NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Winnipeg Gain Ground On Vegas?
The race for first place in the western conference appears to be a three-horse gallop, with the Vegas Golden Knights in the lead at the final bend. They’ve already beaten the Penguins this year, but it will be tough to repeat the feat in Pittsburgh.
Winnipeg’s one of the three teams running with Vegas down the stretch. This evening, they’ll have the opportunity to play against the worst team in the NHL. Anything less than a win would be disappointing for the Jets, who might be able to gain ground on Vegas on Tuesday.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Vegas at Pittsburgh – Bet Penguins SU (-120)
- Vancouver at Florida – Bet Panthers SU (-165)
- Calgary at Chicago – Bet Flames SU (-105)
- Arizona at Winnipeg – Bet Jets Puckline (-1.5, +115)
- New Jersey at Ottawa – Bet Devils SU (-120)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Golden Knights at Penguins – Bet Pittsburgh SU (-120)
With all due respect to Tampa Bay and Winnipeg, this titanic clash could be a brief Stanley Cup preview. The Penguins flipped a switch over the past month, pulling themselves within four points of the Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Vegas has been kicking butt all year, three points in front of the Jets and the Predators for first in the west. Evgeni Malkin’s been going nuts, joining Crosby and Kessel as the best forward trio in the NHL.
Since Pittsburgh and Vegas play better at home, select the Pens in Pennsylvania.
Canucks at Panthers – Bet Panthers SU (-165)
Florida’s been getting outstanding goaltending from the least likely sources this season. Harri Sateri jumped between the pipes after Reimer and Luongo went down with ailments, promptly securing second star of the week during his first stint in the NHL. The Canucks have improved over the last few weeks, but lost the edge they possessed at the beginning of the year. Florida’s on a three-game roll with Sateri in net, and the Panthers young forwards continue to improve. Vancouver’s likely to have a disappointing night in Florida.
Flames at Blackhawks - Bet Calgary SU (-105)
The Calgary Flames play fantastic hockey on the road – they’re 13-5-5 away from the Saddledome and 13-13-3 in front of their own fans. Chicago also lost their second consecutive meeting against the Flames three days ago, a 4-3 overtime loss in Alberta. The Blackhawks haven’t been the same this year, facing an uphill climb behind four western wild card competitors, four points behind the bubble. Calgary’s streak of bad overtime luck booted them out of the wild card, one point behind the Wild.
The Flames are the better team, with superior defense and goaltending. Expect Chicago to fall prey to Canada’s road warriors.
Coyotes at Jets – Bet Jets Puckline (-1.5, +115)
There’s always a chance that the favorites end up having a bad day, or the Coyotes goalie becomes an impassable wall, but this game should be an easy two points for the Winnipeg Jets. Arizona’s attempting to build through the draft, while the Jets have one of the deepest teams in the NHL. Moreover, the Jets tied Vegas for the best home record at 19-3-2, with the city of Winnipeg gaining a rep as a hard place to visit for opponents. Chose the Jets puckline to boost the profit.
Devils at Senators – Bet Devils SU (-120)
There’s no joy in the capital of Canada this year, as the Ottawa Senators have turned into one of the least inspiring clubs in the NHL. They dropped another snooze fest, a 4-1 defeat to Montreal on Super Bowl Sunday. This plunged them to 3-7-0 in the past ten and the third least points in the league. New Jersey’s enjoying a turnaround, winning three in a row, including a victory against the Penguins a few days ago.
There’s no reason to believe the Senators will defeat the Devils, who’ve beaten Ottawa twice this season.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
New Jersey Devils Beat Puckline Against Ottawa Senators (-1.5, +255)
An outstanding +255 payout await those who risk the puckline for this matchup. Their previous two meetings were one goal games on behalf of the Devils, and New Jersey will be without starting goaltender Cory Schneider. Ottawa's injured too, missing Stone, Ryan and Dumont from the lineup. Motivation will play a big role, as the Devils fight for the playoffs while the Senators will spend the upcoming months booking the finest golf courses.
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