NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday 4/26

NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday 4/26

Devils at Panthers: What Bettors Need to Know
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New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers (105, 5)

THE STORY:
The Florida Panthers get another shot at ending a lengthy postseason drought as they entertain the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Thursday night. Florida is seeking its first playoff series victory since the 1996 Eastern Conference finals. Travis Zajac scored his third goal of the playoffs 5:39 into overtime to give the Devils a 3-2 victory in Game 6 on Tuesday. Zajac leads all scorers in the series with three goals and three assists.

ABOUT THE DEVILS: The Devils, who will be playing their 14th Game 7 in team history, outshot the Panthers 42-16 in Game 6. The club is 6-7 in Game 7s, including 3-5 on the road. New Jersey won its last road Game 7 in the 2003 Eastern Conference finals in Ottawa. In order for the Devils to win their first playoff matchup since 2007, they'll have to accomplish something they haven't done in the postseason in four years - win two in a row. New Jersey won three straight to take its first-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS: Goaltender Scott Clemmensen made 39 saves for the Panthers in relief of Jose Theodore, who was a late scratch with a knee injury prior to Game 6. Theodore took part in an optional practice Wednesday. "I've been playing this game all series long who we're going to start, and the truth of the matter is there's a question mark because we have trust in both our goalies," Coach Kevin Dineen said. "But Theo has been our go-to guy, and if he's available, he'll be the one running, I think."

TRENDS:

*Under is 6-2-5 in the last 13 meetings in Florida.
*Devils are 21-10-1 in the last 32 meetings in Florida.
*Panthers are 5-11 in their last 16 overall.
*Home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is 5-4 in Game 7 matchups over his career and 11-12 in elimination games.

2. Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison, their leading goal scorer on the blue line, is questionable with a lower-body injury.

3. Florida forward Kris Versteeg has eight goals in 10 games versus New Jersey this season.

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Senators at Rangers: What Bettors Need to Know
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Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers (-165, 5)

THE STORY:
For the fourth time in his career, Henrik Lundqvist was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. If the top-seeded New York Rangers wish to continue their pursuit of the Stanley Cup, they'll need the stud goaltender to prove his worth in Thursday's seventh and deciding game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Ottawa Senators. New York has won all three of its previous Game 7 matches at Madison Square Garden.

ABOUT THE SENATORS: Daniel Alfredsson returned following a three-game absence due to a mild concussion in Monday's 3-2 loss in Game 6. The captain showed an uncharacteristic level of frustration by smashing his stick and stomping on a water bottle as he spent time on the bench during the third period. "It was a little frustration and I probably should have handled myself better," Alfredsson said. Chris Neil has been generous on the scoreboard as well as with his fists. The agitator netted his second goal of the series in Game 6 and engaged in a lengthy battle with Brandon Prust. As he fought, Neil also encouraged the crowd at Scotiabank Place to keep chanting his name.

ABOUT THE RANGERS: Derek Stepan picked a fine time to make his presence known in the series. The second-year center collected his first points of the series with a power-play goal and two assists in Game 6. "I got a little of a monkey off my back," Stepan said. "I was having a tough time scoring. It was a relief to find the back of the net. Not only that, the power play gets a boost from it, too." Boston College star Chris Kreider was credited with the game-winning goal - and his first tally of his career - when he scored late in the second period. Brian Boyle, who is nursing a concussion, was not on the ice for morning practice on Wednesday.

TRENDS:

*Senators are 11-4 in their last 15 games as underdogs.
*Rangers are 1-4 in their last five home games.
*Over is 6-1-1 in Ottawa's last eight road games.

OVERTIME:

1. Craig Anderson's shutout streak of 145 minutes, 27 seconds came to an end during the Rangers' three-goal second period in Game 6.

2. After posting career bests in wins (39) and goals-against average (1.97) during the regular season, Lundqvist has stopped 179 of 190 shots in the series for a sizzling save percentage of .942.

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Senators @ Rangers -- #1 seed New York has pressure on it, especially with the Bruins/Canucks already getting ousted; road team won four of last five series games. Two of Senators' three series win came in OT; they're been outscored in first two periods, 9-5 in series, but have 7-3 edge from third period on. 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. In NHL history, home teams are 80-51 in Game 7's, 0-1 this year.

Devils @ Panthers -- The way these playoffs are unfolding, teams with little or no history are advancing, which has to give Florida boost here, since this is its first playoff series in 12 years. Panthers were 1-10 on power play in Games 4-6, after going 6-10 in first three games; Panthers have been outshot 74-48 in first period so far in series, with Devils outscoring Florida 8-2. Devils are 4-17 on power play in series; they're 6-8 in last 14 road games overall. Florida won three of its last four home games.

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NEW JERSEY (51-31-0-6, 108 pts.) at FLORIDA (41-28-0-19, 101 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 51-36 ATS (+11.6 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 30-12 ATS (+11.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 58-38 ATS (+10.0 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
FLORIDA is 82-119 ATS (+215.9 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less since 1996.
FLORIDA is 35-61 ATS (+111.3 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
FLORIDA is 9-9 (+2.0 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
FLORIDA is 9-9-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
7 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.3 Units)


OTTAWA (44-34-0-10, 98 pts.) at NY RANGERS (54-25-0-9, 117 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 54-33 ATS (+95.3 Units) in all games this season.
OTTAWA is 13-11 ATS (+32.1 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
OTTAWA is 15-10 ATS (+26.9 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
OTTAWA is 14-6 ATS (+21.6 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest over the last 3 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 165-175 ATS (-96.3 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
OTTAWA is 9-9 (+2.8 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 9-9-0 straight up against OTTAWA 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)


OTTAWA vs. NY RANGERS
Ottawa is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Ottawa is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of the NY Rangers last 18 games when playing at home against Ottawa
NY Rangers are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against Ottawa

NEW JERSEY vs. FLORIDA
New Jersey is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Florida is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
Florida is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games


New Jersey at Florida
New Jersey: 8-3 Over off BB Unders
Florida: 13-30 SU off an overtime loss

Ottawa at NY Rangers
Ottawa: 6-16 SU off BB Unders
NY Rangers: 13-4 SU off BB Unders

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