NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Winnipeg Break Boston Bruins Curse?
Sometimes, one hockey team simply sizes up well against another, despite the matchup looking equal on paper. Winnipeg faces that scenario this evening, up against one of the their most hated nemeses, the Boston Bruins. Since the Jets grew into one of the finer teams in the west, the tables could turn tonight.
Edmonton could use a couple of breaks on their way back to the playoff path. This evening, they’ll have the opportunity to play against the road-weary St. Louis Blues. The Oilers should thank the NHL’s scheduling department for setting up a road back-to-back for St. Louis, after they run the Blues out of Alberta.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Winnipeg at Boston: Bet Jets SU (+100)
- Ottawa at Tampa Bay: Bet Lightning Puckline (-1.5, +110)
- St. Louis at Edmonton: Bet Oilers SU (-155)
- Vancouver at San Jose: Bet Sharks SU (-205)
- Columbus at Pittsburgh: Bet Penguins SU (-170)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Jets at Bruins – Bet Winnipeg SU (+100)
Boston has dominated Winnipeg over their last three meetings, defeating the Jets by an average margin of 3.3 goals. Unless the Jets suffer a sudden letdown on-ice, Winnipeg should be able to avoid another big loss at TD Garden tonight. The Bruins recovered well from a relatively slow start, and Brad Marchand’s enjoying another superb year, but Winnipeg’s a completely different team compared to last season. A +100 straight up moneyline represents superb value for one of the best teams in the western conference.
Senators at Lightning – Bet Tampa Bay Puckline (-1.5, +110)
The Lightning performed a rare, late game swan dive for their first trip to Vegas, losing 4-3 in the final minutes of their last game. This snapped a seven-game winning streak which lifted Tampa Bay to first overall in the NHL. Like many teams this year, Tampa underestimated the strength of Vegas on their own ice. The Lightning will not underestimate Ottawa on Thursday night. Instead, expect the Lightning to rebound mercilessly against the Senators.
Blues at Oilers – Bet Edmonton SU (-155)
Playing back-to-back in consecutive nights on the road tends to be one of the worst scenarios for pro sports teams. There isn’t enough time to recover from the exertion of the previous night. In some cases, this leads to “schedule losses”, which the St. Louis Blues will experience in Edmonton. The Oilers continue their excruciating climb in the Pacific Division, earning a better record than St. Louis over the past ten games. Edmonton should be able to leverage momentum and a rest advantage into two points.
Canucks at Sharks – Bet San Jose SU (-205)
Vancouver doesn’t perform well against San Jose lately, and tonight’s clash in the Shark Tank will represent a tough challenge. The Canucks have a single win over the Sharks during their last seven games, outscored 11-2 in three previous meetings in San Jose. Horvat, Sven, Tanev and Sutter will likely miss the game, depriving Vancouver of top-six forwards and strength down the middle. The Sharks will take care of business in their own territory.
Blue Jackets at Penguins – Bet Penguins SU (-170)
Don’t let the Penguins current position in the standings mislead you. Pittsburgh’s still one of the best teams in the NHL, but the Columbus Blue Jackets have turned into one of their main challengers in the eastern conference. These teams have split their last ten regular season meetings. However, Pittsburgh eliminated Columbus in five games during the first round of the playoffs, giving the Pens a mental edge. Columbus will also have a disadvantage in terms of rest, playing against the Leafs last night. Pittsburgh should capitalize.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night
San Jose Sharks Beat Puckline Against Vancouver Canucks (-1.5, +150)
The Sharks have three consecutive puckline wins against Vancouver when playing in California, along with a dominant record over the Canucks during the past few years. Since Vancouver’s missing key personnel, San Jose has a great chance to win by two or more goals for the fourth straight time at the Shark tank.
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