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In the Crease - Week 16
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The Boston Bruins continues to play tremendous hockey, and they have vaulted to second place in the Atlantic Division behind the Eastern Conference leading Tampa Bay Lightning. The B's have posted a 9-0-4 record over the past 13 games, last losing in regulation back on Dec. 14 against Washington. The last time they suffered a setback on the road in regulation was Dec. 4 in Nashville. That's impressive. Total bettors have warmed up to the B's, too, as the 'over' is a rather impressive 5-2-1 across their past eight outings.
MTS + Jets = W
The Vegas Golden Knights lead the NHL with an impressive 18-2-1-1 mark at home this season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have made a lot of headlines with a league-leading 65 points, including a 17-4-1-0 mark at home. However, it seems like the Winnipeg Jets have been overlooked. The Central Division-leading Jets have posted 59 points, tied for third-most in the NHL, and a lot of the damage has come at MTS Centre in Winnipeg. They're a rather impressive 16-3-1-0 in 20 home dates so far this season, and it seems like they're being overlooked when casual fans and the media talk about the season's best sides. Bettors know Winnipeg has been a lock at home. They are home just once in the next four games, but then they start a miraculous 10-game homestand from Jan. 30-Feb. 20.
Wednesday, January 17
There are just two games on Wednesday night, but one of the meetings is between two Original Six members. The Canadiens and red-hot Bruins square off in Beantown, with the home team a heavy favorite. The Habs have been the hab-nots lately, winning just two of their past nine games overall. They're also 1-4 in their past five inside the division, while going 1-6 in their past seven against Eastern Conference foes. Montreal has also dropped four in a row on the road, while going 1-5 in their past six games against teams with an overall winning mark.
For Boston, they have won seven in a row inside the division. They're also an impressive 6-0 in their past six when scoring two or fewer goals in the most recent outing. They have won five of their past six games, they're 8-2 in their past 10 against Eastern Conference foes and 9-3 in their past 12 overall. They're also 22-8 in their past 30 against teams with a losing record. As hot as the B's have been the Canadiens have had their number lately. Montreal is 6-1 in their past seven trips to Boston, and 11-5 in the past 16 meetings overall. The road team has won nine of the past 12 in this series, too.
Thursday, January 18
The Capitals and the Devils will meet in Newark, and if recent meetings are any indication, the road team is about to come away with two points. Washington has won each of their past seven trips to New Jersey, and they're an impressive 14-3 in the past 17 meetings overall in this series. The road team has won five times in the past seven in this series, too. The 'over' has hit in four of the past five, while going 3-1-1 in the past five meetings in Newark. Washington has won six of their past seven overall, and they're 37-15 in the past 52 against teams with a winning overall record. New Jersey has won six of their past eight at home, but they're just 1-6 in the past seven overall.
The Sharks haven't had a lot of success against winning teams, and the Avalanche surprisingly are a winning side. They have been red-hot lately, and they're looking for more. San Jose is 6-2 in their past eight against Western Conference sides, but they're just 2-5 in the past seven against winning teams and 2-8 in their past 10 against Central Division squads. The Avalanche are 7-0 in their past seven, they have won six in a row at home and they're 6-0 in their past six against teams with a winning overall mark. The 'over' is 6-0-1 in the past seven meetings, and 8-3-1 in the past 12 battles in Denver.
Friday, January 19
The Kings and Ducks renew acquaintances again, and if last time is any indication, this one could be a feisty affair. There were three separate fights within four seconds in the most recent battle on Saturday in Los Angeles, with the Ducks coming away with a hard-fought 4-2 victory. It was the first win for the Ducks in three tries against the Kings this season, as L.A. won 2-1 in a shootout on Nov. 25, and 4-3 in overtime on Nov. 7. Five of the past seven meetings in this series has resulted in one-goal decisions.
Saturday, January 20
The Devils and Flyers hook up in matinee action in the City of Brotherly Love. These teams just met in Newark, and the Flyers came away with a 5-3 win behind Brian Elliott as the 'over' hit. The 'over' is an impressive 6-1 in the past seven games for Philadelphia heading into play on Wednesday. No foolin', but the Flyers came away with a 3-0 win in their most recent home meeting against Philly on April 1 last season, but they was their only win in five tries against the Devils last season. It was Philly's only win in the past four at home against Jersey dating back to Dec. 11, 2014.
The Maple Leafs and Senators continue the Battle of Ontario in Canada's capital city, and the Senators hope that things go down like they did in the most recent meeting in Toronto on Jan. 10. The Senators won 4-3 in that meeting, and the Sens also doubled up the Leafs 6-3 back on Oct. 21 in the first meeting in Kanata. In fact the Leafs have dropped four in a row against the Senators since winning Jan. 14 last season on the road by a 4-2 score. The 'over' has cashed in five of the past six meetings between these provincial rivals, too.