NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Vegas Extend Lead Atop The West?
The success of the Vegas Golden Knights represents an unprecedented situation in the NHL. No expansion team has ever performed close to this level in their first year. If current trends continue apace, no team will be able to catch Vegas for first place in the west.
As the race to the playoffs intensifies, contenders like the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will jostle for optimal post season seeding, even if Tampa Bay looks like the odds-on favorite to win the Presidents’ Trophy. Pittsburgh wants to earn a regulation win at home to move a pair of points closer to top spot in the Metro.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Detroit at Carolina: Bet Hurricanes SU (-160)
- Washington at Pittsburgh: Bet Penguins SU (-155)
- San Jose at Columbus: Bet Blue Jackets SU (-125)
- Vegas at Minnesota: Bet Wild SU (-145)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Red Wings at Hurricanes – Bet Carolina SU (-160)
Detroit managed to squeeze a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks a couple of days ago, but the squad hasn’t been playing great hockey on a consistent basis this season. The Hurricanes group of fleet-footed forwards have come into their own this year, challenging for a playoff spot out of the Metro Division. Carolina’s whipped the Red Wings the last time these teams met, but the Canes played last night, which will reduce their effectiveness this evening. Select a straight up win instead of betting on the Hurricanes puckline.
Capitals at Penguins – Bet Pittsburgh SU (-155)
Pittsburgh’s returned to the playoff picture after an extended bout of middling hockey, earning eight wins over their last ten games to lift themselves to third place in the Metro. The Penguins are six points behind the division rival Capitals for first place, making this a crucial matchup for both teams, who would prefer home advantage throughout the post season. Home ice will determine the result for the latest clash between these eastern titans, with the Penguins rightfully favored to win on Friday night.
Sharks at Blue Jackets – Bet Columbus SU (-125)
The Blue Jackets will rely on home ice advantage to regain a top-three spot in the Metro, after the team stumbled to a 5-4-1 mark over their last ten games overall. Columbus has a 16-8-1 record at home, but they’ve lost three in a row against the Sharks, which reduces the cost of betting on the Jackets. Jumbo Joe Thornton recently went down with an MCL injury, which could prevent him from playing for the rest of the season. The Sharks will require time to adjust to life without Joe.
Golden Knights at Wild – Bet Minnesota SU (-145)
Vegas clutched out another big win, beating the Winnipeg Jets to establish a three-point lead for top spot in the Western Conference. The difficulty level rises tonight because the Golden Knights will be playing their second road game in two nights, which greatly benefits the Minnesota Wild. The Wild recently received Nino Niederreiter back into the fold, improving Minnesota’s forward depth. Vegas will be skating uphill tonight, and they’ve already lost to the Wild this season. Expect a Minnesota straight up victory.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night:
Minnesota Wild Beat Puckline Against Vegas Golden Knights (-1.5, +185)
The Wild are one of the few teams which handled the Golden Knights well this season, earning a 4-2 win against Vegas last November. This alone isn’t enough to recommend the Wild puckline, but the fact that Vegas has been given a tough schedule by the NHL raises the odds of another Wild puckline win greatly. This is the Golden Knights third game in four nights, finishing the stretch on the road. A +185 payout rewards those who take this risk.
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