NHL Picks: Evening Hockey Odds & Betting Lines Update

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:38 PM GMT

There hasn't been a whole lot of movement so far today, but come on in to find out which plays our hockey cappers think offer us the best value.

Early this morning we were able to take our first look at Tuesday's NHL odds, as we noted the super high chalk the Islanders are holding for their home clash with the Panthers.

Well, believe it or not, the odds have risen even more, with New York going from a -210 favorite to as high as -230 at certain online sportsbooks such as Bookmaker and Bovada.

What other games should we pay special attention to tonight? Find out below. 

Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues 

David Lawrence, one of our resident NHL cappers, has decided to do a thorough analysis of St. Louis' upcoming game with Vancouver

Oddsmakers don't see much seperating these teams tonight, with the Blues at -135 to win and the vistiting Canucks trading at +115. 

In the end though, it's Vancouver that Lawrence thinks will get the two points. Considering St. Louis has dropped three in a row in their own building, he believes this to be a good value play on the Canucks as road dogs. The Canucks will be playing their second game in as many nights, but they're 5-1 over their last six overall, have beaten the Blues in three of the last four head-to-head meetings, while also posting a 11-7-3 mark on the road this season. 

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers 

David Schwab has broken down Philadelphia/New York and has ultimately decided to back another Rangers win over the Flyers. 

New York has dominated this series in recent years and come in with the fourth-best defensive record (2.2 goals allowed). However, the Flyers are a completely different team at home, recording a 12-6-2 record in the Wells Fargo Center, far better than their 6-15-1 mark away from home. 

Nonetheless, Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers (at roughly -140) are the right side in Schwab's mind. He expects a let-down spot for Philadelphia after their huge win on Monday night.

Lawrence's PODs

Three additional NHL picks have been posted by Lawrence, with one of those coming on a total. 

One selection involves that Islanders/Panthers matchup we discussed at the top. The odds are obviously too steep for a straight play on the moneyline, so Lawrence is going to take a chance on New York on the puck line, which is being offered at +135. Given how dominant Evgeni Nabokov has been against Florida, it's hard to disagree with the recommended action. 

Our attention next turns to the Edmonton Oilers and their likely tough test versus Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, and the Minnesota Wild. For this Northwest division affair, Lawrence is picking the road underdogs, with a Minnesota win priced at +110.

For his final selection, he's focusing on the total for Tampa Bay/Winnipeg. 

There's been some movement in the NHL odds for this game's spread, as the Jets opened in and around the -160 area but are now down to -145. The public is clearly not sold on Winnipeg, even in spite of the fact they've notched victories in three consecutive games. 

But Lawrence is staying away from a side and is instead going with the OVER 5.5 goals with his sports picks. The Lightning have allowed 15 goals over their last three games and are ranked 26th overall in goals against (3.1), while Winnipeg has found their scoring touch lately, scoring an impressive 15 goals in their past three. Put it all together and you can see why he likes plenty of goals tonight. 

That will wrap up our NHL odds overview for today. Best of luck with all of your picks and be sure to check in with us again tomorrow!