<![CDATA[NHL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators - 1/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/22/minnesota-wild-vs-nashville-predators-1/22/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in a NHL matchup at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Nashville Predators look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. James Neal leads Nashville with 15 goals, Filip Forsberg has 17 assists and Mike Fisher has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka…

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The Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in a NHL matchup at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Nashville Predators look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. James Neal leads Nashville with 15 goals, Filip Forsberg has 17 assists and Mike Fisher has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 81 goals on 1,029 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 13 goals on 269 shots. The Nashville Predators have won eight of their last 11 games when allowing less than three goals.

The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Wild are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 16 goals, Nino Niederreiter has 17 assists and Charlie Coyle has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 66 goals on 1,030 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 30 goals on 302 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 13 games.

The Predators are 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games and 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 Sunday games. The Predators are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and the road team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild did play last night that lasted nearly till midnight, but there's no denying their current form and the fact they're finding ways to win despite giving up a lot of goals. The Predators are also playing solid hockey as of late, but it's hard to bet against a team that's won 11 of their last 13 home games. I'll give the edge to the Wild because they're on their home ice.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:51:20 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73022
<![CDATA[New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 1/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/22/new-york-islanders-vs-philadelphia-flyers-1/22/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders meet Sunday in NHL action at the Barclays Center.

The Philadelphia Flyers could use a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. The Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with 18 goals, Brayden Schenn has 15 assists and Jakub Voracek has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays.…

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The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders meet Sunday in NHL action at the Barclays Center.

The Philadelphia Flyers could use a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. The Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with 18 goals, Brayden Schenn has 15 assists and Jakub Voracek has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Steve Mason has given up 99 goals on 965 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 32 goals on 260 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed a combined 15 goals in their last three games.

The New York Islanders look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 12.8 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads New York with 18 goals, Anders Lee has seven assists and Brock Nelson has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Thomas Greiss has given up 48 goals on 660 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 64 goals on 669 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed a combined two goals during their three-game winning streak.

The Flyers are 0-9 in their last 9 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. The Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in New York and 38-13 in the last 51 meetings overall.

The Islanders have played some of their most impressive hockey during their current three-game winning streak and you can see some confidence starting to build rather quickly. On the other end, the Flyers can't buy a road win and have been getting destroyed on the defensive end. You have to love the Islanders in this spot on their home ice.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:44:08 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73019
<![CDATA[Ottawa Senators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/22/ottawa-senators-vs-columbus-blue-jackets-1/22/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to get hot again when they visit the Ottawa Senators for Sunday evening NHL hockey. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets could not have been expected to continue their hot streak of a few weeks ago that reached 16 games but I know they would like to begin a new one. Perhaps it started Saturday night in their 3-2 victory versus visiting Carolina who lost to the CBJ for the second  time within a week. Columbus received a pair of goals from Scott Hartnell with Markus Hannikainen also finding the back of the net to make a winner of Sergei Bobrovsky and his 35 stops.…

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The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to get hot again when they visit the Ottawa Senators for Sunday evening NHL hockey. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets could not have been expected to continue their hot streak of a few weeks ago that reached 16 games but I know they would like to begin a new one. Perhaps it started Saturday night in their 3-2 victory versus visiting Carolina who lost to the CBJ for the second  time within a week. Columbus received a pair of goals from Scott Hartnell with Markus Hannikainen also finding the back of the net to make a winner of Sergei Bobrovsky and his 35 stops. Justin Faulk and Sebastian Aho provided the Hurricanes offense while AHL call up Michael Leighton absorbed the loss with 17 saves.

 The Ottawa Senators held the high scoring Toronto Maple Leafs offense in check on Saturday and they survived a shootout as well to win 3-2 on the road while picking up a precious two points. The Senators offense came off the sticks of Bobby Ryan and Dion Phaneuf in regulation with Ryan and Tom Pyatt each scoring in the SO. Mike Condon recorded 31 saves to get the win for the Senators. The Maple Leafs offense came from Tyler Bozak with the man advantage with Martin Marincin also lighting the lamp at 7:01 for a 2-1 lead at the time. Frederik Andersen stopped 25 shots in the Maple Leafs defeat. 

The under is 5-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation and the over is 5-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 7 road games while the under is 4-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 Sunday games. The under is 4-0 in Senators last 4 vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and the Senators are 6-1 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 while the Senators are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Ottawa and the Blue Jackets are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings while the road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The trends say take the Senators or the under but I don’t know who is in goal so please check back…

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:42:29 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73016
<![CDATA[Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks - 1/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/22/chicago-blackhawks-vs-vancouver-canucks-1/22/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments NHL hockey comes to the United Center on Sunday when the Vancouver Canucks visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Vancouver Canucks picked up a valuable two points in a 2-1 victory versus the visiting Florida Panthers and former netminder Roberto Luongo on Friday night. As an extra bonus the Canucks fans saw Henrik Sedin score in the second frame for his 1,000th career point before Lucas Sbisa scored the game winner in the third period. Lost a bit in the celebration was a masterful 34 save performance from Ryan Miller that lifted surging Vancouver to 8-1-3 in their past 12 contests. The Panthers…

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NHL hockey comes to the United Center on Sunday when the Vancouver Canucks visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Vancouver Canucks picked up a valuable two points in a 2-1 victory versus the visiting Florida Panthers and former netminder Roberto Luongo on Friday night. As an extra bonus the Canucks fans saw Henrik Sedin score in the second frame for his 1,000th career point before Lucas Sbisa scored the game winner in the third period. Lost a bit in the celebration was a masterful 34 save performance from Ryan Miller that lifted surging Vancouver to 8-1-3 in their past 12 contests. The Panthers offense came off the stick of Jaromir Jagr with Luongo recording 30 stops in defeat as Florida fell to 20-19-9.

Sometimes when a backup goalie gets a start, a team has to tighten up at the defensive end or hope the offense can do some damage but that wasn’t exactly the case in the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 victory at Boston on Friday. With Corey Schneider getting the night off, Scott Darling came in and was a brick wall in posting his second shutout of the season with 30 saves to raise his record to 12-4 and possibly earn himself another start versus Vancouver on Sunday. Marian Hossa scored the game’s only goal with just under 1 ½ minutes remained in the third and Tuukka Rask logged 21 stops in absorbing the loss for the Bruins.

The under is 3-0-2 in Canucks last 5 vs. Central and the Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win while the Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The over is 6-0-2 in Blackhawks last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and the over is 2-0-3 in Blackhawks last 5 vs. Western Conference while the under is 4-0-2 in Blackhawks last 6 vs. Pacific. The Canucks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

The Blackhawks have fared well against the Canucks but they have not decided on Darling or Schneider in the nets…

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:10:07 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72968
<![CDATA[Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers - 1/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/22/detroit-red-wings-vs-new-york-rangers-1/22/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings meet Sunday in a NHL matchup at the Joe Louis Arena.

The New York Rangers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 21 goals, Chris Kreider has 16 assists and J.T. Miller has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 87…

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The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings meet Sunday in a NHL matchup at the Joe Louis Arena.

The New York Rangers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 21 goals, Chris Kreider has 16 assists and J.T. Miller has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 87 goals on 889 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 34 goals on 443 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed four or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Detroit Red Wings could also use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Red Wings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 11.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Thomas Vanek leads Detroit with 12 goals, Dylan Larkin has six assists and Anthony Mantha has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 77 goals on 736 shots faced and Jimmy Howard has allowed 28 goals on 426 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 17 games.

The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 road games. The Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Rangers are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings in Detroit and the home team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The home team has dominated the series between the Rangers and Red Wings, and New York has cooled off as of late thanks to a defense that's been getting gashed. The Red Wings have looked sharp at home and the value of the plus money makes them a solid play here.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:04:37 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72962
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins - 1/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/22/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-boston-bruins-1/22/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Boston Bruins tangle with the Pittsburgh Penguins in an NHL hockey bout at PP&G PAINTS Arena.

I enjoy a good defensive struggle as opposed to a 7-6 score fest and I saw a good one on Friday night when the Chicago Blackhawks went on the road to down the Boston Bruins 1-0. This was somewhat of a surprise with Blackhawks #1 goalie Corey Crawford received the night off in favor of backup Scott Darling. However, Darling was outstanding as he turned away 30 shots to record his second shutout of the season. His whitewash wasn’t a done deal until the final horn sounded with Chicago’s Marian…

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The Boston Bruins tangle with the Pittsburgh Penguins in an NHL hockey bout at PP&G PAINTS Arena.

I enjoy a good defensive struggle as opposed to a 7-6 score fest and I saw a good one on Friday night when the Chicago Blackhawks went on the road to down the Boston Bruins 1-0. This was somewhat of a surprise with Blackhawks #1 goalie Corey Crawford received the night off in favor of backup Scott Darling. However, Darling was outstanding as he turned away 30 shots to record his second shutout of the season. His whitewash wasn’t a done deal until the final horn sounded with Chicago’s Marian Hossa scored the only goal of the contest with 1:26 left in regulation. The Bruins got 21 stops from Tuukka Rask as Boston suffered their third straight loss.

When the Pittsburgh Penguins are at the top of their game they are more then a handful and show the rest of the NHL that they are a major threat to win another Stanley Cup. The Carolina Hurricanes received an  up close look at the Penguins when they are rolling in a 7-1 defeat at home on Friday. Conor Sheary led the scoring spree with a pair of tallies with Phil Kessel, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin and Trevor Daley also lighting the lamp to make an easy winner of Matt Murray and his 27 stops. The Hurricanes lone goal came off the stick of Viktor Stalberg but Cam Ward struggled between the pipes despite 34 saves as the Canes lost consecutive contests.

The over is 3-0-1 in Bruins last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and the over is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the Bruins are 1-8 in their last 9 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 9-1 in their last 10 Sunday games and the over is 7-1-2 in Penguins last 10 Sunday games while the Penguins are 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. The Bruins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the Bruins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh.

The Bruins have been very strong in this match up but I am leaning Pittsburgh until goalies are announced…

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:48:57 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72959
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/philadelphia-flyers-vs-new-jersey-devils-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities. P.A. Parenteau leads New Jersey with 12 goals, Taylor Hall has 18 assists and Adam Henrique has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider…

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The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities. P.A. Parenteau leads New Jersey with 12 goals, Taylor Hall has 18 assists and Adam Henrique has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 93 goals on 1,037 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 31 goals on 394 shots. The New Jersey Devils have lost 14 of their last 15 games when allowing more than two goals.

The Philadelphia Flyers could also use a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with 18 goals, Brayden Schenn has 15 assists and Jakub Voracek has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Steve Mason has given up 99 goals on 965 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 32 goals on 260 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed a combined 19 goals in their last four games.

The Devils are 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 9-2 in their last 11 home games. The Devils are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and 16-6 in the last 22 meetings overall.

The Devils have had trouble stringing wins together and haven't done the best when playing on the end of a back to back either. Say what you want about the Flyers current losing stretch, but they've been lights out at home the last month or so. I'll side with the home team to get a must win victory to kind of stop the bleeding a bit.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:54:22 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72947
<![CDATA[Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/montreal-canadiens-vs-buffalo-sabres-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Montreal Canadiens return home looking for a big win against the Buffalo Sabres in an Atlantic division show down on Saturday night.

The Sabres look to build on their home ice win against the Red Wings last night as they take to the road for a divisional show down against a frustrated Canadiens team that got back in the win column against the New Jersey Devils last night. The Sabres have been a pretty polarizing team as they seem to step up their game when playing in front of their home fans, but look like they are destined for another top draft pick when they play on the road and…

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The Montreal Canadiens return home looking for a big win against the Buffalo Sabres in an Atlantic division show down on Saturday night.

The Sabres look to build on their home ice win against the Red Wings last night as they take to the road for a divisional show down against a frustrated Canadiens team that got back in the win column against the New Jersey Devils last night. The Sabres have been a pretty polarizing team as they seem to step up their game when playing in front of their home fans, but look like they are destined for another top draft pick when they play on the road and against a great home team like Montreal that will look for a big game out of their MVP in Carey Price it could make for a long outing at the Bell Centre. Robin Lehner Is expected to get the start in the Buffalo crease as he will match up with Price who is looking to snap Montreal’s 2-5 stretch when playing at home.

The Canadiens got a big win on the road against the low scoring Devils last night as Al Montoya had one of his best efforts of the season and the Habs are hoping that is a wake up call for the team who had been on their worst stretch of the year. Montreal always seems to show up in prime time as they are 39-17 in their last 56 Saturday games and with this one being played in front of their home fans it is only fitting that they are heavy favourites in this spot in the end they should have no issues getting a win. However, Montreal has struggled towards the end of a busy schedule as they are 1-4 in their last five in a 4-6 set and 1-5 in their last six in a 3-4 set.

The Sabres are 19-44 in their last 63 against the Atlantic and 40-98 in their last 138 road games while the Habs are 2-5 in their last seven following a win and 8-1 in their last nine against a team with a losing record. Buffalo’s parity continues as they are in a bad spot here as Montreal should cruise to a multi goal win.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:50:59 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72944
<![CDATA[New York Islanders vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/new-york-islanders-vs-los-angeles-kings-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Kings look to stay hot on Saturday nights as they head into Brooklyn to face off with the New York Islanders.

The Kings look to snap out of their losing ways against the Eastern Conference as they have dropped their last four games and take on an Islanders side that hasn’t had a great start to the season and could be in the running for a top end draft pick in the offseason. Los Angeles has had to deal with a ton of adversity over the last few years and the absence of Jonathan Quick has certainly been felt in the Los Angeles crease but they are still in the mix in the…

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The Los Angeles Kings look to stay hot on Saturday nights as they head into Brooklyn to face off with the New York Islanders.

The Kings look to snap out of their losing ways against the Eastern Conference as they have dropped their last four games and take on an Islanders side that hasn’t had a great start to the season and could be in the running for a top end draft pick in the offseason. Los Angeles has had to deal with a ton of adversity over the last few years and the absence of Jonathan Quick has certainly been felt in the Los Angeles crease but they are still in the mix in the Pacific division and can take another step forward with a win tonight. Petr Budaj is expected to make the start as he has for most of the season as he will face off against Jean-Francois Berube who is off to a rough start in a relief role with the Isles.

New York will look to break out offensively and keep their captain John Tavares red hot as they aim to get themselves back into the discussion as an Eastern Conference playoff contender and will aim to extend Los Angeles’ misery against teams with a losing record. The Isles had been a team on the rise over the last few seasons that has been highlighted by a few playoff appearances but lately they seem to be regressing and with some of the league’s best teams neighboured beside them in the Metro division they could be in a tough spot to get into the postseason this year.

The Kings are 1-5 in their last six against a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last seven road games while the Islanders are 4-1 in their last five on one day’s rest and 22-51 in their last 73 Saturday games. Los Angeles isn’t great on the road and that scares me but Berube doesn’t offer much in the NY crease and in the end that is the difference as the Kings get the win.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:42:45 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72941
<![CDATA[Dallas Stars vs. Washington Capitals - 1/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/01/21/dallas-stars-vs-washington-capitals-1/21/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Capitals look for another road victory as they head into Dallas to take on the Stars on Saturday night.

The Capitals head into Dallas on Saturday as one of the hottest teams in the league and they will be out for another victory as they face off against a Stars team who had big playoff aspirations coming into the season but has been one of the biggest disappointments. Washington has been taking down some of the league’s best teams at will over the last few weeks and have a ton of momentum heading into Big D on Saturday but with the Stars being a very underwhelming bunch…

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The Washington Capitals look for another road victory as they head into Dallas to take on the Stars on Saturday night.

The Capitals head into Dallas on Saturday as one of the hottest teams in the league and they will be out for another victory as they face off against a Stars team who had big playoff aspirations coming into the season but has been one of the biggest disappointments. Washington has been taking down some of the league’s best teams at will over the last few weeks and have a ton of momentum heading into Big D on Saturday but with the Stars being a very underwhelming bunch so far and needing a spark to get back on track the Capitals know they will get Dallas’ best here and that could make for an exciting contest.

Dallas has been very tough to figure out as they have the roster to be among the league’s best teams and after a strong campaign last year that saw them get into the playoffs there was a ton of hype for them this season. However, a lackluster back end and some inconsistency up top that has been compounded by injury has them battling to stay above the .500 mark and unless they can right the ship in a hurry they may be on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference playoffs. Dallas is likely to send Kari Lehtonen to the crease here as he will face off against Braden Holtby.

The Caps are 4-1 in their last five road games and 5-0 in their last five against the Western Conference while the Stars are 3-7 in their last 10 overall and 2-10 in their last 12 Saturday games. Dallas is still a tough team to read and in this spot they are in trouble against a very good Washington side.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:32:46 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72938