There are eight games on the NHL schedule on Sunday. The action starts at 11am. The Buffalo Sabers can complete the two-game sweep with a win against the New Jersey Devils. It is one of six consecutive games in the NHL. Six of the eight games have a goal total of 5.5 and the highest of 6.5 between the Ottawa Senators and the Edmonton Oilers.
Below are some of my favorite Sunday bets. If you're looking for more bets this season, check out the FTN Bet Tracker on FTNBets.com. I couldn't find any props at the time of writing. So be sure to check out FTN.
Columbus Blue Jackets -126 (BetAmerica) at Chicago Blackhawks +115 (PointsBet) – 5.5 points
On Friday's Fantasy Hockey Picks and Bets episode, I explained why I not only liked, but also expressed my love for Columbus and the subordinates at the first meeting between these two teams. You were desperate for an insult and will get it with the additions of Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic. The Blue Jackets are strong on the blue line and in goal with two solid netminers.
Columbus won 2-1 on Friday. The Blue Jackets have played the Underworld in five of their last seven games. The Blackhawks have now played against the Underworld in three consecutive games. Without captain Jonathan Toews in the line-up, they remain thin on the offensive. Chicago has scored two or fewer goals in six of its nine games.
The Blue Jackets played more games than anyone else in the Central Division, so it's no surprise that they top the list (4-2-3). You can get them to win the Central at +1150 on DraftKings as they make for a strong long shot choice.
Forecast: 3-1, Columbus & Under
New Jersey Devils +140 (William Hill) at Buffalo Sabers -143 (FanDuel) – 5.5 points
The Sabers beat the Devils 4-3 on Saturday afternoon, a bad blow for those who were beaten. Buffalo and New Jersey went 1-1 into the third round, but both teams scored a total of four goals in the closing stages.
If MacKenzie Blackwood clears the COVID-19 log, that will be among the best choices in this game. New Jersey would have to play Scott Wedgewood again or it would turn to Eric Comrie if Blackwood couldn't keep up, and that would be a huge plus for Buffalo.
The Sabers have won three of their last four games and scored three or fewer goals in seven of their nine games. Buffalo had set out on Saturday night and allowed the fourth smallest chances with high risk at 5 against 5 per 60 minutes. The devils have allowed the third highest.
Forecast: 4-2, Buffalo Sabers
Other tips to consider: STL via ANH; COL over MIN; FLA over DET