NHL Hockey Betting for February 26, 2015&h=253&w=372&zc=1

Good sized card of NHL betting action for Thursday

MONTREAL CANADIENS AT COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

Montreal has been active in the NHL trading marketplace over the past few days, most significantly picking up forward Devante Smith-Pelly from Anaheim. Smith-Pelly should be in action here as the Canadiens try to stay in great form (7-1-2 L10) and the Jackets try to break a three game losing streak. Curtis McElhinney will be back in net for Columbus tonight against the Habs’ Carey Price. C-Bus has been a resilient team this year but can’t buck Montreal here. Montreal has taken four of the last five from Columbus including a 2-0 mark at Nationwide Arena.

BET MONTREAL CANADIENS -140 OVER COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT BUFFALO SABRES:

Sabres 3-5-2 in their last 10 which actually approximates good form for this sad sack team. They’re now down their two leading scorers as Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Innis will miss this matchup. Canucks 7-3-0 in their last 10. Sabres are 9-19 against opponents with winning records and 5-16 against the Western Conference. Vancouver is 19-9 against the East.

BET VANCOUVER CANUCKS -210 OVER BUFFALO SABRES

ARIZONA COYOTES AT NEW YORK RANGERS:

Arizona has lost seven straight and the local media is excited that they’re back in the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel sweepstakes. Rangers 20-7 against opponents with losing records.

BET NEW YORK RANGERS -250 OVER ARIZONA COYOTES

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS AT FLORIDA PANTHERS:

Chicago will be without Patrick Kane for the next month. They’ve lost 7 of 12 but Kane’s absence might refocus them.

BET CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS -130 OVER FLORIDA PANTHERS

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS AT TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:

Flyers actually catch the Maple Leafs coming off a win. Philly lost 4-1 at Carolina in their last action. Toronto is actually favored in this game and they won the last time they were favored (mid February against Edmonton). Flyers have a habit of losing to this class of opponent but they’ve won both games against the Leafs this season. How do you not go against the Leafs getting ‘plus money’?

BET PHILADELPHIA FLYERS +105 OVER TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

ST. LOUIS BLUES AT WINNIPEG JETS:

Blues not in great form right now going 5-5-0 in their last 10 games. Jets are 9-20 against opponents with losing records this season and have lost 7 of 9 in that spot.

BET ST. LOUIS BLUES -125 OVER WINNIPEG JETS