NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Calgary Defend The Saddledome?
Calgary and Toronto have two of the most exciting young teams in the NHL, both of which are in the midst of rising to the upper echelons of the western and eastern conference. Fast, skilled and physical hockey will be on display, with the game listed as equal odds.
Edmonton will attempt to continue a climb back to relevance against the Coyotes, who are the closest competitors in the Pacific Division basement. Vancouver will be in tough against an Islanders squad which seems to have figured out how to balance their explosive offensive lines with decent defensive coverage.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Chicago at Nashville: Bet Predators SU (-135) Under 6.0
- Vancouver at New York Islanders: Bet Islanders SU (-180) Under 5.5
- Toronto at Calgary: Bet Flames SU (-110) Over 6.0
- Phoenix at Edmonton: Bet Coyotes Puckline (+1.5, -145) Under 5.5
- Tampa Bay at Buffalo: Bet Lightning Puckline (-1.5, +155) Over 6.0
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Canucks at Islanders (New York SU -180)
The Islanders have been playing superb hockey, earning a statement win against the Tampa Bay Lightning ten days ago. New York has a 7-2-1 record over their last ten, including three wins in a row. Coincidentally, the Isles have beaten the Canucks three times in a row, with all games involving a one-goal win. Vancouver’s better than expected, but they’ve lost two in a row and have overperformed on the road.
A regression to the mean is likely to strike the Canucks, while New York’s likely to keep on rolling.
Maple Leafs at Flames (Calgary SU -110)
Toronto and Calgary share similar characteristics at this point in the season, playing slightly better on the road and earning decent records over their last ten. Both have a 7-4-1 record away from friendly confines, while the Flames have a 6-5-0 home record this season. Toronto has a slight edge in their last ten meetings, winning six times, but the Leafs have lost four of their last five at the Saddledome.
Tonight’s listed as a 50/50, which makes a Toronto puckline bet (+1.5, -290) the safer wager. If you’re looking to bet straight up, choose Calgary based on the last five games these teams have played in Alberta.
Coyotes at Oilers (Arizona Puckline +1.5, -145)
Arizona has won six of the last ten meetings against the Oilers, but the Coyotes have dropped three in a row against Edmonton, signaling their rebuilding phase. Both have a 4-5-1 mark over their last ten games this year, while the Oilers recently won a strong outing in Boston. All signs point to a close game in Edmonton tonight, with the best overall value residing within the Coyotes puckline (-145), which offers a better line than a straight up win for Edmonton (-235).
This is one of the rare opportunities where a safe bet offers better value than a riskier proposition, as the Coyotes have covered the puckline in eight of their last ten clashes against the Oilers.
Lightning at Sabres (Tampa Bay Puckline -1.5, +155)
Tampa visiting Buffalo should be the mismatch of the night, with the top team in the east visiting the basement dwellers of the conference. The Lightning have beaten the Sabres eleven times in their past twelve meetings, and there’s absolutely no reason for this trend to reverse. Make the most of this opportunity by choosing Tampa Bay for a two-goal win.
Blackhawks at Predators (Nashville SU -160)
Nashville’s the hottest team in the league at 8-1-1 over the last ten, and their home record matches that mark. These clubs split their two meetings this year, with both matches going down to the wire. Chicago hasn’t been the same since they were swept by the Preds during the first round last year, and the Blackhawks will have trouble dealing with Nashville in Music City.
Chicago’s puckline (+1.5, -240) would be the safe bet, but a straight up wager on Nashville will reap greater benefit.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
New York Islanders Beat Puckline Against Vancouver Canucks (-1.5, +160)
The Isles have been one of the more pleasant surprises in the east, with Josh Bailey, Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal providing much-needed support for superstar center John Tavares. This helps make up for defensive issues and lukewarm goaltending from the Halak-Greiss combo.
Over their last seven games, the Isles have taken six, partially because they’ve improved a bit in their own end. Betting on an Islanders puckline is somewhat risky given Vancouver’s road success, but New York appears ready to compete for a playoff spot this year.
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