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04/20/2014 11:51 AM

NHL
Short Sheet

Sunday, April 20

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

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:26598 Followers:33
04/20/2014 11:56 AM

NHL PLAYOFF RECORD:

6 - 4 .................+ 1.80

6 - 1 .................+ 11.48

1 - 0 ................ + 3.00


Sunday, April 20

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Philadelphia 0 0th Philadelphia +146 500 *****
NY Rangers 0 Over 5 500

Detroit - 3:00 PM ET Boston -208 500 TRIPLE PLAY
Boston - Under 5 500

Tampa Bay - 7:00 PM ET Tampa Bay +142 500 *****
Montreal - Over 5 500

Los Angeles - 10:00 PM ET San Jose -137 500 DOUBLE PLAY
San Jose - Under 5 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:26598 Followers:33
04/21/2014 11:14 AM

Armadillo: Monday's six-pack

-- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 46 points, grabbed 18 reobunds in Portland's OT win at Houston. Blazers got only seven points from its bench in the win.

-- Wizards outscored Bulls 30-18 in 4th quarter, Wiz wins 102-93 in Chicago.

-- Road teams won five of the eight Game 1's in NBA's first round.

-- Matt Kuchar chipped in on 18 to win PGA event on Hilton Head; he had shot a combined +10 in his last five Sunday rounds-- he was -7 Sunday.

-- Miami beat Seattle 3-2; Marlins are 9-4 at home, 0-6 on road.

-- Orioles led 5-0 in sixth inning at Fenway, lost 6-5 on 9th inning throwing error-- in first three weeks of season, there has been some horrendous defensive play.

*****

Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend......

13) Can you remember a team falling apart as badly within a season as the Indiana Pacers are right now? Not many top seeds have lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but who has a lot of confidence that these Pacers will advance?

12) Charlotte Bobcats went back home after losing Game 1 in Miami, with Game 2 not scheduled until Wednesday; Michael Jordan doesn't want his guys hanging around South Beach with time on their hands.

11) Clippers/Warriors looks like it'll be a fun series to watch; over last 37 years, these franchises combined to win only seven playoff series.

10) Tampa Bay Rays scored 27 runs Friday/Saturday, after scoring total of 16 runs in their previous 10 games, then they scored one run Sunday. Feast or famine.

9) If they ever make a movie about Ike Davis' life, Ben Affleck has to play Davis; they look an awful lot alike, even talk a little bit the same.

8) Every time I see Evan Gattis play for the Braves, I can't help but think of the old wrestler Ivan Putski. Short, very powerful arms.

7) Speaking of the Braves, Mike Minor is supposed to get back in their rotation this coming weekend; he threw 80 pitches in a rehab start this past weekend.

6) Cleveland Indians are only big league team that hasn't scored in first inning of a home game (0-9); Houston Astros are only team that hasn't scored in first inning on the road (0-9).

5) Minnesota Twins claimed OF Sam Fuld on waivers from the A's; he's not the best hitter but he's a terrific fielder, can run, an outstanding 4th outfielder.

4) Ivan Nova is on the DL with a UCL tear, could be headed under the knife for Tommy John surgery. Lot of those this spring.

3) Orlando Antigua is the new hoop coach at South Florida; he recruited for John Calipari, so its not a surprise we're seeing USF listed on recruits' short lists.

We talked yesterday about point guard Kareem Canty transferring from Marshall to Auburn; turns out that may not happen, with USF now suddenly in the picture. If Antigua turns out to be a bigtime recruiter as a head coach, USF is going to become a force in the AAC, especially with Louisville now out of the league.

2) Cincinnati Bengals brought one QB to their facility to work out this spring; not Manziel, not Bortles, Bridgewater or Carr. Pitt QB Tom Savage; go figure.

1) NHL playoffs provide great drama; how about St Louis Blues winning first two games of their playoff series in OT, after tying both games in last 2:00 of regulation? Blues have only won one playoff series the last eight years- they're playing NHL's defending champ Chicago Blackhawks, who won two of last four Stanley Cups.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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04/21/2014 11:16 AM

NHL
Long Sheet

Monday, April 21

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PITTSBURGH (52-24-0-8, 112 pts.) at COLUMBUS (44-33-0-7, 95 pts.) - 4/21/2014, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 7-1 (+5.1 Units) against the spread versus COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 7-1-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.4 Units)

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COLORADO (54-22-0-8, 116 pts.) at MINNESOTA (43-28-0-13, 99 pts.) - 4/21/2014, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
COLORADO is 10-7 (+2.1 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
COLORADO is 10-7-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
10 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+4.3 Units)

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ST LOUIS (54-23-0-7, 115 pts.) at CHICAGO (46-21-0-17, 109 pts.) - 4/21/2014, 8:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 9-8-0 straight up against ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
9 of 17 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.5 Units)

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ANAHEIM (56-20-0-8, 120 pts.) at DALLAS (40-33-0-11, 91 pts.) - 4/21/2014, 9:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ANAHEIM is 56-28 ATS (+15.7 Units) in all games this season.
ANAHEIM is 187-191 ATS (+413.9 Units) in road games second half of the season since 1996.
ANAHEIM is 21-7 ATS (+10.3 Units) after a 3 game unbeaten streak this season.
ANAHEIM is 30-10 ATS (+12.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
DALLAS is 9-7 (+3.6 Units) against the spread versus ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
DALLAS is 9-7-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
9 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.8 Units)

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NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, April 21

Columbus got first-ever playoff win in second OT at Igloo Saturday; Blue Jackets are 5-2 in last seven games overall, with seven of their last eleven staying under total. Columbus lost seven of its last eight games with Pittsburgh, losing last four vs Pens at home by combined score of 17-6. Penguins are 4-5 in last nine games, 26-15 on road this season- five of last six games went to OT or SO. Columbus is 24-17 at home this season, 0-3 against the Penguins.

Blues won first two games of series in OT, tying both games in last 2:00 of regulation- they scored goals in last 0:10 of both 1st/3rd periods in Game 2. St Louis had lost their last six in regular season, but they outshot Chicago in both games, scoring pair of first period goals both games. Chicago lost six of last eight games with Blues; they're 29-12 at home this year, 7-1 in last eight at home. Over is 11-2-4 in playoff games so far this month.

Colorado has won six of seven vs Minnesota this year, winning 3-1/4-2 in two visits to this building; Avalanche is 28-13 on road this season- they won first two games of this series in spite of going just 1-7 on power play- they tied Game 1 with 0:14 left, won in OT, had lot easier time in Game 2. Last five Minnesota games went over total; eight of last 12 Colorado games stayed under. Wild hasn't won a playoff series since '03, its third year in NHL.

Ducks won last six games after allowing total of five goals in pair of home wins to open this series; nine of their last twelve games overall went over total. Ducks won five of last six vs Dallas- seven of last eleven series games stayed under. Anaheim was outshot 25-9 in last two periods of Game 2, but held on for win. Dallas is just 6-6 in last twelve games, with seven of last nine games staying under total; Stars 2-11 on power play in series.




NHL

Monday, April 21

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
COLORADO vs. MINNESOTA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games
Colorado is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games

7:00 PM
PITTSBURGH vs. COLUMBUS
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Columbus is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Columbus is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh

8:30 PM
ST. LOUIS vs. CHICAGO
St. Louis is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Chicago
St. Louis is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Chicago is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

9:30 PM
ANAHEIM vs. DALLAS
Anaheim is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 6 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Dallas is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Anaheim


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NHL

Monday, April 21

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Monday's NHL playoffs betting news and notes
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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (+111, 5.5)

Penguins' Brian Gibbons scored two goals 54 seconds apart early in the first period on Saturday before exiting with an undisclosed injury. Coach Dan Bylsma said the rookie is considered day-to-day but would not elaborate. Fellow forward Marcel Goc skated on Sunday as he attempts to work his way back from a nine-game absence due to a foot injury.

Fedor Tyutin suffered an undisclosed injury during Saturday's tilt, but fellow defenseman Jack Johnson picked up the slack by scoring a power-play goal with 6:01 remaining in the third period to tie the game at 3-3. Johnson logged a team-best 38:21 of ice time as Columbus played with five blue-liners. Coach Todd Richards remained tight-lipped on Tyutin's status, although defensemen Dalton Prout and Nick Schultz took part in Sunday's optional practice.

TRENDS:

* Penguins are 5-0 in the last five meetings in Columbus.
* Penguins are 7-1 in the last eight meetings.
* Over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Columbus.


Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild (-125, 5)

There was some debate as to whether Colorado should select defenseman Seth Jones or MacKinnon with the top overall pick in last year's draft. No more. MacKinnon matched Stastny by scoring a highlight-reel goal and collecting three assists in Game 2 to give him seven points in the series, tying a record set by Montreal's Odie Cleghorn in 1919 and matched by Boston's Barry Pederson in 1982 for the highest point total by a player in his first two career playoff games. MacKinnon became the first 18-year-old to collect six assists in a postseason series.

Trade-deadline acquisition Ilya Bryzgalov was thrust into an unexpected starting role due to injury and responded by going 7-0-3 in his first 10 starts to seize the No. 1 netminder's job entering the playoffs. But after Bryzgalov surrendered eight goals in the first two games, there is a widespread feeling that rookie Darcy Kuemper will be between the pipes for Game 3 after stopping all 14 shots he faced in a relief role Saturday. Kuemper missed the final seven games of the regular season with a concussion but said he is up to the challenge of starting.

TRENDS:

* Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
* Avalanche are 4-0 in the last four meetings.
* Avalanche are 5-3 in the last seven meetings in Minnesota.


St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks (-156, 5)

After complimenting Corey Crawford for his play in Game 1, coach Joel Quenneville agreed with his goaltender's assessment that he needs to be better if Chicago is going to rally in this series. "He said he needs to be better, and he needs to be better," Quenneville told reporters on Sunday. Making the Blackhawks' bid to repeat all the more challenging is the loss of defenseman Brent Seabrook, who was suspended three games by the NHL for his hit to the head of St. Louis captain David Backes on Saturday afternoon.

Coach Ken Hitchcock wasn't too forthcoming with information on Backes (upper body), saying on Sunday that "he's upright and that's about it right now." Patrik Berglund, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, could return to the lineup should Backes be unable to compete. "I told the boys (Saturday) I can't take this anymore," Berglund said. "Hopefully, I will heal fast and be able to help them out on the ice. It's easier that way."

TRENDS:

* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Blues are 6-2 in the last eight meetings.
* Home team is 37-18 in the last 55 meetings.


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

Check back later for an in depth preview.

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Dallas.
* Home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Ducks are 16-35-2 in the last 53 meetings in Dallas.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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04/21/2014 11:16 AM

NHL
Dunkel

Pittsburgh at Columbus
The Penguins look to bounce back from their Game 2 loss as the series shifts to Columbus where Pittsburgh is 5-0 in its last 5 games against the Blue Jackets. Pittsburgh is the pick (-135) according to Dunkel, which has the Penguins favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-135). Here are all of today's playoff picks.

MONDAY, APRIL 21

Game 1-2: Pittsburgh at Columbus (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh 12.492; Columbus 10.738
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-135); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-135); Under

Game 3-4: Colorado at Minnesota (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado 11.615; Minnesota 10.722
Dunkel Line & Total: Colorado by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota (-130); 5
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+110); Over

Game 5-6: St. Louis at Chicago (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis 11.170; Chicago 12.690
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-165); 5
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-165); Under

Game 7-8: Anaheim at Dallas (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Anaheim 12.395; Dallas 11.208
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Dallas (-120); 5 1
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (+100); Over

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:26598 Followers:33
04/21/2014 11:17 AM

NHL

Monday, April 21


Chicago's Seabrook suspended three games for hit on Backes

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook received a three-game suspension for his hit to the head of St. Louis Blues center David Backes in Game 2 of the Western conference playoff series.

Seabrook hit Backes in the head, sending him into the boards late in the third period of the Blues' 4-3 overtime win Saturday night. Backes appeared dazed after the hit. He then left the game and did not return.

Seabrook is not eligible to return to the lineup until Game 6, if the series gets that far. The Blues are up two games to none, with Game 3 Monday in Chicago. The Blackhawks are early -165 favorites.


18-year-old MacKinnon, fueling Avs' offense

Nathan MacKinnon led the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory in Game 2 of their opening round playoff series, becoming just the third player in NHL history to record a four-point night in a playoff game at the age of 18.

MacKinnon now has seven points in his first two playoff games, which ties an NHL playoff record for the most points to start a playoff career.

Game 3 of the Avalanche's playoff series with the Wild will take place Monday in Minnesota, with Colorado currently listed as +115 road dogs.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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04/21/2014 11:19 AM

2014 Playoff Results

April 20, 2014


Betting Results

First Round
Wager Results
Favorites-Underdogs 12-5
Home-Away 12-5
Puck-Line Favorites 5-7
Over-Under 11-2-4


Eastern Conference

Key: A (Atlantic) M (Metropolitan) W (Wild Card)

(A1) Boston vs. (W2) Detroit
Game Matchup Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Detroit (+180) at Boston 1-0 Underdog Under (5)
2 Detroit at Boston (-200) 4-1 Favorite Push (5)
3 Boston at Detroit - - -
4 Boston at Detroit - - -
5 Detroit at Boston - - -
6 Boston at Detroit - - -
7 Detroit at Boston - - -


(A2) Tampa Bay vs. (A3) Montreal
Game Matchup Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Montreal (+100) at Tampa Bay 5-4 (OT) Underdog Over (5)
2 Montreal (+105) at Tampa Bay 4-1 Underdog Push (5)
3 Tampa Bay at Montreal (-155) 3-2 Favorite Push (5)
4 Tampa Bay at Montreal - - -
5 Montreal at Tampa Bay - - -
6 Tampa Bay at Montreal - - -
7 Montreal at Tampa Bay - - -


(M1) Pittsburgh vs. (W1) Columbus
Game Matchup Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Columbus at Pittsburgh (-200) 4-3 Favorite Over (5 ½)
2 Columbus (+180) at Pittsburgh 4-3 (2OT) Underdog Over (5 ½)
3 Pittsburgh at Columbus - - -
4 Pittsburgh at Columbus - - -
5 Columbus at Pittsburgh - - -
6 Pittsburgh at Columbus - - -
7 Columbus at Pittsburgh - - -


(M2) N.Y. Rangers vs. vs. (M3) Philadelphia
Game Matchup Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Philadelphia at N.Y Rangers (-155) 4-1 Favorite Push (5)
2 Philadelphia (+140) at N.Y. Rangers 4-2 Underdog Over (5)
3 N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia - - -
4 N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia - - -
5 Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers - - -
6 N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia - - -
7 Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers - - -



Western Conference

Key: C (Central) P (Pacific) W (Wild Card)

(C1) Colorado vs. (W1) Minnesota
Game Matchup Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Minnesota at Colorado (-140) 5-4 (OT) Favorite Over (5)
2 Minnesota at Colorado (-135) 4-2 Favorite Over (5)
3 Colorado at Minnesota - - -
4 Colorado at Minnesota - - -
5 Minnesota at Colorado - - -
6 Colorado at Minnesota - - -
7 Minnesota at Colorado - - -


(C2) St. Louis vs. (C3) Chicago
Game Matchup Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Chicago at St. Louis (-115) 4-3 (3OT) Favorite Over (5)
2 Chicago at St. Louis (-110) 4-3 (OT) Favorite Over (5)
3 St. Louis at Chicago - - -
4 St. Louis at Chicago - - -
5 Chicago at St. Louis - - -
6 St. Louis at Chicago - - -
7 Chicago at St. Louis - - -


(P1) Anaheim vs. (W2) Dallas
Game Matchup Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Dallas at Anaheim (-170) 4-3 Favorite Over (5 ½)
2 Dallas at Anaheim (-170) 3-2 Favorite Under (5 ½)
3 Anaheim at Dallas - - -
4 Anaheim at Dallas - - -
5 Dallas at Anaheim - - -
6 Anaheim at Dallas - - -
7 Dallas at Anaheim - - -


(P2) San Jose vs. (P3) Los Angeles
Game Matchup Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Los Angeles at San Jose (-135) 6-3 Favorite Over (4 ½)
2 Los Angeles at San Jose (-140) 7-2 Favorite Over (5)
3 San Jose at Los Angeles - - -
4 San Jose at Los Angeles - - -
5 Los Angeles at San Jose - - -
6 San Jose at Los Angeles - - -
7 Los Angeles at San Jose - - -

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:26598 Followers:33
04/21/2014 11:27 AM

NHL PLAYOFF RECORD: ( RATED GAMES )

7 - 5 .................+ 2.26 *****

7 - 1 .................+ 13.48 DOUBLE PLAY

2 - 0 ................ + 6.00 TRIPLE PLAY


ALL GAMES COMBINED

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

04/20/14 4-*2-*2 66.67% +*1180 Detail
04/19/14 4-*2-*0 66.67% +*1295 Detail
04/18/14 2-*3-*1 40.00% -*1025 Detail
04/17/14 5-*2-*1 71.43% +*1400 Detail
04/16/14 3-*3-*0 50.00% -*25 Detail

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cnotes Posts:26598 Followers:33
04/21/2014 06:50 PM

Monday, April 21

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Pittsburgh - 7:00 PM ET Pittsburgh -127 500 DOUBLE PLAY

Columbus - Under 5.5 500


Colorado 0 0th Colorado +110 500 *****

Minnesota 0 Over 5 500


St. Louis - 8:30 PM ET Chicago -143 500 *****

Chicago - Over 5 500

Anaheim - 9:30 PM ET Anaheim +106 500 TRIPE PLAY

Dallas - Under 5.5 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:26598 Followers:33
04/22/2014 12:06 AM

Preview: Lightning (46-27) at Canadiens (46-28)

Date: April 22, 2014 7:00 PM EDT


MONTREAL (AP) - When Lars Eller and Rene Bourque are outscoring the team's top line, things are going well for the Montreal Canadiens.

But it took until the playoffs for the Canadiens to find the balanced attack they have sought all season.

Getting offensive production from all four forward lines has helped them win the opening three games of their first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

They can sweep the best-of-seven series with a win on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

'That's a big strength,' Eller said Monday. 'I can't stress how important it is to have everybody involved, everybody contributing.'

Players who have struggled offensively during the regular season, notably Eller and Bourque, have found new life in the postseason.

It has helped the normally low-scoring Canadiens average four goals per game against the Lightning, who are missing top goaltender Ben Bishop to an injury.

Bourque, a two-time 27-goal scorer who had only nine goals in the regular season, has three in as many games in the playoffs while playing left wing with center Eller and right wing Brian Gionta.

Eller, who had 12 goals in 77 games including stretch of 24 games with only one assist, has two goals and shares the team scoring lead with four points with Brendan Gallagher and defenseman P.K. Subban.

The Eller line has produced five goals, one more than Gallagher's line with Tomas Plekanec and Brandon Prust.

The top line of David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Thomas Vanek has scored only twice, but has combined for 29 shots in three games.

The fourth line of Daniel Briere with Michael Bournival and Dale Weise has only one goal, but it was a big one as Weise scored in overtime in Game 1.

'Right now we have momentum and we're riding that wave,' Eller said. 'We knew depth was going to be important and I think a big part of why we're having success is we have all four lines contributing in one way or another.

'I guess the playoffs are just bringing out the best in all of us.'

The Lightning are aware they have dug themselves a deep hole.

Only three teams have ever come back from a three-game deficit to win an NHL playoff series, most recently the Philadelphia Flyers against Boston in the second round in 2010. The Canadiens are 31-0 when holding a 3-0 lead.

Tampa Bay had its best outing in Game 3 on Sunday night, but dropped a 3-2 decision. The Lightning thought they had a 2-1 lead in the second period, but Ryan Callahan's goal was waived off due to Alex Killorn's incidental contact on goalie Carey Price.

'That was obviously a tough one to swallow,' Lightning star Steven Stamkos said. 'A couple of calls didn't go our way.

'We can't dwell on it now. We realize the situation we're in. We just have to win one game. Our backs are against the wall. I'm pretty sure you're going to see a good effort from us. That's our motto right now: Just win one, then let's go back home and see what happens.'

Some wondered if Stamkos would be fit to play after taking an accidental knee to the head from Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin late in the second period. He returned for the third, but admitted later he took a major whack to the head.

'I feel pretty good so, yeah, I'm expecting to play,' he said. 'I got tangled up with Prust there and slid in.

'I don't think Emelin saw me and I got a pretty good knee to the head. Now that I saw it, I don't think there was any intention or anything. It was just kind of a play that happens in a game.'

Emelin and his defense partner Andrei Markov were given a day off as the Canadiens held a short practice at their suburban training center at the same time the Lightning skated at the Bell Centre.

After Vanek was acquired at the NHL trade deadline, he, Pacioretty and Desharnais produced 20 goals in the last 18 games of the regular season.

'I'm not surprised,' coach Michel Therrien said. 'We have to play well as a team defensively and that includes our forwards and our defense.

'We have to stick to our structure, stick to the game plan. This is when we're at our best offensively. When we start running around, that's when we get in trouble. But a lot of credit goes to the players. They stick to the game plan and they believe in it. And they have a lot of fun to play in that structure because they get results.'

Montreal's biggest area of concern is special teams. The power play that went 0 for 23 over the final eight regular season games has only one goal in 11 chances in the playoffs. They spent the time leading up to the series working on the power play, but it continues to struggle.

'The only thing we need to improve on is the power play,' Vanek said. 'We got some good chances again, but we've got to start burying our chances. It's something I'm sure we'll address and get better at.'

The Lightning have two goals in six chances against Montreal's penalty killing, which was fourth-best in the league in the regular season.

So far, the Canadiens have done enough at even strength to beat coach Jon Cooper's young Lightning. Now they hope to end it in four games.

As teams have always done in that situation, the Canadiens told each other the fourth win in the hardest to get.

'The first three were pretty tough, too,' Vanek said. 'Cliches are cliches. We enjoyed the win. Everyone felt good about it. Today's a new day. We'll get back to work and hopefully we can close it out.'

Cooper's message was much the same - just win the next one.

'I'm not going to throw out all the cliches and `let's win one for the Gipper' and all those little kinds of things,' he said. 'The reality is you can't win a series in one game.

'I truly believe there's not much more wrong that can go against us. At some point karma's going to come around and we just need it for one night.

'All of a sudden you just gotta win one and you win that one and everybody's back on a plane. Who knows what happens after that?'

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: