BIG AL's SLAPSHOT CLUB: 86% SUNDAY NHL WINNER!: Al McMordie's Slapshot Club cashed again last night on the ice, as St. Louis shut down San Jose to wrap up its series 4 games to 1. Now, on Sunday, Big Al's stepping out, and goes for his 3rd straight NHL Playoff Payoff with this BIG PLAY backed by an 86% Winning Situation. Get on it.
Game: Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks Apr 22 2012 8:05PM
Prediction: Vancouver Canucks
Grade: Loser (-160)
Reason: At 8:05 pm our selection is on the Vancouver Canucks over the Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks find themselves in the same position as the Penguins did on Friday night, having been heavily favored in their series but falling into a big hole and needing a win at home in game 5 in order to stay alive. And like the Penguins, the Canucks should be able to bounce back in this pivotal game even if they don't end up winning the series. They have to be thinking they are better than this after accomplishing what they did in the regular season - winning the President's Trophy with the best overall record in hockey. But the Canucks did something in game 4 that would have been unheard of a year ago. They started goalie Cory Schneider over Roberto Luongo and Schneider completely shut down the Kings making 43 saves. Even though Luongo had a bit of a reduced role during the regular season (Schneider appeared in roughly 30 of the Canucks' 82 games), taking Luongo out of a playoff series is more than just a little bit surprising but after being down by three games, Vancouver Coach Alain Vigneault commented leading up to Game 4 that he would go with the goaltender that gave his team the best chance to win, and that meant Schneider so expect Luongo to sit again today. Even with their three losses to start this series, the Canucks are still 9-4 in their last 13 games and are 6-2 in their last eight games following a win. Additionally, there has been three days off since Game 4, and the Canucks are 13-2 when playing with more than two days of rest. Take Vancouver. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.