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Dallas Stars vs. Vancouver Canucks NHL Pick from Will Rogers: March 28th 2015

Will Rogers - NHL PickDallas Stars vs. Vancouver Canucks
NHL Pick: Vancouver -135 odds (March 28th 2015)
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Both the Dallas Stars and the Vancouver Canucks have been hot of late, but both clubs are also looking to bounce back from a loss their last time out. Dallas was in action as early as last night though while the Nucks have had one more day of rest. At the end of a long season that could be a huge factor, and I like the price we get on the hosts in this match-up.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Situational/Motivational – The Stars looked like they might would be able to make one last push for the playoffs, but last night’s shutout loss on the road against the lowly Edmonton Oilers will have killed their spirit completely though. Vancouver on the other hand should have all the motivation in the world as although it’s sitting second in the Pacific Division, a playoff berth is far from guaranteed just yet.

2. Dallas Goaltending Situation – Kari Lehtonen has allowed 10 goals over his last three games and tended the net last night in Edmonton. He’s 2-2-1 behind a 3.99 GAA over five appearances on back-to-back days on the season and that could open up for back-up Jhonas Enroth who is 1-5-0 behind a 3.26 GAA in the Stars jersey since coming over from the Sabres.

3. X-Factor – The Stars are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings. Do you think the Nucks are happy about this? My guess would be NO, and this should prove a good spot as any to end that streak against a demoralized Stars team.

Selection: This is a play on the Vancouver Canucks

Philadelphia vs. Vancouver NHL Pick from Will Rogers: March 17th 2015

Will Rogers - NHL PickPhiladelphia Flyers vs. Vancouver Canucks
NHL Pick: Vancouver -149 odds (March 17th 2015)
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The Vancouver Canucks are currently hanging on to the sixth spot in the Western Conference, but only two points separate them from the ninth place Winnipeg Jets, with Los Angeles and Calgary in between. The Canucks host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, and this is a must win for the home team. The Flyers are nine points back of eighth place Boston, leaving them no realistic shot of qualifying for the post-season.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Home Cookin’ – Philly owns one of the league’s worst road records (8-19-9), and it has lost six straight in it’s last six away from home. Flyers goalie Steve Mason is just 1-10-6 with a 2.60 GAA on the road this season.

2. Eddie Lack – Vancouver’s backup netminder has been solid filling in for the injured Ryan Miller, posting a record of 3-1-1 with a 1.69 GAA in his last six appearances.

3. X-Factor – The Canucks are getting healthier, with Kevin Bieksa, Brad Richardson and Chris Higgins all getting on the score sheet in their first game back from injury on Saturday. Philly has some injury concerns with Michael Del Zotto doubtful, and R.J. Umberger done for the year with an abdominal injury. Matt Read will not play due to personal reasons.

Selection: This is a play on the Vancouver Canucks

Tampa Bay vs. Montreal NHL Odds & Pick from Nick Parsons: March 10th 2015

Nick Parsons - NHL PickTampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL Pick: Tampa Bay +103 odds (March 10th 2015)
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Tampa Bay has built a 41-20-6 record this season and has won three in a row. They are coming off a 5-4 win over Dallas and moved within two points of the Canadiens. Tampa Bay has set a franchise record with 26 home wins. On the road, the Lightning are just 15-14-5 with consecutive losses. The win over the Stars featured a three-goal third period to overcome a 3-2 deficit. Defenseman Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist, while Ondrej Palat added three assists.

Tampa Bay has taken both meetings this season and are 5-0-1 with an 18-7 scoring advantage dating to the beginning of 2013-14 with a 3-0-0 mark north of the border.

Montreal is 42-18-6 this season and ended a 0-2-1 skid with Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Arizona. They scored just six goals on a four game road trip. The Canadiens are 5-0-2 in their last seven at home. The win over the Coyotes came behind 28 saves from Carey Price. It was his seventh shutout and fifth in 16 games. That span includes a 1.30 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. He has a has a 3.25 GAA over a 0-3-1 span against the Lightning in regular-season play.

Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop has posted a 1.84 Goals against Average over a 5-1-0 stretch. Against the Canadiens he has an even better 1.12 GAA while handling all regular-season duties over the past two seasons.

I am playing on Tampa Bay in this one. Hey have owned Montreal over the last two seasons. Both teams have great goaltenders and it should be a close game. Tampa Bay has better offensive production and in a close game I am taking the better offense.

Play on Tampa Bay. This is a (1*) free play.