NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Leafs End Six-Year Shark Losing Streak?
Sometimes, when teams don’t play each other often, long losing streak manifest and grow to epic proportions. The rivalry between the Sharks and the Maple Leafs presents a fine example of this phenomenon, with San Jose losing only once since January 2002.
The Montreal Canadiens couldn’t be playing against the Lightning at a worse time. Montreal’s mired in another horrible futility streak, and Shea Weber won’t be around to stabilize the situation for another couple of weeks. It’s doubtful that the Habs will be able to dig deep and produce an impressive win against the current Presidents’ Trophy leader.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- San Jose at Toronto: Bet Maple Leafs SU (-145)
- Tampa Bay at Montreal: Bet Lightning Puckline (-1.5, +145)
- Anaheim at Edmonton: Bet Anaheim SU (+110)
- Los Angeles at Calgary: Bet Kings SU (+100)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Sharks at Maple Leafs – Bet Toronto SU (-145)
Incredibly, the Toronto Maple Leafs have beaten the Sharks only once in the last fifteen years, losing ten consecutive games to San Jose. The last time these teams met was the day before Halloween, with the Sharks earning a 3-2 win at the Shark Tank. Toronto’s been in a slump, losing three in a row and seven of their last ten. San Jose’s cruising along with six wins in their last ten, but the Leafs will be motivated to break slumps tonight, including their long Sharks drought.
Lightning at Canadiens – Bet Tampa Bay Puckline (-1.5, +145)
Montreal’s getting no help anytime soon, as Shea Weber will likely be out until around the all-star break. The Habs are in the middle of another long losing streak, dropping their last five en route to losing seven of their last ten. Tampa’s also won three of their last four against the Canadiens, including two consecutive wins by a two-goal margin. The Lightning also happen to be the best team in the NHL, which makes them the best candidate to beat the puckline tonight.
Ducks at Oilers – Bet Anaheim SU (+110)
Anaheim typically dominates Edmonton, winning ten of the last fourteen meetings between the clubs. This doesn’t include the 2017 conference semi-finals, when the Ducks kicked Edmonton out of the playoffs. With the impending return of Corey Perry, the Ducks will be healthy once again, while Edmonton will miss Patrick Maroon due to suspension. Anaheim’s won three in a row while the Oilers have dropped their last pair, giving the Ducks an advantage in momentum on Thursday.
Kings at Flames – Bet Kings SU (+100)
Los Angeles holds a tidy 13-6-2 mark on the road, trouncing the Oilers 5-0 a couple of days ago. Calgary’s scraping by with inconsistent play, earning a 4-3 victory against the Blackhawks on New Year’s Eve. The Flames have beaten Los Angeles in four of their five meetings in 2017, suggesting that Calgary enjoys an edge over the Kings. Since Los Angeles has been playing better hockey than Calgary over the past couple of weeks, take the plus moneyline given to Los Angeles.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night:
Nashville Predators Beat Puckline Against Arizona Coyotes (-1.5, +180)
The Nashville Predators received terrible news when leading scorer Filip Forsberg suffered an upper-body injury that will keep him out until February. Calle Jarnkrok will be the next man up on the top line, and he’ll provide sufficient production to band-aid the scoring situation for Nashville.
Arizona can’t seem to play 60 minutes of consistent hockey this year, plunging to dead-last in the NHL. The Coyotes have a slightly better chance of not getting blown out because of the Forsberg injury, but Arizona’s still terrible either way. A fat +180 payout is the reason to take the plunge.
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