We’re going to be breaking down this afternoon’s key NHL Western Conference game between Vancouver and Winnipeg. We will cover key factors which will provide us with a the best value NHL pick.
NHL Matinee Affair in Western Canada
The Winnipeg Jets will host the Vancouver Canucks this afternoon at 3:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, Winnipeg is a -125 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This will be the third meeting of the season between these clubs, and the Canucks won each of their first two with both being played in Vancouver.
End of the Road for Canucks
This will be the Canucks last regular season road game of the year, and they’ll conclude the 2014-2015 NHL campaign with three consecutive games at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The Canucks have gone a very profitable 5-1 in the last six, and 24-16 overall versus the money line on the road. Vancouver is currently second in the Pacific Division with a four point lead over Calgary, and a five point lead on the Los Angeles Kings. Barring a collapse in their final four games of the season, the Canucks will be a participant in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Urgent Times for the Jets
The Winnipeg Jets enter tonight tied with the Los Angeles Kings for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, and both clubs have five games left to play. After this afternoon’s contest, they’ll play three of their remaining four games on the road. One advantage that the Jets will possess on the Canucks today is rest. This afternoon will be the finale of a four game in six day road trip for Vancouver, and Winnipeg will be playing on three days of rest. The Jets are coming off losses at home in each of their previous two games to the Blackhawks and Rangers.
The Jets desperation level and lack of fatigue should be crucial factors in the outcome of this game today. I’m siding with the home team in this contest for one of my NHL picks on Saturday.
NHL Pick: Winnipeg -125 on the money line over Vancouver at Bodog