NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Jets Grasp Central Division Lead?
Winnipeg continues to destroy the opposition on home ice, becoming the first team in the NHL to win 20 games at home. The Jets happen to play well against the Blues, dominating the matchup between these superb clubs over the past couple of years. Another regulation win for the Jets would place them two points clear of Nashville for the Central Division lead.
Calgary’s remarkable 15-5-5 road record will likely grow this evening. The Flames have the good fortune of meeting the Rangers, who recently admitted an upcoming fire sale and rebuild after a disappointing season. A three-win streak lifted Calgary into second place in the Pacific, above the Sharks and Kings.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Calgary at New York Rangers: Bet Flames Puckline (-1.5, +220)
- St. Louis at Winnipeg: Bet Jets SU (-160)
- Vancouver at Carolina: Bet Carolina SU (-185)
- Edmonton at Anaheim: Bet Ducks SU (-140)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Flames at Rangers – Bet Calgary Puckline (-1.5, +220)
The New York Rangers wrote a letter to let their fanbase know they won’t be competing for a Stanley Cup this season. Pretty much any warm body of use to other teams will be traded as the Rangers stock the cupboards for a full rebuild. Calgary’s headed in the opposite direction, among several solid western teams fighting for a limited number of spots in the post season. Since the Flames play great hockey away from Alberta, expect Calgary to collect a pair of easy points from the plummeting Rangers.
Blues at Jets – Bet Winnipeg SU (-160)
St. Louis can climb within two points of the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators with a regulation victory this evening. Won’t be easy for the Blues, because the Jets have an outstanding 20-3-2 record at Bell MTS Place. Winnipeg will also enjoy a boost to their lineup, with Mark Scheifele slated to return. This matchup slants heavily in Winnipeg’s favor, with seven of the last eight meetings ending in the Jets favor. The Blues are a solid team, but betting against the Jets at home is a terrible idea.
Canucks at Hurricanes – Bet Carolina SU (-185)
The last time these teams met, Vancouver shut the Hurricanes out by a 3-0 margin. Eight of the last nine meetings between these teams resulted in a Canucks win, but tonight’s game will be difficult for Vancouver. The Vancouver Canucks fly into Carolina with less than 24 hours rest after the Tampa Bay Lightning destroyed them 5-2. Vancouver’s also in the middle of a slide, losing three consecutive games and six of their last ten. Since the Canucks were handed a difficult schedule, wager straight up for the Hurricanes.
Oilers at Ducks – Bet Ducks SU (-140)
At least Edmonton has Connor McDavid. His four-goal, five-point night might have been the finest individual performance all season, accomplishing the feat against the NHL-best Lightning. The Oilers would proceed to lose a 5-2 stinker against the Los Angeles Kings, confirming the lack of consistency displayed throughout the season. Connor gets little help from his mates, a situation made worse by Anaheim’s strong group of centers. The Oilers have won four of their last five against Anaheim, but wagering on a non-playoff Edmonton Oilers team simply isn’t a good idea.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Winnipeg Jets Beat Puckline Against St. Louis Blues (-1.5, +185)
Winnipeg routed the Blues 4-0 when they last met in December. This will also be the second game in two days for St. Louis, giving the Jets both home and rest advantage. Seems like players hate visiting Manitoba. Winnipeg beat the puckline in five of the last six matches against the Blues, and a +185 moneyline on behalf of the puckline is superb value for one of the best teams in the NHL on home ice.
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