fans and bettors! Welcome to PuckSharp’s NHL picks and parlays article, for which we’ll be using FanDuel Sportsbook’s lines.
From this day forward, we’ll be running down our favourite NHL picks and parlays of the day. If you’re hoping to place a quick bet but want to make sure it’s supported by an expert opinion and real data, our FanDuel NHL picks and parlays article is the place for you. We’ll try to get an article out to you for as many NHL slates as possible, but for now, we’ll start with Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
So here we go! For the NHL on November 3, 2018, we’ll kick things off with three NHL picks and one parlay:
New Jersey Devils (-120) @ New York Islanders
New Jersey enters the divisional matchup with the Islanders coming off of 2 straight losses, including an embarrassing 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The Islanders home and home sweep of the Penguins this week extended their winning streak to 4 games and may tempt some into riding the winning streak, but there are several causes for concern. The Islanders are eventually going to have to pay for their sins in terms of not possessing the puck. They are 28th in the league in Corsi For % which measures shot attempts for vs shot attempts against. While that doesn’t always determine who wins an individual game, over time teams at the bottom will struggle. It’s a recipe for disaster against a Devils team boasting one of the most dangerous #1 lines in the NHL. Led by reigning MVP Taylor Hall the line has scored 70% of the goals while on the ice at even strength. On top of that they have drawn 9 more penalties than they have taken allowing their potent powerplay to go to work.
Chicago Blackhawks (+120) @ Calgary Flames
On Halloween Patrick Kane was a late scratch vs the Canucks with an illness ending a 258 game iron man streak. With little time to prepare their lines were thrown out of whack and the Canucks handled them fairly easily. The following night in Edmonton on the 2nd half of the back to back Kane returned and they were able to generate 40 shots on goal but the Oilers inexplicably got great goaltending from backup Mikko Koskinen who shut them out. Now with a day of rest and their lineup back to full strength they should be able to take advantage of Mike Smith who has been downright terrible recently. He allowed 5 goals on only 26 shots on goal vs the Avalanche, including an extremely soft short handed goal that put the Flames behind early.
EDIT David Rittich starting in goal for the Calgary Flames. Rittich enters tonight with a .939 save percentage vs projected starter Mike Smith’s .871 save percentage
Columbus Blue Jackets (-120) @ Los Angeles Kings
Goaltending issues of different sorts are plaguing both teams in this matchup. Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start (we think), which shouldn’t be surprising except coach John Tortorella chose to ride backup Joonas Korpisalo for 3 games in a row amid rumors of unrest. It has been widely reported at Bobrovsky doesn’t expect to be back in Columbus next season, but more recent reports of his unhappiness may lead to an in season trade. With the volatile Tortorella calling the shots bettors will have to keep a close eye on the starting goalie each game for Columbus until the situation is ultimately resolved. Across the ice the Kings have lost cornerstone Jonathon Quick for an extended period with a lower body injury. His save percentage in his first 4 starts this year is an atrocious .845 but counting on a return to form for him is a better bet than trusting unproven backup Jack Campbell. He has been tasked with jump starting a team struggling in all phases of the game. For tonight I think the price is right for the Blue Jackets on the road.
With the unexpected goaltender starting for Calgary tonight the recommend parlay is a two teamer New Jersey (-120) and Columbus (-120). Good luck!