NHL Friday mega parlay (+843 odds): Canucks and Blackhawks look for upsets
Friday’s slate only has three games to choose from. We’re looking to put some action on all the games with a parlay that will hopefully pay out big for you. But before we dive in, be sure to check out all of our picks and previews for every game tonight. You can also follow Pickswise on Twitter for plenty of daily betting content covering all sports.
This parlay is paying out north of 8/1 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Chicago Blackhawks ML (+100)
Vancouver Canucks ML (+130)
Wild vs Ducks under 5.5 (-116)
Let’s break down each of the legs one by one.
Chicago Blackhawks ML (+100) over New Jersey Devils
The Blackhawks were thrown to the wolves for their first game of the season when they faced the Colorado Avalanche, the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup. The New Jersey Devils should provide Chicago with a much easier matchup on Friday night. The Blackhawks and Marc-Andre Fleury got off to a slow start in their season opener the other night, allowing three goals in the first eight minutes of the game. With the change of scenery for the former Vezina winner, a slow start may have been expected. After getting situated he looked a lot more comfortable, only letting in one more goal for the rest of the game. Expect a major bounce-back game from Fleury, if he’s elected to start. Backup goaltender Kevin Lankinen isn’t to be taken lightly either. The sophomore goaltender put up a respectful 3.01 GAA last year on an underwhelming Hawks team.
The Devils are an extremely young team this season. Despite their talents, it’s no match for the three-time Stanley Cup Champions in Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Fleury. New Jersey was terrible at home last season, going 7-18-3 and only scoring 2.6 goals per game while allowing 3.42. Expect a rebound for the Hawks in this one — take them on the money line.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for Chicago Blackhawks vs New Jersey Devils
Vancouver Canucks ML over the Philadelphia Flyers (+130)
Similar to the Blackhawks, the Vancouver Canucks didn’t have the easiest first game matchup to start the season when they squared off against Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but they still managed to put forth a competitive performance and take them to a shootout. The Flyers are a good team too, there’s no underplaying that, but they are coming off of a horrific season last year and goaltender Carter Hart disappointed fans all around the NHL. There’s a chance the team and Hart could get off to another slow start this time around as well — this will be their first game of the season and they could be playing catchup to a Canucks team that already has their legs going from Wednesday night.
Thatcher Demko is the confirmed starting goalie for Vancouver and he’s coming off an impressive performance with a 1.85 GAA and .941 SVP against the best duo in the league. If the Canucks all-stars like Elias Petterson and Bo Horvat can get on the board, this one looks like a Canucks upset. Take them on the money line.
Be sure to check out our full game preview for Vancouver Canucks vs Philadelphia Flyers
Minnesota Wild vs Anaheim Ducks under 5.5 goals (-116)
Ducks goaltender John Gibson had an incredible season-opener on Wednesday night against one of the top offenses in the league in the Winnipeg Jets. He posted a .971 SVP, stopping 33 of 34 shots against. In his last four games, including three preseason games, he’s only allowed eight goals against, an average of just two goals per game. Despite the lack of offense in front of him, Gibson puts up numbers often and he’ll be looking for a repeat performance.
The Minnesota Wild lacked offensive depth last year, having no player with a point per game. The sophomore phenom Kirill Kaprizov is the real deal, but he can’t help drive all four lines to produce his team’s offense. This game feels like an under, especially with the lack of goalscorers on both ends of the rink. Bettors should look to take the under in this one to complete this 3-way parlay.
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