NHL Picks: Canucks vs. Stars Preview and Odds

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:10 PM GMT

The Canucks are looking to clinch their division while the Stars are simply trying to stay alive in our NHL picks!

Swinging Johnson  - NHL Record (6-6, -0.6 units)

*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.

Update:              

Providing a running record of both my NBA and NHL picks was my idea. I am fortunate enough to have an editor who gives his stable of writers the latitude to run with ideas and see what works and what doesn't. Maintaining a season record keeps me accountable and providing an update lets the reader know exactly how I've been doing recently. I think it's important, particularly at a site where people will be using their own hard earned money to either tail or fade. They need to know what they're dealing with and right now, you sir are dealing with a jackass.

It's the only way I can explain my rationale for backing the Bruins over the Islanders last week after a grueling schedule that saw them play three games in four nights. I decided that their recent domination of the suddenly hot Isles would trump the fact that their legs were weary after a grueling 5-4 victory over the Devils the night before. I laid the serious lumber and got burned for 4 units. You live and you learn but this is a lesson I learned a long time ago but chose to ignore.

Vancouver Canucks (24-12-7) vs. Dallas Stars (21-18-3)

Then Canucks have five games to go and hold a four point edge over the second place Minnesota Wild in the Northwest division. Unless Vancouver spirals and Minnesota soars, it's a pretty good bet that the Canucks will celebrate yet another divisional crown.

The Canucks lost a heartbreaker in St. Louis on Tuesday night when they bowed 2-1 to the Blues in a shootout. It came off the heels of a solid 5-2 victory over the Predators the night before. The Canucks are looking forward to wrapping up their 5-game road swing in Dallas tonight.

The Stars need to shine brightly if they are to climb their way into the playoffs after a five year drought. The team is currently wrangling for the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference but are four points out of contention, with Detroit and Columbus directly ahead of them.

Dallas will be looking to shake off a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks on Monday night after reeling off five consecutive wins. They have had three days to prepare for tonight's game but will be flying out immediately after for their date with the Blues in St. Louis tomorrow night. It must also be noted that Alex Chiasson (no relation to the late Steve Chiasson), who has set the team ablaze, netting six goals in seven games since his NHL debut on April 3rd, is reportedly not playing due to a shoulder injury suffered against the Hawks. In addition, the Stars may also be without the services of defenseman Trevor Daley.

Get all of today's NHL odds right here!

[gameodds]7/225117/19-43-999996-92/us[/gameodds]

The Pick:

This game is eerily similar to the matchup between the Bruins and the Islanders last week that still has me cryin' in my beer. We've got a very good team playing three games in four nights versus a team that is making a late season surge for playoff contention. The season series between these two team is split at one apiece with both home teams dropping 4-3 decisions. Though the Stars are at home in this one I don't see the pattern continuing. What I see is exactly what I should have seen last week, a very good but tired team taking on a weaker but more determined squad. As Roger Daltry and The Who sang so long ago, We Won't Get Fooled Again!

Play the Dallas Stars +125 for 4 units at Bookmaker.