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NHL News and Notes Saturday, October 20

NHL News and Notes Saturday, October 20

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SCOREBOARD

Monday, Oct. 20

Dallas at New York Rangers (7 p.m. EDT). Noted pest Sean Avery returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since leaving the Rangers during the offseason.

STARS

Sunday

— Patrick Sharp, Blackhawks, had two goals and an assist in a 4-2 victory over Vancouver.

— Michael Leighton, Hurricanes, made 32 saves in a 3-1 victory at Anaheim.

STATS

Carolina coach Peter Laviolette passed the late Bob Johnson for second place among U.S.-born coaches with 235 victories with the Hurricanes’ 3-2 victory at Anaheim on Sunday. John Tortorella tops the list with 239. … Chicago was 2-for-5 on the power play in its 4-2 victory over Vancouver after entering the game 2-for-22.

SPEAKING

“This trip we have to use as a team-building thing. Get the confidence there. We’ll have a lot of time to hang around one another. Go from there.”— Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne on a four-game trip that opens Tuesday night in a Toronto. The Ducks are 1-5.

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins

Sidney Crosby picked up four points on Saturday night to lead the Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.

The Pens cruised to the win as -220 home favorites in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (5.5).

Phil Kessel scored twice on Saturday night as the Bruins beat the Senators by a final tally of 4-2.

The Bruins were winners as +130 road underdogs in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (5.5).

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 3-2-1
Boston: 2-1-1

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

Boston most recently:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Ottawa are 1-9
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games when playing Boston
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
Boston is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Carolina, Thursday, October 23
Boston at Buffalo, Tuesday, October 21


Dallas Stars vs. New York Rangers

The Stars fell 5-4 to the Avalanche last time out, as -135 favorites at home. The combined nine goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Fabian Brunnstrom, James Neal, Loui Eriksson and Brad Richards scored in the loss.

Aaron Voros picked up a pair of goals in the Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night.

The Wings were winners as -165 home favorites in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (5).

Current streak:
Dallas has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Dallas: 1-3-1
New York: 6-1-1

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

New York most recently:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Florida are 7-3
After playing Detroit are 2-2-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Dallas's last 10 games when playing NY Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas's last 10 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
Dallas is 2-3-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the NY Rangers last 6 games at home
NY Rangers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home
NY Rangers are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the NY Rangers last 10 games when playing Dallas

Next up:
Dallas at New Jersey, Wednesday, October 22
NY Rangers at Columbus, Friday, October 24


Florida Panthers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots for the shutout on Saturday, as the Panthers defeated the Islanders 2-0. The Panthers won the game as -160 favorites, while the team's played UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Nick Boynton and Cory Stillman scored for the Panthers. Rick DiPietro stopped 34 shots in the loss.

Saku Koivu scored a goal and added two assists on Saturday, as the Canadiens defeated the Coyotes 4-1. The Canadiens won that game as -230 favorites, while the five goals went UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Alex Tanguay potted two goals and Robert Lang added the other marker for the Canadiens. Carey Price made 28 saves for the win.

Current streak:
Montreal has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Florida: 2-2-0
Montreal: 4-0-1

Florida most recently:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing NY Rangers are 6-4
After playing NY Islanders are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Montreal most recently:
When playing on Monday are 10-0
Before playing Anaheim are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

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

Next up:
Florida at Ottawa, Wednesday, October 22
Montreal home to Anaheim, Saturday, October 25


Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings

The Avalanche scored three times in the second period and defeated the Stars by a final score of 5-4 last time out, as +115 road underdogs. The nine goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Milan Hejduk scored twice with singles coming from Darcy Tucker, Ryan Smyth and Tyler Arnason. Andrew Raycroft stopped 26-of-30 shots in the win.

Michal Handzus scored his second goal of the game at 3:21 of overtime to give the Kings a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes last time out, at EVEN odds. The seven goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Anze Kopitar potted the other marker for the Kings. Jason LaBarbera made 23 saves for the victory.

Current streak:
Colorado has won 2 straight games.
Los Angeles has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Colorado: 2-3-0
Los Angeles: 2-2-0

Colorado most recently:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Buffalo are 8-8-1
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Colorado's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Colorado's last 9 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Colorado's last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 9 games when playing at home against Colorado
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 8 games when playing Colorado
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 8 games

Next up:
Colorado home to Edmonton, Thursday, October 23
Los Angeles at St. Louis, Friday, October 24

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Hot teams
-- Rangers won six of their first eight games.
-- Canadiens won their last four games, allowing eight goals.
-- Colorado won last two games, scoring five goals in each.

Cold teams
-- Bruins started season with 2-2 road trip; this is their home opener, on same night Patriots play on Monday Night Football. Penguins are 2-3 in last five games; this is their first true road game of season.
-- Stars lost four of their first five games.
-- Panthers split first four games, losing only road game 6-4 at Carolina.
-- Kings won their last two games, scoring ten goals.

Series Records
-- Bruins are 8-4 in their last dozen games against Pittsburgh.
-- Visitor won last two Dallas-Ranger games.
-- Underdog won eight of last nine Florida-Montreal games.
-- Avalanche won three of four against the Kings last season; they split their last six visits to Staples Center (2-0 LY).

Totals
-- Over is 8-3-1 in last dozen Pittsburgh-Boston games.
-- Four of five Dallas games went over the total.
-- Under is 8-1-1 in last ten Florida-Montreal games.
-- Over is 10-2 in last dozen Colorado-Los Angeles games.

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Monday's best NHL bets
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Dallas at New York Rangers (-150, 5.5)


Critics ripped the Rangers for allowing super pest Sean Avery to walk in the offseason, taking his daily sideshow from the Big Apple to Big D, but New York may have the last laugh over the move. By all accounts, Avery hasn’t fit in well with his new club. During practices he’s often wandering around the ice by himself while the coaching staff goes over plays and positioning with the rest of the team and the former Vogue intern has already earned a slap on the wrist for his eclectic game-day wardrobe.

These issues are magnified when the team’s struggling like it has so far this year and it’s not like they don’t have enough to worry about already – like Marty Turco’s 4.70 goals against average.

Pick: Rangers


Colorado at Los Angeles (+115, 6)

Some were ready to write off Joe Sakic when a hernia injury kept the veteran out of almost half the games on Colorado’s schedule last year. It’s pretty clear he isn’t ready to pack it in just yet.

He finished with 40 points in 44 games last year and has eight points in his first five games this season. The 39-year-old is also still logging more than 20 minutes on most nights and quarterbacks the power play, which is clicking again after a slow start.

The Avs are going to need production like that from their captain all year – especially if their goaltending doesn’t improve. Peter Budaj is working on a .824 save percentage through three starts and Colorado doesn’t have much to fall back on with backup Andrew Raycroft.

Pick: Avalanche

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