NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Leafs And Canucks Transcend Injuries?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been without Auston Matthews for just over a week, while the Vancouver Canucks continue to lose key personnel on a weekly basis.
When Auston missed a few games earlier this season, Toronto’s depth won the day as the team coalesced into a strong defensive group. This time, the Leafs haven’t been able to make up for Matthews’ absence.
Vancouver certainly possesses a bright future with all their young stars contributing superb production. Unfortunately for the Canucks, a great start to the season has unraveled because of injuries to Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser and Sven Baertschi, robbing the Canucks of important top-six forwards.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Carolina at Toronto: Bet Maple Leafs SU (-145)
- Minnesota at Ottawa: Bet Wild SU (+100)
- Winnipeg at Nashville: Bet Predators SU (-150)
- Montreal at Vancouver: Bet Canadiens SU (-150)
- Washington at Dallas: Bet Stars SU (-125)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Hurricanes at Maple Leafs – Bet Toronto SU (-145)
Auston Matthew’s injury status remains one of the best-kept secrets on earth, with no one outside the Maple Leafs inner circle possessing details of the ailment affecting Toronto’s star sophomore. Without him, Toronto’s mired in a three-game losing streak, including a shutout against the Minnesota Wild. The Leafs haven’t adjusted as well as the last time he was out, having trouble creating enough offense to win. Keep an eye on the news as the puck drop approaches. If he plays, betting on Toronto will be a good idea.
Wild at Senators – Bet Minnesota SU (+100)
The Minnesota Wild will continue to play without number one goalie Devan Dubnyk, who’s out week-to-week with the dreaded lower body injury. Alex Stalock happens to be an experienced backup, shutting out the Leafs last week and providing an opportunity for the Wild to win on most nights. Ottawa created their first two-game win streak since November 10th by beating the Canadiens at the NHL 100 Classic and the Rangers last Wednesday. The Sens still aren’t convincing, so pick the Wild and their positive moneyline for the win.
Jets at Predators – Bet Nashville SU (-150)
Winnipeg was unlucky to split their recent home-and-home against the St. Louis Blues, simply because they were obviously the better team on both nights. Nashville’s the hottest team in the west, and the Predators have won five of their last seven meetings with Winnipeg, which will make this evening one of the most challenging of the regular season for the Jets. Expect a straight up win by Nashville, who will secure top spot in the Central Division over St. Louis and Winnipeg.
Canadiens at Canucks – Bet Canadiens SU (-150)
Shea Weber will miss a few games for Montreal because he’s dealing with a foot ailment. Vancouver’s in far more injury trouble, missing Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser, Sven Baertschi, Brandon Sutter and Chris Tanev. Few teams have the ability to survive without three top-six forwards and a top defenseman, which places Vancouver at a severe disadvantage. Montreal hasn’t been consistent this season, but they should be able to put away an underpowered Vancouver Canucks.
Capitals at Stars – Bet Dallas SU (-125)
The Washington Capitals have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but that’s about to chance as they visit the Dallas Stars this evening. For whatever reason, this happens to be one of the most lopsided matchups in the league, with Dallas winning ten of their last 11 meetings with the Caps. Since the turn of the century, Washington has beaten the Stars only four times in 21 matches. Bet on Dallas winning against one of the hottest teams in the NHL.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Dallas Stars Beat Puckline Against Washington Capitals (-1.5, +210)
Dallas plays well at home, while the Capitals tend to fade on the road, which greatly improves the odds of the Stars beating the puckline this evening. Over their past six away matches, Washington has lost four by two or more goals, further underlining their lackluster play on the road. Since the Stars have a bizarre hold on the Capitals, a +210 line for the spread is worth your consideration.
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