NHL News and Notes Tuesday, October 21

NHL News and Notes Tuesday, October 21

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Tuesday, Oct. 21

Boston at Buffalo (7 p.m. EDT). Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek has an NHL-high seven goals in five games.

STARS

Monday

— Evgeni Malkin, Penguins, scored in the second extra round of the shootout to lift Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win over Boston.

— Mike Modano, Stars, scored in the third period to snap a tie and help slumping Dallas beat the New York Rangers, 2-1.

— Ryan Smyth, Avalanche, had two goals to lead Colorado over Los Angeles, 4-3.

STATS

The Rangers were 50-20-16 with Sean Avery in the lineup and 9-13-2 when he didn’t play. … Panthers winger Radek Dvorak played his 900th career game. … Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has a three-game point streak with a goal and six assists. … Colorado has allowed at least one power play goal in each of its first six games, and has given up eight in 27 short-handed situations altogether.

SIDELINED

New Jersey Devils center Bobby Holik will be sidelined three to four weeks with a broken pinkie. He was injured Saturday night in Washington and is scheduled for surgery Tuesday, general manager and president Lou Lamoriello said Monday.

SCRUMPTIOUS MEAL

Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery didn’t do much on the scoresheet in his return to New York to face the Rangers. However he did promise to take his temmates out to dinner after the Stars 2-1 victory. “It was good motivation for us all,” Stars captain Brenden Morrow said of the impending victory meal. “He’s making friends.”

SEEING DOUBLE

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist faced twin brother Joel, a Dallas center, for the third time in the NHL. Their older sister, Gabriella, was in attendance of the Stars’ 2-1 victory.

SPEAKING

“I’ve got to get the Swede. When I first got here a long time ago, I’d look at the names on the wall and the Stanley Cups, but I was just trying to make the team. Now, 13 years later, it’s hard to believe I’m getting close to the top 10.”—Montreal’s Saku Koivu after scoring his 600th career point to move him within 12 points of Mats Naslund for 11th place on the franchise list and first among the club’s Europeans.

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Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres

Phil Kessel potted the lone marker for Boston in its 2-1 shootout loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Pittsburgh won as +120 road underdogs as the teams played under the 5.5-goal total listed by sportsbooks.

The Sabres lost 3-2 to the Thrashers in a shootout on Saturday, as -135 favorites. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres.

Team records:
Boston: 2-1-2
Buffalo: 4-0-1

Boston most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-6-1
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

Buffalo most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Colorado are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

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

Next up:
Boston home to Toronto, Thursday, October 23
Buffalo at Minnesota, Thursday, October 23


Anaheim Ducks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Francois Beauchemin had the lone Anaheim tally in their 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday night.

The Canes were winners as +135 road underdogs in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the night's posted total (5.5).

Nik Antropov had the lone Maple Leafs goal in their 4-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

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).

Current streak:
Toronto has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Anaheim: 1-5-0
Toronto: 1-2-2

Anaheim most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-5-1
Before playing Ottawa are 6-4
After playing Carolina are 2-2-1
After a loss are 6-4

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-4-1
Before playing San Jose are 3-3-2
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Anaheim is 3-7-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Toronto
Anaheim is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Anaheim is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Anaheim is 1-11-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 8 games at home
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Anaheim
Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Anaheim
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games

Next up:
Anaheim at Ottawa, Friday, October 24
Toronto at Boston, Thursday, October 23


Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Pavol Demitra and Henrik Sedin scored in Vancouver's 4-2 loss to Chicago on Sunday night.

The Hawks got the victory as -115 home favorites in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (5.5).

Rick Nash picked up his fourth goal of the year in Columbus' 6-3 loss to the Predators on Saturday night.

The Preds got the win as -155 home favorites in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (5.5).

Current streak:
Vancouver has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Vancouver: 3-3-0
Columbus: 2-3-0

Vancouver most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing San Jose are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

Columbus most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing NY Rangers are 4-4-1
After playing Nashville are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

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

Next up:
Vancouver home to Edmonton, Saturday, October 25
Columbus home to NY Rangers, Friday, October 24


Atlanta Thrashers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Slava Kozlov scored the shootout winner on Saturday, as the Thrashers defeated the Sabres 3-2.

The Thrashers won the game as +115 underdogs, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Ilya Kovalchuk and Bryan Little scored in regulation, and Kari Lehtonen made 28 saves in the win.

Mike Smith made 21 saves in Tampa Bay's 1-0 shootout loss to the Wild on Saturday night.

The Wild got the win as +110 road underdogs in that contest, while the combined score fell well UNDER the night's posted total (5.5).

Current streak:
Tampa Bay has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 2-2-1
Tampa Bay: 0-2-3

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing NY Rangers are 2-8
After playing Buffalo are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 2-2-2
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Atlanta's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Tampa Bay's last 17 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Detroit, Friday, October 24
Tampa Bay home to San Jose, Saturday, October 25


Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames

Alexander Semin potted two goals in Washington's 4-3 loss to New Jersey on Saturday night.

The Devils got the victory as +105 road underdogs in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night's posted total (5).

Daymond Langkow had a goal and an assist in Calgary's 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Saturday night.

The Oilers got the win as -135 home favorites in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the game's posted total (5.5).

Current streak:
Calgary has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Washington: 3-1-1
Calgary: 1-3-1

Washington most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-5-1
Before playing Calgary are 4-6
After playing New Jersey are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Calgary most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Los Angeles are 5-5
After playing Edmonton are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games
Washington is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Calgary
Washington is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games at home
Calgary is 1-2-2 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
Calgary is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Washington at Phoenix, Thursday, October 23
Calgary at Nashville, Thursday, October 23

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Hot teams
-- Blue Jackets lost three of their last four games.
-- Sabres won four of their first five games.
-- Washington won three of its last four games.

Cold teams
-- Canucks, playing sixth road game in row, lost three of last four games.
-- Bruins lost three of their last four games.
-- Ducks lost five of their first six games. Leafs lost last four games, with two losses in SO.
-- Thrashers lost three of their last four games. Lightning are 0-5, losing last three games in SO/OT.
-- Flames lost four of their first five games.

Series Records
-- Underdog won four of last five Vancouver-Columbus games.
-- Visitor won four of last five Boston-Buffalo games.
-- Home side won last two Anaheim-Toronto games.
-- Thrashers lost five of their last seven visits to Tampa.
-- Washington won last two games vs Calgary, 4-2/3-2.

Totals
-- All five Columbus games went over the total.
-- Four of first five Boston games went over the total.
-- Last three Anaheim games stayed under the total.
-- Three of last four Atlanta games stayed under the total.
-- Four of five Calgary games went over the total.

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ANAHEIM vs. TORONTO
Anaheim is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Anaheim is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Anaheim
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Anaheim

BOSTON vs. BUFFALO
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Buffalo is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston

VANCOUVER vs. COLUMBUS
Vancouver is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Vancouver's last 5 games
Columbus is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Vancouver
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbus's last 9 games when playing Vancouver

ATLANTA vs. TAMPA BAY
Atlanta is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Atlanta's last 10 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games

WASHINGTON vs. CALGARY
Washington is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Calgary
Washington is 2-3-3 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Calgary
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games at home
Calgary is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games

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Tuesday's Best NHL Bets
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Atlanta at Tampa Bay (-130, 5.5)

The Lightning have new owners, a new coach, and a boatload of new players still trying to get to know each other. And you wonder why they’ve started the year 0-2-3. The truth is, as much as the Florida media wants to make this team out to be an exciting group of new talent, headlined by No. 1 overall pick Steven Stamkos, the Lightning are dealing with a bunch of issues.

Offseason acquisitions Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts have seen better days, while Adam Hall and Chris Gratton don’t offer a whole lot to be excited about, either. Plus, Radim Vrbata (who scored 27 goals last year for Phoenix last year) has already spent a game watching from the press box, while ownership and Barry Melrose squabble about Stamkos’ ice time. Not a good situation.

It will get better - at least marginally - for Tampa eventually, but this club has a lot of kinks to work out and questions to answer first.

Pick: Atlanta (+120)


Anaheim at Toronto (-125, 5.5)

It’s so easy to dump on the Leafs, but Toronto fans will be treated with something they haven’t seen in ages this year: a team that actually puts out an honest day’s work.

Toronto will have to live with youthful mistakes after dumping so many veterans in the offseason, but Ron Wilson is a good fit behind the bench and this team plays hard for him. Goals will be tough to come by with Nik Antropov and Jason Blake leading the offense, though they should be in a lot games if they commit to defense first andstay out of the penalty box.

The Leafs catch the Ducks still sleepwalking out of the gate in this spot, so it might end up a lot closer than you’d think.

Pick: Under

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Holik to miss 3-4 weeks with broken finger
October 20, 2008

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -New Jersey Devils center Bobby Holik will be sidelined three to four weeks with a broken pinkie.

He was injured Saturday night in Washington and is scheduled for surgery Tuesday, general manager and president Lou Lamoriello said Monday.

The Devils recalled left wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond from Lowell of the AHL to take Holik's roster spot. He is expected to play Wednesday against Dallas, skating with Mike Rupp and David Clarkson.

``The guys that are playing just have to do the job for you,'' coach Brent Sutter said. ``You go through it at different points in the year; every team does. The teams that handle it the right way and deal with it the right way are always the ones that seem to get through it the best.''

Letourneau-Leblond is the third rookie to see ice time this season, joining defenseman Anssi Salmela and Petr Vrana. Vrana scored Saturday, becoming the 13th player in club history to score in his NHL debut. Vrana got into the lineup after Brian Rolston sprained an ankle in Atlanta on Thursday.

Lamoriello said an MRI and X-rays on the ankle were negative, but there is no timetable for Rolston's return.

Rolston and Holik were signed as free agents in the offseason, rejoining the franchise where both won Stanley Cup championships.

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VANCOUVER (3-3-0-0, 6 pts.) at COLUMBUS (2-3-0-0, 4 pts.) - 10/21/2008, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLUMBUS is 60-43 ATS (+112.2 Units) in home games after a division game since 1996.
COLUMBUS is 19-9 ATS (+29.9 Units) in home games after 3 or more consecutive overs since 1996.
COLUMBUS is 63-49 ATS (+121.9 Units) in home games after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
COLUMBUS is 4-4 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus VANCOUVER over the last 3 seasons 
COLUMBUS is 4-4-0 straight up against VANCOUVER over the last 3 seasons 
5 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+5.0 Units)

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BOSTON (2-1-0-2, 6 pts.) at BUFFALO (4-0-0-1, 9 pts.) - 10/21/2008, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BUFFALO is 181-122 ATS (+30.3 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
BOSTON is 20-16 ATS (+43.4 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
BUFFALO is 10-6-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons 
9 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.5 Units)

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ANAHEIM (1-5-0-0, 2 pts.) at TORONTO (1-2-0-2, 4 pts.) - 10/21/2008, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ANAHEIM is 19-26 ATS (-21.9 Units) first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 69-56 ATS (+136.3 Units) in road games after a non-conference game since 1996.
ANAHEIM is 13-2 ATS (+9.5 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 4-11 ATS (+15.6 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 7-14 ATS (-10.9 Units) in home games first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 30-44 ATS (+82.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
TORONTO is 5-14 ATS (-15.4 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
ANAHEIM is 1-0 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons 
ANAHEIM is 1-0-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons 
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.0 Units)

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ATLANTA (2-2-0-1, 5 pts.) at TAMPA BAY (0-2-0-3, 3 pts.) - 10/21/2008, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TAMPA BAY is 0-5 ATS (+6.8 Units) in all games this season.
TAMPA BAY is 0-5 ATS (-7.2 Units) first half of the season this season.
TAMPA BAY is 15-34 ATS (+49.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 8-20 ATS (-16.4 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 9-7 (+2.6 Units) against the spread versus TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons 
ATLANTA is 9-7-0 straight up against TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons 
8 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.7 Units, Under=-1.0 Units)

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WASHINGTON (3-1-0-1, 7 pts.) at CALGARY (1-3-0-1, 3 pts.) - 10/21/2008, 9:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 84-124 ATS (-43.0 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
CALGARY is 10-15 ATS (-15.9 Units) in home games first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 2-0 (+2.8 Units) against the spread versus CALGARY over the last 3 seasons 
WASHINGTON is 2-0-0 straight up against CALGARY over the last 3 seasons 
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.1 Units, Under=-0.1 Units)

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