NHL Game Picks for Wednesday, March 16, 2022

  • BetOnline has point spreads, money lines and game totals for NHL’s four Wednesday games
  • Flames netminder Jacob Markstrom was named the 2nd star of the week after going 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .974 save percentage and one shutout
  • The Seattle Kraken are every bit an expansion team with the second-worst record in the entire league

With about a quarter of the season still to play, there are just four games on tonight’s NHL slate after a busy Tuesday with 11 contests across the league.

Before we check the odds for Wednesday’s National Hockey League action, check out the top betting sites for NHL hockey in 2022 and find smart wagering tips in our 2022 Stanley Cup betting guide.

NHL Games – Wednesday, March 16

BetOnlineSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Columbus Blue Jackets+1½ (-195)+134Ov 6½ (-104)
Ottawa Senators-1½ (+170)-148Un 6½ (-106)
Tampa Bay Lightning-1½ (-123)-315Ov 6 (+104)
Seattle Kraken+1½ (+103)+277Un 6 (-115)
Boston BruinsTBATBATBA
Minnesota WildTBATBATBA
New Jersey DevilsTBATBATBA
Calgary FlamesTBATBATBA

Wild vs Bruins

With four losses in their last 11 games, the Wild’s once-secure playoff spot in the Central is in danger as they host a Bruins team that has had its way with almost all comers since the New Year.

Boston is playing the second game of a back-to-back on the road, but No. 1 netminder Jeremy Swayman will be manning the pipes against Minnesota. The rookie will be in tough against Kirill Kaprizov, who has racked up 30 goals and 43 assists in his first full NHL season and is challenging the single-season franchise records in both categories with 24 games to play.

Final score prediction: Wild 3, Bruins 2

Senators vs. Blue Jackets

In the midst of their fifth-straight losing season, the Senators don’t even have many veteran assets to sell during next week’s NHL trade deadline because of stalled youth movement that still hasn’t gotten off the ground. Ottawa defeated Columbus 2-1 in their last meeting two months back, but the Blue Jackets have been playing solid hockey of late with victories over the Wild and Golden Knights.

Pick: Columbus moneyline (+134)

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Kraken vs Lightning

Just five years after the Vegas Golden Knights made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, the expansion Kraken are 18-37-5 and competing for the worst record in the league with the miserable Montreal Canadians.

Seattle will get to see a model franchise up close and personal on Wednesday night when they host the back-to-back champs from Tampa Bay. The Lightning lost the first three games of their West-Coast road trip and will want to finish it strong with what should be an easy W here.

Pick: Lightning -1.5 (-123)

Flames vs Devils

The Flames have cooled down of late, but it’s hard to blame Darryl Sutter’s club given the stranglehold they have on the Pacific division. Beginning a stretch where they play three times in four nights, Calgary will look to start strong against a Devils club that’s playing the second leg of a back-to-back on the road.

To make matters worse, New Jersey is a league-worst 8-18-2 away from home. Don’t look now but Jacob Markstrom could be in line for his NHL-leading 10th shutout of the season.

Final score prediction: Flames 4, Devils 0

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