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NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday, May 2

NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday, May 2

OTTAWA (25-17-0-6, 56 pts.) at MONTREAL (29-14-0-5, 63 pts.) - 5/2/2013, 7:00 PM

Top Trends for this game.
OTTAWA is 13-7 ATS (+21.8 Units) in road games after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 26-16 ATS (+42.2 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
MONTREAL is 11-22 ATS (-17.5 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MONTREAL is 10-6 (+3.4 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 10-6-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
9 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.1 Units)


NY RANGERS (26-18-0-4, 56 pts.) at WASHINGTON (27-18-0-3, 57 pts.) - 5/2/2013, 7:30 PM

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 8-17 ATS (-13.1 Units) after shutting out their opponent in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 27-21 ATS (+27.0 Units) in all games this season.
WASHINGTON is 27-21 ATS (-0.6 Units) second half of the season this season.
WASHINGTON is 20-34 ATS (-28.9 Units) in home games after playing 3 consecutive home games since 1996.
WASHINGTON is 12-18 ATS (-17.7 Units) in home games in the first round of the playoffs since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 12-11 (+0.1 Units) against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 12-11-0 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
10 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.7 Units)


LOS ANGELES (27-16-0-6, 60 pts.) at ST LOUIS (30-17-0-2, 62 pts.) - 5/2/2013, 9:30 PM

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

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 10-6 (+3.0 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 10-6-0 straight up against ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.7 Units)


DETROIT (24-17-0-8, 56 pts.) at ANAHEIM (31-12-0-6, 68 pts.) - 5/2/2013, 10:00 PM

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

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 8-4 (+4.4 Units) against the spread versus ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 8-4-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.6 Units)


Ottawa at Montreal
Ottawa: 10-4 SU away off a road win
Montreal: 9-17 SU at home off BB road wins

NY Rangers at Washington
NY Rangers: 8-17 SU off a shutout win
Washington: 9-1 SU after winning 6 or 7 of their last 8 games

Los Angeles at St. Louis
Los Angeles: 12-3 SU after losing 2 of their last 3 games
St. Louis: 3-10 SU off 4+ wins

Detroit at Anaheim
Detroit: 3-9 SU off BB road games
Anaheim: 23-10 SU leading in a playoff series


OTTAWA vs. MONTREAL
Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ottawa is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Montreal's last 10 games at home

NY RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON
NY Rangers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Washington
NY Rangers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
Washington is 6-3 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against NY Rangers
Washington is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Rangers

LOS ANGELES vs. ST. LOUIS
Los Angeles is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing St. Louis
Los Angeles is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Los Angeles
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles

DETROIT vs. ANAHEIM
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 10 games when playing on the road against Anaheim
Anaheim is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Detroit
Anaheim is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

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Senators at Canadiens: What Bettors Need to Know
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Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (-149, 5)

The Montreal Canadiens went from worst to second-to-first in the Eastern Conference, receiving a huge assist from the Ottawa Senators en route to winning the Northeast Division title. Ottawa's victory over Boston in the regular-season finale elevated the Canadiens to the No. 2 seed and set up a first-round matchup with the seventh-seeded Senators beginning Thursday night in Montreal. It marks the first playoff matchup for the Canadian squads, who split four regular-season meetings - with each prevailing in both regulation and in a shootout on its own ice.

Balanced scoring and an infusion of youth have been keys to Montreal's turnaround, but questions abound about the defense and the play of goaltender Carey Price after the Canadiens wobbled down the stretch. Montreal lost three straight from April 13-17 - allowing 18 goals in the process - and five of six before ending the season with road wins against Winnipeg and Toronto. The Senators are the lowest-scoring team in the postseason, averaging a mere 2.33 goals, and managed a single tally in regulation in fourth consecutive games before a four-goal outburst against the Bruins. Much will hinge on the play of netminder Craig Anderson, but the return of star defenseman Erik Karlsson from a torn Achilles is a huge boost for Ottawa.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (25-17-6): Anderson missed six weeks due to a sprained ankle but led the league in goals-against average (1.69) and save percentage (.941) despite dropping three of his last four starts. "The way we've been playing, and the goaltending we've been getting all year, it gives you confidence," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. Ottawa owned the league's best penalty-killing unit even though Anderson and Karlsson were sidelined for lengthy stretches. Karlsson was not expected back following his injury in mid-February, but he had four points in three games since returning and amassed 78 points last season on his way to winning the Norris Trophy. Milan Michalek, a 35-goal scorer last season, also missed more than a month and had only four goals.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (29-14-5): Price is 14-5-3 lifetime against Ottawa but he had a string of ugly performances in the final month, giving up 28 goals over seven appearances. He won his final start at Winnipeg and coach Michel Therrien expressed little concern over his play. “I have no doubts about Carey Price," Therrien said. "He’s our best player and I’m confident he will be again on Thursday night.” Montreal had five players with at least 30 points and 10 with as many as 20, led by Max Pacioretty with 15 goals and 24 assists. P.K. Subban was second on the team with 38 points and provided a lethal pairing with fellow defenseman Andrei Markov, combining for 15 goals on the power play. The Canadiens need to plug some leaks in their penalty kill after permitting 11 goals in 36 short-handed situations to end the season.

TRENDS:

* Home team is 7-0 in the last seven meetings.
* Senators are 0-4 in the last four meetings in Montreal.
* Senators are 5-12 in their last 17 Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Canadiens are 1-4 in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games.

OVERTIME:

1. Ottawa was among the league's best home teams all season before dropping its final three, while the Canadiens posted a stellar 15-7-2 road mark.

2. Montreal has won 60 of 74 postseason series when opening the set at home.

3. The Senators surrendered only 104 goals, second-fewest among playoff teams behind the Chicago Blackhawks.

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NHL: Streaks, Trends, Notes
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Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks

The Detroit Red Wings entered postseason as one of the hottest team in the West, reeling off four-straight dominant wins outscoring foes 15-3. But, Red Wings couldn't carry over its play from the regular season against the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks falling 3-1 in the opener of this best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals. Ducks balanced brand of hockey sporting an 8th ranked offense (2.8 GF) and 9th ranked defense (2.4 GA) will be tough to topple on home ice where they're 17-7-1. Expect Ducks to take a 2-0 lead as they improve they're 12-4 mark after a win by 2 goals or more, they're 12-5 stretch against Central opponents while Red Wings extend they're 0-4 skid in Conference Quarterfinal games.

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2013 NHL Playoffs

Its been 20 years since proud Canadiens last hoisted Stanley Cup; in only five of those years did they even win a playoff series. Home side won last seven Ottawa-Montreal games, as Senators lost last four visits here, scoring seven goals with three one-goal losses. Its been seven years since Ottawa won playoff series (0-3 in last three first round series); they're 6-3 in last nine games overall, with their last game only one in their last eleven that went over total. Under is 5-2 in Senators' last seven visits here. This is first home game in 12 days for Canadiens, who lost three of last four home games.

Capitals won 11 of last 13 games to position themselves as one of favorites in the Eastern Conference; they've won six of last seven home games. Rangers beat Washington in seven games in LY's playoffs, with last six games all decided by a goal, Rangers winning both games that went OT; New York won two of three vs Capitals this year, with Washington winning last meeting in March. Under is 8-0-5 in last 13 series games, as all five pushes ended 3-2. Rangers are 3-3 in first round series over last 7 years; Washington is 3-2 in first round series last five years.

Defending champ Kings lost last seven road games; their last road win is March 31. LA swept Blues 4-0 in LY's playoffs, but lost Game 1 in OT, getting outshot 42-29 for game, though LA outshot Blues 10-6 in OT. Kings are still 9-4 in last 13 series games, winning four of last six here; under is 4-1-1 in their last six series games. St Louis won four in row, 13 of its last 16 games; they allowed one goal in each of last four games. Blues were 1-5 on power play in Game 1, Kings just 0-2. St Louis won its last seven home games. Under is 7-1-1 in Blues' last nine games overall.

Under is 5-0-1 in Stanley Cup playoffs so far, with San Jose only visitor to win; Detroit lost Game 1 here 3-1, giving up two power play goals while getting only 11 shots on goal in first two periods (outshot 27-22 for game). Anaheim won four of last five games, with under 8-1-1 in their last 10- Game 1 was its first home win in last four tries, and first loss for Red Wings in their last five games. Detroit split its last six visits here- they're 8-4 in last 12 games overall with Ducks. Seven of last eight Detroit games stayed under the total.

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Thursday's NHL Playoff Action: What Bettors Need to Know
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Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (-149, 5)

The Montreal Canadiens went from worst to second-to-first in the Eastern Conference, receiving a huge assist from the Ottawa Senators en route to winning the Northeast Division title. Ottawa's victory over Boston in the regular-season finale elevated the Canadiens to the No. 2 seed and set up a first-round matchup with the seventh-seeded Senators beginning Thursday night in Montreal. It marks the first playoff matchup for the Canadian squads, who split four regular-season meetings - with each prevailing in both regulation and in a shootout on its own ice.

Balanced scoring and an infusion of youth have been keys to Montreal's turnaround, but questions abound about the defense and the play of goaltender Carey Price after the Canadiens wobbled down the stretch. Montreal lost three straight from April 13-17 - allowing 18 goals in the process - and five of six before ending the season with road wins against Winnipeg and Toronto. The Senators are the lowest-scoring team in the postseason, averaging a mere 2.33 goals, and managed a single tally in regulation in fourth consecutive games before a four-goal outburst against the Bruins. Much will hinge on the play of netminder Craig Anderson, but the return of star defenseman Erik Karlsson from a torn Achilles is a huge boost for Ottawa.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (25-17-6): Anderson missed six weeks due to a sprained ankle but led the league in goals-against average (1.69) and save percentage (.941) despite dropping three of his last four starts. "The way we've been playing, and the goaltending we've been getting all year, it gives you confidence," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. Ottawa owned the league's best penalty-killing unit even though Anderson and Karlsson were sidelined for lengthy stretches. Karlsson was not expected back following his injury in mid-February, but he had four points in three games since returning and amassed 78 points last season on his way to winning the Norris Trophy. Milan Michalek, a 35-goal scorer last season, also missed more than a month and had only four goals.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (29-14-5): Price is 14-5-3 lifetime against Ottawa but he had a string of ugly performances in the final month, giving up 28 goals over seven appearances. He won his final start at Winnipeg and coach Michel Therrien expressed little concern over his play. “I have no doubts about Carey Price," Therrien said. "He’s our best player and I’m confident he will be again on Thursday night.” Montreal had five players with at least 30 points and 10 with as many as 20, led by Max Pacioretty with 15 goals and 24 assists. P.K. Subban was second on the team with 38 points and provided a lethal pairing with fellow defenseman Andrei Markov, combining for 15 goals on the power play. The Canadiens need to plug some leaks in their penalty kill after permitting 11 goals in 36 short-handed situations to end the season.

TRENDS:

* Home team is 7-0 in the last seven meetings.
* Senators are 0-4 in the last four meetings in Montreal.
* Senators are 5-12 in their last 17 Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Canadiens are 1-4 in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games.

OVERTIME:

1. Ottawa was among the league's best home teams all season before dropping its final three, while the Canadiens posted a stellar 15-7-2 road mark.

2. Montreal has won 60 of 74 postseason series when opening the set at home.

3. The Senators surrendered only 104 goals, second-fewest among playoff teams behind the Chicago Blackhawks.


New York Rangers at Washington Capitals (-123, 5)

The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals certainly aren't strangers to one another. The sixth-seeded Rangers and Southeast Division champion Capitals will meet in the postseason for the fourth time in five years when they open their Eastern Conference first-round series at the Verizon Center on Thursday. New York outlasted Washington last season in a thrilling seven-game series to advance to the conference finals before getting upended by New Jersey.

The Rangers, who posted a 2-0-1 mark versus the third-seeded Capitals in 2013, finished the season on a 10-3-1 surge. While New York's mark in April was impressive, Washington posted a sensational 11-1-1 record - thanks in large part to captain Alex Ovechkin. The Russian dynamo scored 14 goals in the month to help him capture his third Maurice Richard Trophy.

ABOUT THE RANGERS (26-18-4): While the teams have grown accustomed to meeting in the postseason, Rick Nash isn't too familiar with the playoffs. Nash played in just four games in 2009 when Columbus qualified for the postseason for the first - and only - time in franchise history. "I haven't had the biggest amount of (pressure) on me," Nash told Newsday. "We'll find out. It's something that all great athletes have done. It's time to step up now." Nash, who led the Rangers with 21 goals, notched three assists against the Capitals this season.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (27-18-3): While New York has reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes, Washington's Braden Holtby enjoyed a fine season in his own right. The 23-year-old, who was solid against the Rangers in the playoffs, won nine of his last 10 starts in 2013 to finish with a 23-12-1 mark. Defenseman Mike Green also ended the campaign with a flurry, collecting two goals and five assists in his final four games. Green led all NHL blue-liners with 12 goals.

TRENDS:

* Under is 10-3-8 in the last 21 meetings.
* Under is 18-6-2 in the last 26 meetings in Washington.
* Home team is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. After being held off the scoresheet in his first two encounters against New York, Ovechkin recorded a goal and an assist in Washington's 3-2 shootout win on March 24.

2. Rangers C Brian Boyle (right leg) and LW Ryane Clowe (head) did not practice on Wednesday. They traveled with the team but are questionable to play in Game 1.

3. New York C Brad Richards, who finished the season on a six-game point streak, had a goal and two assists versus Washington.


Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues (-117, 5)

St. Louis leads series 1-0.

Jonathan Quick gets the chance to redeem himself Thursday as the fifth-seeded Los Angeles Kings attempt to even their Western Conference first-round series at one game apiece when they visit the fourth-seeded St. Louis Blues. Quick was brilliant for over 73 minutes in Game 1, stopping 40 of 41 shots before making an egregious puckhandling mistake in overtime that led to Alex Steen's game-winning short-handed goal at 13:26. The heartbreaking loss ended the Kings' eight-game winning streak against the Blues that included a sweep in last year's second-round postseason series.

Steen was the offensive hero for St. Louis, which outshot Los Angeles 24-13 over the first two periods. After opening the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period, Steen forced Quick to turn over the puck behind the net during a four-minute man advantage for the Kings and tucked in a backhander near the left post for the winner. Steen entered the series having recorded just one goal in 13 career playoff games.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Defenseman Matt Greene skated during Wednesday's optional practice but is not expected to be in the lineup for Game 2. Greene missed the regular-season finale and the series opener with an undisclosed injury. Fellow blue-liner Robyn Regehr proved his toughness Tuesday as he missed only a few shifts after suffering a broken nose when he was hit in the face by Blues captain David Backes' skate. "I think the first skate came in and the blade barely missed me," said Regehr, who left a pool of blood on the ice. "And then the second (skate), I just kind of got hit by the back of the heel. I was very lucky I didn't get sliced."

ABOUT THE BLUES: While Steen took care of the scoring, Brian Elliott stood tall in net for St. Louis. Elliott made 28 saves en route to his seventh consecutive home victory. He has allowed one goal in each the triumphs. Ryan Reaves made the most of his 9:20 of ice time, dishing out a game-high nine hits. Three of the hits came in the first 5:23 of the contest, including two in an 11-second span. "I was a little out of position, kind of running around like an idiot for a couple seconds," the right wing said. "I think I had to get the crowd into it early and send that message."

TRENDS:

* Kings are 8-1 in the last nine meetings.
* Kings are 4-1 in the last five meetings in St. Louis.
* Under is 9-3-2 in the last 14 meetings in St. Louis.
* Under is 9-4-2 in the last 15 meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Blues rookie RW Vladimir Tarasenko, who failed to score a goal over his final 15 games of the regular season, was a healthy scratch in Game 1.

2. Los Angeles C Anze Kopitar is expected to remain on a line with Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner instead of being reunited with captain Dustin Brown. Kopitar has gone 17 games without a goal.

3. St. Louis won 64 percent of the faceoffs in Game 1, with C Andy McDonald winning eight of his nine draws.


Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks (-137, 5)

Anaheim leads series 1-0.

The seventh-seeded Detroit Red Wings will need to either improve on the penalty kill or stay out of the box if they hope to even their Western Conference first-round series against the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks at one game apiece on Thursday. Detroit allowed two power-play goals in Game 1 on Tuesday, including one by Teemu Selanne just 89 seconds into the third period that snapped a 1-1 tie. The Red Wings also must pull the trigger more often as they registered only 11 shots on goal over the first two periods before matching that total in the third of the 3-1 loss.

Anaheim opened the scoring midway through the first period on Nick Bonino's power-play goal, which was his first tally in five career postseason contests. Jonas Hiller made Selanne's goal stand by stopping all 11 third-period shots he faced and defenseman Francois Beauchemin sealed the win with an empty-netter in the final minute. The Pacific Division champion Ducks are looking to even things up as they lost three of the first five playoff series between the teams.

ABOUT THE RED WINGS: Right wing Todd Bertuzzi, who has not played since Feb. 7 due to a sore back, has been medically cleared - but was kept out of the lineup in Game 1. Bertuzzi has recorded 14 goals and 42 points in 80 career postseason contests. Detroit had five players make their playoff debuts Tuesday, a fact coach Mike Babcock believes put his team at a disadvantage. "I don't think you have to get hit by a car to understand that it hurts," Babcock said. "I think they're aware of the fact that there is going to be more intensity, but sometimes just being involved helps you out."

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Selanne may be heating up at just the right time. The 42-year-old Finn scored only one goal in eight games before tallying in the regular-season finale against the Phoenix Coyotes, then netted his 42nd career playoff goal in Game 1. Hiller, Beauchemin, Saku Koivu and defensemen Sheldon Souray and Toni Lydman were the only Ducks who did not participate in Wednesday's optional practice. Bonino admitted scoring his first playoff goal had a different feeling than netting his initial regular-season tally. "This is kind of a whole different animal," he said. "To do it in front of a packed house like that (at the Honda Center) is something I'll always remember."

TRENDS:

* Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Anaheim.
* Under is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
* Home team is 39-16-1 in the last 56 meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Selanne has scored 10 of his 42 career playoff goals against Detroit.

2. The Red Wings have lost six straight series openers that have taken place on the road.

3. Ducks C Andrew Cogliano made his playoff debut in Game 1 after playing in 458 consecutive regular-season contests.

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