Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 14:05 PM
In the Crease - Week 26
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The Columbus Blue Jackets had their 11-game winning streak snapped at home by the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, but they started a new streak by dominating the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night by a 7-3 score. The Jackets have scored four or more goals in four of the past five outings, averaging 4.4 goals per game during the span. Since Feb. 24 they have scored 62 goals, or an average of 3.9 goals per game dating back to Feb. 24. That has made for a lot of 'over' results, going 10-6. They're also 13-3 during the span. They'll look to stay hot on Thursday night in Calgary as they try and snuff out the Flames.
The Washington Capitals are rounding into championship form, or what they hope is championship form, as the regular season winds down. We've seen this movie before, where Washington looks like the team to beat only to flame out in the postseason. From a betting perspective lately, they have been unbeatable, going 4-0 in their past four games overall, 8-1 in their past nine outings, and 5-1 in their past six road contests, too. Total bettors have gotten a kick out of their 'over' results, as that has cashed at a 5-1-1 clip across the past seven games. Bettors have been thumping the Caps and 'over' at the window and winning on a regular basis.
Wednesday, March 28
The Philadelphia Flyers and Colorado Avalanche will do battle in the Mile High City. It's an important game for both teams, as the Flyers are jockeying for position in the Eastern Conference, sitting two points ahead of the New Jersey Devils for the seventh spot. The Avalanche are one point back of the Blues, Ducks and Kings, sitting in the ninth spot. However, they have a game in hand on Los Angeles, and all the remaining teams have six games remaining. Colorado has posted a 5-1 record over the past six outings against teams with a losing record, while going 21-5 in their past 26 home games against a team with a losing road record. They're also 17-5 in their past 22 home games overall. Philly, meanwhile, is skidding with a 4-10 record over the past 14 overall, and 1-6 in their past seven road contests. They have won just two of the past nine against teams with a winning overall mark, too.
Thursday, March 29
The Bruins and the Lightning will do battle in Beantown, and both teams hope this will be an Eastern Conference Finals preview. If the most recent meeting in Tampa is any indication, the Lightning might be in over their heads. Tuukka Rask and the Bruins posted a 3-0 shutout in Central Florida back on St. Patrick's Day, and they also won the first meeting on Nov. 29 by a 3-2 score, as Rask outdueled Andrei Vasilevskiy on that day, too. The B's haven't lost in regulation at home in eight games (7-0-1) since an inexplicable 4-2 loss to the cellar-dwelling Buffalo Sabres back on Feb. 10. The Lightning have posted a 5-1 record across their past six road outings dating back to Feb. 13, which was a surprising loss to, yep, the Sabres. How is Buffalo not better?
The Oilers will battle the Canucks in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday evening. These two teams, who are set to each watch the Stanley Cup playoffs on television, have split their first two matchups this season. The Canucks won the only previous meeting in Vancouver back in their opening Oct. 7, while the Oil avenged that game with a 5-2 victory in the Northlands on Jan. 20. Vancouver has won just three of the past 10 meetings in this series. Edmonton has posted a 4-1 'over' mark across their past five outings, and the 'over' is 5-2-1 in the past eight away games.
Friday, March 30
The Hurricanes and Capitals will battle in the nation's capital for the fourth meeting this season. These teams were likely getting a bit sick of each other just after the holidays, as they met in a three-game span from Jan. 2-12. The home hasn't had a lot of success in this series, as the road team is a perfect 3-0 this season with the 'over' going 2-1. Washington has won five of the past six meetings in this series, and the 'over' is an impressive 5-1-1 in the past seven battles between these former Southeast Division rivals.
Saturday, March 31
The Panthers and Bruins will hook up in matinee action in Beantown on Saturday afternoon. These sides have battled just once so far this season, with the Panthers coming away with a 3-0 win in Sunrise back on March 15. In a quirk from the NHL schedule maker, these teams will meet three times between now and the end of the regular season. Last season it was the Bruins picking up a five-game season sweep, and they haven't lost at home against the Panthers since March 24, 2016.
The Jets and the Maple Leafs battle at Air Canada Centre on Saturday evening for the first time since the NHL opener. It was the Leafs blasting the Jets by a 7-2 score at MTS Centre back on Oct. 4, but the Jets have certainly improved quite a bit since then. In fact, Winnipeg has a franchise-record 104 points and they are in line for home-ice advantage at least in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Leafs won 5-4 in overtime in last season's meeting in Toronto in a high-scoring game. In fact, the 'over' has connected in 11 consecutive meetings dating back to Feb. 7, 2013, when the Jets were members of the Eastern Conference still and the sides met more than twice per season.