NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Senators Break Seven Game Loss Streak?
Ottawa can’t buy a win. The Senators have dropped seven in a row, including very winnable, one-goal games against the Coyotes and the Canadiens. Losing streaks of this length and severity can’t be blamed on a single source, but it’s not a coincidence that this occurred after the Sens trade for Matt Duchene, which jettisoned Kyle Turris from the lineup.
The Jets continue their rise in the western conference, challenging St. Louis and Nashville for top spot in the central division. Winnipeg’s currently the best Canadian team in the NHL, slightly outpacing the Toronto Maple Leafs in points earned per game. Tonight represents a superb opportunity to leapfrog into a tie for first place overall with Tampa.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Ottawa at New York Islanders: Bet Islanders SU (-160)
- Vegas at Winnipeg: Bet Jets Puckline (-1.5, +135)
- Pittsburgh at Buffalo: Bet Penguins SU (-155)
- Anaheim at Columbus: Bet Blue Jackets Puckline (-1.5, +135)
- San Jose at Florida: Bet Sharks SU (-110)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Senators at Islanders (New York SU -160)
Three weeks after their big trade, evidence continues to mount that the Turris-Duchene swap upended some sort of balance the Senators previously enjoyed. Duchene doesn’t seem to fit in, scoring a goal and a -10 rating over his past nine games. Compare this with Turris, who has 2 goals, 5 assists and a +2 rating over his past ten with Nashville, requiring less ice time to contribute more. Do not bet on the Senators until the team implements some sort of adjustment to halt their lengthy slide.
Golden Knights at Jets (Winnipeg Puckline -1.5, +135)
Vegas is tied for the best home record with the Dallas Stars, but their play on the road has been far less convincing, earning a 6-6-1 mark away from Sin City. The Golden Knights will face the Winnipeg Jets this evening, who have transformed into a powerhouse over the first quarter of the NHL season. This will be the second game in two nights for Vegas, while the Jets had time to recoup after a loss to the Avalanche two nights ago.
Since Vegas lost by two goals last night, choosing Winnipeg’s puckline is a viable way of boosting your winnings compared to a -215 moneyline for a straight up win.
Penguins at Sabres (Pittsburgh SU -155)
The Penguins have been two different teams during their quest for a three-peat this season, whipping the competition at home and struggling on the road. A -16 goal differential shows evidence of this Jekyll and Hyde trend. For tonight’s matchup against the Sabres, their general lack of enthusiasm on the road helps improve the payout for betting on the reigning champs. Normally, Pittsburgh wouldn’t have a -155 moneyline against the worst team in the east. Take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts.
Ducks at Blue Jackets (Columbus Puckline -1.5, +135)
Anaheim’s recent trade for Adam Henrique reveals their worries about depth down the middle. With Kesler and Getzlaf still on the mend, the Ducks traded Sami Vatanen to shore up the center position in case the two Ryans aren’t able to return at full strength. This trade will help the Ducks in the long run, but over the next handful of games, they’ll miss Vatanen and require time for Henrique to adjust.
Columbus has won seven of their last ten meetings with the Ducks and seven of ten overall, occupying top spot in the Metro Division. Coach Tortorella’s crew will take care of business tonight, and the most likely result is a two-goal win for the Jackets.
Sharks at Panthers (San Jose SU -110)
If you look at the odds closely, you’ll notice that San Jose are considered minor underdogs for this matchup against Florida, despite the Sharks superior play this season. Over the last ten meetings between these two, the Panthers have earned six victories, including two in a row. However, the Sharks have a great road record, earning a 6-2-1 mark this season, which makes their status as underdogs even more puzzling. Bet on San Jose earning another tight win on the road.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
Pittsburgh Penguins Beat Puckline Against Buffalo Sabres (-1.5, +195)
This wager is high risk simply because of Pittsburgh’s relative inconsistency this year. Under normal circumstances, a +195 puckline and a -155 straight up moneyline would not be available for what should be a mismatch.
Evgeni Malkin practiced yesterday, and will be a strong candidate to return from injury. Goalie Tristan Jarry has slightly better numbers than number one Matt Murray, who’s out for the next week or two. Buffalo has beaten Pittsburgh once in their last 13 meetings, further underscoring the chasm between these two competitors. Leverage this gap for additional profit this evening.
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