NHL Picks: Evening Hockey Odds & Betting Lines Update

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 15, 2013 8:11 PM GMT

The NHL odds are starting to settle as the puck gets set to drop tonight. Let's see what kind of changes have taken place.

The biggest movement so far has come in that Boston Bruins/Ottawa Senators game that we looked over closely in our first look at the odds this morning. 

An opening number of -170, with the Bruins the favorites on their own ice, as moved the other direction, as the home team can now be backed at as low of a price as -145. Clearly the public likes Ottawa to close out their road trip in style in this situation, fresh off two straight wins over the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils. 

David Schwab has broken down this game even further and his analysis of the NHL this season has been terrific.

Tonight Schwab believes the most value lies in making a play on the total. The number is at five goals and considering how good both teams have been defensively, a pick on the UNDER certainly makes sense. These two teams know each other well, as Schwab points out, and the intensity should be here from the opening drop of the puck.

Where's the value?

Our other NHL handicapper, David Lawrence, has four free hockey picks that he's recommending for tonight. 

First off, he thinks the UNDER 5 goals in the Phoenix Coyotes/San Jose Sharks contest is worth a look. Lawrence points out that the Sharks have had a difficult time scoring goals on the road this season, which isn't a good sign against a goaltender like Mike Smith, who's had a ton of success against San Jose in the past.

In Lawrence's NHL Picks of the Day article, he lays out three value plays he fancies. 

In Toronto's home game against New Jersey, in which the Maple Leafs are favored at -145, he believes you should take the hosts to win by two or more goals at +206 in the NHL odds. Toronto has owned New Jersey in recent years, and with the Maple Leafs trending upwards and the Devils going the other way, having lost nine games in a row, it wouldn't be surprising to see a convincing win Phil Kessel and company. 

Finally, there are two total plays that Lawrence is rolling with. He is taking the UNDER 5.5 in the Chicago Blackhawks/Dallas Stars game and the UNDER 5 in the Nashville Predators/Vancouver Canucks matchup.

With both the Dallas and Chicago playing well on the defensive end, there does seem to be some value here on this elevated total. For the Predators/Canucks game, Lawrence believes Nashville's lack of goalscoring prowess should translate into a cashed ticket for the UNDER, especially with Vancouver's netminders playing at a high level. 

Chicago/Dallas 

This should be one heck of a hockey game. The Blackhawks remain in and around -180 favorites when looking over the NHL odds, with the Stars looking quite enticing a price of +175.

Chicago has been outstanding this season, no one's denying that, but they could be given a run for their money tonight against a Dallas team that's won five straight. The Stars have banded together after losing some key pieces and are making a tremendous push for a Western Conference playoff spot. 

At 11-8-1 on the road this season, Dallas has proven they can hang tough in tough environments. Beating Chicago is never easy, especially in their building, but it's hard to simple ignore such value on a hot team like the Stars.

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