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    Preview: Columbus at Boston

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, February 22, 2016
    Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

    The Boston Bruins return after a solid six-game road trip to start a stretch during which they play six of seven at home against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. The Bruins finished at 4-2-0 on their trek after knocking off Dallas 7-3 on Saturday and look to improve their disappointing record at TD Bank Garden (12-14-3).

    “Obviously, it was a big win, especially against a team like that on the road, but we have to stay even-keeled,” Boston center David Krejci told reporters Saturday after his team scored six unanswered goals. “Don’t get too high or too low, just kind of go about our business, regroup and come back strong.” Brad Marchand scored twice against Dallas to push his career-high goal total to 30 as the Bruins matched their season best in tallies. The Blue Jackets dug themselves too deep a hole with an 0-8-0 start but have shown some improvement of late with points in nine of their last 11 games (6-2-3). Columbus has played Boston tough in two recent meetings, losing in overtime and a shootout.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Columbus), NESN (Boston)

    ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (23-29-7): Columbus was blanked 4-0 against Buffalo last time out and has not received much production from its power play, which is 2-for-24 over the last eight games. The Blue Jackets have gotten balanced scoring throughout with Scott Hartnell, Brandon Saad and Cam Atkinson leading the team at 37 points apiece. With Sergei Bobrovsky sidelined for much of the season, Joonas Korpisalo (.920 save percentage) has had a chance to develop in net and is likely to make his 12th straight start.

    ABOUT THE BRUINS (32-21-6): While Marchand continues to have a standout season, he has had plenty of help on a productive Boston offense that ranks third in the league at three goals per game. Patrice Bergeron leads the team with 50 points and has scored three goals in his last four games, Krejci has netted three tallies and set up 11 others over his last 13 contests while Loui Eriksson has scored six goals in his last eight games. The Bruins were 3-for-6 on the power play Saturday after going 1-for-36 over their previous 10 games.


    1. Columbus D Seth Jones is one of only three active players on the team who have appeared in more than three games to post a positive plus/minus rating (plus-2).

    2. Boston C Ryan Spooner, who notched an assist in the first meeting with Columbus on Jan. 23, missed the game versus Dallas due to illness and is questionable.

    3. Atkinson is one tally away from his third consecutive 20-goal season for the Blue Jackets.

    PREDICTION: Bruins 4, Blue Jackets 2


    Preview: Arizona at Washington

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, February 22, 2016
    Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District Of Columbia

    Alex Ovechkin appears to have made good use of the rest during the All-Star break, coming back strong with 10 goals in the last nine games as his Washington Capitals continue to roll. The captain looks to stay hot when the league-leading Capitals go for their fourth straight victory and ninth in 10 games on Monday against the visiting Arizona Coyotes.

    Ovechkin has recorded a league-high 38 goals after netting the 513th of his career in a 4-3 victory over New Jersey on Saturday to tie Jeremy Roenick for 37th place on the all-time list. The Capitals will be taking on an Arizona team that is trying to stay alive in the Western Conference playoff chase. The Coyotes, who have won two of their last three games but have allowed 11 goals in the process, could be without leading scorer Oliver Ekman-Larsson as the defenseman is day-to-day with a lower-body injury he sustained in Saturday’s 6-4 loss to St. Louis. “Everyone’s scared,” Arizona captain Shane Doan told reporters. “Obviously, he’s a big part of our team. He’s our best player.”

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Arizona, CSN-DC (Washington)

    ABOUT THE COYOTES (27-25-6): Ekman-Larsson, who leads the team with a career-best 45 points, accompanied the team on its five-game road trip that includes stops in Tampa Bay, Florida, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Coyotes – 11-13-2 away from home – have received a boost from rookie Max Domi, who has emerged from a 14-game drought to score two goals in each of his last two contests. Doan tops the team with 22 goals after notching the 390th of his career on Saturday, while fellow forward Mikkel Boedker has gone seven games without a tally.

    ABOUT THE CAPITALS (43-10-4): Ovechkin is two tallies away from his eighth 40-goal season, but his 53 points are only good for third on a team that leads the league in scoring (3.30 goals) and on the power play (23.2 percent). All-Star Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded two goals and four assists during his four-game point streak and leads the team with 60 points – six better than Nicklas Backstrom. Defenseman Brooks Orpik has notched a goal and two assists with a plus-5 rating in three games since returning from a lengthy stint on injured reserve.


    1. Washington RW Justin Williams needs one goal to reach 20 for the first time since 2011-12 with Los Angeles.

    2. Arizona D Kevin Connauton, who received a career-high 31:11 of ice time on Saturday, has registered two goals and three assists in 14 games since being claimed off waivers from Columbus.

    3. The teams split their two meetings last season, with each winning on the road.

    PREDICTION: Capitals 5, Coyotes 2


    Preview: Nashville at Montreal

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, February 22, 2016
    Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

    The Montreal Canadiens look to extend their home winning streak to five games as they attempt to keep alive their playoff hopes when they face the Nashville Predators on Monday. Montreal returned from a winless three-game road trip to edge Philadelphia in a shootout on Friday for its fourth straight triumph at Bell Centre.

    Captain Max Pacioretty ended his four-game goal-scoring drought with his eighth power-play tally last time out for the Canadiens, who are eight points out of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference. Nashville brings a five-game point streak (2-0-3) into Monday’s contest as it clings to the second wild-card spot in the West. The Predators, who are one point ahead of Central Division-rival Minnesota, have not lost in regulation on the road since Jan. 12, going 5-0-2 in that span. Nashville is hoping to complete a sweep of the two-game season series after posting a 5-1 home triumph on Dec. 21.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Tennessee (Nashville), Sportsnet, RDS (Montreal)

    ABOUT THE PREDATORS (27-21-11): Nashville could be without one of its regular defensemen Monday as Barret Jackman exited Saturday’s overtime loss to Los Angeles with an upper-body injury. Gabriel Bourque is back with the team, as he was recalled from his long-term injury loan to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Sunday, but remains on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. The 25-year-old right wing has recorded a goal and three assists in 22 games for Nashville but has not played since Nov. 27 at Philadelphia.

    ABOUT THE CANADIENS (28-27-4): Montreal also may be missing a blue-liner as Tom Gilbert left Friday’s victory with a lower-body injury. Rookie Mike Condon is expected to be in net after turning aside 35 shots versus the Flyers. The 25-year-old had lost five straight decisions since defeating Toronto on the road on Jan. 23.


    1. Predators captain Shea Weber needs one power-play goal to match his career high of 12 set in 2012-13.

    2. Montreal D P.K. Subban leads the team with 46 points but has scored only one goal in his last 10 games.

    3. Nashville is 1-10 in overtime this season.

    PREDICTION: Canadiens 3, Predators 1


    Preview: San Jose at St. Louis

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, February 22, 2016
    Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

    The St. Louis Blues attempt to avenge their most recent regulation loss and extend their season-high winning streak to six games when they host the San Jose Sharks on Monday. St. Louis has earned at least one point in seven consecutive contests (6-0-1) since beginning a three-game homestand with a 3-1 setback against San Jose on Feb. 4.

    The Blues, who have a firm hold on third place in the Central Division and are just two points behind Chicago for first, will be without second-leading scorer Alex Steen (upper body) but will have Jake Allen (lower body) at their disposal for the first time since Jan. 8. San Jose fell to 2-1-0 on its five-game road trip with a 5-2 loss at Carolina on Friday. The Sharks occupy third place in the Pacific and trail Los Angeles by five points for the top spot. Veteran center Joe Thornton hopes to begin another point streak after having his seven-game run – which began with a goal versus the Blues in their first meeting – was ended by the Hurricanes.

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet

    ABOUT THE SHARKS (31-21-5): Defenseman Brenden Dillon, who participated in Sunday’s practice, will miss his sixth straight contest with an upper-body injury but could return for the finale of San Jose’s trek in Colorado on Wednesday. Tommy Wingels also is expected to be sidelined for a second consecutive game due to an upper-body ailment. Captain Joe Pavelski shares the league lead with eight game-winning tallies and is four away from reaching the 30-goal plateau for the third straight season and fourth in his career.

    ABOUT THE BLUES (35-17-9): Steen was placed on injured reserve after getting hurt on a check by Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton in Saturday’s win and will be evaluated in four weeks. The 31-year-old leads the team with 30 assists and is four points behind Vladimir Tarasenko (51) for first on the club. Allen, who is 18-10-3 with five shutouts and a 2.17 goals-against average, was activated Sunday but will watch Brian Elliott make his 18th consecutive start after going 12-3-2 with a 1.76 GAA and .943 save percentage over the first 17.


    1. Blues LW Jaden Schwartz has recorded a goal in three straight games and four of five since returning from a fractured ankle that had sidelined him since Oct. 20.

    2. The Sharks sent D Mirco Mueller to San Jose of the American Hockey League.

    3. St. Louis recalled D Jordan Schmaltz and RW Dmitrij Jaskin from Chicago of the AHL and assigned G Jordan Binnington and D Peter Harrold to the Wolves.

    PREDICTION: Blues 4, Sharks 2


    Hot teams
    — Washington won eight of its last nine games.
    — Bruins won six of their last nine games.
    — Blues won their last five games. San Jose won three of its last four games.

    Cold teams
    — Arizona lost its last three road games.
    — Blue Jackets lost last two games, 2-1ot/4-0.
    — Canadiens lost three of last four games. Nashville lost six of its last nine games.

    Series records
    — Coyotes lost three of last four visits to Washington.
    — Bruins won eight of last ten games with Columbus.
    — Predators won three of last five visits to Montreal.
    — Sharks won five of last seven games with St Louis.

    — Last three Arizona games went over the total.
    — Five of last seven Columbus games stayed under.
    — Last three Nashville games stayed under the total.
    — Over is 7-1-1 in last nine San Jose-St Louis games.

    — None


    Grand Salami – February
    By VI News

    The Grand Salami in pro hockey is decided by adding up all the goals scored in every game scheduled for that particular day. You can wager on ‘over’ or ‘under’ the Grand Salami total. The total is set by adding up all listed ‘over/under’ odds for each game on that particular day.

    Note: The Grand Salami will have no action if any game is suspended or cancelled before the regulation time of three twenty minute periods. Also, regardless of the number of goals scored during the shoot out portion of the overtime, the final scored recorded for the game will give the winning team on more goal than its opponent based on the score at the end of regulation time.

    *The majority of sportsbooks do not put out a total on the Grand Salami when there is only one game on the card. For tracking purposes, we will continue to show the ‘over/under’ for goals and combined goals scored on days with just one game.


    Date No. of Games Total Goals Combined Goals Scored Result

    2/1 No games scheduled – – –
    2/2 12 64.5 75 OVER
    2/3 3 16 15 UNDER
    2/4 12 64.5 77 OVER
    2/5 4 21 27 OVER
    2/6 12 62 67 OVER
    2/7 3 16.5 17 OVER
    2/8 4 20 20 PUSH
    2/9 12 64.5 72 OVER
    2/10 3 16.5 10 UNDER
    2/11 9 49.5 66 OVER
    2/12 7 35.5 47 OVER
    2/13 10 52 56 OVER
    2/14 5 25 24 UNDER
    2/15 7 38.5 47 OVER
    2/16 8 43.5 39 UNDER
    2/17 3 16.5 21 OVER
    2/18 11 60.5 68 OVER
    2/19 5 26.5 24 UNDER
    2/20 9 47 59 OVER
    2/21 6 30.5 34 OVER
    2/22 4 –


    Hockey Crusher

    Nashville Predators -118 over Montreal Canadiens
    (System Record: 48-4, lost last game)
    Overall Record: 48-61-17

    Boston Bruins + Columbus Blue Jackets – UNDER 5.5



    3-Unit Play. Take #3 Columbus (+170)
    over Boston
    (7:05) p.m., Monday, Feb. 22)
    Boston is returning from a 4-2-0 road trip with one of their biggest wins on Saturday coming in Dallas against the Stars. But the highs and lows with this Bruins squad have been consistent throughout the year and may be more difficult considering Boston has the 3rd worst home record in the league. In fact the last time they played at home they were smoked 9-2 by the LA Kings. And while Boston will be expected to win this game, it may not be as easy to complete a three game season sweep. The first two contests both went into overtime with Boston on top. The Columbus Blue Jackets have also been playing better over their last ten games where they have gone 6-2-1-1 over the stretch. I just think this Columbus team is finally starting to get healthy and are performing at a higher level. Besides the Buffalo and Edmonton disasters they have been in all of the other eight games over the ten. In fact, the other two that they lost both went into OT or SO. Look for Columbus to surprise everyone tonight in Boston.

    Best of Luck – Strike Point Sports


    H&H Sports
    (NHL +8775)

    ‘Triple Dime’
    Blues -113


    Johnny Goodtimes

    Boston Bruins **-140-150} 2 Units



    Blue Jackets +170

    Montreal +105



    Steam Rot#: 7
    Team: St. Louis
    Line: -110

    Steam Rot#: 3
    Team: Columbus
    Line: -160

    Steam Rot#: 1
    Team: Arizona
    Line: +230



    3* Boston Bruins ML (-160)

    3* San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues OVER +5 (-120)

    2* Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins UNDER -5.5



    ST. LOUIS BLUES -ML -110



    Sharks/Blues – UNDER 5

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