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Thursday NHL four-team parlay (+705 odds): Central teams scrambling for top spot

Thursday NHL four-team parlay (+705 odds): Central teams scrambling for top spot

We’ve got 10 games on deck for Thursday in the NHL and our four-leg parlay has a payout of over 7/1. With so few games remaining, top teams in the Central are fighting for the number one seed, while the middle of the pack teams attempt to make a late push.

Before we get to the mega parlay, be sure to check out our picks for the side and total on every NHL game tonight. Our experts have been killing it this season, so don’t miss out on their picks for all 10 of today’s games.

Here’s our four-team parlay for Thursday:

Boston Bruins -1.5 (-132)

Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (-134)

Tampa Bay Lightning ML (-177)

Florida Panthers ML (-148)

Parlay odds: +705

For this parlay, we’ve got two favorites on the money line and two favorites on the puck line. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

Boston Bruins -1.5 (-132)

The Boston Bruins are looking for their fifth straight home win and it comes against the worst team in the league, the Buffalo Sabres. Since acquiring Taylor Hall from the Sabres, the Bruins have won seven of their last nine games. Boston is currently in fourth place in the East division, but with a win, they could shake up the standings dramatically. The Rangers are hot on their tail, only four points back, but the Bruins are closing in on the Islanders, they’re only one point back with a game in hand. Not only can the Bruins pad their lead, but they can also climb into a race for the top spot in the East.

In six meetings against Buffalo, Boston has won five of them. They’ve also outscored them 20-12, covering the spread three times. This late into the season, only one of these teams is playing for something meaningful, and we’re not talking about the first overall pick. Buffalo has lost their last two games and only has a road record of 7-14-3 while the Bruins have a home record of 14-6-3. The Sabres are scoring the third-fewest goals, only 2.38 per game, and allowing the fourth most, 3.42 per game.

Be sure to check out our full-game preview for Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins.

Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (-134)

The Carolina Hurricanes have the chance to extend their lead in the Central Division standings as they take on the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings have suffered a critical injury after they lost their best player and number one center-man, Dylan Larkin to an undisclosed injury. Carolina has won five of their last eight games, all of which have covered the spread. Additionally, their three losses during that stretch have all been in overtime or a shootout; they’ve been one of the most competitive teams in the league and always seem to be in the fight. The Red Wings have a road record of 6-15-4, the Hurricanes have a home record of 16-3-4.

Carolina is holding their opponents to only 2.39 goals per game, the third best in the entire league. Detroit is only scoring 2.24 goals per game, the second worst in the entire league. With the lack of offensive production from the Red Wings and the strong defensive abilities of the Hurricanes, it’s unlikely Detroit gets on the board too many times. Sebastian Aho has 49 points in 49 games while posting a +13 +/-. With Larkin out, Carolina’s top line should help cover the spread.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes.

Tampa Bay Lightning ML (-177)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have dominated in their head-to-head matchups with the Dallas Stars. They’ve won four of their five meetings and have outscored Dallas 15-8. They’re generating three goals per game and limiting the Stars to only 1.6 per game. This matchup between last year’s Stanley Cup finals could have big implications on the standings in the Central division. With the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning only separated by three points, the number one seed is still anybody’s race; last year’s champions will be looking to take a hold of that spot.

The Lightning are 19-6-0 at home this season while the Stars are only posting an 8-9-4 record on the road. A big reason why the Lightning have performed so well on home ice is starting goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy who is 16-2-0 at home posting a .935 SVP and 1.83 GAA. His home numbers are unbelievable and a big reason why he’s leading the arguments for goaltender of the year. If the Lightning want to climb back into the top spot, they’ll need a big night in the net. With only seven games left in the season, this could be considered a must-win for the Lightning.

Be sure to check out our full-game preview for Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.

NHL Tampa Bay Lightning Forward Nikita Kucherov

Florida Panthers ML (-148)

The Florida Panthers only have five games remaining in the regular season. If they want to secure themselves the number one seed in the Central, they’re going to need to come up big in their game against the Chicago Blackhawks. In six meetings against the Hawks, the Panthers have won four of the games. In their head-to-head meetings, Florida has averaged 3.67 goals per game and has averaged 35.5 shots per game. They’ve been able to outwork Chicago offensively on most nights. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov should be able to outperform Patrick Kane; two is better than one.

Florida’s powerplay has operated at 28.6% when they play the Blackhawks. If they can stay hot with the man advantage, they should have a leg up in this matchup. Chicago has the fourth worst penalty kill in the league, operating at 76.5%. The Blackhawks also have the third worst faceoff percentage. Should the Panthers dominate the faceoff circle, they’ll have a solid chance at a victory. Florida has the fewest games remaining among the top teams in the Central, this is a must win for them down the stretch.

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Last updated: Thu 29th April 2021

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