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Winnipeg Jets vs. Vancouver Canucks - 3/26/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vancouver Canucks (30-35-9) at Winnipeg Jets (33-35-7)
Date & Time Sunday March 26, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -160 / Vancouver Canucks +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The MTS Centre and the Winnipeg Jets host the Vancouver Canucks in Sunday night NHL hockey.

The Vancouver Canucks were supposed to have little chance against the hometown Minnesota Wild on Saturday because they entered the game on 1-5-2 streak but on the flip side the Wild have struggled just as much. Minnesota is still in a funk with a 4-2 defeat leaving the team with losses in seven of eight as home ice meant nothing. The Canucks broke a scoreless tie with a four goal explosion in the second period with Reid Boucher leading the way with a pair of tallies with Brock Boeser and Jack Stille also scoring while  Richard Bachman recorded 25 stops to pick up the victory. Minnesota came to life a bit at the offensive end of the ice in the third but goals from Ryan Suter and Eric Staal were well short. Darcy Kuemper was touched for four goals as he took the loss on 17 stops for the Wild.

The Anaheim Ducks are fighting for position in the Western Conference so every point is needed going forward with the regular season ending soon enough. The Ducks picked up a 3-1 victory versus the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Friday night to build a three game winning streak while totaling six points. Anaheim has been solid defensively although scoring the puck hasn’t been easy at times but both were good enough against the Jets. Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silvferberg provided Anaheim with plenty of offense with Jonathan Bernier needing just 17 saves to pick up the win. The Jets have had the ability to light up the scoreboard but had trouble getting the puck on the net versus a tough Ducks defense with Josh Morrissey scoring the lone Winnipeg goal on the power play and Michael Hutchinson posting 32 stops.

The under is 1-0-3 in Canucks last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and the Canucks are 1-6 in their last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation while the over is 6-1-1 in Canucks last 8 vs. Central. The under is 7-1 in Jets last 8 Sunday games and the Jets are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games while the Jets are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Canucks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the Canucks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Winnipeg while the home team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

I see Winnipeg has been tough at home versus the Canucks so they are my lean until goalies are announced…

Pick:
Winnipeg -.5 // will update

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