Kent Tukeli | Fri 29/12/2017 - 13:12 EST

NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

Will Ottawa Break Their Latest Losing Streak?

The Senators baffling incompetence over the past couple of months could be blamed on the departures of Kyle Turris and Marc Methot, but the loss of those two players shouldn’t create such a terrible effect on ice. Nonetheless, management should take the fall for altering the chemistry of a club which appeared to wildly overachieve under coach Boucher’s system.

Edmonton’s another team which started the 2017-18 season in a curious rut. Unlike Ottawa, the Oilers have regained momentum over the past month, pulling themselves within five points of a playoff spot. The Oilers enjoy the good fortune of facing a Chicago team which lost in Vancouver the previous night, giving Edmonton a leg up before the puck drops.

NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions

NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction

  • Columbus at Ottawa: Bet Blue Jackets SU (-130)
  • New York Islanders at Winnipeg: Bet Jets SU (-135)
  • Chicago at Edmonton: Bet Oilers Puckline (+140)
  • Toronto at Colorado: Bet Avalanche SU (+115)
  • Calgary at Anaheim: Bet Ducks SU (-135)

NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp

Blue Jackets at Senators – Bet Columbus SU (-130)

Somehow, Ottawa’s managed to win only three of their last 20 games, which makes last season’s playoff run even more remarkable. The latest beneficiaries of the Senators uninspiring play will be Columbus, who visit Canada’s frozen capital after earning a pair of points during a home-and-home against the Penguins. The Blue Jackets will enjoy a much easier time gaining two points against the Sens, who’ve been so bad that they might end up trading Karlsson to trigger a rebuild.

Islanders at Jets – Bet Winnipeg SU (-135)

Now that Mark Scheifele joins Dustin Byfuglien on the injured reserve, the Winnipeg Jets will have an opportunity to display resilience over the next month. Missing a number one center and top defenseman would break most teams, but the Jets possess excellent depth at all positions, including Bryan Little and Jacob Trouba as worthy stand-ins for Mark and Dustin. Winnipeg continues to be one of the best teams at home this season, so they should be able to defeat the Islanders as long as they don’t let rookie Mathew Barzal score another hat-trick.

Blackhawks at Oilers – Bet Edmonton Puckline (+140)

Tough to understand why the NHL continues to allow teams to play two games in 24 hours on the road, but the scheduling department doesn’t appear interested in allowing professional athletes the rest they need to perform at a high level. As a result, the Edmonton Oilers will enjoy a big advantage against Chicago tonight, who were already blasted last night by the Canucks. Accordingly, this puckline is the most expensive on Friday’s schedule, partly because the Oilers have played well lately, but mostly due to a schedule loss for the Blackhawks.

Maple Leafs at Avalanche – Bet Colorado SU (+115)

The Toronto Maple Leafs earned a rare win against the Coyotes last night, a team which Toronto tends to underestimate. Unfortunately for Toronto, the Buds travel a mile high to visit Colorado today, giving Toronto another game on short rest. The Avalanche have lost three of the last four meetings against the Leafs, and they’ll be missing Tyson Barrie. Colorado’s not the only team dealing with injury, as Toronto will miss Zaitsev and perhaps Kadri, who was elbowed in the head yesterday evening. Bet on the Leafs sputtering because of a road back-to-back.

Flames at Ducks – Bet Anaheim SU (-135)

Now that Ryan Kesler rejoins the Ducks, Anaheim features one of the mightiest lineups of centers in the NHL. Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique round out the top trio, which match up well against any team in the league. Calgary already has significant trouble against the Ducks, winning only two of their last 11 games against Anaheim. The Flames also played less than a day ago, losing to the Sharks, which gives Anaheim a significant rest advantage this evening. Select the Ducks with confidence.

Dirty Dangle Of The Night

Columbus Blue Jackets Beat Puckline Against Ottawa Senators (-1.5, +230)

Injuries to Atkinson, Wennberg and Dubinsky subtract offensive depth from the Blue Jackets lineup, which boosts the puckline odds all the way up to +230, despite the fact that the Senators have been one of the worst teams in the NHL since mid-November. This puckline will return more than double your wager, which makes the spread worth consideration, despite the increased risk.

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