NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday, May 7

NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday, May 7

NHL Playoffs

Rangers are playing sixth game in nine nights; they're been shut out in last two games, haven't scored since OT winner in Game - Rangers are 3-4 vs Penguins this year, after Pitt won eight of previous nine games in series. Over is 4-2-1 in series games this season. Penguins won six of last eight visits here. Rangers haven't scored on power play since Game 2 of Philly series, 0 for last 34. Pittsburgh is 29-16 on road this year; three of their last four road games went over the total. Under is 2-0-1 in series games so far.

League-wide, over is 33-15-11 in the playoffs, 4-3-4 in this round.

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Game of the Day: Penguins at Rangers
By Covers.com

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers (+101, 5)

With questioning his postseason performance becoming a rite of spring in some circles, Marc-Andre Fleury has quelled that talk by posting back-to-back shutouts to help the Pittsburgh Penguins seize a 2-1 advantage in its Eastern Conference series versus the New York Rangers. The Metropolitan Division champions look to push the Rangers to the brink of elimination when they visit Madison Square Garden for Game 4 on Wednesday. After recording 22 saves in a 3-0 triumph in Game 2 on Sunday, Fleury turned aside 35 shots the following day to register his franchise-best eighth career postseason shutout.

"I've won a lot of hockey games with Marc-Andre Fleury in net, during the regular season and when our team won a Stanley Cup in 2009," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after his team's 2-0 victory in Game 3. "I don't know who the doubters are and when the questions started about his play ... but I can tell you he wins hockey games for us." Traditionally a punchless power play goes a long way toward losing hockey games as well, with New York failing on all 13 opportunities with the man advantage in the series and 34 straight overall.

LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Rangers anywhere from +101 to -110. The total opened at 5.

INJURY REPORT: Penguins - D Brooks Orpik (Out indefinitely, undisclosed). Rangers - LW Chris Kreider (Out indefinitely, hand).

WHAT BOOKS SAY: "The Pens are coming off back-to-back shutouts and look to go up 3-1 tonight. Sidney Crosby finally snapped his goalless streak in these playoffs which can only mean good things for the Pens. We are seeing good two-way action on this game as our players are not counting out the Rangers just yet." Michael Stewart, CarbonSports.ag.

WHAT SHARPS SAY: "The Penguins have stifled the Rangers over the last two games, outscoring them 5-0 while seizing back control of this series. I'm not about to pronounce them series victors after just three games though. The Rangers were in a miserable 5-in-7 scheduling spot on Monday, but still carried the play for much of the game. I expect them to break through against Marc-Andre Fleury on Wednesday. The Blueshirts have opened as the home underdog in this one, but don't be surprised if roles reverse as puck drop approaches." Covers Expert Sean Murphy.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Sidney Crosby tucked the puck past Henrik Lundqvist on Monday, the first time the Pittsburgh captain had done so since helping Canada claim the gold against Sweden at the Sochi Olympics. His country's allegiance notwithstanding, Crosby snapped a 13-game postseason goal-scoring drought and also lightened the load of any undo pressure. "It's nice not having to answer (media questions) about it, to be honest," the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award finalist said. "It's one game. In the playoffs you have to be able to turn the page quickly. It’s nice to finally score."

ABOUT THE RANGERS: Coach Alain Vigneault took a shot at the league's powers-that-be for putting his club in position to play five games in seven nights, becoming the first team to do so in the postseason since 1989. "We were forced to play a stupid schedule, and I'm real proud of how our guys handled it," Vigneault said. The Rangers could receive a boost from the potential return of Chris Kreider, who has missed the last 19 games following surgery on his left hand. Vigneault said he would talk to the doctors before answering any questions on Kreider's availability.

TRENDS:

* Over is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings in New York.
* Penguins are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
* Rangers are 11-2 in their last 13 Wednesday games.
* Over is 11-5-1 in Penguins last 17 games playing on 1 days rest.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 54 percent of wagers on Covers Consensus are coming on the Rangers.

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PITTSBURGH (57-24-0-10, 124 pts.) at NY RANGERS (50-36-0-6, 106 pts.) - 5/7/2014, 7:35 PM

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 18-9 ATS (+6.6 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 17-19 ATS (-7.6 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
NY RANGERS are 189-190 ATS (-100.6 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 107-111 ATS (-60.4 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 113-117 ATS (-63.0 Units) in home games after a division game since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 7-12 ATS (-11.8 Units) in home games after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 17-26 ATS (-11.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 12-6 (+4.0 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 12-6-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
9 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.4 Units)

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PITTSBURGH vs. NY RANGERS
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers   
NY Rangers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of the NY Rangers last 23 games at home

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Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, 7:35 ET
Pittsburgh: 63-28 SU after playing a road game
NY Rangers: 4-9 SU in home games revenging a loss vs opponent of 2 goals or more

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