NHL Picks: Monday Hockey Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 22, 2013 11:35 AM GMT

Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 11:35 AM GMT

The regular season is winding down, with quite a few teams still battling it out for a place in the playoffs. Is there some good NHL betting value to be had for tonight's games? 

Sunday Recap

A pretty wild day in the league saw four underdogs cash, with the biggest surprise coming in Minnesota's 4-1 home loss to Calgary. NHL odds had listed the Flames at +235 to get the win there. 

Elsewhere, Carolina cashed as a +155 dog over Tampa Bay, while Colorado (+140 vs. St. Louis) and Columbus (+160 vs. San Jose) both won at some very profitable prices. 

Big favorites that won easily included Boston (-350 vs. Florida) and New York at -180 against New Jersey. 

Early Monday Overview 

It's rather rare to see a day in which there are no overwhelming favorites in the NHL odds, but that's the case today. 

The biggest favorite on the board is Detroit, listed at -155 to get the win over Phoenix (+135). Other than that game, there isn't a favorite that's priced out higher than -125. 

The Red Wings and Coyotes are both on the outside looking in when it comes to a Western Conference playoff spot, but there's still hope for each team, meaning tonight's game is going to be extremely competitive throughout. 

Phoenix is in better form, having gone 5-2-3 over their last 10 as opposed to Detroit's 3-4-3 record over  the same span. The Red Wings have dropped two in a row and have lost five of their last six overall ahead of tonight's game. 

Next on the list is Anaheim, who will play Edmonton for the second time in as many nights. The Ducks won 3-1 last night, behind a 27-save effort from Jonas Hiller, two assists out of Nick Bonino, and another goal for Corey Perry. Tonight Anaheim is favored in the same kind of range (-125) against an Oilers team (+105) that is 3-7 over their its last 10. 

Also on the schedule tonight are Ottawa/Pittsburgh and Buffalo/Winnipeg. 

The Penguins (-115) are the favorites on the road, as they're won six consecutive games to push their record to 34-10-0 overall. They're 8-2 over their previous 10 and have gone 17-5-0 outside of Pittsburgh. It could be tough sledding tonight though, considering the Senators (-105) are a tough nut to crack in their own building. Ottawa is 15-4-3 at home on the season.

While certainly the least glamorous game of the night, is there any NHL betting value on the Sabres against the Jets in this spot? They're home underdogs (+100) and are playing pretty good hockey lately, despite the fact they're been eliminated from playoff contention. 

Vancouver/Chicago

This should be one heck of a game. Currently the Canucks are favored to the tune of -115, with Chicago available for backing at -105. 

The Blackhawks lost in a shootout to Phoenix their last time out, while Vancouver was able to top Detroit in a SO on Saturday. The two teams have split the season series, with both games decided by the dreaded shootout. 

Which way will David Schwab lean with his NHL picks here? It's going to be tough to pass up that kind of price on the Blackhawks, especially since they actually have a better record on the road (17-2-2) than they do at home this season. 

We're also interested to see if David Lawrence includes this game as part of his NHL picks of the day article.

Check back with us later on in the day to learn what kind of movement there's been in the odds and to see which sports picks stand out to our NHL cappers. As always, use SBRodds.com for all of your line needs.

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