NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Can Maple Leafs Complete Western Canada Road Sweep?
Toronto packed their bags and flew to Alberta to whup the Flames and the Oilers in their home arenas. Vancouver hasn’t been great at Rogers Centre this year, while Toronto has played well away from the Air Canada Centre, making a Canucks win a difficult proposition.
Montreal has improved greatly since Carey Price returned to the lineup healthy. They’ll attempt to win their second straight against the Detroit Red Wings and their fifth straight overall as the Habs return to playoff respectability.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Edmonton at Calgary: Bet Oilers Puckline (+1.5, -230)
- Toronto at Vancouver: Bet Maple Leafs Puckline (-1.5, +185)
- Detroit at Montreal: Bet Canadiens SU (-165)
- Buffalo at Pittsburgh: Bet Penguins Puckline (-1.5, +120)
- San Jose at Tampa Bay: Bet Lightning SU (-180)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Oilers at Flames (Edmonton Puckline +1.5, -230)
Despite the Oilers weak play this year, and the injury to Cam Talbot, Edmonton has a much better chance of winning than the odds imply. The Oilers have won five in a row against Calgary, including a 3-0 shutout the first time they met this year, suggesting that Edmonton happens to match up well against their Albertan rivals. Since Edmonton’s not playing well, reduce the risk by choosing the underdog puckline instead of a straight up win for either squad.
Toronto at Vancouver (Toronto Puckline -1.5, +185)
Toronto seems to enjoy playing in the western half of Canada, routing the Flames and Oilers by two goals or more over their last two games. Vancouver plays better on the road (9-5-1) than in British Columbia (3-5-3), which suggests that the Canucks might try too hard to impress fans at the Rogers Arena. The moneyline for a straight up win is acceptable (-145), but Toronto’s beaten the Canucks by two or more in five of their last seven meetings, making the Maple Leafs puckline an acceptable risk.
Red Wings at Canadiens (Montreal SU -165)
Detroit has lost six of their last ten games against the Canadiens, including their most recent match, which ended in a 6-3 victory for the Habs in the state of Michigan. The Red Wings have won only once in the province of Quebec over their last seven meetings at the Bell Centre, and Les Habitants seem to have turned a corner as of late. A fifth straight win for Montreal is the most likely result.
Sabres at Penguins (Pittsburgh Puckline -1.5, +120)
This home and home series started off with a 4-0 Penguins victory in Buffalo, and things aren’t going to get any easier for the Sabres this evening. Pittsburgh pays far better at home (8-2-1) than on the road (6-8-2), and Evgeni Malkin returned at full strength last night, increasing the level of difficulty for this young Sabres squad. A straight up moneyline (-240) isn’t nearly as profitable as the puckline odds (+120), and the Sabres can’t hold a candle against the reigning champs, who should enjoy another romp.
Sharks at Lightning (Tampa Bay SU -180)
San Jose typically plays well against Tampa Bay, earning six wins over their last ten meetings. However, the Lightning look like the best team in the NHL, tied with Winnipeg for the Presidents’ Trophy race. This game will be more difficult for the Sharks because they’re on the second leg of a back-to-back, which should be enough for Tampa Bay to earn a close win against a solid western road team.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
Calgary Flames Beat Puckline Against Edmonton Oilers (-1.5, +190)
The latest edition of the Battle of Alberta is one of the less transparent games tonight, given the Oilers winning streak against the Flames. Edmonton played relatively well against the Maple Leafs during their last game, and Calgary was blown out against Toronto at the Saddledome a few days ago.
The safe play is the underdog puckline on behalf of Edmonton, but the favorite puckline for Calgary nearly doubles your initial wager, making this an enticing candidate for those willing to accept extra risk for a solid reward.
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