NHL Betting News and Notes Monday 4/2

NHL Betting News and Notes Monday 4/2

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Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning (110, 5.5)

The Capitals will be in the playoffs if they can win their last three games, but it won’t be easy with two on the road, starting Monday at Tampa Bay.

Washington has lost just once in regulation in its last seven games and stand two points ahead of the ninth-place Buffalo Sabres. The Lightning are eliminated from playoff contention, but have won four of six.

Caps center Nicklas Backstrom returned Saturday after missing almost three months with a concussion, playing 19:40. That can only help an offense that has scored 12 goals in its last six games. Shootout victories in their last two games have given the Capitals a boost. Alex Ovechkin has no goals in his last three games, but nine in his last 10. Michal Neuvirth made 39 saves in the 3-2 victory over Montreal Saturday and is likely to get another start with Tomas Vokoun out with a groin injury. Alexander Semin has 41 points in 38 games against Tampa Bay.

Tampa's Steven Stamkos needs four goals in four games to become only the second player in 16 years to reach 60 goals in a season, joining Ovechkin (65 in 2007-08). Ryan Malone reached the 20-goal plateau for the sixth time in his eight NHL seasons by scoring five in the last two games. The Lightning’s 39 shots on goal in the 3-2 overtime victory over Winnipeg Saturday matched a season high.

The Lightning has beaten the Capitals four straight times at home.

Pick: Lightning

Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings (-240, 5)

By winning its final three games, Los Angeles will win the Pacific Division and earn the third seed in the Western Conference.

Brad Richardson is filling in admirably for Jeff Carter, who is nursing an ankle injury. Richardson tallied twice and captain Dustin Brown also scored in the Kings' 4-3 shootout loss to Minnesota on Saturday. Anze Kopitar, who has collected 21 points in his last 17 games, recorded a goal and an assist on Friday. All-Star Jonathan Quick sat out versus Minnesota, but turned aside 13 of 14 shots on Friday to improve to 6-1-3 in his career versus Edmonton.

Edmonton continues to collect points away from home. Teemu Hartikainen scored his first two goals of the season as the Oilers improved to 5-0-2 in their last seven road matches with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim on Sunday. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins notched an assist for his 51st point, tying him with Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog for the rookie scoring lead. The top overall pick of the 2011 draft, Nugent-Hopkins also had an assist in Friday's 4-1 loss to Los Angeles. Devan Dubnyk, who has won four of his last five starts, turned aside 20 shots in a 2-1 win over the Kings on Jan. 15.

Although its record leaves a bit to be desired, Edmonton has given Los Angeles a tough go this season. The Oilers have won two of the three meetings.

There's good value in the dog here.

Pick: Oilers

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Hot teams
-- Lightning won its last three home games, allowing seven goals. Washington won three of its last four games.
-- Los Angeles won six of its last seven home games. Edmonton won four of its last five road games.

Cold teams
-- None.

Totals
-- Four of last five Tampa Bay games stayed over total.
-- Under is 4-1-1 in last six Edmonton games.

Series records
-- Home side won last seven Washington-Tampa Bay games.
-- Kings won six of last seven games against Edmonton.

Back-to-Back
-- Oilers are 1-5 when they won the night before.

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WASHINGTON (40-31-0-8, 88 pts.) at TAMPA BAY (36-35-0-7, 79 pts.) - 4/2/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 9-16 ATS (-12.7 Units) in road games vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 93-84 ATS (-66.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 42-31 ATS (+75.3 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 16-9 ATS (+5.8 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
TAMPA BAY is 51-42 ATS (+96.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 27-23 ATS (+55.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
TAMPA BAY is 10-11 (+2.6 Units) against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 11-10-0 straight up against TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons
11 of 21 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.4 Units)

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EDMONTON (32-38-0-9, 73 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (39-27-0-13, 91 pts.) - 4/2/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
EDMONTON is 56-104 ATS (+202.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
EDMONTON is 11-33 ATS (+62.6 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
EDMONTON is 50-106 ATS (+202.8 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
EDMONTON is 13-24 ATS (+37.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
LOS ANGELES is 38-40 ATS (+80.8 Units) in all games this season.
LOS ANGELES is 35-37 ATS (-15.1 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
EDMONTON is 4-7 (+0.2 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 7-4-0 straight up against EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
8 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+6.1 Units)

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WASHINGTON vs. TAMPA BAY
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
Washington is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games

EDMONTON vs. LOS ANGELES
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
Edmonton is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Los Angeles is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

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WASHINGTON at TAMPA BAY
WASHINGTON: 9-16 SU in division road games
TAMPA BAY: 16-9 SU at home w/ revenge

EDMONTON at LOS ANGELES
EDMONTON: 13-7 SU off BB Unders
LOS ANGELES: 10-18-3 SU vs. Edmonton

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