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NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

Will Maple Leafs Win Fifth Straight Without Auston?

An impressive win over the Boston Bruins revolved around another immense game from the pint-sized wizard known as Mitch Marner. When he’s on, few teams can keep up with the pace and tenacity which Mitch brings on every shift. 

Toronto’s performed extremely well lately, climbing up the eastern ladder to challenge for first place in the conference. The Lightning have two games in hand and a four-point lead, which makes this matchup the marquee divisional clash of the evening. The Maple Leafs will need another outsized game from Marner to overcome the Lightning in Tampa.

NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions

NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction

  • Toronto at Tampa Bay: Bet Lightning SU (-175)
  • Philadelphia at Montreal: Bet Flyers SU (-160)
  • Vancouver at Colorado: Bet Avalanche SU (-190)
  • Washington at Columbus: Bet Capitals SU (-105)
  • Vegas at Los Angeles: Bet Golden Knights SU (-120)

NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp

Maple Leafs at Lightning: Bet Tampa Bay SU (-175)

The Toronto Maple Leafs received an incredible performance from Mitch Marner to earn a victory against the Boston Bruins. Tonight, the Leafs will face a higher level of difficulty against the Lightning. Tampa Bay has a 20-6-1 record on home ice, winning six of the last ten meetings against the Leafs. Toronto enters this match red-hot, winning four in a row and nine of their last ten. However, this momentum will prove difficult to maintain without Auston Matthews this week, giving Tampa a strong edge.

Flyers at Canadiens: Bet Philadelphia SU (-160)

Philly’s the hottest team in the NHL, earning points in eleven straight games, including five consecutive wins. They’ve climbed the charts in the Metropolitan Division, tied with the Penguins and one point behind the Capitals for top spot. Montreal continues to shed talent as they reckon with the fallout of an extremely disappointing season, losers in seven of their last ten. Philly’s won three in a row against Montreal, a streak likely to grow to four, despite the Canadiens decent performance at home.

Canucks at Avalanche: Bet Colorado SU (-190)

The Vancouver Canucks have played well against the Colorado Avalanche over their last ten meetings, earning seven wins. Most teams don’t perform at high altitude, but the Canucks haven’t lost to the Avalanche in Denver since October 2014. Unfortunately, Vancouver played against the Coyotes in Arizona last night, flying a mile high on short rest. Colorado has a sparkling 20-8-1 home record, furthering the case against the Canucks. Every indicator other than historical suggests that the Canucks will lose. Select the Avs moneyline.

Capitals at Blue Jackets: Bet Washington (-105)

Columbus managed to squeak out a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks the last time they were on the ice, but the Blue Jackets have lost six of their last ten overall. Washington has a 5-3-2 record over their last ten, maintaining their spot on top of the Metro Division. After a difficult couple of months, Columbus needs to start winning against divisional rivals, or risk dropping out of a wild card position. 

This evening’s unlikely to go well for Columbus – Washington’s won six in a row against the Blue Jackets, with a seventh straight win the more likely result.

Golden Knights at Kings: Bet Vegas SU (-120)

Vegas remains neck-and-neck with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy and home ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. Before the Golden Knights earn this boon, they’ll need to win games on the road during the regular season, including this match against the Los Angeles Kings. Los Angeles has a mediocre 5-5 record over their last ten, and they don’t dominate on home ice, giving the Golden Knights a superb shot at winning. 

A Vegas moneyline of -120 is decent value for one of the best teams in the NHL.

Dirty Dangle Of The Night

Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Puckline Against Toronto Maple Leafs (-1.5, +165)

Tampa’s ramping up for their playoff run, fully aware of the Bruins and Leafs nipping at their heels. Despite a bout of uninspiring hockey in the middle of February, Tampa Bay’s still earned five puckline wins this month, continuing their run as one of the best teams to bet on for the spread. The Leafs displayed resilience against the Bruins, but they can’t expect Marner to explode for a quartet of points again. A +165 puckline for the Bolts is a reasonable prospect.

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