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12/17/2011 12:10 PM

NHL

Saturday, December 17

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Ice picks: Saturday's best NHL bets
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Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets (-115, 5.5)

Injuries have forced Columbus to use defenseman Aaron Johnson as a wing recently. The Blue Jackets have scored five regulation goals in their last three games.

In Thursday’s 2-1 home loss to Los Angeles, Columbus went 0 for 3 on the power play and mustered just 25 shots for the game.

Steven Stamkos’ 19th goal lifted the Lightning to a 5-4 overtime win at home over Calgary on Thursday. But Tampa Bay doesn’t exactly light it up on the road.
Tampa Bay has scored a total of seven regulation goals in its last four road games.

The under is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings, and 11-5-1 in Columbus’ last 17 home games.

Pick: Under


St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators (-110, 5)

The Blues arrive in Nashville on a four-game win streak , matching a season high. They’re 12-2-3 since Ken Hitchcock took over as coach on Nov. 6.

Goalie Brian Elliott is 13-2 with a 1.43 GAA and a .948 save percentage.

Center Patrik Berglund is doing the dirty work now, and it’s paying off. He’s scored three times in his last six games after getting the first goal in St. Louis’ 4-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday.

"I've been struggling with scoring and I think you have to do it the way I've done it (recently)," Berglund told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I think it's just when you get that chance you need to take it hard to the net. If it doesn't go in, maybe you'll get a rebound or a good bounce and good things will happen. It's a keep-it-simple approach."

The Preds also have won four straight, including Thursday’s 4-3 comeback victory over Detroit.

But St. Louis has better goaltending, and it wouldn’t be wise to get in the Blues’ way right now.

Pick: St. Louis


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cnotes Posts:26598 Followers:33
12/17/2011 12:13 PM

NHL

Saturday, December 17

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Hockey Night In Canada: NHL betting preview
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Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs (N/A)

The resurgent Canucks continue a road trip at the Air Canada Centre and they’ll have the good fortune of meeting a potentially tired Toronto team that played in Buffalo Friday night.

A milestone on the back line

Who would have thought Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf would already be past 500 career games? But that’s the number that the 2003 first-round draft choice reached Tuesday night, when the Maple Leafs defeated Carolina, 2-1.

But age is not slowing the Toronto captain down. Entering Friday’s tilt with the Sabres, Phaneuf had three goals and 18 points and was a minus player only once in December, with the Maple Leafs trying to keep pace with Boston in the Northeast Division.

And the hits - perhaps the strongest suit to this game - just keep on coming. In fact, in this month, and prior to Buffalo Friday, he had at least four hits in all of Toronto’s five games.

Ryan’s rolling

Healthy again, Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler has turned his season around. And while the totals he recorded last year in his breakthrough won’t likely be matched - 32 goals and 73 points last season - Kesler is back on his game and the Canucks have followed.

Kesler, who had offseason hip surgery, now has points in nine of his last 12 games and he has eight points in December alone. In Thursday’s 4-3 loss to Carolina, he had an assist and three shots on 30 shifts.

Reimer on the rebound

It hasn’t been the easiest of months for Toronto goaltender James Reimer. But he may have turned a corner in his nailbiter win over Cam Ward and the Hurricanes Tuesday.

In fact, it was his first win of the month in four tries, and it was also the first game in December in which at least three goals didn’t find their way into the Toronto net. Reimer is having a decent season for the Maple Leafs. Headed into Friday’s game, he was 5-2-2 with a 2.75 GAA, a .900 save percentage and one shutout.

History

The Canucks have won eight straight in this series, dating back to Jan. 10, 2006. Last season, Vancouver took both installments: 5-3 on Nov. 13, and 4-1 on Dec. 18. And the Canucks have gone over in five of their last seven games.



Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks (-190, 5.5)


The road has not been kind to the fading, fleeting Oilers, who close out a three-game trip in San Jose, having already lost the first two contests by a combined score of 7-2. Just what the circling Sharks want to see.

San Jose starts to find their way

It’s tough to look at the standings in the Pacific Division and get a real grasp on the long term, because things are so tight. A team can go from being in first place and owning the No. 3 seed in the playoffs on one day, and on another day, that team might be on the outside of the postseason picture looking in.

San Jose is a good example. Just two points out of first place through Thursday night, the Sharks would only have been the No. 8 seed if the season ended that night.

But the important thing for the Sharks, is that they're not scoreboard watching. And maybe Thursday's 5-4 comeback win over Colorado, in which Ryane Clowe and Michal Handzus scored, will be the right elixir to what was previously a 2-5-2 stretch.

Taylor made

Edmonton forward Taylor Hall made a grand return to the lineup Thursday, albeit in a losing effort. In a 4-2 defeat in Phoenix, Hall scored two power-play goals and showed little effects of a lingering left shoulder injury.

Hall, who last played on Nov. 26, was missed dearly in Edmonton. But he took a regular shift versus the Coyotes and finished with 18:38 of ice time. It appears as if he's back - and not a moment too soon.

Leave it to Logan

San Jose center Logan Couture is doing a little bit of everything this season, and his totals show it. He scored the winner against the Avalanche Thursday night and now has 12 goals and 23 points.

It doesn't stop there. On a team that's up and down defensively, Couture is a plus-10 with only six minutes in penalties. Against Colorado, he took 28 shifts, had two points on four shots, and was a plus-3. Not bad.

History

San Jose has won three of the last four in this series, yet Edmonton pulled out a 5-2 win in the last meeting: Jan. 13, 2011. In five of the last six games between these two teams, the over hit. And the Oilers have gone 4-2-1 over in their last seven games.


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12/17/2011 05:04 PM

Evening Games:


NC-Wilmington - 7:00 PM ET VCU -15 500
VCU -

Ohio - 7:00 PM ET Ohio -6.5 500
Wright St. -

Florida International - 7:00 PM ET Florida International +15.5 500
Dayton -

Youngstown St. - 7:00 PM ET Youngstown St. -1.5 500
Toledo - Over 140 500

Bowling Green - 7:00 PM ET Bowling Green +19 500
Michigan St -

Villanova - 8:00 PM ET St. Joseph's -3.5 500
St. Joseph's -

Furman - 8:00 PM ET Western Kentucky -3 500
Western Kentucky -

Arkansas-Little Rock - 8:00 PM ET Louisiana Tech -4.5 500
Louisiana Tech -

Houston - 8:00 PM ET Oklahoma -10.5 500
Oklahoma -

San Diego - 8:00 PM ET Stanford -22.5 500
Stanford -

Eastern Kentucky - 8:00 PM ET Eastern Kentucky +1.5 500
Jacksonville St. -

Arkansas St. - 8:00 PM ET Murray St. -13 500
Murray St. -

Chattanooga - 8:00 PM ET Over 142.5 500
Kentucky -

Oakland - 8:05 PM ET Oakland +2.5 500
Valparaiso -

Drake - 9:00 PM ET Drake +7 500
Iowa -

Cal Poly SLO - 10:00 PM ET Cal Poly SLO +1 500
Fresno St. -

Alabama - 10:00 PM ET Kansas St. +1 500
Kansas St. -

Montana - 10:00 PM ET Portland +0 500
Portland -

Georgia - 10:00 PM ET Southern California -5.5 500
Southern California -

New Mexico - 10:30 PM ET New Mexico +0 500
Oklahoma St. -

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