NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Can Oilers Stay Consistent Against NHL Elites?
With an MVP of Connor McDavid’s caliber, there’s no good reason for the Edmonton Oilers to sink to second last in the western conference. Injuries to Sekera, Talbot and Larsson made things difficult on defense, but what puzzles observers the most would be the Oilers aversion to scoring over the first couple of months. Edmonton’s started to bulge the twine more frequently in December, creating 22 goals in five games, despite a shutout against the Leafs.
Another high-profile matchup tonight includes the Jets and the Blackhawks. Chicago’s struggled to maintain their usual high quality of play, which will be even more difficult at Winnipeg’s home arena, where the Jets typically excel. Expect a tough battle between the ex-Stanley Cup champs and Manitoba’s favorite hockey team.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- New Jersey at Montreal: Bet Devils SU (+150)
- Toronto at Minnesota: Bet Wild SU (-110)
- Chicago at Winnipeg: Bet Jets SU (-130)
- Nashville at Edmonton: Bet Predators SU (-110)
- San Jose at Calgary: Bet Sharks SU (+105)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Devils at Canadiens – Bet New Jersey SU (+150)
The Montreal Canadiens have beaten the New Jersey Devils in five of their last six meetings, but neither team’s the same as they were last year. Montreal’s been incredibly inconsistent, while New Jersey has played well above expectations. The Devils perform well on the road, earning a 10-4-2 mark away from Newark. Since the Canadiens have turned into one of the worst teams to bet on, ride the Devils moneyline for tonight’s matchup.
Maple Leafs at Wild – Bet Minnesota SU (-110)
Auston Matthews will remain sidelined with an upper body injury, which removes some of the top end depth of the Maple Leafs forward corps. Toronto still has plenty of firepower, but not enough to play their preferred style of free-flowing offense. Coincidentally, Toronto broke a seven-game loss streak against Minnesota without Matthews in the lineup. This time, the Wild will avenge their loss in November with a win at home.
Blackhawks at Jets – Bet Winnipeg SU (-130)
The Winnipeg Jets played well against the Blackhawks last season, winning four of five games against Chicago during the 2016-17 campaign. This reversed a losing trend against Chicago, who beat Winnipeg in four straight games the season before. Chicago’s been mediocre on the road, while the Jets have been nearly unbeatable at home, earning a 11-2-1 record at the Bell MTS Place. Select the Jets to continue their winning ways in Manitoba.
Predators at Oilers – Bet Nashville SU (-110)
Edmonton’s showing signs of life in December, earning a 3-2 record during the last month of the year. The Oilers beat the Blue Jackets in Columbus by a 7-2 margin on Tuesday, showing the ability to take on one of the best teams in the NHL. A matchup against the Nashville Predators will be another challenge, more difficult than the Blue Jackets. The Preds walloped Vancouver 7-1 to rise to 7-1-2 over their last ten games. They’ll continue their red-hot play against the Oilers with a win in Alberta tonight.
Sharks at Flames – Bet San Jose SU (+105)
Calgary and San Jose have split their last ten meetings and each team has won their last two games at home against each other. This season, the Flames play better on the road than at home, with an 8-8-0 record at the Saddledome. San Jose has been the better team over the past ten games, earning a 6-2-2 mark, compared to the Flames 4-4-2 record. Choose the Sharks based on their solid play and the Flames relatively soft record at home.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Winnipeg Jets Beat Puckline Against Chicago Blackhawks (-1.5, +210)
Saying that the Jets are good at home is an understatement. Winnipeg has absolutely blasted opponents in Manitoba, beating the puckline in five consecutive home wins. In fact, their average winning margin over their past five home games has been four goals, including huge wins against Vegas, Minnesota and New Jersey, all high-quality teams. Chicago will need to play playoff quality hockey to prevent the Jets from blasting off.
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