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Thursday NHL betting lines analysis

Thursday NHL betting lines analysis
Anyone projecting a Columbus Blue Jackets-Minnesota Wild Stanley Cup final? At the moment, they are the hottest teams in the NHL and a bettor's best friend. The Blue Jackets have won 13 in a row, while the Wild ride a 11-game win streak.

NHL Thursday night predictions

By Bob Duff

The top games from Thursday’s NHL schedule, with odds provided courtesy of

New York Islanders (+173) at Minnesota Wild (-193)


The Wild worked overtime to extend their franchise record win streak to 11 games. Jared Spurgeon scored his first career overtime goal at 2:46 of the extra frame for a 3-2 win over Nashville and Minnesota’s 12th game with a point (11-0-1). The Wild are within a point of the Blackhawks for the best record in the Western Conference. Devan Dubnyk set a franchise mark with his ninth straight victory.

Dubnyk also stretched his career-high point streak to 13 games (11-0-2). He leads all goaltenders in goals-against average (1.58), save percentage (.947) and shutouts (5) this season.

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The Islanders are also on a bit of a roll, winners of three straight. Andrew Ladd scored twice, his first multi-goal game with the team, in Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over Washington.

Pick: The Wild (-193)

Columbus Blue Jackets (-119) at Winnipeg Jets (+108)


Even though they squandered a 3-0 lead, the Blue Jackets rallied for a 4-3 win over Boston to extend their franchise-record win streak to 13 games. The NHL-leading Blue Jackets also extended their franchise-record point streak to 15 games (14-0-1) and earned their seventh consecutive home win, matching a franchise record set earlier this season from Oct. 21–Nov. 18.

Sergei Bobrovsky pushed his personal win and point streaks to 11 and 13 games (12-0-1), extending career highs and club records for each. 

The Jets downed Chicago for the third time this season to win their fourth game in five outings. Blake Wheeler scored to extend his point streak to five games (3-2-5).

Pick: The Blue Jackets (-119)

Los Angeles Kings (+118) at Edmonton Oilers (-130)


Second game in as many nights for the Kings, who are 2-2-1 in that scenario this season but 2-0-1 in their last three. L.A. toppled Edmonton 4-2 on Nov. 17 on home ice, the 10th straight win by the Kings over the Oilers at the Staples Center. Overall, the Kings have won seven in a row and nine of 10 from the Oilers and are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games at Edmonton.

Returning home following a 2-0-1 road trip, the Oilers have points in four straight games (3-0-1). Captain and NHL scoring leader Connor McDavid posted his league-leading 13th multi-point game in Edmonton’s last game, a 3-2 OT loss at San Jose. Edmonton is 3-1-1 in its last five home games and 5-3-2 this season against Pacific Division opponents.

Pick: The Kings (+118)

Detroit Red Wings (+127) at Ottawa Senators (-140)


The Red Wings begin a season-long seven-game road trip but that might be good news for a team that’s gone 1-4-1 in their last six home games. Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek has allowed three or more goals in six straight games, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see rookie Jared Coreau, who’s from the Ottawa area, get the nod in goal. Detroit’s NHL-worst power play (12.5 percent) scored in Tuesday’s loss to Buffalo, ending a 0-for-28 skid.

A 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday ended the Senators’ four-game win streak and five game (4-0-1) point streak. Ottawa is 3-0-2 in its last five home games. Ottawa center Kyle Turris has eight of his 12 goals on home ice. Detroit has won two of three at Ottawa and three of the last five games between the two teams in Ottawa were decided by one goal. 

Pick: The Senators (-140)

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