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Which Canadian NHL Teams Can Have A Strong Week Before The All-Star Break?

Which Canadian NHL Teams Can Have A Strong Week Before The All-Star Break?

Vancouver Can't Wait For The All-Star Break To Arrive

The Canucks fall from grace after a hot start through the first two months has been well-documented, as they return home after a long seven-game road trip saw them go 2-5 SU.

Vancouver now sits near the bottom of the standings in the West - a place many expected them to be - and have some big decisions to make on the assets they'll be letting go at the trade deadline. But with two home games on tap before the break against some slumping teams themselves, Vancouver may actually be worth a look on the ML this week.

Coming home after a long road trip can be tough, but the Canucks host L.A - who just snapped a six-game losing streak themselves - and the Buffalo Sabres this week. Buffalo may be the worst team in the entire NHL this season, and L.A is definitely beatable if you are the Canucks. It will be interesting to see what the ML prices are for these games, but Vancouver going at least 1-1 SU in those contests is something to expect.

Edmonton Hopes To Take Advantage Of Being At Home Too

Before the Sabres head to Vancouver, they've got road dates with Calgary and Edmonton, with the game against the Oilers being on the back end of a back-to-back. Even with the Oilers inconsistent play this year, that's a brutal spot for a bad team like Buffalo to be in and Edmonton will likely be -250 or higher favorites in that contest. That projected line isn't filled with value, but it's tough to see the Oilers losing in that spot.

After that, it's a home game against Calgary on Thursday before the break, a game Edmonton will be laying chalk in again. That's a much tougher task than the Buffalo contest, but if the Oilers can get victories in those two games to stretch their winning streak to five straight, optimism and confidence will be blossoming within the dressing room and the city for this team and their prospects the rest of the way.

Winnipeg Looks To Close Out Strong

The Winnipeg Jets are going to enter the All-Star break with the most points in the standings of any Canadian team and could sit 1st in their division (as they currently do) at that time as well.

But unlike the Canucks and Oilers, the Jets are out on the road for two games this week as they head to California to battle with the Sharks and Ducks. Both of those teams are tough outs in their own right, and with games against Tampa Bay and Vegas right out of the break, this little four-game stretch is of great importance to the Jets. 

With that kind of schedule upcoming for the immediate future, bettors should expect the Jets to be priced in very playable ranges each time (slight underdogs on the road, slight favs at home) and will be an intriguing team to make a play on for or against. Chances are a 2-2 SU record over their next four outings would be considered a "win" for this Winnipeg team and I'd approach my betting from that stance that they will end up going 2-2 SU. 

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