NHL Best Bets April 3 – 9

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NHL Best Bets April 3 – 9

My NHL Picks don’t start until the weekend. On Friday, can Tampa Bay take it to one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, Montreal? Then, on Saturday, who wins a great NBC nationally broadcast game between Washington and Boston? On Sunday, Toronto hosts Columbus. Can the Maple Leafs beat tough Columbus?

NHL Best Bets April 3rd – 9th

Tampa Bay at Montreal
When:  Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
TV: NBCSN

Analysis: Montreal is 45-24-7-2 as of April 2. So far this season, the Canadians have gone 2 and 1 straight up versus Tampa Bay. But, there’s a caveat to that great record. Montreal beat Tampa 2 to 1 in overtime the last time these two battled. That game was on Saturday, April 1.

Both teams have been hot, and since Montreal only beat Tampa Bay a single goal in the last, my money is going on Tampa to beat Montreal as a dog on Friday. Tampa is 4-1 straight up in their last 5 to start the week. I like them to get the “W” on April 7.

Pick: Tampa Bay

Washington at Boston
When:  Saturday, April 8 at 3:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: NBC

Analysis: For the Washington Capitals, it’s all about maintaining their lead over Columbus. Washington has a 51-18-3-5 record as of April 2. The Caps have gone 6-1 on the moneyline in their last 7.

When they battled Boston on February 1, Washington beat the Bruins 5 to 3. The Caps could beat Boston again this Saturday. But, the Bruins have been hot. By hot, I mean that the Bruins are 5-0 to start the week.

They go into the week having thumped the Blackhawks in Chicago 3 to 2 as a +115 dog. I like Boston to beat Washington on Saturday.

Pick: Boston

Columbus at Toronto
When:  Sunday, April 9 at 6:00 pm ET
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
TV: TSN

Analysis: Surprisingly, Columbus is keeping pace with Pittsburgh and Washington in the Metropolitan Standings. The Blue Jackets are 49-20-6-2 as of April 1.

Unfortunately, by the time Columbus battles Toronto this Sunday, they will have battled Washington at home on April 2, Pittsburgh on the road on April 4, Winnipeg at home on April 6, and Philadelphia on the road on April 8.

That’s a brutal week. Toronto smacked Columbus 5 to 2 the last time these two teams faced-off. I like Toronto to beat Columbus again.

Pick: Toronto