NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Leafs Hold Off Streaking Senators?
In February, the Ottawa Senators have been showing signs of the team they were last season. The Sens were plucky underdogs, one goal away from the Stanley Cup final, but will miss the post season this year. Recent wins against playoff teams resembled the old Sens in action.
Toronto’s also improved, winning seven out of the last ten games, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Nashville. Oddly enough, the Maple Leafs lose more often than they win against the Senators, earning only two wins against Ottawa over the last two seasons. Toronto’s a near-lock for the playoffs barring unforeseen disaster, but they’ll want to scoop a pair of points at home to increase their lead over eastern conference challengers.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Ottawa at Toronto: Bet Senators SU (+200)
- Nashville at Montreal: Bet Predators SU (-160)
- Buffalo at Boston: Bet Bruins Puckline (-1.5, -110)
- Los Angeles at Tampa Bay: Bet Lightning SU (-1.5, +130)
- Edmonton at San Jose: Bet Sharks SU (-150)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Senators at Maple Leafs: Bet Senators SU (+200)
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be considered the major favorites for this evening’s matchup against the Ottawa Senators, who might have turned a corner this season. Unfortunately, the turnaround would be far too late for the Senators, who dropped out of contention over a month ago. Ottawa’s won four of their last five games, including victories over the Ducks, Flyers, Devils and Predators.
Since the Leafs have an expensive -255 moneyline – a number which doesn’t reflect their actual odds of winning – wagering for a +200 underdog on a hot streak isn’t a bad idea. The Senators match up well historically against the Leafs, winning 9 of the last 11 meetings.
Predators at Montreal: Bet Nashville SU (-160)
Nashville’s in a tiny slump, losing two consecutive overtime games against the Leafs and Senators in two days. Their eastern Canada road trip concludes in Montreal. The Habs will not participate in the post season this year, which creates expectation for a fire sale before the trade deadline. Nashville will be motivated to collect a pair of points to rise into first place in the Central Division, unlikely to drop a third consecutive game. Montreal plays better at home, which lessens the expense of wagering on the Predators.
Sabres at Bruins: Bet Boston Puckline (-1.5, -110)
On paper, this contest will be the mismatch of the evening. The Boston Bruins have been incredible over the past couple of months, only three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place overall. Buffalo has the second-worst record in the NHL, losers in four out of their last five games. The Bruins defeated the Sabres in eight of their last nine meetings, including five victories by two or more goals.
Sportsbooks consider this puckline a coinflip, giving the same odds to both teams for the spread. Choose the Bruins over the Sabres in this scenario.
Kings at Lightning: Bet Tampa Bay Puckline (-1.5, +130)
Tampa Bay survived a brief blip in mid-January to remain atop the standings for the race to the Presidents’ Trophy. The Lightning have won six of their last eight, returning home after an eight-game road trip with a 5-2 win against the Canucks. Los Angeles will travel across the state of Florida to meet the Lightning less than 24 hours after defeating the Panthers.
Los Angeles is a decent road team, but the Kings will deal with a strong disadvantage of playing on the road with little rest. A Lightning puckline win is a reasonable wager.
Oilers at Sharks: Bet Sharks SU (-150)
The Edmonton Oilers continue to disappoint, now 14 points out of a playoff spot after losing two in a row. Last night, Edmonton dropped a game against the Anaheim Ducks, beginning their back-to-back on the wrong skate. Tonight’s matchup against the Sharks will not become easier with a lack of rest. San Jose’s fighting to maintain their place in the post season, one of six teams between 62-65 points.
Edmonton’s won four in a row against San Jose, a streak which will end tonight at the Shark Tank - unless McDavid scores four goals again.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
San Jose Sharks Beat Puckline Against Edmonton Oilers (-1.5, +195)
San Jose faces a serious challenge without Joe Thornton in their lineup to lead the Sharks to the playoffs, but they have enough depth to at least compete for a wild card spot. Edmonton plays well against the Sharks, but tonight’s a schedule loss which strongly favors San Jose. The Oilers possessed hope before the all-star break, but that’s quickly slipping away with the realization that the team simply isn’t deep enough to compete in the west. A reward of +195 is the reason for this risk.
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