NHL Picks: Evening Hockey Odds & Betting Lines Update

David Lawrence

Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:46 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 7:46 PM GMT

We've got six NHL plays in total for you to look over before placing your own sports picks. Have we locked down the best value available?

Games that have seen some significant line movement: Ducks/Canucks, Flames/Blues, and Rangers/Hurricanes.

Anaheim opened as a +135 dog but that number can now be found at +160, with the public apparently really liking the chances of a Vancouver win at home. St. Louis has been getting a lot of action as well as they try to take care of Calgary, while Carolina has moved from a +130 underdog to +150 at some NHL betting sites. Why's that? Well, the Rangers still have a heck of a lot to play for, whereas the Hurricanes are out of contention and are 3-6-1 over their last 10. 

David Lawrence's plays of the day include one of the aforementioned games. He's backing the Blues to win behind another great netminder display from Brian Elliott. 

His other two NHL picks are on the Red Wings to win by two or more goals at home over the Predators and on the Maple Leafs to win as a -160 favorite on the road against the struggling Panthers. 

Islanders/Flyers 

Few teams are hotter than New York at the moment, but they're the underdogs for their visit of Philadelphia tonight. New York can be backed at +110, with the Flyers posted up at -120 in the NHL odds

In three head-to-head meetings, the Islanders have won twice, including a 4-3 shootout win in Philadelphia late last month.

In the end though, David Scwhab is thinking the Flyers will do enough to escape with a hard-fought win over the Islanders. Philadelphia has been playing much better recently and, even though they're out of the running for a playoff spot, have been extremely tough to beat at home.

[gameodds]7/225590/43/us[/gameodds]

Blue Jackets/Stars

This should be a highly entertaining clash between two Western Conference teams scrapping for a playoff spot. 

As it stands, Columbus is in ninth place at 51 points, one back of Detroit, while Dallas is at 48 points. The Red Wings host the Predators tonight and should be able to get a win, so this game is crucial for both teams as they try to stay in the hunt.

Which way is Lawrence leaning for his NHL pick? Well, he's taking a flier on the Blue Jackets as the underdogs. He figures Columbus is worth a shot given that Dallas has lost four of their last five, while the Blue Jackets have managed a 7-3 record over their last 10. 

[gameodds]7/225599/43/us[/gameodds]

Canadiens/Jets 

In another all-important game that could shift the standings, the Jets will host Montreal looking for two huge points. Winnipeg is one point behind both Ottawa and the New York Rangers in the hunt for a postseason position, so you know the crowd is going to be crazy here.

The odds are tight as can be. Winnipeg is actually a small underdog here at +100, which can be explained by the fact the Canadiens have proven to be a menacing road team throughout the season. 

Montreal has also won both head-to-head matchups so far this season, but both of those were at home. With the fans behind them in full force and an abundance of motivation, it's no wonder PJ Laferla is siding with the Jets to win this game. 

[gameodds]7/225597/43/us[/gameodds]

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