NHL Picks: Thursday Hockey Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:33 AM GMT

Tons of games are on the schedule tonight, so there should be plenty of NHL betting value for us to take advantage of.

We've got 11 NHL matchups to examine throughout the day, and there's sure to be movement in terms of the NHL odds as we get closer to the evening start times. 

Wednesday Recap 

All four favorites ended up winning last night. The Lightning (-105) took care of Toronto 5-2 at home and the Red Wings held off the Kings to grab a 3-1 win as the -145 favorites.

Later on in the night, the Blackhawks continued their great play with a 4-1 victory in Edmonton. They came in favored at -180. That was followed by a huge 2-1 home win for Phoenix at home to San Jose, in a game in which they were -130 favorites.

Early Thursday Preview 

Along with some seemingly very competitive matchups, there are also some games that could turn into lopsided affairs quite quickly. Some odds, at this time of writing, had still yet to have been made public. 

Those games that are tight in the NHL odds include the Blues/Flames, Stars/Blue Jackets, Jets/Canadiens, Capitals/Senators, and Flyers/Islanders. 

Which could get ugly? Well, the Predators were able to get a win over Calgary two nights ago, but they travel to Joe Louis Arena tonight to face off against a Detroit team in desperate need of two points. It's no surprise to see the Red Wings favored at -220 in this spot.

It's also likely to be a long night for Tampa Bay in their road game against Boston. The Lightning have a quick turn-around after their game last night and could be feeling the effects when they match up with a Bruins team that's gone 15-4-3 on their home ice this season.

Canadiens/Jets 

A lot is on the line for Winnipeg (-110) tonight when they entertain Montreal. Just one point behind #7 Ottawa and #8 New York, the Jets could find themselves among the playoff spots after tonight's over and done with. 

Winnipeg fell to Washington the other night, but has still gone a nice 6-3-1 over their last 10 to give themselves a great chance at making the postseason. The Jets are 13-9-1 at home, but face a Canadiens team that's almost as good on the road (13-7-2) than they are at home. Luckily for Winnipeg, Montreal has been struggling lately.

PJ Laferla is taking care of this game tonight and we're curious to see if he chooses a side here or opts to go for a play on the total. For the record, both teams are ranked in the bottom half of the NHL in terms of defense. 

Islanders/Flyers 

The Flyers are barely favored to the tune of -115 for this home game against the surging Islanders (-105). 

Philadelphia isn't in the playoff picture, but they've been an extremely tough team to break down at home throughout the season. They're 14-7-2 in their own building as opposed to 7-15-1 on the road. 

They're going to need a great all-around performance to overcome a New York team that's 7-0-3 over their last 10. The Islanders, in actual fact, have been one of the best road teams in the league this season at 14-5-3, so the Flyers will have to be disciplined throughout to get the job done. 

What kind of outcome is David Schwab expecting for this game? Find out later in the day to see which way he decides to go. 

We will also have a customary picks of the day article from David Lawrence, as well as another play of his choice later on. Be sure to come back and see before making your final NHL picks!