Hockey Today - Dec. 23

Hockey Today - Dec. 23

Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

- The fans at Mellon Arena will be treated to a game between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins when they take their seats on Sunday.

Boston got off to a slow start in Saturday's 4-1 loss to St. Louis, falling as -130 home favorites. The five goals scored were a PUSH with the posted total of 5.

Zdeno Chara scored on the power play, while Tim Thomas made 25 saves for the Bruins.

Pittsburgh gave up two late goals in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Islanders, falling as -140 home favorites. The six goals scored were OVER the posted total of 5.5.

Jordan Staal struck on the power play, while Dany Sabourin stopped 20 shots for the Penguins.

Current streak:
Boston has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 18-13-4
Pittsburgh: 17-16-2

Boston most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 6-3-1
Before playing Ottawa are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 3-3-1
After a loss are 6-4

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-4-2
Before playing Ottawa are 4-6
After playing NY Islanders are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Boston is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games when playing Boston
Pittsburgh is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Boston at Carolina, Friday, December 28
Pittsburgh home to Washington, Thursday, December 27

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Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

- The division rival Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets are set to renew hostilities on Sunday when they meet at Nationwide Arena.

Jason Arnott scored a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

The Preds won as -180 home favorites as the teams plyed over the 5.5-goal total listed by sportsbooks.

Columbus' Nikolai Zherdev scored the game-winner early in the third period on Friday's 2-1 win over Los Angeles, coming in as -160 home favorites. The three goals scored were UNDER the posted total of 5.5.

Jiri Novotny also found the back of the net, and Fredrik Norrena made 33 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Team records:
Nashville: 15-16-2
Columbus: 15-13-6

Nashville most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-4-1
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing Los Angeles are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Columbus most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Atlanta are 4-3
After playing Los Angeles are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Nashville's last 8 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Nashville's last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbus's last 8 games when playing Nashville
Columbus is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Nashville at Chicago, Wednesday, December 26
Columbus home to Atlanta, Wednesday, December 26

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Atlanta Thrashers vs. St. Louis Blues

- The Atlanta Thrashers and the St. Louis Blues will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Scottrade Center.

Slava Kozlov netted the deciding goal in a shootout as the Thrashers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday night.

The Thrashers cashed in as -120 home favorites as the teams played under the 6-goal total listed by oddsmakers.

St. Louis' Keith Tkachuk had a goal and two assists in Saturday's 4-1 win at Boston, coming in as 110 road underdogs. The five goals scored were a PUSH with the posted total of 5.

Brad Boyes added a solo marker against his former team, and Manny Legace stopped 24 shots for the Blues.

Current streak:
Atlanta has won 3 straight games.
St. Louis has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 17-17-1
St. Louis: 18-12-2

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 7-1-2
Before playing NY Rangers are 4-6
After playing Montreal are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-4-1
After playing Boston are 7-7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 9 games
Atlanta is 2-5-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing St. Louis
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games at home
St. Louis is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Atlanta at Columbus, Wednesday, December 26
St. Louis home to Detroit, Wednesday, December 26

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Ottawa Senators vs. New York Rangers

- The Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Madison Square Garden.

Dany Heatley found the back of the net twice in Ottawa's 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

The Hawks upset the Sens as +190 road underdogs as the game played over the 6-goal total set by sportsbooks.

The Rangers were outshot 37-23 in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss at Colorado, falling as 125 road underdogs. The seven goals scored were OVER the posted total of 5.5.

Brendan Shanahan opened the scoring on the power play, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots for the Rangers.

Current streak:
Ottawa has lost 2 straight games.
New York has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Ottawa: 22-8-4
New York: 17-14-4

Ottawa most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-4-2
Before playing Boston are 8-2
After playing Chicago are 5-5-2
After a loss are 3-7

New York most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 2-7-1
Before playing Florida are 7-3
After playing Colorado are 4-4-1
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Ottawa is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
Ottawa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Ottawa is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the NY Rangers last 6 games when playing at home against Ottawa
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Rangers last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the NY Rangers last 10 games when playing Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the NY Rangers last 17 games at home

Next up:
Ottawa at Buffalo, Wednesday, December 26
NY Rangers home to Carolina, Wednesday, December 26

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks

- The Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at United Center.

Edmonton were outshot 33-21 in Friday's 3-1 loss to New Jersey, falling as 115 home underdogs. The four goals scored were UNDER the posted total of 5.

Joni Pitkanen tallied his fifth goal of the season, and Mathieu Garon made 30 saves for the Oilers.

Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, including the winner in overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

The Hawks upset the Sens as +190 road underdogs as the game played over the 6-goal total set by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Edmonton has lost 2 straight games.
Chicago has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Edmonton: 16-17-3
Chicago: 17-15-2

Edmonton most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing New Jersey are 3-3-1
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 2-5-3
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Ottawa are 4-4-1
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 6 games on the road
Edmonton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Edmonton is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Edmonton's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 12 games at home
Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Chicago is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Chicago is 7-15-3 SU in its last 25 games when playing Edmonton

Next up:
Edmonton home to Anaheim, Thursday, December 27
Chicago home to Nashville, Wednesday, December 26

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New Jersey Devils vs. Calgary Flames

- The New Jersey Devils and the Calgary Flames will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Pengrowth Saddledome.

New Jersey scored three third-period goals in Friday's 3-1 win at Edmonton, coming in as -135 road favorites. The four goals scored were UNDER the posted total of 5.

Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist, while Martin Brodeur stopped 20 shots for the Devils.

Calgary scored twice in the second period of Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas, falling as -160 home favorites. The five goals scored were a PUSH with the posted total of 5.

Alex Tanguay netted his ninth goal of the season, while Miikka Kiprusoff made 20 saves for the Flames.

Team records:
New Jersey: 19-13-3
Calgary: 17-13-6

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 6-3-1
Before playing Buffalo are 9-1
After playing Edmonton are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Calgary most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Los Angeles are 3-7
After playing Dallas are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of New Jersey's last 13 games on the road
New Jersey is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 7 games when playing on the road against Calgary
New Jersey is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Calgary is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 7 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Calgary is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Calgary is 1-2-4 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against New Jersey

Next up:
New Jersey home to Buffalo, Friday, December 28
Calgary at Vancouver, Thursday, December 27

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars

- The Montreal Canadiens and the Dallas Stars will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at American Airlines Center.

Alexei Kovalev and Sergei Kostitsyn had markers for the Canadiens in their 3-2 shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

The Thrashers cashed in as -120 home favorites as the teams played under the 6-goal total listed by oddsmakers.

Mike Ribeiro's second goal of the game was the overtime winner for Dallas in Friday's 3-2 win at Calgary, coming in as 140 road underdogs. The five goals scored were a PUSH with the posted total of 5.

Niklas Hagman potted a solo marker, and Mike Smith stopped 22 shots for the Stars.

Team records:
Montreal: 17-12-6
Dallas: 20-12-4

Montreal most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After playing Atlanta are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Los Angeles are 6-4
After playing Calgary are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing Dallas
Montreal is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Montreal is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Montreal
Dallas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Montreal at Tampa Bay, Thursday, December 27
Dallas home to Minnesota, Wednesday, December 26

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche

- The Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Pepsi Center.

Taylor Pyatt scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

The Canucks cashed as -112 road favorites as the teams played under the 5-goal total set by sportsbooks.

Colorado's Wojtek Wolski scored the overtime winner in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Rangers, coming in as -145 home favorites. The seven goals scored were OVER the posted total of 5.5.

Milan Hejduk notched a pair of goals, and Peter Budaj made 20 saves for the Avalanche.

Current streak:
Vancouver has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Vancouver: 20-12-4
Colorado: 20-13-2

Vancouver most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing San Jose are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Colorado most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 6-3-1
Before playing Buffalo are 8-8-1
After playing NY Rangers are 2-2-1
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver's last 5 games when playing on the road against Colorado
Vancouver is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Vancouver's last 10 games when playing Colorado
Vancouver is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Colorado is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing at home against Vancouver

Next up:
Vancouver home to Calgary, Thursday, December 27
Colorado home to Detroit, Thursday, December 27

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Sunday's NHL matchup notes
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Boston at Pittsburgh

Boston has scored two or fewer goals in four of its last five games. The only time they scored more was Thursday at home against the Penguins (17-16-2), when they erased a four-goal second-period deficit but ultimately lost 5-4 in a shootout.

Nashville at Columbus

Since the beginning of last season, the Predators (15-16-2) have won all 10 meetings with the Blue Jackets (15-13-6), outscoring them 36-16 and holding them to one goal or less six times.

Atlanta at St. Louis

The Thrashers go for their fourth straight victory and first in St. Louis on Sunday when they visit the Blues for the first time since 2002.

Edmonton at Chicago

The Blackhawks lost 3-2 in a shootout at Edmonton on Nov. 24 but are looking for their third straight home win over Edmonton, and are 3-0-2 versus the Oilers there since their last regulation loss in the series in January 2004.

Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers


The Senators beat the Rangers 3-1 in New York on Oct. 13 and have won four straight at MSG since losing 5-1 to the Rangers on Feb 8, 2006. New York (17-14-4) did win the teams' most recent meeting - 5-2 at Ottawa on Dec. 1.

Vancouver at Colorado

The surging Avalanche look for their fifth straight home victory, but first against the Vancouver Canucks this season. The Canucks, who lead the division by two points over Colorado are 11-6-2 on the road and look for a third straight victory at Colorado after losing three in a row there.

New Jersey at Calgary

The Flames have won three of their last four meetings with the Devils (19-13-3), but have not faced them since a 4-1 victory at New Jersey on Dec. 7, 2005. Calgary has not hosted the Devils since a 5-4 win on March 5, 2003.

Montreal at Dallas

The Stars have not played Montreal since losing 4-2 on Jan. 16, 2006. The teams also haven't met in Dallas since playing to a 1-all tie on Dec. 31, 2003.

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Hockey Today - Dec. 23
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SCOREBOARD

Sunday, Dec. 23

Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers (7 p.m. EST).

The Senators look to avoid a third straight loss overall Sunday and go for their fifth straight win at Madison Square Garden when they face the New York Rangers for the final time this season.

STARS

Friday

-Mike Ribeiro, Stars, scored his second goal of the game 57 seconds into overtime and Dallas beat Calgary 3-2.

-Wojtek Wolski, Avalanche, tapped in the winning goal 1:16 into overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers.

-Blake Comeau, Islanders, scored his first career goal, a tiebreaker midway through the third period that helped New York defeat Pittsburgh 4-2.

-Jochen Hecht, Sabres, snapped a late third-period tie and Buffalo edged Philadelphia 3-2.

-Fredrik Norrena, Blue Jackets, made 33 saves and Columbus held off Los Angeles 2-1.

-Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta, Devils, scored 35 seconds apart in the third period to lead New Jersey to a 3-1 win at Edmonton.

ROUGH HOMECOMING

Daniel Briere returned to Buffalo for the first time since signing an eight-year, $52 million contract with Philadelphia last summer and went pointless with a minus-2 rating in the Flyers' 3-2 loss on Friday night. Philadelphia has lost five straight, its longest losing streak of the season, and nine of its last 11 trips to Buffalo.

LUCKY SEVEN


Colorado has beaten the New York Rangers seven straight times after posting a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday night. The Rangers haven't beaten the Avalanche since a 5-3 win on Nov. 20, 2001, at Madison Square Garden. New York hasn't won in Denver since 1998.

LA-LA LAND

Los Angeles has lost six in a row after a 2-1 defeat at Columbus on Friday night. The Kings have also dropped five straight on the road and are an NHL-worst 4-11-1 away from home.

GOAL STREAKS

Mike Ribeiro scored twice on Friday night, including the winner 57 seconds into overtime that gave Dallas a 3-2 win at Calgary, giving him six goals in the past six games. He is two shy of his career high of 20 set with Montreal in 2003-04. ... Miroslav Satan scored for the fifth straight game to help the New York Islanders beat Pittsburgh 4-2. Three of Satan's nine goals this season are against the Penguins.

HOME WOES


Calgary lost its 12th home game of the season Friday night, 3-2 in overtime to Dallas, to surpass its total from 2006-07 when it led the NHL with a 30-9-2 home mark.

EXTENSION

The Philadelphia Flyers and John Stevens agreed to a one-year contract extension Friday that will take the second-year coach through the 2008-09 season.

SIDELINED

Carolina right wing Justin Williams will miss at least four months after tearing a knee ligament, general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday. The Hurricanes also placed forward Chad LaRose on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 18 because Of a concussion, and recalled forward Brandon Nolan from Albany of the AHL.

SPEAKING

''We just gave that game away. We literally gave it away. It was Christmastime and we wrapped it up and gave it to them.'' - Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish after his team gave up three third-period goals for a 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Friday night.

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