Top NHL Computer Picks for Today’s Slate: Divisional Rivalry Showdown Between Avalanche and Wild

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Matt Boldy #12 of the Minnesota Wild (2nd from left) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP.

Picks Summary

  • Panthers vs. Maple Leafs: Toronto Maple Leafs ML (-150) at Bet365
  • Islanders vs. Capitals: Under 5.5 Goals (+100) at BetMGM
  • Wild vs. Avalanche: Under 6 (-125) at Caesars Sportsbook

Using OddsTrader’s computer picks, we placed tonight’s best bet based on the information generated.

This tool will show you statistical comparisons of each matchup, information on past meetings, as well as spread movement, injury news, and even the weather forecast.

Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 – 07:30 PM EDT at Scotiabank Arena

Panthers Struggling to Make Playoffs

The Florida Panthers have really let themselves down over the past few games deciding now was the time to go 0-4 over their previous four games.

This leaves them 3 points shy of making the Wild Card round and time is ticking. Another loss here tonight will decrease their already dwindling 29% chances of making the playoffs.

Toronto Strong on Home Ice

Toronto has already secured their spot in the postseason and sits comfortably second in the Conference as they have played two games less than 3rd place Tampa Bay Lightning but have also accumulated four more points.

On home ice, Toronto has the 2nd best record in the Eastern Conference going 25-7-5 overall, and have gone 15-5 in their previous 20, losing just three of those in regulation.

The Pick

These teams met just a few days ago in Florida where Toronto came away as 6-2 winners. Our computer believes they will pick up the victory tonight and we are right behind it. Although laying -150 (advice not going any lower), we still like them at these NHL odds.

Florida has allowed 4.3 goals per game across their previous 10 outings and has allowed an eye-watering 5.1 goals per game in their previous five visits to Toronto.

The Maple Leafs are one of the better defensive teams in the league, whilst Panthers are not. this should be a straightforward home win tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Florida Panthers 2 – Toronto Maple Leafs 3

NHL Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs ML (-150) at Bet365

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 – 07:30 PM EDT at Capital One Arena

Islanders Lead Wild Card Race in East

The NY Islanders have started to take charge of the Wild Card race in the East in recent weeks. Going best overall 6-3-1 in the previous 10 games, they now hold a 3 and 6 point advantage over the next two competitors Pittsburgh and Florida.

The Islanders are 6-4 over their previous 10 games and have the 5th best goals against record this season with just 2.68 per game.

Washington Can Still Make Postseason

Amazingly, the Washington Capitals can still make the postseason despite how bad they have been overall in comparison to recent years. With that said, their current chances are only around 1%.

The reason being is they trail the nearest Wild Card spot by six points, and with 8 games remaining they will likely need to go 7-1 at the very least to even stand a chance, and even that might not be good enough.

The Pick

This is legitimately a game Washington could win but we would have preferred if they were slight underdogs. At the time of writing both teams are priced up at -110 on the moneyline.

Our computer is predicting a 2-2 tie and although that’s unlikely to hit, we like the fact its staying under 5.5 goals as this was also our thought process.

Both these teams rank 2nd and 6th in the Eastern Conference for most games to go under 5.5 goals this season. Take the plus money on offer with this total to stay under.

Final Score Prediction: New York Islanders 2 – Washington Capitals 2

NHL Pick: Under 5.5 Goals (+100) at BetMGM

Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 – 10:00 PM EDT at Ball Arena

Wild Hope to Hold Top Spot in Conference

Minnesota and Colorado are neck and neck right now along with the Dallas Stars in the fight for the Central Division. Coming into tonight’s game, Minnesota lead the division with 95 points, whilst both Colorado and Dallas have acquired 94 points.

Avalanche Have Control of Their Own Faith

Right now, Colorado holds their faith in their own hands. They have played one game less than both Minnesota and Dallas and a win here would see them go top of the division.

Having spent the majority of the season as an unprofitable team, Colorado recently hit the +1.0 unit market on their moneyline units.

The Pick

The game of the night by far. Minnesota has gone 7-1-2 in their previous 10 games, Colorado has gone 9-1 in their previous 10 games, and it’s a matchup between two division rivalries and two super-hot teams right now.

Our computer likes a 3-2 home win in this matchup and we completely agree. This game should have a playoff feel to it, low scores are expected and we are willing to lay the juice on the under 6 goals here for a possible push if we end on exactly six goals.

Both these teams rank 3rd and 6th in terms of goals allowed, combining for just 5.3 goals per game.

Final Score Prediction: Minnesota Wild 2 – Colorado Avalanche 3

NHL Pick: Under 6 (-125) at Caesars Sportsbook is your sports betting command center. Read featured betting strategy compiled from a panel of leading sports betting experts.

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