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Today's NHL Game Predictions

Today's NHL Game Predictions
Thursday brings a busy slate of NHL action, with a dozen games on tap, some fascinating match ups, a number of the league's top teams on the ice and some intriguing wagering options.

NHL Games Odds & Analysis

New York Rangers (+110) at Pittsburgh Penguins (-140)

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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist posted his 58th NHL shutout and fourth vs. the Penguins on Feb. 10. Jesper Fast (flu) and Rick Nash (leg) are out for New York. Newly-acquired Penguins D Jeff Schultz has cleared up his immigration issues, but it's uncertain whether he will play. Pens are 6-2-1 in their last nine home games against the Rangers.

Pick: The Penguins (-140)

Edmonton Oilers (+135) at Philadelphia Flyers (-165)

Oilers have won two in a row and beat Flyers 4-2 Nov. 3, the game in which Connor McDavid suffered a fracture clavicle. Tuesday's win in Buffalo ended an 0-4-1 road skid. Flyers have won three straight and goalie Steve Mason is 3-0 vs. Oilers with a 1.95 GAA and .923 save percentage.

Pick: The Oilers (+135)

Calgary Flames (even) at Buffalo Sabres (-130)

Flames have surrendered four or more goals in seven of their last 11 games, are 1-8-1 in their last 10 and 0-5 in their last five road games. Sabres are 9-0-1 in their last 10 at home against Calgary and 15-3-2 in their last 20. They haven't lost in regulation at home to the Flames since March 15, 1996.

Pick: The Sabres (-130)

Minnesota Wild (-190) at Toronto Maple Leafs (+160)

Leafs are playing their third game in four nights have lost three straight and are 1-4-0 in their last five. Nazem Kadri has seven points in his last six games. The Wild beat Colorado 6-3 in their last game to take over the final wildcard spot in the West.

Pick: The Leafs (+160)

Tampa Bay Lightning (-150) and Ottawa Senators (+120)

Home team has won all three meetings in this series so far. Lightning have won seven straight. Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson (lower body injury) is day to day. Senators signed journeyman forward Scott Gomez after Kyle Turris was lost to a high ankle sprain.

Pick: The Lightning (-150) 

New York Islanders (-140) at Winnipeg Jets (+110)

Jack Capuano's next win will be the 200th for the Isles coach. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk was hit in the face with a puck in Tuesday's win at Vancouver. Casey Cizikas is riding a five-game point streak. Jets plan to give young forwards Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele signficant ice time against the Isles' top line to test their mettle.

Pick: The Islanders (-140)

Anaheim Ducks (-170) at Arizona Coyotes (+140)

Ducks are 16-1-1 in their last 18 games and have won nine in a row. Their 12-1-1 February was the best month in franchise history. Stumbling Coyotes have lost six straight.

Pick: The Ducks (-170)

Florida Panthers (-120) at Colorado Avalanche (-110)

The next point for Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr will tie him with Gordie Howe for third in all-time NHL scoring. Jagr and Reilly Smith (21) share the Florida goal-scoring lead. Avs will start back-up goalie Calvin Pickard.

Pick: The Avalanche (-110)

San Jose Sharks (-175) at Vancouver Canucks (+145)

Joe Thornton, Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski all had three-point nights in San Jose's 6-2 win over Montreal. Canucks forward Alex Burrows has gone eight games without a goal.
Vancouver is 2-6 in its last eight.

Pick: The Sharks (-175)

Montreal Canadiens (+190) at Los Angeles Kings (-140)

Canadiens have confirmed rookie forward Michael McCarron will stay with the big club the rest of the season. Tomas Plekanec (214) needs one goal to tie for 20th in Habs career goals. Andrei Markov (526) is one assist away from 20th overall in career assists. Kings are 4-1-1 in their last six.

New Jersey Devils (-110) at Nashville Predators (-110)

Free-falling Devils are 1-6-0 in their last seven and traded away leading goal scorer Lee Stempniak. Predators are riding season-high five-game winning streak.

Pick: The Predators (-110)

Chicago Blackhawks (-110) at Boston Bruins (-110)

Dale Weise is expected to make his debut as a Blackhawk. Bruins are a disappointing 14-16-3 at home.

Pick: The Blackhawks (-110)

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