We’re gonna need a bigger boat.
We don’t know when, how, or where, but we’re coming for the San Jose Sharks. As it turns out, Kraken aren’t real in water or the NHL, regardless of what people in the Pacific Northwest have to say. Unfortunately, no team named the Gojiras or Godzillas can counter the Sharks or Kraken to claim the title of NHL’s King of the Monsters.
Last night, we put our completely real parlay blog betting championship on the line, draped in our black and gold safety blanket, focusing mainly on the battle of sea monsters. The Boston Bruins covered the -1.5 goal spread, while Connor Hellebuyck led the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers, hitting the under in the process.
But it didn’t matter because the horrible San Jose Sharks shut out the Seattle Kraken and gave us our first loss of the week. The NHL Kraken are as mythical as the sea monster: you need to beat a team like San Jose if you want to solidify your playoff position and have a chance to go deep. Don’t bother picking the Kraken on future betting lines.
With the Sharks upset, our weekly parlay record is 1-1, but we are 5-1 on individual picks to start the week. The NBA does not return until February 23, so we’re getting out of the boat and turning to where we have been very successful recently: the same-game parlay.
How badly do we want a win? You’ll see because this one will hurt, but we want to win.
Toronto Maple Leafs over Buffalo Sabres (-169)
The Toronto Maple Leafs might suck as a general rule, but they are one of the best teams in the NHL, ranked fourth overall in the NHL. While we glow and love the Buffalo Sabres, they aren’t among the best overall teams in the league.
Both teams have a 6-4 record in the last ten games. While Buffalo has won the last two games, those wins were against the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks. That’s not really the most fierce competition unless you are Seattle.
Toronto’s last game was a loss to Chicago – which isn’t fierce competition either, but the Leafs have won three of the last five games coming out of the All-Star break. Toronto has a 12-9-4 road record, while Buffalo has a terrible 11-14-2 home record.
Toronto won the only matchup this season 5-2 on November 19.
Leg one of our parlay is to bet against our beloved Buffalo Sabres and take the Toronto Maple Leafs to win on the moneyline.
Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5 over Buffalo Sabres (+130)
We’re going with a Maple Leafs’ clean sweep and expect the Maple Leafs to cover the spread, despite having a 24-33 ats record this season. However, one of those ats wins was against the Buffalo Sabres.
Toronto has covered the spread in five of its last six wins. At the same time, Buffalo’s last three losses have all ended with at least a 1.5-goal spread.
We’re going all Toronto: take the Maple Leafs to cover the -1.5 goal spread.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres Over 6.5 (-141)
The Maple Leafs have a 25-29-3 over/under record and a 6-3-1 record in the last ten games. The Sabres have a 30-23-1 over/under record this season and have a 5-5 over/under record in the last ten games.
Toronto might have the sixth overall goals-against average, but the Sabres are the third-ranked offense, averaging 3.7 goals per game. Toronto is ranked eighth in scoring, averaging 3.4 goals per game, while we’ve established in the parlay blog the Sabres are terrible defensively.
We’re taking two of the highest-scoring teams in the league to hit the over, potentially replicating the 5-2 final score from earlier this season.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.