NHL Daily Betting Guide: Schedule, Odds, Picks April 20

NHL: Seattle Kraken at Los Angeles Kings
Mar 26, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) defends the goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Well how about that? Filling in for Joe Pantorno yesterday, the column went 2-0 with one puck line and money line winner apiece. Things might get tougher this evening, though, with only a four-game slate on tap. Let’s just tread it carefully.

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NHL Daily Betting Guide April 20, 2022


Dallas Stars @ Edmonton Oilers, 8:30 p.m. ET

The Pick: PASS

Big postseason implications on the line tonight in Edmonton, where the Stars and Oilers — two of a mishmash of teams battling it out for the last four playoff spots in the West — try to solidify their positioning. The Oilers have a little bit more breathing room, being in the No. 5 slot and ahead of the first team on the outside looking in (Knights) by seven points. Dallas, meanwhile, holds the final seed, but only barely. They won both previous matchups against Edmonton earlier in the year but I’m dodging this one


Chicago Blackhawks @ Arizona Coyotes, 10 p.m. ET

The Pick:

Washington Capitals @ Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m ET

The Pick: PASS

The Golden Knights are one of several clubs bunched together in the West trying time clinch one of those remaining playoff spots. Fortunately for the Caps, they’re already officially in on the East side, and they come in hot, too, being 12-5 in their last 17 ballgames. They’ve been one of the best ‘over’ teams as well, going 42-30-3 for such bets. Meanwhile, Vegas is 41-32-4 to the over. I’m not betting it but that appears to be the best route to take for those who desire some action.



Colorado Avalanche @ Seattle Kraken, 10 p.m. ET

The Pick: PASS

No doubt the Avalanche are one of the odds-on favorites to win it all. They enter tonight’s date with the expansion Kraken having already clinched the West’s No. 1 seed. So, there’s really no importance to this game for them and in addition, they’re trotting out backup goaltender Pavel Francouz. At the same time, Francouz has been impressive, etching a 15-3-1 record in 19 games (16 starts) to go alongside a pretty 2.49 GAA and .919 SV%. However, he’ll be squaring off with a tough counterpart, Philipp Grubauer, who has exhibited flashes of goodness and can lead Seattle any given night. I’m laying off.



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