Hockey Today - Feb 2

Hockey Today - Feb 2

New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens

- The New York Islanders and the Montreal Canadiens will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Bell Centre.

The Islanders lost 3-1 to the Kings last time out, as -145 favorites at home. The four goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Bryan Berard scored the lone goal in the loss.

The Canadiens lost 5-4 in OT to the Capitals last time out, as +100 underdogs. The combined score made it OVER the posted over/under (6).

Guillaume Latendresse had two goals and added an assist, while Sergei Kostitsyn and Andrei Kostitsyn added the other goals.

Current streak:
New York has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
New York: 24-22-6
Montreal: 27-15-9

New York most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-5-1
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing Los Angeles are 4-4-2
After a loss are 4-6

Montreal most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing NY Rangers are 7-3
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
NY Islanders are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road
NY Islanders are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Montreal
NY Islanders are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Montreal
NY Islanders are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games
Montreal is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
Montreal is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Montreal is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing NY Islanders
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games at home

Next up:
NY Islanders home to Anaheim, Tuesday, February 5
Montreal home to NY Rangers, Sunday, February 3

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks

- The Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at HP Pavilion.

The Blackhawks were doubled 6-3 by the Avalanche last time out, as +125 road underdogs. The nine goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Yanic Perreault scored twice and Robert Lang added the other goal for the Blackhawks.

The Sharks rally fell short in a 5-4 loss to the Flames on Wednesday, as +115 road underdogs. The nine goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5).

Patrick Marleau, Tomas Plihal, Patrick Rissmiller and Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the loss.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 23-24-4
San Jose: 28-16-7

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Colorado are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9

San Jose most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 3-3-2
After playing Calgary are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Chicago is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Chicago is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against San Jose
Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose
San Jose is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
San Jose is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
San Jose is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Edmonton, Wednesday, February 6
San Jose home to Colorado, Wednesday, February 6

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Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins

- The Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at TD Banknorth Garden.

Detroit outshot Colorado 36-15 in Friday's 2-0 win, coming in as -290 home favorites. The two goals scored were UNDER the posted total of 5.5.

Henrik Zetterberg netted his 30th goal of the season, and Dominik Hasek made 15 saves for the Red Wings.

Tim Thomas stopped 30 shots to backstop the Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Senators on Thursday, as +180 road underdogs. The five goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, Marc Savard and Chuck Kobasew scored the Bruins markers.

Current streak:
Detroit has won 6 straight games.
Boston has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Detroit: 39-10-4
Boston: 27-19-5

Detroit most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Colorado are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Boston most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Ottawa are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Detroit
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Minnesota, Tuesday, February 5
Boston home to Buffalo, Tuesday, February 5

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Atlanta Thrashers vs. Washington Capitals

- Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday when the Atlanta Thrashers and the Washington Capitals meet at Verizon Center.

Atlanta's Eric Perrin scored the shootout winner in Friday's 5-4 win over Buffalo, coming in as 120 road underdogs. The nine goals scored were OVER the posted total of 6.

Tobias Enstrom had a goal and an assist, and Johan Hedberg made 29 saves for the Thrashers.

Alexander Ovechkin scored four goals and finished with five points on Thursday, as the Capitals defeated the Canadiens 5-4 in OT. The Capitals won the game as -120 favorites, while the combined score made it OVER the posted over/under (6).

Viktor Kozlov had the other goal for the Caps, and Mike Green pocketed a pair of assists.

Current streak:
Atlanta has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 25-25-4
Washington: 24-23-5

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-4-1
Before playing NY Rangers are 2-8
After playing Buffalo are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Washington most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-4-1
Before playing Calgary are 5-5
After playing Montreal are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 9 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing Atlanta
Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta home to Philadelphia, Tuesday, February 5
Washington at Columbus, Tuesday, February 5

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Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

- The Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Prudential Center.

Jason LaBarbera stopped 28 shots in helping the Kings defeat the Islanders 3-1 as +125 road underdogs last time out. The four goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Matt Moulson, Rob Blake and Alexander Frolov potted the goals for the Kings.

New Jersey outshot the Rangers 34-26 in Friday's 3-1 loss, coming in as -165 home favorites. The four goals scored were UNDER the posted total of 5.

Zach Parise managed a solo marker, and Martin Brodeur stopped 23 shots for the Devils.

Current streak:
New Jersey has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 21-29-3
New Jersey: 28-20-3

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Dallas are 4-6
After playing NY Islanders are 6-6-1
After a win are 4-6

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Buffalo are 9-1
After playing NY Rangers are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Los Angeles's last 18 games on the road
Los Angeles is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
New Jersey is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
New Jersey is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Los Angeles at NY Rangers, Tuesday, February 5
New Jersey home to Pittsburgh, Monday, February 4

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Anaheim Ducks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

- The Anaheim Ducks and the Philadelphia Flyers will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Wachovia Center.

Anaheim outshot St. Louis 30-20 in Friday's 1-0 shootout loss, falling as -130 road favorites. The one goal scored was UNDER the posted total of 5.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 20 saves in regulation time for the Ducks.

The Flyers were shut out 4-0 by the Rangers last time out, as -150 favorites at home. The four goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Antero Niittymaki was pulled after allowing four goals off 12 shots for the Flyers.

Current streak:
Anaheim has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Anaheim: 27-21-7
Philadelphia: 28-17-5

Anaheim most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing NY Islanders are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing NY Rangers are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Anaheim's last 9 games when playing Philadelphia
Anaheim is 4-7-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Philadelphia
Anaheim is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Anaheim is 1-3-3 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games when playing Anaheim
Philadelphia is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Anaheim at NY Islanders, Tuesday, February 5
Philadelphia at Atlanta, Tuesday, February 5

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Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

- The fans at Nationwide Arena will be treated to a game between the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets when they take their seats on Saturday.

The Wild scored four times in the middle frame Wednesday to defeat the Ducks 5-1 as -130 favorites. The six goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5).

Brian Rolston, Marian Gaborik, Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and James Sheppard potted goals for the Wild.

The Blue Jackets were doubled 4-2 by the Predators last time out, as +125 underdogs. The six goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5).

Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche potted the goals in the loss for Columbus.

Current streak:
Minnesota has won 2 straight games.
Columbus has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Minnesota: 29-19-3
Columbus: 25-22-6

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 2-2-2
After playing Anaheim are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Columbus most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-4-1
Before playing Washington are 3-3
After playing Nashville are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

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

Next up:
Minnesota home to Detroit, Tuesday, February 5
Columbus home to Washington, Tuesday, February 5

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Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

- Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday when the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet at Air Canada Centre.

The Senators were upset 4-1 by the Bruins last time out, as -200 favorites. The five goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Antoine Vermette scored the only goal for the Senators, who were without captain Daniel Alfredsson.

The Maple Leafs lost 3-2 to the Hurricanes last time out, as +135 underdogs. The five goals were well UNDER the posted over/under (6).

Jiri Tlusty and Mats Sundin scored the Maple Leafs goals, while Vesa Toskala made 35 saves in a losing effort.

Current streak:
Toronto has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Ottawa: 32-16-4
Toronto: 20-24-9

Ottawa most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 8-2
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Ottawa's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games
Ottawa is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games when playing Toronto
Ottawa is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Toronto is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Ottawa
Toronto is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games when playing Ottawa

Next up:
Ottawa at Montreal, Tuesday, February 5
Toronto home to Florida, Tuesday, February 5

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

- The Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Mellon Arena.

Rod Brind A'Mour scored the game-winning goal in overtime Thursday, to lift the Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs. The Hurricanes won the game as -155 favorites, and the five goals were well UNDER the posted over/under (6).

Tim Gleason and Scott Walker scored the other markers for the Hurricanes, and Cam Ward stopped 24 shots in the win.

The Penguins fell 4-1 to the Thrashers last time out, as +130 road underdogs. The five goals fell UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Ryan Whitney scored the lone goal for the Penguins.

Current streak:
Carolina has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Carolina: 26-24-4
Pittsburgh: 28-19-4

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

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-6-1
Before playing Ottawa are 4-6
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games
Pittsburgh is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Carolina at Nashville, Tuesday, February 5
Pittsburgh at New Jersey, Monday, February 4

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Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

- The Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at St. Pete Times Forum.

Florida's Nathan Horton was the only shootout scorer in Friday's 4-3 win over Vancouver, coming in as -125 home favorites. The seven goals scored were OVER the posted total of 5.5.

Stephen Weiss had a goal and an assist, while Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves for the Panthers.

Brad Richards scored once and added a pair of assists on Thursday, as the Lightning defeated the Canucks 4-3. The seven goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Vaclav Prospal, Chris Gratton and Vincent Lecavalier scored the other goals for the Lightning.

Team records:
Florida: 23-25-5
Tampa Bay: 21-26-5

Florida most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing NY Rangers are 6-4
After playing Vancouver are 4-4-1
After a win are 2-8

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Florida's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida's last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Florida is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing Florida
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing at home against Florida
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Florida at Toronto, Tuesday, February 5
Tampa Bay at St. Louis, Tuesday, February 5

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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators

- The fans at Sommet Center will be treated to a game between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Nashville Predators when they take their seats on Saturday.

The Coyotes lost a 3-2 decision to the Red Wings last time out, as +250 underdogs. The five goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Martin Hanzel and Ed Jovanovski scored for the Coyotes. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 36 shots in a losing effort.

The Predators held off a late surge and defeated the Blue Jackets 4-2 last time out, as -145 favorites. The six goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5).

Alexander Radulov, Jason Arnott, Vernon Fiddler and Scott Nichol scored for the Predators.

Team records:
Phoenix: 27-22-2
Nashville: 26-21-5

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-2-2
Before playing Chicago are 4-6
After playing Detroit are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

Nashville most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing Columbus are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing on the road against Nashville
Phoenix is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing Nashville
Nashville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nashville's last 7 games when playing Phoenix
Nashville is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Phoenix at Colorado, Monday, February 4
Nashville home to Carolina, Tuesday, February 5

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Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues

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

Colorado were outshot 36-15 in Friday's 2-0 loss at Detroit, falling as 250 road underdogs. The two goals scored were UNDER the posted total of 5.5.

Andrew Burnette managed two shots on net, and PEter Budaj stopped 34 shots for the Avalanche.

St. Louis' Brad Boyes beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the shootout in Friday's 1-0 win over Anaheim, coming in as 110 home underdogs. The one goal scored was UNDER the posted total of 5.

Manny Legace stopped all 30 shots face in leading the Blues to victory.

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

Team records:
Colorado: 27-21-4
St. Louis: 24-19-7

Colorado most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Buffalo are 8-8-1
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-4-1
After playing Anaheim are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Colorado's last 9 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Colorado's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing at home against Colorado
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis's last 9 games when playing Colorado
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Colorado home to Phoenix, Monday, February 4
St. Louis home to Tampa Bay, Tuesday, February 5

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Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames

- The Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Dallas' Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-1 win at Edmonton, coming in as -135 away favorites. The five goals scored were a PUSH with the posted total of 5.

Jussi Jokinen scored his 12th goal of the season, and Marty Turco made 32 saves for the Stars.

Owen Nolan netted a hat trick and the Flames hung on for a 5-4 win over the Sharks last time out, as -135 favorites. The nine goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5).

Wayne Primeau and Dion Phaneuf added singles and Miikka Kiprusoff made 26 saves for the victory.

Current streak:
Dallas has won 2 straight games.
Calgary has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Dallas: 30-20-5
Calgary: 26-17-8

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Los Angeles are 5-5
After playing Edmonton are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

Calgary most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-1-1
Before playing Los Angeles are 4-6
After playing San Jose are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Dallas's last 21 games when playing on the road against Calgary
Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Dallas is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Calgary
Calgary is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Calgary's last 21 games when playing at home against Dallas
Calgary is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Dallas home to Vancouver, Tuesday, February 5
Calgary at Edmonton, Monday, February 4

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Saturday's Puck Bucks
By Scott Rickenbach

Looking for value on a Saturday card? Of course we all know about the College Hoops card as that’s where most bettors turn. However, those that are looking to pad their bankrolls with even more profits realize that value can be had on a deep Saturday card of NHL action.

With 13 games to choose from on a Saturday that promises to be full of “Puck Bucks” let’s take a look at some potential “investment opportunities”:

Minnesota @ Columbus - The hungry home dog could be worth a look here. The Blue Jackets are a solid 16-7-4 on home ice this season and they take on a Wild team that is coming off of a big win over Anaheim on Wednesday. That Minnesota win over the Ducks meant a lot as the Wild were eliminated from the playoffs by Anaheim last season. This is a potential flat spot for Minnesota while the Blue Jackets come in fired up as Columbus has lost each of their two games since the All Star break.

Ottawa @ Toronto - Yes, the Leafs have a new general manager and, quite possibly, could be headed toward better days ahead. However, a home date with the Senators is the last thing the Maple Leafs needed right now. Ottawa is coming off of a home loss by a 4-1 count versus Boston on Thursday night. The Senators will be fired up for a division foe on Hockey Night in Canada. Even with some injury issues, Ottawa is likely to still have “plenty” to get by the Leafs. Toronto has won just 11 of their 25 home games this season. The Senators are a rock solid 16-7-2 on the road so far. The line value is clearly with the road team here.

Carolina @ Pittsburgh - This line looks “off” and we know what that usually means. It looks rather easy to take Pittsburgh at home with such a favorable price. However, this line is way down since the Pens are now without Crosby. The key here is that some other injuries have impacted the Penguins heading into this game. The Pens managed to upset the Devils 4-2 on Tuesday in their first game after the break but their 4-1 loss at Atlanta Wednesday was more indicative of the current challenges facing the Pens. The Penguins have allowed 16 goals in their last four games as they are simply not getting good netminding. This is especially troublesome when their offense has been impacted by more than just Crosby’s injury.

Carolina has had injury issues of their own this season but their health has now improved. They also are surging with momentum from winning each of their games since the break. Last, but certainly not least, this is a revenge game for the Hurricanes. They lost here in October and it was a frustrating defeat too. The Canes were up 3-1 and then Scott Walker got hurt, they lost all momentum, and they went onto lose 4-3 in the shootout. It is revenge time on Saturday night and shorthanded Pittsburgh won’t be able to match the Canes intensity in this one!

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Stars' Lehtinen back from 33-game absence for abdominal injury
February 1, 2008

DALLAS (AP) -The Stars activated Jere Lehtinen for their game Friday night at Edmonton, ending his 33-game absence with an abdominal injury that led to sports hernia surgery.

Lehtinen had been out since Nov. 21. The right wing had 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 21 games before the injury.

Lehtinen led the Stars with 26 goals last season and has seven 20-goal seasons with Dallas, third in franchise history behind Mike Modano (15) and Brian Bellows (10).

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