NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday 5/2

NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday 5/2

What Bettors Need to Know: Wednesday's NHL Action
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New York Rangers at Washington Capitals (-115, 4.5)

THE STORY:
The focus has shifted to ice time as the Washington Capitals prepare to host the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. With the best-of-seven shifting to DC, much of the attention is on Capitals head coach Dale Hunter's decision to reduce superstar Alex Ovechkin's playing time. Ovechkin played a career-low 13 1/2 minutes in Game 2, but scored the game winner as Washington evened the series at a game apiece.

ABOUT THE RANGERS: New York did well to battle back from a 2-0 deficit and tie the game early in the third period, but took a pair of costly penalties after evening the score - the second of which led to Ovechkin's go-ahead power-play goal. "It’s a tie game, you can’t take four minutes in penalties," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said afterward. "You’re not gonna win a hockey game like that." Veteran C Brian Boyle returned to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion, finishing with one shot on goal in just over 15 minutes of ice time.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS: While media and fans scrutinize Hunter's personnel decisions, the players say they support their coach all the way. "To be honest, it's not even something that we notice," said Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner. "We don't go down the sheet at the end of the game and say, 'How much did 'Ovi' play?' You know he wants to play more, and he's frustrated by not playing 20 minutes. But he doesn't care - he wants to win that game." Part of the reason for the diminished ice time is the play of Washington's third and fourth lines, which have performed well in the postseason.

TRENDS:

- Washington is 1-4 in its last five games following a win.
- New York is 9-3 in its last 12 as a road underdog.
- The under is 4-0-4 in New York's last eight.

OVERTIME:

1. The Capitals recalled goaltender Dany Sabourin, defenseman Sean Collins and forward Cody Eakin from their American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey as insurance.

2. The Rangers have won just one of their last five visits to Washington.

Phoenix Coyotes at Nashville Predators (-180, 5)

THE STORY:
Being down 2-0 in their best-of-seven series with the Phoenix Coyotes isn't the only thing that has the Nashville Predators concerned. Two of their top forwards have been suspended for violating team rules as the series shifts to Music City for Game 3 Wednesday night. Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov will watch from the press box after reportedly being spotted at 4 a.m. the morning before Game 2 in Glendale, Ariz.

ABOUT THE COYOTES: While Nashville deals with unwanted distractions, Phoenix - a team used to addressing off-ice issues - has been all business in winning the opening two games of the series. Yet, despite the sizeable lead, head coach Dave Tippett is approaching Game 3 with caution. ''We realize that Nashville is going to come out and play probably their best game of the series in Game 3, probably out of desperation, and we have to make sure our game is where it needs to be to give us the best chance to win,'' he said.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS: Nashville general manager David Poile would not confirm why the two players were being banned, but called their actions unfortunate and selfish. ''I hope there is some remorse for what they did,'' he said. ''Time will tell with their behavior and if they get the opportunity to get back into the lineup.'' Radulov, who rejoined Nashville following a lengthy stint in the KHL, was singled out by NBC analyst Keith Jones during the Game 2 loss. Jones ripped Radulov repeatedly for appearing lazy on offense and completely disinterested on defense.

TRENDS:

- Nashville has won 24 of its last 32 home games.
- The under is 3-0-2 in Phoenix's last five road games.
- The road team is 6-2 in the last eight meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Options for replacing Kostitsyn and Radulov include Matt Halischuk, Jordin Tootoo and Craig Smith. Only Smith has suited up in this series.

2. The Coyotes have won their last three visits to Nashville, including both this season.

3. Radulov is the Predators' leading playoff scorer with a goal and five assists in seven games. Kostitsyn has three goals and an assist.

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Capitals @ Rangers -- Washington has had more than seven shots on goal in just one period so far in series, but they got split at MSG, winning Game 2 with a power play goal (7:27 left). Washington has killed 27 of 30 penalties so far in playoffs; Rangers are 1-10 on power play in last three games. Rangers lost four of last five games in this building, dropping all three here in playoff series loss to Caps LY. Rangers won two of three on road in first round series vs Ottawa; three of their five goals in series came in third period.

Predators @ Coyotes -- Phoenix is 6-3 in playoffs, winning five of last six, with seven of nine games going to OT; they were outshot 42-24 in Game 1, but had 39-33 edge in Game 2. Coyotes won last three games in this building, holding Nashville to two goals in each game. Phoenix was 3-0 on road in its first round series. Seven of last eight series games in this building went over total. Five of Preds' seven playoff games were decided by one goal. Nashville is 0-3 so far in playoffs when they allow more than two goals.

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NY RANGERS (56-26-0-9, 121 pts.) at WASHINGTON (47-34-0-10, 104 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 56-34 ATS (+7.9 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 28-19 ATS (+47.2 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 18-7 ATS (+9.7 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games over the last 3 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 1-6 ATS (-8.3 Units) in home games when tied in a playoff series since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 8-14 ATS (-13.2 Units) in home games 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
WASHINGTON is 11-8 (+1.1 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 11-8-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
7 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.3 Units, Under=-0.9 Units)


PHOENIX (48-27-0-15, 111 pts.) at NASHVILLE (52-28-0-9, 113 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
NASHVILLE is 51-37 ATS (+12.0 Units) in all games this season.
NASHVILLE is 30-22 ATS (-0.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NASHVILLE is 32-19 ATS (+4.7 Units) second half of the season this season.
NASHVILLE is 45-32 ATS (+88.7 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
NASHVILLE is 151-137 ATS (+300.1 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.
PHOENIX is 47-42 ATS (+3.2 Units) in all games this season.
PHOENIX is 20-8 ATS (+11.7 Units) after a 3 game unbeaten streak over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 31-22 ATS (+55.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
PHOENIX is 18-9 ATS (+27.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
PHOENIX is 83-64 ATS (+14.9 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 14-4 ATS (+18.1 Units) when playing with 2 days rest this season.
PHOENIX is 191-163 ATS (+25.9 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 9-5 (+4.6 Units) against the spread versus NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 9-5-0 straight up against NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
9 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+5.6 Units)


NY RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON
NY Rangers are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Rangers last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against NY Rangers
Washington is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Rangers

PHOENIX vs. NASHVILLE
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing Nashville
Phoenix is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Nashville
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games when playing Phoenix
Nashville is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Phoenix


NY Rangers at Washington
NY Rangers: 7-1 SU away off a home loss
Washington: 1-6 SU at home when tied in a playoff series

Phoenix at Nashville
Phoenix: 7-1 SU away off BB home wins
Nashville: 11-2 SU playing with double-revenge

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