|NHL | Mar 10
NY Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks
-164 at 5DIMES
|This is a 1* Free Play on the Vancouver Canucks.
The Vancouver Canucks squeaked out a massive win on Saturday and while it is still a long road to the playoffs for the team the win did a lot to the mental psyche and I think it makes it two in row with a very beatable opponent in the Islanders visiting. The Islanders are not a very good squad right now with injuries and deadline moves killing the team’s chances of really competing on a nightly basis. The Islanders blew two third period leads already on back to back nights coming into this game against two of the western conferences’ worst teams in Edmonton and Calgary and should find it just as hard here against a desperate Canucks team. "We needed to play,” Vancouver coach John Tortorella said after Saturday's 2-1 home win over Calgary. "We have to scratch, claw and grind and find points anyway possible." Vancouver has at least been beating most of the teams it should be this season with a 19-12 record versus teams with a losing record. This is the last game of three game western road trip for New York and you can bet the team is ready to head back home. Consider laying the decent price to get the home team in Vancouver here.
|NHL | Mar 10
Winnipeg Jets vs. Colorado Avalanche
-160 at 5DIMES
|1* free play Colorado Avalanche.
I feel the Avs are worth the price here.
Colorado is coming off a 2-1 home loss to the Blues on Saturday and will be eager to take out its frustrations on Winnipeg, a team that it’s already clobbered with a 2-0-1 mark.
The Jets are crashing and burning, Winnipeg has won just seven out of its last 23 games. Most recently it lost three-straight at home including getting hammered 5-3 by Ottawa on Saturday.
At this point, the hole seems pretty deep for Winnipeg as it would have to pass Vancouver, Phoenix and Dallas to earn the final playoff bid in the West.
Note that Winnipeg is just 9-16 (-6 units) following a non-conference game.
And note that Colorado is 8-4 (+3.8 units) after scoring one goal or less in its previous contest.
With a date vs. second-place Chicago in front of the home town crowd on Wednesday, the Avs have even more incentive to earn a victory over a team that they’re “supposed” to beat.
Consider laying the price on the home side.
Good luck, Nick Parsons