NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Montreal Snap Out Of A Funk?
If Montreal played in any other division, they’d be out of the playoffs by now. Since the Canadiens inhabit the Atlantic Division, the Habs still have a shot at making a second-half runback to the playoffs. The Canadiens need to play better hockey sooner than later, winning a few games before Shea Weber returns to boost the lineup.
Boston started the year with a shrug before turning into the hottest team in the eastern conference. With Bergeron, Marchand and Rask healthy and playing well, the Bruins look like the type of team that no one wants to face in the post season. This evening, they’re a solid bet to continue their winning trend.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Boston at Montreal: Bet Bruins SU (-140)
- Winnipeg at Minnesota: Bet Wild SU (-135)
- Edmonton at Vegas: Bet Golden Knights Puckline (-1.5, +140)
- Arizona at San Jose: Bet Sharks Puckline (-1.5, +125)
- Anaheim at Los Angeles: Bet Kings SU (-125)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Bruins at Canadiens – Bet Boston SU (-140)
A slight edge belongs to Boston for recent meetings, with the Bruins winning two in a row and four of the last seven. This season, the divide between the two grows more spacious, with the Bruins playing incandescent hockey as the Canadiens playoff hopes grow colder each week. Shea Weber’s still out of the lineup during a time the Habs need him the most, while Boston’s healthy and clicking on all cylinders. Given the disparity between the Original Six rivals, a -140 straight up moneyline is great value for Boston.
Jets at Wild – Bet Minnesota SU (-135)
Minnesota has the good fortune of hosting the Jets less than a day after Winnipeg lost a tight contest against Chicago. The Wild have been one of the best home teams in the league, earning a 14-4-3 mark at the Xcel Energy Center. Winnipeg’s won four in a row against the Wild, including a disrespectful 7-2 blowout the previous time they met in November. However, the Jets will be dealing with a lack of rest because of the NHL scheduling department, exacerbating the absence of Mark Scheifele.
Oilers at Golden Knights – Bet Vegas Puckline (-1.5, +140)
Vegas earned their vacation by playing tremendous hockey for five consecutive weeks. The Golden Knights have won 14 of their last 16 games, shooting to the top of the western conference. Since early December, only Carolina and St. Louis were able to topple Vegas, with both defeats by a single goal. Coincidentally, the last team to pick Vegas apart were the Edmonton Oilers, who triumphed 8-2 on November 14th.
This time around, Edmonton’s attempting to reverse an intense losing trend, playing on Golden Knight ice with less than a day of rest. The best surprise in the NHL should be able to dismantle one of the biggest disappointments in the league.
Coyotes at Sharks – Bet San Jose Puckline (-1.5, +125)
Arizona dropped an opportunity to make progress over their nearest competitors, losing 4-2 at Gila River Arena against a desperate Edmonton squad. The Coyotes proceed to the Shark Tank less than 24 hours later to face off against San Jose. Hungry and well rested, San Jose wants to emerge from their off week with a strong win over an opponent with less talent and experience. The Sharks straight up moneyline hovers around -265, which means you’ll need to select the puckline to profit from San Jose’s significant advantage.
Ducks at Kings – Bet Los Angeles SU (-125)
The rivalry between Los Angeles and Anaheim remains a close fought battle, splitting the last ten meetings. This season, the Kings have won two in a row against the Ducks, with the games requiring extra time to determine the victor. Both squads enter tonight’s matchup in a mini-slump, losing two in a row before enjoying a week off. Since Los Angeles features a superior defense along with the home advantage, the Kings should be able to return from a week off with a straight up win.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night:
Boston Bruins Beat Puckline Against Montreal Canadiens (-1.5, +210)
Boston has been beating the tar out of opponents over the past few weeks, beating the puckline in seven of their past ten matchups. The Bruins average 4.5 goals per game over this stretch, filling the net with frequency while preventing a ton of goals against. Montreal isn’t in the same league as the Bruins, which makes the Canadiens a prime target for another Boston puckline triumph.
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