NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Winnipeg Bounce Back Against Rangers?
The Jets dropped another great opportunity to distance themselves from a Central Division rival when they lost to St. Louis at the Bell MTS Place a couple of days ago. This rare loss at home helped the Blues creep two points away for second place in the division, while the Predators raised themselves two points above Winnipeg for first in the Central.
Fortunately for Winnipeg, they’ll face a team on the downswing this afternoon, hosting a New York Rangers club which admits that a rebuild will be more desirable than attempting to compete for a Stanley Cup in vain. The Jets need to take care of these less challenging teams if they wish to maintain a spot at the top of the western conference.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- New York Rangers at Winnipeg: Bet Jets Puckline (-1.5, +105)
- Vancouver at Dallas: Bet Stars Puckline (-1.5, +120)
- Calgary at New York Islanders: Bet Flames SU (-125)
- Colorado at Buffalo: Bet Sabres SU (+105)
- Boston at New Jersey: Bet Bruins SU (-160)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Rangers at Jets - Bet Winnipeg Puckline (-1.5, +105)
The Winnipeg Jets were flat during their last home game against the St. Louis Blues, dropping a crucial clash against their Central Division rivals. This afternoon, the Jets look to make up for their disappointing outing against St. Louis by taking out their frustration on the rebuilding Rangers. New York doesn’t play well on the road, with an 8-14-2 mark away from Madison Square Garden. Winnipeg’s still possesses one of the best home records in the NHL at 20-4-2.
The Jets are an overwhelming favorite, which makes the +105 puckline preferable over an expensive -265 moneyline.
Canucks at Stars – Bet Dallas Puckline (-1.5, +120)
Vancouver travels to Texas with a four-loss streak hanging on their shoulders, their latest defeat a 4-1 blowout against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canucks haven’t regained the high level of play displayed before a slew of injuries interrupted Vancouver mid-season. Dallas happens to be the hottest team in the NHL, cruising on a five-game win streak, including an impressive 4-3 win over the surging Pittsburgh Penguins.
Since the Stars don’t drop many games at home, Dallas will be a big favorite, raising the cost of their straight up line to -265. Select the Stars puckline to improve the profit of this mismatch.
Flames at Islanders – Bet Calgary SU (-125)
The Calgary Flames have been one of the best road teams in the NHL, despite a recent 4-3 loss to the struggling Rangers in New York. They’ll hop over to Brooklyn to meet the Islanders this evening, facing super-rookie Mathew Barzal and superstar center John Tavares. Calgary broke a five-game losing streak against the Isles the last time they faced each other, dismantling New York with a 5-2 victory.
The Islanders are better this season, but they don’t have the defensive integrity to compete with Calgary. Expect a straight up win for the Flames this evening.
Avalanche at Sabres – Bet Sabres SU (+105)
Colorado begins to slow without Nathan MacKinnon, losing six of their last ten games without the breakout superstar in their lineup. Buffalo’s been a bit of a surprise over the last couple of weeks, earning a 5-4-1 record, including wins over the Bruins, Islanders and Flames. Both played last night, but the Avalanche will be the travelling team, giving Buffalo both rest and home advantage. The Sabres have beaten the Avalanche in three of their last four meetings, making Buffalo an excellent candidate for another moneyline upset victory.
Bruins at Devils – Bet Boston SU (-160)
New Jersey was thrashed 6-1 by the Columbus Blue Jackets last evening, while the Boston Bruins dropped a winnable game against the Boston Bruins by a 4-2 margin. The Devils stay home while the Bruins visit Newark, providing an advantage to New Jersey. Boston’s been the most consistent team in the NHL over the past couple of months, which makes it unlikely that the Bruins will play two stinkers in a row.
New Jersey’s lost 9 of the last 11 meetings with Boston, making a Bruins straight up victory the more likely result.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Calgary Flames Beat Puckline Against New York Islanders (-1.5, +220)
The Flames top four defense consists of Giordano, Hamilton, Brodie and Hamonic, one of the finest groups in the NHL. Goalie Mike Smith has thrived with a competent team in front of him, rightfully representing Calgary as an all-star. New York can fill the net rapidly, but the Flames defense will prove difficult for speedy Islanders forwards to overcome. As such, there’s a good chance that Calgary will win by a 3-1 or 4-2 score, given the Isles lack of defense. A sweet, +220 line rewards a puckline risk.
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