NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Leafs And Canucks Win Through Injury?
Toronto and Vancouver clearly miss their top centers. Auston Matthews from the Leafs deals with an upper body injury while Bo Horvat needs time to mend a broken ankle before returning to Vancouver. The absence of these two stars underscores their importance to their teams, along with the significance of strength down the middle in the NHL.
Vancouver also struggles with the loss of Baertschi, which is partly responsible for their recent losing streak. Over their past three games, Toronto has averaged one goal per game without Auston, beating Edmonton but losing two in a row this week. These teams must find a way to win without top forwards, or discover how to heal injuries within 24 hours.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Toronto at Detroit: Bet Maple Leafs SU (-105)
- San Jose at Vancouver: Bet Sharks Puckline (-1.5, +205)
- Los Angeles at New York Rangers: Bet Kings SU (-110)
- Dallas at New Jersey: Bet Stars SU (-160)
- Carolina at Buffalo: Bet Hurricanes SU (-165)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Maple Leafs at Red Wings – Bet Toronto SU (-105)
There’s still no word on the availability of Auston Matthews, who’s missed the last three games with an upper body injury. Without their best forward, the Maple Leafs have lost two in a row, including a shutout against the Wild last night. This evening, the Red Wings will greet a tired and undermanned Toronto squad. Detroit’s won a single game in their last eleven, and Toronto’s beaten the Red Wings five times in a row, so pick the Leafs for a straight up win.
Sharks at Canucks – Bet San Jose Puckline (-1.5, +205)
Vancouver will need to find a way to fill the gap created by injuries to their top-line center and top-six winger. Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi won’t return anytime soon from their broken ankle and jaw, and the Canucks have responded to these injuries with a four-game loss streak. San Jose’s rolling along in the Pacific, earning a 6-2-2 mark over their last ten games. Pick the Sharks puckline to leverage Vancouver’s injuries as much as possible.
Kings at Rangers – Bet Los Angeles SU (-110)
Los Angeles has the best record in the NHL over the last ten games, earning an 8-1-1 line to boost them ahead of the Golden Knights for the lead in the Pacific Division. The Kings travel to Madison Square Garden for a Friday night clash against the Rangers. These teams have split six meetings after the Kings beat the Rangers for the 2014 Stanley Cup, with the last two games going to the Rangers. Since Los Angeles possesses one of the best away records in the NHL, lean towards a straight up win for the Kings.
Stars at Devils – Bet Stars SU (-160)
Dallas has improved their play on the road, winning three of their last four away games, including victories over the Islanders and the Rangers. The Devils have been fading a bit over past couple of weeks, while the Stars have earned a solid 7-3-0 record over the past ten games. Seven of the past eight meetings between Dallas and New Jersey have been one-goal games, which makes a straight up win the better selection.
Hurricanes at Sabres – Bet Carolina SU (-165)
The Buffalo Sabres have the fewest points in the eastern conference, but it’s not because of a lack of effort. Before losing to Philly last night, the Sabres earned points in three consecutive games. Carolina’s also a young team, but the Hurricanes appear to be a season ahead of the Sabres in terms of the development of young players. Carolina has also defeated the Sabres in four consecutive games, making a straight up victory for the ‘Canes a solid selection.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Carolina Hurricanes Beat Puckline Against Buffalo Sabres (-1.5, +185)
The Sabres have been one of the wrost teams in the NHL against the spread, and the Hurricanes have beaten Buffalo by two or more goals in three consecutive meetings. Buffalo’s further disadvantaged because they played a tough game against the Flyers last night. Fatigue will help the Canes pick apart the Sabres on Friday.
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