NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday 4/12

NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday 4/12

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San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues (-155, 5)

Despite everything the St. Louis Blues accomplished in the regular season, many are wondering if this team is all it’s cracked up to be.

The Blues don’t have a dominant scorer (David Backes paced the team with 54 points in the regular season) and rarely blow any team away, but what they do is defense. They’re responsible in all three zone and have had great goaltending with Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak splitting time in the crease.

In short, they’re everything coach Ken Hitchcock wants them to be.

"The players' buy-in has really made me proud," Hitchcock told reporters. "They've been willing to look in the mirror, do the hard things, change in some cases individually, and collectively. I'm very impressed. That's what's given us a chance."

They have a great chance to get a leg up on the Sharks in Game 1. The Blues won all four meetings between the two teams this season while shutting out the Sharks twice.

St. Louis just doesn’t allow many quality scoring chances and you never know what you’ll get from the Sharks this time of year.

Pick: Under

Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes (-125, 5)

The Coyotes might be the best bargain on Thursday’s board.

With Mike Smith leading the charge to the playoffs, Phoenix allowed just two goals during its current five-game winning streak and has downed Chicago in each of the last three meetings between the two clubs.

"We've worked hard, gone through some trials and tribulations throughout this year and the guys have hung in there," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett told reporters. "There were some times when it could have turned the other way and our guys grabbed it and kept pushing along. We've finished on a nice streak and hopefully we'll play our best hockey of the season in the playoffs."

Radim Vrbata certainly looks ready to go. He finished the regular season with five goals in the last five games and finished with 35 on the year.

Phoenix may not have Chicago’s firepower, but with Vrbata and Ray Whitney pacing the attack and Smith boarding up the net, watch out for the ‘Yotes.

Pick: Coyotes

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NHL Preview

Senators @ Rangers -- Rangers have home ice advantage in playoff series for first time since ’96; New York is top seed in east, will have home ice in first three rounds, if they advance. Coach Tortorella won Cup with ’04 Lightning, but hasn’t won playoff series (0-4) since. Rangers are just 2-3 in first round series since ’98. Ottawa hasn’t won playoff series (0-2) since losing ’07 final to Ducks; overall they’re 5-7 in first round series. Rangers lost four of last five vs Ottawa. This is first time Ottawa/Rangers have met in playoffs; Blueshirts are 18-14 in Ottawa, but just 14-21 at home vs Senators. Rangers lost their last four regular season games, Senators lost their last three.

Caps @ Bruins -- Washington beat Bruins three of four this season, but Boston won Stanley Cup LY for first time since 1972 (first final since ’90); they won three of last four first round series, after not having a series win from 2000-07. Bruins split two previous playoff series with Washington, with last one 14 years ago. Capitols are 2-5 in first round series since losing in ’98 Cup finals; four of their last six playoff series went seven games (Caps 1-3 in those Game 7’s). Washington is 17-40 in Beantown; Bruins are 32-23 in DC. Washington won four of its last five games overall, Bruins won nine of last 12.

Sharks @ Blues -- St Louis swept Sharks 4-0 this season, outscoring them 12-3. Blues made Cup finals in first three years in existence (‘68-’70), but were swept all three times and have never been back. San Jose won seven of last eight first round series; they’ve lost in Western finals last two years, but are 31-43 vs St Louis, even though Sharks won two of three playoff series vs team, with last one in ’04. Blues haven’t won a playoff game in seven years, getting swept 4-0 by Canucks in ’09 series that’s their only playoff appearance in last six seasons, until now. Blues lost eight of last 12 games, overall; Sharks won their last four games to get to this point.

Blackhawks @ Coyotes -- Phoenix Coyotes have never won playoff series (0-7) since moving to desert; their last such win was in ’93 as Winnipeg Jets- overall, they’re 2-18 in playoff series (0-10 vs Detroit/Edmonton), but they come into playoffs red-hot, winning last five games while allowing only two goals. This is their first playoff meeting with the Blackhawks, who won Stanley Cup two years ago, its first since ’61, then got beat in first round LY; since ’97, they’re 2-3 in first round series. Coyotes won their last three games with Chicago, allowing four goals- they're 4-2 in last six visits to Windy City.

Devils @ Panthers -- Florida lost eight of last ten games coming into their first playoff appearance in 12 years. New Jersey missed playoffs LY, got beat in first round three years before that, so they’re starved for series win, but not as hungry as Florida, which last made playoffs when they lost Final in ’96, just their 3rd year in NHL- they haven’t won playoff series (0-2) since. Florida lost its only playoff series with New Jersey, scoring six goals total in four-game Devil sweep in ’00. New Jersey is 20-13 in Miami, 23-10 vs Panthers at home. Teams split 12 games over last three years, going 3-3 in each building.

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OTTAWA (41-31-0-10, 92 pts.) at NY RANGERS (51-24-0-7, 109 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 51-30 ATS (+84.9 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 26-13 ATS (+9.8 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 16-10 ATS (+26.5 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more this season.
NY RANGERS are 164-173 ATS (-92.3 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 24-32 ATS (-24.0 Units) in home games when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 77-107 ATS (-83.1 Units) in home games after allowing 4 goals or more since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
OTTAWA is 6-6 (+2.0 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 6-6-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.0 Units)


WASHINGTON (42-32-0-8, 92 pts.) at BOSTON (49-29-0-4, 102 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 16-4 ATS (+10.5 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 26-12 ATS (+5.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
BOSTON is 18-19 ATS (-13.4 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 7-5 (+1.5 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 7-5-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.2 Units)


SAN JOSE (43-29-0-10, 96 pts.) at ST LOUIS (49-22-0-11, 109 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
SAN JOSE is 43-39 ATS (-15.5 Units) in all games this season.
SAN JOSE is 6-14 ATS (-10.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
SAN JOSE is 10-18 ATS (-12.5 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
SAN JOSE is 5-11 ATS (-10.4 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent this season.
SAN JOSE is 16-21 ATS (-15.2 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
ST LOUIS is 77-57 ATS (+12.0 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 100-61 ATS (+24.3 Units) in April games since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 160-171 ATS (+367.3 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ST LOUIS is 6-6 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
ST LOUIS is 6-6-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.0 Units)


CHICAGO (45-26-0-11, 101 pts.) at PHOENIX (42-27-0-13, 97 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 137-119 ATS (-17.3 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 188-163 ATS (+20.8 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.
PHOENIX is 19-7 ATS (+26.1 Units) after a 3 game unbeaten streak over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 25-20 ATS (+2.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
CHICAGO is 310-329 ATS (+696.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
PHOENIX is 8-16 ATS (+24.1 Units) in home games after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 8-4 (+6.6 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 8-4-0 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.1 Units)

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Ottawa at NY Rangers
Ottawa: 15-6 Over off a road loss by 2+ goals
NY Rangers: 15-3 SU after losing 3 of their last 4 games

Washington at Boston
Washington: 27-12 SU off an Over
Boston: 2-8 SU off an overtime win

San Jose at St. Louis
San Jose: 6-14 SU away with a total of 5 goals or less
St. Louis: 19-2 SU at home off a win

Chicago at Phoenix
Chicago: 7-16 SU away playing with same-season revenge
Phoenix: 19-7 SU off 3+ wins

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OTTAWA vs. NY RANGERS
Ottawa is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Rangers
Ottawa is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road   
NY Rangers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the NY Rangers last 11 games when playing at home against Ottawa

SAN JOSE vs. ST. LOUIS
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of San Jose's last 10 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
San Jose is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against St. Louis   
St. Louis is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against San Jose
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose

WASHINGTON vs. BOSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington's last 18 games when playing Boston
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston   
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Boston's last 18 games when playing Washington
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington

CHICAGO vs. PHOENIX
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Chicago is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 9 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago

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