NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday 3/7

NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday 3/7

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Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres (N/A)

The Buffalo Sabres have clawed their way back into the playoff picture, but would have loved to end their Western road trip with a win on Monday.

Buffalo fell 3-1 to Winnipeg, which was their first loss of the road swing.

"It was a big game," Sabres captain Jason Pominville told reporters. "We're aware of it. We could've been in the playoff picture with a game in hand, but it doesn't turn out that way. We made it a little hard on ourselves, but we've just got to get back to winning games and go back home and focus on the next one."

Goaltender Ryan Miller has been a huge part of Buffalo’s recent success. Monday’s defeat was the first time that the Sabres had lost in regulation since Feb. 16 and Miller was 3-0 with two shutouts last week.

After a slow start, Miller’s numbers are beginning to look more like what we’ve come to expect of him. He owns a 2.60 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage to go along with five shutouts this season.

Pick: Under

Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins (-210, 5.5)

It’s beginning to look like the Pittsburgh Penguins may have their captain, Sidney Crosby, back on the ice for the final push before the playoffs.

Crosby, who has been out of the lineup with concussion and neck problems, was cleared to take physical contact on Tuesday. That has everybody wondering when he might suit up for a game.

"No sooner than Sunday, I would say, but I’m not going to sit here and put a date on it. It would be total guesswork," he told the team's website." I just want to make sure I get through these days fine and that would be a great decision to make if I get to that point."

Meanwhile, the Penguins continue to roll along without him. They have won six straight and nine of their last 11.

Evgeni Malkin is leading the NHL with 81 points, while James Neal has been a huge addition to the offense. He has 30 goals, including  a team-high 13 on the power play.

Pick: Over

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Hot teams
-- Sabres won six of their last eight games.
-- Pittsburgh won 10 of its last 11 home games.

Cold teams
-- Hurricanes lost six of their last nine road games.
-- Toronto lost seven of its last eight games.

Totals
-- Last four Carolina road game went over the total.
-- Seven of last nine Toronto games went over the total.

Series records
-- Hurricanes won three of last four visits to Buffalo.
-- Penguins lost three of last four games against Toronto.

Back-to-Back
-- Carolina is 2-8 on road if it played the night before.
-- Maple Leafs are 5-8 if they played the night before.

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CAROLINA (24-27-0-14, 62 pts.) at BUFFALO (30-28-0-8, 68 pts.) - 3/7/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
CAROLINA is 6-5 (+2.2 Units) against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
CAROLINA is 6-5-0 straight up against BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
6 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.0 Units)

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TORONTO (30-28-0-7, 67 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (39-21-0-5, 83 pts.) - 3/7/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 6-17 ATS (+27.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
PITTSBURGH is 25-10 ATS (+11.3 Units) after a 3 game unbeaten streak over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 45-18 ATS (+17.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 15-2 ATS (+10.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 77-90 ATS (+207.6 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
TORONTO is 5-6 (+0.4 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 6-5-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
8 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+4.9 Units)

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CAROLINA vs. BUFFALO
Carolina is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games when playing Buffalo
Buffalo is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Carolina
Buffalo is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Carolina

TORONTO vs. PITTSBURGH
Toronto is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Toronto's last 14 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 14 games when playing Toronto
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

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CAROLINA at BUFFALO
CAROLINA: 3-14 SU after a division game
BUFFALO: 6-11 SU off a road loss

TORONTO at PITTSBURGH
TORONTO: 5-12 SU off a home loss
PITTSBURGH: 25-10 SU after a 3 game unbeaten streak

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