NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Maple Leafs Continue winning Without Matthews?
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Auston Matthews once again, and coach Mike Babcock will likely make the same adjustments, demanding improved defensive play in the absence of the Leafs undisputed superstar. They’ll clash with an improving Philly squad that tends to play well against the Leafs.
Nobody believed Ottawa could be this bad, but the Senators have won only one game in their last twelve, including an astounding three shutouts last week. Seems like the magic that the Senators enjoyed last season has worn off, or the system that coach Boucher implements for his teams wears thin after a year. Either way, the Sens need to start winning or risk losing a playoff spot.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Edmonton at Columbus: Bet Blue Jackets SU (-180)
- Ottawa at Buffalo: Bet Senators SU (-120)
- Toronto at Philadelphia: Bet Maple Leafs SU (+105)
- Calgary at Minnesota: Bet Wild SU (-135)
- Colorado at Washington: Bet Capitals Puckline (-1.5, +140)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Oilers at Blue Jackets – Bet Columbus SU (-180)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have beaten the Edmonton Oilers three times in a row, and six of the last seven times these two teams have met. This year, the Oilers are still trying to recover from a swoon that ejected them from the top ranks of the Pacific Division. Edmonton’s starting goalie and top defensive pair remain injured, which will make it extremely difficult for the Oilers to beat the Blue Jackets in Columbus. Edmonton was shutout by a shorthanded Leafs team, and they’ll lose to Columbus as well.
Senators at Sabres – Bet Sabres SU (+100)
Ottawa finally gets a chance to play against a team that’s beneath them in the standings. The Sabres are one of the few squads performing worse than the Sens, five points below Ottawa for last place in the eastern conference. Technically, Buffalo’s performing a bit better as of late, with a 2-6-2 mark over their last ten, better than the Sens 1-8-1 record, which includes a four-game losing streak. Buffalo has won three in a row against Ottawa and play at home, which makes their +100 moneyline worth your consideration.
Maple Leafs at Flyers – Bet Toronto SU (+105)
Auston Matthews will miss his second consecutive game with an upper body injury, presumably the same one which affected the sophomore earlier this season. Toronto increased their defensive play the last time Matthews sat out for an extended period of time, a trend which appears in motion after the Maple Leafs 1-0 shutout of the Edmonton Oilers. Philly plays the Leafs well, and the Flyers appear improved after a horrible November, but the Maple Leafs should still be the better team without Matthews, making a positive moneyline great value.
Flames at Wild – Bet Minnesota SU (-135)
The Flames-Wild matchup consists of streaks over the past few years. Between March 2014 and March 2016, the Wild won six in a row against Calgary, after which the Flames won four in a row. During their last matchup in October, the Wild earned a solid 4-2 victory in Calgary, a result that Minnesota wants to replicate at the Xcel Energy Center.
Both teams have won two in a row, but the Wild have a better record than Calgary over their last ten. Minnesota also boasts an 8-3-2 home record, making them the better pick on Tuesday.
Avalanche at Capitals – Bet Washington Puckline (-1.5, +140)
Washington despises playing away from home, with their most recent loss a 3-1 stinker against the New York Islanders. The Capitals return home to face one of the weakest teams in the west, as Colorado travels to the American capitol for their second and final matchup of the year. Recently, Colorado broke a six-game losing streak against the Capitals with a 6-2 win in Denver during mid-November. Since Washington’s one of the deadliest home teams in the NHL, expect the Caps to extract revenge, beating the puckline against the Avalanche.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Minnesota Wild Beat Puckline Against Calgary Flames (-1.5, +210)
Calgary’s a bit better on the road compared to their play at home, which increases the risk for betting on Minnesota as puckline favorites. The Wild have beaten the spread in four of their last eight home games, which has increased the line for this wager to +210. This will more than double your initial wager, making the additional risk worth a second look.
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