NHL News and Notes Thursday 2/26

NHL News and Notes Thursday 2/26

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Thursday, Feb. 26

Colorado at New Jersey (7 p.m. EST). New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur, seven wins shy of tying Patrick Roy’s record of 511 victories, returns for his first game since having left elbow surgery. Brodeur was hurt Nov. 1 and had surgery days later to repair a torn biceps muscle.

STARS

Wednesday

— Henrik Zetterberg and Ty Conklin, Red Wings. Zetterberg scored two goals— the first short-handed and the second on a power play—and Conklin made 34 saves to help Detroit beat NHL-leading San Jose 4-1.

— Martin Biron and Jeff Carter, Flyers. Biron made 34 saves for his second shutout of the season and 25th overall, and Carter scored his 36th goal in Philadelphia’s 2-0 victory over Los Angeles.

— Nikolai Kulemin and Vesa Toskala, Maple Leafs. Kulemin scored the shootout winner, and Toskala made 31 saves and turned aside all three New York attempts in the tiebreaker in Toronto’s 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

— Petr Sykora and Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins. Sykora scored with 2:28 remaining, and Fleury made 21 saves for his third shutout of the season in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders.

SIDELINED

Sidney Crosby missed Pittsburgh’s game against the New York Islanders on Wednesday night because of a sore groin. He was injured Sunday in a loss to Washington.

STATUS

Detroit star Marian Hossa sat out the third period of the Red Wings’ 4-1 victory over San Jose on Wednesday night because of concussion-like symptoms. He scored the first goal of the game, giving him a team-leading 34. … With Martin Brodeur activated from injured reserve Wednesday, New Jersey returned Scott Clemmensen, 25-13-1 this season, to Lowell of the AHL. Because he was called up on an emergency basis when Brodeur was hurt, Clemmensen didn’t have to clear waivers. … The Rangers claimed left wing Mark Bell off re-entry waivers from Toronto. … Carolina sent center Brandon Sutter to Albany of the AHL on a conditioning stint.

SCOUTING

John Tavares scored his Ontario Hockey League-leading 49th goal in the London Knights’ 3-2 victory in Guelph on Wednesday night. Expected to be the top pick in the NHL draft, Tavares leads the OHL with 89 points—two more than Belleville’s Eric Tangradi. … Joel Broda and Brett Sonne each had two goals and an assist to lead the Calgary Hitmen to their 12th straight victory, 6-3 over the visiting Regina in the Western Hockey League. … Drayson Bowman scored four goals in the Spokane Chiefs’ 5-2 victory in Kamloops in the WHL.

SPEAKING

“I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but I’m a little concerned about the conditioning of the club. I thought we looked tired in the third period. We’re going to try and play an attacking style. We need to be in shape.”—Rangers coach John Tortorella after New York’s 2-1 shootout loss in Toronto on Wednesday night. Tortorella replaced Tom Renney on Monday, a day after a home overtime loss to Toronto.

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Anaheim Ducks vs. Boston Bruins

Teemu Selanne, Todd Marchant, and Todd Brown had goals, as the Ducks edged the Sabres 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Anaheim won as +110 road underdogs as the game played under the 5.5-goal total listed by oddsmakers.

Byron Bitz scored two goals, as the Bruins drilled the Panthers 6-1 on Tuesday night.

Boston cashed as -230 home favorites as the game played over the 5.5-goal total set by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Anaheim has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Anaheim: 30-27-5
Boston: 41-12-8

Anaheim most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-2-2
Before playing Dallas are 4-6
After playing Buffalo are 4-4-2
After a win are 4-6

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Anaheim's last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
Anaheim is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
Boston is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games when playing at home against Anaheim
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games

Next up:
Anaheim at Dallas, Saturday, February 28
Boston home to Washington, Saturday, February 28


Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers

Kamil Kreps found the back of the net for Florida in its 6-1 loss to Boston on Tuesday night.

Boston cashed as -230 home favorites as the game played over the 5.5-goal total set by oddsmakers.

Wade Redden scored on the power play in the Rangers 2-1 shootout loss at Toronto last time out, as -140 favorites. The team's played UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Current streak:
New York has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Florida: 30-22-8
New York: 31-23-8

Florida most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 0-9-1
Before playing NY Rangers are 6-4
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

New York most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Florida are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

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

Next up:
Florida at New Jersey, Saturday, February 28
NY Rangers home to Colorado, Saturday, February 28


Atlanta Thrashers vs. Washington Capitals

Tobias Enstrom and Rich Peverley had a goal and an assist apiece to lift the Thrashers over the Avalanche 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Atlanta won as a -110 home pick 'em, as the teams played over the 6-goal total listed by sportsbooks.

Alexander Ovechkin had a marker and a helper for Washington in its 4-2 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia won as +140 road underdogs as the teams pushed the 6-goal total set by sportsbooks.

Team records:
Atlanta: 22-33-6
Washington: 38-18-5

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing NY Rangers are 2-8
After playing Colorado are 2-2-1
After a win are 3-7

Washington most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Calgary are 4-6
After playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 15 games when playing Washington
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 8-14-3 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Washington's last 15 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games

Next up:
Atlanta home to Carolina, Saturday, February 28
Washington at Boston, Saturday, February 28


Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Ales Kotalik potted both markers for Buffalo in its 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday night.

Anaheim won as +110 road underdogs as the game played under the 5.5-goal total listed by oddsmakers.

Patrick Eaves and Anton Babchuk were the goal scorers for Carolina in its 4-2 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday night.

Ottawa won as -130 home favorites as the game played over the 5.5-goal total listed by sportsbooks.

Team records:
Buffalo: 31-24-6
Carolina: 31-26-5

Buffalo most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Colorado are 7-3
After playing Anaheim are 6-6-1
After a loss are 8-2

Carolina most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Ottawa are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Buffalo's last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games when playing on the road against Carolina
Buffalo is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games
Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games when playing at home against Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Carolina's last 16 games at home

Next up:
Buffalo at NY Islanders, Saturday, February 28
Carolina at Atlanta, Saturday, February 28


Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils

Milan Hejduk potted two markers for Colorado in its 4-3 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday night.

Atlanta won as a -110 home pick 'em, as the teams played over the 6-goal total listed by sportsbooks.

The Devils were stumped by Yann Danis and the Islanders, losing 4-0 at Nassau Coliseum Saturday.

New York won as a +205 home underdog while the final score played under the 5-goal total.

Current streak:
Colorado has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Colorado: 28-32-1
New Jersey: 38-19-3

Colorado most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Buffalo are 8-8-1
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Buffalo are 8-2
After playing NY Islanders are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
Colorado is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
Colorado is 6-2-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Colorado's last 24 games on the road
Colorado is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games
New Jersey is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Colorado

Next up:
Colorado at NY Rangers, Saturday, February 28
New Jersey home to Florida, Saturday, February 28


Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Islanders

Niklas Hagman scored midway through the third period and Nikolai Kuleman had the shootout winner as the Maple Leafs defeated the Rangers 2-1 as +120 underdogs on Wednesday. The team's played UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Vesa Toskala stopped 31 shots in that win.

Yann Danis stopped 27 shots in the Islanders 1-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesdaym, as +220 road underdogs. The team's played UNDER the night's posted over/under (6).

Current streak:
Toronto has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 23-26-12
New York: 18-36-6

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing San Jose are 3-3-2
After playing NY Rangers are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 9 games on the road
Toronto is 3-6 SU in their last 9 games when playing NY Islanders
Toronto is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games
Toronto is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
NY Islanders are 14-3 SU in their last 17 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the NY Islanders last 11 games at home
NY Islanders are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home
NY Islanders are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Ottawa, Saturday, February 28
NY Islanders home to Buffalo, Saturday, February 28


San Jose Sharks vs. Ottawa Senators

Christian Ehrhoff scored the lone goal in the Sharks 4-1 loss at Detroit on Wednesday, as +120 road underdogs. The five goals went UNDER the posted over/under (6).

Chris Kelly's goal stood up as the winner, as the Senators doubled the Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Ottawa won as -130 home favorites as the game played over the 5.5-goal total listed by sportsbooks.

Team records:
San Jose: 41-9-9
Ottawa: 23-27-9

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

Ottawa most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-2-2
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Carolina are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
San Jose is 2-3-4 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
San Jose is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ottawa's last 7 games
Ottawa is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Ottawa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Ottawa is 5-7-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing San Jose

Next up:
San Jose at Montreal, Saturday, February 28
Ottawa home to Toronto, Saturday, February 28


Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators

Shane Doan potted the lone marker for Phoenix in its 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday night.

St. Louis cashed as -165 home favorites as the game played under the 5.5-goal total posted by sportsbooks.

Joel Ward scored the winner in the third period, as the Predators defeated the Blackhawks 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Nashville won as +140 home underdogs as the game played over the 5.5-goal total set by sportsbooks.

Current streak:
Nashville has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Phoenix: 27-29-5
Nashville: 29-28-4

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Nashville most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 8-2
After playing Chicago are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing on the road against Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Phoenix's last 11 games when playing Nashville
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games on the road
Nashville is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Nashville's last 7 games when playing at home against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Nashville's last 11 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Nashville's last 25 games at home

Next up:
Phoenix home to St. Louis, Saturday, February 28
Nashville home to Detroit, Saturday, February 28


St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars

Jay McClement's second period tally proved to be the winner, as the Blues nipped the Coyotes 2-1 on Tuesday night.

St. Louis cashed as -165 home favorites as the game played under the 5.5-goal total posted by sportsbooks.

Dallas goaltender Marty Turco made 23 saves for the Stars in their 1-0 loss to San Jose on Monday night.

San Jose cashed as -165 road favorites as the game played under the 5.5-goal total listed by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Dallas has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
St. Louis: 26-26-8
Dallas: 29-23-7

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 1-7-2
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-3-1
After playing Phoenix are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Los Angeles are 3-7
After playing San Jose are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis's last 7 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Phoenix, Saturday, February 28
Dallas home to Anaheim, Saturday, February 28


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers

R.J. Umberger recorded the only goal for Columbus in its 4-1 loss to Calgary on Tuesday night.

Calgary cashed as -190 home favorites as the game played under the 5.5-goal total set by oddsmakers.

Sheldon Souray scored two goals to lead the Oilers past the Lightning 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Edmonton won as -230 home favorites as the game played over the 5.5-goal total listed by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Columbus has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Columbus: 30-25-6
Edmonton: 30-25-5

Columbus most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Vancouver are 5-5
After playing Calgary are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Edmonton most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing Tampa Bay are 3-3-1
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games when playing Edmonton
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games
Columbus is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Edmonton is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing Columbus
Edmonton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Columbus at Vancouver, Sunday, March 1
Edmonton home to Minnesota, Saturday, February 28

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TORONTO (22-26-0-12, 56 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (18-35-0-6, 42 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 41-59 ATS (-24.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
TORONTO is 19-17 ATS (+44.0 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY ISLANDERS is 6-4 (+2.7 Units) against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
NY ISLANDERS is 6-4-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.2 Units, Under=-0.7 Units)


ANAHEIM (30-27-0-5, 65 pts.) at BOSTON (41-11-0-9, 91 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 41-20 ATS (+67.1 Units) in all games this season.
BOSTON is 22-5 ATS (+15.3 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
BOSTON is 35-17 ATS (+14.1 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 122-105 ATS (+228.9 Units) after a non-conference game since 1996.
ANAHEIM is 148-139 ATS (+301.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.
BOSTON is 112-107 ATS (-48.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ANAHEIM is 1-0 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
ANAHEIM is 1-0-0 straight up against BOSTON 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)


COLORADO (28-32-0-1, 57 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (38-19-0-3, 79 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
COLORADO is 15-31 ATS (+51.5 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 38-22 ATS (+75.1 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 14-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 10-3 ATS (+6.2 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.
NEW JERSEY is 10-0 ATS (+10.0 Units) after playing 3 consecutive road games this season.
COLORADO is 12-7 ATS (+21.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 9-16 ATS (-15.8 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 1-0 (+1.2 Units) against the spread versus COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
NEW JERSEY is 1-0-0 straight up against COLORADO 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)


BUFFALO (31-24-0-6, 68 pts.) at CAROLINA (31-26-0-5, 67 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
BUFFALO is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
CAROLINA is 123-122 ATS (-65.2 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
CAROLINA is 1-6 ATS (-8.3 Units) in home games after allowing 4 goals or more this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
BUFFALO is 7-3 (+3.3 Units) against the spread versus CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
BUFFALO is 7-3-0 straight up against CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.5 Units)


ATLANTA (22-33-0-6, 50 pts.) at WASHINGTON (38-18-0-5, 81 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 15-29 ATS (-23.3 Units) in home games after playing 3 consecutive home games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 10-8-0 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
10 of 18 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.8 Units)


FLORIDA (30-22-0-8, 68 pts.) at NY RANGERS (31-23-0-7, 69 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
FLORIDA is 12-7 ATS (+19.8 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more this season.
FLORIDA is 12-6 ATS (+18.7 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game this season.
FLORIDA is 8-3 ATS (+11.8 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.
NY RANGERS are 78-75 ATS (+175.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 2-8 ATS (-11.4 Units) in February games this season.
NY RANGERS are 117-137 ATS (-75.8 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
FLORIDA is 6-5 (+2.9 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
FLORIDA is 6-5-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
7 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.9 Units)


SAN JOSE (41-8-0-9, 91 pts.) at OTTAWA (23-27-0-9, 55 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
OTTAWA is 23-36 ATS (-76.7 Units) in all games this season.
OTTAWA is 16-22 ATS (-16.3 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 28-44 ATS (-33.2 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 15-25 ATS (-21.0 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
OTTAWA is 112-87 ATS (-80.5 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN JOSE is 1-0 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
SAN JOSE is 1-0-0 straight up against OTTAWA 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)


PHOENIX (27-29-0-5, 59 pts.) at NASHVILLE (29-28-0-4, 62 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 48-82 ATS (-38.4 Units) in February games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 5-5 (+1.6 Units) against the spread versus NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
NASHVILLE is 5-5-0 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.4 Units)


ST LOUIS (26-26-0-8, 60 pts.) at DALLAS (29-23-0-7, 65 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
DALLAS is 26-10 ATS (+10.1 Units) in February games over the last 3 seasons.
DALLAS is 141-84 ATS (+37.7 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game since 1996.
DALLAS is 12-20 ATS (+32.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
ST LOUIS is 5-4 (+3.4 Units) against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
ST LOUIS is 5-4-0 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.6 Units)


COLUMBUS (30-25-0-6, 66 pts.) at EDMONTON (30-25-0-5, 65 pts.)
Top Trends for this game.
COLUMBUS is 33-78 ATS (+142.9 Units) in road games after allowing 4 goals or more since 1996.
EDMONTON is 71-71 ATS (+162.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
EDMONTON is 38-28 ATS (+71.6 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
EDMONTON is 36-27 ATS (+67.4 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
EDMONTON is 16-7 ATS (+8.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
COLUMBUS is 89-92 ATS (+205.8 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
EDMONTON is 8-3 (+4.5 Units) against the spread versus COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
EDMONTON is 8-3-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.8 Units)

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ANAHEIM vs. BOSTON
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim's last 5 games
Anaheim is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games when playing at home against Anaheim
Boston is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games

ATLANTA vs. WASHINGTON
Atlanta is 8-14-3 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 15 games when playing Washington
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games

BUFFALO vs. CAROLINA
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Buffalo's last 12 games
Buffalo is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Carolina is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games when playing Buffalo

COLORADO vs. NEW JERSEY
Colorado is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
Colorado is 6-2-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing New Jersey
New Jersey is 2-6-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Colorado
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Colorado

FLORIDA vs. NY RANGERS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida's last 7 games
Florida is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
NY Rangers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the NY Rangers last 7 games when playing at home against Florida

TORONTO vs. NY ISLANDERS

Toronto is 3-14 SU in their last 17 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
Toronto is 3-6 SU in their last 9 games when playing NY Islanders
NY Islanders are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the NY Islanders last 11 games at home

SAN JOSE vs. OTTAWA
San Jose is 2-3-4 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Ottawa is 5-7-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing San Jose
Ottawa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

PHOENIX vs. NASHVILLE
Phoenix is 1-8-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing on the road against Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Nashville's last 11 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Nashville's last 25 games at home

ST. LOUIS vs. DALLAS
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing St. Louis
Dallas is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against St. Louis

COLUMBUS vs. EDMONTON
Columbus is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games
Edmonton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing Columbus

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Hot teams
-- Ducks won last two games, 5-2/3-2.
-- New Jersey won five of its last seven games.
-- Florida is 8-1 in game after its last nine losses.
-- Washington won eight of its last twelve games.
-- Buffalo is 7-1 in game after its last eight losses. Carolina won three of its last four games.
-- Sharks won four of their last five games.
-- Nashville won its last two games, allowing three goals.
-- Dallas is 13-2 in game following its last fifteen losses.

Cold teams
-- Bruins lost six of their last eight games.
-- Avalanche lost six of their last nine games.
-- Islanders lost eight of their last ten games. Toronto is 2-7 in game after their last nine wins.
-- Rangers lost three in row, 11 of last 13 games.
-- Thrashers are 1-4 in game after their last five wins.
-- Senators lost three of their last four games.
-- Coyotes lost ten of their last thirteen games.
-- Blues are 1-6 in game after their last seven wins.
-- Columbus lost its last two games, 5-2/4-1. Oilers lost three of last four games.

Totals
-- Four of last five Anaheim games went over the total.
-- Under is 6-3-1 in last ten Colorado games.
-- Four of last five Islander games stayed under the total.
-- Seven of last ten Florida games stayed under the total.
-- Four of last five Atlanta games went over the total.
-- Under is 9-3 in Buffalo's last twelve games; over is 8-3 in Carolina's last eleven contests.
-- Last three Ottawa games all went over the total.
-- Six of last nine Phoenix games went over the total.
-- Six of last eight Dallas games stayed under the total.
-- Three of last four Columbus games went over the total.

Back-to-Back
-- Islanders are 3-4 if they lost the night before.
-- Rangers are 3-1 at home if they played the night before.
-- Sharks are 5-3 if they played the night before.

Series Records

-- Home side won last two Anaheim-Boston games.
-- Road team won last two Colorado-New Jersey games.
-- Maple Leafs lost five of last seven visits to Long Island.
-- Rangers lost three of last four games against Florida.
-- Washington won three of last four against the Thrashers.
-- Sabres lost five of last seven visits to Carolina.
-- Ottawa lost 3-2 in OT at San Jose in last game against the Sharks.
-- Predators won three of last four games against Phoenix.
-- Blues lost five of last six visits to Dallas.
-- Oilers won four of last five games against Columbus.

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Brodeur to make return Thursday
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will make his first start since missing nearly four months with an elbow injury.

The Devils play the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

The 36-year-old Brodeur was informed of the team's decision on Wednesday after getting the majority of work for the third straight practice.

Brodeur was hurt in a game against Atlanta on Nov. 1, and had surgery days later to repair a torn biceps muscle in his left elbow.

Brodeur has won four Vezina trophies as the NHL's top goaltender, including last year. He is on the verge of surpassing Patrick Roy's NHL record for career wins.

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On the Ice - Thursday
By Judd Hall

We’ve got 10 games on Thursday’s schedule in the NHL. Yet two contests have serious implications for teams looking to be buyers or sellers as the March 4 trade deadline quickly approaches.

Anaheim Ducks at Boston Bruins – 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Ducks knew that their season was on the line when they started this six-game road trip last week. So far they’ve stepped it up by winning the first two games of the odyssey against the Blue Jackets and Sabres. The result of those victories by Anaheim (30-27-5, 65 points) have put them in a four-way tie for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference.

There are a couple of things Anaheim should worry about though. The most glaring to me is the Ducks’ penalty kill unit. They’ve given up nine goals in their last five contests, which is awful for a team with a PK rate of 80.3 percent.

Another problem that Anaheim has right now is just staying healthy on the forward line. Travis Moen went back home during the road trip for the birth of his first child. Now the Ducks must deal with Ryan Getzlaf and his broken nose that was suffered in a cheap shot in their 3-2 win at Buffalo on Tuesday. The young pivot has said that he’s fine and will be ready for this contest, but we’ve not heard anything official.

Boston (41-12-8, 90 points) used solid defense and production from the entire roster in a 6-1 thrashing of the Panthers last Tuesday night. While it’s nice to get goals from guys like Byron Bitz and Aaron Ward, the Bruins need their top talent to score goals from Mark Savard, Milan Lucic and Phil Kessel.

The Bruins’ special teams unit has been performing well defensively by surrendering just one power play goal in their last six matches. A lot of that unit’s success to do with Tim Thomas playing so well between the pipes. He’s gone 2-1 with a 1.34 goals against average in his last three starts this season.

Anaheim has been in the zone when it comes to playing teams from the Northeast Division since they’re 5-0 this season.

The B’s have been great when you look at the entire season, but they’ve lost four straight against Western Conference foes.

The Ducks have played low scoring games against the league’s best teams this season, watching the ‘under’ go 6-1 in their last seven matches against squads with winning records.

Boston has been installed as a $2.20 home favorite with a total of 5 1/2.

Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes – 7:00 p.m. EST

Playoff positioning is truly on the line when the Sabres and Hurricanes face off in Raleigh. Buffalo (31-24-6, 68 points) is in the eighth and final spots in the East. Sitting just outside of the party is Carolina (31-26-5, 67 points).

Most betting shops have listed the 'Canes as $1.45 home favorites with the total sitting still at 5 1/2.

The Sabres are starting life without Ryan Miller, who suffered an ankle injury in their win against the Rangers on Feb. 21. That means Patrick Lalime (2-8-1, 3.16 GAA) will be tasked with keeping Buffalo in the playoff chase down the stretch. He stopped 18 of the 21 shots he saw in his latest start, a 3-2 home loss to the Ducks last Tuesday.

Carolina had gotten itself back into the hunt thanks to a three-game win streak. However, that was snapped by the Senators, who beat the ‘Canes 4-2 on Feb. 24. This loss could be thrown on the fact that Cam Ward has started nine matches in a row and might be a tad tired. The odds are good that we’ll see Michael Leighton for this fixture since he entered the last match in the second period as relief.

The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between these squads. The ‘under’ has cashed tickets in the past two matches.

Carolina has seen the ‘over’ go on a 7-0 run when playing with at least a day off. That works out nice considering the ‘over’ is 5-1-1 in the last seven head-to-head tilts in Raleigh.

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