NHL Betting News and Notes Monday 4/23

NHL Betting News and Notes Monday 4/23

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New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators (100, 5)

Craig Anderson and the Senators have pushed the top-seeded Rangers to the brink of elimination. After registering a franchise-best 41-save shutout Saturday, Anderson will look to provide the final shove during Monday's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in Canada's capital city. Captain Daniel Alfredsson, who has missed the team's last three contests with a mild concussion, says he's "hopeful" to play.

After mustering only nine shots in the first four contests, Jason Spezza registered six during Game 5. The increase in shots also resulted in a pair of goals for Spezza -- his first of the series. Spezza's first goal was set up by Mark Stone, who was making his NHL debut. The 19-year-old threaded the needle on a brilliant pass to Spezza, who beat Henrik Lundqvist from the right faceoff circle.  "It was pretty nice to get that assist, my first game in the NHL," Stone said. "It really means a lot to me."

New York's offensive woes have been pronounced in this series. Marian Gaborik, who led the Rangers with 41 goals in the regular season, hasn't scored since Game 1. In addition, Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan have been held off the scoresheet throughout the series.

With three goals in the first three contests, Brian Boyle has been an unexpected offensive contributor for New York. Boyle's availability for Monday's game is in question after he sustained a concussion on a play which coach John Tortorella later equated to the one that got Raffi Torres suspended for 25 games. "Well, they have a blueprint," Tortorella said. "It was probably the exact same hit as Torres, different part of the ice. (Chris Neil) launches himself, (it's) a head shot, the puck's at the goal line when he's hit. So the blueprint's there. ... Not too much research to be done there."

Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin, who has served his three-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Alfredsson, is eligible to return Monday. He'll likely replace Boston College star Chris Kreider -- or Boyle, if he is unable to play.

Pick: Senators

Phoenix Coyotes at Chicago Blackhawks (-145, 5)

The Blackhawks hope to keep a pair of dubious streaks in play when they host the Coyotes on Monday in Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Blackhawks staved off elimination and sent the series back to Chicago with a 2-1 overtime victory in Phoenix on Saturday. Jonathan Toews' goal prevented the Coyotes from ending a string of 13 straight postseason series losses and kept alive Chicago's hopes of ending an 0-for-10 skid when trailing a series 3-1.

Prior to Game 5, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville implored his star players to step up their play, and his biggest star responded when team captain Toews delivered the game-winner with a perfect shot. Toews, who missed the final 22 games of the regular season with a concussion, scored his second goal of the series after recording only one assist in the previous three games. Viktor Stalberg had an assist on the winning tally, a major relief after he committed four minor penalties in the contest.

The Coyotes were unable to protect a third-period lead for the fourth time in the series. Phoenix was outshot by a 2-to-1 margin and failed to capitalize on four power-play opportunities. Gilbert Brule scored the only goal for the Coyotes, who have given up the tying goal three times in the final 86 seconds of regulation to keep the Blackhawks breathing. Goaltender Mike Smith turned aside 36 shots and also had an assist on Brule’s goal. He hasn’t lost in regulation since March 15 against Calgary, a span of 14 games.

Phoenix was 33-1-0 when leading after two periods in the regular season, but has seen Chicago score the tying goal with 14.2 seconds, 5.6 seconds, 1:26 and 10:45 in the third period.

Pick: Blackhawks

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Senators @ Rangers -- #1 seed New York on verge of getting ousted much like Vancouver was last night; Rangers lost three of last four road games, seven of last nine games overall, with total of six goals being scored in Games 3-4 here. Ottawa is 6-4 in last ten games vs Rangers, but New York is 7-2 last nine trips here, in what has been a road-oriented series. Coach Tortorella won Cup with ’04 Lightning, but hasn’t won playoff series (0-4) since. Ottawa hasn’t won playoff series (0-2) since losing ’07 final to Ducks.

Coyotes @ Blackhawks -- All five games in series have gone OT, with visitor winning three of five; Chicago has outshot Phoenix 26-16 in OT, but Coyotes scored three of five GW goals, after being outscored 7-3 in third period in first three games. Coyotes have won six of last eight games with Chicago, allowing 16 goals. Chicago is 1-17, Coyotes 2-15 on power play so far in series. Phoenix hasn't won playoff series in 19 years- they've led in third period of both games they lost in series. Only other playoff series where first five games went into OT was 1951 Cup finals.

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NY RANGERS (53-25-0-9, 115 pts.) at OTTAWA (44-33-0-10, 98 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
OTTAWA is 43-43 ATS (+43.0 Units) in all games this season.
OTTAWA is 15-8 ATS (+5.5 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
NY RANGERS are 53-33 ATS (+6.3 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 27-13 ATS (+11.1 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 35-41 ATS (-39.4 Units) in home games in April games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
OTTAWA is 9-8 (+3.9 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
OTTAWA is 9-8-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
7 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.2 Units)


PHOENIX (45-27-0-15, 105 pts.) at CHICAGO (47-26-0-14, 108 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 312-332 ATS (-111.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
PHOENIX is 140-121 ATS (+15.8 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 14-8 ATS (+23.0 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent this season.
PHOENIX is 32-26 ATS (+65.4 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 23-12 ATS (+10.3 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 28-22 ATS (+52.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
PHOENIX is 15-9 ATS (+24.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
PHOENIX is 80-64 ATS (+11.7 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 11-6 (+7.9 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 11-6-0 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
11 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+5.4 Units)

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NY RANGERS vs. OTTAWA
NY Rangers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Ottawa
NY Rangers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games
Ottawa is 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against NY Rangers
Ottawa is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home

PHOENIX vs. CHICAGO
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing at home against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Phoenix

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NY Rangers at Ottawa
NY Rangers: 8-0 SU away off a home loss by 2+ goals
Ottawa: 3-11 SU off a combined score of 3 goals or less

Phoenix at Chicago
Phoenix: 18-7 SU off a combined score of 4 goals or less
Chicago: 3-8 SU at home off a win by 1 goal

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