NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Jets Hold Off Streaking Oilers?
Edmonton’s playing the type of high-quality hockey that will eventually return them back into the western conference playoff picture, winning four in a row before a well-earned Christmas break. The best gift the Oilers received was a negative x-ray of McDavid’s foot after the reining MVP blocked a shot off his skate.
Winnipeg experienced a fall-off in quality of play in December after they claimed the mantle of best Canadian team during a fantastic November. They’ll want to stop mediocrity tonight with another dominating win at home against Edmonton.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Ottawa at Boston: Bet Bruins SU (-210)
- Montreal at Carolina: Bet Hurricanes SU (-130)
- Edmonton at Winnipeg: Bet Oilers SU (+110)
- Columbus at Pittsburgh: Bet Penguins SU (-160)
- Nashville at St. Louis: Bet Predators SU (+100)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Senators at Bruins – Bet Boston SU (-210)
The Boston Bruins have been on a roll in December, winning four in a row and seven of their last ten overall. Last season, the Senators eliminated the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs, but Ottawa plays with a different vibe this year. Instead of playoff Cinderellas, the Sens have spent the last month and a half digging themselves a hole. Boston goalie Tuukka Rask earned first star of the week on Christmas eve, and he’ll continue his excellent play by preventing the joy of goal-scoring for Ottawa.
Canadiens at Hurricanes – Bet Carolina SU (-130)
Montreal enjoys an advantage over Carolina as of late, winning seven of their last ten meetings against the Hurricanes. Unfortunately for Montreal, Shea Weber’s likely to miss another game due to a foot injury, decreasing the odds of the Habs winning on the road. This year, Carolina has played superior hockey compared to Montreal, including a pair of wins before the Christmas break. Since the Canes have a home record of 8-4-3, they should be considered an excellent bet to extend their win streak to three games.
Oilers at Jets – Bet Oilers SU (+110)
The Winnipeg Jets have been one of the best teams on their own ice this year, earning a 12-3-1 record at Bell MTS Place. Despite this strong home winning trend, the Jets have a 3-5-2 record over their last ten, which shows the team in a bit of a slump. Edmonton’s trending in the opposite direction, earning a four-game win streak and seven wins in their last ten games. Winnipeg’s favored because of their strong home play, but all other factors point to an Oilers victory this evening.
Blue Jackets at Penguins – Bet Pittsburgh SU (-160)
Columbus has been hit hard by the injury bug prior to the Christmas break, with Werenski, Atkinson, Wennberg and Dubinsky missing from action. The Penguins beat the Blue Jackets before the holiday break, and have won five of the last seven meetings against Columbus – not including last year’s first round playoff win by Pittsburgh. Expect the Penguins to take advantage of a Jackets squad weak down the middle. Expect a solid victory by Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Predators at Blues – Bet Nashville SU (+100)
This matchup has gone Nashville’s way recently, with the Predators earning five wins over the past seven meetings against the Blues. The Preds also ejected the Blues from the conference semi-finals during the 2017 playoffs. Jake Allen hasn’t played well lately, which results in the Blues trying backup Carter Hutton against Nashville’s powerful attack. Despite a +100 moneyline, the Predators should be favored to win this game, even if they’re playing in Missouri.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Pittsburgh Penguins Beat Puckline Against Columbus Blue Jackets (-1.5, +180)
The Penguins looked pretty bad before the Christmas break, losing 4-0 to the Anaheim Ducks, which suggests a lack of focus on behalf of Pittsburgh. With the holidays now complete, the Pens will likely focus their crosshairs on retaining a consistent focus for the rest of the year. Since the Blue Jackets miss key centers and defenseman, the Penguins have a clear path to beat the puckline this evening.
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