NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight
Will Oilers Plunge Further Without Cam Talbot?
Edmonton received horrible news, learning that Cam Talbot will remain on the injured reserve list instead of dealing with a day-to-day, upper body ailment. Facing one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL tonight will be more difficult, as the Leafs continue to roll against most competitors.
Montreal enjoyed the return of superstar netminder Carey Price with a trio of wins, allowing only two goals over this span. The Canadiens hope to continue this run against Detroit, visiting Motown for another edition of this classic, Original Six matchup.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Toronto at Edmonton: Bet Maple Leafs SU (-135) Over 6.0
- Arizona at Calgary: Bet Flames Puckline (-1.5, +140) Over 6.0
- Vancouver at Nashville: Bet Predators Puckline (-1.5, +155) Under 5.5
- Montreal at Detroit: Bet Canadiens SU (+105) Under 5.5
- Los Angeles at Washington: Bet Kings Puckline (+1.5, -270)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Maple Leafs at Oilers (Toronto SU -135)
Edmonton’s starting to show signs of life, putting together a two-game win streak against the Bruins and Coyotes. Their next challenge will be difficult without Cam Talbot, as Toronto travels to northern Alberta for their second game of a western road trip. The Leafs beat the Flames 4-1 to begin their journey on a strong note, and should be able to continue their strong play against the Oilers. Toronto’s a genuine eastern contender and have won eight of their last ten against Edmonton. Expect this trend to continue on Thursday.
Coyotes at Flames (Calgary Puckline -1.5, +140)
Calgary has beaten Arizona in five of their last six meetings, with a single outlier loss in February 2017. Goalie Antti Raanta, the oft-injured netminder of the Coyotes recent Canadian road trip win streak, won’t join the Coyotes against Calgary, which will make this game exceptionally difficult for the youngsters of Arizona. As such, the puckline (+140) is recommended over the moneyline (-215) for Calgary, with the Flames looking to bounce back after a recent home loss to the Leafs.
Canucks at Predators (Nashville Puckline -1.5, +155)
Vancouver’s road magic seems to have worn off over the past few games, as the Canucks have dropped their last three games away from British Columbia. Their task becomes more difficult tonight, visiting the hottest team in the NHL, the Nashville Predators. The Preds also have the best home record in the league, earning a 9-1-1 record in Music City. Vancouver’s regressing to the mean after overachieving early in the season, making a Nashville win by two or more goals a likely outcome.
Canadiens at Red Wings (Montreal SU +105)
Montreal has the second worst goal differential in the NHL, but they’ve lifted themselves back into the playoff discussion after three wins in a row. The return of Carey Price helps, as the netminder has been stalwart after missing ten games due to injury. His early season woes now behind him, Price will help the Canadiens win their fourth straight if he plays tonight. The result will be far less certain if he takes a break due to back-to-back games, so check to make sure he’ll start before registering your wager.
Kings at Capitals (Los Angeles Puckline +1.5, -270)
Los Angeles has been among the best road teams in the NHL, earning a 7-3-1 mark away from the Staples Center. The Capitals have been one of the better teams at home, winning eight of twelve games in the U.S. capitol. Over their last 13 meetings, the Kings own the Capitals, winning ten of these matchups. Los Angeles has also beaten the puckline on the road eight of the last ten games, making the Kings underdog puckline a safe option.
Dirty Dangle Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
Toronto Maple Leafs Beat Puckline Against Edmonton Oilers (-1.5, +210)
The Leafs cooled the Flames to begin their three-game western Canada swing, and there’s little evidence to suggest that the Oilers have the depth to avoid losing by two or more goals. Moreover, Cam Talbot’s been placed on injured reserves, which will make it much more difficult for Edmonton to put up a fight against the forward depth of the Leafs. There’s always added risk with puckline favorites, but a +210 line is a worthy reward.
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