NHL News and Notes Saturday 11/29

NHL News and Notes Saturday 11/29

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SCOREBOARD

Saturday, Nov. 29

Vancouver at Calgary (10 p.m. EST). Michael Cammalleri scored three goals to help the Flames beat the Canucks 4-3 on Thursday night in Vancouver. The loss was the Canucks’ first in regulation in 11 games.

STARS

Friday

— Jose Theodore, Capitals, made 28 saves for the first shutout with Washington in a 3-0 victory over Montreal. Theodore spent parts of 10 seasons with Montreal before being traded to Colorado in March 2006.

— Sergei Samsonov, Hurricanes, scored with 1:07 left in overtime to give Carolina a 3-2 victory in Philadelphia.

— Jonas Hiller, Ducks, made 26 saves for his second shutout of the season in Anaheim’s 1-0 victory over Chicago. Hiller is 4-0 in his last six appearances.

— Michael Ryder, Bruins, scored two goals in Boston’s 7-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

— Mikael Tellqvist, Coyotes, made 37 saves, in Phoenix’s 2-1 win over Colorado.

— Marian Hossa, Red Wings, scored his second goal of the game with 2 minutes left to help Detroit beat Columbus 5-3.

— Dan Boyle, Sharks, scored two goals in San Jose’s 6-2 win over Dallas.

— Drew Stafford and Paul Gaustad, Sabres. Stafford had two goals and an assist, and Gaustad also scored twice in Buffalo’s 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

— Ryan Suter, Predators, beat Johan Hedberg on a breakaway 1:44 into overtime to give Nashville a 4-3 victory over Atlanta.

STREAKS

San Jose beat Dallas 6-2 in Friday night for its sixth straight victory. The NHL-leading Sharks are 19-3-1. … Carolina beat Philadelphia 3-2 to snap a three-game losing streak and end the Flyers’ six-game winning streak. … Washington has won seven straight at home. The Capitals are 9-0-1 at home this season and 15-0-1 since March 9.

STATS

Boston beat the New York Islanders 7-2 on Friday to improve to 10-1-1 in November. … Minnesota won for the first time this season when trailing after two periods, rallying to beat Tampa Bay 4-2. Tampa Bay is 1-2-3 since Rick Tocchet took over as coach following Barry Melrose’s firing. … Evgeni Malkin had two assists in Pittsburgh’s loss in Buffalo to boost his NHL-leading points total to 37.

STOPS

Henrik Lundqvist allowed Rostislav Olesz’s shootout goal, then stopped the final two attempts in the New York Rangers’ 4-3 victory over Florida on Friday night. Lundqvist is 5-1 in shootouts this season and has allowed only two goals in 17 shootout attempts. He made 38 saves in regulation and overtime.

SCOUTING

Jason Akeson scored three goals in Kitchener’s 6-2 road victory over Sudbury on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League. … Dan LaCosta made 43 saves to help Syracuse (Blue Jackets) beat Toronto (Maple Leafs) 4-1 in the American Hockey League.

SPEAKING

“They’ve got a scary combination. They’ve got size and talent. A lot of their big guys have real good talent, too, to go along with it. You don’t see that a lot.”—New York’s Bill Guerin after the Boston Bruins’ 7-2 victory over the Islanders on Friday.

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Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues

The Oilers were defeated 2-1 by the Kings last time out, as -170 favorites. The team's played UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal in that loss.

The Blues lost 3-1 to the Avalanche last time out, as +160 road underdogs. The four goals fell UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Keith Tkachuk scored the lone goal for the Blues, and Manny Legace made 25 saves in the loss.

Current streak:
Edmonton has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Edmonton: 9-10-2
St. Louis: 9-9-2

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

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-3-1
After playing Colorado are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Edmonton is 7-13-3 SU in its last 23 games when playing St. Louis
Edmonton is 3-11-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Edmonton
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Edmonton at Dallas, Sunday, November 30
St. Louis at Atlanta, Sunday, November 30


Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings

Cristobal Huet stopped 20 of 21 shots in Chicago's 1-0 loss to the Ducks on Friday afternoon.

The Ducks were winners as -115 home favorites in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the day's posted total (5.5).

Jason LaBarbera made some key saves in the last minute of play to help the Kings preserve a 2-1 win over the Oilers last time out. The Kings won that game as +150 underdogs, and the team's played UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Patrick O'Sullivan and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 10-5-6
Los Angeles: 9-9-3

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-6-1
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Anaheim are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Dallas are 6-4
After playing Edmonton are 1-9
After a win are 4-6

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

Next up:
Chicago home to Anaheim, Wednesday, December 3
Los Angeles home to Toronto, Monday, December 1


Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins

Marian Hossa scored his second of the game with two minutes left and Kris Draper added an empty net marker on Friday, as the Red Wings defeated the Blue Jackets 5-3. The Red Wings won that game as -260 favorites, while the eight goals sailed OVER the night's posted over/under (5.5).

Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler added the other markers.

The Bruins defeated the Islanders 7-2 as a -240 favorite on Friday. The nine goals scored went OVER the posted over/under total (5.5).

Michael Ryder scored a pair of goals for Boston, while Matt Hunwick and Marc Savard each added a pair of assists in the win.

Team records:
Detroit: 15-3-4
Boston: 15-4-4

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

Boston most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing NY Islanders are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing Boston
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Detroit is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Detroit
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Detroit home to Anaheim, Monday, December 1
Boston at Tampa Bay, Thursday, December 4


Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens

The Sabres scored twice in the final period to rally for a 4-3 victory over the Penguins as -120 favorites on Friday. The game's seven goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Sidney Crosby scored twice for the Penguins, and Kris Letang added the other marker in the loss.

The Canadiens were shut down 3-0 by the Capitals last time out, as -130 favorites. The three goals fell UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves in a losing effort.

Current streak:
Buffalo has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Buffalo: 11-8-3
Montreal: 12-6-4

Buffalo most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Montreal most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

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

Next up:
Buffalo home to Nashville, Monday, December 1
Montreal home to Atlanta, Tuesday, December 2


Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Jose Theodore stopped all 26 shots for the shutout on Friday, as the Capitals defeated the Canadiens 3-0. The Capitals won that game as +110 underdogs, while the three goals fell UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Tomas Fleischman, Alexander Ovechkin and Dave Steckel potted the goals in that win.

The Blue Jackets lost 5-3 to the Red Wings last time out, as +220 underdogs. The eight goals sailed OVER the night's posted over/under (5.5).

Fedor Tyutin scored twice for the Blue Jackets, and Jakub Voracek added the other goal in the loss.

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

Team records:
Washington: 13-7-3
Columbus: 9-10-3

Washington most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Calgary are 4-6
After playing Montreal are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Columbus most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Vancouver are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
Washington is 6-0-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Columbus
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games at home
Columbus is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Washington home to Florida, Tuesday, December 2
Columbus home to Vancouver, Monday, December 1


Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

The Flyers lost to Carolina 3-2 in overtime Sunday. The five goals scored fell UNDER the posted over/under total (5.5).

Joffrey Lupul and Jeff Carter scored power play goals for Philadelphia and Martin Biron made 27 saves in the loss.

The Maple Leafs fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Senators on Thursday, as +135 underdogs. The team's played UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Nikolai Kulemin scored for the Maple Leafs. Vesa Toskala stopped 34 shots in a losing effort.

Current streak:
Toronto has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 11-6-5
Toronto: 7-9-6

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-2-1
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Carolina are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7

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

A few trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games on the road
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Toronto's last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games at home
Toronto is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Tampa Bay, Tuesday, December 2
Toronto at Los Angeles, Monday, December 1


Ottawa Senators vs. New York Islanders

Jason Spezza scored the shootout winner as the Senators got past the Maple Leafs 2-1 on Thursday, as -155 favorites. The team's played UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Mike Fisher scored the lone goal in regulation for the Senators, who won their second straight.

The Islanders lost to Boston 7-2 as a +200 underdog on Friday. The nine goals scored went OVER the posted over/under total (5.5).

Nate Thompson and Richard Park scored for the Islanders, while Joey MacDonald made 27 saves in the loss.

Current streak:
Ottawa has won 2 straight games.
New York has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Ottawa: 8-9-4
New York: 9-12-2

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

New York most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing New Jersey are 5-5
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Ottawa's last 12 games
Ottawa is 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing NY Islanders
Ottawa is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of the NY Islanders last 12 games at home
NY Islanders are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 6 games when playing Ottawa

Next up:
Ottawa home to Atlanta, Wednesday, December 3
NY Islanders at Washington, Thursday, December 4


New Jersey Devils vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Johnny Oduya scored the overtime winner on Wednesday night as the Devils beat the Panthers by a final tally of 3-2.

The Devils had been listed at -110 on the road in that contest, while the combined score was a PUSH against the posted total (5).

The Penguins blew a late lead and fell 4-3 to the Sabres on Friday, as +100 underdogs. The seven goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Sidney Crosby scored twice and Kris Letang added the other marker in the loss.

Current streak:
New Jersey has won 5 straight games.

Team records:
New Jersey: 12-7-2
Pittsburgh: 13-6-3

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

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Buffalo are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
New Jersey is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
New Jersey is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 9 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Pittsburgh is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against New Jersey

Next up:
New Jersey at Philadelphia, Thursday, December 4
Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, Wednesday, December 3


Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators

The Wild defeated Tampa Bay 4-2 as a -190 favorite on Friday. The six goals scored went OVER the posted over/under total (5).

James Sheppard scored a goal and added an assist for Minnesota, while Antti Miettinen and Marc-Andre Bergeron each had a pair of assists in the win.

Ryan Suter scored the game-winning goal at 1:44 of OT on Friday, as the Predators defeated Thrashers 4-3. The Predators won the game at EVEN odds, and the team's played OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Dan Hamhuis, Scott Nichol, and Jason Arnott added the other goals.

Team records:
Minnesota: 13-7-1
Nashville: 11-9-2

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

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

A few trends to consider:
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games when playing Nashville
Minnesota is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 5 games at home
Nashville is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Nashville's last 10 games when playing Minnesota
Nashville is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Colorado, Monday, December 1
Nashville at Buffalo, Monday, December 1


Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche

The Lightning lost to Minnesota 4-2 as a +165 underdog on Friday. The six goals scored went OVER the posted over/under total (5).

Radim Vrbata and Ryan Malone scored for Tampa Bay in the loss.

Ryan Smyth had the lone Colorado marker in their 2-1 loss to the Coyotes on Friday afternoon.

The Coyotes pulled out the victory as -120 home favorites in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total (5.5).

Current streak:
Tampa Bay has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Tampa Bay: 6-9-7
Colorado: 10-12-0

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

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

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

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, Tuesday, December 2
Colorado at Minnesota, Monday, December 1


San Jose Sharks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Dan Boyle scored twice in leading the Sharks to a convincing 6-2 win over the Stars on Friday, as -150 favorites. That game's eight goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Joe Pavelski, Milan Michalek, Rob Blake and Tomas Plihal added singles. Ryane Clowe pocketed three assists in the win.

Mikael Tellqvist made 37 saves on Friday afternoon to lead the Coyotes to a 2-1 win over the Avalanche.

The Coyotes pulled out the victory as -120 home favorites in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the posted total (5.5).

Current streak:
San Jose has won 6 straight games.
Phoenix has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
San Jose: 19-3-1
Phoenix: 10-10-2

San Jose most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Toronto are 3-3-2
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a win are 9-1

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing Colorado are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
San Jose is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
San Jose is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose's last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
San Jose is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against San Jose
Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose
Phoenix is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing San Jose
Phoenix is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
San Jose home to Toronto, Tuesday, December 2
Phoenix home to Los Angeles, Tuesday, December 2


Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

Michael Cammalleri netted a hat trick as the Flames defeated the Canucks 4-3 on Thursday. The Flames won the game as +110 underdogs, while the seven goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Curtis Glencross scored the game-winning goal, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves in the win.

Darcy Hordichuck, Daniel Sedin and Mason Raymond scored for the Canucks, who were favored at -130 by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Calgary has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Vancouver: 14-7-2
Calgary: 13-9-1

Vancouver most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing San Jose are 5-5
After playing Calgary are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Calgary most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Los Angeles are 5-5
After playing Vancouver are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Vancouver's last 5 games when playing Calgary
Vancouver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Vancouver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Vancouver's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary's last 5 games when playing Vancouver
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games at home
Calgary is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Calgary is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Vancouver at Columbus, Monday, December 1
Calgary home to Dallas, Tuesday, December 2

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EDMONTON (9-10-0-2, 20 pts.) at ST LOUIS (9-9-0-2, 20 pts.)  - 11/29/2008, 2:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
EDMONTON is 50-53 ATS (+113.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
EDMONTON is 49-39 ATS (+94.6 Units) in road games in November games since 1996.
EDMONTON is 62-57 ATS (+136.1 Units) in road games after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game since 1996.
ST LOUIS is 12-26 ATS (-15.0 Units) 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
EDMONTON is 4-4 (+0.5 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
ST LOUIS is 4-4-0 straight up against EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
6 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+6.5 Units)

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CHICAGO (10-5-0-5, 25 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (9-9-0-3, 21 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 4:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 173-220 ATS (-75.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.
CHICAGO is 90-118 ATS (-46.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season since 1996.
LOS ANGELES is 4-14 ATS (+18.2 Units) in home games on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 5-3 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 5-3-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.6 Units, Under=-0.1 Units)

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PHILADELPHIA (11-6-0-4, 26 pts.) at TORONTO (7-9-0-6, 20 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 41-35 ATS (+82.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 13-8 ATS (+24.6 Units) in road games in November games over the last 3 seasons.
TORONTO is 10-20 ATS (-14.4 Units) in home games first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
TORONTO is 6-2 (+4.2 Units) against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
TORONTO is 6-2-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.0 Units)

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OTTAWA (8-9-0-4, 20 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (9-11-0-2, 20 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OTTAWA is 51-56 ATS (-38.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 2-8 ATS (-8.1 Units) in road games in November games over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 37-38 ATS (-24.0 Units) after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
OTTAWA is 2-8 ATS (-9.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
OTTAWA is 2-8 ATS (-9.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season this season.
NY ISLANDERS are 14-31 ATS (+51.8 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY ISLANDERS is 4-6 (+0.3 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
OTTAWA is 6-4-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.8 Units)

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BUFFALO (10-8-0-3, 23 pts.) at MONTREAL (13-5-0-4, 30 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BUFFALO is 49-54 ATS (-33.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
BUFFALO is 20-32 ATS (-24.8 Units) on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
BUFFALO is 183-125 ATS (+37.2 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.
MONTREAL is 13-17 ATS (-8.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
MONTREAL is 11-15 ATS (-14.2 Units) in home games first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
MONTREAL is 15-21 ATS (-11.5 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
MONTREAL is 8-13 ATS (-12.2 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
MONTREAL is 13-15 ATS (-9.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
MONTREAL is 5-10 ATS (-13.1 Units) in home games 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
MONTREAL is 9-8 (+1.4 Units) against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 9-8-0 straight up against BUFFALO 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=-0.7 Units)

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WASHINGTON (12-7-0-3, 27 pts.) at COLUMBUS (9-9-0-3, 21 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 1-0 (+1.1 Units) against the spread versus COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 1-0-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.0 Units)

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DETROIT (14-3-0-4, 32 pts.) at BOSTON (14-3-0-5, 33 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 58-53 ATS (-23.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 9-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in November games this season.
BOSTON is 52-45 ATS (+99.3 Units) first half of the season over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 1-1 (+1.7 Units) against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 1-1-0 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.2 Units)

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NEW JERSEY (12-7-0-2, 26 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (13-5-0-3, 29 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 17-27 ATS (-19.8 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 74-49 ATS (+123.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 30-18 ATS (+51.3 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 10-7 (+0.6 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
NEW JERSEY is 10-7-0 straight up against PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
9 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.2 Units)

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MINNESOTA (12-7-0-1, 25 pts.) at NASHVILLE (10-9-0-2, 22 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NASHVILLE is 116-80 ATS (+210.3 Units) on Saturday games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 6-2 (+4.8 Units) against the spread versus NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
MINNESOTA is 6-2-0 straight up against NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
5 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.2 Units)

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SAN JOSE (18-3-0-1, 37 pts.) at PHOENIX (9-10-0-2, 20 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 21-14 ATS (+37.1 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 99-94 ATS (+233.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 18-4 ATS (+11.0 Units) in all games this season.
SAN JOSE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 this season.
SAN JOSE is 18-4 ATS (+11.0 Units) first half of the season this season.
SAN JOSE is 30-10 ATS (+14.6 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 10-2 ATS (+7.0 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 8-20 ATS (+35.8 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN JOSE is 11-6-0 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.5 Units)

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TAMPA BAY (6-8-0-7, 19 pts.) at COLORADO (10-11-0-0, 20 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TAMPA BAY is 6-15 ATS (+21.3 Units) in all games this season.
TAMPA BAY is 53-107 ATS (+191.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 since 1996.
TAMPA BAY is 20-57 ATS (+89.2 Units) in road games in November games since 1996.
TAMPA BAY is 6-15 ATS (+21.3 Units) first half of the season this season.
TAMPA BAY is 10-20 ATS (-11.7 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 19-37 ATS (-25.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 12-23 ATS (-15.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO is 17-6 ATS (+9.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
COLORADO is 2-0 (+2.1 Units) against the spread versus TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons
COLORADO is 2-0-0 straight up against TAMPA BAY 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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VANCOUVER (14-7-0-2, 30 pts.) at CALGARY (13-9-0-1, 27 pts.) - 11/29/2008, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
VANCOUVER is 6-1 ATS (+7.3 Units) in road games on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 9-3 ATS (+12.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
VANCOUVER is 9-3 ATS (+12.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANCOUVER is 11-8 (+4.5 Units) against the spread versus CALGARY over the last 3 seasons
VANCOUVER is 11-8-0 straight up against CALGARY over the last 3 seasons
10 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+6.0 Units)

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2:00 PM EDMONTON vs. ST. LOUIS
Edmonton is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Edmonton is 7-13-3 SU in its last 23 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing at home against Edmonton
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Edmonton

4:00 PM CHICAGO vs. LOS ANGELES
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing Chicago

7:00 PM BUFFALO vs. MONTREAL
Buffalo is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Buffalo is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Montreal's last 12 games when playing at home against Buffalo

7:00 PM DETROIT vs. BOSTON
Detroit is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

7:00 PM OTTAWA vs. NY ISLANDERS
Ottawa is 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing NY Islanders
Ottawa is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Islanders
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 5 games
NY Islanders are 5-16 SU in their last 21 games at home

7:00 PM PHILADELPHIA vs. TORONTO
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Toronto is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia

7:00 PM WASHINGTON vs. COLUMBUS
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
Columbus is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games when playing at home against Washington

7:30 PM NEW JERSEY vs. PITTSBURGH
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 9 games on the road
New Jersey is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games

8:00 PM MINNESOTA vs. NASHVILLE
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Nashville
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games when playing Nashville
Nashville is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 5 games at home

9:00 PM SAN JOSE vs. PHOENIX
San Jose is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Phoenix
San Jose is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against San Jose

9:00 PM TAMPA BAY vs. COLORADO
Tampa Bay is 2-6-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games when playing Colorado
Colorado is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Colorado's last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay

10:00 PM VANCOUVER vs. CALGARY
Vancouver is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing Calgary
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Vancouver's last 5 games when playing Calgary
Calgary is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing Vancouver
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary's last 5 games when playing Vancouver

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Hot teams
-- Blues won three of their last four games.
-- Flyers won five of their last six games.
-- Sabres won their last two games, scoring seven goals.
-- Washington won seven of its last nine games.
-- Bruins won five of their last six games. Red Wings won six of their last eight games.
-- Penguins won eight of their last eleven games (2-3 in last five). Devils won five games in a row, scoring 24 goals.
-- Minnesota won six of its nine road games.
-- Sharks won their last six games, scoring 32 goals. Coyotes won their last two games, allowing three goals.
-- Ducks won last three games, allowing two goals.
-- Flames won four of their last five games.

Cold teams
-- Oilers lost last five games, outscored 18-8.
-- Kings lost four of their last six games. Chicago lost its last two games, scoring total of two goals.
-- Maple Leafs lost five in row, nine of last eleven games.
-- Islanders lost last two games, 5-3/7-2.
-- Canadiens lost eight of their last twelve games.
-- Coyotes lost six of their last eight games.
-- Blue Jackets lost four of last five games.
-- Nashville lost its last two home games, scoring one goal.
-- Lightning lost ten of its last twelve games. Colorado lost four of last six home games.

Totals
-- Last five St Louis games stayed under the total.
-- Over is 9-4-1 in last fourteen Chicago games.
-- Five of Flyers' last six road games stayed under the total; over is 11-3 in Toronto's last fourteen games.
-- Last four Islander games all went over the total; under is 11-0-1 in last dozen Ottawa games.
-- Seven of last eight Montreal games stayed under the total; six of last eight Buffalo games went over the total.
-- Six of the last eight Washington games went over.
-- Eight of Bruins' last nine home games went over the total.
-- Over is 3-1-1 in New Jersey's last five games.
-- Under is 9-3-2 in last fourteen Minnesota games.
-- Under is 5-2-1 in Coyotes' last eight games.
-- Nine of last ten Colorado games stayed under the total.
-- Over is 8-3 in Calgary's last eleven games.

Series Records
-- Oilers won last three games vs St Louis, all in OT or SO.
-- Kings lost six of their last eight games against Chicago.
-- Toronto won eight of last ten games against the Flyers.
-- Senators are 5-2 in last seven visits to Long Island.
-- Canadiens won three of last four games against Buffalo.
-- Road team won last two Columbus-Washington games.
-- Road team won last two Boston-Detroit games.
-- Devils won eight of last ten visits to Pittsburgh.
-- Minnesota won four of last five games against Nashville.
-- Coyotes won four of last five games against San Jose.
-- Colorado won last two games against the Lightning, 4-2/3-0.
-- Vancouver won eight of last eleven games against Calgary.

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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 Football card as that’s where most bettors turn at this time of year. 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 12 games to choose from on a Saturday that promises to be full of “Puck bucks” let’s take a look at four potential “investment opportunities” as, with 24 NHL teams in action Saturday, there are certainly some intriguing match-ups that have our attention!

OTTAWA @ NY ISLANDERS – Sometimes it doesn’t take much to suddenly spark a club and then everyone simply starts playing better. That is the case with the Ottawa Senators! After some frustrating stretches this season, the Sens have now earned at least a point in four straight games. They used a big 4-1 win versus the Rangers last Saturday to really build some momentum. Their prior two games were losses after regulation but you could see the positive surge coming out of Ottawa and, after the win over the Blueshirts, the Sens responded with another win Thursday in the shootout. The Senators defeated the Maple Leafs that night and it was a much needed shootout win for the Sens as they had been struggling in shootouts. We saw a change in this club as soon as they made a goalie switch to Alex Auld and it has improved the defense and overall outlook for this club as everyone has “picked up” their game. The Islanders are in the second night of a back to back here and they allowed 7 goals to the Bruins yesterday! That was the 3rd loss for the Isles in their last five games and they’ve allowed an average of 4.4 goals per game during this rough stretch. Against a highly skilled team like the Senators, some of Ottawa’s shots are undoubtedly going to find the back of the net and the Sens could be worth a look Saturday!
   
MINNESOTA @ NASHVILLE – This will be just the 2nd back to back situation for Minnesota this season and, in the first one they lost both the front-end and back-end. This time around the Wild did manage to win the front-end but they were helped by playing the hapless Lightning! Tampa Bay has now lost ten of their last twelve games and yet Minnesota did have to rally for the win. Now the Wild face a much tougher test tonight as they’re be dealing with a Nashville team that has a little extra momentum in their favor after winning in overtime down in Atlanta last night! The Predators had lost their prior game despite a huge margin edge of 30 shots on goal! The Preds responded to the 1-0 shootout loss by getting a road win last night. Now the Predators are back home where they are 5-2-1 this season and Nashville has earned a point in three straight games as they enter this Saturday match-up. Also Dan Ellis should be back in goal as he was given the night off Friday. Note that Ellis has a solid 2.22 GAA in his last eight starts and he’ll be ready to go Saturday after being afforded the extra rest as Pekka Rinne got the start on Friday at Atlanta. Predators appear to be offering us some line value at home on Saturday!

CHICAGO @ LOS ANGELES – The Blackhawks certainly have responded well despite the turmoil with the coaching change so early in the season. A loss on Friday but Chicago had previously earned a point in 16 of their 20 games this season! The Hawks outshot the Ducks 15 to 7 in the second period of their game at Anaheim Friday but that was the period where Anaheim scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 final. The Kings are coming into this match-up rested as they’ve been off since Tuesday’s win at Edmonton. However, for Chicago it’s not a true back to back road situation here as they played Anaheim last night and now play in nearby Los Angeles the very next night. That said, we’ll look to ride one of the best teams in the NHL coming off of a loss last night. Yes the Blackhawks have some injury issues with goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and defenseman Aaron Johnson both dealing with recent injuries. However, this is a very deep club and the Kings had lost four of their last five games before their win over the Oilers. Additionally, Los Angeles had allowed 9 goals in regulation of their last two games, both losses, before finally they were able to come up with a better effort at Edmonton. That was thanks in part to goalie Jason LaBarbera but goaltender Erik Ersberg had actually been getting most of the recent work and he’s now struggled in his last two starts. The Blackhawks have the firepower to take advantage of the unsettled goalie situation for the Kings in Los Angeles. Off back to back tight losses to San Jose and Anaheim, the Hawks should take advantage of a step down in class here and could be worth a look at a reasonable price on the road in this match-up.

EDMONTON @ ST LOUIS – Perhaps the under is worth a look in this match-up. St Louis has scored two goals or less in four of it’s last five games and injuries certainly haven’t helped matters for the Blues. As for the Oilers, they have been held to two goals or less in five of their last eight games. Also, Edmonton is likely to go with Dwayne Roloson in between the pipes for this match-up and he’s compiled a 1.96 GAA in 12 career games against the Blues. As for St Louis, they’ve only allowed eight goals in regulation in their last five games. They’ve got a solid group of goalies and both clubs come into this match-up rested. That means we should see solid play from the defense here as there won’t be tired legs in their own zone struggling to get the puck out of their own end. Each of these two clubs has been squeezing the sticks a little too tight and it’s made goals tough to come by. More of the same should be on tap Saturday and with a total of 5.5 on this game there appears to be solid line value being offered with the under here as, of course, 5 is a key number for NHL totals. In this match-up five goals or less should come as no surprise and the under could be worth a look here!

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