NHL Betting Guide for May 8th

The last full slate Saturday of the NHL’s regular-season pops off with 14 games spread across ten hours tonight. Boston starts the day at 3:00 p.m. ET as they host the Bruins while the Coyotes and Sharks end the night with a 10:30 puck drop. A few playoff spots still up for grabs and plenty of postseason positioning possible, so check out some player props at the FanDuel Sportsbook. Many weekly fantasy leagues wrap up the finals tonight so make sure you check your lineup throughout the day for any last-minute changes. 

Why not extend your fantasy game for another chance at cold hard cash. Head over to FanDuel to create your own daily lines to compete for big prizes. 

We’re coming off a 4-for-6 Thursday night, picking a pair of results and two totals correctly. Let’s go out with a bang on this final full slate day of the season. 

New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins Moneyline, Total, and Odds

 Moneyline: Rangers +260 / Bruins -320

Spread: Rangers +1.5 (-105) Bruins -1.5 (-114)

Total: Over 5.5 (-110) Under 5.5 (-110)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Rangers N/A Bruins +1300

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New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins News, Analysis, and Picks

Boston looks to continue their dominance over the Rangers as New York limps to the finish line with their final game of the season on Saturday.

The Bruins shut out New York for the third time on Thursday, picking up their fifth win in seven meetings with the Rangers this season. 

Rookie Jeremy Swayman was barely tested by a lifeless Rangers squad who had just seven shots through the first two periods and finished the game with 15. Tuuka Rask will get the call on Saturday.

Boston peppered Igor Shesterkin with 34 shots and got goals from Patrice Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, and Brandon Carlo in the 4-0 win. 

It was the Bruins’ fifth win in six games, with all coming by multiple goals. Don’t expect Boston to let up on the eliminated Rangers as they still have a chance at winning the division, sitting four points back of Pittsburgh with three games to go.

New York’s final game of the year will come without leading-scorer Artemi Panarin, who was injured in that Tom Wilson brawl on Monday. 

The Rangers have really struggled to find the back of the net during this current five-game losing streak. New York has been shut out three times and lost every game by multiple goals.

The Picks: Bruins Cover -1.5 (-114), Total Under 5.5 (-110), Patrice Bergeron Over 0.5 Assists (+130)

New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders Moneyline, Total, and Odds

 Moneyline: Devils +198 / Islanders -240

Spread: Devils +1.5 (-120) Islanders -1.5 (+100)

Total: Over 5.5 (+100) Under 5.5 (-122)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Devils N/A Islanders +1500

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New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders News, Analysis, and Picks

A late-season slide has cost the New York Islanders home-ice advantage as they conclude their season at the Nassau Coliseum hosting the Devils. 

New York led the East Division for much of the season, but a three-game losing streak to the two worst teams in the division not only derailed their east title hopes but relegated them to the fourth seed. The Islanders are coming off a pair of losses to the Sabres, followed by a 2-1 setback to New Jersey on Thursday.

Anthony Beauvillier was the only skater to solve MacKenzie Blackwood, who made 32 saves for the Devils. Semyon Varlamov made 23 stops for New York, but Pavel Zacha and Michael McLeod goals sealed New York’s playoff fate. 

It was just the Devils’ second win over New York in a series with three straight one-goal games and six unders. 

While the Islanders are limping to the finish having gone 2-4-2 since being in first place in late April, New Jersey is concluding strong, winning five of their past six.

Pavel Zacha has been a big part of the streak, scoring points in six of seven games with six goals and nine points over that span.

It’s very possible New York rests some key players as leading scorer Mathew Barzal was already given a night off this week, so make sure you check for healthy scratches before the 7:00 p.m. ET puck drop.

The Picks: Devils Cover +1.5 (-120), Total Under 5.5 (-122), Pavel Zacha Over 0.5 Points (+114)

St. Louis Blues vs. Vegas Golden Knights Moneyline, Total, and Odds

 Moneyline: Blues +158 / Golden Knights -188

Spread: Blues +1.5 (-172) Golden Knights -1.5 (+142)

Total: Over 5.5 (-112) Under 5.5 (-108)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Blues +2400 Golden Knights +550

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St. Louis Blues vs. Vegas Golden Knights News, Analysis, and Picks

A likely preview of a first-round playoff matchup continues Saturday night in Vegas between the Blues and Golden Knights.

Vegas downed St. Louis with just 18 seconds left in overtime last night thanks to Jonathan Marchessault’s 17th of the season. 

Despite the Knights improving their OT record to 9-0 on the year, the Blues picked up at least a point for the eighth straight game to clinch the fourth seed in the West.

St. Louis is locked into the final postseason berth, while Vegas has a four-point lead over the Avs for first. The Knights have three games left while Colorado has four. They square off, likely with the division on the line, on Monday in Vegas.

The Knights are not only the top defensive team in the league but can finish with the best home record in the NHL if they win their final two games at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas has won six in a row at home and 13 of 15 overall.

Vegas has won five of their past six over St. Louis, with three of those games coming by a multiple-goal deficit. They’ve scored six or more combined goals in six of seven meetings, so expect another high-scoring affair on Saturday night. 

While the Blues may rest, some healthy players Tory Krug and Vladimir Tarasenko have missed the last few games and are questionable against Vegas. The Knights’ leading goal scorer Max Pacioretty has missed three straight, and his status is also up in the air tonight. 

The Picks: Golden Knights Cover -1.5 (+142), Total Over 5.5 (-112), Mark Stone Over 0.5 Assists (-122)