NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Calgary Flames Return To Playoffs?
Last year, the Calgary Flames snuck into the playoffs as the seventh seed despite shaky goaltending. This season, netminder Mike Smith has solidified the Flames crease, giving Calgary a chance to win on most evenings. Adding Travis Hamonic to the blueline also solidified a superb top four crew.
This evening, Calgary faces New Jersey in Newark, playing against a fading Devils teams attempting to hold onto their spot in the Metro Division. The Flames have turned into the NHL’s road warriors, suffering only five losses in 24 away games, a trend which favors Calgary this evening.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Calgary at New Jersey: Bet Flames SU (-110)
- Montreal at Philadelphia: Bet Flyers SU (-165)
- Vancouver at Tampa Bay: Bet Lightning Puckline (-1.5, +120)
- Nashville at Ottawa: Bet Predators SU (-150)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Flames at Devils – Bet Calgary SU (-110)
Calgary’s one of the best road teams in the NHL, earning a 14-5-6 mark during this campaign. The Flames next road match will take them to Newark, where they’ll meet the New Jersey Devils. Over the last ten meetings between these teams, Calgary has won eight, while seven of these ten games were decided by a single goal. New Jersey’s flagged somewhat over the past month, with a 5-5 mark over the last ten, including a recent loss to Ottawa. Expect Calgary to continue winning on the road.
Canadiens at Flyers – Bet Philadelphia SU (-165)
Philly possesses one of the strongest fleet of scoring forwards in the league, including Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere. Montreal’s one of the lowest scoring teams in the NHL, and they don’t defend well either, in the bottom ten of the NHL for goals against. At this point, the Canadiens mostly play to showcase potential trade bait at the deadline, while the Flyers fight to maintain their wild card spot while chasing down the Devils for third in the Metro Division.
Canucks at Lightning – Bet Tampa Bay SU (-1.5, +120)
The Lightning’s last loss was a testament to the ridiculous skill and speed of Connor McDavid, instead of a reflection of a losing trend. Tampa Bay remain the best team in the league despite a 5-5 mark over their last ten. The Vancouver Canucks won three of their last five against the Lightning, but two of those wins were without Stamkos. The last time these teams met was less than a week ago, with a 4-2 Tampa win the result. Feel free to select Tampa’s puckline again.
Predators at Senators – Bet Predators SU (-150)
Tonight should be a schedule loss for the Nashville Predators, on their second road game in two evenings. Even worse, the Preds lost the first of their back-to-back against the Maple Leafs. However, the Ottawa Senators have become a bleak hockey team in a cold, dark city, reflecting the long winter of discontent that all Senators fans experience as boosters of this moribund club. Most teams would pounce on the Predators, but Ottawa will shrug and keep an eye out for the trade deadline instead.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Philadelphia Flyers Beat Puckline Against Montreal Canadiens (-1.5, +175)
Philly’s top line loves to play against teams weak down the middle, and the Canadiens feature one of the thinnest group of centers in the NHL. The last time these teams met, the Flyers earned a 3-1 win on February 2nd, 2017. Just over a year later, these teams traded position, with the Flyers in the playoff hunt and the Habs looking to potentially rebuild. Montreal’s horrible on the road, which makes a puckline risk for Philly a solid wager.
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