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NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

Will Habs Exorcise The Devils?

New Jersey survived a changing Panthers club to put themselves in the driver’s seat for the last wild card spot in the eastern conference. Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens will attempt to put the Devils celebration on hold with a victory at the Bell Centre.

Prior to this disastrous season, the Canadiens owned the Devils, but that trend no longer holds true. New Jersey’s turned into the better team this year, while the Canadiens might have to trigger a rebuild. A motivated Devils club will be a difficult out on Sunday night. 

NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions

NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction

  • Boston at Philadelphia: Bet Bruins SU (-110)
  • Nashville at Tampa Bay: Bet Lightning SU (-170)
  • New Jersey at Montreal: Bet Devils SU (-160)
  • Washington at Pittsburgh: Bet Penguins SU (-115)
  • Colorado at Anaheim: Bet Avalanche SU (+135)

NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp

Bruins at Flyers – Bet Boston SU (-110)

Boston’s been rolling most squads over the past couple of months, regardless of the personnel available to the Bruins. They took control of first place in the Atlantic Division with a pair of wins over the Lightning during the past couple of weeks, solidifying their position with a recent victory over the Panthers. Philly earned a much-needed win in Colorado, but their goaltending remains far too shaky to compete with heavy hitters like the Bruins. Expect a straight up win for Boston, despite the hostile environment.

Predators at Lightning – Bet Tampa Bay SU (-170)

The Predators decided to stop playing defense last night, giving up seven goals against the Sabres during a curious loss in upstate New York. Appropriately, the Lightning lost to the Sabres the last time they played, showing that even the best teams make the mistake of underestimating opponents. Tampa will have a better opportunity to compete this evening, enjoying both home and rest advantage over the Predators. Since Nashville faces a schedule loss, wager on a straight up victory for the Lightning.

Devils at Canadiens – Bet New Jersey SU (-160)

New Jersey broke a five-game losing streak against the Montreal Canadiens the last time these two teams met, with the Devils emerging as 6-4 victors. Part of the reason Montreal’s winning streak ended would be injuries to key personnel, such as Shea Weber and Max Pacioretty. The Canadiens situation hasn’t improved recently, while the Devils have earned seven wins in their last ten games to shore up positioning for the last wild card spot in the east. Despite home advantage, New Jersey should emerge as straight up winners.

Capitals at Penguins – Bet Pittsburgh SU (-115)

A classic Metro Division rivalry could turn into a playoff preview, as the Capitals travel to Pittsburgh for the latest clash between these clubs. Washington enjoys a better recent record, winning eight of their last ten, while the Penguins have coasted to a 6-2-2 record. However, the Pens won two in a row and play extremely well on home ice. Pittsburgh’s won three of the last four regular season meetings, along with seven consecutive playoff series, so go ahead and pick the Penguins with a solid moneyline of -115.

Avalanche at Ducks – Bet Colorado SU (+135)

Anaheim will be considered the favorites for this crucial western conference playoff matchup against Colorado. A regulation win for the Avalanche would push the Ducks out of a wild card spot, potentially ending Anaheim’s season early. Colorado’s beaten the Ducks twice this year, suggesting that the Avs team speed might be a problem for the older, slower Anaheim crew. Despite the adversity of a pair of season ending injuries to Johnson and Varlamov, expect Colorado to hit the ice flying, earning a moneyline upset over the Ducks.

Dirty Dangle Of The Night

Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Puckline Against Nashville Predators (-1.5, +175)

Nashville’s playing on short rest, hopping on a plane shortly after losing big against Buffalo. Giving up seven goals against any squad tends to be concerning, more so when this occurs against a team like the Sabres. Tampa Bay’s been inconsistent lately, but they’ve scored seven goals in two of their last five games, suggesting that a recent slow phase will be temporary. Betting the puckline against Nashville’s risky, but a +175 payout is within reach for a powerful Lightning club playing with the advantage. 

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