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Our picks for today's NHL action

The NHL features 11 games Thursday with lots to pick and choose from. There are matchups with all sorts of scenarios to suit your needs. Also, there are plenty of traps if one is not careful. This is a night to bet a little more carefully than on average. Let’s get down to business!

Here are Today’s NHL Picks:

Edmonton Oilers @ New Jersey Devils

- The New Jersey Devils are having problems scoring and problems keeping the puck out of their own net. They allowed four more goals in a road loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

This game has the feeling of being a total trap and there are reasons for both sides. New Jersey is on its second back-to-back scenario already. Edmonton is 3-0 with a couple shaky performances – especially against Los Angeles. New Jersey could barely get the puck out of their zone in the third period during a 4-0 road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. New Jersey has shown little on the penalty kill – allowing five goals in the last two games. Edmonton has a competent power play with Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid manning it. So many things point to an Oilers road win. The question is when does Edmonton have a misstep? This game feels like one of those nights and the moneyline could slide into an even more favorable position.

1u – New Jersey Devils ML @ -125

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Toronto Maple Leafs

- The Tampa Bay Lightning get Brayden Point back tonight as all systems are operational between two of the highest scoring teams in the NHL on Thursday night.

Two of the most prolific power plays clash tonight in Toronto as the Lightning and Leafs square off. Tampa Bay has taken three of the four previous games against the two squads. Also, the over/under has gone 1-2-1 but Tampa has hit the team over in their three wins. Toronto averaged over 35 shots a game in the losses to the Lightning, showing us that the chances were there but the goals were not. This is more than just getting sucked into the star power, there is one key trend in this game – defensive holes. Both teams play a high-tempo style with power plays that can score from anywhere and often. Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point versus Auston Matthews and John Tavares is alone worth the price of admission and goal power. When one adds in Victor Hedman, Morgan Rielly, Mitch Marner, and Nikita Kucherov, this does border on overload. Take the over here!

1u – Over 6.5 Total Goals @ -125

Washington Capitals @ Nashville Predators

- Nashville was one of the few teams that exploited Washington’s weakness down the middle last season in routs of 6-3 and 7-2 respectively.

This is one game that should have way more hype surrounding it. Keep in mind that even though Washington is 2-0-2, they have been dominated in large stretches of games. Cue in Nashville, who has 13 goals on the season behind a rejuvenated power play and the duo of Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene who have combined for ten points already.  One can go for higher risk with an over/under of 6.5 goals at +180 but 5.5 is the safer play at a low -117 currently. Statschecker seems to like Nashville a lot in this game. Also, the spread and moneyline are at reasonable odds as well. It is one of the few games in the schedule that features a home team with solid lines. That is mostly because of the reputation of the Washington Capitals.

1u - Nashville Predators ML @ -133

1u – Over 5.5 Total Goals @ -117

1u - Nashville Predators -1.5 @ +200

Boston Bruins @ Colorado Avalanche

- Boston is a versatile team that can put up 3+ goals on the road on any given night

- Colorado is a team that led the league at home in goals up until Christmas last year.

Colorado and Boston meet on Thursday night in one of the late contests that carries a lot of betting interest. Boston’s goaltending has been raved about in the early going as Tuukka Rask overcame a slow Boston start in a huge 4-3 road win against the Vegas Golden Knights. According to Statschecker, Colorado is another team that has the top-six to scare Boston and score some goals. That will be the difference in this game as the Avalanche have shown the ability to push the pace before against Boston. Take the over at a friendly price here as Colorado has scored 12 goals in the last two home meetings against the Boston Bruins (both 6-3 wins).

1u – Over 5.5 Total Goals @ -110

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By Chris Wassel


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