Dallas Stars vs Carolina Hurricanes
When: February 25th, 7 p.m.
Where: PNC Arena
Our Pick: Carolina Hurricanes (-105)
The Hurricanes has a successful outing against the Maple Leafs even after two goalkeeper injuries left them calling an emergency goalkeeper from the stands. 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres made his NHL debut letting in the first 2 shots and saving the next eight to ensure the 6-3 win for the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes average 3.21 goals a game compared to 2.7 goals against. Carolina needs a couple of wins to start pushing up to the playoff spots.
The Dallas Stars are third in the central division and have a 9-point gap on the Jets. The Stars are just 4 points from the Blues sitting on top of the division. Dallas average 2.66 goals a game while only conceding 2.39. They have only conceded 159 goals which are the lowest in the league and only matched by the Bruins. The Hurricanes are a better offensive side and should come out on top. Back them here at VIP.
Winnipeg Jets vs Washington Capitals
When: 25th February, 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena
Our Pick: Washington Capitals (-196)
The Jets have lost their last two games and are struggling in the Central Division. They need to go on a major run in order to start climbing towards a playoff position. The Jets are concluding a 4-day road trip in Washington. Winnipeg will be keeping an eye on newcomer Cody Eakin and whether Josh Morrissey will be fit for the game.
The Washington Capitals came away with a 5-3 victory in their last match. This put an end to their 4-game losing streak. It was the first time Washington managed 5 goals since the 31st of January. It also meant the end of the wait for Alexander Ovechkin to reach 700 career goals. Now that the Capitals have got a win they will want to keep on track on top of the Metropolitan Division. The Jets have conceded the first goal in all eight of their last games.
Over the last 11 matches between these sides, the home team has come out winners in 10 of them. You should get on the Capitals to grab their second win in a row here at VIP.
Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens
When: 25th February, 7 p.m.
Where: Centre Bell
Our Pick: Montreal Canadiens (-141)
The Vancouver Canucks are in one of the final postseason spots in the Western Conference. Now the Canucks have a 4-game road trip starting off against the Canadiens. The offensive prowess of Vancouver is impressive at home but falters on the road. The defense follows the same suit ranking at 24th in goals allowed while on the road.
The Canadiens are 10 points away from the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. If they want to make it into the postseason, Montreal must go on a serious run in order to make it to a playoff position. The Canadiens are not weak in any area but are pretty much average all over. Montreal will be looking to take advantage of the poor form that the Canucks usually display on the road.
9 of the last 10 meetings between these two sides went to Montreal. The Canadiens will take another step towards closing the gap for the playoff games.