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01/17/2012 03:57 PM

NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Tuesday, January 17

Hot Teams
-- Orlando won/covered five of its last six games.
-- Cleveland is 8-3 vs spread in its last 11 games (2-1 as home favorite). Warriors covered four of last five games as an underdog.
-- Bulls won five of last six games, but Rose is hurt, which is damaging.
-- Bucks are 4-0 at home (3-1 vs spread), 0-8 on road.
-- Houston won four of last five games, covered last six.
-- Utah won seven of last eight games, covered six of last seven. Clippers won six of their last seven games.

Cold Teams
-- Bobcats lost seven of their last eight games.
-- Miami lost last three games, all on road (2-2 as home fave). Spurs are 0-4 on road (three of four losses by 10+ points), 9-0 at home.
-- Suns lost their last four games (0-4 vs spread).
-- Nuggets lost three of their last four road games.
-- Pistons lost seven of their last eight games.

Totals
-- Last four Charlotte games went over the total.
-- Last four Golden State road games went over total.
-- Five of last six Miami games went over the total.
-- Four of five Phoenix road games stayed under total.
-- All four Milwaukee home games went over the total.
-- Four of five Houston home games stayed under total.
-- Five of last seven Utah games stayed under total.

Wear and Tear
-- Bobcats: 11th game/15 nites. Magic: Played yesterday after having the previous three nights off.
-- Warriors: 4th game/6 nites. Cavaliers: 4th game/6 nites.
-- Spurs: 3rd game/5 nites. Heat: Had last three nites off.
-- Suns: 4th game/6 nites. Bulls: 11th game/15 nites.
-- Nuggets: 3rd game/5 nites. Bucks: 7th game/11 nites.
-- Pistons: 8th game/12 nites. Rockets: 6th game/8 nites.
-- Clippers: 3rd game/4 nites. Jazz: 3rd game/4 nites.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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01/17/2012 03:57 PM

NBA

Tuesday, January 17

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
CHARLOTTE vs. ORLANDO
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing Orlando
Charlotte is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Orlando's last 16 games at home

7:00 PM
GOLDEN STATE vs. CLEVELAND
Golden State is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Golden State's last 7 games
Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Cleveland is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Golden State

7:30 PM
SAN ANTONIO vs. MIAMI
San Antonio is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
San Antonio is 6-13-1 ATS in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games at home
Miami is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home

8:00 PM
DENVER vs. MILWAUKEE
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Denver's last 10 games
Denver is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 10 games when playing Denver
Milwaukee is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games when playing Denver

8:00 PM
DETROIT vs. HOUSTON
Detroit is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
PHOENIX vs. CHICAGO
Phoenix is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Phoenix
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

9:00 PM
LA CLIPPERS vs. UTAH
LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 7 games
Utah is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers
Utah is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games


Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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01/17/2012 03:59 PM

NBA

Tuesday, January 17

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Pick 'n' roll: Tuesday's best NBA bets
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San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat (-7, 201)

Officially, Dwyane Wade’s status for Tuesday’s game against San Antonio was still up in the air as of Monday night. But word has it the team may sit him down for a while until his ankle is right.

"He needs to get healthy," Chris Bosh said of Wade. "That's the most important thing. He's been pushing it. He's been giving us everything he has. And unfortunately in the last game, he turned his ankle. But sometimes things happen. He probably needed to sit down and rest in the first place.”

If Wade does sit, the Heat need to buckle down at the defensive end after giving up 117 to the Nuggets in their latest loss. San Antonio isn’t having any problems with defense, allowing only 89.7 points per game over its current three game winning streak.

We doubt Wade will play and like an under play at this number. These two teams have played under in 19 of their last 22 meetings.

Pick: Under


Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers (-2, 197.5)

Not that these Cavaliers are going to make anyone forget about the LeBron James era or anything, but they’re off to a solid start for their supporters.

Kyrie Irving continues to adjust to the pro game well and put up another 25 points and seven assists in Monday’s 102-94 win over Charlotte. The Cavs scored the last nine points of the game, covering the number for the third straight contest.

"I'm not surprised that we competed every night (on the trip)," coach Byron Scott told reporters. "I told the guys that if we can come off this seven-game trip with three wins, it'd be pretty good. And we did that. And we had some other close ones, so the road trip pretty much was a success."

This is a quick turnaround for the Cavs, but they’ll be happy to be back home.

Pick: Cavaliers


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01/17/2012 03:59 PM

NBA
Long Sheet

Tuesday, January 17

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CHARLOTTE (3 - 11) at ORLANDO (9 - 3) - 1/17/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CHARLOTTE is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 8-5 against the spread versus CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 12-1 straight up against CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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GOLDEN STATE (4 - 8) at CLEVELAND (6 - 6) - 1/17/2012, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
GOLDEN STATE is 4-0 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
CLEVELAND is 2-2 straight up against GOLDEN STATE over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SAN ANTONIO (9 - 4) at MIAMI (8 - 4) - 1/17/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN ANTONIO is 116-79 ATS (+29.1 Units) on Tuesday nights since 1996.
SAN ANTONIO is 44-28 ATS (+13.2 Units) after a win by 10 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
SAN ANTONIO is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 13-24 ATS (-13.4 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN ANTONIO is 3-1 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
SAN ANTONIO is 3-1 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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PHOENIX (4 - 8) at CHICAGO (12 - 3) - 1/17/2012, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 2-2 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 3-1 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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DENVER (8 - 5) at MILWAUKEE (4 - 8) - 1/17/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MILWAUKEE is 31-17 ATS (+12.3 Units) when playing on back-to-back days over the last 3 seasons.
DENVER is 56-41 ATS (+10.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DENVER is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
MILWAUKEE is 1-12 ATS (-12.2 Units) against Northwest division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
MILWAUKEE is 12-26 ATS (-16.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 3-2 against the spread versus MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
DENVER is 3-2 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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DETROIT (3 - 10) at HOUSTON (6 - 7) - 1/17/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
HOUSTON is 235-182 ATS (+34.8 Units) in non-conference games since 1996.
HOUSTON is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
HOUSTON is 3-1 against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
HOUSTON is 3-1 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA CLIPPERS (7 - 3) at UTAH (8 - 4) - 1/17/2012, 9:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
UTAH is 5-2 against the spread versus LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
UTAH is 6-1 straight up against LA CLIPPERS over the last 3 seasons
6 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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01/17/2012 04:01 PM

NHL
Dunkel

Carolina at Pittsburgh
The Hurricanes look to take advantage of a Pittsburgh team that is 1-5 in its last 6 games as a favorite. Carolina is the pick (+170) according to Dunkel, which has the Hurricanes favored by 1/2 a goal. Dunkel Pick: Carolina (+170). Here are all of today's picks.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

Game 1-2: Minnesota at Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 10.463; Philadelphia 11.276
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia (-200); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-200); Under

Game 3-4: Edmonton at Columbus (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Edmonton 11.363; Columbus 9.673
Dunkel Line & Total: Edmonton by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Columbus (-125); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Edmonton (+105); Over

Game 5-6: Carolina at Pittsburgh (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Carolina 11.338; Pittsburgh 11.041
Dunkel Line & Total: Carolina by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-200); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Carolina (+170); Over

Game 7-8: Ottawa at Toronto (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ottawa 10.860; Toronto 11.897
Dunkel Line & Total: Toronto by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Toronto (-125); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (-125); Under

Game 9-10: NY Islanders at Washington (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Islanders 11.703; Washington 11.302
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Islanders by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Washington (-210); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Islanders (+175); Over

Game 11-12: Winnipeg at New Jersey (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Winnipeg 10.677; New Jersey 12.020
Dunkel Line & Total: New Jersey by 1 1/2; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: New Jersey (-175); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (-175); Under

Game 13-14: Nashville at NY Rangers (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Nashville 11.335; NY Rangers 12.673
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 1 1/2; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: NY Rangers (-165); 5
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (-165); Under

Game 15-16: Boston at Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 10.638; Tampa Bay 10.988
Dunkel Line & Total: Tampa Bay by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-200); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (+170); Over

Game 17-18: Detroit at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 11.961; Dallas 12.330
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit (-165); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (+145); Over

Game 19-20: Los Angeles at Vancouver (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 11.724; Vancouver 12.972
Dunkel Line & Total: Vancouver by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Vancouver (-185); 5
Dunkel Pick: Vancouver (-185); Under

Game 21-22: Calgary at San Jose (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Calgary 11.943; San Jose 11.568
Dunkel Line & Total: Calgary by 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: San Jose (-210); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Calgary (+175); Under

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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01/17/2012 04:02 PM

NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Tuesday, January 17

Hot teams
-- Flyers won five of last six indoor home games.
-- Pittsburgh won its last two games 6-3/4-1, but they've lost last four at home.
-- Senators won eight of their last ten games.
-- Washington won its last seven home games.
-- New Jersey won four of its last five games.
-- Predators won their last five games, allowing eight goals. Rangers won five of their last six home games.
-- Boston won five of its last seven games.
-- Red Wings won four of their last five games.
-- Los Angeles is 7-0 in game following its last seven losses. Canucks are 10-5 in their last fifteen games.
-- Sharks won six of their last eight games.

Cold teams
-- Minnesota lost it last eight road games, scoring eight goals.
-- Oilers lost ten of their last eleven road games. Columbus lost eight of its last ten home games.
-- Hurricanes lost five of their last seven games. Toronto lost last couple games 3-2/3-0, but they've won five of their last six at home.
-- Islanders lost four of their last five road games.
-- Winnipeg lost five of its last seven games.
-- Lightning lost its last seven games, allowing 34 goals.
-- Dallas Stars lost three of its last four games.
-- Flames lost their last five road games, outscored 24-8.

Totals
-- Under is 3-1-1 in Minnesota's last five road games.
-- Last five Edmonton games stayed under the total.
-- Four of last five Carolina road game went over the total.
-- Six of last seven Ottawa road games stayed under total.
-- Four of last five Islander road games went over total.
-- Five of last six Winnipeg games stayed under the total.
-- Four of last five Nashville road games stayed under total.
-- Six of last eight Boston road games went over the total.
-- Four of last five Detroit games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 5-0-1 in Kings' last six road games.
-- Four of last five San Jose home games stayed under total.

Series records
-- Flyers won four of last six games against Minnesota.
-- Blue Jackets lost three of last four games against Edmonton.
-- Penguins won five of last seven games against Carolina.
-- Senators won three of last four visits to Toronto.
-- Islanders lost six of last seven games against Washington.
-- Devils won five of last six games against Winnipeg.
-- Rangers won 2-1 in SO at Nashville in LY's meeting.
-- Bruins won three of last four games against Tampa Bay.
-- Dallas Stars won six of last nine games against Detroit.
-- Kings lost six of their last nine games against Vancouver.
-- Sharks won five of last six games against Calgary.

Back-to-Back
-- Ottawa is 4-5 if it played night before, 2-3 on road.
-- Islanders are 2-2 if they played the night before.
-- Winnipeg is 0-6 if it played the night before, outscored 26-5.
-- Nashville is 2-3 if it played the night before.
-- Bruins are 2-2 if they played night before.
-- Red Wings are 5-1 if they won the night before. Dallas Stars are 0-6 if they played the night before.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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01/17/2012 04:03 PM

NHL

Tuesday, January 16

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
CAROLINA vs. PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Carolina's last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games when playing Carolina

7:00 PM
EDMONTON vs. COLUMBUS
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 7 games on the road
Edmonton is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Columbus's last 7 games when playing Edmonton
Columbus is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

7:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. PHILADELPHIA
Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Minnesota is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games when playing Minnesota

7:00 PM
NASHVILLE vs. NY RANGERS
Nashville is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
NY Rangers are 4-7-1 SU in their last 12 games ,when playing Nashville
NY Rangers are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games

7:00 PM
NY ISLANDERS vs. WASHINGTON
NY Islanders are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road
NY Islanders are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing Washington
Washington is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing NY Islanders
Washington is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against NY Islanders

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

7:00 PM
WINNIPEG vs. NEW JERSEY
Winnipeg is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing New Jersey
Winnipeg is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 9 games

7:30 PM
BOSTON vs. TAMPA BAY
Boston is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Boston

8:30 PM
DETROIT vs. DALLAS
Detroit is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Detroit
Dallas is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing Detroit

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

10:30 PM
CALGARY vs. SAN JOSE
Calgary is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Calgary is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games when playing Calgary
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Calgary


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01/17/2012 04:04 PM

NHL

Tuesday, January 17

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Pucking the trends: This week's best NHL bets
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Every week, we update you on who's hot, who's not and situational betting spots in the National Hockey League.

HOT TEAM: Ottawa Senators

There have been many in and around the Eastern Conference -- players, coaches, fans -- simply waiting for the Senators to come back to life. Expected to hover around the bottom of the league when the season started, it's probably time to admit that this club is here to stay.

A 3-2 win over Montreal on Saturday night pushed Ottawa to within one point of first-place Boston in the Northeast Division, which is a feat in itself.

Ottawa has at least one point in all six games it's played this month, and has won five of them. Jason Spezza has 19 goals, Erik Karlsson has 38 assists, Daniel Alfredsson has 33 points and all is well with the surprising Senators. Keep them on your radar, moving forward.

COLD TEAM: Phoenix Coyotes

The Western Conference playoff race is jammed so tight, a losing streak here and there and a team might be out of it ... for good. The Coyotes are not to that point yet, but a bit of a rut has them below the cutoff line and it won't be easy to get back up above it. With 22 goals, Radim Vrbata is having a great season, but no one else has more than 14 and it's starting to show on the scoreboard.

Phoenix lost at lowly Columbus, 4-3, on Thursday night, continuing a miserable month that dropped them to fourth place in the Pacific Division through Saturday night. The Coyotes were also four points out of a playoff spot at that point.

In January, and heading into Monday's game versus Colorado, the Coyotes have only one win in six tries -- a 5-1 decision over the Islanders on Jan. 7 -- and that game with the Avalanche starts a stretch of four games in six days. So, there's a lot of work ahead for a team that not many care about in the desert to begin with.

OVER PLAY: Carolina Hurricanes

Nine points out of a playoff spot through Saturday night, the Hurricanes are probably not going to rally behind new coach Kirk Muller and make the postseason. But they continue to play entertaining hockey, and clearly have become one of the better over bets in the league.

A 4-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday night was the second straight over for the Hurricanes, and ninth in the last 10 games. Last Tuesday, they dropped a 2-1 decision to Philadelphia in a random, out-of-the-ordinary defensive battle, but other than that, it's been up-and-down hockey aplenty for the Hurricanes.

It doesn't show necessarily in the statistics sheet. The Hurricanes have five players in double digit goals -- Tuomo Ruutu, Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal, Chad LaRose and Brandon Sutter -- but no one is over 15. The defense, though, has been a little behind the times, and when you have a team 3.14 goals-against average, that's going to net some overs, folks.

UNDER PLAY: San Jose Sharks

The Sharks have been erratic at times, but one of the good things about having the playoff pedigree that they have, is they know when to turn it on. And it's getting to that point this year. Headed into Sunday's game against Chicago, San Jose was 7-1-2 in its last 10 games, was in first place in the Pacific Division and was the proud owner of the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

And they've done it with defense. A 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night was the Sharks' second straight under, and eighth in the last 10 games. The Sharks allowed one goal or less in five of those games, and they took a 6-0-1 mark in January into the tilt versus the Blackhawks.

San Jose has seven players in positive double digits in plus-minus, led by Marc-Edouard Vlasic (plus-19), and goaltenders Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss have combined for a 2.22 goals-against average. As long as that keeps up, the Sharks will remain a consistent, efficient under play.

SURVEYING THE SCHEDULE:

** Maybe a 4-1 win at Florida on Friday night is what the Penguins need to finally get kick-started. Either way, we’ll know a lot more about that team in a week, as Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay began a stretch of four games in six days, including a back-to-back set versus the Rangers and Canadiens on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

** The Canucks, who played the Ducks on Sunday, have a light road ahead of them. Monday, in fact, begins a stretch in which they will play just two games in eight days. So, expect some fresh legs when Vancouver plays Los Angeles on Tuesday and San Jose on Saturday.


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cnotes Posts:25161 Followers:33
01/17/2012 04:04 PM

NHL

Tuesday, January 17

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Pucking the trends: This week's best NHL bets
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Every week, we update you on who's hot, who's not and situational betting spots in the National Hockey League.

HOT TEAM: Ottawa Senators

There have been many in and around the Eastern Conference -- players, coaches, fans -- simply waiting for the Senators to come back to life. Expected to hover around the bottom of the league when the season started, it's probably time to admit that this club is here to stay.

A 3-2 win over Montreal on Saturday night pushed Ottawa to within one point of first-place Boston in the Northeast Division, which is a feat in itself.

Ottawa has at least one point in all six games it's played this month, and has won five of them. Jason Spezza has 19 goals, Erik Karlsson has 38 assists, Daniel Alfredsson has 33 points and all is well with the surprising Senators. Keep them on your radar, moving forward.

COLD TEAM: Phoenix Coyotes

The Western Conference playoff race is jammed so tight, a losing streak here and there and a team might be out of it ... for good. The Coyotes are not to that point yet, but a bit of a rut has them below the cutoff line and it won't be easy to get back up above it. With 22 goals, Radim Vrbata is having a great season, but no one else has more than 14 and it's starting to show on the scoreboard.

Phoenix lost at lowly Columbus, 4-3, on Thursday night, continuing a miserable month that dropped them to fourth place in the Pacific Division through Saturday night. The Coyotes were also four points out of a playoff spot at that point.

In January, and heading into Monday's game versus Colorado, the Coyotes have only one win in six tries -- a 5-1 decision over the Islanders on Jan. 7 -- and that game with the Avalanche starts a stretch of four games in six days. So, there's a lot of work ahead for a team that not many care about in the desert to begin with.

OVER PLAY: Carolina Hurricanes

Nine points out of a playoff spot through Saturday night, the Hurricanes are probably not going to rally behind new coach Kirk Muller and make the postseason. But they continue to play entertaining hockey, and clearly have become one of the better over bets in the league.

A 4-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday night was the second straight over for the Hurricanes, and ninth in the last 10 games. Last Tuesday, they dropped a 2-1 decision to Philadelphia in a random, out-of-the-ordinary defensive battle, but other than that, it's been up-and-down hockey aplenty for the Hurricanes.

It doesn't show necessarily in the statistics sheet. The Hurricanes have five players in double digit goals -- Tuomo Ruutu, Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal, Chad LaRose and Brandon Sutter -- but no one is over 15. The defense, though, has been a little behind the times, and when you have a team 3.14 goals-against average, that's going to net some overs, folks.

UNDER PLAY: San Jose Sharks

The Sharks have been erratic at times, but one of the good things about having the playoff pedigree that they have, is they know when to turn it on. And it's getting to that point this year. Headed into Sunday's game against Chicago, San Jose was 7-1-2 in its last 10 games, was in first place in the Pacific Division and was the proud owner of the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

And they've done it with defense. A 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night was the Sharks' second straight under, and eighth in the last 10 games. The Sharks allowed one goal or less in five of those games, and they took a 6-0-1 mark in January into the tilt versus the Blackhawks.

San Jose has seven players in positive double digits in plus-minus, led by Marc-Edouard Vlasic (plus-19), and goaltenders Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss have combined for a 2.22 goals-against average. As long as that keeps up, the Sharks will remain a consistent, efficient under play.

SURVEYING THE SCHEDULE:

** Maybe a 4-1 win at Florida on Friday night is what the Penguins need to finally get kick-started. Either way, we’ll know a lot more about that team in a week, as Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay began a stretch of four games in six days, including a back-to-back set versus the Rangers and Canadiens on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

** The Canucks, who played the Ducks on Sunday, have a light road ahead of them. Monday, in fact, begins a stretch in which they will play just two games in eight days. So, expect some fresh legs when Vancouver plays Los Angeles on Tuesday and San Jose on Saturday.


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01/17/2012 04:05 PM

NHL

Tuesday, January 17

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Ice picks: Tuesday's best NHL bets
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Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets (-120, 5.5)

The Edmonton Oilers have been struggling with consistency and injuries for the better part of this season. There was no excuse for Saturday’s 5-0 home loss to Anaheim though.

Edmonton bounced back with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Sunday and now has a chance to build some momentum in Columbus.

"(Anaheim) wasn't our best effort, the guys know that, and we really wanted to respond in a good way, for (head coach) Tom (Renney) and for our whole organization," Taylor Hall told reporters. "Because that's not the way we want to play. For us to play like we did against a really good team, that's been playing well, is good. We need to keep that going on the road."

The Blue Jackets have shown a little more fight recently with interim coach Todd Richards behind the bench, but they’re already playing for next year.

Pick: Oilers


New York Islanders at Washington Capitals (-200, 5.5)

The Washington Capitals have a long way to go yet, but they have won three in a row and seven of their last nine heading into Tuesday’s game against the Islanders.

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun turned aside 43 shots to help the Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes in his ninth consecutive start.

“We didn’t have our best game today,” Vokoun told reporters. “I feel like they were a little more hungrier, but saying that, we play good enough and we battle hard we get the two points. That’s the most important part.”

The win pulled Washington into a tie for top spot in the weak Southeast Division, so the Caps are in good shape despite their inconsistent first half.

No value on the home team but we’ll take a shot with the over.

Pick: Over


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