Tuesday night's NHL action gives us a short schedule so why not cover all three games? Check out my NHL picks for each of tonight's games, as we try to run the table.

With only three games on today's schedule, lets check out each of them and cover the NHL picks I find to have the best chance of cashing for us as the sportsbooks.

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay LightningNHL Odds boards opened with Tampa Bay at -150. Early NHL betting action has extended the lines, and now list the Lightning at -160.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are reeling right now and there’s little reason to have faith in them until No. 1 goaltender James Reimer can make his way back into the lineup. He skated on Friday but is going to be out for another week or so. 

Since starting the year 9-3-1, the Leafs have lost six of their last eight games. They’ve lost faith in Jonas Gustavsson as a goaltender so they’ve been giving plenty of action to Ben Scrivens. He’s done OK, allowing exactly two or three goals in six straight games, but the problem is that the Leafs scoring has also gone into the tank.

In their last eight games, the Leafs have scored just 21 goals and seven of those came in Saturday’s win over Washington. 

The Lightning won all four meetings with Toronto last season by a combined score of 16-5, including a couple of home shutouts. They lost their most recent home game, but that was their first loss at the St. Pete Times Forum in more than a month. On the season, they are 6-2-0 there. The Lightning are 11-1-3 against Toronto in their last 15 meetings at home. 

NHL Picks: Tampa Bay 

Los Angeles Kings @ St. Louis Blues

NHL Odds: Blues -130 

Very quietly, the St. Louis Blues have emerged as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They have yet to lose since Ken Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne as the head coach of the Blues and are 4-0-2 under their new head coach. 

They have been suffocating opponents on the defensive end – particularly in the second and third periods of games. They allowed a late game-tying goal to Mikko Koivu on Saturday but that was the first time in six games that the Blues had allowed a goal in the second or third period of a game. They’ve allowed just eight goals in those six games after giving up a whopping 35 in their first 13. A big difference has been the performance in net by Jaroslav Halak, who has allowed just seven goals in his last six outings compared to 20 in his first six. 

The Blues are 7-1-1 at the Scottrade Center this season and has won three straight there. They have beat the Kings 12 times in their last 17 home meetings. 

-130 is a fair price on the Blues, so they are the pick in this contest. 

NHL Picks: Blues 

Edmonton Oilers @ Nashville Predators

NHL Odds: Predators -165 

Nashville PredatorsAfter starting the year with just two wins in their first six, the Nashville Predators have been quietly consistent the rest of the way. After every loss since, they’ve bounced back with a win and are 8-2-3 in that span. They are coming off a 4-3 overtime home loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and will again look to rebound. 

They’ll host the Edmonton Oilers, who are a team that is tough to gauge right now. The Oilers opened the season 9-3-2 but lost four straight prior to stomping the Chicago Blackhawks 9-2 on Saturday night. They appeared to have their confidence back, but that was quickly doused by the Dallas Stars with a 4-1 loss on Monday. 

Now the Oilers have to go back-to-back on the road with some lingering questions. 

The price tag is way too high on the Predators, especially when you consider that they’ve only won four of nine home games this year. Edmonton is not a great road team (3-6-1) and they are without four of their top six defensemen, so that won’t help their cause either. 

Have a look at the under, which might be worth a flier. There hasn’t been more than five goals between these teams in the last five meetings with four of them seeing four goals or less.

NHL Picks: Under