NHL Picks: Betting Odds Midday Line Movement

Steven Suarez

Thursday, April 18, 2013 6:10 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013 6:10 PM GMT

What are our resident hockey handicappers forecasting for tonight's busy NHL slate? Find out which sports picks they feel offers the best value.

Evening NHL Odds Update

First we focus in on Ottawa's home game against a red-hot Washington team.

The Capitals, winners of eight in a row, opened up at a -105 pricetag, but that number's actually moving the opposite way from what we expected. Washington can now be backed as a +100 underdog at some books.

Washington Wonders

It's hard to pass up that kind of price on the Capitals and David Lawrence is on the same page. He is taking Washington to grab the road win and subsequently extend their winning streak to nine.

Lawrence realizes that the Senators are a tough team to beat in their own building, but he reminds readers that they've only managed to win three of their previous six at home. As such, he's recommending the public keep riding the Washington train until Alex Ovechkin and company show us a reason not to.

That's not all though. Lawrence has an additional three-pack of picks that he feels have a good shot of hitting.

St. Louis (-175 to -180) has seen a slight shift when it comes to the NHL odds, as they get ready for Phoenix. The Coyotes have lost seven of their past nine outside of Phoenix, which is one of the reasons Lawrence feels the Blues are worth a look on the -1.5 puck line, listed at +165.

Then there's Winnipeg at home to Carolina, and again Lawrence is getting drawn in by a pick on the puck line. Considering the Jets still have a lot to play for and have been on a nice roll lately, they have an excellent chance at overcoming the visiting Hurricanes.

Last but not least, there's Montreal hosting Tampa Bay and Lawrence is going a different route. Here he likes the OVER 5.5 goals (-115). The Canadiens have been leaking goals at an alarming rate recently and it's not like the Lightning (#3 in goals per game and #26 in goals allowed) are known for partaking in a lot of low-scoring games.

Swingin' Johnson's NHL Pick

With an even record on the season, SJ has had his ups and downs so far in the hockey season. He's hoping to add a winner to his tally tonight, with his action coming on Dallas' matchup with Vancouver.

This will be the Canucks' third game in the last four nights and unfortunately for them, they will lock horns with one of the hottest teams in the NHL in the Stars. Dallas couldn't hang with Chicago on Monday, but that doesn't change the fact they've won five of their last six to climb to just four points within a playoff spot.

Ultimately, SJ has opted to go with the Stars as the home dog in hopes they will come out hungry and determined from the start.

One other game that stands out is San Jose at home to Minnesota. The Sharks have remained around the -160 area throughout the day, but it may not be an easy ride against a Wild team that's won each of its two road games on this trip. They beat Edmonton and Calgary and scored a total of nine goals in the two victories.

Biggest ML Favorites

New York Rangers (-255) vs. Florida Panthers

Los Angeles Kings (-185) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

St. Louis Blues (-165) vs. Phoenix Coyotes

San Jose Sharks (-160) vs. Minnesota Wild

Winnipeg Jets (-155) vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Montreal Canadiens (-155) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning


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