NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Winnipeg Jets Blast West Best Golden Knights?
Certainly, the Golden Knights jostling for first overall in the NHL continues to be the most unlikely story in recent NHL history. This doesn’t mean that Vegas is better than the Winnipeg Jets, who’ve overcome injuries to top players to continue their western conference climb, three points ahead of the Predators for first place in the Central Division.
Vegas currently sits two points above the Jets for top spot in the west, which makes these points crucial for both teams. A regulation win for Winnipeg will be valuable in the long run, partly because Vegas has two games in hand.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Toronto at New York Rangers: Bet Rangers SU (-135)
- Montreal at Carolina: Bet Hurricanes SU (-155)
- Vegas at Winnipeg: Bet Jets SU (-125)
- Colorado at Edmonton: Bet Oilers SU (-135)
- Tampa Bay at Calgary: Bet Flames SU (+100)
- Chicago at Vancouver: Bet Canucks SU (+110)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Maple Leafs at Rangers – Bet New York SU (-135)
The Toronto Maple Leafs will complete their back-to-back against New York hockey clubs by travelling to the Big Apple for a clash against the Rangers, less than 24 hours after slapping the Islanders around with a 5-0 win at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto took the last two meetings between these teams, with the Rangers winning six of seven prior to those Leafs wins. New York’s a strong home team, earning a 17-8-3 mark at the Madison, increasing the challenge the Maple Leafs face on short rest.
Canadiens at Hurricanes – Bet Carolina SU (-155)
The Habs used to dominate this matchup, but the Canes have won three in a row and four of the last five against the Montreal Canadiens. Carolina’s beaten the Canadiens twice this season, including a 3-1 triumph in December and a 6-5 result at the Bell Centre. Montreal continues to flounder while the Hurricanes have been building a head of steam with a pair of wins surrounding the all-star break. Since this matchup tends to result in one-goal games, the Carolina straight up moneyline will be recommended over the puckline.
Golden Knights at Jets – Bet Winnipeg SU (-125)
Winnipeg raised their incredible home record to 18-3-1 with a solid, 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Jets host the second-best team in the NHL this evening, as the Golden Knights continue their road trip by flying into Manitoba. Vegas has been an amazing story this year, but Winnipeg’s a better hockey team, even without Scheifele and Trouba. The last time these teams met in Manitoba, the Jets whipped the Golden Knights 7-4, a result which isn’t likely to repeat. Instead, expect a close victory for the Jets.
Avalanche at Oilers – Bet Edmonton SU (-135)
Colorado enjoyed a remarkable run in January, buoyed by the breakout season of Nathan MacKinnon. The Avalanche will face their strongest challenge with MacKinnon out of the lineup, continuing their western Canada road trip in Alberta without their Hart Trophy candidate. Edmonton hasn’t played well this season, and the Avalanche would normally be favorites, but the absence of Nathan will be too much to overcome for Colorado. Edmonton should be able to take advantage of a depleted Avs lineup to score a victory.
Lightning at Flames – Bet Calgary SU (+100)
Most of the ingredients for a moneyline upset exist for this matchup between the Calgary Flames and the top team in the NHL. The Flames have won two in a row against Tampa and three of the last four meetings. Home advantage should be the edge which pushes Calgary over the hump, but the Flames have been strangely mediocre at the Saddledome, with a 12-12-3 home mark this season. Despite losing four straight at home and five overall, Calgary should be considered a solid play at +100.
Blackhawks at Canucks – Bet Vancouver SU (+110)
Chicago looks to turn around a trend of shaky hockey before the all-star break, but they’ll continue to face question marks in goal until Corey Crawford recovers from his mysterious upper-body ailment. Vancouver’s improved with the return of Bo Horvat to the ice, defeating the Kings and Avalanche during their home stretch, which also included a strange 4-0 shutout loss to the Buffalo Sabres and their white-hot goalie, Robin Lehner. Vancouver’s also won their last two meetings against Chicago, including a 5-2 win at the Rogers Arena in late December.
A solid +110 payout for the underdog Canucks at home represents a good reward for the risk. Chicago isn’t the same lately, even if Kane remains an elite threat on a nightly basis.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night:
Carolina Hurricanes Beat Puckline Against Montreal Canadiens (-1.5, +190)
Carolina’s proven their ability to score goals against the Montreal Canadiens, while the Habs struggle to put the biscuit in the basket on many evenings. Injuries have also eroded Montreal’s depth, placing Shea Weber, Philip Danault and Andrew Shaw on the sidelines. Carolina returned to full strength after Aho dealt with a few ailments, part of a group of young Hurricanes forwards who skate circles around teams with slow feet, like Montreal. A +190 moneyline offers a great payout for taking the plunge.
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