Stars vs Bruins NHL betting picks and predictions: Boston to bounce back in big way

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The Bruins will try to halt a two-game skid and are home favorites over the Stars on Thursday night as Dallas looks for its second straight win on the road.

We build the blueprint for betting this marquee matchup on the NHL odds board, from our favorite bets for the side and total to some quick-paying picks and prop plays.




After a wicked stretch that included 12 wins in 13 games, the Bruins are learning how the other half lives with losses in two straight. Monday’s 5-2 home setback against the Flames was particularly disappointing for bettors who laid -200 on the moneyline with Boston.

Dallas comes in having won seven of nine after a 4-1 road victory over Carolina on Tuesday. The Stars have struggled early in games this season and have scored just 47 goals in the first period, fourth-fewest in the NHL. Expect the Bruins to regain their form on the back end after allowing 14 goals in the last two games. Despite that recent defensive lapse, the first-period Under is still 9-1 in the last 10 games for Boston.

Pick: 1st Period Under 1.5 (-132)


After a dismal 1-7-1 start to the season, the Stars have pulled to within four points of the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division. Dallas is riding high and has registered at least a point in eight straight road games, but they are going up against a Bruins defense that has allowed the second-fewest second-period goals in the NHL this season.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had few kind words to offer up about his team after Monday’s loss to Calgary except the stellar play of the fourth line. Expect Sean Kuraly, Par Lindholm, and Chris Wagner to put pressure on the Stars and see some extended run in the period of the long change.

Pick: Bruins Second Period Three-Way Moneyline (+130)


This is a homecoming game for Tyler Seguin, who was the Bruins’ first-round pick back in 2010. Seguin spent the first three seasons of his career in Boston and has scored four goals at TD Garden against his former team including a hat trick in the 2015-16 season. Seguin has goals in back-to-back games and will be highly motivated to get on the scoresheet in some way against the team who drafted him.

Pick: Tyler Seguin Over 0.5 Points (-114)


This appears to be a bad matchup for the Dallas offense. Despite some recent struggles, Boston has one of the best back lines in the NHL and the Stars are ranked 25th in scoring. Tuuka Rask has allowed 10 goals in his last two games breaking a string of 11 straight starts allowing two goals or fewer. He made 28 saves and allowed just one goal in a 2-1 victory in Dallas earlier this season. The Under has hit in two straight for the Stars as they have held their opponents to just one goal in both games.

Pick: Under 5.5 (-140)


Ben Bishop struggled in his last start between the pipes for Dallas, allowing four goals on just 13 shots in a blowout loss to the Blues. He hasn’t started a game at TD Garden since the 2016-17 season as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning allowing four goals on 30 shots in a 4-1 Bruins win.

With adversity knocking after two straight setbacks, expect veterans like Brad Marchand to step up for the Bruins. Marchand has recorded a point in seven straight games as the first line for Boston has been stellar all season. He also has eight goals and 17 points in 14 career games against Dallas. Expect the Bruins to bounce back as Bishop is shaky in net.

Pick: Bruins -1.5 (+160)

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1


Perhaps no team has been more fun to follow during the NHL playoffs than the Vancouver Canucks, and hockey bettors can still get the Canucks at +1,300 to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. Vancouver is coming off a thrilling series win against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, but now a much more difficult challenge awaits. The Vegas Golden Knights are +350 favorites to win it all, and they’ve certainly looked the part while dropping only one playoff contest.

Game 1 of this series gets underway Sunday, so we’re here to bring you our NHL picks and predictions in this Western Conference semifinal showdown.

Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights betting preview

Starting Goalies

Canucks: Jacob Markstrom – playoffs – 7-3, 2.44 GAA, .929 SV% (season – 23-16, 2.75 GAA, .918 SV%)

Golden Knights: Robin Lehner – playoffs – 5-1, 2.44 GAA, .904 SV% (season – 19-10, 2.89, .920 SV%)

If this game was actually played in Las Vegas, then Markstrom could easily spend a few hours performing with Cirque du Soleil. The 30-year-old dazzled against Blues with an eye-opening array of acrobatic saves and an impressive 7-3 record. He’ll need to provide more of the same against a dangerous Vegas squad.

The Knights will likely roll with Robin Lehner, who has taken over the spot as Vegas’s starter in the crease—and rightfully so. Still, the Knights have the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury as their “backup.” The five-time All-Star matched an NHL record this season with his 14th consecutive playoff appearance.


Vancouver: Tyler Myers D (out), Tyler Toffoli RW (out), Micheal Ferland LW (out), Josh Leivo LW (out)

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

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The Canucks have been a force with the extra man during the postseason, converting 26.2% of their power plays. While the Knights are known for their offensive firepower, it’s their stingy defense that allows them to suffocate opponents—as evidenced by an 86.4% penalty kill during their playoff run. Vancouver is the only team in the league to never beat Vegas in regulation, going 0-11 all time. That’s something I just can’t ignore.

PREDICTION: Vegas ML (-175)


Each team is filled with loads of offensive talent. Vancouver’s Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller have combined for 11 goals thus far. Elias Pettersson has racked up 13 points, tied with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the playoff lead.

The Knights can match Vancouver’s scorers, but they’re more balanced—Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Mark Stone have each lit the lamp four times during the postseason. The difference is on defense, where Vancouver has allowed the most high-danger chances of all remaining playoff teams.

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-110)


Though I like Vegas to win, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks kept it close and continued their offensive success. I’ll take a flyer on Vancouver scoring at least three goals.

PREDICTION: Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)

Canucks vs Golden Knights Betting Card

  • Vegas ML (-175)
  • Over 5.5 (-110)
  • Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)
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Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook