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    Preview: Ottawa at Winnipeg

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Wednesday night’s matchup between the visiting Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets will be noteworthy in one respect – it’s just another reminder that no Canadian-based teams will be in the playoffs for the first time in 46 years. The Senators represented Canada’s lone hope to maintain the streak until dropping three in a row and four of their last five games.

    As it prepares to open a three-game road trip, Ottawa will try to bounce back from a demoralizing loss, blowing a three-goal third-period lead in an eventual 4-3 overtime defeat to Anaheim. “We’re not going to quit,” Senators forward Curtis Lazar said. “I think we have two young hockey teams going at it. I think the big thing for each team is that you want to push and set yourself up well for next (season).” Winnipeg is also coming off a bitter setback, dropping a 3-2 decision to Philadelphia in the final seconds of overtime.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet (Winnipeg), TVA (Ottawa), NHL.TV

    ABOUT THE SENATORS (34-33-9): Ottawa on Monday made the decision to shut down forward Clarke MacArthur and defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who was the centerpiece of a nine-player trade with Toronto. “I’ve really enjoyed playing here, it has been a great move for me,” Phaneuf said. “We’re not happy with where we’re at. Where we’re at is not acceptable to the group we have in here. We expect more.” Goaltender Andrew Hammond, who sparked the Senators’ charge to the playoffs last season, is expected to receive the bulk of the playing time in the remaining six games.

    ABOUT THE JETS (31-38-7): One of the major positives for Winnipeg is the play of the No. 1 line of Blake Wheeler and youngsters Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers, which accounted for both tallies versus Philadelphia. “There’s just so much speed,” Wheeler said. “That’s the key to our game. We haven’t really played against anyone that can keep up with us. When I’m trying to keep up to my linemates, it’s a good sign.” Wheeler reached the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season and his 68 points are one shy of his career high established in 2013-14.


    1. The Senators are 0-for-32 on the power play in the past dozen games.

    2. Winnipeg has failed on all 19 chances with the man advantage in the last eight games.

    3. Ottawa is 5-0-1 in its last six overall versus the Jets and has won its last five in Winnipeg.

    PREDICTION: Senators 4, Jets


    Preview: Washington at Philadelphia

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    With their second Presidents’ Trophy already under wraps, the Washington Capitals will attempt to set the franchise mark for wins in a season on Wednesday when they visit a potential first-round opponent in the Philadelphia Flyers. Washington’s 54 victories this season are even with the total of the 2009-10 club, which was unceremoniously bounced by eighth-seeded Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.

    Braden Holtby made 21 saves in Monday’s 4-1 triumph over Columbus for his 46th win – two shy of tying Martin Brodeur for the NHL record. The 26-year-old Holtby has traditionally struggled versus the Flyers (6-4-5, 2.89 goals-against average), but improved to 2-0-1 versus the Metropolitan Division rival this season after turning aside 33 shots in a 3-2 win on Feb. 7. Philadelphia dropped five of its next eight games (3-3-2) before embarking on an 11-3-2 run to reside even in points with Detroit for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference – although with two games in hand. Captain Claude Giroux netted his fourth goal in five outings when he scored in overtime of Monday’s 3-2 victory over Winnipeg and has 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 28 career meetings with Washington.

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports, SN360

    ABOUT THE CAPITALS (54-16-5): Coach Barry Trotz admitted that his patience wasn’t just wearing thin in the face of successive defensive lapses by his team of late. “I don’t have any,” Trotz told the Washington Post. “We will possibly make changes the next game. Not guaranteeing that, but we possibly will.” Although Trotz did not mention Dmitry Orlov by name, the defenseman could serve as a healthy scratch for the first time this season after he was on the ice for four goals in a 6-2 setback to Pittsburgh on March 20 while his turnover led to a Blue Jackets’ goal on Monday.

    ABOUT THE FLYERS (37-25-13): With Michal Neuvirth (lower body) expected to miss the rest of the season, Philadelphia turned to a familiar face as fellow goaltender Ray Emery will skate with the club on a tryout basis. Steve Mason is expected to make his seventh straight start and 12th in 13 games when he faces Washington, against which he yielded eight goals en route to losing both meetings this season. The 27-year-old Mason has played well of late, recording a 7-2-2 mark with a 1.97 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in his last 11 starts.


    1. Philadelphia C Sean Couturier has collected one goal and four assists during his five-game point streak.

    2. Former Flyers captain Mike Richards will play in the City of Brotherly Love for the first time since he signed with Washington in January.

    3. Philadelphia RW Jakub Voracek has notched just two assists in six games since returning from a foot injury, but netted his second goal of the contest in overtime en route to a 4-3 win over Washington on Jan. 27.

    PREDICTION: Capitals 3, Flyers 2


    Preview: Calgary at Anaheim

    When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California

    The Pacific Division remains up for grabs and the Anaheim Ducks have a chance to leapfrog the Los Angeles Kings for first place with a victory over the visiting Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Anaheim is opening a four-game homestand against a team it has completely owned, winning 22 straight regular-season matchups versus Calgary at the Honda Center.

    The Ducks, who own a 23-9-5 record at home, have won all four meetings this season against the Flames, including a pair of victories in a seven-day span in February. Anaheim won its last two contests to cap a 3-1-1 road trip and move within one point of Los Angeles with a game in hand. “We just wanted to finish off on a good note,” Ducks goaltender John Gibson said after Monday’s 2-1 win at Edmonton. “But I think in general, we wanted to keep playing the right way heading into playoffs.” Calgary, which kicked off a four-game road trip with a 6-3 win at Arizona on Monday, is seeking its first victory at Honda Center since Jan. 19, 2004.

    TV: 10 p.m. ET; Sportsnet (Calgary), FSN West (Anaheim), NHL-TV

    ABOUT THE FLAMES (32-38-6): Rookie center Sam Bennett finally snapped an 18-game goalless drought by scoring twice on Monday to help fill the void left by the absence of leading scorer Johnny Gaudreau to injury. “When you finally do get a bounce, it’s a great feeling and I think it just builds my confidence even more,” Bennett said. “Nobody likes going through funks like that. It can get frustrating at times, and it is nice to be able to pot a couple.” Forward Michael Frolik exited in the third period with a lower-body injury.

    ABOUT THE DUCKS (42-23-10): Coach Bruce Boudreau has been alternating Gibson and Frederik Andersen for two starts apiece and neither netminder is gaining much separation with the playoffs approaching. “They’ve had two ordinary games in the last 40 and that was the Toronto game for Freddie and the Montreal game for Gibby,” Boudreau said. “Other than that, they’ve been outstanding. It’s very nice when you know you have that at the back end, when you make mistakes and you can recover from that.” Forward Brandon Pirri has two goals and two assists in his last four games.


    1. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has 46 points in 42 games versus Calgary.

    2. Flames G Joni Ortio, who has allowed eight goals in three appearances versus Anaheim, will get the nod Wednesday.

    3. Ducks F Jamie McGinn has seven goals and 10 points in 14 points since he was acquired from Buffalo.

    PREDICTION: Ducks 5, Flames 2


    Hot teams
    — Washington won five of its last seven games. Philly won five of its last eight.
    — Anaheim won five of its last eight games.

    Cold teams
    — Ottawa lost four of its last five games. Winnipeg lost five of its last seven.
    — Flames lost four of their last six games.

    Series records
    — Jets lost five of last six games with Ottawa.
    — Flyers won seven of last ten games with Washington.
    — Ducks won their last six games with Calgary.

    — Five of last seven Ottawa games stayed under.
    — Four of last five Washington road games went over.
    — Seven of last ten Calgary-Anaheim games went over.

    — 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 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 40.5 42 OVER
    3/29 9 48.5 50 OVER
    3/30 3 – – –


    Hockey Crusher

    Ottawa Senators + Winnipeg Jets – UNDER 5.5
    (System Record: 66-5, lost last game)
    Overall Record: 66-75-22

    Calgary Flames + Anaheim Ducks – OVER 5.5


    NHL Hockey Betting Trends – Wed – March, 30

    Ottawa at Winnipeg, 7:35 PM ET
    Ottawa: 12-3 SU after 3 or more consecutive losses
    Winnipeg: 13-24 SU after playing a road game

    Washington at Philadelphia, 8:05 PM ET
    Washington: N/A
    Philadelphia: N/A

    Calgary at Anaheim, 10:05 PM ET
    Calgary: 10-26 SU after playing a road game
    Anaheim: 8-1 SU after playing 4 consecutive road games



    philadelphia – OVER 5

    anahiem – OVER 5.5



    DUCKS PL-1.5 (+120)



    OVER 5 -118

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