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NHL Betting News and Notes Tuesday 5/1

NHL Betting News and Notes Tuesday 5/1

What Bettors Need to Know: Tuesday's NHL Action
By Covers.com

New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers (-150, 5.5)

THE STORY:
Something about postseason hockey brings out the best in Danny Briere. The veteran winger scored the overtime winner in Game 1 of Philadelphia's Eastern Conference semifinal against New Jersey, giving the Flyers a leg up heading into Tuesday's second game at Wells Fargo Center. The Devils look to bounce back after hanging with the Flyers for most of the contest.

ABOUT THE DEVILS: New Jersey made its share of mistakes in Game 1, but head coach Peter DeBoer was still upbeat about his team's performance. "I think we deserved to be in the hockey game," he said. "We dominated the first period and could have had two or three goals. They took over the second and the third was relatively even." The Devils will almost certainly need more out of skilled winger Ilya Kovalchuk, who was held without a shot in the opener and gave the puck away more than once in the loss. Kovalchuk answered questions after the game, but bolted after being asked if he was healthy.

ABOUT THE FLYERS: Claude Giroux has been far and away the best player in the postseason so far, but Briere isn't far off. He scored twice in Game 1 and now has seven goals in seven playoff games after scoring just 16 in 70 regular-season contests. Briere actually had a goal disallowed earlier in the extra session, and was still upset about it afterward. "When I was on the bench there, there's a few seconds where you're shaking your head and you're going, 'Come on, they made the wrong call. I can't believe this is happening,'" he said. "Then I was like, 'All right, it's time to stop pouting.' I was fortunate to have another break."

TRENDS:
- New Jersey is 3-13 in its last 16 games in Philadelphia.
- Philadelphia has won four of its last five home games.
- The over is 10-3-1 in Philadelphia's last 14.

OVERTIME:

1. Briere has scored 36 playoff goals since leaving the Buffalo Sabres in 2007. The Sabres as a team have just 33 postseason goals in that span.

2. Philadelphia has the best power play in the playoffs - converting on 44.8 percent of its chances - but went just 1 for 6 against the Devils, who posted the best regular-season penalty-killing rate in modern NHL history.

3. Kovalchuk has three goals and three assists in eight playoff games but is a team-worst minus-5.

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Devils @ Flyers -- Philly is 5-2 in playoffs this spring, scoring 29 goals in five wins, only five in the losses; Flyers are 4-3 vs New Jersey this year, with road team winning four of seven. Devils are 2-3 on road in playoffs, while Philly is 3-1 at home. New Jersey outshot the Flyers 15-6 in first period, then for rest of game, got outshot 30-11; so far in playoffs, Devils have outshot opponents 95-66 in first period of games, but are just 4-4 overall in postseason, with its last three games all going into overtime.

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NEW JERSEY (52-31-0-7, 111 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (52-28-0-9, 113 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 52-36 ATS (+15.4 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 52-37 ATS (+11.7 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 23-20 ATS (+46.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 59-39 ATS (+10.0 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 14-6 ATS (+7.6 Units) on Tuesday nights this season.
NEW JERSEY is 25-15 ATS (+9.9 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
PHILADELPHIA is 41-36 ATS (-8.0 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 29-28 ATS (-17.8 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 7-14 ATS (-7.2 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 16-8 (+6.4 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
PHILADELPHIA is 16-8-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
13 of 22 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.4 Units)


NEW JERSEY vs. PHILADELPHIA
New Jersey is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
New Jersey is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games


New Jersey at Philadelphia
New Jersey: 20-7 SU playing with same-season revenge
Philadelphia: 7-3 Over in the second round of the playoffs

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