NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Oilers Earn Third Straight Win Against Ducks?
Now that Edmonton’s 17 points out of a playoff spot with 21 games remaining on their schedule, no one in the franchise should pretend that a post season spot remains a possibility. The Oilers tried to ride Connor McDavid to another playoff spot, but without forward support and defensive depth, there’s only so much the best player in the league can accomplish.
At this point, the Oilers will likely use their remaining games as an extended training camp, discovering the players who will stay around next year. Edmonton needs to find a way to surround McDavid with enough help, or risk wasting the prime years of this young superstar.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Detroit at New York Rangers: Bet Red Wings SU (-105)
- Edmonton at Anaheim: Bet Ducks SU (-170)
- San Jose at Minnesota: Bet Wild SU (-170)
- Vancouver at Arizona: Bet Coyotes SU (-115)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Red Wings at Rangers – Bet Detroit SU (-105)
The Rangers might be the worst team in the NHL at the moment, enduring injuries, trade rumors and a lack of inspiring hockey. They’ve lost eight of their last ten games, including six defeats in a row. Detroit isn’t a fantastic team, but they’ve earned points in eight of their last ten, including four wins.
This will be the Red Wings second game in two nights on the road, which usually creates a severe disadvantage for teams, but New York’s so bad that they’re unlikely to take advantage of a tired Detroit squad. Choose Detroit’s moneyline, which offers a solid value of -105.
Oilers at Ducks – Bet Anaheim SU (-170)
Edmonton’s scratched out a two-game win streak with victories over the Kings and Avalanche. Despite these wins, the Oilers have a 3-7-0 record in their previous ten matched, reflecting inconsistent hockey. The Ducks lost a 2-0 headscratcher against the Coyotes last night, but Anaheim still earned six wins over their last ten. This season, Edmonton and Anaheim have split two meetings, resulting in a pair of one-goal games. Despite playing the dog end of a back-to-back tonight, the Ducks should be considered straight up favorites against Edmonton tonight.
Sharks at Wild – Bet Minnesota SU (-170)
Minnesota have won six out of their last ten meetings against San Jose, including a four-game winning streak against the Sharks during the 2017 season. Their previous match was a close one, resulting in a 4-3 overtime win for Minny. The Wild also play better hockey lately, owning a 6-2-2 mark over their last ten, including a three-game winning streak. San Jose’s lost two in a row and have a 5-5 record over their last ten. All indicators point to a Minnesota victory tonight, with a decent moneyline of -170.
Canucks at Arizona – Bet Coyotes SU (-115)
The Coyotes enjoy a late season resurgence over the past month, winning six of their last ten games to lift themselves to one point behind the Sabres for second-last overall in the NHL. Vancouver never recovered from mid-season injuries that altered their winning momentum, losing eight of their last ten games to plunge to second-last in the western conference.
Defensive improvement appears to be the main reason for Arizona heating up, earning two shutouts over the past week and allowing a single goal or less in four of their last six overall. Vancouver enjoys a rest advantage, but the Coyotes have home advantage, which should be enough to pull off a straight up victory.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Minnesota Wild Beat Puckline Against San Jose Sharks (-1.5, +175)
San Jose have been beaten up over the past week, losing three in a row, including a 7-1 loss to Nashville and a 3-1 defeat against a horrible Chicago squad. The Wild have been headed in the opposite direction, beating the puckline in three consecutive games last week, including a road back-to-back against the Devils and Rangers. Minny also happens to possess one of the best home records in the league at 20-5-6, which improves the odds of a fourth consecutive two goal win.
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