Hockey Today - Feb 20

Hockey Today - Feb 20

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres

- The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Buffalo Sabres will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at HSBC Arena.

Johan Holmqvist gave up three goals on 35 shots in Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

The Capitals pulled out the win as +145 road underdogs in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (6).

The Sabres lost to Pittsburgh 4-1 as a-155 favorite last time out. The five goals scored fell UNDER the posted over/under total (5.5).

Thomas Vanek netted the Sabres' lone goal, while Ryan Miller made 21 saves in the loss.

Current streak:
Buffalo has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Tampa Bay: 25-28-6
Buffalo: 28-23-8

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Buffalo most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Colorado are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Tampa Bay's last 20 games on the road
Buffalo is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Buffalo is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at NY Islanders, Thursday, February 21
Buffalo at Toronto, Thursday, February 21

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New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals

- The New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Verizon Center.

The Islanders scored three times in the third period to come back and defeat the road warrior Sharks 3-2 last time out, as +120 underdogs. The five goals fell were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5).

Mike Comrie, Andy Hilbert and Freddy Meyer scored for the Islanders. Rick DiPietro made 28 saves in the win.

Alexander Semin scored in the third period on Saturday night to give the Capitals a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Capitals pulled out the win as +145 road underdogs in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (6).

Current streak:
New York has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
New York: 28-25-7
Washington: 28-26-6

New York most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing San Jose are 4-4-2
After a win are 5-5

Washington most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-8-1
Before playing Calgary are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 1-9
After a win are 4-6

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

Next up:
NY Islanders home to Tampa Bay, Thursday, February 21
Washington at Carolina, Saturday, February 23

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San Jose Sharks vs. New Jersey Devils

- The fans at Prudential Center will be treated to a game between the San Jose Sharks and the New Jersey Devils when they take their seats on Wednesday.

The Sharks lost for just the seventh time on the road Monday, as they fell 3-2 to the Islanders. The Sharks were listed as -140 favorites, while the five goals fell were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5).

Marcel Goc and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks.

The Devils grabbed a spot atop the Eastern Conference with a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Monday, as -190 favorites at home. The six goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Travis Zajac, Mike Mottau,Jay Pandolfo, Johnny Oduya and Zach Parise scored for the Devils.

Current streak:
San Jose has lost 4 straight games.
New Jersey has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
San Jose: 31-20-8
New Jersey: 34-21-5

San Jose most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-6-1
Before playing Toronto are 3-3-2
After playing NY Islanders are 6-6-1
After a loss are 4-6

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Buffalo are 9-1
After playing Carolina are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
San Jose is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
San Jose is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
San Jose is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
San Jose is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 7 games at home
New Jersey is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
San Jose at Philadelphia, Thursday, February 21
New Jersey home to NY Islanders, Saturday, February 23

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Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars

- The Calgary Flames and the Dallas Stars will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at American Airlines Center.

Jarome Iginla had two goals and an assist Tuesday, as the Flames disposed of the Coyotes 4-1. The Flames won the game at -110 odds, while the five goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Dion Phaneuf also had two goals in the win for the Flames. Craig Conroy pocketed a pair of assists in the loss.

The Stars defeated Detroit 1-0 as a -105 favorite last time out. The one goal scored fell UNDER the posted over/under total (5).

Niklas Hagman scored the Stars' lone goal, while Marty Turco stopped all 28 shots he faced in the win.

Current streak:
Dallas has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Calgary: 30-22-8
Dallas: 37-21-5

Calgary most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Los Angeles are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

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

A few trends to consider:
Calgary is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
Calgary is 1-7-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Dallas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Calgary
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Calgary
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Calgary home to Detroit, Friday, February 22
Dallas home to Edmonton, Friday, February 22

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Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks

- The fans at United Center will be treated to a game between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks when they take their seats on Wednesday.

The Wild fell 3-2 to the Canucks last time out, as -145 favorites. The five goals were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5).

Marian Gaborik and Eric Belanger scored on the power play for the Wild.

The Blackhawks lost 5-1 to the Blues last time out, as +105 underdogs on the road. The six goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Martin Havlat had the lone goal for the Blackhawks.

Team records:
Minnesota: 34-21-5
Chicago: 27-26-6

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 2-2-2
After playing Vancouver are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games at home
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Chicago is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to Calgary, Sunday, February 24
Chicago at Los Angeles, Saturday, February 23

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks

- The fans at Honda Center will be treated to a game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Anaheim Ducks when they take their seats on Wednesday.

The Avalanche were shutout 4-0 by the Red Wings last time out, as +125 underdogs at home. The four goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Jose Theodore stopped 36-of-40 shots in the loss.

The Ducks defeated Calgary 4-2 as a -190 favorite last time out. The six goals scored went OVER the posted over/under total (5).

Ryan Getzlaf and Chris Pronger each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, while Chris Kunitz had a pair of assists in the win.

Current streak:
Colorado has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Colorado: 30-25-5
Anaheim: 33-23-7

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

Anaheim most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Calgary are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

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

Next up:
Colorado at Phoenix, Friday, February 22
Anaheim home to St. Louis, Friday, February 22

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Injuries & Issues - Feb 20

C. Beckford-Tseu (STL) - signed NHL contract, new backup to Legace (link)
M. Fernandez (BOS) - knee surgery, likely done for entire season (link)
M. Fleury (PIT) - 4th rehab start in AHL tonight, return is near (link)
T. Greiss (SJ) - up from Worcester for a few games, expect a start this week (link)
D. Hasek (DET) - will return to practice mid-week (link)
J. Howard (DET) - will backup Osgood in Hasek’s absence (link)
N. Khabibulin (CHI) - healthy, will start tonight (link)
D. Patzold (SJ) - sent down to Worcester (link)

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