Conference standings and playoff positions are now being
Dallas Stars at
NHL Odds: Flames -115
The Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames finish up a
home-and-home series after the Stars took Saturday’s meeting 4-1. The two teams
are only separated by four points in the Western Conference standings but if
the playoffs were to start today, the Stars would be the third seed and the
Flames would be 11th.
For Calgary, this is their season. They’re already in a
deep hole but if they can’t win on Monday, they’re season is over for all
intents and purposes. The Stars should be a bit vulnerable as they have lost
three of five following their 10-0-1 stretch.
The Flames tend to play Dallas pretty well at home as
they’ve pulled at least one point in 11 of the last 13 meetings. They’ll be in
Buoyed by home-ice advantage, they’re worth the price
here as a marginal favorite.
NHL Picks: Flames
Ottawa Senators at
NHL Odds: Jets -130
The Winnipeg Jets have been fading and their playoff
hopes are all but finished. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has looked weak recently,
going 1-3-0 in his last four starts with a 3.92 GAA. The Jets only seem to go
as far as their goaltenders take them, so that’s a problem.
Pavelec has lost his two starts against Ottawa this
season while giving up eight goals (4.13 GAA). There’s a good chance the Sens
will see Chris Mason.
The Jets are back home after a three-game road trip and
they’re just 3-9 on the year after playing three or more road games.
The Sens are the better team right now and they’re worth
a look as a road dog on Monday.
NHL Picks: Senators
at San Jose Sharks
NHL Odds: Sharks -150
Laying -150 with the San Jose Sharks is a risky
proposition these days. They were not a good team at the start of March and
even all season long they’ve been unreliable and overpriced. If you’ve been
betting the Sharks every game this season, you’d be down 16.9 units.
Even so, there appears to be some value with them on
Monday night. Their latest trend has them winning four of six to pull within
one point of the Pacific Division lead. And as inconsistent as they have been,
they’ve at least been decent at home (23-12-3).
The reason for this play is because the Colorado
Avalanche really struggle in San Jose. They’ve lost seven straight regular
season games at HP Pavilion and have just four wins there in their last 20
The Avs have lost eight of their last 12 against winning
teams and 11 of their last 17 when on the road with the total set at five.
Conversely, the Sharks are 16-9 in their last 25 at home with that same total.
This would be a spot to take a shot with the puck line
but looking at the Sharks recently wins, each of their last six victories only
came by one goals, so there appears to be no value there. Take the Sharks
NHL Picks: Sharks