Kent Tukeli | Thu 05/04/2018 - 14:34 EDT

NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
NHL clubs have a few games left to solidify their playoff position, starting with a hectic slate of 12 games on Wednesday. One of the most important matchups of the night features the Maple Leafs visiting New Jersey, as the Devils require a win to punch their ticket to the post season. NHL picks and pucklines on April 5th also feature terrific value for the Golden Knights and the Jets, two of the top three teams in the western conference.

Will Toronto Spoil The Devils Party?

New Jersey was one of the worst teams in the league last year, stumbling to the bottom of the standings. Drafting Nico Hischier first overall was a silver lining, with the rookie seamlessly transitioning into the big leagues. Nobody expected New Jersey to compete, but a Hart Trophy season from Taylor Hall puts the Devils in the driver’s seat.

Toronto doesn’t care about the Devils playoff hopes, instead focusing on finishing third in the eastern conference. The Maple Leafs have played well against New Jersey lately, and Toronto wants to continue this trend tonight, spoiling the Devils post season party.

NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions

NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction

  • Toronto at New Jersey: Bet Maple Leafs SU (+100)
  • Montreal at Detroit: Bet Red Wings SU (-140)
  • Calgary at Winnipeg: Bet Jets Puckline (-1.5, +110)
  • Vegas at Edmonton: Bet Golden Knights SU (-160)
  • Arizona at Vancouver: Bet Canucks SU (-110)

NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp

Maple Leafs at Devils – Bet Toronto SU (+100)

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated New Jersey in three of their last four meetings, including a 1-0 shutout over the Devils in mid-November. Despite an underdog moneyline, Toronto’s a good candidate to beat the Devils again this evening. New Jersey’s trying to clinch a playoff spot, lending them a superior sense of urgency, but the Leafs have played elite hockey over the last couple of weeks. Bet on the Maple Leafs with a superb straight up payout of +100.

Canadiens at Red Wings – Bet Detroit SU (-140)

A matchup between a pair of diminished original six franchises means nothing in the context of the playoffs, but they’ll still play with pride on the line. Detroit enjoys a significant home advantage this evening against the Habs, because Montreal’s one of the worst road squads in the NHL. The Canadiens have dropped eight of their last ten games, including a three-game slide last week. Montreal’s won four in a row against Detroit, but that streak’s likely to end in Motown on Thursday.

Flames at Jets – Bet Winnipeg Puckline (-1.5, +110)

The Calgary Flames fall from playoff grace includes eight losses in their last ten games, while the Winnipeg Jets flight to second in the west involved nine wins in their last ten. Winnipeg won the last time these clubs met, earning a 2-1 shootout win. This took place when Calgary was playing superb hockey, while tonight’s clash in Manitoba looks like a considerable mismatch. The Jets are one of the best home teams in the NHL, so wager on a two-goal win over the Flames. 

Golden Knights at Oilers – Bet Vegas SU (-160)

The brief history between these teams features Edmonton roaring to an 8-2 victory over Vegas the first time they met in November. Things have changed drastically, with the Oilers falling out of playoff contention while the Golden Knights soared to top spot in the Pacific Division. Their latest meeting in February was dominated with a 4-1 Vegas triumph. The Edmonton Oilers have a five-game loss streak while the Golden Knights have won three in a row. Wager on a straight up win for Vegas.

Coyotes at Canucks – Bet Vancouver SU (-110)

Arizona’s defeated the Vancouver Canucks in four of their last five meetings, including a 1-0 victory in mid-March. Typically, the Coyotes would be favored for this runback, but Arizona played in the Saddledome last night, giving the Canucks both home and rest advantage. Vancouver’s also improved as the Sedin twins career closes, winning four games last week and forcing the Golden Knights into a shootout a couple of days ago. Wager on Vancouver defeating the Coyotes in a one-goal game, with a superb -110 payout.

Dirty Dangle Of The Night

Vegas Golden Knights Beat Puckline Against Edmonton Oilers (-1.5, +185)

Edmonton encountered yet another low point in their season when they were shutout 3-0 by the Wild. Minnesota didn’t have top defenseman Ryan Suter, who plays more than 26 minutes a game. Despite Suter’s absence, Edmonton simply wasn’t interested in winning. Vegas earned a three-goal win over Edmonton the last time they met, which makes a +185 puckline payout terrific value for the Golden Knights.

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