NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, April 19

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, April 19

NHL Playoffs

Columbus has still never won a playoff game, losing 4-3 at Pittsburgh in Game 1, after 4-0 sweep by Detroit in '09, its only other playoff trip; Blue Jackets won four of last six games overall, with seven of their last ten staying under total. Columbus lost last seven games with Pittsburgh- they allowed two goals in 0:45 span of second period. Penguins are 4-4 in last eight games but are 30-12 at home this season- four of last five games went to OT or SO.

Quick turnaround after Blues scored 0:26 into third OT to snap 6-game losing skid- they had 52-42 edge in shots, but needed goal with 1:45 left to send game to OT. Chicago lost five of last seven games with Blues; seven of last 11 series games stayed under total. Chicago lost eight of last nine road games; nine of their last 13 road games stayed under, as did six of last nine St Louis games. St Louis won one playoff series in last eight years; winning Game 1 in triple OT is good start to winning another one.

Colorado was down 4-2 in third period, tied game with 0:14 left, then won game 7:27 into OT to break Minnesota's heart. Avalanche was 0-4 on power play, lost faceoffs 42-35, but still won for fifth time in six games with Minnesota this year. Colorado is 29-13 at home this season. Minnesota won four of its last six games overall, with last four going over total. Eight of last eleven Colorado games stayed under total. Wild is 20-22 on the road this year. Over is 6-2-2 in playoff games so far this week.

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Saturday's NHL Playoffs Betting News and Notes
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Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues (-103, 5)

In the minds of many, the St. Louis Blues went from the penthouse to the outhouse in record time as they concluded the regular season mired in a six-game losing streak. After winning a triple-overtime marathon in the first-round series opener, the Blues look to elevate their standing once again when they host Game 2 against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon. Alex Steen scored 26 seconds into the third extra session as St. Louis skated to a 4-3 triumph on Thursday in the longest game in franchise history.

Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews made triumphant returns for Chicago, as the former scored on a breakaway late in the first period after being set up by latter. The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Kane overcame a left knee injury to play in his first game since March 19, while Toews competed in his initial contest since being leveled by Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik. Chicago D Duncan Keith logged 40:59 of ice time on Thursday, the second-longest total of his career. He set a career high of 48:40 against Boston in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final last season.

TRENDS:

* Blackhawks are 2-5 in the last seven meetings.
* Under is 5-1 in Blues last six home games.
* Blackhawks are 1-8 in their last nine road games.


Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins (-185, 5.5)

Although putting a scare into their opposition, the Columbus Blue Jackets still haven't proven they can defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. "I have to be better. Four goals is a lot, but it's already past me," said reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who owns an 0-3 career mark in postseason play with a gaudy 4.04 goals-against average. The Blue Jackets have lost all five of their postseason games in franchise history.

Kris Letang struggled mightily in Game 1 as the defenseman's turnover led to Derek MacKenzie's short-handed goal while a retaliatory slash gave Columbus a power play. Coach Dan Bylsma was not pleased and limited Letang's ice time accordingly (3:55 in the third period). "I think he got a message," Bylsma said. "Whether it was a voice or not playing or a nice talk, he got a message. And that's something he’s got to be better at and that’s something we've got to be better at as a group."

TRENDS:

* Blue Jackets are 0-7 in the last seven meetings.
* Penguins are 4-1 in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Over is 18-7-2 in Penguins last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games.


Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche (-139, 5)

Zach Parise recorded his 12th career multi-point playoff performance with a pair of assists on Thursday. The veteran has collected 46 points in 67 career postseason games. Haula practiced with Matt Cooke and Nino Niederreiter on the third line Friday while Brodziak was moved to the fourth line with Stephane Veilleux and Cody McCormick.

Paul Stastny made history in the series opener, becoming the first player in NHL playoff history to score the tying goal in the last 15 seconds of regulation and the winner in overtime. Colorado entered the third period in a 4-2 hole but began to climb out when Jamie McGinn scored at 7:13. Stastny took over from there, knotting the contest with 13.4 seconds remaining before completing the comeback 7:27 into the extra session.

TRENDS:

* Wild are 1-5 in the last six meetings.
* Wild are 1-8 in their last nine Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Under is 8-3 in Avalanche last 11 overall.

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CHICAGO (46-21-0-16, 108 pts.) at ST LOUIS (53-23-0-7, 113 pts.) - 4/19/2014, 3:05 PM

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

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 9-7 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 9-7-0 straight up against ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
8 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.5 Units, Under=-0.9 Units)
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COLUMBUS (43-33-0-7, 93 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (52-24-0-7, 111 pts.) - 4/19/2014, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
COLUMBUS is 24-66 ATS (+120.4 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
PITTSBURGH is 169-125 ATS (+23.4 Units) when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
COLUMBUS is 43-40 ATS (+2.9 Units) in all games this season.
COLUMBUS is 26-17 ATS (+7.4 Units) second half of the season this season.
COLUMBUS is 14-8 ATS (+5.9 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more this season.
PITTSBURGH is 15-18 ATS (+15.0 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 7-0 (+7.0 Units) against the spread versus COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 7-0-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.2 Units)
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MINNESOTA (43-27-0-13, 99 pts.) at COLORADO (53-22-0-8, 114 pts.) - 4/19/2014, 9:35 PM

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

Head-to-Head Series History
COLORADO is 9-7 (+1.1 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
COLORADO is 9-7-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.3 Units)

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3:00 PM
CHICAGO vs. ST. LOUIS
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games at home
St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago

7:00 PM
COLUMBUS vs. PITTSBURGH
Columbus is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Columbus's last 18 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games when playing Columbus

9:30 PM
MINNESOTA vs. COLORADO
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota's last 12 games when playing Colorado
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Colorado is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Colorado is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games

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