NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Senators Win NHL 100 Classic Against Habs?
As one of the worst teams in the NHL over the past month, Ottawa finally earned their second win in their past 14 games on Wednesday, which also doubled as their first home win since November 11th. These horrendous four weeks dragged the Sens to second-last in the Atlantic Division.
Montreal went through their mensis horribilis earlier this season, hitting rock bottom before the Habs lord and savior, Carey Price, resurrected the Canadiens back into the eastern conference playoff picture. These two teams will clash during the latest outdoor event, the NHL 100 Classic in Canada’s capital. Both squads need a win on national television.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Edmonton at Minnesota: Bet Wild SU (-115)
- Montreal at Ottawa: Bet Canadiens SU (-125)
- Winnipeg at St. Louis: Bet Blues SU (-125)
- Nashville at Calgary: Bet Predators SU (-110)
- New York Rangers at Boston: Bet Bruins SU (-180)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Oilers at Wild – Bet Minnesota SU (-115)
The Wild enjoy a 7-3 record against the Oilers over the last ten meetings between these two clubs. Despite a four-game win streak this month and their positive trend against Edmonton, Minnesota’s moneyline (-115) doesn’t reflect that of a significant favorite. Dubnyk’s hurt, but after backup Alex Stalock shut out Toronto, the Wild should be able to notch a straight up win against the underperforming Oilers. Oddly, the Oilers last four wins against the Wild were in Minnesota territory, part of the reason the numbers offer great value for the Wild.
Canadiens at Senators – Bet Montreal SU (-125)
Montreal enjoys a five-game win streak against the Senators, including an 8-3 spanking the Habs laid in Kanata. Perhaps more pertinent, this game will be held at Lansdowne Park, giving fans the chance to enjoy an open-air game instead of making a trip to the suburbs. Road teams perform well during these outdoor events, earning a 14-8 record. For this NHL 100 Classic, there’s a good chance that Habs fans will outnumber Sens fans anyway. All trends point towards a win for Montreal tonight.
Winnipeg at St. Louis – Bet Blues SU (-125)
A -125 moneyline for a western conference leader at home looks like great value tonight, but a deeper look at the stats shows trends which increase the risk. Winnipeg has a stranglehold on their Central Division rivals as of late, with the Jets winning six in a row against the Blues, including four wins at the Scottrade Center in Missouri. This trend appears unsustainable, especially with the Jets relatively mediocre road record this year. Consider a straight up wager on St. Louis, who should break their losing streak against Winnipeg tonight.
Nashville at Calgary – Bet Predators SU (-110)
Calgary seems to match well against Nashville over the past few years, victorious against the Predators in seven of their last ten meetings. The Preds dropped a shootout loss against Calgary when they met in late October, but the December version of the Predators have been tearing through the NHL, rising to top spot in the western conference. Nashville beat Vancouver 7-1 and Edmonton 4-0 over their first two games of their western road trip, and we’d recommend the puckline again for this matchup, but the Predators have been listed as underdogs tonight, so you’ll have to settle for a straight up win instead.
Rangers at Bruins – Bet Boston SU (-180)
Boston will be heavily favored for this matchup because of the way the NHL scheduled tonight’s game against New York. The Rangers played last evening against the Kings in Madison Square Garden, earning a solid 4-2 win, travelling immediately after the victory to make their 5:05 PM EST puck drop against the Bruins. These circumstances will help snap the Rangers six-win streak against the Bruins, along with the fact that New York possesses one of the worst road records in the NHL.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Minnesota Wild Beat Puckline Against Edmonton Oilers (-1.5, +255)
Minnesota shut Toronto out 2-0 in their last matchup, while the Oilers were shutout 4-0 by Nashville’s second-string goalie during their last outing. The Wild have a 7-3-0 record over their last ten, while Edmonton has a 5-5-0 mark during the same period of time. A +255 line for a two-goal win by the Wild nets you a great payout, even if the risk is more substantial than a straight up win. Devan Dubnyk will still be out, but Stalock’s been a competent backup over the past few years.
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