NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday 3/24

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday 3/24

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Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators (-200, 5.5)

Two words: Alexander Radulov.

The Russian forward left for the KHL in 2008 but returned this week to help bolster the Predator’s push for playoff positioning in the Western Conference. Radulov, who is still dealing with jet lag from his flight from Russia, has had limited practice time with the club but debuted on Thursday night with nearly 16 minutes of ice time as he scored his team’s only goal in a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

"He's more mature in everything in terms of he's bigger. He's smarter. He's more hockey savvy with more poise," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "So yeah he's an improved version which is great because he was a good version when he was here."

And Radulov couldn’t have returned at a better time.

Nashville hasn’t scored more than three goals in nearly two weeks and not surprisingly is just 1-4 over that span.

"He's a superstar," defenseman Ryan Suter told reporters. "He plays hard and has got a great shot, and it's fun to be out there with him."

Pick: Predators

Phoenix Coyotes at San Jose Sharks (-138, 5)

No Shane Doan, no problem for the Phoenix Coyotes.

The team stayed in the thick of the playoff hunt this week with a 3-2 win over Colorado as their captain watched from high above, serving the first of a three-game suspension that will sideline him again on Saturday. Doan, who has 21 goals and 26 assists, was minus-11 through 74 games, however, and the team appears to be tightening its belt as it hits the stretch run.

"Guys knew they had to step it up," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said after the win over the Avalanche. "As a team, we were stronger earlier in the game but didn't make enough plays in the third. We hung on, picked up the two points and now move forward."

Phoenix has seen the under go 35-29-11 this season and bettors have regularly cashed tickets playing the under when the Coyotes tangle with their Pacific Division rivals. Phoenix-San Jose matchups have seen the under go 11-5-2 in the past 16 meetings.

Meantime, San Jose also is getting stingier as the stakes increase. The Sharks have seen the under go 8-3-2 in their past 13 overall.

Pick: Under

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New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs (+140, 5.5)

Reduced to playing spoiler in front of the nation, Toronto has an opportunity to make the Rangers sweat a little more. New York, coasting most of the season in the No. 1 spot of the East, now has prolific Pittsburgh hot on its tail and any slipup down the stretch may cost the Rangers.

Back in the fold

Rangers center Artem Anisimov returned to the lineup in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, and do not underrate his presence.

He missed two games because of a shoulder injury and was eased back slowly, but the important thing is he's back. He took 15 shifts, had 12:14 time on the ice and finished with one shot and one block.

Anisimov, entering Friday's game against Buffalo, had 14 goals and 33 points, and he's also a favorite of coach John Tortorella, who doesn't have many of them. Maybe a plus-14 rating from a 23-year-old Russian, who is still learning his way in the NHL, has something to do with that affinity?

Either way, the Rangers are glad to have him back.

New players, new life

Think of them as those September call-ups in baseball, when the season is technically over and you can get a look at your future. And with banged-up bodies up and down the roster, these Toronto prospects should get a good look.

The Maple Leafs called up forwards Nazem Kadri and Ryan Hamilton from the AHL on an emergency basis Thursday. Hamilton, 26, is the captain of the Toronto Marlies and had 46 points with the team. Kadri, 21, had 13 goals and 32 points for the Marlies and has already had a stint with the big club this season.

The pair was slated to suit up for the Maple Leafs against the New Jersey Devils Friday.

Concerns up front

Maybe it's just a sign of the new NHL, and a disappointing one at that for over players, but it's hard to believe the season is almost over and the East's top team does not have a 70-point producer yet.

The Rangers are balanced, certainly. They have great goaltending and adequate defense. But offensively they still leave a little to be desired.

Marian Gaborik has had a terrific year. But entering Friday, he had just 66 points, highlighted by 35 goals, and hadn't scored since March 15. Brad Richards, the marquee offseason signing, has had a similar year. He's done enough to not draw complaints but had just 57 points headed into the Sabres game.

It is true, at this point in the year, it’s the quality and value of goals that matter more than the quantity, especially when you have Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes. But if the Rangers can't come up with enough tallies when it counts, it does leave open the possibility of an early playoff ouster.

History

Think New York. The Rangers have won four of the last five meetings between these two at the Air Canada Centre, and the road team has won six of the last seven in this Original Six rivalry. Also, Toronto has dropped eight straight at home.

Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche (+105, 5)

Having pretty much settled into the No. 2 seed in the West, Vancouver is fine-tuning its game carefully down the stretch, trying to get everyone healthy. It’s a different deal for Colorado, stuck in a tooth-and-nail fight for the final playoff spot in the conference. These two points certainly mean more to the home team Saturday.

Short on defense

They've played two more games than Dallas and that might end up being the fall of the Avalanche from the postseason mix. But for now, they must keep battling and do so while fighting injury.

In a critical 3-2 loss to Phoenix Thursday, defenseman Erik Johnson missed his second straight game because of a back injury. Johnson, who just turned 24 Wednesday, is a valued member of the backline and should be monitored. He has four goals and 24 points, and though he plays an aggressive game, he has just 24 minutes in penalties. He has 16 shots on net and 11 blocks this month.

Taking the cautious approach

While the Canucks prepare to play out the string, clearly the biggest concern is Daniel Sedin. Sedin sustained an elbow to the head from Chicago's Duncan Keith during the first period of the Blackhawks' 2-1 overtime win Wednesday. He has had headaches since and missed Thursday's 2-1 win over Dallas.

Sedin has 30 goals this season to go along with 67 points and a plus-14 rating. Clearly, he will be an obvious key cog to any lengthy postseason run and is valued on and off the ice. The team can’t be too cautious with this injury. He is out indefinitely.

Make-or-break March

The loss to the Coyotes was costly, but the Avalanche have been on a nice run and if they can sneak one out against the Canucks, and take advantage of a team that has more concerns off the ice than on, they can give themselves a boost. Colorado does have points in five of the last six games and the Avalanche won four of those contests.

Included in that run is an impressive 3-1 victory over the Rangers last Saturday that proved the Avalanche mean business. They have seven wins in March and are riding rookie Gabriel Landeskog as far as they can. He has 21 goals and 47 points.

History

The Canucks have won six of the last seven meetings of this rivalry in Colorado and the under has hit in four of the last five installments there. But the Avalanche have won four consecutive on home ice.

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Hot teams
-- Dallas won six of its last eight home games.
-- Sabres won last three games, outscoring opponents 14-4.
-- Flyers won six of their last seven home games.
-- Hurricanes won four of their last five games.
-- Penguins won 13 of their last 14 games.
-- Islanders won their last two games, 3-2so/5-2.
-- Kings won their last six games, allowing ten goals.
-- Colorado won its last four home games, allowing six goals.
-- Sharks won three of their last four home games.

Cold teams
-- Flames lost their last four games, scoring five goals.
-- Minnesota lost seven of its last nine road games.
-- Canadiens lost three of their last four games.
-- Red Wings lost six in row, eight of their last nine games.
-- Nashville lost four of its last five games. Jets lost three of last four on road.
-- Toronto lost its last eight home games. Rangers lost last four road games, outscored 16-8.
-- Senators lost five of their last six games.
-- Lightning lost three of its last four games.
-- Bruins lost last four road games, scoring total of six goals.
-- Canucks lost four of their last five games.
-- Coyotes lost four of their last six road games.

Totals
-- Under is 3-0-1 in last four Calgary games.
-- Over is 3-0-1 in Minnesota's last four road games.
-- Last eleven Philly games all stayed under the total.
-- Five of last six Carolina road games went over the total.
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-- Five of last six Winnipeg games went over the total.
-- Last three Toronto games went over the total.
-- Five of last six Penguin games went over the total.
-- Over is 4-1-1 in Islanders' last six road games.
-- Five of last seven Boston games went over the total.
-- Under is 5-0-1 in Vancouver's last six away games.
-- Under is 7-3-1 in last eleven Phoenix road games.

Series records
-- Dallas beat Flames twice this season, both games 3-2 in OT.
-- Sabres won 3-2 in OT at Minnesota in LY's meeting.
-- Flyers won 11 of their last 15 games against Montreal.
-- Home side won three of last four Carolina-Detroit games.
-- Jets won two of their last three visits to Nashville.
-- Rangers won four of their last five visits to Toronto.
-- Penguins are 4-3 in their last seven visits to Ottawa.
-- Islanders won six of last eight games against Tampa Bay.
-- Kings won five of their last six games against Boston.
-- Canucks won their last five games against Colorado.
-- Coyotes won last three games vs San Jose, outscoring Sharks 11-3.

Back-to-Back
-- Sabres are 1-7 at home if they played the night before.
-- Montreal is 2-4 on road if it won the night before.
-- Carolina is 4-10 on road if it played the night before.
-- Winnipeg is 0-9 on road if it played the night before.
-- Rangers are 3-2 if they lost the night before. Toronto is 5-11 if it played the night before, 1-4 at home.
-- Senators are 3-4 at home if they played the night before.

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CALGARY (34-26-0-15, 83 pts.) at DALLAS (40-29-0-5, 85 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 2:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
DALLAS is 40-33 ATS (+3.7 Units) in all games this season.
DALLAS is 10-3 ATS (+13.2 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
DALLAS is 169-113 ATS (-54.3 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game since 1996.
DALLAS is 23-12 ATS (+36.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
CALGARY is 14-7 ATS (+22.2 Units) in road games on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 5-5-0 straight up against CALGARY over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.1 Units)

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MINNESOTA (31-32-0-10, 72 pts.) at BUFFALO (36-29-0-10, 82 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 11-21 ATS (+32.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
BUFFALO is 50-39 ATS (-7.3 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 18-10 ATS (+29.4 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games over the last 3 seasons.
BUFFALO is 1-6 ATS (-8.7 Units) in home games on Saturday games this season.
BUFFALO is 1-7 ATS (-8.0 Units) in home games when playing on back-to-back days this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 1-1 (+0.2 Units) against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
BUFFALO is 1-1-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.0 Units)

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MONTREAL (29-33-0-13, 71 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (43-23-0-8, 94 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
MONTREAL is 28-46 ATS (+74.4 Units) in all games this season.
MONTREAL is 16-28 ATS (+44.4 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
MONTREAL is 6-14 ATS (-8.5 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
MONTREAL is 13-25 ATS (+40.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
MONTREAL is 26-16 ATS (+42.2 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 38-35 ATS (-10.1 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 17-17 ATS (-10.2 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 24-24 ATS (-16.4 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 11-5 (+5.0 Units) against the spread versus MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
PHILADELPHIA is 11-5-0 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
8 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.6 Units, Under=-0.9 Units)

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CAROLINA (30-30-0-15, 75 pts.) at DETROIT (44-25-0-5, 93 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 7:05 PM

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 1-1 (+0.0 Units) against the spread versus CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 1-1-0 straight up against CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.0 Units)

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WINNIPEG (35-31-0-8, 78 pts.) at NASHVILLE (42-24-0-8, 92 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
WINNIPEG is 0-9 ATS (+14.6 Units) in road games when playing on back-to-back days this season.
NASHVILLE is 91-76 ATS (-3.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NASHVILLE is 23-8 ATS (+14.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
NASHVILLE is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.
NASHVILLE is 28-16 ATS (+8.1 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NASHVILLE is 3-1 (+2.0 Units) against the spread versus WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
NASHVILLE is 3-1-0 straight up against WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.0 Units)

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NY RANGERS (46-21-0-7, 99 pts.) at TORONTO (33-34-0-8, 74 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 46-27 ATS (+7.9 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 13-4 ATS (+17.6 Units) in road games after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 25-12 ATS (+10.5 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 22-8 ATS (+9.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
NY RANGERS are 8-2 ATS (+6.0 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 this season.
NY RANGERS are 20-10 ATS (+8.6 Units) when playing on back-to-back days over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 28-42 ATS (+74.3 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 16-25 ATS (-13.3 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 93-115 ATS (-40.1 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.
TORONTO is 8-21 ATS (+31.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 7-4 (+2.2 Units) against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 7-4-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
6 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.2 Units)

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PITTSBURGH (46-21-0-6, 98 pts.) at OTTAWA (37-28-0-10, 84 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
PITTSBURGH is 97-64 ATS (+1.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 27-14 ATS (+12.3 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 48-18 ATS (+16.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 25-10 ATS (+9.2 Units) second half of the season this season.
PITTSBURGH is 19-5 ATS (+13.1 Units) in road games on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 4-13 ATS (+17.7 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.
OTTAWA is 1-7 ATS (-8.8 Units) in home games on Saturday games this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
OTTAWA is 7-10 (+0.7 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 10-7-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
12 of 17 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+6.4 Units)

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NY ISLANDERS (30-32-0-11, 71 pts.) at TAMPA BAY (33-33-0-7, 73 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
TAMPA BAY is 90-82 ATS (+202.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 68-113 ATS (+195.9 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games since 1996.
TAMPA BAY is 248-340 ATS (+649.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY ISLANDERS is 6-5 (+2.1 Units) against the spread versus TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons
NY ISLANDERS is 6-5-0 straight up against TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons
7 of 11 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.3 Units)

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BOSTON (42-28-0-3, 87 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (37-25-0-12, 86 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 9:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 18-20 ATS (-15.9 Units) second half of the season this season.
BOSTON is 21-27 ATS (-17.4 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 25-33 ATS (-23.7 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 35-36 ATS (-20.1 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 8-13 ATS (-7.6 Units) on Saturday games this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 4-1 (+3.4 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 4-1-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.0 Units)

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VANCOUVER (44-21-0-9, 97 pts.) at COLORADO (40-31-0-5, 85 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 10:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
COLORADO is 40-36 ATS (-20.8 Units) in all games this season.
COLORADO is 10-6 ATS (+3.2 Units) on Saturday games this season.
VANCOUVER is 63-33 ATS (+18.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 89-87 ATS (+194.8 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.
VANCOUVER is 102-88 ATS (+196.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less since 1996.
VANCOUVER is 186-163 ATS (+354.1 Units) in road games second half of the season since 1996.
VANCOUVER is 10-2 ATS (+7.6 Units) in road games in March games over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 10-2 ATS (+7.5 Units) in road games on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 10-2 ATS (+7.6 Units) in road games after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO is 7-27 ATS (+42.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO is 15-23 ATS (-12.9 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO is 14-31 ATS (+50.1 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANCOUVER is 13-3 (+8.6 Units) against the spread versus COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
VANCOUVER is 13-3-0 straight up against COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.1 Units)

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PHOENIX (37-26-0-12, 86 pts.) at SAN JOSE (37-27-0-10, 84 pts.) - 3/24/2012, 10:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 132-117 ATS (+12.5 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 94-93 ATS (+221.1 Units) in road games vs. division opponents since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 37-37 ATS (+75.1 Units) in all games this season.
SAN JOSE is 13-20 ATS (-21.3 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
SAN JOSE is 5-13 ATS (-16.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season this season.
SAN JOSE is 18-22 ATS (-21.2 Units) second half of the season this season.
SAN JOSE is 5-12 ATS (-14.5 Units) after a non-conference game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN JOSE is 10-6 (+1.1 Units) against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
SAN JOSE is 10-6-0 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.9 Units)

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CALGARY vs. DALLAS
Calgary is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Calgary is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games   
Dallas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
Dallas is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games

CAROLINA vs. DETROIT
Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 6 games on the road   
Detroit13-1-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Carolina
Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

MINNESOTA vs. BUFFALO
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Minnesota is 4-18 SU in its last 22 games on the road   
Buffalo is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Buffalo is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

MONTREAL vs. PHILADELPHIA
Montreal is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia   
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

NY ISLANDERS vs. TAMPA BAY
NY Islanders are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games on the road
NY Islanders are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games   
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games when playing NY Islanders
Tampa Bay is 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing at home against NY Islanders

NY RANGERS vs. TORONTO
NY Rangers are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the NY Rangers last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto   
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
Toronto is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games

PITTSBURGH vs. OTTAWA
Pittsburgh is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games   
Ottawa is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
Ottawa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

WINNIPEG vs. NASHVILLE
Winnipeg is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Nashville
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 6 games when playing Nashville   
Nashville is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
Nashville is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home

BOSTON vs. LOS ANGELES
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
Boston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles   
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games

PHOENIX vs. SAN JOSE
Phoenix is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
Phoenix is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road   
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Jose's last 8 games at home
San Jose is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home

VANCOUVER vs. COLORADO
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vancouver's last 7 games
Vancouver is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Colorado is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Vancouver
Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Vancouver

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CALGARY at DALLAS
CALGARY: 2-9 SU off 1 goal division loss
DALLAS: 25-18 SU off Under

MINNESOTA at BUFFALO
MINNESOTA: 14-5 SU Away off home win
BUFFALO: 6-0 Under off road win by 2+ goals

MONTREAL at PHILADELPHIA
MONTREAL: 1-6 SU off win by 4+ goals
PHILADELPHIA: 8-2 Over on Saturday home games

CAROLINA at DETROIT
CAROLINA: 11-3 Over on Saturday
DETROIT: 0-4 SU off OT loss

WINNIPEG at NASHVILLE
WINNIPEG: 0-9 SU Away playing on back to back days
NASHVILLE: 12-5 SU off road loss

NY RANGERS at TORONTO
NY RANGERS: 7-0 SU Away off home loss by 2+ goals
TORONTO: 0-5 SU at home off road win by 1 goal

PITTSBURGH at OTTAWA
PITTSBURGH: 13-3 off BB home wins
OTTAWA: 1-7 SU in Saturday home games

NY ISLANDERS at TAMPA BAY
NY ISLANDERS: 6-28 SU off BB road wins
TAMPA BAY: 21-5 Over off an Under

BOSTON at LOS ANGELES
BOSTON: 19-9 Over off a loss
LOS ANGELES: 8-0 Under at home off home shutout win

VANCOUVER at COLORADO
VANCOUVER: 10-2 SU in March road games
COLORADO: 8-0 Under off 1 goal road loss

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Rangers - Maple Leafs Betting Preview
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The New York Rangers’ foremost goal is to gain home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs are merely trying to save face right now.

Why New York Will Win

The college basketball betting experts who are getting ready to analyze the Final Four are unable to give their attention to college hockey’s equivalent, the Frozen Four, which takes place at roughly the same point on the sports calendar at the beginning of April. In the world of professional hockey, the object is to try and gain as much leverage as possible before the NHL postseason begins. Unlike college hockey teams, the NHL’s best are able to play in best-of-seven-game series, but in order to win those extended battles, having home ice for a Game 5 and especially a Game 7 is an important poker chip. This is what the New York Rangers are chasing right now. New York holds a slim three-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the chase for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers, approaching the final three weeks of the regular season, know that they can’t give games away. They will face a number of tough games on the slate, but this game against Toronto doesn’t rise to the same degree of difficulty. The Maple Leafs are one of the most disorganized, listless organizations in the NHL. Their proud history and heritage have given way to dysfunctionality and an inability to persevere in the final months of a season. The Maple Leafs got embarrassed earlier this week by the Boston Bruins, absorbing an 8-0 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champions. That game underscored the extent to which the Toronto franchise has become an unquestioned disgrace in the hockey community. The Rangers are not likely to lose to a floundering and very powerless opponent.

Why Toronto Will Win

When you place your sports bet on a regular-season NHL game, you should always be ready to make the kind of pick that plays against a given NHL trend. There’s not an abundance of reasons to pick Toronto over the New York Rangers at the Air Canada Centre, but with this game on home ice, the Maple Leafs at least have a better chance of winning than they would if they played at Madison Square Garden in New York. If Toronto wins this game, it will be because the Maple Leafs will be trying to erase the utter humiliation of their eight-goal loss to Boston this past week. Any group of professional athletes, no matter how impotent or incompetent it might be, owns a certain amount of pride. Even after the greatest insult or the most profound professional embarrassment, it will want to restore some semblance of honor to its name. The Maple Leafs will want to play hard and well against the best team in their conference. One inspired performance could lift Toronto to victory.

Who Will Win?


Toronto will play hard in the first period, but can it play well for all three stanzas? That’s not likely. New York has too much at stake to lose to Toronto. The Maple Leafs will fight, but they don’t possess the skill or discipline of the Rangers.

NHL Betting Pick: New York Rangers

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