NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Can Toronto Beat Boston Without Matthews?
Didn’t seem like a massive hit, but Auston Matthews still suffered the consequences during the Maple Leafs recent victory over the New York Islanders. Matthews already missed time due to concussion and other upper body issues this season, so Toronto won’t rush him back into action until he’s healed.
The timing of this latest ailment prevents the Maple Leafs from icing a full complement of skaters against the Bruins. Boston drained the life out of the Leafs with precise, disciplined play the last time they met, giving Toronto a lesson in defensive hockey. The Leafs will have a tough time earning revenge as Matthews remains on the sidelines.t
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Colorado at Calgary: Bet Avalanche SU (+150)
- Winnipeg at Dallas: Bet Jets SU (+120)
- Boston at Toronto: Bet Bruins SU (-120)
- Tampa Bay at Montreal: Bet Lightning Puckline (-1.5, +155)
- Edmonton at Los Angeles: Bet Kings SU (-145)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Avalanche at Flames – Bet Colorado SU (+150)
Calgary managed to take care of their last contest without all-star goaltender Mike Smith, but today’s game will provide a much steeper challenge than the Coyotes. The Flames host the Avalanche on Saturday afternoon, who recently dropped an overtime decision against the Edmonton Oilers. Both teams need these points to keep pace in a ridiculously competitive western conference wild card scenario, creating playoff-like intensity.
Colorado’s won only one of the last six meetings with Calgary, but the Flames have become much easier to deal with without Mike Smith. A +150 payout is a solid reward for the risk.
Jets at Stars – Bet Jets SU (+120)
The Winnipeg Jets will be playing their second game in two evenings on the road, one of the most disadvantageous scenarios for NHL franchises. However, Winnipeg’s won six in a row against Dallas, including five puckline victories. Normally, betting on a team set up with a schedule loss wouldn’t be recommended, but the Jets have completely dominated the Stars lately, outscoring Dallas by 16 goals in the last six games. An underdog moneyline for the Jets doesn’t present itself often, so take the +120 Winnipeg line.
Bruins at Maple Leafs – Bet Boston SU (-120)
This titanic Atlantic Division clash involves two of the hottest teams in the NHL. Both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Bruins have won eight of their last ten, with Boston ahead by a single point and five games in hand. The previous time these teams met, Boston broke out of a six-game losing streak against Toronto with a convincing 4-1 victory.
Toronto’s a superb squad, but the Bruins have emerged as a true powerhouse of the eastern conference under new bench boss Bruce Cassidy. They’re rightfully the favorites, especially considering the fitness issues of Auston Matthews, the Leafs MVP.
Lightning at Canadiens – Bet Tampa Bay Puckline (-1.5, +155)
Tampa Bay hasn’t been as dominant as they were around the beginning of the season, but they remain a top-two contender and likely front-runner in the east. Montreal managed to pull off a 3-1 win against the Rangers, which is a low bar to hurdle due to New York’s decision to start rebuilding – a choice the Habs should seriously consider. The Canadiens play with pride at home, but the Lightning remain strong favorites. Pick the puckline to raise the Lightning payout from -175 to +155.
Oilers at Kings – Bet Los Angeles SU (-145)
The Edmonton Oilers haven’t enjoyed much success against their Pacific Division rivals over the past few years. Los Angeles has won nine of the last twelve meetings with the Oilers, including three consecutive wins by two or more goals. Typically, this scenario would call for the selection of the puckline on behalf of the Kings, but they were recently shut out by the Dallas Stars, while the Oilers last game was a gutsy 3-2 OT win over the Avalanche. The Kings should win; reduce risk by choosing the moneyline.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Boston Bruins Beat Puckline Against Toronto Maple Leafs (-1.5, +240)
There’s zero chance that the Leafs do well without the goaltending of Frederik Andersen, but the most valuable player for Toronto is Auston Matthews, who dominates possession against most skaters in the NHL. His three-point performance during a recent win over the Lightning displayed his importance to the club. Boston’s recent puckline win against the Maple Leafs occurred with Matthews in the lineup, which makes a +240 line an outstanding payoff.
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