Hockey Today - December 10

Hockey Today - December 10

Blue Jackets place winger Vyborny on injured reserve
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Blue Jackets placed right wing David Vyborny on injured reserve with a hip injury Sunday and recalled center Derek MacKenzie from their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.

Vyborny was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 1 when he injured his hip against the Calgary Flames, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson said.

MacKenzie had 10 goals and five assists in 27 games this season for the Syracuse Crunch.

Columbus hosts Anaheim Monday.

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Hockey Today - Sunday, December 9
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SCOREBOARD

New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers (5 p.m. EST). The Devils try to extend their winning streak to 10 games at the expense of the Rangers, who won the first three meetings this season.

STARS

-Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings, recorded his second career three-goal game in Detroit's 5-0 win over Minnesota.

-Evgeni Nabokov and Milan Michalek, Sharks. Nabokov made 27 saves and Michalek scored with 15 seconds left in the second period to lead San Jose past Phoenix 1-0.

-Brad Boyes, Blues, had two goals in St. Louis' 4-3 win at Edmonton.

-Jose Theodore and Milan Hejduk, Avalanche. Theodore made 28 saves, Hejduk scored his 99th career power-play goal and Colorado edged Philadelphia 2-1.

MAKE IT NINE

New Jersey pushed its winning streak to nine games, matching the third-best in team history, with a 3-2 win over Washington on Friday night. The Devils are two wins away from tying their second-best streak and four from matching the record.

NEW YUCH, NEW YUCH

The New York Islanders lost their fifth straight game Friday night, 3-0 to Florida. The Islanders have failed to score more than three goals in each of their last 17 games, including two shutouts in December. ... The New York Rangers lost for the second straight night and third consecutive time overall with their 4-2 defeat at Atlanta. They have been outscored 14-4 during the slump.

FLYING WINGS

Detroit extended its winning streak to five games with Friday night's 5-0 win over Minnesota and has collected points in eight of the last nine contests since its three-game losing streak.

NO-NO-NO NABOKOV

San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov shut out Phoenix for the third straight time, making 27 saves in a 1-0 win over Phoenix on Friday night. The Sharks have won all four meetings between the teams this season.

SWEET MUSIC

St. Louis is 9-2-1 in its last 12 games after holding off Edmonton 4-3 on Friday night. The Blues moved past Columbus for sole possession of second place in the Central Division.

MAGIC LEGWAND

Nashville forward David Legwand has signed a six-year, $27 million contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Legwand holds franchise records with 304 points, 113 goals, 28 game-winning goals, 10 overtime points and 15 multiple-goal games.

SPEAKING

''He came to me right away when he hit me. And before we fought and after we fought he was apologizing. It was a pretty standup move; I respect what he did. You don't want to see anyone get hit from behind, let alone yourself.'' - Florida defenseman Bryan Allen on a hard check by New York Islanders captain Bill Guerin on Thursday night.

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Monday's NHL betting matchup notes
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Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres

Boston and Buffalo played each other three times in 10 days in early November, splitting a pair of overtime games before the Bruins won the last game 2-1 in regulation on Nov. 10.

New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals

The Devils (16-10-3) have won eight of their last nine meetings with the Capitals (10-17-2), including a 3-2 victory Friday night at home.

Anaheim Ducks at Columbus Blue Jackets

The Ducks and Blue Jackets have split both meetings this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs

This will be Toronto's first meeting of the season with the Lightning after sweeping the season series over them in 2006-07 for the sixth time in nine seasons.

Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators

The Predators (14-11-2) beat the Red Wings 3-2 on Nov. 22, ending an overall five-game losing streak in the series. However, the victory was Nashville's fourth in its last six home games against Detroit (21-6-2).

Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars

The Stars are 22-6-3 with one tie versus the Oilers since the start of the 1998-99 season. Edmonton has played better at Dallas recently, though, winning three of its last five there after going 0-10-0 with one tie in a stretch from 1999-2004.

Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings


The Canucks went 3-0-1 against the Kings last season, winning both games at Staples Center.

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New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals

- The fans at Verizon Center will be treated to a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals when they take their seats on Monday.

The Devils lost to the Rangers 1-0 in overtime as a +120 underdog last time out. The one goal scored fell UNDER the posted over/under total (5).

Martin Brodeur stopped 28-of-29 shots for the Devils in the loss.

The Capitals dominated the entire night on Saturday, as they skated past the Thrashers 6-3. The Capitals won the game as -125 favorites, and the nine goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Mike Green scored a pair, while singles came off the sticks of Nicklas Backstrom, Jeff Schultz, Alexander Ovechkin and Matt Pettinger.

Team records:
New Jersey: 16-10-3
Washington: 10-17-2

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Buffalo are 9-1
After playing NY Rangers are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Washington most recently:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Calgary are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
New Jersey is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
New Jersey is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Jersey's last 9 games on the road
New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games at home
Washington is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games
Washington is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home
Washington is 1-5-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against New Jersey

Next up:
New Jersey at Boston, Thursday, December 13
Washington home to NY Rangers, Wednesday, December 12

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Anaheim Ducks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

- The Anaheim Ducks and the Columbus Blue Jackets will both be trying to pick up a win on Monday when they battle at Nationwide Arena.

The Ducks were doubled 4-2 by the Predators last time out, as +135 road underdogs. The six goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5).

Shane Hnidy and Ryan Getzlaf tallied for the Ducks, while Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in the loss.

The Blue Jackets were upset 2-1 by the Wild last time out, as -140 favorites. The three goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5).

Nikolai Zherdev scored the only goal for the Blue Jackets and Pascal Leclaire stopped 24-of-26 shots in the loss.

Team records:
Anaheim: 14-13-4
Columbus: 13-11-5

Anaheim most recently:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Vancouver are 8-2
After playing Nashville are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Columbus most recently:
When playing on Monday are 3-5-2
Before playing Colorado are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Anaheim's last 7 games when playing Columbus
Anaheim is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbus's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games when playing Anaheim
Columbus is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Columbus is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games

Next up:
Anaheim home to Vancouver, Wednesday, December 12
Columbus home to Colorado, Wednesday, December 12

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Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres

- The Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at HSBC Arena.

The Bruins defended a last second barrage to edge the Maple Leafs 2-1 on Saturday, as +150 underdogs. The three goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Chuck Kobasew scored on the power play, and Dennis Wideman had the game-winner for the Bruins. Alex Auld stopped 25 shots for his first win as a Bruin.

Paul Gaustad scored twice on Saturday, as the Sabres routed the Sharks 7-1 as +130 road underdogs. The eight goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Ales Kotalik, Tim Connolly, Michael Ryan, Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek added the other markers in the win.

Team records:
Boston: 15-10-3
Buffalo: 13-13-1

Boston most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Ottawa are 3-7
After playing Toronto are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

Buffalo most recently:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Colorado are 6-4
After playing San Jose are 3-3-1
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Boston's last 23 games on the road
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Buffalo
Buffalo is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games at home
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games

Next up:
Boston at Atlanta, Wednesday, December 12
Buffalo home to NY Islanders, Wednesday, December 12

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

- The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Air Canada Centre.

The Lightning were edged 3-2 by the Islanders in OT the last time out, as -175 favorites. The five goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Brad Richards scored both goals for the Lightning on the power play, while Johan Holmqvist made 30 saves in the loss.

The Maple Leafs four-game win streak ended in a 2-1 loss to the Bruins last time out, as -170 favorites. The three goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Jason Blake scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who had their four-game win streak snapped.

Team records:
Tampa Bay: 13-13-3
Toronto: 12-12-6

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-4-1
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing NY Islanders are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Monday are 2-7-1
Before playing San Jose are 3-3-2
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Tampa Bay is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
Tampa Bay is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Toronto is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 9 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Montreal, Tuesday, December 11
Toronto at Atlanta, Friday, December 14

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Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators

- The fans at Sommet Center will be treated to a game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators when they take their seats on Monday.

The Red Wings defeated Carolina 5-2 as a -240 favorite last time out. The seven goals scored went OVER the posted over/under total (5.5).

Jiri Hudler had three assists and Tomas Holmstrom netted his 14th goal of the season for Detroit in the win.

The Predators snapped a two-game losing skid with a 4-2 doubling of the Ducks last time out, as -155 favorites. The six goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5).

Jordin Tootoo, Alexander Radulov, Ryan Suter and Jerred Smithson scored for the Predators.

Current streak:
Detroit has won 6 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 21-6-2
Nashville: 14-11-2

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Edmonton are 4-6
After playing Carolina are 10-0
After a win are 8-2

Nashville most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing Anaheim are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 9 games when playing Nashville
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nashville's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Nashville's last 8 games at home
Nashville is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Nashville's last 9 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit home to Edmonton, Thursday, December 13
Nashville home to Colorado, Thursday, December 13

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars

- The Edmonton Oilers and the Dallas Stars will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at American Airlines Center.

Edmonton were outshot 31-28 in Friday's 4-3 loss to St. Louis, falling as 100 home underdogs. The seven goals scored were OVER the posted total of 5.

Shawn Horcoff notched a goal and an assist, while Mathieu Garon stopped 27 shots for the Oilers.

Dallas held a 25-20 shot advantage in Friday's 4-2 loss to Ottawa, falling as 105 home underdogs. The six goals scored were OVER The posted total of 5.5.

Niklas Hagman potted a power-play marker, while Mike Smith stopped 16 shots for the Stars.

Current streak:
Edmonton has lost 2 straight games.
Dallas has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Edmonton: 13-16-1
Dallas: 15-11-4

Edmonton most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Monday are 3-6-1
Before playing Los Angeles are 5-5
After playing Ottawa are 7-7-1
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 6 games
Edmonton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 7 games on the road
Edmonton is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
Dallas is 19-5-1 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Edmonton
Dallas is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Edmonton at St. Louis, Tuesday, December 11
Dallas home to Los Angeles, Thursday, December 13

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings

- The Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings will both be trying to pick up a win on Monday when they battle at STAPLES Center.

The Canucks fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Penguins last time out, as -150 favorites. The combined were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Ryan Kesler scored for the Canucks to force overtime and salvage a point. Roberto Luongo made 31 saves in a losing effort.

The Kings were doubled 4-2 by the Coyotes last time out, as -160 favorites. The six goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Anze Kopitar and Michal Handzus tallied for the Kings, while Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 18 saves in the loss.

Team records:
Vancouver: 16-10-3
Los Angeles: 11-16-2

Vancouver most recently:
When playing on Monday are 3-6-1
Before playing San Jose are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-3-3
After a loss are 7-3

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Monday are 7-2-1
Before playing Dallas are 3-7
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Vancouver's last 8 games
Vancouver is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Vancouver is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Vancouver's last 17 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Los Angeles's last 17 games when playing at home against Vancouver
Los Angeles is 6-11-3 SU in its last 20 games when playing Vancouver

Next up:
Vancouver at Anaheim, Wednesday, December 12
Los Angeles at Chicago, Wednesday, December 12

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