NHL Betting Picks for Monday 3/25/24: Should We Bet on the Blues at Home?

Nicholas Vazquez
Nicholas Vazquez@nickvaz
NHL Betting Picks for Monday 3/25/24: Should We Bet on the Blues at Home?

There are just two games on Monday, but let's find some value to bet on these matchups.

Whether it's moneylines or total goals, there are plenty of ways to bet on the NHL action all season. It's a long 82-game campaign, meaning that the best selections of each night can be very different based on backup goalies coming into play, injuries that add up, and if teams are due for positive or negative swings.

Let's dive into the best bets for tonight.

Note: Lines are subject to change throughout the day after this article is published. All NHL betting odds and totals are from the NHL odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. All advanced statistics are used from MoneyPuck.com and NaturalStatTrick.com.

NHL Best Bets

Vegas Golden Knights at St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Moneyline (+125)

The St. Louis Blues are clinging on to some hope for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Tonight, they'll get a chance to gain ground directly on their opponent for that spot.

People were convinced the Vegas Golden Knights were cup contenders after they made their trade deadline moves. In reality, they are closer to being out of the playoffs than they are to competing among the top teams in the West.

The Golden Knights are without some key pieces in this game. Starting goalie Adin Hill did not come with them on the road trip. Hill saves .335 goals above expected per 60 minutes, while tonight's starter Logan Thompson saves .072 per 60.

They also look like they could be without Alex Pietrangelo, who has missed the last three games due to illness. Add that to Mark Stone being injured, and several important members of the team's Stanley Cup victory are missing.

The Blues have gone 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and are four points behind the Golden Knights for the last wild card spot. They've gone 21-12-1 at home this season. They'll have an edge in goal tonight, with Jordan Binnington saving .289 goals above expected per 60.

All of these factors lead to me wanting to back the home 'dog tonight, so I'll take the Blues at +125.

Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks

Canucks Moneyline (-130)

The Vancouver Canucks are having a fairy tale type of season. They sit first in the entire league with 98 points after missing the playoffs for three straight seasons.

We knew Vancouver had offensive talent, and they've shown that by being fifth in the league in goals per game. They don't generate an elite number of expected goals (xG), being just 14th in xG per 60 minutes.

Where Vancouver has surprisingly excelled is in their defensive game. They've allowed the fourth-fewest goals per game and eighth-fewest xG per 60.

The Los Angeles Kings will come to town tonight. LA is a solid but unspectacular team. They are 12th in the league in points percentage and 16th in goals per game.

Vancouver is sporting the second-best points percentage in the NHL at home while also allowing the second-fewest goals in home games. It would be tough for me to see the Kings going to Vancouver and winning, so I'll lay the -130 with the Canucks in this game.

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