Ice picks: Tuesday's best NHL bets

Apr 2, 2012 |
Stars winger Eric Nystrom is expected back after a three-game absence.
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Stars winger Eric Nystrom is expected back after a three-game absence.
Photo By - US PRESSWIRE
Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers (-155, 5)

Thanks to a critical point earned in a shootout loss to Detroit on Sunday, Florida can clinch a playoff berth by beating visiting Winnipeg.

But the Panthers aren’t exactly clicking offensively. They have mustered 14 regulation goals in their past nine games and went 0 for 6 on the power play against the Red Wings. Tomas Fleischmann has four goals in the last seven games, but no one else is producing.

Winnipeg, meanwhile, has nothing to play for. The Jets were eliminated from playoff contention with their 4-3 overtime loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

The under is 5-0-4 in the Panthers’ last nine games, and 14-4 in the last 18 Jets-Panthers meetings in Florida.

Pick: Under

San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars (-105, 5)

Dallas is desperate for revenge after falling 3-0 at HP Pavilion to San Jose on Saturday – a loss that dropped the Stars to ninth in the Western Conference.

Dallas can leapfrog San Jose with a win Tuesday, and is glad to see the Sharks again so soon. The Stars are trying to make the playoffs for the first time in four years.

"They got the jump and set us back a little bit right away," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said of Saturday’s loss. "We have a big game with these guys on Tuesday and our fate is in our hands. It's got to be the mindset of do or die."

The Stars should get a boost from the return of physical winger Eric Nystrom, who missed the last three games with a leg laceration caused by a skate blade.

San Jose has lost its last five road games against teams with winning home marks. And the home team is 4-0 in the last four Sharks-Stars clashes.

Pick:
Stars
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