Vancouver Canucks vs Winnipeg Jets free NHL pick and prediction today for April 4th 2015 from Pucking Hockey (4/4/15)
Soaring For Home Ice Advantage
The Canucks haven’t secured a playoff spot yet, but they will eventually. The only question is, will they have home ice advantage? Vancouver had a five game road win streak snapped, with a 3-1 loss to Chicago on Thursday. In their defense, the Blackhawks are on a tear and back to their Stanley Cup winning form.
Vancouver sits comfortably with a 5 point cushion over the Kings and a 4 point cushion over the Flames. Tonight is now their chance to take a bigger leap and have an easier run down the final games of the season.
Eddie Lack has a 1.94 goals against average while starting each of Vancouver’s three consecutive wins over Winnipeg
Vancouver Canucks Trends and Stats
- Vancouver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Vancouver is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Winnipeg
- Vancouver is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Winnipeg
Winnipeg Trying To Stay Alive
It’s getting tight for Winnipeg as far as the playoffs are concerned, and now with out Dustin Byfuglien, things will get that much harder. Byfuglien was suspended 4 games because of a cross check to the head of JT Miller.
Although the Jets went 6-3 without Byfuglien when he was out with an upper body injury last month, Dustin has scored 3 of his 18 goals in the last three games. In my opinion, he’s a game changer, and without him tonight, the Jets are in trouble.
The Jets have to face Vancouver and LA and need to seek out victories in both games in order to have a chance at the playoffs. With how well the Kings have been performing and the Canucks, things are not looking to bright in Winnipeg. Good news however, the Jets had much-needed rest and come into this game fresh.
Winnipeg Jets Trends and Stats
- Winnipeg is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
- Winnipeg is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
- Winnipeg is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Vancouver
- Winnipeg is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Vancouver
NHL Starting Goalies
Vancouver Canucks – no confirmation yet
Winnipeg Jets – no confirmation yet
Free NHL Pick
This prediction comes down to value on the money line odds.
With out Byfuglein the Jets should not be a -140 home money line favorite. This line is way out of pucking whack, and it smells like a trap. The reason they are that big of a favorite is most likely because the Jets can score and score fast. However the Canucks know how to slow down these high scoring teams, and will do so today at 3pm est.
The Canucks are the better and healthier team and they know what needs to be done coming down to the final games of the season. One is being to keep Winnipeg out of the playoffs. And grabbing them at +120 road money line underdogs, makes this pick that much more valuable.
Vancouver Caucks +120 (risking $100 to profit $120)
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