NHL Betting Picks for Tuesday 3/26/24: Should We Back Chicago?

Nicholas Vazquez
Nicholas Vazquez@nickvaz
NHL Betting Picks for Tuesday 3/26/24: Should We Back Chicago?

We had just two games last night, but tonight we've got 12 today, so we should be able to find some bets we like in the betting market.

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

Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins

Under 6.5 Goals (-128)

The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins got together on a big trade before the deadline and now will play for the first time since that deal.

Carolina made said trade to boost their goal scoring. It's worked well, as Jake Guentzel has helped the 'Canes average 4.02 goals per game since joining the team.

They've also done a great job defensively since the deal, allowing just 2.06 goals per game in that time. They continue to allow the fewest expected goals (xG) per 60 minutes in the NHL.

The Penguins are just playing out the string of the season, with their playoff chances being extremely slim. What's surprising for them this season is how much their offense has struggled. They are 22nd in goals per game despite all their offensive firepower.

The 'Canes are one of the best defensive teams in the NHL, so they should be able to handle the Penguins' offense. The model at numberFire likes the under in this game, as well, backing up the fact that this is a weak offense going up against a great defensive team.

Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks

Blackhawks Moneyline (+146)

A game between two teams that have nothing to play for, but that doesn't matter when we're looking at betting it.

The Chicago Blackhawks had an incredible comeback on Saturday, winning from down 4-0. That should help them beat any allegations of tanking.

In the month of March, Chicago has a better record than their opponents tonight -- the Calgary Flames. Calgary has really gone downhill since trading defensemen Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin. They've allowed four goals per game this month, the fourth-most in the league.

This Flames team isn't good enough to be this big of a road favorite over any opponent -- even the Blackhawks. Chicago has played somewhat well lately, with Connor Bedard scoring 14 points across his last nine games.

It can be uncomfortable to bet on a team like Chicago, one who is near the bottom of the standings, but we're getting a good number here at +146. We also have numberFire's model backing us up on this one, so let's hold our nose and wager on the Blackhawks tonight.

Vegas Golden Knights at Nashville Predators

Predators Moneyline (-146)

We bet against the Vegas Golden Knights last night, and they pulled it out in overtime. We'll be fading them again tonight by backing a better team.

Part of the reason that we wanted to bet against Vegas last night was because of their absences. It seems unlikely that Alex Pietrangelo will make it into the lineup after missing last night's game due to illness.

Starting goalie Adin Hill will not be available, so that means they are either going with Logan Thompson for the second-straight night or will go with Jiri Patera, who has allowed -.586 goals above expected per 60 minutes in five games this season.

Another thing that makes this tough for them is the fact that they are going up against the red-hot Nashville Predators. Nashville is 15-0-2 in their last 17 games and sits ahead of Vegas in the Western Conference playoff picture.

In this 17-game run, the Preds are bludgeoning teams, averaging 4.04 goals per game while allowing just 1.7. They are also controlling 57.33% of the expected goals.

With Vegas' lineup being weakened and Nashville playing so well of late, -146 doesn't seem like an outrageous number to lay. We again can look to numberFire's model, and it gives this bet a two-star rating (out of five).

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