NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Leafs Extend Winning Streak Against Bruins?
The Maple Leafs fly into Boston to continue two separate winning streaks. Toronto’s won four in a row in 2018, and they’ve beaten Boston in six consecutive meetings. This matchup used to skew heavily towards Boston, but the last two years have proven difficult for the Bruins when they play against the Leafs.
Winnipeg lost a chance to gain ground on Vegas for top spot in the western conference, but they’ll have an opportunity to play against the Avalanche without Nathan MacKinnon, who does a bit of everything for Colorado. The Jets survived without Scheifele because of the impressive depth across their lineup, which the Avs do not possess.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Toronto at Boston: Bet Maple Leafs SU (+105)
- Colorado at Winnipeg: Bet Jets Puckline (-1.5, +150)
- Chicago at Calgary: Bet Flames SU (-145)
- Tampa Bay at Vancouver: Bet Lightning SU (-185)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Maple Leafs at Bruins – Bet Toronto SU (+105)
Boston was the hottest team in the NHL before the all-star weekend, but Brad Marchand will be missing tonight’s game for elbowing Marcus Johansson in the head. This will make it more difficult for Boston to snap a six-game loss streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto’s heating up with four consecutive wins, a streak created despite playing tough back-to-backs before and after the break. If Marchand were in the lineup, the Boston moneyline would be recommended. Instead, Toronto will continue to roll.
Avalanche at Jets – Bet Winnipeg Puckline (-1.5, +150)
The Avalanche will miss Nathan MacKinnon for 2-4 weeks with an upper body injury. This occurred at a terrible time, when Colorado were beginning to seriously challenge traditional western conference rivals. Now, the Avs will be underdogs for many of their upcoming matchups, including a Saturday night tilt against the best Canadian team in the NHL. The Jets play immaculate hockey on home ice, earning an 18-3-2 record at the Bell MTS Place. Winnipeg’s moneyline will hover around -200, so choose to puckline to improve the payout for this matchup.
Blackhawks at Flames – Bet Calgary SU (-145)
Competing for a playoff spot in the Western Conference will likely go down to the wire this year. Seven playoff bubble teams have 58-62 points, and Calgary dropped out of a wild card position recently with a six-game losing streak. The Flames have benefitted greatly from the loser point, which keeps them in the hunt. Chicago’s last in the Central Division, three points out of the seven-team bubble, losing to the Canucks a couple of days ago. Expect Calgary to snap out of their losing streak at the Saddledome.
Lightning at Canucks – Bet Tampa Bay (-185)
Vancouver’s a better team now that Bo Horvat’s back in the lineup, winning two in a row, including a convincing victory over Chicago. Tampa Bay’s an entirely different challenge because the Lightning have been electrifying the NHL this season as the Presidents’ Trophy leader. The Canucks have won the last two meetings with Tampa handily, but that was over a year ago, before the Lightning struck as an elite NHL squad. Tampa probably won’t score seven goals again, but they should be able to earn a straight up win.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night:
Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Puckline Against Vancouver Canucks (-1.5, +165)
Tampa managed to stay in first overall without Norris candidate Victor Hedman. Now that he’s back in the lineup, the Lightning will resume their dominance of most NHL squads. They blasted the Flames 7-4 on Thursday, showing their elite offensive capabilities. Vancouver isn’t badly outmatched, but the Lightning’s depth will prove difficult to handle. As always, the increased risk of a two-goal win revolves around getting a better payout, in this case +165.
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