Another WINNER last night with the Blackhawks getting things done in regulation, with a 3-1 win over Florida.
That makes me 7-1 in my last 8 picks (over 3 days) which includes a Game of the Week WINNER. Lets keep rolling right into a busy schedule Saturday…
San Jose Sharks @ Vancouver Canucks – UNDER 5.5 GOALS (-120) **AFTERNOON GAME**
(Note: I’m risking 1.20 units to win 1 unit)
The Sharks are coming off a 4-1 home loss against the Senators, and have lost 2 of their last 3 games. San Jose is averaging 2.7 goals per game on the season, but just 1.80 goals per game over their last 5. During that span they have been allowing just 2 goals against per game though. The Canucks have lost two straight (both at home) against the Kings and Ducks, and are averaging just 2.40 goals per game over their last 5 games. These two teams have met 3 times this season, with all games going UNDER the 5.5 total. In all three meetings the road team won 3-2, with two of those games needing extra time to decide a winner. Note that the UNDER is 4-1 in the Sharks last 5 overall, and 9-3 in their last 12 road games. The UNDER is also 19-7 in the Sharks last 26 vs Western Conference opponents. The UNDER is 21-8-2 in the Canucks last 31 games when they are a favorite between -151 and -200 which they are today. The UNDER is also 4-1 in their last 5 meetings in Vancouver. This is a big Western Conference showdown and we can expect both teams to tighten up defensively. Look for a 4th straight under between the Sharks and Canucks in a rare Saturday afternoon game in Vancouver.
Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers – FLAMES TO WIN (-116)
(Note: I’m risking 1.16 units to win 1 unit)
The Flames are coming off a shootout victory in Los Angeles on Thursday night, and are 4-1-1 in their last 6. Calgary hasn’t been scoring many goals, averaging just 2 goals per game over their last 5, but they have allowed just 1.80 goals against per game during that span. Kiprusoff has been rock solid in his last two starts, allowing just 1 goal in each start with more than 30 shots against in both games. Calgary is 22-20-6 on the season. The Oilers woes continue as they lose two straight road games. Thursday’s 1-0 loss in St Louis looks better than it was, as they were outshot 38-15 in the game. Their other loss came in Columbus blowing a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 after Taylor Hall was injured in warm ups. Taylor Hall’s status for tonight is still undetermined as I write this, but I would be somewhat surprised to see him back in the lineup given the location of those stitches. The Oilers have won just 3 times in their last 17 games and once in their past 8. On the season the Oilers are 17-25-4, and 11-7-3 at home. Note that the Flames are 8-2 in their last 10 as a favorite, and 5-2 in their last 7 as a road favorite. Calgary has owned the battle of Aberta recently, winning all three meetings this season (2-1 and 3-0 at home and 5-3 in Edmonton back on December 3rd). In fact the Flames are 6-1 in their last 7 meetings in Edmonton, and 36-15-1 in their last 52 overall. Take the Flames here tonight.
Good Luck – lets have a good one!