- There are 10 NHL games on the schedule for Thursday, April 8th
- Robert Duff lost his Monday pick, leaving his NHL record at 22-15 (+5.27 units won)
- The Calgary Flames-Vancouver Canucks is postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the ranks of the Canucks
When it comes to the NHL odds on which team is going to win the Stanley Cup, the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning are one of leading contenders to win it all again. However, at the moment, something’s amiss in the camp of the Cup holders.
Entering Thursday’s game at the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay has lost two straight and surrendered nine goals in the process. The Lightning are 0-8 against the spread over their past eight games.
Tampa Bay even managed to lose a regular-season home game to the Detroit Red Wings for the first time since 2011. As the Wings prepare to play host to the Nashville Predators on Thursday, that victory over the Lightning is Detroit’s only win over the past five games.
In total, there are 10 NHL games slated for Thursday. The Calgary Flames-Vancouver Canucks is postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the ranks of the Canucks.
April 8th NHL Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Spread||Total at FanDuel|
|Philadelphia Flyers||+152||+1.5 (-184)||O 5.5 (-114)|
|New York Islanders||-180||-1.5 (+152)||U 5.5 (-106)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-210||-1.5 (+138)||O 5.5 (+100)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+176||+1.5 (-166)||U 5.5 (-122)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||+114||+1.5 (-255)||O 6.5 (-105)|
|New York Rangers||-134||-1.5 (+205)||U 6.5 (-128)|
|Boston Bruins||+112||-1.5 (-265)||O 5.5 (-118)|
|Washington Capitals||-132||+1.5 (+215)||U 5.5 (-104)|
|New Jersey Devils||-146||-1.5 (+198)||O 5.5 (-102)|
|Buffalo Sabres||+124||+1.5 (-245)||U 5.5 (-120)|
|Florida Panthers||+126||+1.5 (-230)||O 5.5 (-132)|
|Carolina Hurricanes||-148||-1.5 (+188)||U 5.5 (+108)|
|Edmonton Oilers||-198||-1.5 (+136)||O 6.5 (-106)|
|Ottawa Senators||+166||+1.5 (-164)||U 6.5 (-114)|
|Nashville Predators||-164||-1.5 (+180)||O 5.5 (+114)|
|Detroit Red Wings||+138||+1.5 (-220)||U 5.5 (-140)|
|Winnipeg Jets||+118||+1.5 (+138)||O 5.5 (+100)|
|Montreal Canadiens||-136||-1.5 (-166)||U 5.5 (-122)|
|Dallas Stars||-115||-1.5 (+215)||O 5.5 (+105)|
|Chicago Blackhawks||-105||+1.5 (-245)||U 5.5 (-115)|
Odds as of April 8th.
Lightning Striking Out
Tampa Bay has lost five of seven overall. The Lightning were overtaken by their cross-state rivals the Florida Panthers for top spot in the Central Division.
They hadn’t lost three games in a row all season long. Now Tampa Bay is threatening to do it for the second time in a 15-day span.
The Lightning have given up a minimum of four goals in four of the seven games during this current skid. Meanwhile, they’ve gone eight games without scoring more than three times in a game.
Jenner was struck Tuesday by a deflected Patrik Laine shot in a 4-2 win over #TBLightning.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) April 7, 2021
Returning home from a 1-5 road trip, the Blue Jackets ended a three-game losing streak by upending the Lightning on Tuesday. Columbus is 2-2-3 over its past seven home games. The Blue Jackets haven’t won back-to-back home games since Feb. 8-18.
It was a costly victory, however. Forward Boone Jenner broke a finger when struck by a shot. He underwent successful surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be out six weeks.
Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets (+176), 1 unit.
Red Winging It
There’s an interesting pattern evolving in Red Wings games this season when they play the same team in consecutive contests. On eight of the last 10 occasions they’ve seen the same team twice in a row, Detroit has won at least one of the two games. Interestingly enough, six of those outcomes saw the Wings win the second game of the set.
— NHL (@NHL) April 7, 2021
Detroit dropped a 3-2 shootout decision at home to Nashville on Tuesday. As the same two teams face each other again, will the Wings help themselves to another serving of successful seconds?
The Wings are 7-4 straight up the last 11 times facing the Predators in Detroit.
Pick: Detroit Red Wings (+138).
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