NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday, April 23

NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday, April 23

NHL Playoffs

NHL playoffs
Columbus got first-ever playoff win in second OT at Igloo Saturday, then had 3-1 lead in 3rd period Monday, before Penguins scored three goals in 2:13 to take back home ice advantage. Columbus lost eight of its last nine games with Pittsburgh, losing last five vs Pens at home by combined score of 21-9. Penguins are 5-5 in last ten games, 27-15 on road this season- five of last seven games went to OT or SO. Columbus is 24-18 at home, 0-4 vs Penguins.

Blues won first two games of series in OT, tying both games in last 2:00 of regulation, then got blanked here in Game 3, with Crawford stopping 34 shots, 15 in first period. St Louis is 1-16 on power play in series, Chicago 1-14; Blues are 2-7 in last nine games overall. Chicago lost six of their last nine games with Blues; they're 30-12 at home this year, 8-1 in last nine at home. St Louis is now 25-17 on road. Over is 14-6-5 in playoff games so far this month.

Ducks got blanked in Game 3, ending six-game win streak, despite 37-22 edge in shots; they allowed only five goals in first three series games, but home side won all three. Dallas won 44 of of 71 faceoffs after being 68-76 in faceoffs first two games. Ducks are 5-2 in last seven games with Dallas; Stars are 7-6 in last thirteen games overall, with eight of last ten games staying under total; Stars are 2-14 on power play in series. Home side has had edge in shots in only one of nine periods this series.

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Wednesday's NHL Playoffs Betting News and Notes
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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (+118, 5.5)

A high-octane offense has pretty much been the norm in the Steel City, although some familiar names have yet to score a goal in the series. Captain Sidney Crosby (team-leading 36 goals), Chris Kunitz (35) and Evgeni Malkin (23) have combined for eight assists, while James Neal (27 goals) has been held off the scoresheet in all three tilts. "Obviously, Sid and Geno (Malkin) and Kuni and James Neal are going to get a lot of the attention, a lot of the tougher matchups," Stempniak said. "It sort of comes down to the secondary scoring and the other players who can make a difference in the series."

Coach Todd Richards admitted that he saw the parallels between Games 1 and 3, from the frenzied atmosphere surrounding the series opener to Columbus' crowd desiring to celebrate its first postseason victory. Richards acknowledged that the Blue Jackets "got away from our game a little bit. Some of that had to do with what Pittsburgh was doing, but some of it had to do with what we were doing, too." Columbus would be wise to crack down on its penalties, as the Penguins have totaled a league-best 17 power-play opportunities.

TRENDS:

* Penguins are 6-0 in the last six meetings in Columbus.
* Penguins are 8-1 in the last nine meetings.
* Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Columbus.


Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars (-116, 5.5)

The Ducks lost more than a game Monday as Stephane Robidas suffered a fractured right leg in the opening minute of the second period and is out for the remainder of the postseason. It is the same leg the defenseman broke in November while a member of the Stars. With Robidas on the shelf, Anaheim will turn to either Luca Sbisa or Mark Fistric to fill the void in Game 4. Both have battled injuries this season as Sbisa was limited to 30 games during the regular season while Fistric hasn't played since March 15. The Ducks have gone 0-for-8 on the power play over the last two games after scoring twice on five opportunities in the series opener.

Captain Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt each scored his second goal of the series while Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves en route to his first win in five career playoff decisions. Brenden Dillon participated in an optional skate with his teammates Tuesday for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on the final weekend of the season. Coach Lindy Ruff considers the defenseman "a long shot" to play on Wednesday, however.  "Unless he walks in my office and demands it, which I could hope could happen, but I'm not banking on it," Ruff said.

TRENDS:

* Under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Dallas.
* Home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Ducks are 16-36-2 in the last 54 meetings in Dallas.


St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks (-145, 5)

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock did not provide an update on captain David Backes, who sat out Monday's tilt after receiving an upper-body injury on the brutal hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook. Backes was reported to be "better than a 50/50 proposition" to play in Game 4, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. Hitchcock would relish something resembling a 50-50 split in the faceoff circle after the Blues won just 41-of-100 draws in Game 3.

Sheldon Brookbank provided a strong performance as he replaced Seabrook, who sat out the first contest of his three-game suspension. Brookbank notched a assist on Toews' goal and logged 14:32 of ice time while being paired primarily with Duncan Keith. "I'm not saying it's easy, but (Keith) makes it pretty easy on you," Brookbank said. "He gets back there quick and makes a lot of good plays, and he closes on guys fast. So it makes my job easier."

TRENDS:

* Home team is 38-18 in the last 56 meetings.
* Blues are 7-21 in the last 28 meetings in Chicago.
* Under is 8-2 in Blackhawks' last 10 games following a win.

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PITTSBURGH (53-24-0-8, 114 pts.) at COLUMBUS (44-34-0-7, 95 pts.) - 4/23/2014, 7:05 PM
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Top Trends for this game.
PITTSBURGH is 15-19 ATS (-15.3 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
COLUMBUS is 44-41 ATS (-8.8 Units) in all games this season.
COLUMBUS is 27-18 ATS (+8.6 Units) second half of the season this season.
COLUMBUS is 15-8 ATS (+23.9 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more this season.
PITTSBURGH is 19-8 ATS (+8.0 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 this season.
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Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 8-1 (+6.1 Units) against the spread versus COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 8-1-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.6 Units)
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ANAHEIM (56-21-0-8, 120 pts.) at DALLAS (41-33-0-11, 93 pts.) - 4/23/2014, 8:05 PM
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Top Trends for this game.
ANAHEIM is 56-29 ATS (+14.4 Units) in all games this season.
ANAHEIM is 187-192 ATS (+414.9 Units) in road games second half of the season since 1996.
ANAHEIM is 177-133 ATS (+24.5 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent since 1996.
ANAHEIM is 30-11 ATS (+11.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
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Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 10-7 (+4.6 Units) against the spread versus ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 10-7-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
10 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.8 Units)
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ST LOUIS (54-24-0-7, 115 pts.) at CHICAGO (47-21-0-17, 111 pts.) - 4/23/2014, 9:35 PM
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Top Trends for this game.
ST LOUIS is 8-23 ATS (-16.3 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO is 26-7 ATS (+13.0 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 19-4 ATS (+12.5 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ST LOUIS is 23-9 ATS (+9.3 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
CHICAGO is 47-38 ATS (-4.0 Units) in all games this season.
CHICAGO is 19-24 ATS (-11.0 Units) second half of the season this season.
CHICAGO is 14-18 ATS (-13.9 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
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Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 10-8 (+0.8 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 10-8-0 straight up against ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
9 of 18 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.7 Units, Under=-0.9 Units)

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7:00 PM
PITTSBURGH vs. COLUMBUS
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Columbus
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Columbus is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Columbus's last 10 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

8:00 PM
ANAHEIM vs. DALLAS
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Anaheim's last 12 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Anaheim's last 7 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Anaheim
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing at home against Anaheim

9:30 PM
ST. LOUIS vs. CHICAGO
St. Louis is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

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Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:05 ET
Tampa Bay: 32-25 SU vs. division opponents
Montreal: 5-12 SU in home games off a home win

Boston at Detroit, 7:35 ET
Boston: 51-22 SU as a favorite
Detroit: 6-14 SU after playing 2 consecutive road games

NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 8:05 ET
NY Rangers: 11-3 SU in road games after one or more consecutive overs
Philadelphia: 8-3 SU after 3 consecutive division games

San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:05 ET
San Jose: 6-0 SU in the first round of the playoffs
Los Angeles: 6-13 SU off a road loss

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