NHL Picks: Tuesday Hockey Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:26 PM GMT

A new day brings with it new challenges and intriguing hockey matchups for us to try and break down. Let's go over what the early NHL odds are looking like for Tuesday night.

We start with the heaviest favorites of the night, with one game in particular standing out in that regard. 

The New York Islanders have opened up as whopping -215 favorites for their home game with the Florida Panthers. 

There is, of course, a reason the odds are as lopsided as they are. The Islanders have won three of their last four, with their only defeat coming in overtime against the New York Rangers. They've also managed to go an impressive 8-3 over their last 11 games, while posting a 4-0-1 mark in their previous five at home.

As for the Panthers, they're at 13-22-6 overall on the season and have lost three of their last four. Moreover, they've had a troubling time on the road, winning just one of their past five outside of Florida. 

Philadelphia/New York

The Flyers, whom ended a four-game losing streak with a dominant 7-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens last night, will play host to the Rangers this evening. 

Current NHL odds have Philadelphia as the underdogs (+120) for this one, while New York can be backed at a price of -140. The total for the game is at five goals. 

David Schwab will have a pick for this Eastern Conference matchup. He has been hitting his NHL picks on a consistent basis this season, so it'd certainly be worth your while to find out what he has to say about this game.

Other Thoughts 

David Lawrence, once again, will have his NHL Picks of the Day article later on in the day, and will also be making another play on a game of his choice. Which one will he choose? You'll have to come back to find out. 

The other three considerable favorites of the day are the Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, and Washington Capitals. 

The Senators understandably had their game with the Boston Bruins called off last night, and will test their luck against a Carolina team that's a horrendous 2-8 over their last 10 games. At first glance, one would have to think Ottawa (-170) will be able to take of business on their home ice.

For Winnipeg, listed as a -155 favorite, will try to fend off the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning have lost three games in a row, allowing nine goals in the process, and will now have to contend with the Jets, who they've lost two of three against this season. Winnipeg has looked unstoppable during this home-stand of theirs, winning three consecutive games (against Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Florida) by a combined score of 15-4.

The Capitals are the league's hottest team right now, as they've won seven games in a row to propel them into the third spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Alex Ovechkin is on a tear at the moment, having tallied nine points over his last five games. 

Too close to call?

There are a couple games out there that should be ultra competitive. Both St. Louis/Vancouver and San Jose/Los Angeles should be terrific ones to watch tonight. 

The Blues were humbled by the Chicago Blackhawks two nights ago, but will enter this evening's home game with Vancouver as -130 favorites. The Canucks had no trouble with the Predators in Nashville last night.

San Jose meanwhile was in control throughout their 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, but an even better effort will be needed against the Kings, considering they've gone a healthy 6-2-2 over their last ten. Oddsmakers agree that this could go either way, listing both teams at -110 to get the win tonight. 

Check back with us in the afternoon for an updated look at the hockey odds in our efforts to help you beat the sportsbooks.