NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Senators Begin Second-Half Comeback Against Detroit?
Ottawa finds themselves in a similar situation as last season, entering the new year on a downswing. Around this time last year, the Senators started to play tight, disciplined hockey, fighting their way back into a playoff spot with a red-hot second half of the season.
Unfortunately for the Sens, they’re 12 points out of a wildcard spot, which might be too big a chasm to cross. They’ll need to start winning again ASAP, starting with a victory over the Detroit Red Wings -Atlantic Division rivals aiming to return to the postseason after missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Ottawa at Detroit: Bet Red Wings SU (-145)
- Chicago at New York Rangers: Bet Rangers SU (-140)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Senators at Red Wings – Bet Detroit SU (-145)
There’s only so many ways that language can express the losing trend which the Ottawa Senators have been experiencing since mid-November. Their last game was the day before New Year’s Eve, and they lost against the Boston Bruins by a 5-0 result, edging closer to the Sabres for last place in the east. Detroit enjoyed a superb 4-1 win over Pittsburgh before the calendar switched to 2018, suggesting that the Red Wings still care about winning.
Ottawa’s lost three in a row in Motown, and seven of their last ten meetings against the Red Wings, giving Detroit an advantage in recent trends. The Sens also deal with injuries to Dumont, Smith and Borowiecki, while Detroit enjoys a relatively clean bill of health. Neither team plays inspiring hockey, even if the Red Wings have the clear advantage this evening.
Blackhawks at Rangers – Bet New York SU (-140)
The marquee matchup of the night features a pair of legendary, original six NHL franchises striving to position themselves for a playoff push in the second half of the regular season. These teams have split their last ten meetings against each other, with the Blackhawks winning the last two clashes, including a 6-3 victory in Chicago on November 15th.
New York plays well at home this season, with a 15-6-3 record at Madison Square Garden, but Chicago’s beaten the Rangers in four of the last five games in the Big Apple. The ‘Hawks number one goalie Corey Crawford will miss this clash, which should give the Rangers a goaltending edge. Expect the Rangers to defend home ice against Chicago and their backup netminder.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night:
Detroit Red Wings Beat Puckline Against Ottawa Senators (-1.5, +200)
Ottawa was shut out five times in December and lost six games by two or more goals, which reveals the depth of the slump that the Senators currently endure. At this point it’s tough to tell whether the players still want to play coach Boucher’s demanding defensive systems, which has worn thin in the past.
The Red Wings puckline is recommended only because the Senators have been terrible over the past month and a half. Detroit doesn’t beat the puckline very often, but three out of their last four wins were by two or more goals. A +200 line for the spread, along with the Sens losing trend, make the risk a bit more worthwhile.
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