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NHL Betting News and Notes Friday, April 18

NHL Betting News and Notes Friday, April 18

NHL Playoffs

Detroit is in first year in Eastern Conference; they're 3-1 in their last four first round series, despite being lower-seeded team two of three years they won. Red Wings are 22-19 on road this season; they won three of four with Boston this season, winning last three games after Bruins won first meeting 4-1. Top-seed Boston is 31-10 at home- they lost five of their last seven games after clinching division- they're 4-1 in last five first round series.

Lightning won three of four vs Montreal this season, then lost Game 1 here in OT, with the Canadiens outshooting them 44-25; Habs are 4-1 in last four visits here, with five of last six series games staying under total. Tampa won four of last five games, but gave up five goals Wednesday, after giving up four in winning last four regular season games. Montreal won eight of last eleven games, five of seven on road. Lightning had 50-36 edge in faceoffs; both teams failed to score on two power plays each in Game 1.

Ducks won last five games after racing out to 4-0 lead in Game 1, then holding on for dear life; they're 31-11 at home- eight of their last eleven games overall went over total. Anaheim was 2-5 on power play, won faceoffs 46-37. Ducks lost four of last five games with Stars- six of last ten series games stayed under. Dallas is just 6-5 in last eleven games, with six of last eight games staying under the total; Stars were 1-5 with their power play chances.

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Friday's NHL Playoffs Betting News and Notes
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Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (-108, 5)

Montreal dominated Game 1 and swarmed the Lighting for long stretches but had to overcome a shaky performance by goaltender Carey Price before prevailing on Dale Weise's goal with less than two minutes left in the first overtime. The Canadiens scored one goal in each of the four regular-season meetings between the teams, so the offensive eruption was nearly as much of a surprise as Weise playing the hero. "I can’t remember the last time I scored an overtime goal, but this has to be the biggest goal of my career," said Weise, who has 11 goals in 163 games.

Tampa Bay suffered a blow in the series opener when rookie and leading scorer Ondrej Palat exited the game with an upper-body injury, the same ailment that sidelined him for the regular-season finale. Palat, who had 23 goals and 36 assists, missed practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision, according to head coach Jon Cooper. One plus for the Lightning was the play of replacement Alex Killorn, who scored in the third period before setting up captain Steven Stamkos' tying tally. Starting netminder Ben Bishop, who missed the final three games of the season, practiced in a limited duty Thursday but Cooper said: "I don't think we'll be seeing Bishop anytime soon."

TRENDS:

* Canadiens are 4-1 in the last five meetings in Tampa Bay.
* Over is 4-1-2 in Lightning last seven Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Canadiens are 12-4 in their last 16 overall.


Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins (-185, 5)

With captain Henrik Zetterberg and standout Pavel Datsyuk out for long stretches, Gustav Nyquist emerged as a star by scoring 28 goals - 23 during a stunning 28-game span. Detroit dressed 13 players who helped Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League last season, including rookies Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco. "The young guys add a big element to the team," center Darren Helm said. "They’re going to be important guys in the playoffs." Datsyuk returned in early April to join veterans Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen, but the onus will be on Jimmy Howard, who had a sub-par season before winning four of his last five starts.

The only team to win at least 30 home games (31-7-3) en route to capturing the Presidents' Trophy, Boston features a deep, balanced attack, one of the top netminders in Tuukka Rask and a defense anchored by towering captain Zdeno Chara. Patrice Bergeron, one of five Bruins to score at least 20 goals, may have supplanted Datsyuk as the league's premier two-way player following a 30-goal season that tied rejuvenated veteran Jarome Iginla for the team lead. "It's not by accident you hear his name in the Hart Trophy conversation," Boston coach Claude Julien said of Bergeron's MVP chances. Rask registered a league-high seven shutouts as the Bruins posted an NHL-best 84-goal differential.

TRENDS:

* Red Wings are 7-1 in the last eight meetings.
* Under is 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings in Boston.
* Bruins are 45-19 in their last 64 vs. Eastern Conference.


Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks (-176, 5.5)

Nine of Dallas' 18 skaters made their postseason debut on Wednesday, including goal-scorers Colton Sceviour and Jamie Benn. But the captain refused to cite that as the reason the team played poorly over the first 35 minutes. "We don't want to use that as an excuse," Benn said. "We know how we have to play to beat these guys and we're just going to need a real strong effort (Friday)."

Matt Beleskey got hurt in the opener, leaving the contest midway through the third period with a lower-body injury he says has been an ongoing issue for most of the season. It is uncertain whether or not he will be available Friday. "I'll see how I feel (Friday)," Beleskey told the team's website. "It's going to be every morning coming in and seeing how I feel from there." Anaheim will need to do a better job on line changes, as it was called for a pair of too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties Wednesday.

TRENDS:

* Over is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings in Anaheim.
* Stars are 1-4 in their last five road games.
* Over is 8-2-6 in Ducks last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games.

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DETROIT (39-28-0-15, 93 pts.) at BOSTON (54-19-0-9, 117 pts.) - 4/18/2014, 7:35 PM

Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 54-28 ATS (+88.9 Units) in all games this season.
DETROIT is 98-57 ATS (+23.7 Units) in road games after a non-conference game since 1996.
BOSTON is 168-141 ATS (-37.8 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.
BOSTON is 78-72 ATS (-59.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 4-1 (+4.0 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 4-1-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.9 Units)
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MONTREAL (47-28-0-8, 102 pts.) at TAMPA BAY (46-27-0-10, 102 pts.) - 4/18/2014, 7:05 PM

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

Head-to-Head Series History
MONTREAL is 6-5-0 straight up against TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons
6 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.6 Units)
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DALLAS (40-32-0-11, 91 pts.) at ANAHEIM (55-20-0-8, 118 pts.) - 4/18/2014, 10:05 PM

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

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 9-6 (+4.6 Units) against the spread versus ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 9-6-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
7 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-2.0 Units, Under=-0.2 Units)

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7:00 PM
MONTREAL vs. TAMPA BAY
Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Montreal is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Montreal

18, 7:30 PM
DETROIT vs. BOSTON
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games on the road
Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

18, 10:00 PM
DALLAS vs. ANAHEIM
Dallas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Dallas's last 19 games when playing on the road against Anaheim
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Anaheim's last 19 games when playing at home against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim's last 6 games when playing Dallas

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NHL Betting News and Notes
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Patrice Bergeron, Boston - Prob Fri

Bergeron is recovering from a lower-body injury and has participated in two consecutive practices. He is expected to be ready for the opening game of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday against the Red Wings.


Bishop won't be back for Lightning "anytime soon"

Anders Lindback was phenomenal for the Tampa bay Lightning in game one against the Montreal Canadiens, but there is still hope Ben Bishop will be back soon. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has dispelled that thought.

"I don't think we'll see Bishop anytime soon, this series would have to extend for there to be a chance," Cooper told CBS affiliate Chris Fischer.

Lindback was absolutely pummeled by the Habs Wednesday, facing 44 shots including 14 in the first period. 


Underdog Red Wings fare well versus Bruins

At +260 to win the series, the Detroit Red Wings might be one of the biggest longshots in the first round, but they have had great success versus the Boston Bruins in recent meetings.

In the previous eight meetings between the two Original Six franchises, the Red Wings have posted a 7-1 record. Take that with a grain of salt, however, as that mark stretches back to 2009 with no games played between the two in either 2010 and 2012.

But bettors looking for a dog can find a little more solace in the fact that the Wings were 3-1 in the 2013-14 season - their first as a member of the Eastern Conference.


Offense still the story of playoffs, bettors bank on over

Last time we checked, the NHL playoffs were suppose to be tight, grinder-type games. That certainly is not the case so far this year as teams are scoring all over. Through two days of the playoffs, bettors can rely on the over with a 6-0-1 O/U record.

Through seven games, the average number of goals scored per game is 7.6. This high average includes three games tallying up nine goals and three netting seven. The lone push came when the Rangers beat up on the Flyers 4-1.

There are three games on tap for Friday, with the Canadiens/Lighting and Ducks/Stars series both already going over in their first game.

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