Time to delve into pucks action with the betting odds released on all eight games for Tuesday. A look at the schedule finds some compelling matchups, which would take courage to pick a side.
Chicago places its 11-game winning streak on the line at Nashville and while the Predators have been quite beatable, they are 11-1 at home after playing a game where three or fewer total goals were scored. Since the start of December, Montreal is the worst team in the NHL at 5-15-1, garnering only 11 points, but two of them came against Boston and they have won 14 of 19 against the Bruins. Two of the best teams in the Western Conference collide with Dallas at Los Angeles. Washington is only a -145 favorite at Columbus, which suggest the league’s best goalie Braden Holtby is probably going to be a backup tonight.
Coming off yet another perfect 3-0 day spoiled by OT loss (now 9-21 in OT here), I have three more NHL picks and seek a trio of victories in regulation.
Is Tampa Bay (24-21 SU) finally over its Stanley Cup hangover? It appears so, winning five in a row and six of seven. Last season’s best offense is beginning to resemble what this team is capable of and has rung up 3.14 goals a contest in their past seven games. This push has jettisoned Tampa Bay to third place in the Atlantic Division, just five points behind front-running Florida.
Both Tampa Bay and Edmonton (19-28 SU) have defeated Florida in the last two days, the Oilers accomplishing this yesterday 4-2, catching the Panthers in a rugged scheduling spot. That is two consecutive wins for Edmonton, which was only their sixth road triumph in 24 tries.
The NHL odds have Tampa Bay as good-sized -230 money line favorites, but given how sharp goalie Ben Bishop has been, Edmonton’s road woes and the fact the Oilers are 16-52 away when playing their third game in five days the last three seasons, expect the Lightning to strike.
Free Pick – Tampa Bay wins
Nobody is going to accuse the Philadelphia (20-23 SU) of being top shelf squad in the NHL, but what their coach has been asking for is complete effort, play as a team and we will accept the results. The Flyers are 5-0-1 in the past half dozen tilts and head coach Dave Hakstol said this, “I’ve said all the way along, our guys have continued to battle hard for one another.”