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NHL Best Bets, Score Predictions for Tuesday Mar. 9

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VegasInsider.com NHL expert Matt Blunt provides his score predictions and best bets for two NHL games on Tuesday Mar. 9, 2021.

Boston vs. N.Y. Islanders

  • Money-Line Odds: Boston -117; New York Islanders +100
  • Total (Over-Under): 5.5

Score Prediction: Boston 4 N.Y. Islanders 2

Best Bet: Bruins ML

Don't care who you are in the NHL, off a shutout loss to the Devils has support abandoning you in a hurry and it will end up getting reflected in a likely buy low spot in the market. That's where the Bruins find themselves here, as they've got to try and end a five-game winning streak for the Islanders.

New York put on a clinic on what to do as chalky favorites in three straight 5-2 wins over Buffalo. Covering the puck line with room to spare always gets noticed in the market.

The Islanders being 3-0 SU against the Bruins does Boston no favors in the price department either, and after you know they busted up plenty of parlays on Sunday with that loss 1-0 loss to New Jersey those hard feelings have an easy outlet in their favor with NYI's 5-0 SU run and 3-0 SU record vs Boston this year. Not to mention the most recent meeting was a 7-2 beat down for the Islanders.

That suggests the potential is there for New York to find themselves as the irresistible underdog tonight and the price isn't all that far off in consistency from the earlier games between these two.

That 7-2 beating Boston suffered came when they closed around -120 on the road, and coming off that 7-3 win outdoors over Philly. Halak was also the started in that 7-2 loss for Boston, as he'll get the call again between the pipes tonight.

Slightly cheaper price, with the starting goalie in all likelihood, and Boston scoring five goals following their only other shutout loss this season, and scoring four goals following their only shutout loss in that disjointed year.

The Bruins are also 6-1 SU following a shutout loss going back to the start of the 2018-19 season, and in a tough spot with everything seemingly against them, the Bruins take ownership of being doubted and find a way to get it done.

Chicago vs. Dallas

  • Money-Line Odds: Chicago +115; Dallas -134
  • Total (Over-Under): 5.5

Score Prediction: Dallas 4 Chicago 1

Best Bet: Stars ML

Chicago played Tampa tough in all three games with the Lightning last week, but the Hawks still went 1-2 SU and continue to have issues keeping the puck out of their own net.

Not the best weakness to have when facing this Dallas team that's started to find the back of the net themselves these past two games, and you don't have to tell the Stars how much consecutive games against the champs can take out of you as a team.

Dallas was shutout in two straight vs Tampa as the calendar flipped into March. They went out and lost 3-2 to Columbus the next time out.

Losing the next game out after a “series” with Tampa isn't the anomaly for the rest of the teams in this division, and Chicago dealt with it right out of the gate after starting the season out 0-2 SU after two losses in Tampa Bay. A 5-2 loss in Florida was Chicago's fate the next time out.

Florida scratched out an OT win after their three-game set with the Lightning, and Nashville of all teams is 2-0 SU in games following contests vs Tampa. But in the first road game in more than a week for the Hawks, off those games with the Lightning, the fact that they hung with the Lightning could be giving Chicago too much credit here.

The Stars still play sound defense for the most part, as they've just got to find ways to put enough pucks in the net offensively to make that strong defensive play pay off. That was the story when these two played earlier in the year with Chicago winning a pair of 2-1 games decided in OT here, but five goals in a shutout win a few nights ago was followed by a 3rd period scoring flurry when the Stars needed it.

Two games of scoring that was really only a game and about a 10-minute stretch is still hard enough to trust to go more than a unit with on the Stars, but the spot is good enough where trusting the Stars trying to sustain some upwards momentum with a win ends up being the most likely result.

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