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August 2nd NHL Game Picks and Best Bet

The NHL’s top seeds are back in action today as the first day of round robin action gets under way. Plus, we have a bonus play in series game. I have picked every game for you, along with a best bet.

Arizona Coyotes (+120)

I won’t have money on this game but if I did I would pick the Coyotes because I put a Stanley cup future on them early in the season, and I do think that they can be a really good team when they put it all together.

I am just avoiding this game because these are truly two wildcard teams. They have both seen peaks and valleys in their seasons, and I almost never speak illl of a goalie but neither of these two can be trusted right now. 

Darcy Kuemper and Pekka Rinne are both extremely talented goalies, but Pekka has a reputation of underperforming in big moments, and neither goalie has had a particularly great season this year. 

Kuemper’s numbers look really good, and for the most part he has played very well, but he struggled to stay healthy throughout the season, causing significant missed time. All signs point to him being back at full strength and healthy, so we’ll see how things go.

This game could be a high scoring affair or a battle between the pipes, and I cannot tell you which it will be. I’m going to enjoy game one of this series with no money on the line, and figure out how to approach the rest of the series from there. 

Philadelphia Flyers (+110)

I am picking the Flyers in this game on match up.

I know the Bruins, and this is the perfect let down game opportunity that they seem to love to fall into. We’ve seen it happen to them a number of times. They have been one of the best teams all year, but it would be classic Bruins to lose the first two games and then come back and win three in a row to take the series. 

It’s not just lack of trust in Boston though. The Flyers were the hottest team in the NHL before stoppage of play in March. You can’t put a ton of stock into what happened all the way back then, but they were doing everything right. Storming their way up the division standings ladder, and even winning 10 games in a row down the stretch.

I really like their young goalie Carter Hart. When he’s at his best, he is so fun and impressive to watch. 

Bruins are loaded with talent, and will likely even take the series, but they won’t take game one. Take advantage of the slight underdog Philadelphia Flyers.

BEST BET: Colorado Avalanche (-120)

The Avalanche are going to win the series, and game one for the same reasons.

You can check out my though process behind this pick in longform here:

https://flurrysports.org/nhl-betting-round-robin-day-1-bets-and-parlay-avalanche-vs-blues

Toronto Maple Leafs (-160)

The Maple Leafs are going to win the series, and game one for the same reasons.

You can check out my though process behind this pick in longform here:

https://flurrysports.org/nhl-odds-toronto-maple-leafs-170-is-steal-of-the-summer/

Minnesota Wild (-110)

The Minnesota Wild are going to win the series, and game one for the same reasons.

You can check out my thought process in long form here:

https://flurrysports.org/nhl-odds-dont-fear-the-underdog-minnesota-wild-to-win-series/

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