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Smart Money NHL Picks For Thursday 4/29/2021

April 29, 2021by Anthony George0
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Smart Money NHL Picks For Thursday 4/29/2021

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Smart Money NHL Picks For Thursday 4/29/2021: Casey Cizikas vs. Jacob Trouba - New York Islanders @ New York Rangers

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Well, that was…. unexciting. It appears I have regressed slightly the last few weeks and only mustered up a 1-1 week. On a positive note, I am sure of a few things. The first being I still can’t win against the Islanders. I’ve been doing these write-ups for months now and I still have yet to win a bet when the Islanders are involved. It’s actually quite impressive and I might start fading myself. Anyways – let's take a look at what happened last week. Like I said in the previous article – I hate using the word “lock.” But boy was I right. The Bruins spanked the Sabres finishing with a score of 5-1. Despite having twice the amount of the power plays as the Bruins, the Sabres were puck dead all night. After tying it up in the first period, the Sabres couldn’t get anything else going for the remainder of the game. The Bruins kept the pressure on and scored four unanswered goals – including three in the final period. As for the second game, I wish I could say I watched this game all the way through, but I would be lying. Holy sh*t was this a snooze fest. I kept re-checking my notifications thinking I had them turned off, but nope – this game just was a dud. Not one goal was scored in regular time, despite both teams having at least two power plays. Both teams took a decent amount of shots as both had over twenty-five shots on goal. The Islanders were not letting anything through. Of the twenty-eight shots the Capitals took, seventeen of them were blocked. I know the entire sports world will be watching the NFL Draft, so I wouldn't expect anyone to tune in. I know I won’t be. Let’s just throw a couple of units on these babies and check our balance after.

New York Islanders @ New York Rangers: Islanders Alternate Puck Line -1.5 (+280)

Not only am including an Islanders game in this article – I’m betting WITH them. Believe it or not, I don’t have a personal vendetta against them. This game is basically a pick'em, and I love the stats backing this puck line up. The Rangers are on a three-game winning streak and are 8-2 in their last ten games. This is a nice streak, but I think the Islanders spoil their fun tonight. The Capitals just swept them in some hard-fought games, and it’s setting up for a nice bounce-back game against the Rangers. Another reason why I think the Islanders roll here is because, in the last three times these two teams met, it was the Islanders who consistently scored more. Not to mention in the last game against these guys, they blew them out 6-1. Like I said – I love the stats. On the year, the Islanders are the second-ranked team in shots allowed per game at a stingy 2.2. That, combined with the insane defensive showing last game, has me feeling optimistic. The Rangers, on the other hand, are just decent on defense. However, they do excel on offense. They are top six in goals per game at 3.32. Even so, this New York Islanders team should be able to handle the Rangers enough on the defensive side and create a lead to cover this puck line. William Hill RF500 - 728x90

St. Louis Blues @ Minnesota Wild: Total Over 5.5 (-115)

I usually don’t bet on either of these two teams, but I couldn’t pass on this. I would be shocked if this over doesn’t hit tonight. The Wild could probably hit this over by themselves. Looking at their last twelve games, they have hit the over or only missed it by half a point – every…single… time. That’s a sexy trend, and I’m locking this in ASAP. On the year, both these teams are in the top half of the league in scoring. Minnesota sits in 10th place, with a total of 153 goals and 3.19 goals per game. As for the Blues, they are also scoring at a decent rate. They’re averaging over 3 goals per game and 137 total. What’s great about betting the over is you’re not rooting for anyone in particular. Both of these teams’ defenses are nothing to write home about. The combination of both these teams’ lackluster defense and the consistent scoring creates a perfect opportunity for both these teams to score over 5.5 goals. That wraps it up for this Thursday night NHL picks. If you’re all tapped out and don’t have the scratch to place these bets, head over to The Odds Factory. Take a stab at our sports trivia game, Run the Table. We are paying out hundreds of dollars a week to sports fans just like you. PointsBet - Deposit Bonus Up to $250

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