NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday, April 17

NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday, April 17

NHL Playoffs

Home side won all four Ranger-Flyer games this season; Philly lost last eight visits to MSG. Rangers are 4-2 in last six first round series; they won four of last five home games. Under is 5-0-1 in their last six games overall. Flyers missed playoffs LY, but are 3-1 in last four first round series; they won two of last three road games. Last six Philly games went over total. Emery (9-12-2) gets nod in Flyers' goal ahead of banged-up starter Mason.

Chicago won Stanley Cup twice in last four years, lost in first round two years in between; Blackhawks won last two games with St Louis, after losing previous four- seven of last ten series games stayed under total. Chicago lost seven of last eight road games; nine of their last 12 road games stayed under. St Louis won one playoff series in last eight years; they never won a Stanley Cup, despite making Finals in first three years of existence. Blues lost last six games overall, outscored 22-5- six of their last eight games stayed under total.

Minnesota is 0-3 in playoff series since losing conference final in '03, their third year in the NHL; Wild lost four of five games with Colorado this season, losing 4-2/5-4 last two times they met. Avalanche missed playoffs last four years, hasn't won first round series since '08; they're 28-13 at home this season. Minnesota won four of its last five games overall, with last three going over total. Eight of last ten Colorado games stayed under total.

San Jose is 30-11 at home this season, but they lost three of five with Los Angeles this year; Sharks are 9-5 in first round series in franchise history, but only one of those wins was in the last five years. Kings hadn't won playoff series since '01 before winning '12 Cup, then losing conference final LY; LA lost four of last five games, scoring total of 11 goals. Sharks won three of last four home games. Four of LA's last six games went over the total.

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Thursday's NHL Playoffs Betting News and Notes
By Covers.com

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers (-141, 5)

Wayne Simmonds and captain Claude Giroux finished the regular season with a flourish, with the former claiming the team lead in goals (29) and the latter ending up in the top three in the league in points (86). Philadelphia boasts plenty of depth among its forwards as an NHL-best seven players reached the 20-goal plateau.

New York has some injury concerns heading into the series, although both forward Derick Brassard and defenseman Ryan McDonagh look to be ready for Thursday. Brassard told reporters that he feels "100 percent" after dealing with a balky back, despite making a premature exit from practice on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

TRENDS:

* Home team is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
* Flyers are 4-13 in the last 17 meetings.
* Flyers are 0-8 in the last eight meetings in New York.


Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues (-125, 5.5)

Corey Crawford has dominated St. Louis in his career, posting an impressive 11-2-3 mark with two shutouts - including a 23-save gem in a 4-0 win on March 19. Ben Smith and Marcus Kruger scored in that contest and each tallied again in Chicago's 4-2 triumph over the Blues on April 6. Smith finished with four goals in the final six games and Marian Hossa netted five in the last 10.

Coach Ken Hitchcock's club was decimated by injuries as St. Louis was shut out three times and mustered all of five goals during its losing streak. Captain David Backes, who has been idled by a foot injury, expects a physical matchup against the Blackhawks. Ryan Miller saw his fortunes change following a blistering start after being acquired from cellar-dwelling Buffalo, losing five decisions while posting a gaudy 3.56 goals-against average.

TRENDS:

* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in St. Louis.
* Home team is 18-6 in the last 24 meetings.
* Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.


Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche (-133, 5)

The Wild stumbled through most of the month of March before regaining their equilibrium and using a 6-0-1 run to wrap up a second consecutive postseason berth. The Wild persevered despite a revolving door that saw four different players inherit the No. 1 goaltender's job, the latest being trade-deadline acquisition Ilya Bryzgalov, who went 7-0-3 with three shutouts before a meaningless loss in the regular-season finale.

Colorado dominated the season series with a 4-0-1 mark versus Minnesota. Leading scorer Matt Duchene missed the last seven games with a knee injury and will be unavailable for the first two games versus the Wild, but the Avalanche feature four others players with between 60-65 points, including star rookie and No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon.

TRENDS:

* Avalanche are 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Road team is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
* Over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings.


Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks (-130, 5)

Drew Doughty is expected to be in the lineup for the series opener after missing the final four games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. The defenseman appeared to hurt his shoulder while delivering an open-ice check on Tyler Kennedy in the first period of San Jose's 2-1 victory on April 3.

Several members of the Sharks had stellar seasons, none moreso than Joe Pavelski. The United States Olympian finished third in the league with a career-high 41 goals and also set a personal best with 79 points. Antti Niemi tied for second with 39 victories while captain Joe Thornton registered 65 assists - three behind league leader Sidney Crosby.

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-0-2 in the last seven meetings in San Jose.
* Under is 2-0-2 in the last four meetings.
* Home team is 24-7 in the last 31 meetings.

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PHILADELPHIA (42-30-0-10, 94 pts.) at NY RANGERS (45-31-0-6, 96 pts.) - 4/17/2014, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 16-8 ATS (+5.7 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 14-17 ATS (-8.2 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
NY RANGERS are 186-188 ATS (-106.1 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 104-109 ATS (-60.7 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 12-21 ATS (-9.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 11-3 (+7.8 Units) against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 11-3-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
7 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.4 Units)

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CHICAGO (46-21-0-15, 107 pts.) at ST LOUIS (52-23-0-7, 111 pts.) - 4/17/2014, 8:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 18-22 ATS (-16.7 Units) second half of the season this season.
CHICAGO is 13-16 ATS (-12.7 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
CHICAGO is 5-19 ATS (-16.6 Units) in road games after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO is 6-13 ATS (-9.5 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
ST LOUIS is 2-6 ATS (-9.8 Units) in April games this season.
ST LOUIS is 9-12 ATS (+9.0 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 9-6 (+2.1 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 9-6-0 straight up against ST LOUIS 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)

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MINNESOTA (43-27-0-12, 98 pts.) at COLORADO (52-22-0-8, 112 pts.) - 4/17/2014, 9:35 PM

Top Trends for this game.
COLORADO is 52-30 ATS (+90.1 Units) in all games this season.
COLORADO is 28-15 ATS (+43.1 Units) second half of the season this season.
COLORADO is 19-9 ATS (+7.9 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
MINNESOTA is 23-17 ATS (+5.6 Units) second half of the season this season.
MINNESOTA is 23-12 ATS (+10.7 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
COLORADO is 120-114 ATS (-43.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less since 1996.
COLORADO is 95-107 ATS (-63.6 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
COLORADO is 8-7 (+0.1 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
COLORADO is 8-7-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.2 Units)

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LOS ANGELES (46-28-0-8, 100 pts.) at SAN JOSE (51-22-0-9, 111 pts.) - 4/17/2014, 10:35 PM

Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 4-13 ATS (+17.1 Units) in road games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 13-2 ATS (+9.9 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 105-67 ATS (-10.2 Units) in April games since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 30-14 ATS (+30.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
SAN JOSE is 14-4 ATS (+8.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 10-10 (+0.3 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
SAN JOSE is 10-10-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
10 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.4 Units)

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7:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA vs. NY RANGERS
Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games on the road
NY Rangers are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the NY Rangers last 8 games at home

8:00 PM
CHICAGO vs. ST. LOUIS
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago's last 12 games on the road
Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games

9:30 PM
MINNESOTA vs. COLORADO
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Colorado
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Colorado is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota

10:30 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. SAN JOSE
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing on the road against San Jose
Los Angeles is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against San Jose
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
San Jose is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Los Angeles

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Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 7:05 ET
Philadelphia: 0-6 SU in road games after playing a game where 9 or more total goals were scored
NY Rangers: 15-4 SU after a close loss by 1 goal in their previous game

Chicago at St Louis, 8:05 ET
Chicago: 13-16 SU vs. division opponents
St Louis: 2-7 SU after scoring 2 goals or less in 3 straight games

Minnesota at Colorado, 9:35 ET
Minnesota: 4-13 SU as a road underdog of +100 to +150
Colorado: 19-9 SU vs. division opponents

Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:35 ET
Los Angeles: 4-13 SU in road games after a division game
San Jose: 20-5 SU at home when the money line is -100 to -150

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NHL Playoff Odds
By: The Linemakers   
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Four more series in the first-round of the Stanley Cup playoffs begin Thursday night, highlighted by a pair of storied rivalries, with the Rangers hosting the Flyers and the Blackhawks visiting the Blues. Later, it's the Wild at the Avalanche and Kings at Sharks.

Here’s a look at odds for the quartet of Game 1s and opening series prices posted at the LVH SuperBook, as well as start times and television schedules.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers

Flyers +132
Rangers -142

Total: 5 goals (OVER -110, UNDER -110)

Puck line
Flyers +1.5 goals (-240)
Rangers -1.5 goals (+210)

Opening series price: Flyers +120, Rangers -140

Says The Linemakers on Sporting News’ Brian Blessing, “You have to give the Rangers the edge with (Henrik) Lundquist between the pipes, but this is really an interesting series because the Flyers started so slow but (new coach Craig) Berube got them playing at a really high level."

Chicago at St. Louis

Blackhawks +110
Blues -120

Total: 5.5 goals (OVER +115, UNDER -135)

Puck line
Blackhawks +1.5 goals (-280)
Blues -1.5 goals (+240)

Opening series price: Blackhawks -115, Blues -105

“This has to be the premier series in the first round,” Blessing says. “The winner of this series could go very deep in the Stanley Cup playoffs."

But if current form weighs heavily into your handicapping, Blessing warns that St. Louis “is limping into the postseason a little bit.”

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Ryan Miller, the netminder acquired by the team at the trade deadline, "We're going to need our goalie to be great. He's shown the ability to get into people's heads if he plays the way he can."

Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are back from lengthy injury layoffs.

Minnesota at Colorado

Wild +122
Avalanche -132

Total: 5 goals (OVER +110, UNDER -130)

Puck line
Wild +1.5 goals (-270)
Avalanche -1.5 goals (+235)

Opening series price: Wild +110, Avalanche -130

“Minnesota’s got a little more offensive punch since acquiring Matt Moulson at the trade deadline,” according to Blessing. “This could be an under-the-radar series that’s very interesting and could go deep.”

Los Angeles at San Jose

Kings +120
Sharks -130

Total: 4.5 goals (OVER -140, UNDER +120)

Puck line
Kings +1.5 goals (-270)
Sharks -1.5 goals (+230)

Opening series price: Kings +120, Sharks -140

“It just doesn't look right that the Los Angeles Kings are underdogs against San Jose," Blessing says. "They've got a great goalie in Jonathan Quick and have improved offensively late in the year. The Kings look like a solid play at a plus price.”

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