NHL Betting News and Notes Friday, February 28

NHL Betting News and Notes Friday, February 28

Game of the Day: Blues at Ducks
By Covers.com

St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks (-115, 5.5)

After beginning the season nearly unbeatable at home (20-0-2), the Anaheim Ducks have stumbled in five of their last seven games at the Honda Center. The Ducks look to regain their footing and vie for their first season sweep of St. Louis on Friday night when they return from the Olympic break by hosting the Blues. Team Canada representative Ryan Getzlaf collected a goal and an assist in both meetings with St. Louis as Anaheim skated to a 5-2 road win on Dec. 7 and a 3-2 road triumph on Jan. 18.

The victories were the Ducks' fourth and fifth in six outings against the Blues, which is par for the course considering the latter's struggles against the California-based clubs. St. Louis has dropped seven of its last eight meetings versus the Golden State teams. The Blues opened their three-game road trip by being shut out for the first time this season with a 1-0 setback to Vancouver on Wednesday.

LINE HISTORY: The Ducks opened as -115 home faves. The total opened at 5.5 goals.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Blues (-203) / Ducks (-185)

INJURY WATCH: Blues - Jordan Leopold (Ques. - Leg). Ducks - Viktor Fasth (Prob. - Lower body), Nick Bonino (Ques. - Wrist), Mark Fistric (Ques. - Lower body)

WHAT BOOKS SAY: "A battle between two of the top teams in the Western Conference. Anaheim has dominated the season series so far winning both previous meetings out scoring the Blues 8-4. The Ducks have been dominate at home so far this season and I see that continuing in this matchup." - Michael Stewart, CarbonSports.ag.

WHAT SHARPS SAY: "The Blues are coming off a tough 1-0 loss in their return to the ice following the Olympic break, so they'll have no shortage of motivation as they make the trip from Vancouver to Anaheim Friday. Both of these teams sent a number of players to Sochi, so we could see a bit of a hangover effect in this one. With goals coming at a premium, you have to give the advantage to the Blues, one of the best defensive teams in the league. Anaheim has had St. Louis' number this season, but that could change Friday night." - Covers Expert Sean Murphy.

ABOUT THE BLUES (39-13-3-3 SU, 25-33 ATS, 27-25 O/U): St. Louis generated little offensive consistency on Wednesday, prompting United States Olympian T.J. Oshie to label the effort as "pretty sluggish." Coach Ken Hitchcock, who served as an assist for Team Canada during the Olympics, noted a decided difference in terms of play by his team in the third period. "I didn't think we had the energy in the third period that we did in the end of the first and the second," Hitchcock said. Perhaps Jaden Schwartz will ignite the Blues as he scored in three of the previous four games heading into the break as well as both contests versus Anaheim this season.

ABOUT THE DUCKS (41-14-1-4 SU, 31-29 ATS, 19-9-0-3 O/U): Getzlaf was on quite the roll prior to the Olympics, scoring four goals in five games to boost his total to a career-high 29 on the season. Fellow Canadian Olympian Corey Perry snapped a three-game scoreless streak with a goal in Anaheim's 5-2 triumph over Nashville on Feb. 8. Swede Jakob Silfverberg settled for silver in Sochi and recorded just one assist in his eight contests leading up to the break.

TRENDS:


* Over is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
* Home team is 29-10-1 in the last 40 meetings.
* Blues are 5-16-1 in the last 22 meetings in Anaheim.
* Blues are 1-5 in the last six meetings.

COVERS CONSENSUS:
Almost 64 percent of the wagers are on the Ducks -115.

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Hot teams
-- Buffalo won its first two games since Olympics, 3-2/5-4ot.
-- Sharks won four of their last five games.
-- Minnesota won its last three games, allowing three goals.
-- Blues won six of their last nine games.

Cold teams
-- Coyotes lost 13 of their last 20 games.
-- Colorado lost three of last four.
-- Vancouver lost seven of its last eight games.
-- Anaheim lost three of its last four games.

Totals
-- Under is 7-2-1 in last ten San Jose games.
-- Last seven Phoenix games stayed under total.
-- Four of last five Vancouver games stayed under.
-- Six of last eight St Louis road games stayed under.

Series records
-- Sabres won their last five games with San Jose.
-- Coyotes won five of last seven gamesd with Colorado.
-- Canucks lost their last three games with Minnesota.
-- Ducks won five of their last six games with St Louis.

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SAN JOSE (38-16-0-6, 82 pts.) at BUFFALO (17-34-0-8, 42 pts.) - 2/28/2014, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
SAN JOSE is 11-25 ATS (-15.5 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 3 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 15-21 ATS (-14.7 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 13-19 ATS (-18.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
BUFFALO is 193-175 ATS (+386.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 127-88 ATS (+27.4 Units) when playing on back-to-back days since 1996.

BUFFALO is 17-42 ATS (-56.7 Units) in all games this season.
Head-to-Head Series History
BUFFALO is 2-0 (+4.9 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
BUFFALO is 2-0-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.4 Units)
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PHOENIX (27-21-0-11, 65 pts.) at COLORADO (37-17-0-5, 79 pts.) - 2/28/2014, 9:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 7-13 ATS (-9.5 Units) second half of the season this season.
COLORADO is 37-22 ATS (+14.8 Units) in all games this season.
COLORADO is 15-5 ATS (+10.0 Units) on Friday nights over the last 3 seasons.
COLORADO is 15-5 ATS (+8.6 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
COLORADO is 20-8 ATS (+9.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
PHOENIX is 13-4 ATS (+8.8 Units) in February games over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 49-34 ATS (+90.6 Units) in road games on Friday nights since 1996.
PHOENIX is 23-19 ATS (+49.0 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
COLORADO is 212-195 ATS (-135.3 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
COLORADO is 94-101 ATS (-32.2 Units) in home games after allowing 4 goals or more since 1996.
COLORADO is 81-80 ATS (-57.7 Units) in home games after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 6-2 (+3.9 Units) against the spread versus COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 6-2-0 straight up against COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.0 Units)
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MINNESOTA (32-21-0-7, 71 pts.) at VANCOUVER (28-24-0-9, 65 pts.) - 2/28/2014, 10:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 12-6 ATS (+18.4 Units) second half of the season this season.
VANCOUVER is 28-33 ATS (-8.5 Units) in all games this season.
VANCOUVER is 110-112 ATS (-28.2 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less since 1996.
VANCOUVER is 5-15 ATS (+24.2 Units) second half of the season this season.
VANCOUVER is 8-18 ATS (-16.8 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 9-20 ATS (-13.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
VANCOUVER is 2-13 ATS (-12.5 Units) 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
MINNESOTA is 5-6 (+0.4 Units) against the spread versus VANCOUVER over the last 3 seasons
VANCOUVER is 6-5-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.3 Units)
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ST LOUIS (39-13-0-6, 84 pts.) at ANAHEIM (41-14-0-5, 87 pts.) - 2/28/2014, 10:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
ST LOUIS is 1-10 ATS (-9.4 Units) in road games revenging a home loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
ST LOUIS is 8-20 ATS (-13.3 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
ANAHEIM is 41-19 ATS (+16.1 Units) in all games this season.
ANAHEIM is 18-4 ATS (+12.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 this season.
ANAHEIM is 17-5 ATS (+9.2 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
ANAHEIM is 197-187 ATS (+429.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ANAHEIM is 6-3 (+4.6 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
ANAHEIM is 6-3-0 straight up against ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.3 Units)

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7:00 PM
SAN JOSE vs. BUFFALO
San Jose is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of San Jose's last 18 games   
Buffalo is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against San Jose
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Buffalo's last 15 games

9:00 PM
PHOENIX vs. COLORADO
Phoenix is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Phoenix's last 15 games on the road   
Colorado is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games at home

10:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. VANCOUVER
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Vancouver
Minnesota is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Vancouver   
Vancouver is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vancouver's last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota

10:00 PM
ST. LOUIS vs. ANAHEIM
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games on the road
St. Louis is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Anaheim   
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Anaheim's last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Anaheim is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games

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Sabres come out of Olympic break hot

The Buffalo Sabres have come out of the Olympic break on a modest two-game winning streak and close off their mini three-game homestand against the San Jose Sharks Friday.

The Sabres defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday, and followed that up with a 5-4 OT victory against the Boston Bruins Thursday.

The Sabres are currently +163 home dogs.


Kuemper gets start after Thursday's shutout

Fresh off a 21 save, shutout performance against the Edmonton Oilers Thursday, the Minnesota Wild will ride the hot goalie as Darcy Kuemper will start tonight at the Vancouver Canucks.

Kuemper has played well as starter Josh Harding remains on IR. The Saskatoon native is 9-3-2 with a 2.29 GAA and .921 save percentage on the season.

The Wild are currently +138 road dogs at the Canucks Friday.

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