Tonights NHL Picks January 16th 2015

1-1 overall last night as we cashed an easy winner on the “over” in Buffalo, the Wild went over the total by themselves with their 7-0 victory.

Our game in Dallas stayed under the total thanks to Ondrej Pavelec. After a terrible recent display allowing four gaols in each of his last four starts Ondrej rebounded with an incredible night, stopping 46 of 47 shots earning a well deserved first star of the game and a .979 save percentage. It looked like a firing range out there but the Stars could only put one goal past Pavelec.
Six games around the League tonight, we are going with two selections. Write-up for the Canucks will come out later today, wanted to get this out before the price on Vancouver drops.

Vancouver Canucks @ Carolina Hurricanes: CANUCKS 1.98

Risk: 2 Units | Win: 1.96 Units

The Carolina Hurricanes have gone 14-24-1-4 this season (10-8-0-2 at Home) and are one of the worst teams in the NHL this season, currently ranked 28th overall in the league standings with a mere 33 points in 43 games played. The Canucks are coming off of a 4-0 blanking of the Philadelphia Flyers last night, which was their first win after suffering a tough three losses against Florida (1-3), Calgary (0-1) and Nashville (1-5). The Canucks are currently 3rd place in the Pacific divison (51 points, 42 GP), but Los Angeles trails Vancouver by just 1 point, and Calgary by 2. Out of the two available wild card spots in the Western Conference, Winnipeg has one of those spots with 54 points, which is actually more points than Vancouver has, but the Jets are in the tough Central Division. The Kings have the other wild card spot with 50 points. Vancouver has to make every game count if they want to secure their spot in the post season. The Canucks defense has been sensational recently, allowing just 1.90 goals against per game over their last 10 games. This isn’t good news for the Carolina offense that has managed to score just 2.00 goals per game over their last 10 games. The Hurricanes are the second lowest scoring team in the NHL with just 2.05 goals per game, the Sabres are dead last with 1.69 goals per game. Vancouver is just about average on offense, currently ranked 14th overall with 2.76 goals per game. The Canucks have one of the league’s top 10 power play units that is 9th overall at 20.5%, and have gone a remarkable 32.0% on the man advantage over their last 10 games. The Canucks managed to score on two of three opportunities against Philadelphia last night. Ryan Miller is probable for Vancouver tonight and has a record of 21-9-1 this season with a 2.40 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Ryan was in goal against Philly last night and earned his fourth shutout of the season, stopping all 30 shots against him. Note that Ryan is third in shutouts with four. Cam Ward is probable for Carolina this evening and is 11-16-3 season to date with a 2.40 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Looking back at the last ten meetings between these clubs, dating all the way back to 2003, the Canucks won seven of the last ten meetings, which includes a 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes this season, back in October. I will gladly back the Canucks as underdogs against the 28th overall Carolina Hurricanes tonight.

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Pittsburgh Penguins @ NY Islanders: PENGUINS 2.11
Risk: 2 Units | Win: 2.22 Units