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  • Winnipeg vs Vegas Prediction (10:00pm EST)

    Vegas at home. what more needs to be said. The Jets are struggling at the moment and I expect that to continue in this one. The Jets have struggled on offense of late as they have averaged just 2.25 gpg over their last eight games and that offense will struggle in this one as the Knights have allowed just 2.40 gpg at home. The Jets have also struggled at the other end of the ice as they have allowed 3.80 gpg over their last 10 games and the Knights have averaged 3.17 gpg at home. Both teams are struggling, but I see the Golden Knights grabbing a much-needed win in this one, especially since Fleury is 21-6 with a 2.32 GAA against the Jets on his career. and theyre at home

    My Pick: Vegas -150

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  • Columbus vs Ottawa Prediction (7:00pm EST)

    I like the Blue Jackets in this one. They have struggled of late and the Sens have not been a horrible team at home, but the Blue Jackets have the advantage of rest and they are by far the better overall team in this contest. The Jackets cannot afford to lose this game as it could haunt them down the stretch of the season. The favorite is 5-1 the last six games in this series and the Senators have gone 7-21 in their last 28 games when playing on no rest. take the blue jackets here

    My Pick: Columbus -180

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  • Colorado vs Chicago Prediction (7:30pm EST)

    I like the way the Avs have been playing as of late but I still dont think its enough in this one. Chicago comes in having won 10 of their last 12 games and their offense has been unstoppable as they have averaged 4.92 gpg over that stretch. The Avs have gone just 13-18 on the road and they have allowed 3.39 gpg in those games. The Hawks have the momentum and they are 6-1 in their last seven home games, while the Avs are 5-15 in their last 20 vs. the Western Conference. Take the Blackhawks in this one.

    My Pick: Chicago -110

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  • Washington vs Toronto (Feb 21) Yesterday at 5:34pm

    MLHS: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals - Game #60 Preview & Projected Lines

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    The Capitals have been having a bit of an odd season. They're one of the league's most overperforming teams this year, but those relatively poor underlying numbers have started to catch up to them over the last couple of months.

    They rank 26th in expected goals and 19th in shot attempt differential in 2018-19, but they were able to push past those numbers for the first half of the season or so and maintain one of the league's better records. They certainly have the shooting talent to do so for stretches, but even still, they've regressed heavily since.

  • Buffalo vs Tampa Bay (Feb 21) Yesterday at 10:40am

    Die By The Blade: Preview: Sabres seek to strike Lightning

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    Puck Drop: 7:30 PM EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa, FL

    TV: MSG-B

    Radio: WGR 550

    SB Nation Lightning Blog: Raw Charge

    <strong>Know Your Opponent</strong> <em><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning</strong></em>

    Record: (46-11-4) | 96 PTS

    Last 10: 8-0-2

    Division Ranking: 1st in Atlantic Division

    Conference Ranking: 1st in Eastern Conference

    PP: 1st (30.2%)

    PK: 2nd (85.1%)

    <strong>What to Watch</strong>

    Something to tie your anchor to

    It's been a rough month for the Buffalo Sabres.

  • Arizona vs Vancouver (Feb 21) Yesterday at 9:23am
    Arizona vs Vancouver Prediction (10:00pm EST)

    I like the Yotes as the dogs on the road tonight. Vancouver has the rest factor but the Coyotes have the momentum after winning their last game. Both teams are right in the thick of the race for the wild card spots in the crowded Western Conference. Arizonas goaltending has been sharp and has kept them in games for most of the season. Vancouver struggles at lighting the lamp and that could be an issue here. Kuemper does the job between the pipes and that stifles the Canucks. Look for the Coyotes to pick up two critical points here.

    My Pick: Arizona +105

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  • Washington vs Toronto (Feb 21) Yesterday at 9:22am
    Washington vs Toronto Prediction (7:00pm EST)

    I am going with the Maple Leafs in this one. The Capitals have been inconsistent of late and they are not as good on the road as they are at home, while the Maple Leafs have been a solid home team on the year. Andersen has gone 12-7 with a 2.34 GAA here at home and he is 5-2 in his career against the Caps. Holtby has nice career numbers against the Leafs, but he is just 8-8 with a 3.30 GAA on the road this year. Take the Maple Leafs to grab a nice home win in this one.

    My Pick: Toronto -165

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  • San Jose vs Pittsburgh (Feb 21) Yesterday at 9:21am
    San Jose vs Pittsburgh Prediction (7:00pm EST)

    I like Pitt at home here. The Sharks come in having lost two of their last three games and they allowed 11 goals in the two losses combined. That does not bode well against a Pittsburgh offense that can put some goals on the board. The Sharks have gone 16-15 on the road, but they have allowed 3.61 gpg in those games and Martin Jones has gone 3-5 with a 2.90 GAA against the Penguins in his career, while Murray is 2-1 with a 2.03 GAA against the Sharks in his career. The Sharks are just 1-4 in their last five games here in Pittsburgh and that is the clincher.

    My Pick: Pittsburgh -115

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  • Carolina vs Florida (Feb 21) Yesterday at 9:02am

    Litter Box Cats: GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes

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    Scouting Report (Courtesy of Field Level Media)

    The Florida Panthers have won three straight games, and they have done it with some spectacular goals.

    At the top of the list is the between-the-legs trick shot scored by Aleksander Barkov on Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens. Second-place during the stretch belongs to Jonathan Huberdeau, who faked out at least two if not three or four members of the Buffalo Sabres in Tuesday's 4-2 victory.

    Barkov, always modest, had this to say: "I think (Huberdeau's goal) was nicer than mine.

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    Winnipeg vs Colorado (Feb 20) February 20 at 5:29pm
    Winnipeg vs Colorado Prediction (8:30pm EST)

    Winnipeg has won 4 of the last 5 head-to-head with Colorado. The Jets love playing teams with a losing record evidenced by a 38-15 record over the last 53 played against teams playing below .500. Colorado has lost 6 of the last 7 at home and each of the last 9 following a win. Final Score Prediction, Winnipeg Jets win 4-2.

    My Pick: Winnipeg -105

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  • Boston vs Vegas (Feb 20) February 20 at 8:03am

    Stanley Cup of Chowder: Preview: The Bruins put their winning streak on the line in Vegas

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    When: 10:00 PM

    Where: T-Mobile Arena - Las Vegas, NV

    How to follow: NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

    32-25-4, 69 points, 3rd in the Pacific Division
    Alex Tuch: 16G-26A-42PTS; Jonathan Marchessault: 19G-21A-40PTS; William Karlsson: 18G-20A-38 PTS
    Marc-Andre Fleury: 29-18-4, 2.61 GAA, .908 save percentage
    <strong>Game notes</strong> Mercifully, the Bruins are almost done with the country's later time zones. I am far too old to be staying up for these 10, 10:30 games. IT IS A WORK NIGHT, GARY.

  • Winnipeg vs Colorado (Feb 20) February 20 at 7:32am
    Winnipeg vs Colorado Prediction (8:30pm EST)

    This is an easy one as the Avs have struggled at home while the Jets are above .500 on the road. Take the jets here. Why? Most times when a good team struggles at home, the best thing for them to do is to go out on the road and get away from the pressures of home. I see that happening here, especially against a Colorado team that has gone just 11-17 at home for the year. We also note that the Jets will be seeking revenge as one of their last two losses at home were to the Avs. Hellebuyck is 6-4 with a 2.09 GAA against the Avs in his career and the Jets are 4-1 the last five games in this series. Take Winnipeg to bounce back with a nice road win here, especially since the Avs are 0-9 in their last 9 games following a win.

    My Pick: Winnipeg -115

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  • Chicago vs Detroit (Feb 20) February 20 at 7:29am
    Chicago vs Detroit Prediction (7:30pm EST)

    I actually like the Hawks in this spot. Chicago comes in averaging a whopping 4.90 gpg over their last 11 games, while the Red Wings have averaged just 2.50 gpg over their last eight games. That is a huge edge for the Blackhawks. The Red Wings do have an edge in the crease, but still, their offense will not be able to keep up in this one. Chicago has much more to play for in this one as they are in the playoff race, while Detroit is well out of the race. Take Chicago in this one.

    My Pick: Chicago -105

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  • Boston vs Vegas (Feb 20) February 20 at 7:28am
    Boston vs Vegas Prediction (10:00pm EST)

    The Bruins are Rollin but I think the streak ends in Vegas as the Knights take this one. Vegas has been a solid home team since entering the league, while the Bruins have gone just 14-15 on the road for the year. The Bruins have been solid in the crease this year, but the Golden Knights have allowed just 2.41 gpg bat home, while the Bruins have averaged 2.48 gpg on the road. I look for Fleury to out duel Rask or Halak in this one. Take the Knights

    My Pick: Vegas -125

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  • New York vs Calgary (Feb 20) February 20 at 6:39am

    Matchsticks and Gasoline: Preview: Calgary Flames vs NY Islanders 2/20/19 (60/82): Don't Expect A Ton Of Goals Tonight

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    TV: SN1

    Radio: Sportsnet 960

    <strong>Calgary Flames 36-16-7 (79 pts) - NY Islanders 35-17-6 (76 pts)</strong>

    The Flames will welcome the NY Islanders to the Saddledome for their only regular season visit in 2018-19 on Wednesday night. Calgary returned home after a 1-1-2 road trip to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Monday afternoon. A little home cooking never hurts as the Flames looked like a much different team than the one that left Alberta for the four game road swing. The five goals the Flames scored was an offence outburst that was desperately needed after failing to score more than 3 goals in all four of their consecutive defeats.

  • Pittsburgh vs New Jersey (Feb 19) February 19 at 11:38pm

    NY Post: 'Puddy' sees Devils fall to Penguins as win streak ends at 2

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    There goes the Devils' modest winning streak.

    Bryan Rust scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and the Penguins continued their playoff push and avoided the embarrassment of being swept by the lowly Devils with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night at Prudential Center in Newark.

    Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, Nick Bjugstad and Zach Aston-Reese also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won four of its last five in its bid to make the playoffs for the 13th straight year. The streak is the longest active playoff run in the NHL.

    Matt Murray made 33 saves, including 15 in the third period, to help the Penguins salvage the final game in the four-game season series.

  • Toronto vs St. Louis (Feb 19) February 19 at 8:35pm

    MLHS: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. St. Louis Blues - Game #59 Preview & Projected Lines

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    The Blues are undoubtedly the league's most dominant team since the New Year. Since around the middle of December, they haven't dipped below 50% in virtually any metric. Their year-long expected goals trend (five-game rolling average) displays their impressive turnaround after a bleak start to the year:

    While things have taken a dip in the last couple of weeks in terms of shot and chance share, the Blues are still outscoring the opposition like crazy. During their current eight-game streak they've outscored opponents 40-14, only giving more than two goals in a game twice.

  • Anaheim vs Minnesota (Feb 19) February 19 at 6:39pm

    Fansided: Can the Anaheim Ducks Keep the Momentum Going in Minnesota?

    For the final time this season, the Anaheim Ducks are going head to head with the Minnesota Wild. Under the leadership of coach Bruce Boudreau, the Wild are currently holding onto the last Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, but barely. Boudreau is under the impression that his team will make it to the playoffs for the seventh season in a row. How long they stay there if they make it, that remains to be seen.

    With the possibility of a playoff berth before them, the Minnesota Wild aren't going to make things easy for the Anaheim Ducks tonight.

  • Nashville vs Dallas (Feb 19) February 19 at 2:39pm

    Defending Big D: Dallas Stars Open Critical Home Stand Against Nashville Predators

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    If the Dallas Stars' offense want reinforcements at the trade deadline, the last two games provided solid evidence that the help is needed. The first six games in February (4-1-1) saw a three goal-a-game pace, but Andrei Vasilevskiy and Petr Mrazek put an end to the fantasy that scoring issues were resolved.

    The remaining six February games do not offer many breaks. Three home games are followed by three road games, and all but the February 28 game at the Los Angeles Kings is a critical four-point matchup.

    The water cooler buzz revolves around what sniping miracle worker Dallas can bring in without mortgaging the foreseeable future.

  • Tampa Bay vs Philadelphia (Feb 19) February 19 at 1:04pm

    Fansided: Philadelphia Flyers must hone in defensively vs Tampa Bay

    Earning a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers will look for their fourth straight victory as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in their final regular season meeting this season.

    The Flyers have lost the previous two matchups to Tampa this year, losing both of them by a score of 6-5 and in overtime. They had to dig themselves out of a hole in each contest and can't let that happen again if they want their best shot at victory. One aspect Philadelphia has to hone-in on is their performance on the defensive side of the ice.