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May 8th NHL Odds and Picks: Surging Bruins Chasing East Division Title

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

May 7, 2021 · 5:59 PM PDT

Anders Lee celebrates a goal for the New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils' Michael McLeod, left, reacts as New York Islanders' Jordan Eberle (7) celebrates with Anders Lee (27) after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • The NHL features a packed 14-game slate on Saturday, May 8th
  • The Bruins host the Rangers, while the Isles and Devils clash at Nassau Coliseum
  • See odds for all 14 games along with our best bets below

It’s the last busy Saturday of regular-season NHL action before the Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway. 14 games are scheduled for May 8th, including a rematch between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers at TD Garden.

Elsewhere around the league, the Islanders will look to improve their playoff position against the red-hot Devils. Barry Trotz’s team is listed as heavy -250 favorites despite a three-game losing streak.

We layout the odds for all 14 NHL games on Saturday, May 8th and provide our best bets below.

NHL Odds May 8th

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Buffalo Sabres +275 +1.5 (+118) O 6.5 (+105)
Pittsburgh Penguins -335 -1.5 (-141) U 6.5 (-127)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
New York Rangers +235 +1.5 (-106) O 5.5 (-106)
Boston Bruins -275 1.5 (-113) U 5.5 (-115)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
New Jersey Devils +192 +1.5 (-127) O 5.5 (+108)
New York Islanders -230 -1.5 (+107) U 5.5 (-132)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Philadelphia Flyers +160 +1.5 (-152) O 6.5 (+102)
Washington Capitals -186 -1.5 (+128) U 6.5 (-125)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Detroit Red Wings +120 +1.5 (-225) O 5 (-143)
Columbus Blue Jackets -139 -1.5 (+185) U 5 (+117)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Tampa Bay Lightning -110 +1.5 (-286) O 5.5 (-113)
Florida Panthers -110 -1.5 (+235) U 5.5 (-108)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Montreal Canadiens +170 +1.5 (-150) O 6 (-103)
Toronto Maple Leafs -210 -1.5 (+125) U 6 (-120)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Ottawa Senators +170 +1.5 (-152) O 6 (-106)
Winnipeg Jets -200 -1.5 (+128) U 6 (-115)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Anaheim Ducks +216 +1.5 (-109) O 5.5 (-113)
Minnesota Wild -275 -1.5 (-109) U 5.5 (-108)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Carolina Hurricanes -139 -1.5 (+185) O 5.5 (-107)
Nashville Predators +117 +1.5 (-225) U 5.5 (-113)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Vancouver Canucks +200 +1.5 (-118) O 6 (-124)
Edmonton Oilers -240 -1.5 (-103) U 6 (+102)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
St. Louis Blues +135 +1.5 (-175) O 5.5 (-120)
Vegas Golden Knights -162 -1.5 (+145) U 5.5 (-103)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Colorado Avalanche -286 -1.5 (-107) O 6 (+100)
Los Angeles Kings +225 +1.5 (-112) U 6 (-121)
Team Moneyline Spread Total
Arizona Coyotes -110 +1.5 (-295) O 5.5 (-120)
San Jose Sharks -110 -1.5 (+240) U 5.5 (-103)

All odds as of May 7th at DraftKings.

Bruins Will Continue Dominance of Rangers

The Bruins will look to sweep a two-game set with the Rangers when the two East Division clubs clash at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon. Boston dominated the first meeting on Thursday, winning 4-0 and outshooting the Rangers 34-15. New York managed just one high-danger chance the entire game.

It’s clear that these are two teams with different motivation levels at this point of the season. The Bruins have already clinched a playoff berth and are only two points back of Washington for second place in the East Division, while the Rangers have lost five straight and have already been eliminated from postseason contention.

Boston has won seven straight at home and are 9-2 in their last 11 meetings with the Rangers. New York is without superstar Artemi Panarin and are trying to close the door on this season following the shocking firing of president John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton.

The Bruins have scored at least three goals in six straight games and are chasing home-ice advantage for the playoffs. Bet on them winning big against the slumping Rangers on Saturday.

Pick: Bruins -1.5 (-113)

Goalies Will Shine in Devils vs Islanders

The Islanders will continue their battle for playoff position in the East when they host the Devils at Nassau Coliseum. These two teams opened a two-game set Thursday in which the Devils won the opening game by a 2-1 score. Pavel Zacha and Michael McLeod scored the goals, while Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves.

The Devils are the team that has been eliminated from playoff contention, but they’re playing better hockey than New York right now. Lindy Ruff’s team has won five of its past six contests, while Barry Trotz’s Isles have lost three straight and fallen three points behind Boston in the standings.

There’s a good chance the “under” cashes for the seventh time in eight meetings between these two clubs when you look at goaltending. Devils’ netminder Blackwood has won five straight games and owns a .950 save percentage in his last three starts, while Isles’ goalie Semyon Varlamov has allowed just five goals in his last six starts.

These are two of the lowest-scoring teams in the NHL and Trotz is resting some of his top players for the playoffs. Mathew Barzal was a healthy scratch against the Sabres on Tuesday, while Jordan Eberle and Leo Komarov didn’t suit up Thursday. With both teams struggling to find twine and the goalies operating at elite levels, the “under” is a great play.

Pick: Under 5.5 (-132)

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