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Preview: Predators (2-2) at Canucks (2-3)


Date: October 20, 2011 10:00 PM EDT

Last season's playoff series between the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators featured great goaltending from Vezina Trophy finalists Roberto Luongo and Pekka Rinne.

The teams will meet for the first time since then Thursday night when the Canucks try to hand the visiting Predators a fourth straight loss.

Nashville (2-2-1) advanced in the playoffs for the first time last season before falling to Vancouver (2-3-1) in six games in the Western Conference semifinals. Luongo posted a 1.63 goals-against average with one shutout in the series while Rinne was at 1.94.

The Predators won two of three at Rogers Arena in a tightly contested series in which Vancouver's Sedin brothers did not register a point on home ice. Five of the six games were decided by one goal, with the Canucks winning the other contest by two after an empty net tally.

The Canucks were 1 for 21 on the power play in the series after going 0 for 14 in splitting four regular-season games against the Predators.

Neither team has been playing well lately, in part because both goalies are enduring problems. Rinne has faced 162 shots, tied for third most in the NHL, while Luongo's 3.70 GAA is the worst among West starters.

Vancouver was shut out for the second time in three games Tuesday, falling 4-0 to the New York Rangers. The game was scoreless after two periods with the Canucks holding a 28-9 advantage in shots.

"I like the first 40 minutes of the game," coach Alain Vigneault said. "I thought we played well. We did what we're supposed to do except that we didn't finish."

The Canucks went 0 for 8 on the power play, marking the first time they have had at least eight chances and failed to score since going 0 for 9 against Detroit on March 17, 2007.

"We need to make more pressure in their end and better forecheck," Henrik Sedin said. "We're making it too easy on the other team right now to break the puck up."

Ryan Kesler made his season debut for Vancouver on Tuesday after hip surgery in July. Kesler was the star of the Nashville series with five goals and six assists.

The Predators fell 3-1 to Edmonton in the opener of a three-game trip Monday. Nashville continued the disturbing trend of being outshot in every game, with the Oilers enjoying a 25-12 advantage.

"That was one of the worst losses I've ever been part of,' defenseman Shea Weber said.

Nashville is 1 for 11 on the power play during the losing streak after going 3 for 7 in winning its first two games.

"It comes down to effort and work ethic and playing desperate hockey," Rinne said. "It's the simple things like fighting for your teammates. Right now we are not doing that and this is the result."

The Predators will get some help if Martin Erat can return Thursday. Erat, out since the season opener with an upper-body injury, tied for the team lead with 50 points in 2010-11.




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10/20/2011 06:01 PM

Preview: Capitals (2-0) at Flyers (4-0)


Date: October 20, 2011 7:00 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers are among a handful of teams yet to suffer a regulation loss.

Washington hasn't had one against Philadelphia in nearly three years.

The visiting Capitals look to continue their franchise-best start while extending their point streak against the Flyers to 10 games Thursday night.

Washington (5-0-0) joins Detroit as the only teams remaining which have yet to lose. The Capitals have won their first five games for the first time in the team's 37 seasons after a 3-0 victory over Florida on Tuesday night.

Though coach Bruce Boudreau is pleased with Washington's solid start, he's presided over four straight Southeast Division championship teams which haven't made it past the Eastern Conference semifinals of any postseason.

"Quite frankly, when it comes to April and May, I'm not going to be able to sit here and say, 'Hey, we were 5-0 and got that record. Isn't that great?' It's not going to really hold a lot of weight," Boudreau said. "It's nice, but it's just a process of getting to where we want to get."

Tomas Vokoun made 20 saves Tuesday to post his first shutout and Jason Chimera scored his team-high fourth goal for Washington, which is 6-0-3 in its last nine games against Philadelphia.

Alex Ovechkin looks to help extend that streak - which dates to a 4-2 loss Feb. 24, 2009 - while recovering from his slow start.

He's been limited to three points through five games, just as he was in 2008-09 - the only other time in his seven-year career he began this slowly.

Ovechkin, though, has at least one point in eight straight versus Philadelphia, totaling eight goals and six assists. He has 20 goals and 15 assists in 22 career games against the Flyers (4-0-1), who finished one point behind Washington for the best record in the East last season.

Philadelphia is coming off a 7-2 victory over Ottawa on Tuesday behind a goal and three assists from Matt Read. It marked the most points by a Flyers rookie since Alexandre Picard had five assists Feb. 1, 2007.

"I've been given the opportunity and I'm just trying to make the best of it," said Read, who had two points in his first four games.

Claude Giroux, who has a goal in three straight meetings against the Capitals, scored his team-leading fourth goal.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves in his first start of the season, though it's likely the Flyers will turn back to Ilya Bryzgalov against Washington. Bryzgalov is 3-0-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and beat the Capitals in his only start against them last season, making 29 saves in a 3-2 victory Feb. 14 while playing for Phoenix.

Vokoun is 4-0-0 with a 1.94 GAA but hasn't been as successful against Philadelphia in recent years. He's 4-6-1 with a 2.46 GAA in his last 11 starts versus the Flyers, including losses in the last two.

He could benefit from a Capitals power-play unit which has scored on three of its last five chances and ranks third in the league with a 29.4 percent success rate.

The Flyers are 7 for 18 with the man advantage in its last three games.

Washington is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings in Philadelphia.


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10/20/2011 06:02 PM

Preview: Maple Leafs (3-0) at Bruins (1-4)


Date: October 20, 2011 7:00 PM EDT

Phil Kessel is tired of talking about how he struggles against the Boston Bruins.

He's certainly doing just fine for the red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs this season.

The NHL's top scorer, Kessel looks to continue his torrid start Thursday night when the Maple Leafs open a four-game trip against his former club.

Kessel spent his first three seasons in Boston (2-4-0), and led the Bruins with a career-high 36 goals in 2008-09 before being acquired by Toronto (4-0-1). He's struggled to show that scoring punch for the Leafs when facing the Bruins, notching two goals and four assists in 12 meetings.

That's one reason he continues to be a focal point when Toronto faces its Original Six rival.

"It gets old when you guys ask all the time," Kessel said. "You know, it's a couple years ago. I don't get jitters any more. Going back that first year I was a little nervous.

"They're a great team and we're going to have to battle hard to win."

Kessel's outstanding start to the season may have him poised for a strong showing in Boston this time. The right wing leads the league with seven goals and 12 points, helping the Maple Leafs earn nine of a possible 10 points during a season-opening five-game homestand.

He continued that run with a goal and two assists in a 4-3 shootout win over Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson sees a change in Kessel, who is known for going on impressive streaks only to follow them with long dry spells. He had seven goals and two assists through the first eight games last season, but then went without a point in the next seven.

"Only time will tell if he finds a way to be more consistent," Wilson said. "But I don't see any holes in his game right now. He's backchecking, forechecking, making good decisions with the puck and staying on top of things. He wants the puck all the time, he's demanding it and he's getting it. That's the big thing."

Despite his overall struggles against the Bruins, Kessel had five points in the last three meetings as the Maple Leafs won four of six in 2010-11, including 2-1-0 at Boston.

Kessel isn't the only Toronto player scoring with regularity. Joffrey Lupul has four goals and three assists after scoring a pair of goals in regulation before converting again in the shootout Wednesday.

Lupul had two goals and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win at Boston on March 31.

While the Leafs are off to a surprising start, the Bruins are showing signs of frustration. They've dropped three of four, and totaled 72 penalty minutes in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Carolina to begin a four-game homestand. Even coach Claude Julien was issued a game misconduct for arguing with officials with 3:44 to play.

"What I see is frustration setting in and the minute we start getting frustrated we lose focus of our game and then it gets worse and worse," Julien told the team's official website. "And that's been a bit of a pattern this year."

Tim Thomas, 2-2-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average, could be back in net after Tuukka Rask lost his second consecutive start with a 19-save performance Tuesday.

Thomas, though, has lost his last four meetings with Toronto behind a 3.29 GAA, while Rask - a first-round pick of the Leafs in 2005 - is 5-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA in seven matchups.




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10/20/2011 06:04 PM

Preview: Blackhawks (3-1) at Avalanche (2-1)


Date: October 20, 2011 9:00 PM EDT

Two seasons ago, the Chicago Blackhawks went from being an upstart team to Stanley Cup champions. After finishing up the best road trip in franchise history, the Colorado Avalanche are confident they can follow the same path.

In their return home Thursday night, the Avalanche will try to keep rolling by claiming the first leg of a home-and-home set with the Blackhawks.

With young stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane leading the way, Chicago ended a 49-year Cup drought in 2010. The Avalanche (5-1-0) won their most recent title in 2001, but the franchise has endured some difficult times lately.

Colorado finished last in the Western Conference in 2008-09, then rebounded to reach the playoffs a season later. A miserable second half in 2010-11 cost the Avalanche a chance to return to the postseason, but they appear ready to put that behind them.

Detroit spoiled Colorado's home opener by winning 3-0 on Oct. 8, but coach Joe Sacco's team started to thrive once it hit the road. David Jones' overtime goal at Toronto on Monday - his fourth in three games - gave the Avalanche a 3-2 victory and the franchise its first perfect trip of at least five games.

"It was a great road trip and the guys certainly played hard," Sacco said. "I thought as the road trip went on, we found ways to win. That's the sign of a good team, when you're not at your best and you find a way to win. It's a good start to the year for us, but now we have to move ahead."

The Avalanche will next try to match their best win streak from last season, which occurred Dec. 10-19 and, coincidentally, included a home-and-home sweep of the Blackhawks (3-1-1).

Colorado has won four of five matchups against Chicago in Denver and prevailed 3-1-0 in last season's series. The Blackhawks' lone victory came Jan. 12 at the United Center as Corey Crawford made 24 saves in a 4-0 victory.

After the salary cap hurt Chicago's chances of defending its Stanley Cup last season, it spent this offseason upgrading its roster by adding Andrew Brunette's veteran scoring, Steve Montador's defensive skills, and toughness from forwards Dan Carcillo and Jamal Mayers.

The acquisitions have helped the Blackhawks get off to a better start. They opened this brief two-game trip with their first road win Tuesday, a dominant 5-2 victory over Phoenix that featured Mayers' first goal.

Chicago outshot the Coyotes 35-16, and Marian Hossa scored after missing one game with an upper-body injury. Dave Bolland's short-handed tally in the third period was his team-best fourth.

"I thought it was rock solid across the board," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We got all the lines contributing. (Crawford) was good in the net. Our defense was active. I was very pleased with the effort."

The Avalanche and Blackhawks conclude their home-and-home Saturday night at the United Center.



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10/20/2011 06:06 PM

Preview: Wild (1-2) at Oilers (1-2)

Date: October 20, 2011 9:30 PM EDT

The Minnesota Wild are in need of something to get them out of a minor rough patch. A trip to Edmonton might be what it takes.

Facing each other for the second time in eight days, the Wild look to avoid a third straight loss while trying for an eighth consecutive victory over the Oilers on Thursday night.

Minnesota (2-2-2) has scored two goals in each of its last three games, losing the last two after a 2-1 shootout victory over Edmonton at home last Thursday.

The Wild were understandably discouraged after they managed both scores on 20 shots over the second and third periods in a 4-2 home loss to injury-depleted Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

"It's obviously frustrating for us because we know we can be a good team," defenseman Greg Zanon said. "We've just got to find a way to play a full 60 minutes."

That includes finding a way to improve on the power play, where the Wild are scoreless in their last 10 chances. Minnesota, which failed on all four opportunities against the Oilers, is 3 for 23 on the power play this season.

"We have enough good players where we should be at the very least creating momentum and ideally putting pucks in the net," said center Matt Cullen, who assisted on Guillaume Latendresse's first goal in almost a year Tuesday.

Minnesota is 3 for 13 on the power play while outscoring Edmonton 11-4 during a three-game winning streak at Rexall Place. The Wild's seven-game overall winning stretch versus the Oilers dates to a 4-1 loss there April 5, 2010.

Cullen, who scored one of his team-leading three goals against the Oilers last week, has four with four assists in his last eight games versus Edmonton.

Though they did not record a point together on the ice, first-year Minnesota coach Mike Yeo could again go with Dany Heatley, Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard as the team's top line in this contest. Koivu did assist on Cal Clutterbuck's second goal in as many games Tuesday.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 21 shots last Thursday to improve to 19-2-1 with a 1.70 goals-against average versus Edmonton.

The Oilers (2-2-1) look to bounce back after they blew a one-goal lead in the third period of Tuesday's 2-1 loss at Calgary.

"That's why it's a 60-minute game," said defenseman Tom Gilbert, who scored his first goal. "That's frustrating. We have to bear down when it comes to crunch time with minutes ticking down in the third period."

Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the overall No. 1 pick in this year's draft, was held without a point for the second time in five career games. The other came at Minnesota.

Though Devan Dubnyk is 1-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA against the Wild, Nikolai Khabibulin could be in net if Oilers coach Tom Renney continues to alternate starts between his goaltenders.

Khabibulin made 34 saves last Thursday in dropping to 0-5-1 with a 3.33 GAA against the Wild since beating them 5-2 at home Oct. 16, 2009.

All six meetings between these teams this season will take place before New Year's Eve.


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10/20/2011 06:08 PM

Preview: Canadiens (1-3) at Penguins (3-2)


Date: October 20, 2011 7:00 PM EDT

At full strength, the Pittsburgh Penguins have an arsenal of stars that's arguably as deep as any in the NHL.

Right now, they'll simply settle for a lineup with anyone who's healthy.

A bevy of injuries and a two-game suspension to defenseman Kris Letang will leave the Penguins short-handed again Thursday night, when they continue the NHL's busiest early season schedule against the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

Pittsburgh (4-2-2) knew it would begin the season without forwards Sidney Crosby and Dustin Jeffrey along with defenseman Brooks Orpik, but it's also been forced to play without forwards Evgeni Malkin (knee) and Tyler Kennedy (concussion) in the early going.

The Penguins also had to make do without Letang on Tuesday in Minnesota - their league-high eighth game in 13 days - after he was handed a two-game suspension for a boarding penalty he received in Winnipeg a night earlier.

Even Brian Strait, who was called up earlier Tuesday, left with a hyperextended elbow against the Wild, but Pittsburgh managed to stop its losing streak at three. James Neal, who had two goals in 27 games after coming over from Dallas in February, scored his sixth of the season as the undermanned Penguins beat the Wild 4-2.

"It seems some bad luck keeps happening to this team. We keep battling through it and I think we are doing a really good job," defenseman Zbynek Michalek told the team's official website. "We are not a fancy team right now by any means. We just try to do the dirty work, play good defensively and rely on our goaltending."

Marc-Andre Fleury should be back in net after Brent Johnson got the nod Tuesday, and he'll have one of his more physical defensemen back in front of him. Orpik is set to make his season debut after undergoing hernia surgery in July

His return should provide a boost considering Strait is out and Letang, who had three goals as the Penguins lost to Montreal (1-3-1) in seven games in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, will finish his suspension.

Malkin remains out as he continues to experience lingering soreness in his surgically repaired knee.

The Canadiens, meanwhile, have been held to one goal or fewer in their three regulation losses, but they should get a boost Thursday if Michael Cammalleri can return. The winger has missed Montreal's last three games with a leg laceration.

Pittsburgh won't be too excited if he makes it back, though it was unclear after Thursday's morning skate if he'd be able to go. Cammalleri had seven goals in the playoff series versus the Penguins, then had three goals and an assist against them last season to help the Canadiens go 3-1-0 in the series. He missed the lone loss due to a viral infection.

Montreal could especially use some help on its power play. The Canadiens converted 19.7 percent of its chances last season - seventh in the league - but are 2 for 21 thus far after going 0 for 5 in a 3-1 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday.

Despite his team's third straight loss, coach Jacques Martin wasn't too upset after watching Montreal outshoot the Sabres 41-22.

"To me, we played the game the way we needed to play," Martin told the league's official website. "We put pucks behind their (defense), we forechecked, we created chances. But sometimes you don't control the result."

Goaltender Carey Price won both of his starts at Consol Energy Center last season, posting a 1.00 goals-against average. The Penguins haven't been shut out since Price beat them 3-0 in Pittsburgh on March 12.


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10/20/2011 06:09 PM

NHL
Dunkel


Chicago at Colorado
The Avalanche look to build on their 4-0 record in their last 4 games as an underdog of +110 to +150. Colorado is the pick (+110) according to Dunkel, which has the Avalanche favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+110). Here are all of today's picks.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

Game 1-2: Montreal at Pittsburgh (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Montreal 10.553; Pittsburgh 11.411
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 3-4: Washington at Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 13.146; Philadelphia 12.269
Dunkel Line & Total: Washington by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia (-120); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+100); Over

Game 5-6: Toronto at Boston (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto 10.531; Boston 11.946
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-165); 5
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-165); Over

Game 7-8: Winnipeg at Ottawa (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Winnipeg 10.547; Ottawa 9.776
Dunkel Line & Total: Winnipeg by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Ottawa (-130); 6
Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+110); Under

Game 9-10: NY Islanders at Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Islanders 10.927; Tampa Bay 11.128
Dunkel Line & Total: Tampa Bay by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Tampa Bay (-145); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-145); Over

Game 11-12: Buffalo at Florida (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Buffalo 11.809; Florida 11.203
Dunkel Line & Total: Buffalo by 1/2; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Buffalo (-140); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Buffalo (-140); Under

Game 13-14: Chicago at Colorado (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 11.484; Colorado 13.001
Dunkel Line & Total: Colorado by 1 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-130); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+110); Over

Game 15-16: NY Rangers at Calgary (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Rangers 12.100; Calgary 11.582
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Calgary (-125); 5
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (+105); Under

Game 17-18: Minnesota at Edmonton (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 11.483; Edmonton 11.043
Dunkel Line & Total: Edmonton by 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Edmonton (-120); 5
Dunkel Pick: Edmonton (-120); Under

Game 19-20: Nashville at Vancouver (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Nashville 12.462; Vancouver 11.281
Dunkel Line & Total: Nashville by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Vancouver (-170); 5
Dunkel Pick: Nashville (+150); Over

Game 21-22: Los Angeles at Phoenix (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 11.250; Phoenix 12.215
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles (-125); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (+105); Over

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10/20/2011 06:09 PM

NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up


Thursday, October 20

Hot teams
-- Washington won its first five games, allowing three goals in last three games. Flyers won four of their first five games.
-- Maple Leafs won four of their first five games, all at home.
-- Islanders won last three games, allowing four goals-- this is their first road game this season.
-- Sabres won first four road games by combined score of 14-6. Florida won three of its first five games.
-- Blackhawks won three of their last four games. Colorado won its last five games, all on road, three of last four in OT/SO.
-- Kings won three of their first five games.

Cold teams
-- Montreal lost four of its first five games. Penguins lost three of last four.
-- Bruins lost three of their first four home games.
-- Winnipeg lost four of its first five games- they're 0-3 on road. Senators lost their last three games, outscored 16-4.
-- Lightning lost last five games, allowing 25 goals.
-- Calgary lost three of first five games. Rangers lost three of first four.
-- Minnesota lost four of its last five games. Oilers lost three of their last four.
-- Nashville lost its last three games, scoring five goals. Canucks are 0-2 at home; they've lost three of last four games overall.
-- Coyotes lost three of their first five games.

Totals
-- Under is 7-3 in last ten Montreal-Pittsburgh games.
-- Last three Washington games stayed under the total.
-- All six Boston games stayed under the total.
-- Five of six Ottawa games went over the total.
-- Five of last seven Islander-Lightning games went over the total.
-- Three of four Buffalo road games stayed under total.
-- Six of last eight Chicago-Colorado games went over the total.
-- Under is 2-0-1 in last three Calgary games.
-- Four of five Edmonton games stayed under the total.
-- Last four Nashville-Vancouver games stayed under the total.
-- Last four Los Angeles games stayed under total.

Series records
-- Canadiens won five of last six games against Pittsburgh.
-- Flyers lost five of last seven vs Washington, but all four games LY went into OT/SO.
-- Bruins lost four of last five games against Toronto.
-- Jets won five of last seven games against Ottawa.
-- Islanders won four of last five games against Tampa Bay.
-- Sabres won eight of last eleven games against Florida.
-- Blackhawks lost three of last four games against Colorado.
-- Rangers lost three of last four games against Calgary.
-- Oilers lost 11 of last 14 games against Minnesota.
-- Nashville/Vancouver split four games LY (home teams 2-2).
-- Kings won three of last four games against Phoenix.

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10/20/2011 06:10 PM

NHL


Thursday, October 20

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
MONTREAL vs. PITTSBURGH
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 7 games on the road
Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against Montreal
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

7:00 PM
TORONTO vs. BOSTON
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games

7:00 PM
WASHINGTON vs. PHILADELPHIA
Washington is 8-16-1 SU in its last 25 games ,when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington's last 19 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Philadelphia's last 19 games
Philadelphia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington

7:30 PM
BUFFALO vs. FLORIDA
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Buffalo's last 16 games when playing on the road against Florida
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games when playing Buffalo
Florida is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Buffalo

7:30 PM
NY ISLANDERS vs. TAMPA BAY
NY Islanders are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the NY Islanders last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games at home
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

7:30 PM
WINNIPEG vs. OTTAWA
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 9 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 6 games when playing Ottawa
Ottawa is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ottawa's last 6 games when playing Winnipeg

9:00 PM
CHICAGO vs. COLORADO
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Colorado
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Colorado's last 21 games at home
Colorado is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games at home

9:00 PM
NY RANGERS vs. CALGARY
NY Rangers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the NY Rangers last 8 games on the road
Calgary is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
Calgary is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

9:30 PM
MINNESOTA vs. EDMONTON
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games

10:00 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. PHOENIX
Los Angeles is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games on the road
Phoenix is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Phoenix's last 9 games

10:00 PM
NASHVILLE vs. VANCOUVER
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Nashville's last 7 games when playing on the road against Vancouver
Nashville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Vancouver
Vancouver is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Vancouver's last 20 games at home

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10/20/2011 06:11 PM

NHL


Thursday, October 20

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Ice picks: Thursday’s best NHL bets
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Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers (-130, 5.5)

Sure it’s still very, very early in the NHL season, but how good do the Caps and Flyers look?

Neither has suffered a regulation loss and the two clubs look like they have a chance to run up the score every night. But as far as the Capitals are concerned, they aren’t getting too far ahead of themselves.

"Quite frankly, when it comes to April and May, I'm not going to be able to sit here and say, 'Hey, we were 5-0 and got that record. Isn't that great?' It's not going to really hold a lot of weight," coach Bruce Boudreau said of the team’s strong start. "It's nice, but it's just a process of getting to where we want to get."

And to get where they want to get, they may end up going through Philly in the playoffs. The Flyers have been absolutely potent on the power play so far, scoring seven times with the man advantage over the last three games, but if the Caps can stay out of the penalty box, we like their chances.

Tomas Vokoun seems to be settling in and picked up his first shutout of the season on Tuesday and will have to be just as good Thursday.

Pick: Capitals


Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche (+120, 5.5)

This young Avalanche team may be a lot better than anybody expected this season, but there’s no need to get carried away.

So far Semyon Varlamov has been stealing the show in between the pipes and the team’s young forwards are meshing well with a number of fast, forechecking lines that pressure the opposition’s defensive pairings.

"This is really impressive after the loss at home," Milan Hejduk told reporters after Monday’s win over Toronto. "We've come back with five straight. It's great for a young team. It builds up the confidence, and we are looking forward to playing more games. We are getting the goaltending and scoring goals when we need them.”

But let’s not forget how inconsistent Varlamov has been in the past and how much the rest of this Avalanche club has to learn.

The Blackhawks are flying under the radar a bit this season and sniper Marian Hossa is back in the mix. They’ll give the Avalanche a good run here.

Pick: Blackhawks


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