NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Winnipeg Bounce Back Against The Blues?
The Jets ran into a red-hot goaltender last night, becoming fodder for Carter Hutton’s outstanding 48-save effort in St. Louis. After a perfect week, the Blues were fading a bit in the Central Division, making those two points extremely valuable to hold off Winnipeg and St. Louis.
Vancouver put in a gutsy effort to earn a straight up win against the San Jose Sharks on Friday, who occupy third place in the Pacific Division. This victory broke a losing streak without two of their best forwards – good timing considering they host a motivated Flames squad on Sunday night.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- St. Louis at Winnipeg: Bet Jets SU (-135)
- Calgary at Vancouver: Bet Flames SU (-115)
- Minnesota at Chicago: Bet Blackhawks SU (-185)
- Florida at Vegas: Bet Golden Knights Puckline (-1.5, +165)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Blues at Jets – Bet Winnipeg SU (-135)
St. Louis broke a six-game losing streak against the Jets last night, shutting out the high-powered Winnipeg offense with backup Carton Hutton on the first of a two-day home-and-home series. This evening, the teams fly to Winnipeg, where the Jets have an 11-3-1 record this season. Hutton saved 48 shots to preserve the clean sheet, which suggests that Winnipeg was a bit unlucky to avoid scoring. Expect the Jets to get a bounce or two at home to preserve a crucial couple of points.
Flames at Canucks – Bet Calgary SU (-115)
These teams have already played each other three times this year, with Calgary winning two of the meetings. Just over a week ago, Calgary beat the Canucks 4-2 at the Saddledome. During the month of October, the Flames won the series opener in Vancouver by a 5-2 margin. The Canucks managed to snap a losing streak by beating the Sharks on Friday, but the absence of Horvat and Sven still haunts the lineup. Calgary should be able to beat the Canucks in Vancouver again.
Wild at Blackhawks – Bet Chicago (-185)
The Blackhawks have won four of their last five meetings against the Wild, including a 2-0 blanking of Minnesota in early November. Devan Dubnyk was recently declared injured week-to-week with a lower body ailment, giving Chicago an edge in the goaltending department. The Wild also lost to Edmonton last night while Chicago’s rested with a four-game win streak under their belt. Minnesota will have difficulty dealing with a fresh, healthy ‘Hawks squad with momentum on their side.
Panthers at Golden Knights – Bet Vegas Puckline (-1.5, +165)
Florida struggles to keep the puck out of their own net, allowing 110 goals in 32 games, which is fourth-worst in the NHL. In contrast, Vegas has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the NHL this year, in the hunt for the Pacific Division title during their expansion year. The Golden Knights have been one of the best home teams in the NHL, with a 12-2-1 record at T-Mobile Arena. Expect Vegas to beat the puckline against a soft Panthers franchise.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Any team which manages to fire 48 shots at their opposition and still lose in a shutout should rightfully feel that they dictated the pace of the match. This is what Winnipeg experienced last night at the Scottrade Center, much to the delight of Blues fans, who witnessed Carter Hutton set a record for most saves in the shutout.
The Jets play magnificent hockey at home, so expect Winnipeg to bounce back with another strong effort. As always, the favorite puckline increases the risk, but a solid +195 line represents a decent potential payout.
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