Welcome to the final day of the NHL regular season! For those of you that started this journey with me in October, thank you for the support as the campaign certainly had its ups and downs. 

That didn’t stop me from finishing my 4th consecutive season of NHL picks as a success and up over 20 units on the season! Not to mention the Dog of the Day being a money maker as well. 




NHL Predictions, Picks & Best Bets Today, 4/18

A quick thank you to the fans and readers of the article. I hope you enjoyed the content this season, but also a thank you to Howard BenderJon Impemba and Christopher Morais who have always supported the NHL Best Bets and Props column throughout the years. 

In today's NHL predictions writeup, you will find a single wager for me to close the book on this season! Fear not though as this is not the end; you will find me back on Saturday for the Stanley Cup Playoffs edition of my NHL Best Bets!

  • Season Record: 142-113-5
  • Bankroll: +22.8 units
  • Dog of the Day Record: 22-21 (+7.55 Units)

*Below, you will discover my NHL picks today alongside their corresponding NHL odds. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @jwaggs10!




Blackhawks vs. Kings Prediction: Thursday, April 18

Only a pair of teams have something to play for tonight and the Kings are one of them as they hope to finish 3rd in the Pacific Division with a win tonight, avoiding the Wild Card slot. The Kings are a good team and especially at home where they are 21-12-7 on the season. 

It's not so much about them though as it is the team they are playing in the Blackhawks. Chicago is the worst road team in hockey – okay, maybe it’s the Sharks, but it's close. They finish up the season looking at a 7-32-1 record away from home and are 12-28 against the spread. 

The sportsbooks have seen this and it's why the odds are juiced up tonight. I won’t be bothered with that though as the Kings should show up and dominate this game with full motivation to avoid a top seed in the playoffs. Give me LA on the puck line for my Blackhawks vs. Kings picks tonight. 




NHL Games Today, 4/18

You’ve got my expert Blackhawks vs. Kings picks, so here’s a look at the complete NHL schedule for today, April 18th:

  • Kraken vs. Wild - 7:00 PM ET
  • Canucks vs. Jets - 8:00 PM ET
  • Sharks vs. Flames - 9:00 PM ET
  • Oilers vs. Avalanche - 9:30 PM ET
  • Ducks vs. Golden Knights - 10:00 PM ET
  • Blackhawks vs. Kings - 10:30 PM ET

NHL Playoff Schedule 2024

To cap off today’s article, we’ve provided a glimpse of the first portion of the NHL Playoff schedule this season:

Round 1 - Saturday, 4/20

Round 1 - Sunday, 4/21