NHL Betting Preview: Saturday, April 10

Story posted April 8, 2021 in Sports, CommRadio by Evan Popalis

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A packed Saturday slate of NHL games will take place as the trade deadline is nearing. The deadline will come and go at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

Deals have already been made between clubs to help better themselves for the push to the playoffs. Let’s hop into this week’s version of the NHL Betting Preview.

The eighth and final meeting between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers will occur in a matinee battle. This game seems to be the Flyers' last glimpse of hope in their effort to chase down Boston.

The Bruins have been plagued with injuries since returning from their COVID break. Philadelphia was not able to persevere against Boston earlier this week in a home-and-home series.

Philadelphia is at home with its backs against the wall, and Alain Vigneault knows his club is in a must-win scenario. Expect the Flyers to throw everything they have at the Bruins, who will most likely start their third or fourth-string goaltender, and keep this contest close.
Philadelphia Flyers +1.5

The Hurricanes are in a heated race in the Central division with points at a premium. Carolina hosts the Detroit Red Wings as it looks to continue to build upon its successful season.

Carolina has a significantly better defense compared to the offensive attack it will see on the opposite bench Saturday night. Another disappointing season for the Wings has led to them patrolling the basement of the division.

Detroit’s mediocre attack matched against Carolina’s superb defensive core will lead to a low-scoring affair. The goaltending for the Hurricanes has been remarkable this season as well. The under seems promising in a lopsided matchup in Raleigh.
Play: Under 5.5 goals

A north of the border game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs always seems to excite despite differing overall records. The Leafs continue to pace the North division after surrendering the comfortable cushion they had built up earlier this season.

Auston Matthews has been the story for Toronto along with the NHL in terms of goalscoring. Matthews leads the league with 28 lamp-lighters, with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid next closest at 23.

Toronto is 8-0-1 in their last nine games and has played superior talent in comparison to Ottawa. This feels like a win for the Leafs, along with Matthews searching for a larger cushion in the Rocket Richard race.
Play: Toronto Moneyline and Auston Matthews scores a goal

A team that was an afterthought only a couple of weeks ago has found itself in a playoff position. That team is the Nashville Predators, who are 8-1-0 in their previous nine. The Preds are playing their best hockey of the season at the perfect time.

The issue for the men in yellow is that they need to tame the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 26-11-2 Bolts are still impressive, even without Nikita Kucherov on their active roster for the entire campaign.

The task at hand is accomplishable for the Preds, especially with a dire need of two points on a nightly basis. Nashville will keep this contest within one and hope to steal a win away from Tampa Bay.
Play: Nashville Predators +1.5

Evan Popalis is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email epopalis83@gmail.com

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Evan Popalis is a third-year from Lititz, Pennsylvania, majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a writer, analyst, and play-by-play commentator for the CommRadio sports department. His writings include weekly NHL betting previews along with power rankings for the NHL and NFL. He appears weekly on the NHL Podcast as a host and analyst reviewing the previous week’s action. If you would like to contact him, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).