NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will The Leafs Extend Winning Streak To Five?
Toronto’s on a roll after performing poorly during late December and early January. The all-star break seemed to give the Buds a boost, because they’ve turned into a different team lately. The Maple Leafs are known for their fast, young forwards, but their defensive game has been the reason for their streak.
There’s little chance that Toronto will finish anywhere other than third in the standings, which reduces the urgency for the Maple Leafs. However, games against teams like the Blue Jackets serve as mileposts on the way to become legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Columbus at Toronto: Bet Maple Leafs SU (-200)
- Montreal at Colorado: Bet Avalanche SU (-125)
- Florida at Vancouver: Bet Panthers SU (-110)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs – Bet Toronto SU (-200)
Toronto’s coming off an impressive 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning, bending but not breaking against the top team in the NHL. A pattern of allowing teams to get back into the game persists, but this time the Maple Leafs shut the door as the Lightning furious struck around their net. The Blue Jackets have been playing better hockey as of late, which will make this game more competitive than the odds suggest.
Toronto’s on a roll, appearing to round into shape as the playoffs near, so wager on the Buds to beat the Blue Jackets.
Canadiens at Avalanche – Bet Colorado SU (-125)
Colorado has been treading water since Nathan MacKinnon went down with an injury, maintaining contact with playoff frontrunners. Currently, the Avs are four points out of the wild card spot, so the team can’t afford to drop games against non-playoff squads like the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs have lost three of their last five meetings against Colorado, although Montreal defeated the Habs 4-2 on January 23rd.
Since the Avalanche enjoy home advantage, they should be considered a solid bet to win, but the additional motivation of a playoff spot on the line will be their driving force on Valentine’s Day.
Panthers at Canucks – Bet Florida SU (-110)
The Panthers and the Vancouver Canucks typically play each other close, with Florida earning a small edge in this matchup by winning six of the last ten meetings between the two teams. Florida’s not making the playoffs this year, but they’ve been playing better over the past while, winning six of their last ten overall, including a 7-5 barnburner against the Oilers in Alberta. Vancouver recently walloped Dallas with a 6-0 margin, which makes this matchup a coinflip in terms of the odds. Pick the Panthers over the Canucks tonight.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Colorado Avalanche Beat Puckline Against Montreal Canadiens (-1.5, +230)
Playing at mile high altitudes requires an adjustment of at least a week to deal with thin air, which gives Colorado pro teams an extra advantage during home games. The Avalanche have been a revelation this season, surviving the loss of their best player to remain in the playoff race. Montreal doesn’t play with much passion or purpose nowadays, which makes a +230 moneyline a juicy reward for betting the puckline against a bad team.
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