NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Edmonton Climb Back Into The Playoffs?
Of the Canadian teams currently outside the playoffs, the Edmonton Oilers have the best chance of pulling off an extended hot streak to return to contention. The Oilers lineup features the reigning Hart and Art Ross winner in Connor McDavid, along with Cam Talbot, who garnered consideration for the Vezina last season.
Edmonton’s schedule looks rough over the next month, including a couple of road trips to face key competitors in the Pacific Division. As such, Edmonton must earn a pair of points against teams like the Sabres whenever the opportunity arises.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Colorado at Montreal: Bet Canadiens SU (-135)
- Ottawa at St. Louis: Bet Blues Puckline (+135)
- Buffalo at Edmonton: Bet Oilers Puckline (+135)
- Los Angeles at Vancouver: Bet Canucks SU (+100)
- Winnipeg at San Jose: Bet Jets SU (+100)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Avalanche at Canadiens – Bet Montreal SU (-135)
Colorado continued their winning streak with a road victory against the Maple Leafs last night, travelling to Quebec to take on the Canadiens less than 24 hours later. The Avalanche have been one of the best revelations this season, next to the Vegas Golden Knights. This evening, Colorado will face a steep challenge because of the scheduling department, which burdened the Avs with three games in four days. The only reason a Montreal straight up win appears likely is a lack of rest for the Avalanche.
Senators at Blues – Bet St. Louis Puckline (+135)
St. Louis has picked apart the Senators over the past couple of years, winning three of their last four meetings against Ottawa. Five days ago, the result was a 4-1 trouncing of the Sens in Ottawa, and the previous matchup in February 2017 ended up as a 6-0 blowout. The Blues recently gave up a puzzling 5-2 win against the Coyotes, adding a bit of urgency for St. Louis. Ottawa’s been playing with a lack of urgency all season, likely to miss the playoffs because of a horrendous winter.
Sabres at Oilers – Bet Edmonton Puckline (+135)
The Edmonton Oilers remain 11 points out of third place in the Pacific, and 12 points out of a wild card position, despite winning three games in a row. A slow start to the season placed them in an extremely difficult position for the last half of the campaign. Buffalo’s the type of competition that gives Edmonton a shot at a relatively easy couple of points, especially considering that the Sabres played against Calgary last night. Expect a puckline win for Edmonton over Buffalo this evening.
Kings at Canucks – Bet Vancouver SU (+100)
Los Angeles tumbled out of top spot in the Pacific Division after losing five in a row, a streak they recently broke against the New York Rangers a couple of days ago. Vancouver recently welcomed Bo Horvat back into the lineup, losing a 1-0 game to the Winnipeg Jets despite playing excellent hockey. With Horvat back in the lineup, Vancouver will return to their early season form, when they challenged the rest of the western conference for a playoff spot. Select a straight up Canucks win on Tuesday night.
Jets at Sharks – Bet Winnipeg SU (+100)
Winnipeg’s still the best Canadian team in the NHL, leading the Central Division and winning seven of their past ten games. San Jose’s no slouch, playing well enough to maintain a top-three position in the Pacific Division, despite heavy competition from Los Angeles and Calgary. The Jets have lost four of their last five meetings against the Sharks, but the most recent match between these squads resulted in a 4-0 beating of the Sharks in Winnipeg.
Certainly, Winnipeg plays superior hockey in Manitoba, but they should be able handle San Jose in the Shark Tank, with a +100 straight up moneyline offering great value.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
Montreal Canadiens Beat Puckline Against Colorado Avalanche (-1.5, +200)
A sweet +200 line reflects the increased risk of this wager, and the fact that Montreal doesn’t win by two goals or more very often this season. However, the circumstances of this matchup greatly increase the odds of the Avalanche suffering a letdown game. The Avs face a schedule loss on the final day of three games in four days, which fatigues even the best NHL squads. Colorado could fade during the second half of this game, leading to a Montreal puckline win.
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