March 30th, 2013

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The Flames couldn’t get things done at home, as the Blue Jackets scored 4 2nd period goals on the way to a 6-4 victory.

Today we’ve got a full board of NHL games and 3 pick going…

2 UNIT = New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins – PENGUINS TO WIN IN REGULATION (-139) *1:00 PM EST START*
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.44 units)

Short write up as I want to get the pick out ASAP, but these two teams have met 4 times this year with the Penguins going 3-1 and winning the last 3 meetings (all in regulation and all by 2+ goals). The Penguins have won 14 straight games now, and 11 of those wins were in regulation. Pittsburgh is 14-4 at home on the season. Also note that the Penguins have won 14 straight games without their new addition in Jarome Iginla, and with Evgeni Malkin injured for a number of games. I expect the Penguins to continue their streak with a convincing win here at home.

2 UNIT = Phoenix Coyotes @ San Jose Sharks – SHARKS TO WIN IN REGULATION (+106) 
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 2.12 units)

The Phoenix Coyotes are 14-15-5 on the season and just 4-8-4 on the road.  They are coming off a 7-4 win in Nashville where they scored 6 goals in the first period in a strange game.  Before that win the Coyotes had lost 7 straight games and had scored just 8 goals over those 7 games.  Phoenix is now playing their 3rd road game in 4 nights against a hot Sharks team.  San Jose is 16-11-6 on the year, and a solid 10-1-4 at home.  They come into this game winners of 3 straight and 4 of their last 5 games.  Antti Niemi has back to back shutouts going coming into this one, while Coyotes back up Jason LaBarbera has to play his 3rd in 4 nights and has allowed 4 goals in each of the first two games.  These two teams have met twice this season in San Jose, with the Sharks winning the first 5-3 and then Phoenix winning 1-0 in shootout in the second game thanks to a 33 save performance by Mike Smith.  This is a bad spot for Phoenix and the Sharks have played well all year on home ice and are playing well right now.  I will take San Jose in regulation at a better price.

2 UNIT = Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers – CANUCKS TO WIN (-139) 
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.44 units)

The Vancouver Canucks are 19-9-6 on the year and 9-4-3 on the road.   They enter this game winners of 6 straight games, where they’ve outscored opponents 14-6.  Cory Schneider has allowed just 4 goals against in his last 5 starts, which includes two shutouts.  He is 12-5-3 on the season.  The Oilers are 13-13-7 on the year and 6-5-4 at home.  They come into this one winners of 2 straight games after losing 3 straight.  They relied on a 43 save shutout by Khabibulin to win in St Louis, and were again outshot by Columbus in a 6-4 victory on Thursday.  These two teams have met twice this year with the road team winning each time in extra time or shootout.  Before the Oilers win in Vancouver the Canucks had won 4 straight games vs the Oilers.   Vancouver is 5-1 in their last 6 meetings overall though, and 5-2 in their last 7 meetings in Edmonton.  Take note that dating back to last season the Oilers have won just 9 of their last 30 home games.  With the Canucks playing solid hockey right now I think they will take care of the Oilers yet again in Edmonton tonight.  I like the price here on Vancouver as they’ve played well on the road.

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