NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Toronto Bounce Back After Tough Loss To Penguins?
The Maple Leafs faced one of their toughest challenges last night, playing against the surging Pittsburgh Penguins. Malkin, Crosby and ex-Toronto star Phil Kessel beat the puckline against the Leafs, earning a 5-3 win at home in the PPG Paints Arena. As the season inches closer to the playoffs, Toronto will need to rectify defensive issues if they expect to win a playoff round.
Winnipeg’s tied with the Nashville Predators for top spot in the Central Division, but they could surge ahead this evening during their matchup against the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have played surprisingly well lately, so Winnipeg needs to keep their guard up if they want to collect a pair of points against Florida.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Toronto at Detroit: Bet Maple Leafs SU (-140)
- Dallas at San Jose: Bet Stars SU (-110)
- Florida at Winnipeg: Bet Jets Puckline (-1.5, +125)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Maple Leafs at Red Wings – Bet Toronto SU (-140)
The Toronto Maple Leafs fly from Pennsylvania to Michigan on less than 24 hours rest to meet the Red Wings, who also played last evening. Toronto dropped the puckline to Pittsburgh, while Detroit carved out a surprising win against the Nashville Predators. The Red Wings won the last meeting between these two clubs, but they’ve lost five out of the last six meetings against the Leafs since the start of 2017. Toronto’s a far superior team, which makes a -140 straight up moneyline a decent value on Sunday.
Stars at Sharks – Bet Dallas SU (-110)
Dallas has performed well against San Jose over the past few years, earning six wins over their last eight meetings, including a ridiculous 6-0 blowout on New Year’s Eve in the Lone Star State. This doesn’t reflect the quality of San Jose’s club, which features strong team defense and a surprising amount of forward depth, even without Jumbo Joe patrolling center. Dallas clutched out a solid 2-1 win against St. Louis a couple of days ago, a stronger opponent than San Jose, so wager on a straight up Stars victory.
Panthers at Jets – Bet Jets Puckline (-1.5, +125)
The Florida Panthers have been perfect away from home this week, winning three consecutive games against Canadian teams on the west coast. Florida travels from Calgary to Winnipeg after doubling up the Flames 6-3 last night, giving the Jets a significant rest and home ice advantage. The Jets are already one of the most difficult teams to beat on home ice, which increases the challenge for Florida, who face a schedule loss. Expect Winnipeg to break the Panthers streak with a big win, defeating Florida by two or more goals.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Toronto Maple Leafs Beat Puckline Against Detroit Red Wings (-1.5, +205)
The Leafs finish back-to-back games on the road with their matchup against Detroit. This scenario usually favors the home team, but the Red Wings played last night too, and Toronto features greater depth at all positions, even with backup goalie Curtis McElhinney defending the Leafs net. Choosing the puckline increases the risk, but Toronto defeated Detroit 6-3 in October, displaying the ability to rout the Red Wings. A +205 puckline rewards bettors taking the puckline plunge on behalf of Toronto.
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