NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Flames Beat Predators Without Smith?
Calgary exhaled when doctors diagnosed goalie Mike Smith with a day-to-day issue, instead of a longer, more serious injury. His value to the Flames was displayed a couple of days ago, when Calgary was unable to prevent Boston from pouring five goals into the net.
David Rittich will get another chance to defend the goal against the Predators, a high-powered squad which nearly won the Stanley Cup last season. Nashville continues to ride the momentum generated by last year’s playoff run, forging a path to first place in the Central Division. Calgary’s defense will need to play excellent hockey to prevent another puckline loss.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Buffalo at Ottawa: Bet Sabres SU (+130)
- Calgary at Nashville: Bet Predators SU (-170)
- Montreal at Arizona: Bet Coyotes SU (-105)
- Edmonton at Vegas: Bet Golden Knights Puckline (-1.5, +130)
- Vancouver at San Jose: Bet Sharks SU (-210)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Sabres at Senators – Bet Buffalo SU (+130)
The Sabres have won six of their last seven meetings against the Ottawa Senators, including a 3-2 win last December and three consecutive victories in Kanata. Buffalo’s been hot lately, winning three of their last four games, including impressive victories against the Lightning, Bruins and Islanders. Ottawa’s been playing a bit better lately too, including wins against the Predators and Devils last week. Buffalo’s the hotter team, and they play well against the Senators, which makes the +130 moneyline a terrific value.
Flames at Predators – Bet Predators SU (-170)
An MRI revealed good news for Mike Smith, who missed his last game due to a lower body injury. The Calgary Flames need their all-star goaltender to hold on to their top three spot in the Pacific Division. Smith won’t be back this evening against the Predators, but at least he won’t be out of the lineup for an extended period.
Nashville holds all the cards tonight, enjoying home advantage and a significant netminding edge, even with backup Jusse Saros guarding Music City’s goal. The Flames aren’t the same team without Smith, so wager on the Predators tonight.
Canadiens at Coyotes – Bet Coyotes SU (-105)
With a 70% all-time winning percentage against Arizona, the Montreal Canadiens would normally be favorites for this clash. However, the Canadiens aren’t much better than the Coyotes this season. Arizona’s won three of the last five meetings over the past few years, including a 5-4 Arizona win in Montreal last November. Over the past week, Arizona’s won three of their last four, including victories against the Blackhawks and Sharks on Monday and Tuesday. A straight up win by the Coyotes will be the better choice this evening.
Oilers at Golden Knights – Bet Vegas Puckline (-1.5, +130)
The Edmonton Oilers will be significant underdogs in Vegas on Thursday night, with a +175 straight up moneyline. Vegas has an expensive -210 line, on par with their likelihood of earning their first victory over McDavid. After a four-game losing streak, there should be no illusions about the Oilers earning a post season spot. Vegas continues to build their NHL-best home record, which stands at 20-4-2 before this matchup. Edmonton’s in a free fall as the Golden Knights continue to collect wins. Choose a puckline win for Vegas.
Canucks at Sharks – Bet San Jose SU (-210)
After playing on Valentine’s Day, the NHL scheduling department showed no love for the Vancouver Canucks, forcing them to travel to the Shark Tank on less than a day’s rest. Vancouver’s lost eight of their last ten meetings against San Jose, including two of three clashes this season. Home ice, rest and historical advantage lifts the Sharks line to -210, which would normally be a bit expensive compared to the value of a puckline win.
Since the Sharks light the lamp less without Thornton, reduce the risk by selecting a straight up wager for San Jose instead of the spread.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Nashville Predators Beat Puckline Against Calgary Flames (-1.5, +160)
Calgary conceded five goals against the Boston Bruins during their last road game, partly because goalie David Rittich doesn’t provide the same protection as Mike Smith. Nashville’s a superior team compared to the Bruins, firing on all cylinders with the return of star Filip Forsberg. Expect the Predators to prey upon the Flames backup netminder, showing no mercy to Calgary, increasing the odds of a two-goal win.
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