NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, February 23

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, February 23

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This will not be the first game that the Buffalo Sabres will play without head coach Lindy Ruff behind the bench since 1997, it will be the second game. The online betting experts are still divided on whether or not getting rid of Ruff was a good idea. On the one hand, he has led the team to four conference finals appearance in his 16 years with the team. On the other hand, 16 years is a long time to be in the same city and not win a championship. Professional sports is fickle and results are expected almost immediately. After five consecutive years of frustration in Buffalo, it was time for a move.

The New York Islanders are not changing its head coach. The sports betting experts on Long Island are more concerned about the Islanders’ inability to find a good starting goaltender. Rick DiPietro seemed to go downhill as soon as he signed the longest-tenured contract in NHL history. The Islanders brought in Evgeni Nabokov to be the starter, but he has done nothing but struggle since he arrived on Long Island. The team can definitely score goals, but it is going to need to learn defense before it can start winning games.

Why the Sabres Will Win

The sportsbook experts agree that there is too much talent in Buffalo for the team to be in constant peril of missing the playoffs. Interim head coach Ron Rolston knows many of these Sabres’ players because he coached them for the team’s farm club in Rochester. But it is the veterans on the team that need to start playing better if this team is going to win. The impatient fans in Buffalo may not see the results of the Ruff firing this season, but it should help to make the team better.

Why the Islanders Will Win

If the New York Islanders can get the Buffalo Sabres into a shootout situation, then the Islanders has a chance at winning this game. The Sabres cannot skate with the Islanders, but Buffalo can put pucks behind whichever Islanders’ goalie is in net. The Islanders need to put persistent pressure on the Buffalo net and keep the Sabres away from the Long Island net if it wants to come away from this game with the win.

The Bottom Line

At this point, the Sabres’ players are angry at the fans and the fans are angry at the team. The firing of Lindy Ruff was an unfortunate casualty of the crossfire between the fans and the players. Hopefully, the fans and players can work together to get the team a win over the Islanders. If the Sabres is going to pull itself out of the Northeastern Division basement, it will need all of the help that it can get.

Pick: Buffalo Sabres

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Hot teams
-- Winnipeg won last three road games, allowing four goals.
-- Coyotes won four of their last five games.
-- Avalanche won three of their last four games.
-- Los Angeles won four of last five.
-- Canadiens won five of their last six games.
-- Maple Leafs won seven of last nine games.
-- Ottawa won its last three games, allowing a total of four goals.
-- Minnesota won four of its last six games.

Cold teams
-- Devils lost three of its last five games.
-- Washington lost its last two games, scoring three goals.
-- Flyers lost five of their last nine games.
-- Oilers lost eight of their last ten games.
-- Nashville lost three of last four games.
-- Detroit lost last five games, outscored 19-12.
-- Lightning lost seven of their last nine games.
-- Carolina lost its last two games, scoring a total of three goals.
-- Rangers lost three of their last four games.
-- Islanders lost seven of their last ten games.
-- Buffalo lost five of last six games, scoring a total of ten goals.
-- Blue Jackets lost six of their last eight games.
-- St Louis lost seven of last 10 games; they scored one goal in last two games.
-- Sharks lost eight of their last nine games.
-- Dallas Stars lost three of last four.
-- Flames lost five of their last seven games.

Totals
-- Over is 3-1-1 in last five New Jersey games.
-- Seven of last eight Winnipeg games stayed under total.
-- Six of last eight Phoenix games stayed under the total.
-- Last six Avalanche-King games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 6-2-1 in last nine Nashville games.
-- 13 of last 14 Carolina-Tampa Bay games went over the total.
-- Eight of last ten Montreal-Ranger games stayed under total.
-- Five of last six Islander games went over the total.
-- Five of last six Toronto-Ottawa games stayed under the total.
-- Over is 7-3-2 in last dozen St Louis-Columbus games.
-- Eight of last ten San Jose games stayed under the total.
-- 11 of last 14 Calgary-Minnesota games stayed under total.

Series records
-- Devils won their last five games vs Washington.
-- Flyers won last two games vs Winnipeg, after losing previous six.
-- Oilers lost six of last seven games afainst Phoenix.
-- Kings lost their last five games against Colorado.
-- Predators won seven of last eight games vs Detroit.
-- Lightning won five of last six visits to Carolina.
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-- Rangers lost three of last four games against Montreal.
-- Islanders lost last three games against Buffalo.
-- Senators lost last three games vs Toronto, outscored 11-1.
-- Blues won eight of last ten games against Columbus.
-- Sharks won seven of last eight games against Dallas.
-- Minnesota won four of last six visits to Saddledome.

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NEW JERSEY (10-3-0-4, 24 pts.) at WASHINGTON (5-10-0-1, 11 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 12:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 72-50 ATS (+18.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 26-11 ATS (+13.2 Units) in February games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 51-35 ATS (+11.9 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 6-4 (+3.1 Units) against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
NEW JERSEY is 6-4-0 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.8 Units)
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WINNIPEG (7-8-0-1, 15 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (8-10-0-1, 17 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 1:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 33-33 ATS (-19.5 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 20-20 ATS (-16.8 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
WINNIPEG is 6-3 (+6.4 Units) against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
WINNIPEG is 6-3-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.3 Units)
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PHOENIX (8-6-0-2, 18 pts.) at EDMONTON (6-7-0-3, 15 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 3:35 PM

Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 17-4 ATS (+12.6 Units) in February games over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 69-76 ATS (+177.4 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent since 1996.
PHOENIX is 29-17 ATS (+49.5 Units) in road games after shutting out their opponent in their previous game since 1996.
PHOENIX is 193-166 ATS (+24.6 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.
EDMONTON is 62-117 ATS (-80.2 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
EDMONTON is 18-37 ATS (+57.5 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
EDMONTON is 15-36 ATS (+61.3 Units) after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
EDMONTON is 10-25 ATS (+37.5 Units) in home games after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
EDMONTON is 13-36 ATS (+62.3 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 7-2 (+3.7 Units) against the spread versus EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 7-2-0 straight up against EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.7 Units)
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COLORADO (7-7-0-1, 15 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (7-6-0-2, 16 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 4:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 11-19 ATS (-13.2 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
COLORADO is 5-4 (+1.8 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
COLORADO is 5-4-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
5 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.0 Units)
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NASHVILLE (8-4-0-5, 21 pts.) at DETROIT (7-7-0-3, 17 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 7:05 PM

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
NASHVILLE is 12-6 (+8.1 Units) against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
NASHVILLE is 12-6-0 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
10 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+5.6 Units)
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TAMPA BAY (8-7-0-1, 17 pts.) at CAROLINA (8-6-0-1, 17 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
TAMPA BAY is 3-15 ATS (+21.8 Units) in road games after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 36-22 ATS (+11.5 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 54-45 ATS (+105.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
CAROLINA is 5-16 ATS (-11.4 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
CAROLINA is 5-20 ATS (-15.4 Units) after a division game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
TAMPA BAY is 8-5 (+3.4 Units) against the spread versus CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
TAMPA BAY is 8-5-0 straight up against CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
11 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+9.7 Units)
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NY RANGERS (8-6-0-2, 18 pts.) at MONTREAL (11-4-0-2, 24 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
MONTREAL is 2-10 ATS (-11.2 Units) in home games after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MONTREAL is 6-3 (+3.7 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 6-3-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.1 Units)
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NY ISLANDERS (7-9-0-1, 15 pts.) at BUFFALO (6-11-0-1, 13 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
BUFFALO is 1-6 ATS (-5.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
BUFFALO is 1-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the first half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY ISLANDERS is 5-4 (+2.8 Units) against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
NY ISLANDERS is 5-4-0 straight up against BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.9 Units)
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TORONTO (11-7-0-0, 22 pts.) at OTTAWA (10-6-0-2, 22 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 10-26 ATS (+43.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 181-195 ATS (+419.3 Units) in road games second half of the season since 1996.
OTTAWA is 5-14 ATS (-10.3 Units) in home games on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
OTTAWA is 8-19 ATS (-12.5 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
OTTAWA is 72-76 ATS (-74.5 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
TORONTO is 7-6-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.3 Units)
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COLUMBUS (5-10-0-2, 12 pts.) at ST LOUIS (9-6-0-2, 20 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 8:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
COLUMBUS is 30-90 ATS (+171.9 Units) in road games after a division game since 1996.
ST LOUIS is 0-5 ATS (-8.5 Units) in home games in February games this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
ST LOUIS is 9-4 (+0.9 Units) against the spread versus COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
ST LOUIS is 9-4-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
7 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.6 Units)
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SAN JOSE (8-4-0-3, 19 pts.) at DALLAS (8-8-0-1, 17 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 8:05 PM

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN JOSE is 8-4 (+1.5 Units) against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
SAN JOSE is 8-4-0 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.6 Units)
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MINNESOTA (8-6-0-2, 18 pts.) at CALGARY (5-7-0-3, 13 pts.) - 2/23/2013, 10:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 10-3 ATS (+13.3 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 7-6 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus CALGARY over the last 3 seasons
MINNESOTA is 7-6-0 straight up against CALGARY over the last 3 seasons
7 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.4 Units)

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12:00 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. WASHINGTON
New Jersey is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
New Jersey is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games at home

1:00 PM
WINNIPEG vs. PHILADELPHIA
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 9 games when playing Philadelphia
Winnipeg is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing Winnipeg
Philadelphia is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games

3:30 PM
PHOENIX vs. EDMONTON
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Phoenix's last 13 games on the road
Phoenix is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Edmonton's last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing Phoenix

4:00 PM
COLORADO vs. LOS ANGELES
Colorado is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing Colorado

7:00 PM
NASHVILLE vs. DETROIT
Nashville is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Nashville is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing at home against Nashville

7:00 PM
NY ISLANDERS vs. BUFFALO
NY Islanders are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo's last 11 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 9 games when playing NY Islanders

7:00 PM
NY RANGERS vs. MONTREAL
NY Rangers are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games on the road
NY Rangers are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Montreal's last 12 games when playing at home against NY Rangers

7:00 PM
TAMPA BAY vs. CAROLINA
Tampa Bay is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing on the road against Carolina
Carolina is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Carolina's last 14 games when playing Tampa Bay

7:00 PM
TORONTO vs. OTTAWA
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 10 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
Toronto is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Ottawa is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Ottawa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

8:00 PM
COLUMBUS vs. ST. LOUIS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Columbus is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis's last 10 games

8:00 PM
SAN JOSE vs. DALLAS
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of San Jose's last 13 games
San Jose is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games

10:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. CALGARY
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Minnesota's last 10 games when playing on the road against Calgary
Calgary is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Calgary's last 10 games when playing at home against Minnesota

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New Jersey at Washington
New Jersey: 26-11 SU in February
Washington: 25-12 Under revenging a home loss

Winnipeg at Philadelphia
Winnipeg: 3-14 SU away off a combined score of 7+ goals
Philadelphia: 33-16 SU off a loss

Phoenix at Edmonton
Phoenix: 17-4 SU in February
Edmonton: 13-30 SU after losing 3 of their last 4 games

Colorado at Los Angeles
Colorado: 38-17 Under after scoring and allowing 1 or 0 goals
Los Angeles: 11-1 SU off BB wins by 2+ goals

Nashville at Detroit
Nashville: 23-9 Under after losing 3 of their last 4 games
Detroit: 5-1 SU off an Under

Tampa Bay at Carolina
Tampa Bay: 3-15 SU away off a loss by 2+ goals
Carolina: 5-0 SU off a combined score of 7+ goals

NY Rangers at Montreal
NY Rangers: 19-4 SU after losing 3 of their last 4 games
Montreal: 2-10 SU at home after allowing 4+ goals

NY Islanders at Buffalo
NY Islanders: 15-6 Over off a win by 1 goal
Buffalo: 11-2 SU off a division road loss

Toronto at Ottawa
Toronto: 10-3 SU off a home division win
Ottawa: 8-19 SU at home vs. division opponents

Columbus at St. Louis
Columbus: 30-90 SU away off a division game
St. Louis: 21-10 SU after losing 2 of their last 3 games

San Jose at Dallas
San Jose: 2-8 SU away off a road loss by 1 goal
Dallas: 20-4 Under off BB Overs

Minnesota at Calgary
Minnesota: 10-3 SU off a win by 2+ goals
Calgary: 24-11 SU at home off BB games scoring 1 or 0 goals

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New Jersey at Washington
New Jersey: 26-11 SU in February
Washington: 25-12 Under revenging a home loss

Winnipeg at Philadelphia
Winnipeg: 3-14 SU away off a combined score of 7+ goals
Philadelphia: 33-16 SU off a loss

Phoenix at Edmonton
Phoenix: 17-4 SU in February
Edmonton: 13-30 SU after losing 3 of their last 4 games

Colorado at Los Angeles
Colorado: 38-17 Under after scoring and allowing 1 or 0 goals
Los Angeles: 11-1 SU off BB wins by 2+ goals

Nashville at Detroit
Nashville: 23-9 Under after losing 3 of their last 4 games
Detroit: 5-1 SU off an Under

Tampa Bay at Carolina
Tampa Bay: 3-15 SU away off a loss by 2+ goals
Carolina: 5-0 SU off a combined score of 7+ goals

NY Rangers at Montreal
NY Rangers: 19-4 SU after losing 3 of their last 4 games
Montreal: 2-10 SU at home after allowing 4+ goals

NY Islanders at Buffalo
NY Islanders: 15-6 Over off a win by 1 goal
Buffalo: 11-2 SU off a division road loss

Toronto at Ottawa
Toronto: 10-3 SU off a home division win
Ottawa: 8-19 SU at home vs. division opponents

Columbus at St. Louis
Columbus: 30-90 SU away off a division game
St. Louis: 21-10 SU after losing 2 of their last 3 games

San Jose at Dallas
San Jose: 2-8 SU away off a road loss by 1 goal
Dallas: 20-4 Under off BB Overs

Minnesota at Calgary
Minnesota: 10-3 SU off a win by 2+ goals
Calgary: 24-11 SU at home off BB games scoring 1 or 0 goals

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Saturday's NHL Betting Notes
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New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals (+106, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Johan Hedberg (NJ), Braden Holtby (WSH)

One of the schedule quirks of the shortened season is the rare two-game series at the same venue. After dropping a 3-2 decision at home to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, the Washington Capitals will get an immediate chance for revenge when they host the Devils again Saturday. Washington looked like it was starting to turn things around with a three-game winning streak last week but has totaled three goals in back-to-back losses while letting goaltender Braden Holtby get peppered by a combined 77 shots. The Devils are 5-0 in the last five meetings.

Winnipeg Jets at Philadelphia Flyers (-129, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Ondrej Pavelec (WPG), Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI)

The Winnipeg Jets began their five-game road trip with two wins and will look for a third Saturday. The Jets have won in their last six trips to Philadelphia, including four wins when they were the Atlanta Thrashers. Philadelphia beat the Jets 3-2 in Winnipeg on Feb. 12 and the over is 4-1 in the Flyers’ last five overall.

Phoenix Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers (+102, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Mike Smith (PHX), Devan Dubnyk (EDM)

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith stopped 30 shots Monday for his third shutout in his last eight starts. On Saturday, Smith and the Coyotes visit the Edmonton Oilers, who have had trouble scoring as of late, with only four even-strength goals in their last four games. To make matters worse for the Oilers, top playmaker Taylor Hall has been suspended for the team’s next two games for a knee-on-knee hit earlier in the week. The Coyotes are 5-0 in their last five trips to Edmonton.

Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings (-173, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Semyon Varlamov (COL), Jonathan Quick (LAK)

The Avalanche increased their winning streak to five games over the Kings with a 3-1 victory on Jan. 22. Colorado has struggled on the road (2-5-0), but may receive a boost with the possible return of captain Gabriel Landeskog. The reigning Calder Trophy winner has been sidelined for 11 games with a concussion. The Kings are starting a stretch where they play 13 of their next 16 in Tinseltown. The reigning Stanley Cup champions have played only four contests (2-1-1) at the Staples Center this season. The under is 4-0-2 in the last six meetings.

New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres (-125, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Evgeni Nabokov (NYI), Ryan Miller (BUF)

Buffalo suffered its third straight loss and fifth in six outings with a 3-1 setback to Toronto on Thursday, but the Sabres can hang their hat on a 3-2 triumph over the Islanders on Feb. 9. Islanders G Evgeni Nabokov struggled in his last outing versus Buffalo, stopping 12 of 15 shots to drop to 4-4-1 in his career against the franchise. The Sabres are 1-6 in their last seven vs. a team with a losing record.

New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (-128, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist (NYR), Carey Price (MTL)

The Rangers will be without top-line forward Rick Nash for a third consecutive game. Nash, who is nursing an undisclosed injury, missed the teams' earlier meeting at Madison Square Garden - an aesthetically challenged 3-1 victory by the Canadiens on Tuesday. The venue now shifts to the Bell Centre, where Montreal has won its last six meetings and eight of nine (8-0-1) with its Original Six rival. The under is 4-1 in the Habs’ last five overall.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators (+102, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Ben Scrivens (TOR), Ben Bishop (OTT)

The injuries keep piling up for the Senators. Ottawa lost G Craig Andersonto an ankle injury in a 3-2 win over the Rangers Thursday, so Ben Bishop will be between the pipes for the Sens. In spite of all the injuries, the Senators have won three in a row. The Maple Leafs have also adjusted to injuries, with goaltender Ben Scrivens settling into the starting job while James Reimer recovers from a strained MCL. Scrivens stopped 34 shots to earn his first career shutout when the Senators visited the Maple Leafs last Saturday. The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes (-120, 6)

Probable starting goaltenders: Anders Lindback (TB), Dan Ellis (CAR)

The Lightning has won five times in their last six trips to Carolina, including a 4-1 triumph on Jan. 22. The Hurricanes have followed a 5-0-1 stretch with two straight losses. Backup goalie Dan Ellis is expected to start against his former team. Ellis is 3-1-0 in four starts with a 1.74 goals against average and .943 save percentage. The Lightning are 8-1 in their last nine vs. Southeast foes.

Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings (-140, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Chris Mason (NSH), Jimmy Howard (DET)

The Detroit Red Wings look to snap their five-game winless streak when they host the Central Division-rival Nashville Predators. Detroit has gone 0-3-2 since posting a 3-2 home victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 10. After totaling nine goals over its previous two games, Nashville went cold offensively Friday and suffered a 1-0 home loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The Predators have been involved in five shutouts over their last nine games, going 3-2-0 in those contests. The under is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings in Detroit.

Columbus Blue Jackets at St. Louis Blues (-215, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ), Jaroslav Halak (STL)

St. Louis took a hit Friday when rookie Vladimir Tarasenko was placed on injured reserve with a head injury. That will put more pressure on Alexander Steen, Chris Stewart, T.J. Oshie and company to help pull the Blues out of their offensive funk. The Blues own the league’s best power play, but have not scored with the man advantage in any of the last three games. The visiting team has taken three straight and six of the last nine in the series.

San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars (-140, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Antti Niemi (SJ), Cristopher Nilstorp (DAL)

San Jose fell to 1-5-3 since opening the season with seven straight victories when it dropped a 2-1 decision to the Blackhawks in Chicago on Friday. The Sharks, who are 1-3-1 on their six-game road trip, have earned at least one point in eight straight meetings (7-0-1) with the Stars. Dallas is looking to salvage the finale of its three-game homestand after falling 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. The Stars have lost three of their last four overall. The Sharks are 4-0-1 in their last five visits to Dallas.

Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames (-105, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Niklas Backstrom (MIN), Joey MacDonald (CGY)

Minnesota has climbed into second place in the Northwest thanks to a 4-1-1 stretch that includes a 3-1 road victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Calgary is coming off its second consecutive loss, a 3-1 home setback against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Minnesota posted a 2-1 shootout victory over Calgary on Feb. 11 for its first road win of the season, but will be without F Cal Clutterbuck (thigh) for this one. The Flames are 1-5 in their last six home games.

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