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San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Odds & Pick: March 29th 2015

SHARKS VS PENGUINS BETTING ODDS NHL

San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -145 odds (March 29th 2015)
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Both clubs were in action yesterday as the San Jose Sharks won 3-2 in a shootout at Philadelphia to record a second consecutive win, while the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a two game skid winning 3-2 against Arizona here in Pennsylvania. The Sharks have been on the road for quite some time now, and I like the price we get on the home team to equalize the season series tonight.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Motivational/Situational – The Sharks won the first meeting of the season 2-1 in a shootout on home-ice earlier this month. Now they’re playing the last game of a seven game road trek and one must wonder how much power do they have left, especially considering they’re all but out of contention of making the playoffs already. Pittsburgh’s motivation on the other hand is unquestionable as its coming in with revenge on its mind and is jostling with the Islanders and the Caps for second place in the Metropolitan Division behind the outstanding Rangers.

2. Injuries – The Penguins top scorer Evegni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist, third on the team for goals, were both back in the line-up yesterday as the duo has recovered from injuries. The Sharks are not quite as fortunate and are struggling particularly on the blue line with Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Mirco Mueller definitely out and Scott Hannan’s participation in jeopardy after he left Saturday’s game with a bloodied face.

3. X-Factor – Sidney Crosby is leading the NHL for points with his 78 on the season. He has 20 points over his last 14 games and was involved in each of the Pens goals last night tallying one goal and assisting two.

Selection: This is a play on the Pittsburgh Penguins

Dallas Stars vs. Edmonton Oilers NHL Over-Under Pick: March 27th 2015

Dallas Stars vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 goals (March 27th 2015)
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The Dallas Stars have picked up pace at the end of the season, winning four straight and seven of their last eight. They’ve had little trouble finding the net in recent games and are visiting an Edmonton Oilers team that has lit up the lamp plenty of late as well. The Stars are coming into this game as a massive favorite, but I think the hosts will give them a run for their money in a high-scoring affair.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Offensive Qualities – Dallas has scored four goals in each of its last three games. Jamie Benn is on a four game point-streak over which he has notched four goals and four assists and he has one goal and two assists over the first two meetings with Edmonton on the season. Edmonton has won three of its last five while totaling 17 goals, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has four goals and three assists in those games. The last time Dallas and Edmonton faced off was on Dec 21st here in Edmonton in a game the Stars walked away as a 6-5 winner in a shootout.

2. Special Teams – The Stars have scored four goals over their last 13 opportunities to play with the man advantage and will be up against one of the worst penalty kill units in the NHL here. Edmonton was a perfect 1-for-1 on the power play its last time out, and has 12 goals over its last 38 chances.

3. X-Factor – Seven of the Stars last eight away from home have gone over the total.

Selection: This is a play on DAL@EDM to go over the total

Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals Betting Prediction: March 15th 2015

BRUINS VS. CAPITALS BETTING

Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals
Betting Prediction: Washington -134 odds (March 15th 2015)
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Take the Washington Capitals -134 as your NHL free pick for Sunday night. This pick falls into one of my top NHL systems and the Bruins are just 4-10 in their last 14 games when playing on back to back days. The Capitals are 18-7 in their last 25 games when playing with 1 days rest and 7-2 in their last 9 home games when playing a team that has a losing record on the road. The Capitals powerplay has been on fire converting at 41.7% over their last 5 games while the Bruins powerplay has struggled on the road this season converting at just 13.1%. The Bruins have won 5 straight while the Capitals have lost 2 straight and I look for the Capitals to play with more urgency today. The Bruins beat a Crosby-less Penguins club yesterday who were also without Malkin for most of the game otherwise that result would have been different and I look for the Capitals to take advantage of a tired Bruins club tonight. Play the Washington Capitals with confidence tonight as they snap their 2 game losing streak. In Winning, Vernon Croy

Dallas Stars vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Pick: March 12th 2015

DALLAS VS. CAROLINA OVER UNDER MARCH 12TH 2015Dallas Stars vs. Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5 goals (March 12th 2015)
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The Dallas Stars and the Carolina Hurricanes have already been involved in one high-scoring thriller this season when the Canes prevailed 6-4 at Dallas. Both teams have struggled on defense of late, and I think we’ll be in for another high-scoring encounter when the teams clash at PNC Arena in Carolina tonight to close out the season series.

The Canes have opened a five game home-stand going 1-1-1, outscoring opponents 11-10. They’re off a 4-3 SO loss against Columbus Tuesday, and the over is 6-0 in their last six playing on one day of rest. Backup Anton Khudobin will go in goal, and he allowed three goals on only 19 shots against the Wild his last time out. He’ll be matched up against Kari Lehtonen who was chased off the ice after 36 minutes in the first meeting with the Canes over which he conceded four goals on 16 shots. He’s 15-5-2 away from home for the season, but it’s behind a swollen GAA of 2.82 and has often relied on being bailed out by a Stars offense that averages 3.03 goals per game on the road.

The Stars top scorer Tyler Seguin is riding a four game goal-streak against the Canes over which he has tallied five goals, and he’s likely to light up the lamp once or twice tonight. The over is 4-1 in the Stars last five on the road and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. I think this one will fly over as well.

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Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames NHL Pick from Ari Atari: March 11th 2015

ANAHEIM VS. CALGARY NHL PICKAnaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames
NHL Pick: Anaheim -130 odds (March 11th 2015)
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Anaheim has yet to lose to Calgary in regulation this year, with their only loss coming in the shootout back November. Anaheim has scored 18 goals in their previous 4 meetings combined and the although the Flames have played pretty well since captain Mark Giordano went down, I just don’t see them being able to stop a Ducks team that never really seems to be out of a game. There are the obvious big guns in Perry and Getzlaf, but Ryan Kesler has 41 points and Jakub Silfverberg looks to be rounding into form after a slow season. The addition of Jiri Sekac makes one of the biggest teams in the league (6’2”, 208.9lbs avg) much more dynamic offensively, and Sekac has looked solid skating along some of the team’s top offensive players. Calgary (77 points) could really use the win to keep pace in the playoff race as L.A. won today (77 points), and Winnipeg lost in horrific fashion (78 points). Anaheim looks to be for real this year and they get the job done on the road (where they’ve only lost NINE games all year).

Nashville Predators vs. New York Rangers Odds & Pick: March 2nd 2015

PREDATORS VS. RANGERS NHL PICKNashville Predators vs. New York Rangers
NHL Pick: Rangers -118 odds (March 2nd 2015)
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The Rangers made a splash in the trade market on Sunday by acquiring offensive minded defenseman Keith Yandle. He was the Coyotes leading scorer with 41 points, and more than half of those came on the power play. He’s likely to make his debut tonight as the Rangers host the league leading Predators.

Nashville has been almost unbeatable at home (26-5-1), but mediocre in comparison on the road. The Preds have lost four of their last six overall, and Pekka Rinne has struggled in those games. He allowed four goals on 25 shots on Saturday, and Nashville lost 4-3 to Detroit despite out-shooting the Wings 40-25. He’s 1-4 in his last five starts, surrendering a total of 16 goals in those games.

The Rangers will be looking to build on their stellar home record (20-7-5), and they’ve won eight of their last 10 overall. Backup goaltender Cam Talbot has done a fine job since the injury to Henrik Lundqvist, but he’s been particularly sharp at home. Talbot is 6-0-3 with a 1.80 GAA in nine starts at MSG.

The Rangers should have an edge on special teams, as Nashville owns one of the league’s least effective power plays. The Preds rank 23rd in the league, converting on just 17.2% of their man advantage opportunities.

Ottawa Senators vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Odds & Pick: February 28th 2015

OTTAWA VS. SAN JOSE NHL BETTING ODDSOttawa Senators vs. San Jose Sharks
Betting Pick: Under 5.5 goals -110 odds (February 28th 2015)
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The San Jose Sharks will host the Ottawa Senators at the Shark Tank tonight, and I think we should see a gritty low scoring game. The Sens come in as winners of four straight, while the Sharks are trying to stop the bleeding coming off two close home losses. I expect to see scoring chances few and far between in this one.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Goaltending – Sens rookie Andrew Hammond made his debut in win over Montreal last week. He’s now 4-0 with a pair of shutouts in just four career starts. Antti Niemi has not been so sharp lately, but he’s 2-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA in three career starts versus Ottawa.

2. Previous History – The Sharks have won seven of the last eight meetings in this series, and six of those games saw the total go under. The Sens have played five straight unders on the road.

3. X-Factor – With so much at stake here for the Sharks, we should see them tighten things up. They played well enough to win in each of their last two games, but didn’t get the breaks against two great teams.

Selection: This is a play on the Sens@Sharks to go UNDER the total

Kings vs. Sharks NHL Hockey Pick from Will Rogers: February 21st 2015

KINGS VS. SHARKS HOCKEY PICK FEBRUARY 21ST 2015Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Hockey Pick: Los Angeles -115 odds (February 21st 2015)
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The defending champion Los Angeles Kings will face the San Jose Sharks at Levi’s Stadium tonight, and this game will have massive playoff implications. The Sharks have been sliding in the standings, and now sit in the eighth and final playoff spot, just two points up on the Kings. These teams met in the first round of last year’s playoffs, and the Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead. The Kings are the hotter of the two teams, and they seem to have had the Sharks number of late.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Previous History – The Kings are hot, winners of six straight overall. They’ve also won six of their last eight versus San Jose, who has been slumping of late, winning just three of their last 10 overall.

2. Goaltending – Antti Niemi has lost three of his last five starts, and he’s allowed 16 goals during that span. He can expect to see a lot of rubber against the Kings tonight.

3. X-Factor – Tyler Toffoli has been on fire during the Kings winning streak, scoring five goals and tallying eight points over his last five games.

Selection: This is a play on the Los Angeles Kings

Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Pick: February 17th 2015

Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Pick: Florida -105 odds (February 17th 2015)
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The Florida Panthers are only four points back of the Bruins for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and still have an outside shot at making the playoffs. To keep that dream alive they need to pick up two points against teams like the Maple Leafs, something they’ve done already once this season as they won 6-4 on home ice on Dec 28.

The Panthers have dominated this series of late, winning four of the last five meetings. They’ll be looking to snap three game losing streak over which they’ve produced only two goals, but facing Toronto could be just what they need to get that offense going. The Maple Leafs 3.11 goals against average on home ice ranks is among the worst marks in the league, and their goalie Jonathan Bernier is 0-7-2 over his last nine starts. Florida’s star netminder Roberto Luongo meanwhile has allowed only nine goals over his last five appearances and has been dominant against Toronto over recent meetings going 11-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA over the last 13 match-ups.

The Maple Leafs have lost 14 of their last 15 games with the lone win coming against the lowly Oilers. Their season is practically over and they sent forward Mike Santorelli and defenseman Cody Franson to Nashville Sunday, already starting an overhaul of the team for the next season. Getting a fired up Panthers team at a pick’em here is great value in my opinion.

Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames NHL Pick from Mike Lundin: February 16th 2015

BOSTON VS. CALGARY BETTING PICKBoston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames
NHL Pick: Under 5 goals (February 16th 2015)
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The Bruins are coming to Scotiabank Saddledome tonight looking to end a three game skid over which they’ve averaged only two goals per game. Goals won’t come easy in this contest either though, facing a Flames team that against all odds just refuses to drop out of the play-off race.

Calgary is off a 3-2 win against its Pacific Division rival Vancouver Saturday where Karri Ramo turned away 28 shots, and he is confirmed to start tonight as well. He’ll most likely be matched up against Tuukka Rask who will be looking to bounce back after a sub-par performance against the Nucks Friday. He’s having a tremendous season overall though, compiling a 2.32 GAA over 46 appearances.

The Bruins have struggled on the power play of late, going a lowly 3-for-27 on the man advantage over their last 12 games. They might not get many chances to improve on those numbers tonight, the Flames are taking only 7.82 PIM per game, and have a red hot penalty kill that has killed of 16 consecutive shorthanded situations.

This will be the first meeting for the season, but previous match-ups have strongly favored the under. None of the last four meetings in Calgary have gone over the total, and the under is 5-1-3 in the last nine meetings overall. Both teams are showing strong trends to go under the total this season as well, with the under favored 25-20 in Boston’s games and 29-24 in the Flames’.