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Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks – Prediction & Preview

 

Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday evening on the Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks NHL ice and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the Minnesota Wild duke it out with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Wild will be playing on no rest as they have a home game against the Flames on Tuesday night, while the Blackhawks will also be paying on no rest as they have a road Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks game against the Senators on Tuesday night. Goalie Probables: The Wild will be sending out Devan Dubnyk in this one and the Blackhawks will counter with Jeff Glass.

Line: Chicago -120/Minnesota +100

Total: 5.5

Minnesota Gets Crushed at The Pepsi Center

Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks The Colorado Avalanche are not the Pathetic team that they were a year ago as they have 22 wins on the year already, after posting a total of 22 wins all of last year. The Minnesota Wild found out just how improved that Colorado team is after they fell to them by a score of 7-2 on the road in their Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks game prior to facing Calgary on Tuesday night. It was really a bad loss for the Wild, who are now in 6th place in the Central Division and if the playoffs started today, then they would be out. Eric Staal has been solid for the Wild of late and he had both of their goals in the loss. That now gives him 19 on the year to lead the Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks team, including seen in his last nine Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks games. Minnesota has gone 8-14 on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.64 gpg and have allowed 3.64 gpg in those games. Taking the loss against the Avalanche was Devan Dubnyk, who allowed six goals on 32 shot attempts, before being taken out in favor of Alex Stalock. Dubnyk will be back in the crease for this one and he has now gone 15-11 with a 2.72 GAA and a .916 save percentage on the year overall, including 5-7 with a 3.41 GAA and a .896 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 88-96 with a 2.67 GAA on the road and 123-129 with a 2.53 GAA against the Western Conference, while against the Blackhawks he has gone 11-8 with a 2.90 GAA.

The Wild have been a bit below average on offense so far as they come in ranked 16th in the league in scoring at 2.88 gpg, while also ranking 30th in shots taken (29.5 spg) and 16th in power play conversions, converting on 19.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been a bit below average as well so far as they come in ranked 18th in goals allowed, giving up just 2.90 gpg, while also ranking 21st in shots allowed (32.3 spg) and 8th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.2% of their chances.

Blackhawks Are Looking to Escape The Central Basement

The Chicago Blackhawks are in unfamiliar territory as they are in last place in the Central Division after finishing in 3rd place or higher in eight of their last nine seasons. They have won the Stanley Cup three times over that stretch. Last year, they finished first in the West overall but were stunned by the Nashville Predators in the opening round of the playoffs and that hangover seems to be carrying over to this year. The Blackhawks are just one point behind the Wild and Avs in the Central so a win in this game could very well get them out of the basement. The Blackhawks have been led by Patrick Kane, who has 17 goals, while 2nd is Alex Debrincat with 14 and 3rd is Brandon Saad with 13. Anton Forsberg is expected to get the start on Tuesday night, so for this one it will be Jeff Glass, who is in his first year in the league and has gone 2-2 with a 3.51 GAA and a .908 save percentage on the year, including 0-1 with a 5.16 GAA and a .844 save percentage here at home. Glass was 10-4-1 with a 2.60 GAA and a .917 save percentage for the Rockford IceHogs this year. The Blackhawks have gone 11-8 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.53 gpg and have allowed just 2.42 gpg in those games.

Trends

Minnesota is:

3-15 in their last 18 road games vs. a team with a winning home record

0-4 in their last four games playing on 0 days rest

Chicago is:

71-27 in their last 98 home Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400

5-1 their last six games at home

Neither of these teams are having great years as they are both at the bottom of the Central Division standings. These teams will be playing on no rest, so there is no advantage for either there. The Blackhawks have been a solid home team as they have gone 11-8 here at the United Center so far, while the Wild have gone just 8-14 on the road. That is an advantage for the Blackhawks. The Wild have a slight edge in the crease in this one, but Chicago has a good edge on offense as they have averaged 3.53 gpg at home, while the Wild have put up just 2.64 gpg on the road. I like the Blackhawks in this one and the clincher is the fact that the Wild are just 1-5 the last six games between these teams.

The Chicago Blackhawks will seek their third consecutive win when they host Central Division rival Minnesota Wild on Wednesday at United Center.

Despite the absences of starting goaltender Corey Crawford and veteran center Artem Anisimov, who both have upper-body injuries, Chicago (21-15-6) has climbed its way back into the playoff picture. The Blackhawks have found their offensive footing with four-plus goals in four straight games and five of their past six after an 8-2 rout of the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Star winger Patrick Kane scored a career-high five points (one goal, four assists) in the Hawks’ victory, while North Dakota products Jonathan Toews and Nick Schmaltz scored two goals apiece. Kane leads Chicago with four points (two goals, two assists) against Minnesota in three Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks games this season.

Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks Minnesota (22-17-4) will also play its second game in as many nights after a 3-2 overtime home loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime and grab a point. They’re winless in their last two games, and are tied with Chicago at 48 points but sit one spot back in the standings.

Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks Without Crawford, the Hawks have deployed netminders Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass in net. Forsberg made 25 saves Tuesday in his second consecutive victory as he improved to 3-5-2 while registering his first career assist. He’s 0-1 in his career against Minnesota. Glass, an NHL journeymen who is a 32-year-old rookie, has never faced the Wild. He holds a 2-1-1 record with a 3.51 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.

The Wild will likely have Devan Dubnyk between the pipes after having Tuesday night off. Dubnyk is 15-9-2 with a 2.72 GAA and .916 save percentage this season, and he is 11-8-0 with a 2.90 GAA and .915 save percentage in 22 games against Chicago.

Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks Wild backup Alex Stalock stopped 42 shots in the loss to Calgary. He is 1-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .938 save percentage against Chicago.

It will be the fourth meeting between the two teams. The Wild claimed the first game 5-2 on Oct. 12 in Chicago. The Hawks, however, won the next two with a 2-0 victory Nov. 4 in Minnesota and a 4-1 decision Dec. 17 in Chicago. Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators -NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators – 1/10/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ottawa Senators (14-17-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-3) NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to take down another rendition of the Battle of Ontario as they host the lowly Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night.

The Senators play their second game in as many nights and after getting waxed on home ice by the Chicago Blackhawks last night things don’t get any easier as they travel to Toronto to take on a Leafs side looking to shake off a disappointing loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. The Sens were absolutely demolished last night and didn’t look good in doing so and while they are likely to be more engaged for tonight’s game simply for the fact they are playing their arch rivals from Toronto, but after a home loss in which they gave up eight goals you can be sure they received an ear full from their coaching staff, and that team captain Erik Karlsson voiced his frustration. Mike Condon is likely to get the nod in goal here as he will face off against Frederik Andersen as both teams aim for bragging rights and two points in the latest installment of this rivalry.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators – 1/10/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators The Leafs meanwhile let one slip away against the Jackets on Monday night as they held a 2-0 third period late but a fury from Columbus forced overtime thanks to two late goals and ultimately the game-winner from Artemi Panarin which left a sour taste in the mouths of Leafs players and fans alike. Luckily the for the Buds they get a chance here to take out those frustrations on a Sens side that has been absolutely dreadful this season and doesn’t appear they are going to play their way out of this funk and with the rivalry factored in here the Leafs should be considered a huge favourite to win this game with ease.

Ottawa is 8-1 in their last nine meetings with the Leafs and 1-5 in their last six against the Atlantic while the Buds are 5-2 in their last seven home games and 2-5 in their last seven against the East. Ottawa is a mess but should be up for this one and while the line will try to make us bite on the Sens I just don’t see how they have enough here to skate past Toronto.

OTTAWA AT TORONTO

Air Canada Centre, 7:30 p.m. TV: Sportsnet, TVA. Radio: TSN 1200 AM, 94,5 Unique FM

Five Keys To The Game

1-You can sleep tomorrow: Yes, the Senators are playing on back to back nights, but they have no reason to save energy. After facing the Maple Leafs, they’re idle until they play the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 18. The Senators also posted wins on consecutive nights over San Jose and Tampa last weekend.

2-Big profile night: Last time the Senators faced the Maple Leafs on Oct. 21, their biggest names responded in a big way. Mark Stone and Derick Brassard each had two goals and an assist and Erik Karlsson had three assists en route to a 6-3 victory. Can they repeat?

3-Anderson versus Andersen? Craig Anderson started in net against the Blackhawks on Tuesday, but, considering the Senators have eight days off, head coach Guy Boucher won’t hesitate to go back to him against Toronto. The Maple Leafs are expected to start Frederik Anderson, who already has 22 wins.

4-Matthews this, Matthews that: Columbus kept Auston Matthews off the scoresheet in a 3-2 victory Monday, but the Leafs star has still scored four goals in his past five games and six goals in his past eight contests. He’s a threat every time he has the puck and, with last-change advantage, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock can pick his matchup.

5-How’s the health? The Senators limped into Tuesday’s game against the Blackhawks with several question marks and a few players held together with duct tape. A battered lineup could be troublesome against Toronto.

Senators vs Maple Leafs Betting Analysis

On Oct. 21, Ottawa was a short home underdog to the Leafs but won 6-3 – that was back when the Senators were still above .500. Derick Brassard was the game’s No. 1 star with two goals, an assist and plus-4 rating, while Mark Stone was the No. 2 with two goals, an assist and plus-4 rating himself. Ottawa took a 3-0 lead into the third before Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators Games van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews made things interesting. Craig Anderson made 28 saves for the Sens in becoming the first goaltender to appear in 300 career games with Ottawa. Frederik Andersen wasn’t too sharp for Toronto with 29 stops. Leo Komarov had a rough night as he was minus-4.

Last year, Ottawa was 2-0 in Toronto. It won 3-2 in shootout in the first meeting. Mike Hoffman tied the game with 1:11 left in regulation, and Tom Pyatt won it with his first career shootout goal. The second matchup at Air Canada Centre was a 6-3 Ottawa win. The Sens had four third-period goals – Stone had a goal and four assists and Brassard two goals and an assist.

Ottawa is 8-1 in the past nine meetings overall. The total has gone over in four of the previous five.

In 19 career games vs. the Leafs, Brassard has nine goals, 11 assists and is plus-9. In 16 games, Stone has nine goals, 15 assists and is plus-10. Toronto’s Andersen is 1-2-1 in his career vs. Ottawa with a 3.45 goals-against average and .873 save percentage.

Ottawa Senators

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators NHL schedule-makers haven’t been kind to the Senators (14-18-9) of late as this is their third back-to-back in less than two weeks. The good news, though, is that Ottawa goes on its bye week after this game. The Sens played one of their worst games of the season Tuesday, losing 8-2 at home to Chicago – it was Ottawa’s most lopsided loss of 2017-18. Anderson was pulled after allowing four goals on 26 shots. Mike Condon was no better in allowing four goals on 17 shots. As of this writing, it remains to be seen which starts Wednesday. Stone and Brassard scored for the Senators. It was Stone’s third straight multi-point game, and he leads the team by far with 42 points overall and 18 goals. Ottawa will be without winger Bobby Ryan tonight as he left Tuesday’s game with a hand injury.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto (25-16-3) is in an interesting streak right now of three straight home games ending 3-2 at least in overtime. The Leafs won the first two against San Jose and Vancouver in a shootout but lost to Columbus in OT on Monday. Artemi Panarin scored 3:11 into overtime to complete the Jackets’ rally from a 2-0 late third-period deficit. Both Leafs goals came in the second period via James van Riemsdyk (18th of season) and then William Nylander (ninth) on the power play. Andersen stopped 31 of 33 shots. It’s tough enough to blow a two-goal lead with five minutes left, but especially against a team that was playing its second game in 24 hours. The Leafs are now 15-1-1 when leading entering the third. Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators

 

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues Game Preview 1/9/18

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues looking for some more home-cooking before taking a break.

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues The Blues will seek to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. After that, St. Louis embarks on its week-long league-mandated bye week Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues

Scottrade Center has been kind to the Blues, who have won three straight and four of their last five games on their home ice. St. Louis has given up only seven goals during that stretch.

The Blues recently got good news on the injury front as forward Jaden Schwartz is no longer on crutches or a walking boot. Schwartz was placed on IR after taking a puck off of his foot Dec. 9 at Detroit. Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues

It doesn’t mean a return is close, but according to Blues coach Mike Yeo it does mean he’s on schedule. The team said Schwartz will be re-evaluated in six weeks at the time of the injury.

“So certainly, you’re not gonna put him in a bad spot and try to rush him back too quickly, but obviously we’re very eager to get him back,” Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Schwartz was playing at an elite level when he got hurt, scoring 14 goals with 21 assists in 30 games Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues

Without Schwartz, the Blues and their offense have struggled. St. Louis has a 6-8-1 record without him and this weekend’s games at Philadelphia and Washington, both losses, was the first time the Blues scored three goals in regulation in back-to-back games without him.

Schwartz’s linemate, Vladimir Tarasenko, has busted out of his scoring slump. Tarasenko, the Blues’ second-leading scorer with 42 points, has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games.

Yeo told the Post-Dispatch that the strong play of Ivan Barbashev has helped Tarasenko.

“Really happy with his game,” Yeo said of Tarasenko. “He seems to have not only elevated his Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues game but the way that Barby’s playing right now I think Vlady has a lot to do with that, too.

“He’s helping his confidence out, talking to him lots. And so that’s a good sign for us.”

The Panthers beat the Blues 5-2 at Florida on Oct. 12. St. Louis is 8-3-0 in their last 11 games against Florida.

The Panthers are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss at Columbus on Sunday night. The shootout went eight rounds.

It was Florida’s third straight loss.

“It was a good point,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner told NHL.com. “It was a hard-fought point against a real good hockey club. Both teams had good goaltending. We’ve just got to take this and move on.”

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues James Reimer made 46 saves against Columbus in his 14th consecutive start.

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov said he believes the wins will start coming as long as the effort is there.

“We’re playing good hockey, but we’re not getting two points,” Barkov told NHL.com. “That’s the biggest thing right now. We need to find a way to get those two points. No matter how we play, we just need to find a way.”

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Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues game between two teams currently on losing streaks, the Florida Panthers and the St. Louis Blues take the ice at the Scottrade Center in an East-West tilt. The action gets started at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 9, and you can catch the game live on Fox Sports Midwest.

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues Odds

St. Louis (-160) is currently favored over Florida (+140), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-130 money on the under, +110 on the over).

St. Louis is 26-19 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 2.5 units this season. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Central Division in this young season, hasn’t moved much from the 46-36 record the team posted during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of the team’s 45 regular season matches, 27 have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and none have pushed. The team’s 15-8 SU at home this year.

The Blues have converted on just 15.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 28th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.2 percent of all penalties.

The Blues, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.5 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five contests. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.

Sporting a .911 save percentage and 25.9 saves per game, Jake Allen (18-16-2) has been the best option in goal for St. Louis this season. If the Blue Notes choose to give him the evening off, however, St. Louis may turn to Carter Hutton (9-6-6 record, .941 save percentage, 1.81 goals against average).

The Blue Notes will continue relying on offensive production out of Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko. Schenn (43 points) has tallied 17 goals and 26 assists and has recorded multiple points 10 times this year. Tarasenko has 18 goals and 24 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 26 games.

Over on the other bench, Florida is 17-24 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 41 regular season matches, 21 of its games have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and none have pushed. As the road team, the Panthers are 7-15 SU so far Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues

The Panthers have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Florida’s players have been penalized 4.3 times per game this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues James Reimer (28.6 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Florida. Reimer owns an 11-17-5 record, and has registered a .912 save percentage and 3.01 goals against average this year.

Florida Panthers vs. St. Louis Blues For the visiting Panthers, the offense will be coordinated by Jonathan Huberdeau (15 goals, 25 assists) and Vincent Trocheck (15 goals, 22 assists).

Carolina Hurricanes Vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes Vs Tampa Bay Lightning – 3/1/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes (25-25-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (28-25-8)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -165 / Carolina Hurricanes +149 — Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSOH, SUN

The Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes could use a bounce back victory after losing seven of their last eight games. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 20 goals, Sebastian Aho has 16 assists and Victor Rask has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 86.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Ward has given up 125 goals on 1,307 shots faced and Eddie Lack has allowed 23 goals on 197 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have lost 12 of their last 13 games when allowing more than one goal.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Lightning are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 26 goals, Tyler Johnson has 22 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 84 goals on 951 shots faced and Kristers Gudlevskis has allowed zero goals on three shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won seven of their last 10 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Hurricanes are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings overall.

The Carolina Hurricanes are in a serious slump right now and I’m not sure playing on the end of a back-to-back that included overtime is going to help them climb out of that hole. The Tampa Bay Lightning are finally starting to play some consistent hockey and need to keep piling up the wins if playoffs are in the cards. I have to side with the home team here.

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On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as -205 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4-1.2 result in favor of the Lightning. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Carolina Hurricanes Vs Tampa Bay Lightning will face the 29-26-10 Hurricanes. In totals betting, the Lightning are 25-32-7 in over under betting so far this season while the Carolina Hurricanes are 21-25-19. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Carolina injuries news.

The Tampa Bay Lightning sit at No. 13 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Carolina Hurricanes sit at a No. 19 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Carolina Hurricanes Vs Tampa Bay Lightning game also pits Tampa Bay’s No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 2.8 goals per game, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.68 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 17.51% while the Hurricanes defense kills off 82.61% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap Carolina Hurricanes Vs Tampa Bay Lightning

The Hurricanes were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got Carolina at +121 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Senators on March 03. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -152 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators – Pick and Prediction

 

Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators Live (18-22-3 SU, 18-25 PL, 21-22 O/U) Edmonton Oilers vs vs. Nashville Predators (24-11-6 ATS, 23-18 PL, 21-20 O/U)

NHL: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. EST

The Line: Nashville Predators -165/Edmonton Oilers +145. Total: 5.5.

The Edmonton Oilers have lost six of their last seven games heading into a road date with the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night. Edmonton is coming off consecutive setbacks at Dallas and Chicago. The Predators halted a two-game skid of their own by defeating Los Angeles this past Saturday.

Losing and losing badly

Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators Oilers have dropped six of their last seven contests. During this stretch, their record is 1-5-1, with five losses in regulation and just one setback that went to overtime. The performance on the ice has been every bit as bad as the numbers look on paper. In the past seven outings, Edmonton has lost twice by 5-0 scores and they are coming off blowouts at the hands of Dallas (5-1) and Chicago (4-1). In this past Sunday’s stinker against the Blackhawks, the Oilers watched goalie Cam Talbot give up four goals on 29 shots and they won only 22 faceoffs compared to 35 wins for Chicago when the puck was dropped. Edmonton has now been outscored 20-3 over its last five contests.

Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators “It’s a humbling game,” forward Milan Lucic admitted. “There are times we’re on cloud nine and times where we’re at the bottom of the barrel. I don’t think the last two games, probably more so [against Dallas than against Chicago], was a lack of effort. It’s just some minor mistakes that lead to big goals against.”

They’ve got the Oilers’ number

In the only previous meeting between the two teams this season, Nashville took care of Edmonton 4-0 on Dec. 14. The Oilers rank 22nd in the NHL in scoring offense and 31st in penalty-kill percentage, and both disappointments showed up against the Predators. Nashville posted a shut out and converted two of three power-play opportunities. Roman Josi scored a power-play goal in that contest and also lit the lamp once in the Preds’ 4-3 win over Los Angeles this past Saturday. Fellow defenseman P.K. Subban set up Josi’s goal against Edmonton and had two assists against the Kings to move within one point of 350 for his career.

Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators While Kyle Turris has been music to the ears of the Nashville faithful since being acquired in a three-team trade, he has also dogged Edmonton on two occasions with two different clubs this season. Turris scored twice and set up another goal in Ottawa’s 6-1 rout of the Oilers on Oct. 14 before playing for the Predators last month and recording a goal and an assist in the 4-0 win. Turris increased his point total to 19 (five goals, 14 assists) by setting up Josi’s goal against the Kings. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne owns an 18-6-1 mark with four shutouts and a .915 save percentage in 28 career appearances against Edmonton.

NHL Trends:

The Edmonton Oilers are:

1-6 in their last seven overall

1-6 in their last seven games against the Western Conference

0-5 in their last five games against the Central Division

The Nashville Predators are:

35-16 in their last 51 home games

36-17 in their last 53 games against the Western Conference

8-3 in their last 11 games against teams with losing records

Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators Nashville has cooled off just a bit to the tune of a current 3-4-2 stretch, but that is not changing the team’s mentality. As Rinne pointed out, “We had that mindset going into every game that we’re going to win tonight, and it showed on the ice. I think that’s been one of the biggest things compared to last year. I think last year we were finding ourselves.” The Oilers are trying to find themselves this season, and so far they have not done so. Edmonton is 1-6 in its last seven overall, 1-6 in its last seven against the Western Conference, 0-5 in its last five against the Central Division, and 1-4 in their last five playing on one day of rest. The Predators are 35-16 in their last 51 at home, 36-17 in their last 53 against the Western Conference, 8-3 in their last 11 against losing opponents, 29-11 in the last 40 meetings between the two teams, and 16-5 in their last 21 at home against the Oilers. Count on those trends continuing.

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The Predators face the Oilers tonight in Nashville in their second meeting of the season. The Predators shut out Edmonton in mid-December 4-0 on their Canadian road trip.

Still without Filip Forsberg, the Predators finally figured things out against the Kings on Saturday, securing their first win of 2018. Tonight, they have a chance to grab their first home win before a little R&R.

The Nashville Predators

Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators Unsurprisingly, P.K. Subban leads the Predators in points behind the injured Forsberg with 9 goals and 22 assists, a neat total of 31 points. His play has been phenomenal. Kevin Fiala, Viktor Arvidsson, and Ryan Johansen follow Subban on the points list. Tonight, we need big goals from those guys.

Ryan Ellis netted a sweet slap shot Saturday, making his presence on the ice very noticeable. We’re glad our bearded ginger Rocket Ship has returned.

We saw two goals from Austin Watson’s crunching fourth line on Saturday. It’s only fitting that the bottom two lines step up in the absence of a big goal-scorer like Forsberg. That “next man up” mentality put the Predators in the Stanley Cup Final last year. Keep it up, boys.

Both goaltenders are playing quite well. The end of December was a little rough for Pekka Rinne, but he’s been back in excellent form to start off 2018.

The Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators As per usual, Connor McDavid/McJesus leads the Oilers with 47 points on the season. He’s followed not-so-closely by Leon Draisaitl, with 33 points.

The Oilers dropped a game on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Their defensive corps is struggling, and so are their goaltenders. Before Chicago’s loss, the Oilers lost 5-1 to the Stars.

It doesn’t seem like this is a team that can string together enough wins to climb the standings. They sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with the Arizona Coyotes and the Vancouver Canucks. It makes you wonder if head coach Todd McLellan is on the hot seat. (TSN asks the same question here.)

Just like every other struggling team that comes to Nashville, the Predators should be wary of their opponent and be prepared to play a full 60 minutes of hockey. Without sounding too much like what I imagine Coach Laviolette sounds like pre-game, the Predators should definitely expect that Edmonton will be looking to nab a win in an effort to turn their season around.

They have the tools in McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Milan Lucic, and Patrick Maroon to score plenty of goals.

Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators Starting goaltender Cam Talbot has a .902 save percentage on the season with a 3.12 GAA. New backup Al Montoya stopped 13 of 14 shots in a relief effort against the Stars the other night, his first appearance since being traded from the Canadiens last week.

Memories and Feelings

-Let’s shut out Edmonton again!!

-Confession: I’ve mentioned this before, but I picked Edmonton to beat Nashville in the Western Conference Final this season…and then go on to win the Stanley Cup against Tampa Bay. That doesn’t seem like it could really be a possibility after Edmonton’s lethargic first half of the season…but you never know. Let’s NOT give them two points tonight.

Reasons to Watch

-Connor McDavid is absolutely incredible at that hockey. I hate when he’s up against the Predators, but he’s definitely more tolerable than Sidney Crosby.

-This is the last Preds game for 5 or so days while they go on their mandatory league break.

Tonight’s Theme Song

“Take it to the Limit” by the Eagles. The Preds should work their golden butts off tonight and go into the break with an additional two points.

Why the Oilers can pay on the NHL lines Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators

The talent is still there for Edmonton, but defense remains a major issue heading into the second half of the season. The Oilers have surrendered four goals or more in losing six of their last seven games, the exception being a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks last Thursday before they hit the road.

They have been outscored 9-1 in their first two games of their trip, falling to the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks on back-to-back nights last weekend. The day off between games after Sunday’s loss at Chicago should help Edmonton reevaluate some things and figure out a better game plan.

Why the Predators can pay on the NHL lines

The Predators have won each of the past 10 meetings with the Oilers, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, including five in a row at home. Nashville returns to Bridgestone Arena, which offers one of the best home-ice advantages in the league, following a somewhat disappointing three-game road trip that saw the team lose twice. Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators

On a positive note, the Predators closed out the trip with a 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday behind two goals from Austin Watson and two assists from P.K. Subban. It was the team’s highest goal total since a 6-4 loss on December 19.

Smart betting pick

Defensively, Nashville is a superior team that is a legitimate Stanley Cup contender again right now. Meanwhile, Edmonton is not even close to that status and would miss out on the playoffs if they started today. These teams are at two opposite ends of the spectrum, so there is only one side to play here. Take the Preds to roll at home. Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators

NHL betting trends

Edmonton is 1-6 in its last seven games.

Edmonton is 2-4 in its last six games on the road.

The total has gone under in four of Nashville’s last six Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators games.

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Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild: NHL Odds, Prediction

Calgary Flames Vs Minnesota Wild Calgary Flames have strung together three straight wins to climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture. They will face another tough test against a Central Division opponent when they begin a four-game road trip in Minnesota. The Wild are coming off a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche but own one of the best home records in the NHL this season at 14-4-2.

Flames vs. Wild Betting Analysis

Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild Live Stream The Wild opened up as a -135 favorite in this game but the line has climbed to -140. The Flames don’t play well as a dog as they’ve lost five of six as a dog. The Wild have won 10 of 11 as a favorite. We’re looking at a total of 5.5 in this game and that’s a key line as the Wild are 12-5 at home when the total is at that number. This has been a pretty even series of late as the two sides have split their last eight meetings.

Calgary Flames

Calgary’s inconsistency at the offensive end of the ice has been a problem all season. However, the Flames have done a good job scoring over their past three games, scoring at least three goals in each contest. That’s a key number for them as they have won six straight when scoring at least three goals but are 1-9 the last 10 times they’ve scored two or less. Micheal Ferland, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau have combined for 10 points over their last three games.

Meanwhile, Mike Smith has been solid in goal for the Flames over the last month. Smith has posted a 2.21 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage since December 8th. He has allowed two goals or less in seven of his last 11 and hasn’t given up more than three in any game in that span. He continues to give the Flames a chance to win on a nightly basis and should keep them in the game on Tuesday. Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota has won four of their last six games with the four wins coming at home and the two losses coming on the road. That’s not a surprising split for this team as they are 1-4 in their last five road games but are 9-1 in their last 10 home games. That’s how they’ve been all season as they have a +1.05 goal differential at home (sixth-best) but have a -1.00 goal differential on the road (third-worst). Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild

While it’s true that Calgary has won three straight, those wins all came at home. They have lost six of their last nine on the road. Home-ice advantage could loom large in this contest.

One other note, the Wild have a very good track record against Mike Smith. The Wild have beaten Smith in 13 of 17 starts.

The Flames are hitting the road for 4 straight and they open up that swing by visiting the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night. The Flames have won 3 straight, all over Western Conference front runners and the Wild are no different. The Flames have dispatched the Blackhawks, Kings and Ducks over the past week and collected all 6 points that were available to them. Calgary is currently in 12th place in the West, but the difference between 12 and 8 is a minuscule 1 point. A win tonight against the Wild would be huge for the Flames as they would push ahead of Minnesota and pull ahead of idle Anaheim and Colorado.

The Wild fell out of the 8th and final spot in the West, but are sitting at 47 points with Anaheim and Colorado. Minnesota has two very important and tough games ahead of them with tonight’s match up with Calgary and a looming contest with the Chicago Blackhawks. Twenty eight of their remaining 40 games are against Western Conference foes and it’s not going to be an easy climb back into the playoff standings for the Wild. Minnesota is an even 5-5-0 in their last 10 games and they’ve won 2 of their last 3. Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild

The Flames haven’t beaten the Wild this season, having dropped a 4-2 decision to Minnesota back on October 21st and they fell 2-1 in shootout on December 21st. Since that loss the Flames have gone 5-4-1, slowly turning their season around, but Minnesota isn’t a place they’ve had much success lately. The Flames have only won 3 times in their last 9 trips to the North Star State.

FIVE STORYLINES

  1. GOING FOUR IT

The Flames are shooting for a fourth straight victory, which would mark their longest run of the season. They started this streak with a New Year’s Eve triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks and followed up with wins against the two squads from SoCal — the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. All of ’em one-goal games, by the way. If they can continue to roll, the Flames could climb Tuesday into a playoff spot in the NHL’s Western Conference.

  1. EXCELLING AT XCEL

The Wild are riding a four-game win spree on home ice and boast a stellar 14-4-2 record this season in the friendly confines of Xcel Energy Center. They’ve had tough travels, though, struggling to an 8-13-1 mark in enemy territory. “We gotta learn how to win on the road,” stressed Wild bench boss Bruce Boudreau after Saturday’s 7-2 thumping from the Avalanche in Colorado. “It’s ridiculous how we can be so good at home and completely opposite on the road.”

  1. NON-TRAVELLING JAGR

Legendary right-winger Jaromir Jagr was not on Monday’s flight to Minnesota. The Flames have remained tight-lipped as rumours have swirled about Jagr’s future with the club, saying only that the 45-year-old is ‘day-to-day’ with a lower-body injury. It might have been a good idea for some of his teammates to bid farewell before this four-game trip — it’s believed the Flames and No. 68 are negotiating a mutual parting of ways.  Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild

  1. ZACH IS BACK

The Wild welcomed the return of veteran winger Zach Parise for their first contest of 2018. The 33-year-old had surgery on his lower back in late October and missed the first three months of the season. Parise has yet to hit the scoresheet in his three outings since getting the medical green-light. He’s been a smidge better than a point-per-game guy in his career against the Flames, with 13 goals and eight assists in 20 matchups.

  1. WAIT, THERE’S MORE …

Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild Four of Calgary’s key contributors — captain Mark Giordano, the top-line tandem of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and talented trouble-maker Matthew Tkachuk — are currently enjoying three-game point streaks … Mikko Koivu, who wears the ‘C’ for the Wild, missed Monday’s practice due to the flu and is ‘questionable’ for Tuesday’s clash … With his next goal or assist, Flames defenceman TJ Brodie will reach the 200-point plateau.

Winnipeg Jets Vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Winnipeg Jets Vs Buffalo Sabres responsible, two-way players and they’ll likely go head-to-head on Tuesday. O’Reilly snapped a five-game goal-less drought on Sunday, but has only four goals and eight points in 20 games against the Jets during his career. Little has a goal and three points during his past four games, but 10 goals and 23 points in 27 Winnipeg Jets Vs Buffalo Sabres games against the Sabres.

Keys to the game Picking up the slack

Winnipeg Jets Vs Buffalo Sabres Injuries are part of the game and despite being without top-line centre Mark Scheifele, who is expected to be out for six-to-eight weeks with a suspected shoulder injury, for the past four games and change, the Jets have gone 4-0-1 since the Christmas break. Strong goaltending and a balanced attack have been the keys to this recent stretch for the Jets.

Offence from the back end

With their top six blue-liners back together for the first time in 24 games on Sunday, the Jets got three assists from D-men Tyler Myers (two) and Jacob Trouba (one). The Jets also got a pair of goals from defencemen in Friday’s win over the Sabres, as Trouba and Dustin Byfuglien found the back of the net.

PK on the rise

Winnipeg Jets Vs Buffalo Sabres The Jets penalty kill has been an area of concern for the past few seasons, but a slow start seems like a distant memory. By allowing only one goal during the past six games while shorthanded, the Jets efficiency has increased to 81.5% on the season, which moved them to 12th in the NHL in that department. The Sabres feature the worst power play in the NHL.

Making it count

Winnipeg Jets Vs Buffalo Sabres Although he was limited to fewer than five minutes of ice time on Sunday, Jets winger Marko Dano scored for the second time in four games after missing 30 in a row as a healthy scratch. Dano’s nifty redirection proved to be the game-winner in a 4-1 victory, but he was left out of the rotation as head coach Paul Maurice cut down to three lines for the final 10 minutes.

Kane is able

Winnipeg Jets Vs Buffalo Sabres Former Jets left-winger Evander Kane has put together an impressive season for the Sabres, chipping in 16 goals (to lead his team) and 35 points (second on team and one point behind Jack Eichel) in 42 games. Kane has only one assist in four games against the Jets, but is going to be one of the most sought-after power forwards prior to the NHL trade deadline.

GAME DAY LINEUPS

Winnipeg Jets

Forwards

Kyle Connor-Blake Wheeler-Patrik Laine

Mathieu Perreault-Bryan Little-Nikolaj Ehlers

Shawn Matthias-Andrew Copp-Joel Armia

Jack Roslovic-Matt Hendricks-Marko Dano

Defence

Josh Morrissey -Jacob Trouba

Dmitry Kulikov-Tyler Myers

Toby Enstrom-Dustin Byfuglien

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards

Zemgus Girgensons-Jack Eichel-Kyle Okposo

Evander Kane-Ryan O’Reilly-Jason Pominville

Benoit Pouliot-Evan Rodrigues-Sam Reinhart

Johan Larsson-Jacob Josefson-Jordan Nolan

Defence

Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen

Brendan Guhle-Jake McCabe

Nathan Beaulieu-Zach Bogosian

Goalies

Chad Johnson

Linus Ullmark

Special Teams

POWER PLAY

Winnipeg: 25.0% (2nd)

Buffalo: 12.4% (31st)

PENALTY KILLING

Winnipeg 81.5% (12th)

Buffalo: 79.8% (22nd)

Injuries

Jets: C Mark Scheifele (suspected shoulder, IR), RW Brandon Tanev (lower body, IR), C Adam Lowry (upper body, day-to-day)

Sabres: G Robin Lehner (upper body, day-to-day), D Victor Antipin (illness, IR)

 

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres +140 / Winnipeg Jets -155 — Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG-Buffalo

Winnipeg Jets Vs Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night NHL action feature a bout between the Buffalo Sabres and the Winnipeg Jets.

The Winnipeg Jets sit atop the Central standings and are not showing signs of giving up their spot anytime soon. Winnipeg has been getting the job done at both ends of the ice with wins in five of six capped off by a 4-1 victory versus the visiting San Jose Sharks on Sunday. The Sharks lone goal came from Logan Couture on the power play in the second period.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Winnipeg Jets – 1/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Central leading Jets received a pair of goals from Mathieu Perreault with Mark Dano and Matt Hendricks also reaching the scoring column. Andrew Copp also provided Winnipeg with a pair of assists and that was more then enough support for Connor Hellebuyck  who recorded 31 saves while Martin Jones stopped 26 shots in the loss.

With ten wins at this point in the season the Buffalo Sabres are last in the Atlantic standings and realistically out of the postseason. The Sabres have been struggling to score and keep the puck out of their own net and the result has been four consecutive defeats following a 4-1 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Winnipeg Jets Vs Buffalo Sabres The Sabres took a 1-0 lead in the second on Ryan O’Reilly’s goal with the man advantage but that was the only highlight. Sean Couturier topped the Philadelphia attack with a pair of goals with Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere also lighting the lamp. Jakub Voracek posted two assists and the Flyers received 30 saves from Michal Neuvirth while Robin Lehner recorded 25 stops in taking the loss.

Over is 4-0 in Jets last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and under is 3-0-1 in Jets last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 4-0-1 in Jets last 5 games following a win. Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and over is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 following a loss of 3 or more goals and under is 5-1 in Sabres last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. Jets are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings and home team is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.

Buffalo has enjoyed the bulk of the success in this matchup but Winnipeg is streaking and are trying to win the Central so I like them…

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VENUE: KeyBank Center, Buffalo , USA

 

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators – NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators Senators have received strong performance from their top Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators players in two straight victories and it’s no coincidence that Ryan has three assists in the past two games. With only five goals in 31 games this season, Ryan has struggled with hand injuries, but he knows he needs to put the puck in the net more. Kane has 17 goals and 40 points in 41 games this season and is a force as always.

FIVE KEYS TO THE GAM

  1. CLOSE OUT STRONG

The Senators will play back-to-back games starting with the Hawks Tuesday before facing the Maple Leafs Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre. Four straight wins going into the club’s eight-day break in the schedule would be a huge accomplishment.

  1. KEEP ON SCORING

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators Winger Mark Stone had a three-point effort in the club’s 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday at home. According to Elias Sports, Stone has at least one point in the club’s past 13 wins. That’s exactly what the Senators need.

  1. PLAY THE KID

With Johnny Oduya injured, there’s ice time available and you can expect some of that to go to rookie defenceman Thomas Chabot. He saw 18:01 against the Bolts Saturday and played 20:35 against the Sharks Friday. This will help him develop.

  1. STICK WITH ANDERSON

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators first time since Nov. 10-11 that Anderson has scored back-to-back wins in the club’s net with victories over San Jose and Tampa. He made 45 saves against the Bolts, so there’s no reason to take him out of the net for this one.

  1. OVERCOME THE ADVERSITY

The Senators aren’t sure what their lineup is going to look like because they only had 16 skaters Monday for practice. They may have to call up some players from their AHL affiliate in Belleville. It’s a wildcard at the moment.

Senators gameday lines

Ryan Dzingel-Derick Brassard-Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman-Matt Duchene-Bobby Ryan

Tom Pyatt-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Zack Smith

Colin White-Gabriel Dumont-Alex Burrows

Defence

Thomas Chabot-Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf-Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki-Ben Harpur

Goaltenders

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

– lines based on Saturday’s game

Hawks gameday lines

Forwards

Brandon Saad-Jonathan Toews-Vinnie Hinostroza

Ryan Hartman-Nick Schmaltz-Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp-David Kampf-Alex Debrincat

Lance Bouma-Tommy Wingels-Richard Panik

Defence

Duncan Keith-Jordan Oesterle

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Jan Rutta

Goaltenders

Anton Forsberg

Jeff Glass

Injuries

OTT: Johnny Oduya, Nate Thompson

CHI: Corey Crawford, Artem Anisimov

It hasn’t been pretty – at least on the defensive end – but the Ottawa Senators are on the right track as they look to rejoin the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Senators look to wrap up a perfect three-game homestand Tuesday night as they entertain the Chicago Blackhawks. Ottawa improved to 3-1-1 in its last five games with its biggest victory of the season, a 6-3 triumph over the conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.

Blackhawks vs. Senators Betting Analysis

The Senators have allowed eight goals in their past two games, but masked those defensive struggles by potting a dozen goals in that stretch – it’s best offensive showing since mid-October. But oddsmakers aren’t convinced this is a sign of things to come, making this one a virtual toss-up despite the Blackhawks having won just three of their last 10 road games. It doesn’t help that Ottawa is 1-6 SU in its previous seven games vs. Western Conference foes.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators Sports Interaction bettors like the visitors in this one, taking the Blackhawks at an 88-percent clip. The majority are also in on the over-5.5-goal play, though both teams can make compelling cases on both sides of the total. Chicago has gone over in four consecutive road games but is 0-6 O/U in its last six games against the Atlantic Division. Ottawa is 5-1 O/U in its previous six against the Central Division but has gone under in 13 of its last 20 games on two days’ rest.

Chicago Blackhawks

Consistency has been elusive for the Blackhawks, who sandwiched a pair of three-game losing skids around a five-game winning streak and have subsequently alternated wins and losses over their previous five games. The Blackhawks have won 10 of the previous 14 meetings in the head-to-head series, but extending that streak could require a better power-play showing – Chicago is 0-for-6 in 2018 and ranks third-last in overall success rate at 14.4 percent.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators can only hope that what they’ve seen from forward Matt Duchene over the past two games is a precursor to better days ahead. After scoring just one goals in his first 24 games in an Ottawa uniform, the former Colorado Avalanche forward has scored three times in his past two games, including his first multi-goal effort since Jan. 17 of last season in a 6-5 overtime win over San Jose. Duchene has 10 points in 26 games with the Senators.

Chicago Blackhawks (20-15-6) at Ottawa Senators (14-17-9)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

The Line: Ottawa Senators -111 / Chicago Blackhawks +101 — Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Ottawa Senators look to snap out of their ugly losing ways as they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to town on Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks head into Ottawa on Tuesday looking to break out of a road funk that has them on the losing end of seven of their last 10 away from home and luckily for them they have the Sens on their calendar tonight which should give them reason to smile as Ottawa has been woeful this season and has just six wins in their last 24 games. Chicago has been up and down to start the season but they have been streaky and have beaten the Sens in 10 of their last 14 meetings which should give them confidence as a road team here even if it means having to turn to Anton Forsberg in the crease. Forsberg is expected to match up against Craig Anderson who has had struggles of his own this season and he will have to be sharp if he and the Sens are going to fend off Chicago’s potent offense.

Ottawa Senators vs. Chicago Blackhawks – 1/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators Senators are considered by many to be this season’s biggest disappointment as they have gone from being within a goal of the Stanley Cup final last season to one of the league’s worst this season and with mostly the same personnel it doesn’t make a ton of sense. Ottawa comes into tonight’s game with a dismal 5-18 record against a team with a losing road record but they have won five of their last seven games on home ice and with many pieces on the hot seat in the Canadian capital they could start to play some very desperate hockey in a hurry.

The Blackhawks are 42-20 in their last 62 against the Atlantic and have a 10-4 mark in their last 14 against Ottawa while the Sens are winless in their last four Tuesday games and 1-6 in their last seven against the Western Conference. Chicago is a slight favourite here and I think they get it done at a decent price against a Sens team that is lost right now.

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals Live NHL Match

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals Live The Pacific Division meets the Metro Division this evening as the Vancouver Canucks pay a visit to the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. to grapple with the Washington Capitals. The Canucks enter this game off a 5-2 loss to the Canadiens on the road, while the Capitals check in off a 4-3 home win over the Blues in OT. Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Canucks will be Jacob Markstrom and he will be opposed by Braden Holtby.

Canucks Get Routed In Montreal

The Montreal Canadiens have really been struggling, but still, Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals able to knock off a Vancouver team that has been struggling even more of late. The Canadiens had really been struggling on offense, but they put up five on the Canucks in their 5-2 win on Sunday. The Canucks have not been that good on offense all year, but they have struggled at the other end of the ice even more of late as they have now allowed 4.33 gpg in going just 1-8 in their last nine games. They don’t nearly have enough offense in them to overcome goaltending like that. Scoring in the loss to the Habs was Daniel Sedin, which was his 10th of the year and Michael Del Zotto, which was his 2nd of the year. The Canucks have gone 9-11 on the road and have averaged 2.85 gpg and have allowed 3.10 gpg in those games. Taking the loss against the Canadiens was Anders Nilsson, who allowed four goals on 44 shot attempts to fall to 6-8 with a 3.57 GAA and a .901 save percentage on the year overall. He has lost five starts in a row and has allowed 24 goals in those games. Jacob Markstrom should be back in the crease for this one and he has gone 10-18 with a 2.76 GAA and a .907 save percentage on the year overall, including 4-7 with a 2.83 GAA and a .895 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 22-43 with a 2.92 GAA on the road and 27-45 with a 2.72 GAA against the Eastern Conference, while against the Capitals he has gone 0-5 with a 3.51 GAA.

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals Canucks have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 28th in the league in scoring at 2.63 gpg, while also ranking 28th in shots taken (29.8 spg) and 12th in power play conversions, converting on 20.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been poor as they come in ranked 27th in goals allowed, giving up 3.22 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots allowed (32.1 spg) and 27th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 22.3% of their chances. Caps Win Tough Battle Against The Blues

The Washington Capitals were very mediocre at the start of the year, but they have really turned it around of late as they have won their last four games in a row and 15 of their last 20 games. Thet has enabled them to take over the top spot in the Metro Division, which is where they finished in each of the last two years. They come in off a hard-fought 4-3 OT win over the Blues, who have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference this year. The Caps held a 3-2 lead in the game late, but the Blues tied it with just 4:09 left in regulation. The Caps then won it with just 43 seconds left in OT on a goal by Nicklas Backstrom, which was his 9th of the year. Also scoring in the win was Brett Connolly, which was his 9th of the year, Alex Ovechkin, which was his 27th and Lars Eller, which was his 6th. Ovechkin is tied with Nikita Kucherov for most goals in the league. Snatching up the win against the Blues was Braden Holtby, who stopped 31 of the 34 shots that he faced in the game to improve to 24-8 with a 2.68 GAA and a .917 save percentage on the year overall, including 15-4 with a 2.15 GAA and a .932 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 117-52 with a 2.16 GAA in his home games and 61-32 with a 2.62 GAA against the Western Conference, while against the Canucks he has gone 3-2 with a 2.64 GAA. The Capitals have gone 17-5 here at home for the year and have averaged 3.32 gpg and have allowed just 2.27 gpg in those games.

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals The Capitals come into this game ranked 10th in the league in scoring at 3.05 gpg, while also ranking 31st in shots taken (28.9 spg) and 15th in power play conversions, converting on 20.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been average so far as they come in ranked 16th in goals allowed, giving up 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots allowed (32.0 spg) and 21st in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.9% of their chances.

Trends Vancouver is: 8-22 in their last 30 vs. the Metropolitan

12-39 in their last 51 games playing on one days rest

Washington is: 50-15 in their last 65 games playing on one days rest

37-16 in their last 53 when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game

The Vancouver Canucks are going nowhere this year, while the Capitals are on a roll and back atop the Metro Division. The Capitals have won their last four games in a row and they just took out St Louis here at the Verizon Center, while the Canucks were just blasted in Montreal and have now gone just 1-8 in their last nine games. They do play better on the road than at home, but this is not a game that they can win over even keep close. Look for the Capital to win this one very easily as they continue to play well and lead the Metro Division.

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Pick: Washington -1.5*

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The Washington Capitals have regained their perch atop the topsy-turvy Metropolitan Division standings – and they’re heavy favourites to build on their three-point edge as they host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Capitals have reeled off four consecutive victories and have emerged as one of the league’s best over plays of late; the Canucks can also lay claim to that honour, though theirs hasn’t come with a string of victories. Canucks vs. Capitals Betting Analysis

You won’t find many trends suggesting that Washington is a fade in this one. The Capitals have won 40 of their previous 52 home games and have 50 victories in their last 65 games played on one day of rest. That said, Washington could play this game on one hour of rest and would still be favoured against a Canucks team that has been downright dreadful on the road, winning just 23 of its previous 70 games away from Vancouver – including nine of 20 games this season.

The Capitals are the choice of 91 percent of Sports Interaction wagerers, who are also all-in on the over-5.5-goal play. That should come as no surprise considering that the last four Capitals games have averaged 7.5 goals, while the Canucks have exceeded the total in eight of their previous nine road games. And while these teams only face off twice per year, they’ve played to the over five times with one push in their previous eight encounters. Vancouver Canucks

What a difference a month makes. On Dec. 7, the Canucks were riding high following a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Just 31 days later, Vancouver is struggling to get back into the Western Conference following a dreadful 2-10-2 stretch in which the Canucks allowed four or more goals 10 times. The Vancouver power play hasn’t been much better, mired in a 1-for-20 stretch over the past seven games that has dropped its overall efficiency to 20.4 percent. Washington Capitals

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals schedule has been rather kind to the Capitals, who had four days of rest prior to Saturday’s 4-3 triumph over St. Louis. That break came at a great time for a Washington team that, including the win over the Blues, has gone to extra time in seven of its previous nine games (going 5-2 in that span). And with a pair of five-day breaks coming up later this month, it probably isn’t a great time for opponents to be facing the Metropolitan Division leaders.