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NHL handicapper Pete Truszkowski returns Saturday with his picks after his 3-1 performance on Friday

Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes

BET: Bruins Moneyline @ -115

Earlier in this series, I backed the Carolina Hurricanes to win. I liked the spot after a double overtime game in the series opener. The Hurricanes came out and won game 2 to even the series so now we’ve got ourselves a best of 5 series.

In game three of this series, I want to zig zag and back the Bruins. I think people are too quick to write off the NHL’s best team in the regular season.

Don’t get me wrong; the Carolina Hurricanes are a very good team. However, even at their best, they are a tier below the Boston Bruins of the world. This line reflects the fact that Carolina has won 4 of 5 games in the bubble while Boston has lost 4 of 5. In fact, it’s probably overreacted to that.

There are definitely some concerns around the Bruins; first and foremost David Pastrnak missed game two and his status for game three is up in the air. He might be the best goalscorer in hockey so his presence would be missed. However, even without him, Boston managed to outshoot Carolina 35-26 in game two and managed to match them in high danger chances.

Tuukka Rask made comments following game two that raised eyebrows around the NHL. He told reporters that he doesn’t really care about the results of these games and that it doesn’t feel like playoffs because there is no crowd.

It’s not something you love hearing, but this is another example of the narrative impacting the line. What is Rask gonna do? Is he gonna stop trying hard? Come on now.

Boston was the best team in hockey during the regular season. They had the best defense in terms of expected goals allowed per 60 minutes. They have more veteran leadership than Carolina. I don’t think Boston will just roll over for the Canes.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights

BET: Over 6 @ -120

Chicago got the Patrick Kane line going in game two, and that is an extremely important development. The criticism was that Kane wasn’t meeting expectations in the playoffs, but he finally got it going with three assists in game two.

Since the first period in game one, we’ve seen 12 goals scored in a little over five periods.We’ve known since the start of this tournament that Chicago might be the worst defensive unit in the whole NHL. They bleed scoring opportunities to their opponent. If they didn’t have an elite goaltender, they might set records for the amount of goals they allow.

Max Pacioretty originally returned to the Vegas line-up in game one, but he was deemed unfit to play for game two. If he returns in game three--his status is uncertain--the Golden Knights get a big time boost on their top line with Mark Stone and William Karlsson.

Robin Lehner got beat three times on 25 shots in game two. He is playing against his former team who traded him to Vegas in February. When a goalie plays against his former team, it’s often questioned which side gets the advantage. Sometimes, the goalie knows his shooter’s tendencies. Other times, the shooters know a goalie’s weakness. I’m not saying that Chicago will start lighting up Lehner, but his performance hasn’t been anything to write home about.

I think Vegas can score 4 goals in their sleep in this matchup. They have the puck so often that it’s a matter of time before they can pick apart the Blackhawks defense.

If Chicago can score twice, then I love the chances of going this game over 6 goals. The combination of Patrick Kane getting his game going and Robin Lehner not being his normal self gives me hope.

Saturday's NHL Parlay

Leg 1: Colorado Avalanche

Leg 2: Vegas Golden Knights Moneyline

2-Leg Parlay @ +133

Alright, we’re two weeks into the NHL returning and we’re getting comfortable. We’ve watched these teams play for enough time. It’s time for our first parlay.

What do you do when you have two favorites who are laying considerable juice? What do you do when you just absolutely do not want to do the smart thing and take the value that you might be getting by blindly betting the underdog?

These two teams have a 2-0 series lead and both teams look destined to sweep their opponent. Chicago cannot get the puck off the sticks of the Vegas Golden Knights.. Arizona just doesn’t have the talent to compete with Colorado.

Let’s parlay the money-lines of both Colorado and Las Vegas. The two-team parlay’s odds comes out to +133. It’s boring, it’s square, but let’s hope it gets us to the window.


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