Conference standings and playoff positions are now being decided.

Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames

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 this game.

Buoyed by home-ice advantage, they’re worth the price here as a marginal favorite.

NHL Picks: Flames


Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets

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


Colorado Avalanche 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 games.

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 straight up.

NHL Picks: Sharks