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Thursday NHL Sharp Report for Preds-Jackets, Sharks-Blues, Kings-Coyotes and Wild-Ducks

February 17, 2021 11:59 PM

Today, we have another juicy betting menu filled with 30-plus college basketball games, 3 NBA games and 9 NHL games. For an updated breakdown of Wednesday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted at noon ET. I'll also be joining The Lombardi Line at 1:45 p.m. ET to offer a market update.

In the meantime, let's discuss a few NHL matchups tonight receiving notable line movement and betting system matches..

7 p.m. ET: Nashville Predators (6-9) at Columbus Blue Jackets (7-6-4)

Both of these Central Division opponents are looking to bounce back from losses and get back on track. The Predators are 1-4 over their last five games are just fell to the Red Wings 4-2, losing as -165 home favorites. Similarly, the Blue Jackets have dropped two straight, falling to Chicago and Carolina by a combined score of 10-5. This line opened with Columbus listed as a short -110 home favorite and some respected money has sided with CBJ, pushing the line up to -115. Columbus has value as a home favorite (83-45, 65% this season) and a favorite off a loss (57-21, 73%). Also, when both teams are coming off a loss, as is the case here, the favorite is 17-3 (85%). Nashville is just 1-5 on the road this season. Columbus is 4-2-2 at home. The Preds are also 0-7 as a dog.

8 p.m. ET: San Jose Sharks (6-7-1) at St. Louis Blues (9-5-2)

This West Division showdown features two teams coming off opposite performances. The Sharks just beat the Ducks 3-2 as a -110 pick'em, which snapped a two-game skid. Meanwhile, the Blues just fell to the Coyotes 1-0 as -120 road favorites, which snapped a two-game win streak. This line opened with St. Louis listed as a -195 home favorite. Respected money has pushed this line up to -200 or -210 at some shops. The Blues have value as a home favorite -150 or more (42-14, 75% this season) and a favorite off a loss (57-21, 73%). Big favorites -200 or more are 20-6 (77%) and home favorites -150 or more off a loss are 16-3 (84%). Also, favorites off a loss vs opponents off a win are 40-17 (70%). The Sharks could also be missing star defenseman Erik Karlsson, who is questionable with a lower body injury. The Blues are + 3 in goal differential. The Sharks are -13. The total is 5.5 with heavy -130 juice to the over. Both teams have been profitable to the over this season, with the Sharks 8-6 and Blues 10-6.

9 p.m. ET: Los Angeles Kings (5-6-3) at Arizona Coyotes (7-6-2)

Both of these West Division foes are coming off wins. The Kings have won two straight, beating the Sharks and Wild by a combined score of 10-2. On the flip side, the Coyotes just took down the Blues 1-0, ending a streak of 7-straight games against St. Louis. This line opened with Arizona listed as a -150 home favorite and we've seen some shops jump up to -160. Arizona has value as a home favorite (83-45, 65% this season) and a home favorite -150 or more (42-14, 75%). The Coyotes also enjoy a 1-day rest advantage, as Arizona last played at home on Monday while the Kings played on Tuesday and now must travel. Favorites in this "rest vs tired" spot are 12-6 (67%). Arizona is 4-3-2 at home. Los Angeles is 2-4 on the road. The total is 5.5. Both teams have been profitable to the over this season, with the Kings 10-4 and the Coyotes 9-5-1.

10 p.m. ET: Minnesota Wild (6-6) at Anaheim Ducks (6-7-3)

Both of these West Division opponents are looking to rebound from losses. The Wild just returned from a 2-week COVID pause and fell to the Kings 4-0, losing outright as hefty -160 road favorites. Meanwhile, the Ducks have lost two of their last three, most recently falling to the Sharks 3-2 as a -110 pick'em play. This line opened with Minnesota listed as a short -125 road favorite and we've seen lopsided support push this line up to -130. The Wild have value as a favorite off a loss (57-21, 73% this season). Also, when both opponents are coming off a loss, the favorite is 17-3 (85%). We might also be looking at a lower scoring game. The total is 5.5 with heavy under juice (-125), signaling under liability. The Ducks are one of the best under teams in the NHL this season (11-4-1). The Wild are 6-6.

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