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NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

Will Canucks Start To Roll Without Horvat?

Vancouver streamrolled the Chicago Blackhawks with a trio who might form the new top line for the Canucks. Vanek, Boeser and Gagne clicked to create five goals, stunning Chicago in British Columbia. If these three continue producing at a high level, Vancouver could climb back into the playoff race.

Montreal could use some scoring, netting a single goal in three consecutive losses. They won the first game of their road trip, but have completely fallen off without Shea Weber. Florida’s recently leapfrogged the Habs, which only adds to Montreal’s misery.


NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions

NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction

  • Montreal at Florida: Bet Panthers SU (-115)
  • Boston at Ottawa: Bet Bruins SU (-170)
  • Los Angeles at Vancouver: Bet Canucks SU (+115)
  • New Jersey at Washington: Bet Capitals Puckline (-1.5, +155)
  • Carolina at St. Louis: Bet Hurricanes SU (+115)

NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp

Canadiens at Panthers – Bet Florida SU (-115)

Montreal has a four-game win streak over the Florida Panthers, but Les Habitants will not have the services of Shea Weber for another week or so. Without Weber, the Habs suffer on both ends of the ice, because he contributes at an elite level in all aspects of the sport. Prior to the loss streak against Montreal, the Panthers beat the Canadiens five times in a row. Florida’s riding four consecutive wins, likely to turn that into five straight against a hobbled Habs blueline.

Bruins at Senators - Bet Boston SU (-170)

Over the past couple of years, the Ottawa Senators typically own the Boston Bruins, beating the bears in eight of the last ten meetings. Three days ago, Boston routed Ottawa by a 5-1 margin, yet another horrible outing for a team which continues to implode. True, the Sens beat the Jackets 5-4 last night, but Columbus was missing three top six forwards. Ottawa will continue to be the dicey play until the Senators break out of their prolonged slump.

Kings at Canucks - Bet Canucks SU (+115)

The Vancouver Canucks have lost seven of their last ten, while the Kings earned points in seven of their last ten games. However, the Canucks beat the tar out of Chicago two days prior, and Vancouver’s taken three of the last four meetings against Los Angeles. Vanek’s on a roll after a five-point night, combining with Gagne and Boeser to create a surprisingly effective top line. A positive moneyline for the Canucks increases the payout for an acceptable risk.

Devils at Capitals - Bet Washington Puckline (-1.5, +155)

New Jersey dropped an extremely winnable game against Buffalo, the worst team in the east, while the Capitals took care of Boston a couple of days ago. Washington’s beaten the Devils in 14 of the last 16 meetings, including a 5-2 shellacking during October. The straight up moneyline for the Capitals is -195, and the Caps beat the puckline in three of the last four, which increases the odds of improving your payout with the spread. Expect Washington to usurp the top spot in the Metro division before the new year.

Hurricanes at Blues – Bet Carolina SU (+115)

Both teams played the previous evening, with the Hurricanes taking care of Pittsburgh in Carolina, while the Blues dropped a tough loss against the Stars. Carolina’s on a four-game win streak, winning seven of their last ten to rise one game behind the Islanders for the final wild card position. The Blues have lost two in a row and seven of their last ten. St. Louis will be considered home ice favorites with a rest advantage, but the Canes have a better moneyline and momentum on their side.

Dirty Dangle Of The Night

Florida Panthers Beat Puckline Against Montreal Canadiens (-1.5, +220)

Montreal has been unimpressive since Weber’s been sidelined, losing three games in a row by a 10-1 margin. They’re also one of the worst teams in the NHL against the puckline. Last week, James Reimer was named one of the three stars of the week, giving Florida surprising momentum that helped them climb above Montreal in the standings. A +220 puckline reflects significant risk, but recent trends point to a mismatch in Florida.

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