NHL Picks: Evening Hockey Odds & Betting Lines Update

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:50 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 5:50 PM GMT

We're days away from the end of the regular season, with certain teams still fighting for their playoff lives. Follow along with us as we break down the NHL odds for tonight's games.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

The NHL odds are very tight for this game, with the Lightning at -106 and the Maple Leafs at -104 at 5Dimes. Not very often do you see a total reaching six in the NHL, but that's the case here, with both teams in the top five in goals scored this season.

We understand Tampa Bay is the home team here, but the lines here seem a bit off. The Lightning have been a complete mess lately, having lost six straight games coming into this meeting with the playoff-bound Maple Leafs. 

Toronto has gone 6-3-1 over their last 10 and have been good on the road, going 12-7-3. They've been off since Saturday's 4-1 win over the Senators in Ottawa. 

When it comes to making his NHL picks for the night, David Lawrence is appreciating this kind of value on the superior team in the Maple Leafs. 

[gameodds]7/225532/43/us[/gameodds]

Los Angeles Kings vs. Detroit Red Wings 

With only three regular season games remaining, the Red Wings are quickly running out of time to get a playoff spot. As of now they're one point behind Columbus and three behind Minnesota. 

That makes tonight's matchup with Los Angeles all the more important. The Kings have already secured their place in the postseason and are 6-2-2 over their previous 10, yet find themselves as +125 underdogs for this visit to Joe Louis Arena.

Here at SBRForum we've got two different cappers with action on this game. Lawrence is on the UNDER 5 goals, pointing out that both teams have been struggling offensively recently. 

David Schwab is in agreement, backing a 2-1 win for Detroit which would satisfy both Red Wings and UNDER backers tonight. He believes the Red Wings will play with more urgency than the visitors, leading to the win for the home team.

[gameodds]7/225533/43/us[/gameodds]

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Blackhawks opened as -155 favorites here but have been bet up to -165 at some online sportsbooks. The Oilers can be backed at a +155 price at home. 

Chicago may have dropped two games in a row, but they came against quality opponents. Let's not lose sight of the fact the Blackhawks are still 7-1-2 over their last 10 and an amazing 34-6-5 on the season. They've also gone a very healthy 17-3-2 on the road. 

Despite Chicago's knack for scoring goals at a blistering rate (3.1 per game), they've been even better defensively, allowing just 2.0 goals a game this season. Tonight they play an Edmonton team that's ranked #24 offensively. 

Taking that into consideration, it's hard to disagree with Lawrence's preferred play on the UNDER 5.5 goals for tonight's game. He's staying away from Chicago, given that they really have nothing to play for other than building up some momentum before the playoffs.

[gameodds]7/225534/43/us[/gameodds]

San Jose Sharks vs. Phoenix Coyotes 

Though the Coyotes haven't been eliminated from playoff contention, it's going to take a minor miracle for them to catc up to the likes of Columbus, Detroit, and Dallas in the standings. 

Phoenix, nonetheless, is sure to come out fired up as they try to take care of business at home against San Jose. The Coyotes are favored at -115 to get the win, while the Sharks can be backed at +105 in the NHL odds. 

Lawrence is back at it again with another sports pick for this game. He's taking another road team in San Jose to get the two points, which would all but ensure Phoenix will not be competing in the playoffs. 

In four head-to-head meetings this season, the Sharks have won three times. Will they make it four when tonight's said and done?

[gameodds]7/225535/43/us[/gameodds]

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