Tuesday night's slate gives us twelve games to choose from, so I have picked four matchups that I feel hold the best value for NHL bettors. Check out my NHL picks for these games, as we try to maxamize out our NHL betting payouts.

Lets check out some of tonight's biggest games and cover the NHL picks I find to have the best chance of in cashing for us as the sportsbooks.

Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay LighningNHL Odds: Lightning -115 

Given how the Tampa Bay Lightning have played at home this season and how they’ve played recently overall, they are worth a shot on the moneyline at -115. 

On the year, Tampa Bay is 20-9-2 at home and they’ll be hosting a Senators team that’s just 17-17 on the road. Ottawa is coming off of back-to-back losses while the Lightning come into this matchup winners of four straight.

The Lightning have some impressive wins in that spell, which includes a 4-3 win over the East-leading New York Rangers as well as road wins in Carolina and New Jersey. They’ve lost all three meetings with Ottawa this season while being outscored 12-3, but this time should be different. Craig Anderson was in net for the Sens each time and has a career 1.24 GAA against them. He’s not available to play on Tuesday. 

Stick with the red hot Lightning as they inch closer to the playoffs. 

NHL Picks: Lightning


Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche

NHL Odds: Avalanche -170 

The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild finish up their home-and-home series on Tuesday following the Avs 2-0 win in Minnesota on Sunday. We had the Avs and under in that situation, and there’s very little reason to change either of those plays as long as the variables remain the same. 

It all depends on who’s in net for the Wild. With 21-year-old Matt Hackett back between the pipes, we’ll target another under as the team seems to rally around him defensively and protect him more. If it’s Josh Harding, then we’ll just play the Avs straight up as Harding has been brutal since the All-Star break. He hasn’t won since the All-Star break (0-4-1) while posting a 4.23 GAA. 

NHL Picks: Avalanche or Under

Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames

NHL Odds: Flames -135

As we detailed in the full Canadiens-Flames preview, which can be found in the NHL section, the Flames look like they’re a good play on Tuesday. Both teams head into the game in a slump, but the Flames have more to play for, have had a little more life to them recently and have dominated this series overall. 

The Flames have won five straight home meetings with Montreal and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is 5-0-0 with a 1.84 GAA against the Canadiens in his last five starts. 

The Canadiens have been outscored 23-11 while losing five of six overall in this series. They’ve also lost eight of 10 overall while being held to one goal or less in five of those games. Add the Flames to your sports picks

NHL Picks: Flames

Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks

NHL Odds: Sharks -190 

The Edmonton Oilers are definitely not world champs by any stretch of the imagination but any way laying -190 with the San Jose Sharks these days is just flat-out crazy. 

The Sharks have just two wins in their last 12 and they look like a team that’s run out of gas. Once deemed as the best team in the Pacific Division, the Sharks have dropped to eighth in the Western Conference and nothing is going right for them. They are putting forth complete efforts, their special teams are awful and they’re really not scoring much. In their last game, the Sharks forwards combined for just nine shots on net.

There’s really no leadership on this team and nobody is stepping up to change the momentum. Based on the price and their recent performance, bet against the Sharks here.

NHL Picks: Oilers