NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday, May 16

NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday, May 16

NY RANGERS (30-19-0-6, 66 pts.) at BOSTON (32-17-0-6, 70 pts.) - 5/16/2013, 7:35 PM

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 9-18 ATS (-12.9 Units) after shutting out their opponent in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON is 7-12 ATS (-13.0 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.
BOSTON is 212-195 ATS (-93.9 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 8-3 (+6.0 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 8-3-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.1 Units)


SAN JOSE (29-17-0-7, 65 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (32-17-0-6, 70 pts.) - 5/16/2013, 10:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
SAN JOSE is 3-10 ATS (-7.6 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
SAN JOSE is 15-27 ATS (-13.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 21-37 ATS (-18.5 Units) in road games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) in road games vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 23-5 ATS (+16.0 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
LOS ANGELES is 10-1 ATS (+8.3 Units) in home games after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
LOS ANGELES is 9-0 ATS (+9.0 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
LOS ANGELES is 31-16 ATS (+12.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 23-5 ATS (+14.5 Units) in home games second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 13-4 ATS (+8.8 Units) when leading in a playoff series over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN JOSE is 13-10 (+0.0 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
SAN JOSE is 13-10-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
11 of 19 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.8 Units)


NY RANGERS vs. BOSTON
NY Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
NY Rangers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the road
Boston is 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when playing NY Rangers
Boston is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against NY Rangers

SAN JOSE vs. LOS ANGELES

San Jose is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against San Jose
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 10 games when playing at home against San Jose


NY Rangers at Boston
NY Rangers: 2-8 SU off a road win
Boston: 15-5 Under off a combined score of 9+ goals

San Jose at Los Angeles
San Jose: 6-16 SU away vs. division opponents
Los Angeles: 10-1 SU at home off a win by 2+ goals

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Thursday's NHL Playoff Action: What Bettors Need to Know
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San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (-143, 4.5)

Los Angeles leads series 1-0.

The fifth-seeded Los Angeles Kings attempt to continue their home dominance Thursday when they host the sixth-seeded San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of their Western Conference second-round series. Los Angeles ended the regular season with seven consecutive wins at Staples Center and has kept on rolling in the playoffs, winning all three home games against the St. Louis Blues in the first round. The reigning Stanley Cup champions, who have home-ice advantage for the first time since 1992, made it 11 in a row Tuesday as they posted a 2-0 victory over San Jose in the series opener.

Jonathan Quick made 35 saves for his sixth career playoff shutout - and second this postseason - as he has maintained the form that won him the Conn Smythe Trophy last year. Teammate Slava Voynov is emerging as a challenger for the award this postseason. The defenseman netted his third goal of the playoffs - all game-winners - and added an assist Tuesday, while Mike Richards also scored and set up a tally. The loss in Game 1 was the first of the postseason for the Sharks, who swept the Northwest Division champion Vancouver Canucks in the first round. San Jose registered 16 of its 35 shots in the third period but could not avoid being shut out for the 17th time in franchise playoff history.

ABOUT THE SHARKS: Raffi Torres is at it again. After delivering an illegal hit to the head of Chicago's Marian Hossa while a member of the Phoenix Coyotes during last year's playoffs that drew a 25-game suspension, Torres appeared to make contact with the head of Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll in the final minute of the second period Tuesday. Torres, who earned a charging penalty, also may receive some sort of punishment from the league for the hit on Stoll, who did not return to the game afterward. "To be honest, I didn't really think it was even going to be a penalty," Torres said. "I still feel like I got shoulder to his shoulder, and then it looked - because he was leaning over - that I came up a little high. I hope he's alright." Coach Todd McLellan doesn't feel Torres should be disciplined by the league. "Clean hit, not even a charging penalty, in my opinion," he said. Center Bracken Kearns received 6:05 of ice time and registered one shot in his first career playoff game. Kearns, who turned 32 Sunday, has appeared in six NHL regular-season contests.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Richards increased his team-leading point total to seven with his goal and assist Tuesday. The former Philadelphia Flyers captain has recorded multi-point performances in three of his last four games. "He just steps up," coach Darryl Sutter said. "It's refreshing to see guys like that, that when it's a big game, they step up. He did it last series (too)." The Kings have not lost at home since suffering back-to-back shutout losses to the Dallas Stars and Vancouver on March 21 and 23, respectively. Sutter did not give an update on Stoll but admitted, without actually saying it, that the center was injured. "Well, we weren't resting him and he didn't come back," Sutter said. Richards' tally 12 1/2 minutes into the second period of the series opener gave the Kings their first two-goal lead this postseason.

TRENDS:

* Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games.
* Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
* Under is 7-1-2 in Kings last 10 overall.
* Home team is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.

OVERTIME

1. D Matt Irwin led the Sharks with six shots on goal in the series opener, while C James Sheppard and D Justin Braun were the only members of the team who failed to register at least one.

2. With three game-winning goals, Voynov has set a franchise record for a defenseman in a single postseason.

3. Los Angeles has won five straight playoff games, including a franchise-record four in a row at home.


New York Rangers at Boston Bruins (-127, 5)

With little margin for error, Henrik Lundqvist offered none. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner - and finalist for this season's award - registered back-to-back shutouts to propel the New York Rangers into the Eastern Conference's second round. Lundqvist and the sixth-seeded Rangers will look to get the upper hand on Thursday, when they visit the fourth-seeded Boston Bruins in Game 1. New York recorded a 2-1-0 mark in the season series between the Original Six rivals, who are meeting in the postseason for the first time since 1973.

After stopping all 27 shots he faced in New York's 1-0 victory in Game 6 on Sunday, Lundqvist made 35 saves as the Rangers breezed to a 5-0 triumph to close out third-seeded Washington one day later. While New York hardly was challenged in its Game 7 tilt, Boston overcame a three-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime in its final contest versus fifth-seeded Toronto. Selke Trophy finalist Patrice Bergeron netted the game-tying goal with 51 seconds remaining before scoring 6:05 into the extra session as the Bruins posted a 5-4 victory over the Maple Leafs.

ABOUT THE RANGERS: While Lundqvist was keeping goals at a minimum, stud first-liner Rick Nash failed to find the net in the first round. Former Columbus teammate Derick Brassard registered a team-leading nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his first playoff series. "This is the best I've felt in a long time," he told NHL.com. "... Why I play in the NHL is because I make plays, and now not only is my confidence high, it's the best I've felt in a long time."

ABOUT THE BRUINS:
Boston may be without defensemen Andrew Ference, Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg, as the trio did not practice on Wednesday following absences in the latter end of the first-round series. Ference missed the final two contests, Redden sat out Game 7 and Seidenberg made an early exit in the pivotal tilt - all with undisclosed injuries. Coach Claude Julien did not provide an update following Wednesday's practice. Torey Krug, who was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League, has played in three NHL games and could make his postseason debut.

TRENDS:

* Under is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings in Boston.
* Rangers are 5-1 in the last six meetings in Boston.
* Rangers are 7-2 in the last nine meetings.
* Under is 14-5-2 in the last 21 meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Lundqvist boasts a 21-7-2 mark with six shutouts and a slim 1.67 goals-against average versus Boston.

2. Boston went 1-for-16 on the power play versus New York, while the Rangers failed to score on all 14 opportunities with the man advantage against the Bruins.

3. The Rangers will play their own version of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in 2014. They will face New Jersey on Jan. 26 and the New York Islanders three days later as part of the league's outdoor stadium series.

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2013 NHL Playoffs

Rangers won seven of last nine games with Boston, winning 4-3 in OT/SO last two times they met; New York blanked Washington last two games, rallying back from 3-2 deficit in series to eliminate Caps second year in row. Bruins were down 4-1 with 10:00 to play in Game 7, scored twice in last 1:22 to force OT, then stunned Leafs with OT goal to get to this round. Boston is 4-6 in its last ten home games, with last two wins in OT. Rangers are 2-5 in last seven road games, with last two losses both on OT. Under is 10-4-2 in last sixteen series games.

Kings allowed total of six goals during current five-game win streak that started after they fell behind 2-0 in St Louis series. Home teams won 10 of last 11 San Jose-LA games, five in row this year; Sharks lost five of last six in Staples Center. Game 1 loss ended 4-game San Jose winning streak- their last two losses have both been in Staples. Over is 4-2-2 in last eight series games. Under is 7-1-2 in last ten Los Angeles games; defending champs are 3-2 vs San Jose this year. Game 1 had total of only eight penalty minutes; would expect more here. Home teams won first three games of second round, all by 2+ goals.

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