Hockey Today April 15

Hockey Today April 15

News and notes from Monday's games
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

SCOREBOARD Tuesday, April 15

Anaheim at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EDT). The Stars, who were eliminated in the first round each of the past three years are up 2-0 against the defending champion Ducks.

STARS Monday


-Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Wild, scored at 11:58 of overtime to give Minnesota its second straight 3-2 extra period win over Colorado and a 2-1 series lead.

-Marian Hossa, Penguins, had a goal and two assists as Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

COMEBACK

Jason Arnott scored with 3:58 left in the final period, the second Nashville goal in 9 seconds, and the Predators rallied to beat Detroit 5-3 Monday night and cut the Red Wings' series lead to 2-1. It was the first time Nashville outshot Detroit in 13 games.

HAPPY TO BE BACK

Nashville center David Legwand scored in his return to the lineup Monday night for Game 3 against Detroit after missing 14 straight games with a deep bone bruise on his left foot. The Predators won 5-3 to cut the Red Wings' series lead to 2-1.

TOO LATE

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson was a surprising addition to the lineup Monday night for Game 3 against Pittsburgh, but didn't make a difference as the Senators fell behind 3-0 in games following a 4-1 loss. Alfredsson had not played since he was injured in Toronto on April 3 and had not practiced before taking the pre-game warmup.

SO LONG


Vancouver fired general manager Dave Nonis on Monday after missing the playoffs for the second time in his three seasons in charge. Nonis had been in the organization for six years as director of hockey operations when he took over general manager duties from Brian Burke just before the NHL lockout in 2004.

RULE CHANGE

Rangers forward Sean Avery's standing in front of a goalie waving his stick will not be allowed anymore as the NHL changed the rule to disallow it Monday. It will now result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

SPECIAL TEAMS

In the first two games of the Western Conference series, Dallas scored on 6-for-13 power plays, while Anaheim was just 1-for-9. The Stars lead 2-0 with Game 3 Tuesday night in Dallas.

STATUS

Philadelphia defenseman Derian Hatcher said he's available to play Game 3 of the series against Washington on Tuesday night, his first action since breaking his leg on March 15.

SIGNING

Phoenix signed forward Kevin Porter, winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top college hockey player, on Monday. Porter, 22, completed his senior season at Michigan and was second in NCAA Division I scoring with 33 goals and 33 assists in 43 games. The Wolverines' captain finished his college career with 85 goals and 98 assists, and was captain of Team USA at the 2006 world junior championships.

SPEAKING

''If you're 30, you feel like you're 60 the next day. You just have to get your rest. We're doing the right things around here, getting lots of fluids and be as ready as can be for the next one.'' - Boston center Marc Savard after consecutive overtime games in different cities against Montreal over the weekend. The Canadiens lead the series 2-1.

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NHL LONG SHEET

MONTREAL (49-25-0-11, 109 pts.) at BOSTON (42-30-0-13, 97 pts.)

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MONTREAL is 22-5 (+16.1 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 22-5-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
12 of 24 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-1.2 Units, Under=-2.0 Units)


WASHINGTON (44-32-0-8, 96 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (43-30-0-11, 97 pts.)

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 8-6 (+3.0 Units) against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 8-6-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
10 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+5.5 Units)


ANAHEIM (47-29-0-8, 102 pts.) at DALLAS (47-30-0-7, 101 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
DALLAS is 62-24 ATS (+10.3 Units) in home games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
DALLAS is 20-11 ATS (+37.1 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
DALLAS is 20-14 ATS (+0.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
DALLAS is 12-6 ATS (+18.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
ANAHEIM is 12-2 ATS (+9.0 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games this season.
ANAHEIM is 59-38 ATS (+16.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 140-132 ATS (+284.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.
DALLAS is 60-55 ATS (-57.4 Units) in home games after a 3 game unbeaten streak since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 17-9 (+8.5 Units) against the spread versus ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 17-9-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
13 of 22 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.7 Units)


SAN JOSE (50-25-0-10, 110 pts.) at CALGARY (44-31-0-10, 98 pts.)

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
CALGARY is 9-6 (+4.2 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
CALGARY is 9-6-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.9 Units)


MINNESOTA (45-28-0-11, 101 pts.) at COLORADO (45-31-0-8, 98 pts.)

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
COLORADO is 13-13-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
12 of 21 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.1 Units)

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2008 NHL playoffs

Bruins won in OT Sunday, ending 13-game losing streak to the Canadiens, who were 0-4 on power play in Game 3, and had just four shots on goal in the third period. Montreal had won five in row in Boston before Sunday, now need win here to avoid a 2-2 series tie that would tighten collars north of border. Under is
3-0-1 in last four series games.

Flyers won 2-0 Sunday, evening series 1-1, after blowing a 4-2 lead to Caps in bad loss Friday night. Teams are combined 2-17 on power play in series. Philly's Richards was 10-15 on faceoffs in Game 2, while Caps' Federov was just 8-25.

Dallas is up 2-0 after pair of wins at Pond; they've won eight of last 14 games in Anaheim. Underdog won five of last six games in series. Stars are 6-13 on power play in series, Ducks 1-9; so far in playoffs, total of just 33 power plays have been scored, and Dallas has six of them in two games. Impressive.

San Jose led 3-0 in Calgary Sunday before 5:00 had elapsed, but lost 4-3 to inspired Flames team that has now won five of six vs Sharks, with over 3-1-1 in last five. Calgary needed total of just 0:49 to score pair of power play goals; Sharks are 2-17 in series on power play, scoring once in 8:52 with man edge Sunday.

Minnesota is 11-4 in last 15 series games, but last five all went into OT; Bouchard scored at 11:59 of OT to give home ice edge back to Minnesota, so huge game for Colorado here, to at leadt even series going back north. Avalanche led 2-0/1-0/1-0 after two periods in first three series games, but all three wound up in OT, as Minnesota has six third period goals and two in OT. Under is 12-3-4 in last 19 series games.

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NHL Trend Sheet

7:00 PM MONTREAL vs. BOSTON
Montreal is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing Boston
Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games


7:00 PM WASHINGTON vs. PHILADELPHIA
Washington is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


8:30 PM ANAHEIM vs. DALLAS
Anaheim is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
Anaheim is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Dallas
Dallas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Anaheim
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against Anaheim


10:00 PM MINNESOTA vs. COLORADO
Minnesota is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Colorado
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Colorado
Colorado is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Colorado is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home


10:00 PM SAN JOSE vs. CALGARY
San Jose is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Calgary
San Jose is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Calgary
Calgary is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Calgary is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

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