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Since I started writing these NHL betting guides back in January, we've seen tremendous ups, and the lowest of lows. Last Wednesday, we achieved our first perfect week and we've been riding on cloud nine since. Tonight, we'll look to replicate our numbers and keep our spirits high as we ride into the final month of regular season NHL play.
Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert, in fact, I'm the exact opposite. These are just my personal takes and my personal bets going into tonight's contests. Odds mentioned in this article are subject to change prior to puck drop.
Let's take a look at that aforementioned record from last week:
Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Washington Capitals
While the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals are two eastern conference teams that will surely be making the playoffs in a few weeks, don't be fooled, there is quite a gap between the two teams. The Lightning are in third place in the Atlantic Division with 93 points, and Washington is holding onto the second wild card spot in the east with 84 points.
The 2021-22 regular season wraps up at the end of the month, and at this point in time, it appears as if the Capitals will be heading into the playoffs as a wild card team. They're eight points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins who hold onto third place in the Metropolitan Division, and are 11 points ahead of the New York Islanders who are on the outside looking in as they hope to have a miraculous month of April and break their way into a playoff spot.
The Lightning are in a much tighter race, as they are neck and neck with the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Atlantic is about as hotly contested as it gets, with both Boston and Tampa Bay tied with 93 points, hoping to catch up to the second place Toronto Maple Leafs who have 96 points. The Florida Panthers have the division all but wrapped up with 104 points and counting, and are the first and only team in the eastern conference thus far to punch their ticket to the postseason.
Expect tonight's game between Washington and Tampa Bay to have a playoff caliber atmosphere. You don't want to miss it.
Game 2: Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks
Unlike our first game of the evening, this game should be fairly one-sided. While the Anaheim Ducks have a bright future ahead of them and a roster that features many young and exciting up-and-coming stars, the Calgary Flames are a western conference powerhouse. Quite possibly the second best team in the west behind Colorado, I wouldn't be shocked to see Calgary give the Avalanche a run for their money in the playoffs.
For a more in depth look at how the Ducks have faired up to this point in the season, take a look at my betting guide from March 23rd.
The Anaheim Ducks are making headlines this week for reasons other than their play on the ice. Longtime Ducks captain, 2007 Stanley Cup Champion, Ryan Getzlaf, announced that he will retire at season's end. I wrote an article covering this topic yesterday, so go check that out if you haven't already!
CGY O 4.5 team total goals
Additional game picks this evening:
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