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The New Jersey Devils lead our NHL Expert Picks.

You can pore over the goaltending matchups or injury reports to inform your wagers, but hockey is the type of sport where betting trends and being plugged into the hockey betting scene is a key to success.

So, at Odds Shark, were doing the hockey betting heavy lifting for you. Our NHL best bets are crafted each week by our top hockey bettors to find consistent value and win you some money over the course of the hockey season.

We are posting our NHL best bets on Saturday this week because we love the games. Check out our top NHL expert picks for the upcoming hockey games below.

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This Week’s NHL Expert Picks: 

Below, find our top picks every Tuesday for NHL expert picks with all odds and bets available at Bovada.  We’re back with the following three picks for Saturday, April 2:

NHL 2021-22 Betting Record: 27-29

NHL Expert Pick #1: OVER 7 (-105)
The Game: Florida Panthers vs New Jersey Devils, 7:35 p.m. ET

This is a matchup between two very good offensive teams. The Devils score less goals, however, a key piece for the Panthers is out in Aaron Ekblad.

The Devils are also coming off an embarassing 8-1 loss on Thursday against the Bruins, so they should come out ready to play. Against the Eastern Conference, the Panthers O/U record is 25-11-2, while the Devils are 23-16-1. 

The Panthers rank first in the NHL with 4.06 goals per game, while the Devils rank 29th in the league in goals allowed with 3.63 per game. These teams should score plenty of goals tonight. Although the total is high, I expect a high-scoring affair.

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Pick #2: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5 (+130)
The Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Boston Bruins, 7:05 PM ET

For this one, we are getting plus odds on one of best teams ATS in all of hockey. The Columbus Blue Jackets may not have a great record SU, but ATS, they are 40-28 this season.

They are facing a team that surprisingly has a really poor record ATS. The Bruins are 25-42 ATS this season, and they are even worse on their home ice. They have gone 8-26 ATS so far this season at home.

The value is too good to pass up. The Jackets are more then capable of keeping this one close, so i'm hammering them on the puck line.

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Pick #3: UNDER 6 Goals (-115)
The Game: Minnesota Wild vs Carolina Hurricanes, 7:05 p.m. ET

Two of the best teams in the NHL face off in a potential Stanley Cup Final preview on Saturday night. The Wild and Hurricanes are both tight checking teams, and the Hurricanes really tighten up at home.

The Hurricanes have gone UNDER in 9 of their last 11 home games. Their O/U for the season at home also stands at 13-20-1. The Wild are capable of scoring goals, but I expect the goals to be hard to come by in this one.

The Wild have been tightening it up themselves over the last stretch of games, with the total going UNDER in six of their last seven.

I expect this game to have a playoff type feel. This is a measuring step for both squads as they get prepared for their push to the playoffs. The goals are going to hard to come by, give me the UNDER!

Odds from Bovada

What Is An NHL Expert Pick?

An NHL expert pick is a suggested wager from one of our hockey betting experts on who will win or cover in a hockey contest, or a bet on the goal totals.

NHL bets can range from betting on the moneyline (which is simply which team wins), to the puckline (for the favorite to win by more than 1.5 goals), to whether the total goals scored in a contest is OVER or UNDER a certain number.

Here are examples of NHL bets you can find at our top sportsbooks:

  • • Moneyline: Will the Oilers (-200) or Flames (+140) win?
  • • Puckline: Will the Oilers (-1.5) or Flames (+1.5) cover?
  • • Total: Will the Oilers and Flames combine for OVER or UNDER 5.5 total goals?

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