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New York Islanders’ Josh Bailey drives past Toronto Maple Leafs’ Ron Hainsey during the game on April 1, 2019.
New York Islanders’ Josh Bailey drives past Toronto Maple Leafs’ Ron Hainsey during the game on April 1, 2019.|Frank Franklin II | Associated Press
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NHL: Dietel’s best 4 picks - Jets v Avalanche, Panthers v Islanders, Lightning v Leafs, and Coyotes v Golden Knights

Craig Dietel

Craig Dietel

Best Bet
AVALANCHE (-125) over Jets (+105)

Next Best Bet
ISLANDERS (-125) over Panthers (+105)

Best Over
Lightning vs LEAFS (o7)

Best Under
Coyotes vs GOLDEN KNIGHTS (u5.5)

The Skinny
As the season winds down, it gets harder to predict the outcomes of these games since teams clinch a playoff berth and sometimes sit their star players so they can rest up for a long playoff run. Luckily, there are still some floating pieces out there that we think will pan out. The Avalanche can clinch tonight with a win, an overtime loss, or a Coyotes loss; we think they will take matters into their own hands and steamroll the Jets, even though Winnipeg is trying to maintain first in the division. F Nathan Mackinnon wants and needs this more… Speaking of the Coyotes, their goose is all but cooked. They need to win out and hope for the Avalanche to lose out without picking up any extra points in OT. The Golden Knights are locked into third place an we think they could take it easy tonight. Look for a low scoring game on that front… The Islanders can still make the push for first in the Metro if they win out and the Capitals lose out, so we think they will take advantage of their matchup against the Panthers tonight to help their cause… Lastly, the Leafs and their shoddy defense will take on the powerhouse Lightning who have been lighting the lamp at excess all season. You like a lot of goals? Go watch this game.