NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Willl The Sens And Habs Abandon Playoff Hopes?
Things have gotten so bad in Ottawa that Erik Karlsson recently admitted that some sort of change needs to take place. After an inspiring run to the Eastern Conference finals in 2017, the Senators appear all but eliminated from post season contention in 2018. The Sens are 17 points behind the Flyers and the Devils for the last playoff spot, a near-impossible mountain to climb.
Montreal’s also been a disappointment this winter, struggling to put together a consistent streak of victories, especially without Shea Weber. His foot problems have no timeline for return, so the Habs will need to find a way to climb a ten-point enjoyed by the current holders of the wild card positions in the east.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Ottawa at Carolina: Bet Hurricanes Puckline (-1.5, +150)
- Montreal at St. Louis: Bet Blues SU (-190)
- Tampa Bay at Winnipeg: Bet Jets SU (-105)
- Vegas at Calgary: Bet Golden Knights SU (-105)
- Colorado at Vancouver: Bet Canucks SU (-105)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Senators at Hurricanes – Bet Carolina Puckline (-1.5, +150)
The Ottawa Senators finished with a five-game losing streak before the all-star break, leaving them only a pair in front of the surging Buffalo Sabres for last in the eastern conference. Carolina’s dropped four points out of a playoff spot, although they won a 6-5 barnburner against the Canadiens to enter the weekend on a high note. Carolina’s above .500 at home while the Canadiens have an 8-13-1 mark on the road, so choose the Hurricanes straight up. Carolina beat Ottawa 3-0 during their last meeting in February 2017.
Canadiens at Blues – Bet St. Louis SU (-190)
Montreal was hoping to embrace the return of Shea Weber after the all-star game, but the Canadiens star backguard remains out indefinitely with some sort of foot problem. The Blues march into the stretch drive with two wins in a row, and six victories over their last ten games, within striking distance of top spot in the Central Division. St. Louis defeated the Canadiens in four straight meetings, including a 4-3 win in December. Three of these four wins were one goal games, so stick with the straight up moneyline.
Lightning at Jets – Bet Winnipeg SU (-105)
The best team in the NHL fly to Winnipeg after strutting their stuff at the all-star game, meeting the best Canadian squad in the NHL. The Jets are atop the Central Division with 66 points, winning six of their last ten games. Winnipeg also has one of the best home records in the NHL, earning victories in 17 of 21 games in Manitoba. Tampa Bay’s obviously an elite team, but the Jets have played incredible hockey at Bell MTS Place. Take advantage of a great line for Winnipeg.
Golden Knights at Flames – Bet Vegas SU (-105)
The second-best team in the NHL visits Alberta to take on the Calgary Flames, who have dropped four consecutive overtime games. This odd losing streak doesn’t imply that the Flames have been playing bad hockey, especially after their seven-game win streak. Vegas will be slight underdogs for this clash, despite Calgary’s middling record at the Saddledome, which stands at 12-11-3. The Golden Knights have a solid 13-9-2 record away from the strip – better than Calgary at home. Vegas offers great value as an underdog this evening.
Avalanche at Canucks – Bet Vancouver SU (-105)
Colorado tripped into the all-star weekend with a pair of losses, stopping a fantastic ten-game win streak which lifted the club into the playoff conversation. Most of these games were at home, where Colorado holds an 18-7-1 mark. The Avalanche are below .500 on the road, clearly not as comfortable away from the Pepsi Center. Vancouver’s won six of eight against the Avs, including three in a row last season. Colorado’s certainly a strong team, but the Canucks will have a slight advantage at home, especially with a healthy lineup.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night:
St. Louis Blues Beat Puckline Against Montreal Canadiens (-1.5, +165)
The safe bet for the Blues playing against the Habs involves a wager on a straight up win because of close games between these squads. On the other hand, Montreal hasn’t played this bad for a long time, giving up the puckline three times in six January losses. St. Louis has been getting great goaltending from Carter Hutton lately, which increases the odds of a two-goal win for the Blues. If you’re looking for a solid payout, pick the Blues puckline instead of the moneyline.
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