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    Preview: Florida at NY Islanders

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, March 14, 2016
    Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

    The Florida Panthers look to continue their offensive surge when they begin a three-game road trip against the New York Islanders on Monday night. The Panthers have scored 14 goals in three games while pocketing five points after a 5-4 shootout victory over Philadelphia on Saturday to move within one of first place in the Atlantic Division.

    Jaromir Jagr recorded goals and three assists in the last three contests and fellow veteran forward Jussi Jokinen has built a 10-game point streak for the Panthers, who will play six of the next seven on the road. The Islanders have not lost at home in regulation since before the All-Star break (5-0-1) as they attempt to keep a comfortable distance from the ninth-place team in the Eastern Conference (currently six points ahead). New York captain John Tavares has scored in three consecutive games, including the 200th of his career, to take over the team lead with 54 points. The Islanders have dropped four straight games to the Panthers, including a pair this season.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Florida, MSG-Plus (New York)

    ABOUT THE PANTHERS (38-21-9): Jagr, who leads the team with 53 points, can break a tie with Larry Murphy for eighth all-time in NHL games played with 1,616. Jokinen has two goals and 10 assists during his streak and Vincent Trocheck owns six points in the last three games while their linemate Reilly Smith boasts four in the same span. Roberto Luongo earned his 29th victory Saturday and needs one more to reach 30 for the eighth time in his career – and first since 2011-12 with Vancouver.

    ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (37-21-8): Tavares became the first player from his 2009 draft class to reach 200 goals and is one of four to go past 100 with 26 coming this season. Impending free agent Kyle Okposo (53 points) has cooled off with one assist in the last three contests while Brock Nelson (22 goals) has been kept off the scoresheet in the same span. Defenseman Calvin de Haan (groin) could return either Monday or Tuesday against Pittsburgh after missing nine of the last 11 games and four straight.


    1. Florida LW Jonathan Huberdeau has two goals and three assists the last three games since returning from a concussion.

    2. New York D Nick Leddy is second on the team with 31 assists and has accumulated seven points in the last five contests.

    3. The Panthers and the Islanders were both in the top nine of the league scoring and goals-against entering Sunday’s games.

    PREDICTION: Panthers 4, Islanders 3


    Preview: Los Angeles at Chicago

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, March 14, 2016
    Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

    The Chicago Blackhawks have slipped back into third place in the Central Division and it doesn’t get any easier for them Monday night as the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings pay a visit. The Blackhawks won just once in the last four contests (1-2-1) and will try to turn things around with four of the next five encounters on home ice.

    Chicago gave up two power-play goals for the second straight game in the 5-2 loss at Dallas on Friday and stands three points behind the Stars and St. Louis in the Central. “Nobody’s panicking here,” Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa told reporters Friday after returning from a leg injury that kept him out almost a month. “We have a great team here and we’re in a good spot.” The Kings are 7-2-2 in the last 11 games to lead Anaheim by two points in the Pacific, but struggled in the 2-1 overtime loss to New Jersey on Saturday. Milan Lucic has two goals and a five assists along with a plus-6 rating during a five-game point streak to lead Los Angeles.

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CSN Chicago Plus

    ABOUT THE KINGS (40-22-5): Anze Kopitar leads the team with 59 points and has three goals in five games while Jeff Carter tallied three times in the last three outings, but Los Angeles needs to get Tyler Toffoli going again. The 23-year-old Toffoli tops the Kings with 24 goals despite going scoreless in the last 10 contests and notching one in a 16-game span. Defenseman Drew Doughty continues to make a strong case for his first Norris Trophy with two goals and two assists in the last four games.

    ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (41-22-6): Patrick Kane leads the league with 89 points and is in jeopardy of going without one in three straight games for the first time this season. Hossa’s return should help the Blackhawks on both sides of the puck and Teuvo Teravainen (five points, six games) has shown some promise since being moved to center on the third line. Captain Jonathan Toews has posted three goals in the last six games and is two away from his eighth 50-point campaign in eight full seasons.


    1. Chicago D Michal Rozsival (lower body) missed Friday’s game and is questionable for the contest with the Kings.

    2. Los Angeles C Vincent Lecavalier has two goals in three games and 12 points in 28 games since being acquired from Philadelphia.

    3. The teams have split two games this season and Chicago is 5-1-2 in the last eight meetings overall.

    PREDICTION: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1


    Preview: St. Louis at Calgary

    When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, March 14, 2016
    Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

    The surging St. Louis Blues are playing their best hockey at the most opportune time of the season and will carry a six-game winning streak into Monday night’s clash against the host Calgary Flames. St. Louis pulled into a tie with Dallas atop the Central Division with a 5-4 win over the Stars on Saturday.

    The Blues’ run of six straight wins is a season high and they did it by running an impressive gauntlet during the past week. St. Louis knocked off playoff contenders Minnesota, Chicago and Anaheim before outlasting Dallas in the opening of a five-game road trip. “This was a week where if you had said we were going to go 4-0, I think everybody would have been shocked,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “So we’re really happy.” The sagging Flames dipped to 1-1-1 on their six-game homestand with a lackluster 4-1 loss to Arizona on Friday.

    TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), Sportsnet West (Calgary)

    ABOUT THE BLUES (41-20-9): St. Louis is trying not to get caught up in potential playoff scenarios and avoiding what figures to be a brutal series between the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the rugged Central. “I think you’re overthinking it if you’re trying to place yourself in a certain position,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “Anything can happen here in the next couple weeks.” Vladimir Tarasenko has scored three times in the past two games and is one shy of 100 goals for his career.

    ABOUT THE FLAMES (28-35-5): Defenseman Dennis Wideman returned to the lineup Friday night after the NHL reduced his suspension from 20 games to 10 earlier in the day for cross-checking linesman Don Henderson, who is out for the season. “As far as the ruling goes, I’m happy it was reduced to 10 games,” Wideman said. “I still maintain that it was completely accidental and I had no intent on hitting Donnie at all.” Mikael Backlund has scored in four of his last five games.


    1. Blues G Jake Allen, who has won six straight starts, is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average versus Calgary.

    2. Flames coach Bob Hartley listed D T.J. Brodie as doubtful and F Sam Bennett as out for Monday’s game.

    3. Blues F Paul Stastny, riding a three-game point streak, has 20 goals and 52 points in 45 games against the Flames.

    PREDICTION: Blues 4, Flames 2


    Preview: Nashville at Edmonton

    When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, March 14, 2016
    Where: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta

    With a pair of impressive franchise records finally falling by the wayside, the Nashville Predators will wrap up a five-game road trip with a visit to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. The Predators look to bounce back from a 4-2 setback at Vancouver on Saturday that halted a club-mark 14-game point streak (9-0-5).

    It was the first regulation loss since Feb. 9 for Nashville, which also had a team-record 13-game point streak on the road halted. The Predators fell behind by two goals in the first period for the second time in as many games, but coach Peter Laviolette is not alarmed — yet. “If something happens over and over and over again, you look at what are we doing wrong, but our team has been a really good starting team,” Laviolette said. “I haven’t seen a long-term problem, so hopefully there is not a long-term problem.” Edmonton has scored only twice during a 1-2-0 stretch, including a pair of shutout losses at home.

    TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Tennessee (Nashville), Sportsnet Oilers (Edmonton)

    ABOUT THE PREDATORS (34-22-13): Nashville’s power play has stalled on the road trip, failing to convert on all 14 chances during the past four games, but the penalty kill has atoned somewhat by snuffing out all 14 short-handed situations. Despite back-to-back setbacks (0-1-1), the Predators maintain a firm grip on the top wild card in the Western Conference with a seven-point edge over Minnesota and Colorado. Nashville also plays eight of its next 12 at home after Monday’s game.

    ABOUT THE OILERS (27-37-7): Patrick Maroon has four points in six games since he was acquired from Anaheim at the trade deadline and was paired with rookie Connor McDavid on Sunday. “It’ll be fun to play with him. I’m excited,” Maroon told reporters. “My job is to create space for him and go to the net, stay at the net, park my body in front of the net, create some cycles for him and let him do the rest.” Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned to the lineup Friday after missing 23 games with a broken hand.


    1. McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick, has 23 points in 21 games since returning from a broken clavicle.

    2. The Predators have won five straight in the series, permitting a scant total of four goals.

    3. Nugent-Hopkins has 13 points in 14 career games against Nashville.

    PREDICTION: Oilers 3, Predators 2


    Preview: Winnipeg at Vancouver

    When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, March 14, 2016
    Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Mark Scheifele has been the talk of some circles of the NHL even though the Winnipeg Jets have long been removed from the postseason conversation. The 22-year-old Scheifele looks to continue his torrid stretch on Monday when the Jets begin a brief two-game trek to visit the Vancouver Canucks.

    Scheifele extended his career-high seven-game point streak (seven goals, four assists) with his team-leading 22nd tally to lift Winnipeg to a 3-2 victory over Colorado on Saturday. The seventh overall pick of the 2011 draft has recorded 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in his last 12 contests and joined Drew Stafford in scoring two goals and setting up another in the Jets’ 4-1 victory over Vancouver on Nov. 18. Daniel Sedin netted the lone tally in that game for the Canucks and also added his club-best 26th goal on Saturday as Vancouver posted a 4-2 triumph over Nashville. The Canucks have won two in a row and three of their last four to reside eight points behind Minnesota for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

    TV: 10 p.m. ET, TSN3 (Winnipeg), RSNP (Vancouver)

    ABOUT THE JETS (28-35-5): Blake Wheeler recorded his team-leading 42nd assist and 60th point on Saturday despite receiving IVs both before and during the contest. “He played a great game, a really smart game,” coach Paul Maurice told the Winnipeg Sun of Wheeler, who is expected to play on Monday as he deals with the final stages of the flu. Ondrej Pavelec, who made 35 saves against the Avalanche and has yielded just 10 goals in his last four games, turned aside 29 shots to defeat the Canucks in the first meeting.

    ABOUT THE CANUCKS (27-28-12): Sven Baertschi scored on the doorstep against the Predators, a position he once thought foreign but now admits he finds comfortable. “I like the mess right there. It’s standing your ground,” the 5-11, 190-pound Baertschi told the Vancouver Province. “I’m not huge. But I’m strong. I’m stable on my skates. It started becoming a habit. Now, when the puck is at the point, the first thing in my head is, ‘I have to get to the net.'” Baertschi has scored two goals and set up three others in his last five games overall, but has been limited to just to just two assists in five career meetings with the Jets.


    1. Vancouver RW Alexandre Burrows set up a goal in the first encounter with Winnipeg to increase his point total to 11 (seven tallies, four assists) in 12 career meetings.

    2. Jets C Mathieu Perreault notched an assist in each of his last two games and had three in the first meeting with the Canucks.

    3. Vancouver is 0-for-13 on the power play in the last three contests after scoring nine times with the man advantage in the previous nine games.

    PREDICTION: Canucks 3, Jets 2


    Preview: New Jersey at Anaheim

    When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, March 14, 2016
    Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California

    The Anaheim Ducks try to snap their longest losing streak since November when they begin a three-game homestand Monday against the New Jersey Devils, who have already defeated Los Angeles and San Jose on their three-game jaunt through California. Anaheim lost in St. Louis 5-2 on Friday and is 0-2-1 in its last three contests after a franchise-record 11-game winning streak vaulted them to the top of the Pacific Division, but has since fallen two points behind first-place Los Angeles.

    “We need to get away from the game right now,” the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler told reporters after Anaheim allowed four third-period goals Friday. “… We need to re-energize. We need to come back hungry. We need to be mentally aware of how important these games are coming up.” The Ducks’ deep defensive corps could be missing two of its top six performers as Sami Vatanen missed Friday’s game after getting hit in the chin during Wednesday’s 3-0 loss in Colorado while Kevin Bieksa left Friday’s contest with a lower-body injury. New Jersey defeated Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime Saturday and is six points behind Detroit for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with 13 games remaining. “That was a big test for us and we should be proud of the way we played (Saturday),” defenseman John Moore told reporters after scoring in the extra session to give the Devils their sixth straight victory versus the Pacific Division and a 9-1-0 record in overtime.

    TV: 10 p.m. ET, MSG (New Jersey), Prime Ticket and FSN San Diego (Anaheim)

    ABOUT THE DEVILS (33-29-7): Goaltender Keith Kinkaid is 2-1-0 in three starts since No. 1 Cory Schneider (knee) went down, allowing one goal over the last two games. “… Our guys are playing great in front of me. It’s not necessarily anything I’m doing,” Kinkaid told reporters after making 22 saves Saturday. New Jersey owned the No. 9 penalty-killing unit in the NHL through Saturday’s games and is 8-for-8 in the last two games and 14-for-15 over the last four contests.

    ABOUT THE DUCKS (37-21-9): Captain Ryan Getzlaf (team-high 53 points) has two goals in his last three games and eight of his 11 this season in the last 19 contests. Corey Perry (team-high 28 goals) hasn’t scored in four straight games, matching his longest drought since going 11 contests without a goal to start the season. Frederik Andersen is expected to get the start in goal should coach Bruce Boudreau continue a recent trend of giving each of his goaltenders two consecutive starts after John Gibson played Monday versus Washington (2-1 shootout loss) and Wednesday.


    1. Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell scored his 18th goal Friday, doubling his total from last season.

    2. The Devils are 0-for-8 on the power play over their last four games while the Ducks are 1-for-9 in their last three contests after going 19-for-42 during their winning streak.

    3. Anaheim has won four straight meetings, including 2-1 on Dec. 19 behind 21 saves by Andersen.

    PREDICTION: Ducks 3, Devils 2


    Hot teams
    — Florida won its last two games, scoring 11 goals; they lost four of last five on road.
    — Kings won seven of their last ten games.
    — St Louis won its last six games, three in OT/SO.
    — Canucks won three of their last four games.
    — New Jersey won three of its last four road games.

    Cold teams
    — Islanders lost last two games, 3-1/4-3.
    — Blackhawks lost three of their last four games.
    — Nashville, Edmonton both lost three of their last five games.
    — Calgary lost eight of its last ten games.
    — Winnipeg lost six of its last eight games.
    — Anaheim lost its last three games, outscored 10-3.

    Series records
    — Islanders lost their last four games with Florida.
    — Kings lost five of last eight games with Chicago.
    — Predators won their last five games with Edmonton.
    — St Louis won its last six games with Calgary.
    — Home side won seven of last eight Winnipeg-Vancouver games.
    — Devils lost their last four games with Anaheim.

    — Over is 8-0-1 in last nine Panther-Islander games.
    — Over is 7-0-3 in last ten LA-Chicago games.
    — Five of last six Nashville games went over the total.
    — Over is 5-0-1 in last six St Louis games.
    — Over is 3-0-1 in last four Vancouver games.
    — Under is 5-2-1 in last eight New Jersey-Anaheim games.

    — None


    Grand Salami – March
    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

    3/1 8 48.5 49 OVER
    3/2 3 16.5 17 OVER
    3/3 12 65.5 69 OVER
    3/4 3 15.5 20 OVER
    3/5 11 58 62 OVER
    3/6 6 30.5 34 OVER
    3/7 7 36 38 OVER
    3/8 8 44.5 41 UNDER
    3/9 6 32.5 32 UNDER
    3/10 6 32.5 29 UNDER
    3/11 5 26.5 28 OVER
    3/12 12 63.5 66 OVER
    3/13 3 16 13 UNDER
    3/14 6 30 – –


    Hockey Crusher

    St Louis Blues -160 over Calgary Flames
    (System Record: 57-5, won last game)
    Overall Record: 57-70-20

    New York Islanders + Florida Panthers – OVER 5

    Nashville Predators -140 over Edmonton Oilers

    Winnipeg Jets + Vancouver Canucks – OVER 5



    Play Nashville -140 over Edmonton



    500* Play Anaheim -240 over New Jersey



    Play Nashville -140 over Edmonton—Top Play (25 units)



    1000* Play Saint Louis -155 over Calgary



    St louis -150

    OVER 5 – NY Islanders

    (3-2-2 last week, 3-3 previous , 5-2 previous … Overall 11-7-2)


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