avatar Written by Graeme on Thursday, April 4th, 2013

1-2 last night. Just as I thought – the Flyers really gained a lot of confidence from that Capitals game, and really got that “never give up” attitude going on, including a huge 3rd period against the Habs who have been a top 3rd period team this year. They’ve now got 3 road games including a game against the Leafs today, and it’ll be interesting to see if their confidence can carry through.

Calgary started off brightly against the Oilers going up 2-0. And then uh – yikes. A horrible 2nd period where every penalty they gave up resulted in a goal cemented that result. Minnesota battled back well after going 2-0 down against the Sharks, but San Jose came up big in a really tight game.

For Thursday, April 4th 2013 we’ve got hockey all night long – just the way I like it. 10 games up tonight with the Flyers heading to Toronto as mentioned. The Oilers will head to BC for a tough game against the Canucks, and one game I’m really looking forward to is the Wild vs the Kings. That’s going to be a tight one and those two put on a great game a few days ago, where Minnesota won in a shootout 4-3 victory.

Let’s get on with the Free NHL Betting Tips for tonight:

Canucks vs Oilers Betting Tips: Canucks to Score First

There is quite a few betting opportunities in this game. I like Canucks to win the race to 3 goals at 1.9 odds, also the longshot bet of the 1st period being the highest scoring period(3.10 odds), and also a goal before 9:30 at 1.74 odds – all of these bets are available at Bet365 – but I’m going to stick with the safer Canucks to score first, at 1.66 odds.

Vancouver have had a couple of days rest, while the Oilers will be a fair bit tired after that game against Calgary. While the Oilers will be riding that confidence, I like the well-rested Canucks to come out with a strict and vicious offense and to light up first. The Oilers 4-0 win a few days ago, with all goals coming in the first period, will be fresh on the minds of the Canucks too and they’ll be looking for revenge. I am confident that they will score first, and fast.

Devils vs Bruins Betting Tips: Bruins -1.5

Jagr could debut for the Boston Bruins tonight. Even if he doesn’t, I still expect the Bruins to dominate the New Jersey Devils.

New Jersey are struggling hard since Kovalchuck has been out. The Bruins have been looking solid again, and the inclusion of Jagr is great both on the ice and off the ice, and will really push them down the final stretch. Krejci and Horton have also been doing great while Khudobin has let in just 2 goals in 73 shots and is also killing it. Everything is pointing to a solid Bruins win here by a couple of goals, which we’re getting 2.6 odds for at Bet365 .

Leafs vs Flyers Betting Tips: Over 5.5

When both these teams match-up, there’s usually goals. In February the two teams played and the Leafs won 5-2 and 4-2 both times. Toronto are performing even better goal wise lately, and Kadri especially is killing it. Even better – the Leafs are leaking goals! O’Byrne is a solid pickup to help that, but it usually takes a couple of games for a defenseman to really settle in.

Philly had a grueling game against the Habs last night, but every game is crucial for them and they’re not going to come here and lay down. Similar to the Oilers/Canucks analysis I like Toronto scoring nice and early – but I see Philly going down all guns a-blazing, and this being an all-out offensive game.

You can get 1.76 odds on the Over 5.5 at Bet365 which is the best odds I am seeing at the moment.

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