NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Oilers Cap Predators 3-Year Win Streak?
Seems like no matter how hard they try, the Edmonton Oilers simply cannot defeat the Nashville Predators. Even last year, when the high-flying Oilers surged to the playoffs, Nashville managed to contain the deadly duo of McDavid and Draisaitl.
This season, Edmonton appeared to recover from a tough start to the year with a strong December. Unfortunately, despite the defense returning to full health, the Oilers have dropped to the back of the western conference again. They’ll need to dig deep to beat the Preds in Music City.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Vancouver at Washington: Bet Capitals Puckline (-1.5, +135)
- Winnipeg at Buffalo: Bet Jets SU (-180)
- Chicago at Ottawa: Bet Senators SU (-120)
- Calgary at Minnesota: Bet Flames SU (+105)
- Edmonton at Nashville: Bet Predators SU (-165)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Canucks at Capitals – Bet Washington Puckline (-1.5, +135)
As the Canucks slowly return to health, they’ll start to inch back to the form they displayed earlier in the season, when they played hockey well enough to threaten Pacific Division rivals for a playoff spot. Washington lost to Vancouver in October on British Columbian soil, but the Capitals earned three straight puckline wins prior to that loss. Sven Baertschi returned to boost team speed and scoring, but the team still misses Tanev, Sutter and Horvat. Washington’s tough at home, even if they play backup goalie Grubauer to rest Holtby.
Jets at Sabres – Bet Winnipeg SU (-180)
Most teams don’t thrive after losing their top scorer. Except the Jets. Winnipeg has a 7-1-2 record over their last ten games, travelling to Buffalo to collect an obligatory pair of points from the worst team in the eastern conference. The puckline would typically be recommended, but the Sabres have won four of the last five meetings against the Jets, slightly increasing the risk of this wager. Winnipeg gutted out a one-goal home victory four days ago, which represents the mostly likely outcome for this game.
Blackhawks at Senators – Bet Ottawa SU (+105)
Chicago’s won seven of the last ten against Ottawa, including a 2-1 victory last March, when the Senators were playing outstanding hockey. This season, Ottawa’s struggled to maintain consistency, although their 4-4-2 mark over the last ten suggests a minor momentum shift in their favor. A recent two game win streak includes an outstanding 6-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Kanata. Since Chicago’s not a great road team and Ottawa dominated the Lightning, a Senators straight up win worth +105 should be considered.
Flames at Wild – Bet Calgary SU (+105)
Alex Stalock will be the starting goaltender for the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday evening. As such, the Calgary Flames will be a decent candidate to pull off an odds upset against the Wild. Calgary lost two close games this year against Minnesota, but won the previous four matchups. Stalock’s a solid goaltender, but he’s no Devan Dubnyk, reducing the chances of a Minnesota victory. The Flames have also won three in a row while the Wild were blasted 7-2 by the Avalanche, suggesting that Calgary plays better hockey as of late.
Oilers at Predators – Bet Nashville SU (-165)
The Edmonton Oilers are nine points behind the Sharks for third in the Pacific and eight points behind the Avalanche for the last Wild Card spot. Unless the Oilers begin a run of sustained excellence, Edmonton will fall back out of the playoffs in 2018. Nashville will show no sympathy after losing Forsberg for a month and a half, aiming to win their 11th consecutive game against the Oilers, a streak which dates back to October 2014. Based on Edmonton’s recent play, breaking a long losing trend will be unlikely.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night:
Nashville Predators Beat Puckline Against Edmonton Oilers (-1.5, +185)
Barring a big upset, Nashville’s likely to win their 11th straight game against the Edmonton Oilers, who have lost four of their last five games by two or more goals. Five of the Predators last ten wins against Edmonton beat the puckline, including a 4-0 shutout in Alberta last month. The extra risk of the puckline pays far better than the straight up wager, which helps to maximize profit off a lopsided matchup.
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