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Oilers vs. Ducks NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: March 22nd 2017

Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks
NHL Pick: Anaheim -120 odds (March 22nd 2017)

The set-up: The 39-24-9 Edmonton Oilers have 87 points and are tied with the 38-23-11 Anaheim Ducks in the West’s Pacific Divsion, four points behind division-leading San Jose. However, as the two teams get set to meet tonight at the Honda Center, they both have to be concerned with the re-hot Calgary Flames, who have climbed to within one point of them.

Edmonton: The Oilers will take a four-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s matchup, looking to end a 10-year postseason drought. Connor McDavid owns NHL highs of 82 points and 57 assists and workhorse goaltender Cam Talbot (37-20-8, 2.32 GAA & .922 save percentage) will attempt to help Edmonton clinch the season series with a win tonight (Oilers have won two of three over the Ducks). Talbot will make his 11th successive start, as well as his 23rd appearance in the past 24 games and his league-leading 66th this season.

Anaheim: For the Ducks, John Gibson is still nursing a lower-body injury so Jonathan Bernier, is expected to be in net. Bernier owns a 7-2-1 mark with a 1.78 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in his last 10 outings.

The pick: The Ducks are coming on strong down the stretch, earning points in six of their last seven games (5-1-1), including victories over division leaders Chicago, Washington and San Jose. Yes, Talbot has been terrific in goal for Edmonton but Bernier hasn’t taken a backseat to anyone these last 10 games. Play the home team.

Penguins vs. Canucks NHL Over-Under Pick from Will Rogers: March 11th 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Vancouver Canucks
NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5 goals -120 odds (March 11th 2017)

The set-up: The 42-16-8 Pittsburgh Penguins pulled within three points of league-leading Washington with Friday’s 3-2 shootout win at Edmonton. The Pens are now 2-0-0 on their five-game road trip (own a four-game winning streak overall), which continues when they visit the 28-30-9 Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. Vancouver is hoping to remain in the race for a playoff spot but it sits eight points behind St. Louis for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin scored his 32nd goal Friday (he’s riding four-game goal and point streaks) to move one point ahead of captain Sidney Crosby (70) for the team lead and climb within four of Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (75), in the chase for the Art Ross Trophy. Center Nick Bonino followed a hat trick at Winnipeg on Wednesday with a goal in Edmonton to extend his point streak to four games. Crosby leads the NHL with 34 goals but is mired in a six-game drought, last scoring Feb. 25 against Philadelphia.

Vancouver: The Canucks have a more modest four-game run going, at 2-0-2 their last four. They suffered overtime losses at home to the New York Islanders and Montreal after winning on the road in Anaheim and Los Angeles. Hosting the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Arena on Saturday night is a big deal.

The pick: With a little luck, the Canucks get the Penguins playing their second of back-to-back road games. Pittsburgh may just put up a little less of a fight than usual. Also, the Pens will be missing heavyweight winger Tom Sestito, who will sit out the second of a four-game suspension for boarding Winnipeg’s Toby Enstrom on Tuesday night. Make the Under the play.

NHL Pick: Will Rogers betting the LA Kings -155 odds on March 2nd 2017

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Los Angeles Kings
NHL Pick: LA -155 odds (March 2nd 2017)

The set-up: The 28-21-3 Toronto Maple Leafs have lost three straight games and now cling to just a one point edge for the final wild-card spot in the East. The 30-26-6 LA Kings have dropped two straight and reside one point behind St. Louis for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, as they get set to host Toronto on Thursday.

Toronto: The Maple Leafs began a three-game swing through California with a 3-1 loss at San Jose on Tuesday, giving the team only four goals in its current skid. Goalie Frederik Andersen has dropped three straight decisions, despite turning aside 96 of 102 shots. The Maple Leafs made a trade with Tampa Bay on Monday, acquiring forward Brian Boyle in exchange for forward Byron Froese and a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick.

LA Kings: Speaking of trades, Ben Bishop started his first game in goal for the Kings on Tuesday at the Calgary Flames. The former Tampa Bay Lightning goalie stopped 30 shots before Calgary scored the game-winner in the 2-1 overtime victory. However, Jonathan Quick (the 2012 Conn Smythe winner) figures to start against the Maple Leafs, just his third since missing 60 games with a groin injury. The Kings acquired 39-year-old forward Jarome Iginla from the Colorado Avalanche, Head coach Darryl Sutter is banking that a familiar face has more in reserve in a bid to help ignite his sputtering team’s offense. Iginla played under Sutter during Calgary’s run to the Stanley Cup final in 2004.

The pick: Toronto’s Frederik Andersen owns a 5-1-1 career mark against the Kings but received the early hook in a 7-0 rout by Los Angeles back on Nov. 8th. Take the home team in this one.