Trying for a fifth consecutive victory, the Canucks look to extend their home success over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Vancouver (17-9-6) has won four straight one-goal games and continues to mix it up with Minnesota for first place in the Northwest Division. Mason Raymond scored for the second straight game and Cory Schneider made 26 saves as the Canucks concluded a three-game trip with a 3-2 win over Colorado on Sunday. Vancouver's four wins came while playing five games in seven days. Schneider has stopped 111 of 116 shots during the four-game run. Raymond has two goals and two assists during the same span. The Canucks and Blue Jackets (13-13-6) split the first two meetings, both in Columbus. Schneider made 25 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss March 7, then watched Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory five days later. Schneider is 5-1-1 with a 2.24 goals-against average versus Columbus. He's allowed four goals on 84 shots to win both home appearances against the Blue Jackets. Columbus will try to end an 0-3-2 slide at Vancouver and bounce back from its first regulation loss in a month, 5-2 at Nashville on Saturday. Artem Anisimov and R.J. Umberger scored for the Blue Jackets, who had gone 8-0-4 following a 1-0 loss at Chicago on Feb. 24. Sergei Bobrovsky had a 1.34 GAA during an 8-0-3 stretch before he was pulled for giving up four goals on 11 shots against the Predators. He stopped 71 of 73 in the two games with Vancouver this season. Umberger, who scored in the win over the Canucks, has four points in three games after he was held without one in the previous three. Tonight marks the third and final meeting between the Canucks and Blue Jackets this season. Each team has recorded a 2-1 win over the other with both of the previous games, which were played at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, requiring more than 60 minutes to settle.
Zherdev and ScandinavianNarwhal: If CBJ wins, ScandinavianNarwhal has to mention the riots and be depressed about the cup loss. If VAN wins, Zherdev has to be a depressed Browns fan and use sayings like "this'll be our year" for a week.
1997: Gino Odjick passed his previous record and Canucks record of 370 penalty minutes in a single season (1992-93) by recording his 371st penalty minute (fighting) in a game vs. the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Odjick's 371 penalty minutes made him the NHL's most penalized player during the 1996-97 season.
2002: Trevor Linden plays the 1000th game of his NHL career. Through his first 1000 games, Linden played 758 games for Vancouver, 107 with the New York Islanders, and Montreal Canadiens and 28 with Washington. Linden becomes the fourth player to reach the milestone while with Vancouver (Dave Babych, Ryan Walter, Pit Martin).
2002: Goaltender Dan Cloutier sets a new club record with his seventh shutout of the season, posting a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Mar. 24 – Apr. 3, 2006 – The Blue Jackets set a franchise record for consecutive wins with six, culminating with a 3-1 win at Nashville. The club also had road wins at St. Louis and Detroit and home wins over Calgary, San Jose and Chicago during the streak that was snapped with a 6-5 shootout loss at Detroit on Apr. 7.
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My record is available here - https://fansunite.com/profile/TMussolani NHL: Vancouver Canucks At New York Rangers The first part of my thoughts on this game focuses heavily on the absentees of the Canucks. The Canucks are missing four defensemen for this game, three of whom would certainly be in their top 6. Out are Bieksa, Corrado, and possibly Tanev and Edler. In addition, they will be missing Nick Bonino, who is an underrated defensive center. That being said, the Canucks can still score goals every game, and they should have a chance with Talbot playing the worst I've seen him play. Since Lundqvist went down, Talbot has posted a 3.25 GAA in his last four games, but the Rangers offense has helped, scoring at least five goals in their last four games. Simply, their offense is rolling, and I think part of that is that they are trying to outscore their opposition without Lundqvist. It's working, and it will continue to work against a Canucks side that is ravaged with defensive injuries. It was obvious in the Rangers big win over the Islanders - This team is playing extremely well offensively and believe they are never out of a game. They are giving up a lot of chances, but their pond hockey style is working for them. My Pick of the Day is the New York Regulations to win in regulation (or if you are betting three-way where a tie is an option, then its NYR to win) @ 2.06. I'm also going to have a play on the over, as I do think Canucks will get a goal or two. I'm going to take Over 5.5 Goals @ 2.10 NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets At Pittsburgh Penguins This is a bit of a riskier call, but I do like it for a number of reasons. Fleury is playing unbelievable hockey right now in the Pittsburgh goal. In his last 5 games, he's only let in four goals total. He's tracking the puck very well and is positionally sound. Simply, he's dialed in. The Penguins are a little confusing right now. In three of their last five games, they have scored one goal or less. Now, tonight they get to face Curtis McElhinney, and that should be a gift to scorers. Still, he's been serviceable. Now, a ton of people are going to jump on the over in this game. The Penguins are obviously an elite team, and have two of the best players in the world. I've seen too many of their games recently though where they seem to rely on Letang to get things going, and he's the only real creative force. There is a ton of standing still from Crosby and Malking, and they need the grinders to get them the goals. The Blue Jackets are playing better, but 5 of their last 6 games have had a ton of goals in them. Why do I think tonight will be different? Well, for one, Dubinsky always seems to throw Crosby off his game and I'm sure he will be a thorn in Crosby's side again tonight. Second, I can't think they will be stupid enough to try and get in a back and forth game with the Penguins. Sure, their players are young and they are eliminated from the playoffs, but they have a mindset where they are still trying to win every game. I think that's admirable for a young team, and will be what differentiates them from the Edmonton's of the world. Additionally, it's always fun to play against some of the best players in the world, and I think the team will be motivated. I'm going to take Under 5.5 Goals @ 1.88 NHL: Nashville Predators At New York Islanders This should be one hell of a game. Two of the NHL's hottest, and best teams collide tonight in Nassau county. The Predators are trying to win seven games in a row for the first time in franchise history. The Islanders have won six of their last eight games. Tonight also sees an interesting goaltending matchup between Vezina favorite Rinne and the Islanders' Halak. The Islanders initially missed Okposo a ton, but they've started to come around offensively and have scored at least four goals in three straight games. The issue is that they've also allowed a ton of opportunities for their opposition. They've started to play a bit of an all out attacking style which generates at on of odd man rushes. The issue is that they also give up their fair share. I think they will have to tighten up for the playoffs, but for this part of the regular season they will be fine. My thoughts on this game is that it will be dictated by the Islanders recent playing style. They will be amped up to prove themselves against one of the NHL's elite, especially after their loss in their last big one, to the rival Rangers. I think they will carry on their trend of creating special teams opportunities for both themselves and their opposition. This may be a bit of a surprise considering the goaltending matchup, but I'm going to take Over 5.5 Goals @ 2.01 NHL: Winnipeg Jets At Washington Capitals Sorry, I'm running out of time a bit, so this one's going to be brief. Here's my short version of this game. Pavelec is in goal for the Jets, and he is bad. The Jets play a very run and gun style of hockey, and so do the Caps. The Capitals are getting a lot of offense right now, and Backstrom and Ovechkin are on fire. The Jets seem to get goals every game, so I don't see that stopping now. Holtby is a worry, because he can shut down a team, but as I've said, the Jets are creating a ton of chances and are finding ways to score. I'm going to take Over 5.5 Goals @ 2.22
My record is available here - https://fansunite.com/profile/TMussolani NHL: New York Islanders At Florida Panthers I touched on this two days ago, but Dan Ellis is not a good NHL goalie anymore. He will be even worse if he is relied on at all to be the Panthers number one for an extended period. This will lead to a few more Over scores in Panthers games, because they will have to chase a few games and play a little more offensively. The Islanders, obviously, are one of the better teams in the league. They have a great offense, but are also guilty of giving up a number of chances. Halak is a good goalie, but he isn't playing as well as he is capable of. Maybe that's just part of the doldrums of this time of the season. Three of the Panthers last four games have had more than five goals, and a lot of that is due to the pressure of being in a playoff chase. I think the youngsters are producing, but are also succumbing to the pressure on the defensive end. It should be an interesting ending to the season for Panthers fans, but I do predict we will see some more goals. Ultimately, despite the Panthers playing quite well, I need to go against them as I do not have any faith in Dan Ellis. My Pick of The Day is Over 5.5 Goals @ 1.86. I'm also going to take the New York Islanders to win at 1.60 NHL: Winnipeg Jets At Nashville Predators For a long part of the NHL season, the Predators were the cream of the crop. Now, however, they are mired in a six game losing streak. They have a good opportunity to win tonight, but I'm not going to try and catch a falling knife. The reality is that Rinne is not yet back to Vezina form, and the Preds are giving up many scoring chances. In their five losses, the Predators opponents have managed to score at least four goals in four of the games. Tonight, they take on a Jets team that is playing a little inconsistently, but is a desperate race for a playoff spot. They've lost some key players lately, and now they can add Byfuglien to that list. The big man is projected out for a few weeks after suffering an injury last game on an innocuous looking play. I'm hoping Pavelec is in net tonight, but truthfully even with Hutchinson in net I'm confident. Both of these teams give up a bunch of scoring chances yet always seem to find the net a few times themselves each game. If they can keep up the trend of scoring at least two, we will get a push at minimum. I'm going to take Over 5 Goals @ 1.72 NHL: St. Louis Blues At Toronto Maple Leafs Neither of these teams are playing very well, but one of them has legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations, while the other is just playing out the season. The Blues have lost four of their last six games, and have let some complacency squeak into their game. They will need to eliminate these faults to contend in the playoffs. There's really not to much to say if you are approaching this game from the angle I am. Obviously, the Blues are a much better side than the Leafs. I like the Leafs to be in with a shout tonight, and with the odds offered, I'm going to take the plunge. Maybe this is just a trap set by the bookies that I'm falling into, but I feel like the odds on the Blues are overly generous, so I think I'm on the right side. If Reimer was in goal, I would have stayed away, but Bernier has been very good of late. The Blues are throwing Elliot out, and while he is capable of shutting the door, he's just as capable of blowing up. I'm going to take the Toronto Maple Leafs to win @ 2.47 NHL: Colorado Avalanche At Columbus Blue Jackets I was quite impressed with the Avalanche's game against Pittsburgh last time out, a 3-1 victory. They were probably outplayed, but they did enough for the win. I like their chances of picking up another victory tonight against a Blue Jackets side that has gotten very loose with their structure. I'm sure a lot of it is because of the amount of youngsters in their squad, and the offensive talent that they possess, but the Blue Jackets games are going end to end of late. It's fun to watch, and it leads to goals. Backup McElhinney will be in net as well, which only leads to more goals. The Avalanche lost McKinnon for the next eight weeks, which is a major loss, but the Avs still have enough young offensive talent. Three of the Blue Jackets last four home games have gone over over the total, and the one that did not was against a defensively sound Devils side. The Avalanche's last two away games also sailed over the total. Really, I see this game going back and forth. The Blue Jackets are playing a very entertaining style of hockey of late and the Avalanche are no strangers to playing loose hockey. Ultimately, I expect the Avalanche to win this game, but the Blue Jackets will certainly have their chances. I'm going to take Over 5.5 Goals @ 2.11 and the Colorado Avalanche to win @ 1.92 NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins At Los Angeles Kings It's been a while, but the Penguins finally have both Crosby and Malkin playing very well at the same time. Both players were very impressive last night in Anaheim, and I expect that to carry over to tonight. I mean, Malkin has 14 points in his lat 7 games.Additionally, both have a very real shot at winning the Art Ross trophy. I bet on the Kings the other day when they hosted a Montreal Canadiens team that was on the second half of a back to back, after playing in Anaheim the night before. The same scenario presents itself again tonight, but I'm not going to get burned betting on the Kings again. The Penguins are a deep side themselves, and are actually pretty similar to the Canadiens on the back end. I like that Fleury will be in net tonight as he has played very well this season. He hasn't played well in his last three, but he's got a good history against the Kings. I like the odds on offer here tonight, and until the Kings show some consistency again, I'm going to avoid them. My pick is the Pittsburgh Penguins to win @ 2.22
My record is available here - https://fansunite.com/profile/TMussolani Sorry guys, this should be my last day of short write-ups/absence. Everything is back to normal tomorrow. NHL: Los Angeles Kings At New Jersey Devils It's desperation time in LA as the Kings have called up Mike Richards from the AHL. Hopefully, his championship pedigree will help them out in time to make a push to close the two point gap separating them from an opportunity to defend their championship. They face the stingy New Jersey Devils who are getting otherworldly goaltending from Schneider. Basically, if the Devils are going to win this game it's because the Kings couldn't get two past Schneider. The Devils just don't have the offense. It's likely that Quick will be in the Kings net tonight, and I expect him to roll into playoff form pretty quickly. The Kings succeed when they play sound defensive hockey and capitalize on their chances. The Devils are trying to mirror that style, but they just don't have the personnel necessary. Being the home team, they will be able to roll out the matches they prefer and I expect that to go a long way to keeping the Kings quiet. Basically, everything is going to come down to Schneider in the Devils net, but he hasn't provided a reason to doubt him. My Pick of The Day is Under 5 Goals @ 1.69 NHL: Minnesota Wild At Toronto Maple Leafs The Leafs have obviously given up on the season and their effort defensively proves it. They will be in for a worry tonight against a Wild side that thrives on giving a massive effort every game. I don't think the Wild are the most quality side, but you have to love their demeanour each and every night. They have relied on the goaltending of Dubnyk to get them back into the playoff race, and have succeeded of late despite him falling off a little. He's let in three goals in both of his last two games, which are high compared to the pace he was setting in February! Bernier will be in the Leafs net tonight, and it's tough to blame him for a 3.68 GAA in his last 10. Sure, he's not playing well, but when your D is giving up quality chances in the slot it's tough to survive. The Leafs have checked out and the in-fighting is apparent. Their opposition has scored at least four goals in 8 of their last 9 games and I expect that trend to continue tonight. The Leafs can also score at home, so hopefully they contribute. I'm going to take Over 5.5 Goals @ 2.11. NHL: San Jose Sharks At Ottawa Senators I think the Senators are getting a ton of support because they are a young Canadian team that is fuelled by a rookie goaltender leading them into an improbable playoff position. The Sharks, on the other hand, are a team that many have thought need to start rebuilding for a while now. Well, I kind of agree with both sides of these arguments, but I don't think the Sharks are a bad team. I think they are a better team than the Senators, anyways. The issue with betting against the Sens is that they are a great home team that plays with a ton of energy. That's my worry tonight. The Sharks aren't like that. Still, I expect the quality of San Jose to eventually find their way back into the playoff hunt. Niemi has been very good in his latest games while Hammond has been a bit more erratic after his godly first 12 games. He has let in three and four goals against mediocre offenses in Boston and Toronto. The Sharks have a good recent record in Ottawa, and I feel like they turned the corner after poor showings against Winnipeg and Chicago. I'm going to take the San Jose Sharks to win @ 2.15 NHL: Colorado Avalanche At Calgary Flames I find these two teams extremely interesting. Both are young teams with a ton of potential. The Flames are in with a great chance to make an unlikely playoff appearance while the Avalanche have disappointed after an amazing run last year. Still, both teams have quality. I like Colorado here, however, because of their recent form. The Avalanche have won three of four and looked quite good in their one loss, to the league leading Anaheim Ducks. The Flames have dropped three of four, and their one win was against the lowly Flyers. The Avalanche won't be making the playoffs, but they have gotten great goaltending from Varlamov lately. Varlamov has posted a 6-0-1 record and a 1.43 GAA in his last seven games. If he displays anything close to that form, the Avalanche will beat a Flames team with a tendency to give up a lot of chances. Either way, it should be an interesting game with Iginla returning. I'm going to take the Colorado Avalanche to win @ 2.25
Sorry boys, write-ups are going to be even shorter than usual today. Woke up with a migraine and it's been with me all day. As a result, I'm not going to be around to answer questions before the games, but I'll be around watching when they start. Gonna hit the gym and try and sweat it out. My record is available here - https://fansunite.com/profile/TMussolani NHL: San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks The Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf had an appendectomy, and made his return to the lineup last night against Columbus. Unbelievably, he actually looked like a good hockey player, rather than the liability on ice which he'd been so far this season. He looked back to his best, with great passes, and looking a genuine threat throughout the game. It provided a spark to the rest of the lineup, and last night was easily the best game the Ducks have played all season. I'm not sure whose going to be in goal for the Ducks, Khudobin or Andersen, but I don't have faith in either on a back-to-back. Andersen is a great goalie with great numbers, but he isn't generally the best playing two nights on a row. Khudobin just has not been good for the Ducks after a terrific preseason. The Sharks have also been rolling in the goals of late, scoring 14 goals in their last four games. They are driving the net tremendously, and are generating a ton of second chance opportunities. Five of their last six games have had at least six goals in it, and I expect that trend to continue tonight. My Pick of The Day is Over 5 Goals @ 1.77 Other picks I'm taking today are: NHL: Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins - Boston Bruins to win @ 2.42 NHL: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators - Ottawa Senators to win @ 1.83 NHL: Winnipeg Jets vs. Philadelphia Flyers - Winnipeg Jets to win in REGULATION @ 2.00ANDOver 5.5 Goals @ 2.17 (This bet is not limited to regulation. this is a full game OT/SO included wager) NHL: Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues - Under 5 Goals @ 2.12ANDNashville Predators to win @ 1.81 NHL: Minnesota Wild vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - Tampa Bay Lightning to win @ 2.06 NHL: Calgary Flames vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - Over 5.5 Goals @ 2.20
My record is available here - https://fansunite.com/profile/TMussolani NHL: New York Islanders At Philadelphia Flyers This is a matchup of two teams heading in opposite directions. The Islanders have been one of the sides competing for the Eastern Conference lead, but the loss of Kyle Okposo has hit them hard. The Islanders have lost three straight games, by scores of 4-2, 4-1, and 5-2. They are having trouble scoring, and are giving up goals at an alarming rate. The Flyers woes have changed since Steve Mason has made his return from injury. Mason has helped lead the Flyers to four straight wins, including a 30 save shutout in his last game. Both of these are very physical sides, but the recent momentum is with Philadelphia in both the goaltending department and the form charts. The biggest mismatch that I expect Philadelphia to capitalize on, however, is the Power Play. The Flyers have a lethal Power Play, especially at home, and they are facing an Islanders squad that boast the league's worst Penalty Kill, operating at only 72.4%. I think this will be a physical game with power play chances for both sides. I think the Flyers have a decided edge here. The Flyers have also had four days break leading up to this game, and no a win is necessary to keep them in with a shout to make the playoffs. It's unlikely they make it, but a big winning streak will give them a shot. Until the Islanders turn it around, I just can't back them. I'm going to take the Philadelphia Flyers to win @ 2.08. I also expect this to be a relatively low scoring game, with both goaltenders playing well and the Flyers knowing they can't afford a track meet game. The Flyers need a win and that requires sound defensive hockey. I'm also going to take Under 5.5 Goals @ 1.87 NHL: Anaheim Ducks At Nashville Predators The Predators will be quite happy with how they have played without Rinne. Now, however, the star goaltender is returning. Rinne will be Nashville's starting goalie tonight. I'm always a little worried about a goalie making a return after a long layoff and Rinne, as good as he is, is no different. These two sides are leading the league for points, so both will be eager for the win. Nashville have won 9 straight home games, so it's tough to bet against them here. They will be in tough though: Anaheim has won the last four games in Nashville, and six of seven between the two sides. They have their top line rolling again, with Perry notching two goals and getting the assist on Getzlaf's game winner against the Hurricanes. There is a bit of animosity between these two sides, leading back to the recent playoff series that the Predators won between the two teams. The Ducks have looked very susceptible defensively, and seem to be making another defensive change tonight with Lovejoy making way for Brewer. Brewer is going to be paired with Fowler tonight, and I'm not a fan of that matchup. Andersen has not been stellar in net in recent games, and has actually given up four goals in each of his last two starts. I wouldn't be surprised to see that trend continue against a relentless Nashville side that has a ton of depth. The Ducks have the top end skill, and Nashville has the ability to take advantage of a lacklustre Ducks D. Rinne is coming off a big layoff, and Andersen isn't playing great. This points to goals. I'm going to take Over 5.5 Goals @ 2.18 NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning At Dallas Stars This game for me is a very interesting matchup. We all know that Tampa is a good team, but Dallas is one with a ton of potential. They've really improved their play of late and have managed interlace some very good games with some losses. That being said, they've played well in their losses as well. The Lightning have struggled on the road of late, and have lost four straight. Their road record is 11-11-4 to this point. Bishop will not be in goal, and the Lightning will turn to talented rookie Vasilevskiy. The youngster has been extremely impressive in his four appearances this year, and has three wins to show for his efforts. These are the two leading scoring teams in the league, so both goalies are going to have to be sharp. It's a tough game, but I've been very impressed with Dallas of late and think they are going to turn things around here and go on a run. They have depth throughout, and will have an opportunity against Vasilevskiy who has not been in the NHL for a while. I'm going to take Dallas Stars to win @ 1.92 NHL: Carolina Hurricanes At Arizona Coyotes The Hurricanes were one of the NHL's hottest teams for a stretch in January, but have run into a tough schedule of late. They've faced three of the NHL's better teams in St. Louis. New York Rangers, and Anaheim, and have been left with a three game losing streak. The Coyotes have won three of their last four and have looked very good in their last two games. As you can probably tell, I'm a big believer in teams looking good in recent games. The Hurricanes basically gave up when the Anaheim Ducks turned up the heat in their last outing. The 'Canes were up 4-2, but backed off and played very tentatively, before succumbing to a 5-4 defeat. I've watched enough Hurricanes games of late to see that they have these defensive lapses often. They are a good cycling side offensively, but they give up a ton of odd man rushes. The Coyotes do not have nearly the same firepower as the Ducks, but they are working extremely hard, and are playing more of a team game then they have at any other point in the season. They were finally blocking shots and playing like a Tippet coached side. I'm going to take the Arizona Coyotes to win @ 1.95 NHL: Detroit Red Wings At Colorado Avalanche I just don't like this matchup for the Wings. They are a very good side and I'm excited to see them compete in the playoffs, but they, like most teams, struggle with speed. The Avalanche have speed in spades. The Wings have won seven of eight and come into this game on four days rest, so my play is certainly not against their form. Helpfully, Avs starter Varlamov has been splendid in his last bunch of games. He has gone 7-2-2 in his last 11, with only 1.98 GAA. Looking at Colorado's recent results, the games they've lost they've played decently well in, and they've won some good games too. I've watched them a bit recently, and they are generating a ton of chances off the rush. They just need Duchene to find his feet a little bit. I expect the Avalanche to have some momentum after coming back to beat the Stars 3-2 last time out. It was a bit of a throwback to their heroics of last year. There's not much to say about this game from my angle, as I've stated, this is mostly a matchup play for me. I'm going to take the Colorado Avalanche to win @ 2.06
Well, I'm feeling pretty good about the month of March as it comes to a close. 7 of the last 10 days have been profitable, and I'm up close to 40 units on the month with a couple bets pending. Since there is only two days of March left, I'm hoping to push that number closer to 45. Cheers, and as always, thank you guys very much for the support and love you've shown me this month My record is available here - https://fansunite.com/profile/TMussolani NHL: Calgary Flames At Dallas Stars The Flames played last night in Nashville, where they impressively dispatched one of the league's best on the way to a massive 5-2 victory. I say massive because the Flames are only one point ahead in grabbing the final Pacific Division playoff spot. They are clearly a desperate team, and their inability to play defense, but their resiliency is clear to see when looking at their recent stats. Only one out of their last 10 games has seen less than 5 goals scored. One! That's crazy. It seems that either them or their opposition posts a big number. Well, I'm not going against that trend. Hiller will be getting the start for the Flames, but the Stars should be very accustomed to Hiller's tendency to go down early and block off the bottom of the net as the Stars have faced him a ton over the years. The Stars have scored four goals in four of their last five games, and in the one they didn't, their opposition managed to score four. They aren't a good defensive team, but I feel that they have one of the best offenses in the league. It's just taken them some time to figure that out. Desperation breeds mistakes, in my opinion, and that leads to goals. The Stars have nothing to lose, so I expect them to go all out for the win as well. My Pick of The Day is Over 5.5 Goals @ 1.93.I don't think this will be a popular pick, but I think the Stars are playing much better than the Flames of late. The Flames are relying too much on heroics whereas the Stars are just playing good hockey. Hiller is making the back-to-back start for the Flames, and he's never been stellar in that situation. The Stars are chasing the Jets and are 6 points back from a playoff spot. It's unlikely they make it, but a win tonight at least gives them hope. I'm taking the Dallas Stars to win @ 1.68 NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning At Montreal Canadiens There is a little danger in this pick in that Carey Price has the ability to stonewall his opponents in any game. I don't think that will happen tonight, however, as the Lightning are a team he has always struggled against. Price has a 3.29 GAA against the Lightning this season, which is his second worst average against any opposition. Even on off days he is one of the best goalies in the league, but it's helpful to me that in his last 5 games, only one has seen him allow less than two goals. I'll need something similar again tonight to win this bet. The Lightning have gotten good goaltending from Bishop over the last while, but he's struggled in his last three games. He's let in three goals in all of them and has allowed six goals against in the last 33 shots he's faced. The Lightning are coming off of consecutive losses and were shutout against the Red Wings last time out, so I expect them to be pushing for goals. Obviously, you don't want to be heading into the playoffs struggling to score, and there is a reason the Lightning have the highest goals for average in the league. These two teams will be competing for Eastern Conference's representative in the Stanley Cup Finals, and I expect this to be a bit of a statement game. Neither side has a lot to gain standings wise, but a game against another elite team will provide a good measuring stick to see where the squad is at heading into the post-season. I expect that both teams will be keen to avoid injuries heading into the playoffs, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a few players move out of the way instead of blocking shots. Now, that's not really the basis for me taking the bet, but it is worth noting. I think the Lightning will play an open game, and the Canadiens play much more offensively at home then they do on the road. Neither goaltender is playing lights out right now either. I'm taking Over 5 Goals @ 2.00 NHL: Vancouver Canucks At St. Louis Blues The Blues are clearly trying to get starting goalie Elliott ready for the playoffs. The big man has struggled, however, as the Blues try and get rid of any rust before heading into the post-season. They have a promising youngster in Allen in the wings, but the plan is, quite obviously, for Elliott to lead the way. Elliott has allowed 7 goals in his last two starts, stopping only 25 of 32 shots. That is not very good. Now he faces a Canucks team that is increasingly feeling the pressure of a playoff spot closing in. The Canucks are only three points up on the Kings, who are still on the outside looking in. They've also dropped their last two games, which is a concern. The Blues have dropped four of their last five games, but I think they actually played pretty well in their latest, a 4-2 loss to the streaking Blue Jackets. That's the reason I'm not picking a side here. I think the Blues are playing better than their recent results suggest, and the Canucks are feeling the pressure a bit. To me, I like the idea of goals. The Canucks are going to be desperate for points, and much like their game against the Stars where I picked the over, I think that will lead to a fair bit of chances. The Blues are one of the deepest teams offensively in the league, so they can certainly take advantage. I'm not sure how quickly Elliott can turn his play around, but I'm not going to try and catch a falling knife. I'm taking Over 5 Goals @ 1.79 NHL: Los Angeles Kings At Chicago Blackhawks I backed the Kings throughout their recent road trip and had fun counting the money from those games. They, however, burned me in their last game, a 4-1 loss to the Wild. To be fair, I think they dominated that game, but in the end they lost and it was another win for the impressive Wild. So, what happens tonight in a game the Kings desperately need to chase a playoff spot? I don't think the 'Hawks are playing great; they've only won two of their last five. That being said, I think they will be pretty amped up after their late game win against the Jets where they scored in the last 30 seconds of the game. I thought the 'Hawks were badly outplayed in the first two periods of the game, but they really woke up in the third. Curiously, this is the first visit by the Kings to the United Center since last season's Game 7 win in the Western Conference Finals. Okay, I'm going to stop trying to convince you guys of why I'm taking the 'Hawks. There really isn't a reason. It's more of a gut feeling play, so I understand if you want to take the Kings. My money, however, is taking the Chicago Blackhawks to win @ 2.11. NHL: Buffalo Sabres At Arizona Coyotes This game does not deserve a write-up. Both these teams are terrible. Still, I'm taking the Arizona Coyotes to win this game. They are a team with more of a veteran presence, and as much as I can't stand Doan, he's not the type of guy to let his team mail it in. Smith is also playing pretty well in goal as he seems to have gotten over whatever his issues were all season. The Sabres are hapless and have mailed it in. They know their fans don't even want them to pretend to win games as evidenced by their cheering as the Coyotes beat the Sabres earlier in the week. I'm taking the Arizona Coyotes -1.5 Goals @ 2.5
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