Free NHL Picks: Take Underestimated Canucks To Surprise Jets

Swinging Johnson

Monday, March 14, 2016 2:49 PM GMT

Let's review the NHL odds & cash in when The Jets invade Vancouver after snapping their game losing streak while the Canucks look to build upon victories in their last games for the Western Conference.

Winnipeg Jets
The Jets are playing out the string and will undoubtedly breathe a collective sigh of relief once this season comes to a merciful end. They own one of the worst records in the league and reside with Edmonton and Calgary in the basement of the Western Conference standings. Before the club welcomed the Avalanche to Winnipeg on Saturday night they had dropped 10 of their last 12, torching bankrolls of all of those who had backed them in their NHL picks.

However, the Jets did something in their last outing that they have rarely done this season - check that, make it two things they have rarely done this season - erased a two goal deficit and actually won the game. That is exactly what happened when they took the ice as rare NHL odds favorites and delivered a payoff to all those who backed them.

Colorado skated into the MTS Centre Saturday night and lit the lamp twice in the second period after a scoreless first but 22-year-old Mark Scheifele continued his torrid pace by cutting the deficit with his 22nd goal of the season on the power play which sparked the rally.  Scheifele was promoted to Winnipeg's top line due to an injury sustained by Bryan Little on February 18th and has racked up 10 goals and 18 points, including a goal and an assist in the 3-2 win over Colorado. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 35 of 37 shots in the victory.

 

Vancouver Canucks
As the sun begins to set on this season of discontent for the Vancouver Canucks the club has awoken with victories in three of their last four contests. It began 10 days ago when the Canucks traveled to San Jose as +230 road dogs and stunned the Sharks 4-2. They then dropped a 5-1 decision in Los Angeles to the Kings before beginning their current homestand with 3-2 (overtime) and 4-2 wins over Arizona and Nashville respectively.

Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Derek Dorsett and Daniel Sedin lit the lamp for Vancouver in their 4-2 win over Nashville while Ryan Miller made 35 saves. Though he was not involved in any of the scoring the Canucks welcomed Henrik Sedin back to the ice against the Predators after a two-game absence with an upper body injury. Vancouver ranks in the bottom third in scoring, goals allowed and on their power play unit. The club's penalty killing unit however is ranked 13th extinguishing 81.3 percent of their opponents' man-advantaged opportunities.

 

Betting Analysis
The Jets may have defeated Vancouver 4-1 in their only meeting this season way back on November 18th as -115 home favorites but the Canucks have won six straight in this series when the venue shifts to Vancouver. The Jets are 13-21 on the highway this season which coincidentally matches the Canucks' 13-21 mark at home. The odds lines are full and Canucks could bring a very interesting option to the rink this time.

Betting trends you should consider:

* The Jets are 5-21 in their last 26 after allowing two goals or less in their previous game.

* The Jets are 3-14 in their 17 Monday night contests.

* The Canucks are 11-5 over their last 16 games when their opponent allows two goals or less in the previous game.

The bottom line is it is never a smart thing to load up on a team that loses more than it wins (ergo, Vancouver) but when the opportunity presents itself in the form of clearly defined trends then it might be worth a few bucks, as it is here.

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Free NHL Pick: Vancouver -110 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes