Kent Tukeli | Tue 02/01/2018 - 12:07 EST

NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight

Will Leafs Defeat NHL-Best Lightning?

The Toronto Maple Leafs ended 2017 with a whimper, losing a pair of road games in Colorado and Vegas to slip to third in the Atlantic. A return home to the Air Canada Centre will be welcome, even if they face the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are the best team in the NHL.

Edmonton’s lost three in a row, despite returning to full health around the holiday season. The Oilers will need to play superb hockey on a consistent basis to earn a wild card position in the ridiculously competitive western conference, beginning with a win over the Los Angeles Kings.

NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions

NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction

  • Tampa Bay at Toronto: Bet Lightning SU (-125)
  • San Jose at Montreal: Bet Sharks SU (-110)
  • Winnipeg at Colorado: Bet Jets SU (-135)
  • Los Angeles at Edmonton: Bet Kings SU (+110)
  • Anaheim at Vancouver: Bet Ducks SU (-135)

NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp

Lightning at Maple Leafs – Bet Tampa Bay SU (-125)

Tampa’s the best team in the NHL as the halfway point of the season arrives, winning eight of their last ten to remain atop the Presidents’ Trophy standings. The Lightning have won six of their last nine meetings against the Maple Leafs, including a decisive 4-1 victory the last time they clashed. 

Toronto’s in a bit of a rut, dealing with injuries to Kadri and Zaitsev while losing their last two to close out the new year, including a 6-3 whupping in Vegas. Tampa’s also the best road team in the league, so mark them down for a straight up win against the Leafs. 

Sharks at Canadiens – Bet San Jose SU (-110)

After a brief spurt of winning hockey, Montreal has sunk back down towards the lower rungs of the eastern conference without Shea Weber. The Habs have lost four in a row and seven of their last ten, ending their seven-game road trip with a shutout loss against Florida. A return home to Bell Centre will help the Canadiens regain some of their mojo, but not enough to recommend a straight up wager on Montreal. The Sharks should be considered the more likely victor, so bet on San Jose instead.

Jets at Avalanche – Bet Winnipeg SU (-135)

Winnipeg mostly dominates Colorado over the past couple of years, winning five of the last eight meetings between the two squads. Two of the Avalanches wins during this period were in overtime, while the Jets have beaten the puckline in three of their last five wins against Colorado. The Avalanche miss Tyson Barrie, an underrated rearguard who helps Colorado’s defense mesh. The Jets will miss Scheifele, but Big Buff will likely return, giving Winnipeg enough of a boost to earn a mile-high win.

Kings at Oilers – Bet Los Angeles SU (+110)

The Kings have taken seven of their last ten meetings against the Oilers, with three losses occurring when Los Angeles was shorthanded and playing poorly last year. This season, Los Angeles jousts with the Golden Knights on top of the Pacific Division, while Edmonton struggles to regain positioning in the playoff race. A plus line for one of the best road teams in the NHL offers superb wagering value this evening, especially against an Oilers squad which has lost three in a row.

Ducks at Canucks – Bet Anaheim SU (-135)

Anaheim survived a difficult injury scenario to maintain decent positioning in the western conference playoff race, while the Canucks bumped into their own difficult injury scenario in December. Unlike the Ducks, Vancouver’s a young team which has yet to develop the depth needed to overcome ailments to top contributors. Horvat, Tanev, Baertschi and Sutter remain sidelined, greatly reducing the Canucks odds of winning, despite solid contributions from Boeser, Vanek and Gagne. The Ducks should be able to kick off the new year with a straight up victory.

Dirty Dangle Of The Night:

Anaheim Ducks Beat Puckline Against Vancouver Canucks (-1.5, +210)

Anaheim’s defeated the Canucks in five of the last eight meetings, and Vancouver’s challenged by injuries to vital personnel. All five of the Ducks recent wins against the Canucks were by two goals or more, including a 4-1 win on November 9th, when Vancouver was still healthy. Since Anaheim’s trend against the Canucks include several puckline victories, a +210 line offers a worthy payoff when measured against the increased risk of a puckline win.

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