Okay, we know optics are essential, and a losing streak never looks good. But there are some silver linings to our parlay blog loss last night we can look to, remaining positive when things seem the darkest. After all, it’s always darkest before dawn, right?
We told you we know a lot about the Calgary Flames, and, WOW, did they ever deliver as expected, playing down to their competition and losing to the putrid Anaheim Ducks in a one-goal game that hit the under. We should get a parlay win and our dearly beloved but long-missing blog championship for this selection alone.
We should also get credit for warning you that a +2.5 goal spread was a lot to cover, even if the teams were the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks, who went to overtime, with the Panthers getting the 4-3 win.
However, as we all know, there is a constant battle between the night man and day man – protector of the sun – in Philly. This extends to our conflicted relationship with the 76ers, who are as unique as the people and vernacular in Pennsylvania’s only city.
All the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia joking aside, every time we make a confident pick featuring the 76ers, the result goes the other way, as if the night man was stealing our sunshine. Last night, the 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers played a great game, ending with a 120-119 score and hitting the over by 3.5 points.
We, in fact, went down swinging yesterday, dropping our weekly parlay record to 0-5 on the week, with a 4-11 record on individual picks. Let’s see what luck we have in tonight’s championship fight as we return to the same-game parlay and have no choice but to feature the worst team to ever exist (because they suck as a general rule) against an old friend of the parlay blog.
Grab your passport and a jacket as were heading north of the border.
Edmonton Oilers over Toronto Maple Leafs (+105)
Please welcome parlay blog betting favorites, the McDavids of Edmonton, back to the blog!
Yes, perennial pick on the over, the McDavids make a rare same-game parlay appearance, having won two games in a row and four of the last five, including an impressive win over our black and gold safety blanket, the Boston Bruins. Edmonton has a 6-4 straight-up record in the previous ten games.
The opposition for the McDavids? The always-gross Toronto Maple Leafs are the worst team to be ranked fourth overall in any sport ever. The Leafs have alternated wins and losses in the last five games, posting a 3-2 record, while having a 7-3 straight-up record in the previous ten games.
We might know the Maple Leafs suck as a general rule, but this is a very good hockey team with a chance to win a single playoff round! They could even upset the best team in hockey if they win a playoff series for the first time since forever, and a day has passed.
The McDavids don’t have the betting trends on their side but are a much different squad than the one that has posted a 3-10 record in the last 13 games in Toronto.
Edmonton is still the best offense in the NHL, averaging 3.8 goals per game and having the number-one ranked powerplay (31.6%). Statistically, the Leafs are the significantly better defensive team but can keep pace with the McDavids’ scoring ability, ranked tenth and averaging 3.4 goals per game while having the third-ranked powerplay (25.4%).
However, the intangible that swings this game toward Edmonton is Toronto’s injury report which features Luke Schenn, Ryan O’Reilly, and the epitome of a perfect hockey play, John Tavares, who is listed as questionable.
Take the McDavids to win again this season over the Maple Leafs.
Edmonton Oilers +1.5 over Toronto Maple Leafs (+185)
This pick is simple: we’re taking Edmonton to win straight-up on the moneyline, and to do that, they’ll need to cover the spread.
If you are riding with the McDavids and think the Maple Leafs’ injuries are too much to overcome and their Stanley Cup drought is hysterical and should (will) continue this season, take Edmonton +1.5.
Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs Over 7.0 (-105)
Do we really need to explain this one?
When we’ve featured the McDavid’s in the past, it’s usually been to hit the over, and Saturday night’s matchup is no exception.
The McDavids remain the Kings of the over, having a 42-20-4 over/under record this season. However, the Oilers have hit the under in the last two games and have a 5-4-1 over. under record in the last ten.
The Leafs have a 28-33-3 over/under record. The Leafs have a 1-3-1 over/under record in the last five games and a 4-5-1 over/under record in the last ten games. The under is 2-0-2 in the previous four meetings.
However, when these two teams last met, the final score was 5-2 in Edmonton, which was a push with the total goals listed at 7.0 on March 1. So close, yet so far away.
We think the McDavids will put up another five goals tonight, while we expect the Maple Leafs to be better than on March 1, scoring at least three goals, even though the Leafs are the worst.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.