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  • #38023
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    Preview: Winnipeg at Philadelphia

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, March 28, 2016
    Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Although the Philadelphia Flyers dropped the final contest of their four-game road trip (2-1-1), the team’s fans can breathe a sigh of relief as captain Claude Giroux is expected to play in Monday’s home game versus the Winnipeg Jets. Giroux, who is the team’s leading scorer, exited Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Arizona after his head hit the wall following a hit from Martin Hanzal.

    The 28-year-old Giroux told reporters that he felt “pretty good” after the contest and went through concussion protocol while general manager Ron Hextall added that captain is “fine” on Sunday. Philadelphia, which is 10-3-2 in its last 15 games, is even in points with Detroit for the final wild-card spot – although it has a game in hand on the Red Wings. “We made some progress, and now we go home off this road trip in control of our destiny,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol told the media. “Just keep pushing forward.” While Philadelphia is trying to do just that, Winnipeg was mathematically eliminated from postseason contention following Saturday’s 3-2 setback to Buffalo.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, TSN3 (Winnipeg), CSN Philadelphia

    ABOUT THE JETS (31-38-6): Blake Wheeler notched an assist on Saturday to extend his point streak to four games (one goal, four assists), but the 29-year-old has just one tally in 26 career meetings with Philadelphia. Mark Scheifele also recorded an assist on Saturday to secure his career-high 50th point, surpassing last season’s total while increasing his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists). Ondrej Pavelec rebounded from a pair of pedestrian performances by turning aside 61 of 62 shots to win his last two outings.

    ABOUT THE FLYERS (36-25-13): Philadelphia will play five of its final eight games at home, a comforting fact to goaltender Steve Mason. “We have a favorable schedule at home, where we’ve played well, and we have to take advantage of that,” the 27-year-old Mason told Philly.com of the Flyers, who are 19-10-7 at the Wells Fargo Center this season. Mason is expected to make his 11th start in 12 outings against Winnipeg, versus which he owns a 4-0-1 career mark with one shutout and a 1.11 goals-against average.

    OVERTIME

    1. Philadelphia, which is just 3-for-27 on the power play in its last seven games, went 2-for-5 in its 3-0 road victory over Winnipeg on Nov. 7.

    2. The Jets are 0-for-19 with the man advantage in their last seven contests and 1-for-36 in the past 12.

    3. Flyers C Sean Couturier scored a goal versus Arizona to extend his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists).

    PREDICTION: Flyers 3, Jets 2

    #38024
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    Preview: Columbus at Washington

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, March 28, 2016
    Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District Of Columbia

    With all but a Presidents’ Trophy left on their “to-do list” for the regular season, the Washington Capitals look to ignite their sputtering offense when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. Washington, which has already clinched the top seed in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference, needs to record a point against Columbus to secure the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy since 2009-10.

    The Capitals will need to make some sort of dent to accomplish their goal, although the team emerged victorious with a 1-0 overtime triumph in New Jersey on Friday before going limp in a 4-0 setback to St. Louis the following night. “We haven’t scored a 5-on-5 goal in the last two games,” coach Barry Trotz told Monumental Sports Network. “We need to bury our chances.” While Washington was blanked by the Blues, the Blue Jackets were “totally overwhelmed” in the words of coach John Tortorella in a 5-1 drubbing by Nashville on Saturday to begin their four-game road trip. Columbus is singing the same sad tune in terms of a struggling offense, as the club has mustered just six goals during a 1-3-0 stretch.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Columbus), CSN DC (Washington)

    ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (30-37-8): Brandon Saad, who notched an assist for the third straight game on Saturday, scored twice in Columbus’ 5-4 shootout win over Washington on Jan. 2. The 23-year-old has recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in six career meetings with the Capitals. Boone Jenner, who netted his team-leading 28th goal on Saturday and fourth in five outings, also tallied in the last encounter with Washington on Jan. 19.

    ABOUT THE CAPITALS (53-16-5): Evgeny Kuznetsov looks to snap a season-high four-game point drought on Monday versus Columbus, against which he scored and set up a goal on Jan. 2 before notching a career-high four assists in a 6-3 triumph on Jan. 19. Fellow Russian countryman Alex Ovechkin has traditionally blitzed the Blue Jackets with 13 goals in 20 career contests – including one in the last encounter while Nicklas Backstrom netted two in that game. Both stars have struggled of late, as Ovechkin has been limited to just one tally in his last five and Backstrom has a goal and an assist in his last six.

    OVERTIME

    1. Washington G Braden Holtby has yielded nine goals in his last five contests (4-1-0) and has made all three starts against Columbus this season to improve to 7-2-2 versus the club in his career.

    2. The Blue Jackets are 0-for-11 on the power play in the last four games.

    3. Washington is 1-for-14 with the man advantage in the last six contests overall, but 4-for-8 in its last two encounters with Columbus.

    PREDICTION: Capitals 5, Blue Jackets 1

    #38025
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    Preview: Buffalo at Detroit

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, March 28, 2016
    Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

    The Detroit Red Wings look to rebound from what defenseman Niklas Kronwall called an “embarrassing” performance when they host the improving Buffalo Sabres on Monday. The Red Wings, who are even in points with Philadelphia for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, have allowed 19 goals in their last four games and are coming off a 7-2 home loss to Pittsburgh.

    “Whether it’s the coach, whether it’s the players, we’ve all got to execute at a higher level,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill told reporters after his team fell to 3-4-0 in its last seven contests Saturday. Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg also said after the loss, “It’s not good, but we’ve got a game Monday. We’ve got to clear the air here and come back and play.” Righting the ship won’t be easy against the Sabres, who have gone 4-1-1 in their last six contests and 6-3-3 this month with an exciting young lineup. Rookie center Jack Eichel, 19, scored his 23rd goal Saturday in a 3-2 win over Winnipeg to become the youngest Buffalo player to reach 50 points in a season since defenseman Phil Housley in 1982-83.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, Sportsnet, FSN Detroit

    ABOUT THE SABRES (31-34-10): Hudson Fasching registered a goal and defenseman Casey Nelson added an assist in their NHL debuts on Saturday. Eichel (six goals in 11 games this month) and 20-year-old forward Sam Reinhart, who has notched five points in four contests, continue to shine. “I don’t really look at them as rookies or young players anymore,” coach Dan Bylsma told reporters. “They’re players that are stepping up for our team and leading our team in a lot of ways.”

    ABOUT THE RED WINGS (37-27-11): The string of 24 straight playoff appearances could come to an end if Detroit can’t fix issues at both ends of the ice in the next two weeks. The Red Wings are allowing too many prime scoring chances and turning over the puck while Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard have been below average at times. Veteran center Pavel Datsyuk has been productive with two goals and three assists during his four-game point streak while rookie Dylan Larkin continues to struggle with four points in 16 contests.

    OVERTIME

    1. Sabres G Chad Johnson, who is one triumph away from his first 20-win season, is 7-1-0 in his last eight starts.

    2. Zetterberg, who shares the team lead with Datsyuk at 45 points, is a minus-6 with one assist in his last four games.

    3. Buffalo captain Ryan O’Reilly leads the team with 52 points but has gone 23 contests without a goal.

    PREDICTION: Red Wings 5, Sabres 3

    #38026
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    Preview: Toronto at Tampa Bay

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, March 28, 2016
    Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

    The injury-hampered Tampa Bay Lightning won’t be taking anything for granted when they host the league-worst Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. The Lightning dropped a 4-1 decision to the young Maple Leafs two weeks ago and could be without four key performers for the second straight contest.

    “We need to come out flying Monday,” Tampa Bay center Brian Boyle told reporters after a 5-2 loss to Florida on Saturday. “What’s done is done, and we need to turn the page and understand that we have a big test coming in here against a team we didn’t play very well against the last couple times.” The Lightning, who trail Atlantic Division-leading Florida by two points, are without defenseman Anton Stralman (fractured leg) indefinitely while three forwards are day-to-day. Toronto lost three one-goal decisions – the first in overtime – to Tampa Bay before the victory on March 15, which is part of a 5-2-0 stretch. Jonathan Bernier has been a big part of the Maple Leafs’ run, posting a .954 save percentage in his last five contests.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, TVA (Toronto), Sun Sports (Tampa Bay)

    ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (27-36-11): Toronto begins a three-game road trip after finishing six straight at home with a 3-1 loss to Boston on Saturday. Nazem Kadri, who recorded two goals and two assists in the surprising 6-5 overtime win over Anaheim on Thursday, leads the team with 41 points and PA Parenteau is next with 37. Parenteau is two tallies shy of his second 20-goal season while 22-year-old defenseman Morgan Rielly has notched four points in the last five games to increase his career-high total to 33.

    ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (43-27-5): The status of right wings Nikita Kucherov, who is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak, and Ryan Callahan is uncertain due to lower-body injuries while center Valtteri Filppula has been sidelined six games by an upper-body ailment. Coach Jon Cooper again went with seven defensemen Saturday, with rookie blue-liner Slater Koekkoek logging just 5:57 of ice time after being recalled from the minors. Captain Steven Stamkos has tallied seven times in his last seven games and is within four of his fifth 40-goal campaign.

    OVERTIME

    1. Tampa Bay LW Ondrej Palat has registered a pair of goals and five assists in his last four contests.

    2. Toronto RW William Nylander, a 19-year-old who made his NHL debut against Tampa Bay on Feb. 29, has recorded seven points in 14 games since.

    3. Lightning G Ben Bishop (32-19-4, 2.05 goals-against average), who was rested Saturday, is just 5-5-0 in his career against the Maple Leafs.

    PREDICTION: Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 2

    #38027
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    Preview: Colorado at Nashville

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, March 28, 2016
    Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

    A dominating stretch at home has the Nashville Predators on the verge of clinching their second straight postseason appearance and ninth in franchise history. Winners of three in a row overall and sporting a 7-0-3 mark in their last 10 home games, the Predators can officially punch their ticket to the playoffs on Monday with a regulation victory over the visiting Central Division-rival Colorado Avalanche.

    James Neal reached the 30-goal plateau for the second time in his career after he netted his seventh tally in six contests during Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Columbus. The 28-year-old also scored in Nashville’s 5-2 victory over Colorado on March 5, his team’s lone triumph in three meetings thus far with the Avalanche. While the Predators are sitting pretty as the top wild card and reside four points behind third-place Chicago in Central, the Avalanche suffered a crucial 4-0 setback to Minnesota on Saturday to drop five points behind the Wild for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. “We have seven games and we’re five points (behind), so it’s possible,” Colorado veteran Jarome Iginla told NHL.com. “We have to get back at it (Monday), regroup and try to get better. We need to put a winning streak together.”

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, Altitude (Colorado), FSN Tennessee (Nashville)

    ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (38-33-4): Colorado won its last three contests on the road to improve to 21-16-0 away from the Pepsi Center before dropping two in a row in front of its fans. “It’s obvious that our home record (17-17-4) this year hasn’t been good enough, but let’s go on the road and let’s see what we can do,” coach Patrick Roy said of his team’s fading playoff hopes. Semyon Varlamov turned aside 53 of 58 shots to win both of his starts versus Nashville this season and improve to 10-4-1 in his career against Nashville.

    ABOUT THE PREDATORS (39-23-13): Nashville’s defensemen are packing a punch as Roman Josi notched three assists on Saturday to increase his season total to a franchise-best 44 while his 56 points matched captain Shea Weber (2013-14) for most by a blue-liner in a single campaign. “Shea has been a great role model for me,” Josi told the team’s website. “Having as many points as him is a big honor for me. He’s been one of the best defensemen in the league for years, and I’ve learned so much from him, so it’s definitely a big honor for me.” Weber netted his 164th career goal on Saturday to move into second place all-time with Nashville, with one coming in the last meeting with Colorado.

    OVERTIME

    1. Nashville G Pekka Rinne is 11-1-1 in his last 13 outings, with a 34-save performance against Colorado included in that stretch.

    2. The Avalanche are 1-for-12 on the power play in the last five contests.

    3. The Central Division rivals will conclude their five-game season series in Music City on April 5.

    PREDICTION: Predators 4, Avalanche 2

    #38028
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    Preview: Anaheim at Edmonton

    When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, March 28, 2016
    Where: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta

    The Anaheim Ducks have had no issue going the extra mile during their road trip as they have ventured past regulation in three of the four contests on a five-game journey. Anaheim has collected five points (2-1-1) thus far on the trek heading into Monday’s clash with the Pacific Division-rival Edmonton Oilers.

    Rickard Rakell extended his career-high goal total to 20 on Saturday when he tallied in overtime of a 4-3 victory over Ottawa and also provided the heroics in a 2-1 OT win over Edmonton on Feb. 26. Saturday’s triumph improved the Ducks to 15-4-2 in their last 21 contests and moved them within three points of first-place Los Angeles with dates on the horizon versus struggling clubs such as Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg. A familiar face also will greet Anaheim on Monday as former Duck Patrick Maroon will play versus his former team for the first time since being dealt at the trade deadline. The 27-year-old has been hot of late, collecting a goal and two assists in Edmonton’s 6-3 victory over San Jose on Thursday before tallying twice two nights later in a 6-4 setback to the Kings.

    TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN West (Anaheim), Sportsnet West (Edmonton)

    ABOUT THE DUCKS (41-23-10): Jakob Silfverberg scored versus the Senators for his seventh goal to go along with two assists during his last seven games. The 25-year-old Swede also tallied in Anaheim’s 5-3 win over Edmonton on Feb. 16, however that goal accounts for his lone point in four meetings this season with the Oilers. Captain Ryan Getzlaf has collected two goals and two assists in his last three encounters with Edmonton and had one of each against Ottawa to extend his point streak to three games.

    ABOUT THE OILERS (30-41-7): Connor McDavid entered the NHL with plenty of fanfare and the top overall pick hasn’t disappointed when he has been able to take the ice. The 19-year-old scored and set up a goal versus Los Angeles to extend his point streak to a season high-tying seven games and has 10 tallies and 23 assists in 28 contests since missing the previous 37 with a fractured collarbone. Jordan Eberle scored in his third straight contest and fifth in seven outings on Saturday and also tallied against Anaheim on Feb. 26.

    OVERTIME

    1. Anaheim boasts an impressive 17-4-4 mark versus Pacific representatives while Edmonton has dropped 17 of 25 decisions (8-13-4) against its division foes.

    2. Maroon has recorded 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 12 games with the Oilers.

    3. The Ducks have scored four times on the power play during their road trip after going 2-for-14 in their previous six games.

    PREDICTION: Ducks 4, Oilers 3

    #38029
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    Preview: Calgary at Arizona

    When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, March 28, 2016
    Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

    Despite being all but officially eliminated from postseason contention, the Arizona Coyotes hope to end 2015-16 on a high note as they look to make it a perfect four-game homestand with a victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday. Arizona remains mathematically alive for a playoff spot but trails Minnesota by 10 points for the second wild card in the Western Conference with only seven games remaining.

    The Coyotes have performed as if they still had a chance, however, allowing a total of four goals in winning the first three games of the homestand while capturing six of their last eight contests overall. Calgary, which will be a postseason spectator for the sixth time in seven seasons, begins a four-game road trip having lost three straight contests. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored the lone goal in the Flames’ 4-1 loss to Chicago on Saturday, with younger brother Freddie notching his first assist in 33 career games. Arizona attempts to complete a sweep of the five-game season series after limiting Calgary to one goal in each of the first four meetings.

    TV: 10 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Flames (Calgary), FSN Arizona

    ABOUT THE FLAMES (31-38-6): Josh Jooris, who has disappointed with only 11 points in 53 games after notching 24 in 60 contests as a rookie last season, participated in Sunday’s practice after missing two games with a lower-body injury. Sean Monahan trails Johnny Gaudreau (28) by two goals for the team lead but has been stalled in his pursuit, failing to tally in his last three contests. Gaudreau has had a superb sophomore season, eclipsing his rookie totals for goals, assists, points and game-winners but needing four power-play tallies to top the eight he scored last campaign.

    ABOUT THE COYOTES (34-34-7): Arizona lost both captain Shane Doan and defenseman Michael Stone in the third period of Saturday’s triumph over Philadelphia, with the latter’s injury appearing more serious. Doan scored his team-leading 26th goal in the second session but departed after being drilled into the boards by Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas, while Stone – who netted what proved to be the winning tally with one second left in the middle period – suffered a lower-body injury when he got tangled up with Michael Raffl. “I watched it on tape,” coach Dave Tippett told reporters. “It didn’t look very good.”

    OVERTIME

    1. Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who leads the club with 51 points and has set an NHL record for defensemen with eight game-winning goals, is just the second blue-liner in franchise history (Phil Housley, 1990-92) to reach the 20-goal plateau in consecutive seasons.

    2. Calgary D Jyrki Jokipakka, who has notched four assists in 13 games since being acquired from Dallas on Feb. 29, did not skate on Sunday.

    3. Arizona G Mike Smith has won four of his five decisions since returning from abdominal surgery.

    PREDICTION: Coyotes 4, Flames 2

    #38030
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    Preview: Los Angeles at San Jose

    When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, March 28, 2016
    Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California

    The San Jose Sharks attempt to earn a split of their six-game homestand and – more importantly – a spot in the postseason when they host the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings on Monday. San Jose has squandered several opportunities to lock up a playoff berth, losing to St. Louis, Edmonton and Dallas after beginning its lengthy stretch at the SAP Center with victories over the New York Rangers and Arizona.

    Joe Thornton has overtaken captain Joe Pavelski for the scoring lead on the Sharks with 72 points despite having been kept off the scoresheet in two of his last three contests. San Jose, which sits in third place in the Pacific and seven points behind the Kings, is looking to return to the postseason after missing out for the first time in 11 seasons while Los Angeles already has clinched a spot after also failing to qualify in 2014-15. The Kings, who are three points ahead of Anaheim, halted their season high-tying three-game losing streak with a 6-4 home victory over the Oilers on Saturday as the line of Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter and Milan Lucic combined for four goals and six assists. San Jose and Los Angeles split their first four meetings this season, with each team posting a pair of road victories.

    TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet

    ABOUT THE KINGS (45-25-5): Toffoli scored twice on Saturday to raise his team-leading total to 29 goals and added two assists for a four-point performance after entering the contest needing one to set a new career high. The 23-year-old center notched 49 points in 2014-15 and registered the same amount in 74 games prior to facing Edmonton. Carter also tallied two times versus the Oilers, ending his eight-game drought and reaching the 20-goal plateau for the ninth straight season and 10th time in his 11 NHL campaigns.

    ABOUT THE SHARKS (41-28-6): Thornton’s next assist will be the 957th of his career, breaking a tie with Mark Recchi for 14th place on the all-time list. The 36-year-old also is five points away from passing Mike Gartner (1,335) for 30th in NHL history. Pavelski needs three goals to ecclipse last season’s total of 37 and nine points to top his career-high of 79 that he recorded in 2013-14.

    OVERTIME

    1. Sharks D Brent Burns leads all NHL blue-liners with a career-best 26 goals and is two assists shy of matching his personal high of 43, which he reached last season.

    2. Los Angeles RW Kris Versteeg (foot) skated Sunday but did not travel with the team to San Jose.

    3. San Jose RW Joonas Donskoi could return to the lineup Monday after missing one game with a lower-body injury.

    PREDICTION: Sharks 3, Kings 2

    #38031
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    Hot teams
    — Washington won four of its last six games.
    — Toronto won five of its last seven games. Lightning won three of last four.
    — Sabres won three of their last four games. Detroit won three of its last five.
    — Nashville won five of its last six games.
    — Arizona won its last three games, allowing four goals.

    Cold teams
    — Columbus lost six of its last eight games.
    — Winnipeg lost three of its last four road games. Flyers lost three of last five games.
    — Colorado lost 4-0/4-2 in its last two games.
    — Anaheim lost four of its last six road games. Oilers lost three of last four overall.
    — Calgary lost four of their last five games.
    — Sharks lost last three games, scoring five goals. Los Angeles lost three of last four games.

    Series records
    — Blue Jackets lost three of last four games with Washington.
    — Flyers won their last four games with Winnipeg.
    — Lightning won five of last seven games with Toronto.
    — Red Wings won six of last seven games with Buffalo.
    — Colorado won three of last four games with Nashville.
    — Ducks won seven of last eight games with Edmonton.
    — Coyotes won their last four games with Calgary.
    — Kings won four of last six games with San Jose.

    Totals
    — Eight of last ten Columbus-Washington games went over.
    — There are no totals trends worth noting for this game.
    — Four of last five Tampa Bay games went over total.
    — Five of last six Detroit games went over the total.
    — Six of last eight Colorado games stayed under the total.
    — Over is 5-2-1 in last eight Edmonton games.
    — Eight of last ten Arizona-Calgary games stayed under.
    — Under is 6-3-1 in last ten San Jose games.

    Back-to-backs
    — None

    #38032
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    Keymaster

    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.

    NHL GRAND SALAMI

    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 41 OVER
    3/15 8 43.5 40 UNDER
    3/16 6 32.5 32 UNDER
    3/17 8 43.5 51 OVER
    3/18 6 32 26 UNDER
    3/19 11 56.5 53 UNDER
    3/20 7 37 34 UNDER
    3/21 4 20.5 25 OVER
    3/22 10 54.5 51 UNDER
    3/23 2 10.5 11 OVER
    3/24 11 59.5 68 OVER
    3/25 3 15 16 OVER
    3/26 14 72.5 84 OVER
    3/27 3 15 15 PUSH
    3/28 8 – – –

    #38050
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    STEPHEN NOVER

    single dime bet – Blue Jackets plus 1 1/2 goals (puck line) minus $1.40 at Capitals

    Washington is the best team in hockey. The Capitals have 111 points. No other team has reached 100 points. Washington already has clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference. All of this makes the Capitals vulnerable in a game like this where they lack motivation and incentive.

    There’s a fatigue factor working against the Capitals, too. This is their third game in four nights. The Capitals aren’t in outstanding form either going just 4-4 in their last eight games.

    Columbus is seven games below .500. The Blue Jackets, though, usually can be counted on to play hard thanks to fiery coach John Tortorella. The team doesn’t play again until Thursday so a full effort should be forthcoming especially when taking on the No. 1 team.

    So I’m going to get involved on the puck line and take 1 1/2 goals laying extra juice. If the Capitals were forced to lay 1 1/2 goals during their last 19 games they would be 2-17.

    #38082
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    SHARP MOVES

    Steam Rot#: 63
    Team: Calgary PL+1.5

    Steam Rot#: 61
    Team: Edmonton

    Steam Rot#: 57
    Team: Buffalo

    #38091
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    Sports Locksmith

    NHL: (Season +5.6*) (Lost 5 of last 7)

    Detroit -156 3* 7:30 Eastern

    #38107
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    Keymaster

    THE SPORTS GEEK

    CAPITALS PL-1.5 (+125)

    #38109
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    Bruce Marshall | NHL Puck

    dime bet – 60 NAS PL-1.5 (+135) vs 59 COL
    Analysis: Nashville is rolling toward the playoffs and has good momentum after Saturday’s 5-1 win over visiting Columbus. The Preds can lock up a postseason berth with a win tonight. In one of his “zones” is Pred GK Pekka Rinne, who has won his last five starts with a 1.78 goals-against average, and he should be in net again for this one. He’s 7-0-2 with a 1.87 GAA at home in Bridgestone Arena since Feb. 18. Play Preds on Puck Line

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