Best NHL Expert Picks and Parlay 10-27-23: NHL Betting Tonight

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SJ Sharks vs TB Lightning: Puck Line Pick Best NHL Bet – TB Lightning -1.5 (-115)

Reasoning:

The San Jose Sharks travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning for the first time this season on Thursday. It’s no secret that the Sharks are in rebuild mode. They are 0-5-1 to start the season and are giving up 38.5 shots per game. They are also scoring just 1.33 goals per outing, so it’s going to be hard for them to generate any type of sustained offense.

The Lightning are doing the best that they can with what they have. The loss of Andrei Vasilevskiy has been felt, but Joonas Johansson has been solid to start the year. They are allowing 36 shots per game, so there is room for improvement, but that shouldn’t be an issue against a weak San Jose team. They are loaded with talented goalscorers up front who can fill the net, and they have defensemen who can contribute offensively. Tampa Bay may not blow San Jose out of the water but should be able to cover the puck line, so that’s what I will be backing in this contest.

Lightning -1.5 (-115) available at time of publishing.


Best NHL Prop Bet Picks & Predictions

NHL Pick: Nikita Kucherov sinks the Sharks

After Tuesday night’s Frozen Frenzy where we saw all 32 teams in action with 102 goals scored by 93 different skaters, we had a bit of a chill night last night with just the lone game on the ice. We don’t have to wait long for things to get going once again, as tonight features 24 teams lacing up their skates. That’s plenty of games to break down, but we’ve done just that and come up with our favorites spots in terms of player props. Along with our best NHL player props, be sure to check out all of our NHL picks for today’s action.

NHL Pick: Nikita Kucherov over 1.5 points (+100)

The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t gotten off to the best start for a team that’s been to 3 of the last 4 Stanley Cup Finals, but they’re coming off an impressive shutout win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Now, they get to remain at home to take on a San Jose Sharks team that is 0-5-1 to start the season. That’s great news for the Lightning as a whole, so of course that means we’re anticipating a strong night from former MVP Nikita Kucherov.

Even when he’s facing the league’s best competition, Kucherov is a stud, so there’s no reason not to expect more of the same. He began the year with back-to-back multi-point games, and he’s done the same in each of Tampa’s most recent two matchups. Three of those four contests also came at home, so that also supports our play. The primary reason for San Jose’s struggles last season was goaltending, and it hasn’t improved so far this year. After allowing the 3rd-most goals per game in 2022/23, they’re allowing the 6th-most so far this season. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Kucherov has had multiple points in 2 of his last 3 games against the Sharks. With that in mind, we expect another game with a similar box score.

Over 1.5 points (+100) available at the time of publishing. Playable to -120.

NHL Pick: Elias Lindholm over 0.5 assists (+105)

The Calgary Flames continue to be one of the most difficult teams in the NHL to get a read on, so rather than trusting them as a whole, we’re going to focus on just Elias Lindholm. He was the third piece of the trio featuring Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau before they left town, and he still has a solid duo alongside him with Nazem Kadri and Jonathan Huberdeau. Having those skaters provides him with others to feed assists to, not to mention Mikael Backlund and Blake Coleman.

Of Lindholm’s 6 points on the year thus far, 4 have been assists. He started out the year strong with three assists through the first 2 games, and now facing the St. Louis Blues, he can get back to that type of form. After beginning the year with 2 low-scoring games, the Blues are beginning to revert back to their 2022/23 form, where they allowed the 6th-most goals per game. They recently allowed 6 goals to the Arizona Coyotes on home ice and are coming off a road loss in which they allowed 4 more goals to the Winnipeg Jets. Lindholm has had 2 assists in 2 of his last 3 games against St. Louis, and we only need 1 from him tonight to cash a plus-money prop bet.

Over 0.5 assists (+105) available at the time of publishing. Playable to -115.


Best NHL Picks and Parlay

NHL Pick: 3-leg parlay +884 odds – Underdogs show value

What a chaotic Tuesday night in the NHL. The word “chaotic” is used in the best way possible, it should be noted. There was just a single game on Wednesday night, but we are right back at it on Thursday night with a great 11-game slate. Hockey fans have been treated to an entertaining start of the season, and Thursday will only reinforce an exciting first month of the year.

If you are looking for some betting action, check out this NHL mega parlay at +884 odds below. You can also read our NHL predictions for picks on every game.

Bruins -1.5 (-118)

Senators ML (+105)

Blues ML (+160)

NHL parlay odds: +884

NHL Pick 1: Boston Bruins -1.5 over Anaheim Ducks (-118)

Put plainly, the Bruins are a very good team, and the Ducks just are not there yet. Boston is off to a 6-0-0 start with a +12 goal differential. That is an average win by 2.00 goals, including a 3-1 win already against these Ducks. Following a historically good season last year and then getting bounced in the first round, this Bruins team does not appear to be taking anything for granted.

The primary area in which the Bruins are excelling early on is goal prevention. They have allowed just 1.17 goals per game, which is the fewest allowed in the NHL thus far. That strength matches up well against the Ducks’ 27th-ranked 2.33 goals scored per game average. Until the B’s show any signs of slowing down, they appear as reliable as they were during the 2022-23 regular season.

Leg 2 NHL Pick: Ottawa Senators ML over New York Islanders (+105)

The Senators are a young, fast, fun-to-watch team. They have been a bit streaky to start the season with already a dominant 3-game winning streak followed by a current 2-game skid. A team on the ascent will typically have growing pains, but that does not change the fact that this one is indeed on the ascent.

Despite being outscored 11-6 in the last 2

NHL Pick: St. Louis Blues Money Line Victory against Calgary Flames (+160)

Both of these teams have had less than stellar starts to the season. This pick is not so much about the Blues’ dominance but more about a 2-2-1 team facing off against a 2-4-1 squad with enticing +160 odds. Following their season-opening win, the Flames have struggled, recording a 1-4-1 record, including a current 3-game losing streak in regulation. The losses to the Capitals and Blue Jackets have been particularly glaring for the Flames.

Meanwhile, the Blues have been rather unremarkable themselves. However, they’ve taken Dallas to a shootout, triumphed over Seattle in a shootout, managed to beat Pittsburgh in regulation, and suffered a close defeat with an empty-netter against Winnipeg. St. Louis has exhibited more promise, even against formidable opponents. This presents a valuable opportunity against the Flames, who are currently going through a rough patch.

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