NHL Betting News and Notes Monday 5/7

NHL Betting News and Notes Monday 5/7

What Bettors Need to Know: Monday's NHL Playoff Action
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Washington Capitals at New York Rangers (-140. 4.5)

THE STORY:
John Tortorella has developed a reputation for some fiery interviews. After the New York Rangers dropped a 3-2 decision in Game 4 to level the Eastern Conference semifinal series, Tortorella wasn't too forthcoming during a 27-second post-game press conference. The top-seeded Rangers will look to give their coach a chance to share his thoughts on Monday when they face the Washington Capitals in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS: While defenseman Mike Green netted a power-play goal with 5:48 remaining in the third period, rookie Braden Holtby continues to be the star of the show for seventh-seeded Washington. Although he only made 18 saves in Game 4, Holtby has come up big in denying the Rangers. The young netminder has had a bit of help, as well. Defenseman Jeff Schultz was credited with a team-high nine of his club's 26 blocked shots. "There were a lot of red spiders in front of me," Holtby said of his teammates.

ABOUT THE RANGERS: After a day to cool down, Tortorella talked at length - well, five minutes - to the press on Sunday. He offered praise to Artem Anisimov, who has made his presence felt in this series after registering just three assists in the conference quarterfinals against Ottawa. The 23-year-old Russian scored his second goal of the series in Game 4 and has three points against Washington. Marian Gaborik has gotten untracked after an eight-game goal-scoring drought by tallying for the second straight contest. Rookie Chris Kreider was benched for a significant portion of Game 4 after his poor turnover led to Alex Ovechkin's first-period goal. The former Boston College star logged just 7:34 of ice time.

TRENDS:

- The under is 3-0-4 in the last seven meetings.
- Washington has won four of its last five road games.
- The under is 5-0-5 in New York's last 10.

OVERTIME:

1. New York was up in arms after Ovechkin left his feet and blasted defenseman Dan Girardi in the head during the second period. Ovechkin received a penalty for the play, but the NHL is not expected to administer further punishment, according to multiple reports.

2. Washington isn't shy about playing in close games. Ten of the Capitals' 11 postseason tilts have been decided by one goal - with five of those contests going to overtime.

3. With 29 goals, Ovechkin is one tally shy of tying Peter Bondra for the Capitals' all-time postseason lead. The Russian's 57 points puts him third in franchise history, behind coach Dale Hunter (72) and Mike Ridley (60).

Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes (-115, 5)

THE STORY:
Mike Smith has positioned the Phoenix Coyotes on the cusp of history. The netminder recorded his second shutout of the postseason by turning aside all 25 shots in Friday's 1-0 triumph in Game 4. The third-seeded Coyotes, who own a 3-1 edge in the Western Conference semifinal series, will be looking to advance to the next round for the first time in franchise history. Phoenix will try to do precisely that in Game 5 on Monday at Jobing.com Arena.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS: With his club's back against the wall, coach Barry Trotz declared that there is a "high probability" that Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn return to the ice for Game 5. The pair has been sidelined for the last two contests for violating team rules. Radulov leads the Predators with six points in the postseason while Kostitsyn has chipped in with four. Without the duo, fourth-seeded Nashville mustered just three shots on three power plays in Game 5. "Maybe they could have made a difference, but we will never know that," Trotz said. "The guys that played played well and created lots of chances. We just had to bury one of them, that's all."

ABOUT THE COYOTES: Captain Shane Doan has shown a knack for scoring the timely goal during his 16-year career. After netting the clinching tally in Game 2 of the series, Doan responded with the lone goal in Game 4. With 5:35 remaining in the first period, Doan's backhanded attempt caromed off both defenseman Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne before entering the net. Although Sunday was an off-day for the clubs, defenseman Rostislav Klesla was expected to have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL for his boarding penalty on Nashville wing Matt Halischuk.

TRENDS:

- The under is 3-0-1 in Nashville's last four games as an underdog.
- The Coyotes are 7-1 in their last eight games as a favorite.
- The underdog is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Nashville's leading scorer Patric Hornqvist continues to be snake-bitten. While logging three official shots on goal in Game 4, the 25-year-old Swede had nine that were blocked or missed the net. Hornqvist, who has just one goal in the playoffs, had 27 tallies this season.

2. While Smith was credited with the shutout, the Coyotes did their best to prevent many scoring chances. Phoenix blocked 16 shots - including four by veteran fourth-liner Daymond Langkow.

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Capitals @ Rangers (2-2) -- Washington came out buzzing Saturday, outshooting Rangers 14-3 in first period; yet another tense game was won by Washington on goal with 5:48 left, making this best-of-3 series. Last three games were decided by one goal each. Caps have already played five OT games in playoffs; they've won four of last five road games. Washington killed 32 of 36 penalties so far in playoffs; Rangers are 2-16 on power play in last five games. New York split its six home games in the playoffs this spring.

Predators @ Coyotes (3-1) -- Nashville is 0-3 so far in playoffs when they allow more than two goals, 5-1 when they don't, but they haven't scored in last five periods, now have to win two road games to win series. Phoenix won six of last eight games, scoring nine goals in winning first two home games in this series. Six of Predators' nine playoff games were decided by a single goal; they were 0-9 on power play at home, after being 3-7 in first two games here. Coyotes scored just one goal in last two games- they're 0-8 on power play in last three games.

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WASHINGTON (48-34-0-11, 107 pts.) at NY RANGERS (57-27-0-9, 123 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 2-10 ATS (-8.4 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders this season.
NY RANGERS are 57-35 ATS (+103.1 Units) in all games this season.
WASHINGTON is 172-176 ATS (+376.6 Units) in road games second half of the season since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 167-176 ATS (-100.9 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 135-169 ATS (-118.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 12-9 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 12-9-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.1 Units)


NASHVILLE (53-29-0-9, 115 pts.) at PHOENIX (49-28-0-15, 113 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
NASHVILLE is 29-63 ATS (+105.3 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
PHOENIX is 48-43 ATS (-3.3 Units) in all games this season.
PHOENIX is 14-6 ATS (+6.5 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.
PHOENIX is 32-23 ATS (+7.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
PHOENIX is 19-10 ATS (+30.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
PHOENIX is 84-65 ATS (-1.0 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 14-5 ATS (+8.6 Units) when playing with 2 days rest this season.
NASHVILLE is 52-38 ATS (+7.1 Units) in all games this season.
NASHVILLE is 31-23 ATS (+6.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NASHVILLE is 20-14 ATS (+34.5 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
NASHVILLE is 33-20 ATS (+8.3 Units) second half of the season this season.
NASHVILLE is 22-15 ATS (+6.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
NASHVILLE is 12-2 ATS (+9.6 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 10-6 (+5.0 Units) against the spread versus NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 10-6-0 straight up against NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.6 Units)


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

NASHVILLE vs. PHOENIX
Nashville is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Nashville is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Nashville


Washington at NY Rangers
Washington: 2-10 SU off 3+ Unders
NY Rangers: 8-1 Under off 3+ Unders

Nashville at Phoenix
Nashville: 15-5 Under playing with two days rest
Phoenix: 14-6 SU after scoring 1 or 0 goals

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