NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Leafs Continue Hot Roll Against Panthers?
There was a stretch around the holidays when the Toronto Maple Leafs appeared to suffer severe difficulty putting together a solid 60 minutes on a nightly basis. Coach Babcock didn’t panic, choosing to continue his message of responsible defensive teamwork and rapid puck movement, teaching his young squad how to work through losing by taking responsibility.
This approach seems to work very well, as Toronto turned into one of the hottest teams in the NHL over the last month, solidifying their stranglehold on third place in the Atlantic Division, three points behind the Bruins and four behind the Lightning. Toronto’s unlikely to catch those clubs, but they might hit the playoffs running on all cylinders if they continue solid defensive play.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Florida at Toronto: Bet Maple Leafs SU (-180)
- Montreal at Philadelphia: Bet Flyers Puckline (-1.5, +175)
- Los Angeles at Winnipeg: Bet Jets Puckline (-1.5, +130)
- Boston at Edmonton: Bet Bruins SU (-125)
- Colorado at Vancouver: Bet Canucks SU (-115)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Panthers at Maple Leafs – Bet Toronto SU (-180)
Florida and the Toronto Maple Leafs are among the hottest teams in the eastern conference, which will make this game an interesting one. Toronto’s on an 8-2-0 roll over their last ten, while the Panthers have a 7-3-0 mark over the same stretch. These teams split their last ten meetings, with Florida earning a tight win on November 22nd. Florida’s on the wrong end of a long road trip, while the Leafs have produced excellent play during their slate of home games in February. Wager the Leafs straight up.
Canadiens at Flyers – Bet Philadelphia Puckline (-1.5, +175)
Montreal recently received news that should bring them serious pause. Shea Weber may not be able to return this season because of his mysterious foot ailment. The Canadiens now need to consider whether their current line up is worth rolling the dice on for a run next year. Philadelphia’s all-in for the post season this year, trading draft picks for goalie Petr Mrazek to shore up a goaltending situation rife with injury.
Philly scores in bunches while Montreal doesn’t do anything well. The Flyers also beat the puckline against the Habs the last two times they met, which makes the spread an attractive wager.
Kings at Jets – Bet Winnipeg Puckline (-1.5, +130)
The previous time these teams clashed, the Jets skated away victorious with a tightly-fought, one-goal win in Los Angeles. This time around the Kings will travel to Manitoba to meet the Winnipeg Jets, who recently vaulted to the top of the Central Division. Los Angeles is performing a bit better after dropping out of a wild card spot, winning two in a row and six of their last ten. The Kings are a decent squad, but the Jets are nearly unbeatable at home, so choose the puckline.
Bruins at Oilers – Bet Boston SU (-125)
In February, the Edmonton Oilers haven’t lost a game when Connor McDavid scores three goals or more. Unfortunately for Edmonton, Connor’s notched a hat-trick only twice this month, plunging the Oilers further down the standings with two wins in their last nine games. The Bruins have been an amazing hockey team over the past couple of months, climbing the standings to second in the eastern conference, one point behind Tampa Bay.
A -125 moneyline represents fantastic value for betting on the third best team in the NHL against a bottom-five Edmonton squad.
Avalanche at Canucks – Bet Vancouver SU (-115)
The Vancouver Canucks recently whipped their forever enemy, the Boston Bruins, at the Rogers Arena with a 6-1 score, providing fans a glimpse of things to come next season. Nathan MacKinnon’s returned for the Avalanche, but the Canucks have taken six of the last seven meetings between these clubs. The Avs lost with MacKinnon against the Oilers, which implies that Colorado will need a bit of time to regain momentum. Wager on a straight up win for Vancouver at home.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Boston Bruins Beat Puckline Against Edmonton Oilers (-1.5, +230)
Did you know that the Boston Bruins haven’t beaten the Oilers in three years, losing six straight against Edmonton? Another fun fact: before this three-year winning streak, Edmonton didn’t beat Boston for 15 years, with the Bruins putting together a 13-game win streak. Boston’s a vastly superior team this year, but these historical trends have inflated the puckline odds to a fat +230 payout for those who take this risk and succeed.
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