<![CDATA[NHL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/edmonton-oilers-vs-los-angeles-kings-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Edmonton Oilers have their sights set on top spot in the Pacific as they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to town on Tuesday night.

The Kings are in unfamiliar territory heading into action on Tuesday night as they are well back of the playoff picture in the Western Conference and with an 11-point mountain to climb and only eight games to do it I think it is safe to say they will not be in the running to win the Stanley Cup this season. Los Angeles came into the year with high expectations as they have grown into a perennial contender in the Western Conference but an early season injury…

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The Edmonton Oilers have their sights set on top spot in the Pacific as they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to town on Tuesday night.

The Kings are in unfamiliar territory heading into action on Tuesday night as they are well back of the playoff picture in the Western Conference and with an 11-point mountain to climb and only eight games to do it I think it is safe to say they will not be in the running to win the Stanley Cup this season. Los Angeles came into the year with high expectations as they have grown into a perennial contender in the Western Conference but an early season injury to Jonathan Quick and an endless battle with inconsistency has them well back of the hunt and they could fall victim to an Edmonton side that can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Tuesday in front of their home fans. The Kings are likely to start Quick as he will face off against Cam Talbot who continues to be a work horse in the Edmonton crease.

The Oilers meanwhile look poised to snap out of their lengthy playoff drought that extends back to the 2006 season where they fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in game seven of the Stanley Cup final which is led to years of futility for the City of Champions. However, the Oilers have turned a corner thanks in large part to the emergence of Connor McDavid, who is in first full season in the league is poised to claim the Art Ross as the league scoring champion and the Hart as league MVP. Edmonton is getting excellent campaigns from the like of Patrick Maroon, Milan Lucic, and Leon Draisaitl as well as Talbot who has been ridiculously good at times in the Edmonton cage and with just seven games left in the regular season the Oilers have a target on their back for the first time in a decade.

The Kings are 1-10 in their last 11 against a team with a winning record and winless in their last five against the Pacific while the Oilers are 6-1 in their last seven and 5-0 in their last five home games. This is a huge night for Oil Country as they snap their playoff futility streak with a big home win over the Kings and send their fans home happy to have postseason hockey on the horizon.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:33:35 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81677
<![CDATA[Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/montreal-canadiens-vs-dallas-stars-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Montreal Canadiens look to keep their recent surge intact as they host the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.

The Stars look to shake out of their ugly funk on the road as they head into Montreal on Tuesday looking to play spoiler for the Habs who are playing some of their best hockey of the season and have their sights set on top spot in the Atlantic division. The Stars come into this one playing a bit better of late but for one of the league’s biggest disappointments there really wasn’t anywhere to go but up for this group in what should be a lengthy offseason filled…

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The Montreal Canadiens look to keep their recent surge intact as they host the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.

The Stars look to shake out of their ugly funk on the road as they head into Montreal on Tuesday looking to play spoiler for the Habs who are playing some of their best hockey of the season and have their sights set on top spot in the Atlantic division. The Stars come into this one playing a bit better of late but for one of the league’s biggest disappointments there really wasn’t anywhere to go but up for this group in what should be a lengthy offseason filled with change from the front office to the on ice product. Dallas has some fire power that the Canadiens need to be concerned about as Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn still form one of the most dangerous duos in the league and while Montreal has been much better over the last three weeks they are always in danger of going cold in the offensive zone.

The Canadiens meanwhile will look to create some separation atop the division as they are currently three points clear of the Ottawa Senators who still have a game in hand on Montreal in a race that looks like it is going to come right down to the wire. Montreal hasn’t demonstrated a ton of offensive flare this season and that could be their undoing come playoff time if they don’t get exceptional goaltending from Carey Price, but we have seen the former MVP get back to his old self since the all-star break and he looks determined to carry his group well into the Eastern Conference playoffs and it might take more than an also ran Dallas side on this night to ruin the swagger of this Canadiens group at the moment.

The Stars are 7-23 in their last 30 following a win and 7-21 in their last 28 against a team with a winning record while the Canadiens are 10-4 in their last 14 overall and 7-3 in their last 10 Tuesday games. This is a tough game to call as Montreal needs the win but Dallas is playing with nothing to lose, have the offense to take down the Habs, and Montreal has been dismal against the Central division. I’m taking a flier with Dallas or making this a no play. 

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:20:55 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81674
<![CDATA[Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/vancouver-canucks-vs-anaheim-ducks-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 32 goals, Ryan Kesler has 32 assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given…

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The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 32 goals, Ryan Kesler has 32 assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 105 goals on 1,336 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 72 goals on 867 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have won 12 of their last 15 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Vancouver Canucks could use a nice feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Canucks are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with 20 goals, Markus Granlund has 13 assists and Sven Baertschi has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 62 goals on 692 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 135 goals on 1,591 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed two or more goals in each of their last 10 games.

The Ducks are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 27-12 in their last 39 vs. Pacific and 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Canucks are 1-10 in their last 11 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The Ducks are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Vancouver, and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Vancouver and 8-2-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.

The Vancouver Canucks are a team that has its eyes set on the offseason, the beach and sand between the toes. The Anaheim Ducks are gearing up for a strong playoff run and would love to wrap up the Pacific division as soon as possible. The Ducks should cruise to victory here, and of course, I take the spread to increase the value of the bet and avoid the massive juice.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:53:02 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81671
<![CDATA[Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/toronto-maple-leafs-vs-florida-panthers-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Air Canada Centre.

The Florida Panthers need a big road victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Panthers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Florida with 28 goals, Vincent Trocheck has 30 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 86.1 percent of their opponents power plays.…

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The Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Air Canada Centre.

The Florida Panthers need a big road victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Panthers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Florida with 28 goals, Vincent Trocheck has 30 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 86.1 percent of their opponents power plays. James Reimer has given up 87 goals on 1,081 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has allowed 104 goals on 1,217 shots. The Florida Panthers have lost nine of their last 11 games when allowing more than one goal.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to earn another big victory here after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 34 goals, Nazem Kadri has 25 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 215 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 157 goals on 1,924 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has allowed 18 goals on 141 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won seven of their last eight games when allowing three or less goals.

The Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-11 in their last 16 overall. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 4 overall and the under is 5-1-2 in Panthers last 8 road games.

The Florida Panthers continue to drop in the standings with constant poor performances and the defense keeps taking a hit with Luongo not on the ice. Playing on the end of a back-to-back against a hot Toronto Maple Leafs squad likely isn't going to help matters. With the way the Maple Leafs have played the last couple of weeks, they should be able to beat up on a struggling Panthers team that looks dead in the water in terms of the playoffs.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:31:34 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81668
<![CDATA[Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/boston-bruins-vs-nashville-predators-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins meet Tuesday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Nashville Predators look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 29 goals, Viktor Arvidsson has 27 assists and James Neal has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka…

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The Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins meet Tuesday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Nashville Predators look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 29 goals, Viktor Arvidsson has 27 assists and James Neal has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 135 goals on 1,612 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 39 goals on 531 shots. The Nashville Predators have won six straight games when allowing three or less goals.

The Boston Bruins could use a nice spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 37 goals, David Pastrnak has 32 assists and David Krejci has 152 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 133 goals on 1,470 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 34 goals on 338 shots. The Boston Bruins have won six of their last seven games when allowing three or less goals.

The Predators are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 7-3 in their last 10 home games, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Predators are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Boston, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall and the home team is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.

The Nashville Predators are playing better hockey than the Bruins right now and have won the last three meetings against Boston, which includes allowing just one goal in the last two matchups. However, Nashville is also on the end of a back-to-back and playing in Boston is never easy. Also, the home team has won 11 of the last 13 meetings between these two clubs. That has to count for something. I like the Bruins to get a nice home win to kind of right the ship. 

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:19:13 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81665
<![CDATA[Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/carolina-hurricanes-vs-detroit-red-wings-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings look to beat the Carolina Hurricanes again after winning five of their last seven games. The Red Wings are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 21 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 45 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents…

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The Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings look to beat the Carolina Hurricanes again after winning five of their last seven games. The Red Wings are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 21 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 45 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 130 goals on 1,314 shots faced and Jimmy Howard has allowed 35 goals on 541 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a bounce back performance after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 30 goals, Sebastian Aho has 23 assists and Victor Rask has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Ward has given up 150 goals on 1,568 shots faced and Eddie Lack has allowed 35 goals on 372 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have won five straight games when allowing three or less goals.

The Red Wings are 5-13 in their last 18 road games, 17-36 in their last 53 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-9 in their last 11 Tuesday games. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Red Wings are 22-7-1 in the last 30 meetings, 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Carolina and the under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Carolina.

It's tough to beat a team twice in as many days, especially when both games are on the road, but I was burned by the Hurricanes yesterday and this plus money is getting a little crazy. I know the Detroit Red Wings aren't good on the road and have been crazy inconsistent overall, but they have had Carolina's number in recent meetings and have won five of their last seven overall. Maybe this is a team looking to finish the season strong. I'll take stab with the road team based on the crazy line we're getting. 

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:08:05 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81662
<![CDATA[San Jose Sharks vs. New York Rangers - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/san-jose-sharks-vs-new-york-rangers-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Rangers battle the San Jose Sharks in west coast NHL hockey on Tuesday.

The New York Rangers possess an offense capable of scoring in bunches although it wasn’t nearly big enough to overcome a defense and goaltending that struggled in a 6-3 defeat at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Henrik Lundqvist looked rusty after returning from a three week hiatus because of a hip injury despite a 28 save effort. Derek Stepan, Brady Skjei and Rick Nash each scored for the Rangers. The surging Ducks received their offense from Patrick Eaves with a pair of tallies with Josh Manson, Ryan Kesler,…

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The New York Rangers battle the San Jose Sharks in west coast NHL hockey on Tuesday.

The New York Rangers possess an offense capable of scoring in bunches although it wasn’t nearly big enough to overcome a defense and goaltending that struggled in a 6-3 defeat at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Henrik Lundqvist looked rusty after returning from a three week hiatus because of a hip injury despite a 28 save effort. Derek Stepan, Brady Skjei and Rick Nash each scored for the Rangers. The surging Ducks received their offense from Patrick Eaves with a pair of tallies with Josh Manson, Ryan Kesler, Andrew Cogliano and Nick Ritchie each found the back of the net for Anaheim. Ryan Getzlaf totaled four assists while Jonathan Bernier mustered 28 stops as Anaheim won number four in a row and eight of ten.

The San Jose Sharks have been struggling so the sight of the surging Nashville Predators on the road was probably not welcome. The Sharks continued to struggle in a 7-2 defeat on Saturday where nothing went their way while the Predators could do no wrong. The San Jose attack produced goals from Justin Braun and Patrick Marleau while Martin Jones made 27 stops as the Sharks fell for the 6th straight time. Nashville received a pair of goals each from James Neal and Colton Sissons with PK Subban, Cody McLeod and Viktor Arvidsson also lighting the lamp. Colin Wilson and Craig Smith posted three helpers apiece to make Pekka Rinne and his 26 stops an easy winner. The Preds have now won six of seven to rise to third in the Central.

The Rangers are 1-6 in their last 7 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and the Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game while the Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Sharks are 0-5 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and the  Sharks are 0-6 in their last 6 overall while the Sharks are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings while the Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Rangers have enjoyed success at San Jose with the under also hitting often and I’m leaning Rangers pending goalies…

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:33:41 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81653
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/philadelphia-flyers-vs-ottawa-senators-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Ottawa Senators could use a strong road victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Turris leads Ottawa with 25 goals, Mike Hoffman has 33 assists and Mark Stone has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig…

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The Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Ottawa Senators could use a strong road victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Turris leads Ottawa with 25 goals, Mike Hoffman has 33 assists and Mark Stone has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 79 goals on 1,081 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 90 goals on 1,068 shots. The Ottawa Senators have lost six straight games when allowing three or more goals.

The Philadelphia Flyers also need a nice victory here after they’ve split their last eight games. The Flyers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with 29 goals, Brayden Schenn has 27 assists and Jakub Voracek has 234 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Michal Neuvirth has given up 64 goals on 580 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 135 goals on 1,438 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have won seven of their last 11 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Senators are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Flyers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-13 in their last 16 games following a win. The under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia and 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Flyers have won three of the last four meetings against the Senators and have been rather solid on their home ice as of late. The Senators are just not playing well enough to trust on the road in a spot like this and the Flyers need to start winning if they're going to stay in the tight East playoff race. I'll lay the cheap price with the home team here.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:07:40 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81650
<![CDATA[New Jersey Devils vs. Winnipeg Jets - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/new-jersey-devils-vs-winnipeg-jets-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Winnipeg Jets invade the Prudential Center to face the New Jersey Devils in NHL hockey action.

The Winnipeg Jets postseason hopes are hanging by a thread and it’s a very thin thread to be exact. Winnipeg is eliminated from the playoffs with one loss or a St. Louis Blues win so there isn’t any wiggle room and the odds are against them in a big way. The Jets managed to avoid elimination with Sunday’s 2-1 victory versus the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Mathieu Perrault scored in the second to erase a 1-0 deficit and Adam Lowry netted the game winner in the third on the power play to…

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The Winnipeg Jets invade the Prudential Center to face the New Jersey Devils in NHL hockey action.

The Winnipeg Jets postseason hopes are hanging by a thread and it’s a very thin thread to be exact. Winnipeg is eliminated from the playoffs with one loss or a St. Louis Blues win so there isn’t any wiggle room and the odds are against them in a big way. The Jets managed to avoid elimination with Sunday’s 2-1 victory versus the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Mathieu Perrault scored in the second to erase a 1-0 deficit and Adam Lowry netted the game winner in the third on the power play to lead the Jets offense while Michael Hutchinson made 28 stops to get the victory. The Canucks lone goal came from Alexander Edler with Ryan Miller coming up big between the pipes with a 30 save performance albeit, a losing one.

The Dallas Stars were one of the better teams a short year ago but we can say what a difference a year makes with the team on the cusp of elimination with another defeat. The Stars faced elimination Sunday at the Prudential Center versus the New Jersey Devils but came away with a 2-1, overtime win after trailing late in the third period. Tyler Seguin won it just 20 seconds in to the extra session on the man advantage but it was Ales Hemsky’s power play tally with 6:36 remaining that tied the game at 1-1. Kari Lehtonen gave Dallas 20 saves as the Stars kept the puck off of their goalie. Blake Coleman gave the Devils their only goal in the first and Keith Kinkaid was solid in goal with 30 stops but it was still a loss.

The Jets are 0-8 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and the over is 7-1 in Jets last 8 Tuesday games while the over is 5-1 in Jets last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The under is 2-0-2 in Devils last 4 home games and the over is 4-0-2 in Devils last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 3-0-2 in Devils last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation. The under is 8-0-1 in the last 9 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey while the Jets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The trends are heavily tilted towards the under while Winnipeg has done well also so I’ll lean under until goalies are announced…

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:23:12 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81644
<![CDATA[Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres - 3/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/03/28/columbus-blue-jackets-vs-buffalo-sabres-3/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments NHL hockey comes to Nationwide Arena when the Buffalo Sabres take the ice with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Buffalo Sabres might not be in the postseason picture but to their credit the team is still playing hard. For lack of a better word, the Sabres are in the role of spoilers and played the part to perfection Saturday with a 5-2 victory versus the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs o earn wins in three of four contests. The balanced Buffalo attack featured a pair of goals from Jack Eichel with Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane and Dmitry Kulikov also lighting the lamp to make a winner of Robin…

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NHL hockey comes to Nationwide Arena when the Buffalo Sabres take the ice with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Buffalo Sabres might not be in the postseason picture but to their credit the team is still playing hard. For lack of a better word, the Sabres are in the role of spoilers and played the part to perfection Saturday with a 5-2 victory versus the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs o earn wins in three of four contests. The balanced Buffalo attack featured a pair of goals from Jack Eichel with Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane and Dmitry Kulikov also lighting the lamp to make a winner of Robin Lehner and his 32 saves. The loss was extra costly for the Maple Leafs who saw #1 goalie Frederik Andersen leave after the first with an ‘upper body’ injury. Connor Brown and Auston Matthews provided the scoring for Toronto with Andersen allowing two goals in the first before Curtis McElhinney came in and gave up three goals in the second.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are playoff bound but still have a shot at the best record in hockey. After defeating the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Saturday, the Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins are battling for second in the Metropolitan Division behind the Capitals. The question surrounding the CBJ is whether the team rests some players for the postseason or do they try to make a run at the Capitals which might not be worth it with time running out on the regular season. Columbus knocked off Philadelphia on a goal from Alexander Wennberg and a strong effort between the pipes from former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky who recorded a monster 36 stops to earn shutout number seven on the season. Philadelphia never got going offensively and Michal Neuvirth and his 20 stops turned out to be a loss.

The under is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 road games and the Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games while the over is 5-1-2 in Sabres last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Blue Jackets are 12-2 in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest and the Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record while the Blue Jackets are 13-3 in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Columbus and the over is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings.

The numbers say plenty of goals have been scored in this match up so I’ll go with the over until goalies are confirmed…

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:44:50 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81638