NHL Betting News and Notes Sunday, April 20

NHL Betting News and Notes Sunday, April 20

NHL Playoffs

Home side won all five Ranger-Flyer games this season; Philly lost last nine visits to MSG. Rangers won five of last six home games; they scored twice in 0:47 span of third period in Gamne 1, when they were 2-6 on power play, Flyers just 0-1. Under is 5-0-2 in New York's last seven games. Flyers lost three of last four and eight of last 12 games- they were outshot 13-1 in third period of Game 1, 36-15 for game. Over is 6-0-1 in Philly's last seven games.

Detroit is 23-19 on road this season after 1-0 win in Game 1, when they scored with 3:01 to play, in game with only three penalties, 44 faceoffs (average thru Friday's games was 72.0); they've won four of five with Boston this season, winning last four games after Bruins won first meeting 4-1. Top-seed Boston is 31-11 at home- they lost six of their last eight games. Obviously, pressure on Bruins to win and avoid going to Motor City down 2-0.

Montreal won first two series games in St Pete, despite going 0-6 on power play and being -10 on faceoffs; they scored nine goals in first two games, after Lightning had given up four in winning last four regular season games. Montreal won nine of last twelve games overall; they've won five of last seven at home, are 26-15 at home this season. Tampa Bay gave up pair of third period goals in each game so far, but they've won four of last six road games.

San Jose is 31-11 at home this season, but they split six games with Los Angeles this year; Kings lost 11 of last 12 visits to this building. Sharks won four of last five home games- they coasted in Game 1, taking 5-0 lead into third period. Kings lost five of last six games, scoring total of 14 goals- they've lost four of last five away games. Five of LA's last seven games went over the total. League-wide, over is 9-2-2 in playoff games so far this week.

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Sunday's NHL Playoffs Betting News and Notes
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Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers (-161, 5)

With Steve Mason still clearing the cobwebs, Ray Emery has been confirmed to start his second contest of the series. The veteran goaltender finished with 32 saves in Game 1, but was left out to dry after rookie Jason Akeson put Philadelphia in a bind with a four-minute high-sticking penalty. Captain Claude Giroux was held without a shot in Game 1 and has combined with linemates Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek to record just one tally in the last five meetings with the Rangers. The Flyers boast a 3-0-0 mark at Madison Square Garden when Giroux scores a goal. They have lost 13 of 14 games when he does not.

While the Flyers were monitoring their goaltending situation, New York didn't seem too concerned with its opponent's worries. "Our game plan isn't going to change," Richards said. "Whoever is in net, we've got to get pucks to the net." Productive special teams play set the tone as New York scored on two of its six power-play opportunities while killing off Philadelphia's lone chance with the man advantage. New York D Ryan McDonagh admitted he had difficulty getting "a good grip on the puck, couldn't feel my skates" in his return from a five-game absence due to an injured shoulder.

TRENDS:

* Flyers are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in New York.
* Flyers are 1-8 in their last nine vs. a team with a winning record.
* Rangers are 5-1 in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games.


Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins (-220, 5)

Jimmy Howard was named to the U.S. Olympic team but it seemed to be a selection based more on reputation than results after he endured a stretch in which he won only once in 12 decisions. Howard did not win three starts in a row until March 18-22, but he finished the regular season by going 4-1-0 and carried the strong play into Game 1, making 25 saves for his third postseason shutout. Pavel Datsyuk's Game 1 tally was his sixth game-winner and 37th overall in the postseason.

Boston played without four regulars in Game 1 but hopes to have defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller back in the lineup - both were dealing with a stomach bug that has been going through the team's locker room. The Bruins have had issues dealing with Detroit's speed throughout the season but they are more preoccupied on ratcheting up an offense that ranked third in the league in goals scored this season. Bruins F Milan Lucic was fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit D Danny DeKeyser in the opener.

TRENDS:

* Red Wings are 4-1 in the last five meetings in Boston.
* Bruins are 1-4 in their last five vs. Atlantic.
* Over is 20-5-7 in Bruins last 32 vs. Eastern Conference.


Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens (-154, 5)

Tampa Bay has shown little resemblance to the team that edged Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division, allowing four goals in regulation in each contest after permitting a total of four in four regular-season matchups. While rookie Ondrej Palat, the team's leading scorer, remains a game-time decision after missing Friday's loss with an upper-body injury, the bigger question mark is whether coach Jon Cooper will make a switch in goal. Anders Lindback has made five consecutive starts since an injury to No. 1 netminder Ben Bishop but he has not looked sharp in the series - although his teammates have not provided much support in front of him.

The third-seeded Canadiens won both games in Tampa Bay and can push the second-seeded Lightning to the brink of elimination in the best-of-seven series with a win on their home ice. "We are playing as a unit right now," said Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who came within 1:59 of a shutout in Game 2. "We are living in the moment." After a sub-par performance in the series opener, Price played markedly better in Game 2, flashing the form that led Team Canada to the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Montreal scored only three goals in the final three games of the regular season, but concerns about the offense have been allayed in the first two playoffs games.

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Montreal.
* Lightning are 4-10 in their last 14 Sunday games.
* Canadiens are 11-1 in their last 12 vs. Atlantic.


Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks (-137, 5)

Jonathan Quick certainly did not display the form that earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012, badly losing track of the puck on San Jose's first tally and yielding a pair of goals from long range. Captain Dustin Brown was not ready to place any blame on this season's William Jennings Trophy winner. "He made a lot of huge saves for us," Brown said. "It just happened they had too many grade-A scoring chances." Defenseman Drew Doughty returned to the lineup after missing the final four regular-season games with an upper-body injury suffered against the Sharks on April 3 and recorded five shots on goal while blocking four.

Raffi Torres hasn't played much for San Jose this season due to knee troubles, but he's been effective on the rare occasions he's been in the lineup. The 32-year-old agitator has landed on the scoresheet in five of the six games he's appeared - including the series opener, collecting four goals and two assists. In addition to scoring a goal Thursday, Torres continued his usual style of play by registering a team-high seven hits. "That's Raffi," Hertl said. "All the guys are happy that Raffi is again playing. Raffi is very, very important for our team."

TRENDS:

* Home team is 21-5 in the last 26 meetings.
* Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Under is 5-1-1 in Kings last seven games playing on two days rest.

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PHILADELPHIA (42-31-0-10, 94 pts.) at NY RANGERS (46-31-0-6, 98 pts.) - 4/20/2014, 12:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 15-17 ATS (-7.3 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
NY RANGERS are 187-188 ATS (-105.1 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 105-109 ATS (-66.6 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 111-115 ATS (-62.0 Units) in home games after a division game since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 0-7 ATS (-9.2 Units) when leading in a playoff series over the last 3 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 92-97 ATS (-34.5 Units) in home games after a win by 2 goals or more since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 100-106 ATS (-72.8 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 13-21 ATS (-19.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 12-3 (+8.8 Units) against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 12-3-0 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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DETROIT (40-28-0-15, 95 pts.) at BOSTON (54-20-0-9, 117 pts.) - 4/20/2014, 3:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 68-37 ATS (+106.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 2-6 ATS (-9.6 Units) in April games this season.
BOSTON is 168-142 ATS (-46.5 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.
BOSTON is 78-73 ATS (-61.6 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 5-1 (+5.8 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 5-1-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.9 Units)
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TAMPA BAY (46-28-0-10, 102 pts.) at MONTREAL (48-28-0-8, 104 pts.) - 4/20/2014, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
MONTREAL is 48-36 ATS (+11.0 Units) in all games this season.
MONTREAL is 21-15 ATS (-0.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
TAMPA BAY is 10-5 ATS (+17.5 Units) in road games in the first round of the playoffs since 1996.
TAMPA BAY is 10-1 ATS (+11.3 Units) in road games when trailing in a playoff series since 1996.
MONTREAL is 5-18 ATS (-19.2 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MONTREAL is 7-5 (+0.7 Units) against the spread versus TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 7-5-0 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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LOS ANGELES (46-29-0-8, 100 pts.) at SAN JOSE (52-22-0-9, 113 pts.) - 4/20/2014, 10:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 13-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) after a division game this season.
SAN JOSE is 14-2 ATS (+10.9 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 106-67 ATS (-9.1 Units) in April games since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 31-14 ATS (+7.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
SAN JOSE is 15-4 ATS (+9.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 60-50 ATS (+119.8 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 75-74 ATS (-50.4 Units) in home games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN JOSE is 11-10-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
10 of 18 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.4 Units)

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12:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA vs. NY RANGERS
Philadelphia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Philadelphia is 4-14 SU in their last 18 games when playing NY Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of the NY Rangers last 19 games at home
NY Rangers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home

3:00 PM
DETROIT vs. BOSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 10 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Detroit's last 17 games when playing Boston
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 10 games when playing at home against Detroit

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

10:00 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. SAN JOSE
Los Angeles is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing on the road against San Jose
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
San Jose is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

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Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 12:05 ET
Philadelphia: 80-62 SU in road games off a road loss
NY Rangers: 0-7 SU when leading in a playoff series

Detroit at Boston, 3:05 ET
Detroit: 20-15 SU as an underdog
Boston: 35-52 SU in home games revenging 2 consecutive losses to opponent as a favorite

Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:05 ET
Tampa Bay: 8-3 SU in road games when trailing in a playoff serie
Montreal: 31-35 SU as a home favorite

LA Kings at San Jose, 10:05 ET
LA Kings: 6-12 SU off a road loss
San Jose: 13-2 SU off an home win scoring 4 or more goals

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