NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Edmonton Break Home Losing Streak?
Edmonton plays far better on the road compared to their shocking record at home, which stands at 5-10-0 – third worst in the NHL. Tough to say what goes with these types of trends, but it’s apparent that the Oilers appear to be trying too hard when in front of their own fans.
Certainly, missing their top defenseman and dealing with an injury to Cam Talbot reduces the Oilers quality of play, but now that Talbot’s returned to the lineup, Edmonton should start trending back to normal again. If anything, the team should feel fortunate to have Connor McDavid, who has singlehandedly prevented the Oilers from hitting the basement.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- San Jose at Edmonton: Bet Oilers SU (-145)
- Los Angeles at Philadelphia: Bet Kings SU (-105)
- Columbus at Boston: Bet Blue Jackets SU (+100)
- Anaheim at New Jersey: Bet Devils SU (-135)
- Pittsburgh at Colorado: Bet Penguins Puckline (-1.5, +170)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Sharks at Oilers – Bet Edmonton SU (-145)
Logan Couture had his bell rung by a Burmistrov hit against Vancouver, leading to a concussion for the Sharks leading scorer. There’s no word on exactly when Logan will return, but he’s likely to be out for at least a week, including this match against the Oilers. Edmonton’s been playing better hockey over the past few weeks, and Cam Talbot recently returned from an upper body injury to beat the Wild. The Oilers have won three in a row against San Jose, not including last year’s first-round playoff win.
Kings at Flyers – Bet Los Angeles SU (-105)
Los Angeles has beaten Philadelphia in four of their last five meetings, including two consecutive shutout victories against the Flyers. After a long losing streak during November, the Flyers have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL, winning six games in a row. Certainly, Philly’s on a roll at home, but the Los Angeles Kings will be the best team they face during their home stretch. The Flyers are favored for this match, but the superior Kings have been great on the road, so take their moneyline.
Blue Jackets at Bruins – Bet Columbus SU (+100)
Boston and Columbus have split their last ten meetings against each other, but the Blue Jackets have won two in a row against the Bruins, suggesting a slight advantage for the Jackets. The last time these two teams met was in October, with Columbus earning a shootout victory at home. Away from Ohio, the Blue Jackets will be considered underdogs, giving them a superb line for tonight. Select the Blue Jackets as a solid team that offers a good potential payout.
Ducks at Devils – Bet New Jersey SU (-135)
The Ducks have been mighty against the Devils over the past few years, winning six of the last seven meetings. New Jersey’s last win against Anaheim was in the tri-state area, where tonight’s game takes place. Anaheim recently welcomed Ryan Getzlaf back into the fold, but Corey Perry ended up injured, preventing the Ducks from fielding their best forwards once again. Adam Henrique enjoying a big game against his former team would be poetic, but New Jersey should be able to beat the short-handed Ducks in Newark.
Penguins at Avalanche – Bet Pittsburgh Puckline (-1.5, +170)
The Penguins will face backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier, which greatly increases the odds of Pittsburgh filling the net frequently during their trip to Colorado. Pittsburgh will be at full strength when travelling to Denver, ready to avenge a loss earlier this season. The Penguins beat the spread the last two times they travelled to Colorado, so expect the same to occur tonight.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Edmonton Oilers Beat Puckline Against San Jose Sharks (-1.5, +200)
Logan Couture’s been the heart and soul of the Sharks over the past few years, and San Jose will miss him against a rising Edmonton squad. The Oilers seem to have overcome negative trends to gain momentum as the season progresses into December. Edmonton hasn’t enjoyed a victory at home since November 28th, so they’re due for a solid win against the limping Sharks.
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