NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Calgary Break Three Game Losing Streak?
Calgary’s now dropped three 2-1 overtime games in a row after winning seven consecutive matches, further increasing the discrepancy between their home and away record. The Flames have a 13-5-4 mark away from the Saddledome and a 12-11-3 record at home, an odd reversal of the typical home advantage narrative.
Edmonton’s emerging from what must be their most devastating loss of the season, losing a 5-0 stinker against Buffalo, the worst team in the eastern conference. At this point, the Oilers need to make up 12 points in 34 remaining games to leapfrog over five western conference competitors for the final wild card or Pacific Division playoff spot. Despite recent matchup trends, the Flames won’t be an easy out.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Boston at Ottawa – Bet Senators SU (+145)
- Toronto at Dallas – Bet Dallas SU (-195)
- Calgary at Edmonton – Bet Flames SU (+110)
- Buffalo at Vancouver – Bet Vancouver Puckline (-1.5, +190)
- Winnipeg at Anaheim – Bet Jets SU (+110)
- Carolina at Montreal – Bet Canadiens SU (-130)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Hurricanes at Canadiens – Bet Montreal SU (-130)
Montreal will have one last chance to win without Shea Weber before the all-star break begins. The Canadiens have missed their star rearguard greatly, plummeting to the bottom of the eastern conference without his help. The Habs will host the fading Hurricanes this evening, a Carolina squad which briefly challenged the Metro Division before losing seven of their last ten. Carolina’s beaten the Canadiens twice in a row, but they’ll be missing skilled youngster Sebastian Aho, which tears a hole in the Hurricanes attack. Montreal should beat the slumping Canes.
Bruins at Senators – Bet Ottawa SU (+145)
Ottawa’s been terrible this season and there’s no going back. The Sens are 16 points out of a playoff spot and have lost four in a row, recently dropping a 3-0 snoozer against the Blues. The Bruins would normally be stronger favorites, but Brad Marchand received a five-game suspension because of an idiotic elbow he landed to the back of Marcus Johansson’s head. Without Marchand, McAvoy and potentially Bergeron, the Bruins attack becomes weak.
The Senators are rightfully the underdogs, but a Boston squad depleted of their stars represents a great opportunity for an Ottawa upset this evening.
Maple Leafs at Stars – Bet Dallas SU (-195)
The Toronto Maple Leafs managed to break a long losing streak last night, beating the Blackhawks in Chicago for the first time in about 15 years. Their reward is a trip to Dallas, where they’ll face the Stars on less than 24 hours rest. The Leafs will be fatigued, especially without minute munchers Morgan Rielly and Nikita Zaitsev on the blueline. Meanwhile, Dallas will look to reverse a recent losing trend against the Leafs, dropping five of their last six against Toronto.
Dallas has been playing superb hockey lately, winning seven of their last ten, giving them a rest and quality-of-play advantage over Toronto tonight.
Flames at Oilers – Bet Calgary SU (+110)
The Battle of Alberta’s been one of the best hockey rivalries over the past few decades, even if the Edmonton Oilers have recently dominated the matchup. The Calgary Flames have lost six in a row against the Oilers, including five puckline wins during that span. Edmonton’s already beaten Calgary twice this year, but the Oilers just finished losing 5-0 to the Sabres – perhaps their worst game during this disappointing season. Calgary has every advantage in this matchup except for historical trends, which makes a Flames straight up win likely.
Sabres at Canucks – Bet Canucks Puckline (-1.5, +190)
Buffalo pulled off an impressive 5-0 victory over Edmonton a couple of days ago, creating even more of an existential angst in Oil Country. The Sabres won’t repeat this feat against the Vancouver Canucks, who recently returned to full health with Horvat back in the lineup. Vancouver torched the Los Angeles Kings by a 6-2 margin, signaling Bo’s importance to the squad. The Canucks have won four in a row against the Sabres, a win streak which will reach five this evening.
Jets at Ducks – Bet Jets SU (+110)
As the best Canadian team in the NHL, the Winnipeg Jets occupy the top of the Central Division, only three points away from the Vegas Golden Knights for top spot in the west. The injury to Mark Scheifele didn’t cause the Jets to plummet out of the playoffs. Instead, Winnipeg coalesced as a team to make up for his absence. They’ll face off against the Ducks before the all-star weekend, a team Winnipeg has defeated twice in a row.
Winnipeg’s a top-three team in the NHL, which makes their positive straight up moneyline a fantastic value tonight.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night:
Dallas Stars Beat Puckline Against Toronto Maple Leafs (-1.5, +150)
Dallas is deadly at home while the Maple Leafs have been struggling to maintain consistency in 2018. The Stars have earned three consecutive puckline wins at home, along with a recent 7-1 thrashing of the Sabres in Buffalo. Despite losing six games in January, Toronto’s lost by two or more goals only twice, but a “schedule loss” will challenge the shorthanded Leafs to the utmost. The Stars offense has the ability to explode, an event which appears more likely than not this evening.
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