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04/04/2012 06:56 PM

NHL
Short Sheet

Wednesday, April 4

Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:35 ET
Tampa Bay: 22-5 Over off an Under
Montreal: 7-20 SU playing their second game in five days

Detroit at St. Louis, 7:35 ET
Detroit: 1-7 SU away off a win by 1 goal
St. Louis: 15-3 SU at home playing with revenge

** (TC) Denotes Time Change

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cnotes Posts:24424 Followers:32
04/04/2012 06:58 PM

Wednesday's betting tips: Home is sweet for Blues

Who’s hot

MLB: The Cardinals have won their last five games vs. the Marlins, and 20 of 27 overall.

NBA: Charlotte is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 meetings with Atlanta.

NBA: The under is 10-3 in the last 13 Nuggets-Hornets games.

NHL: The home team is 5-0 in the last five Red Wings-Blues games. St. Louis is 30-5-4 at home this season.

Who’s not

MLB: The over is 4-11-1 in Florida pitcher Josh Johnson’s last 16 home starts.

NBA: The Heat is 0-7 ATS in its last seven home games vs. the Thunder.

NBA: Cleveland is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games vs. losing teams.

NHL: The over is 5-11 in the last 16 Lightning-Canadiens meetings.

Key stat

.188 – That was World Series hero David Freese’s batting average in the Grapefruit League. The Cardinals’ third baseman struck out 16 times in 48 at-bats, or one in every three. But he did club three homers and drive in 10 runs, prompting manager Mike Matheny to say: “We’ve seen some production, too. He has that knack of being able to drive in runs.”

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Hornets guard Eric Gordon, who has not played since Jan. 4 due to a knee injury, could return Wednesday against the Nuggets. Gordon has only played in two games this season, but shined with a 21-point scoring average. He averaged 22.3 points for the Clippers last season.

Games of the day

St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins (-167, 7)

Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues (-150, 5)

Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat (-3, 197)

Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers (NA)

Notable quotable

“I want to thank my knee for not hurting me too bad [Monday]. It felt way better [Monday] than it did [Sunday]. It’s just one of those things you have to manage.” – Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison, who missed most of the spring with swelling in his left knee but made a sparkling over-the-shoulder catch in Monday’s exhibition loss to the Yankees.

Notes and tips

Lakers center Andrew Bynum did not play Tuesday against the Warriors due to a sprained left ankle, and his status is uncertain for Wednesday's clash with the Clippers. Bynum, who was fined recently by the Lakers for multiple infractions of team rules, is averaging a career-high 17.9 points and 11.9 rebounds. He made his first All-Star appearance in February.

Kings leading scorer Marcus Thornton (18.7 ppg) missed Tuesday’s game against Phoenix with a calf injury, and his status is uncertain for Thursday’s game against the Clippers. Sacramento’s 6-4 guard was in serious pain after suffering the injury Monday, saying “it feels like my leg is about to explode.”

Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey is suspended for Wednesday’s showdown in St. Louis. Quincey’s skates left the ice as he went to hit Florida’s Tomas Kopecky on Sunday, and he made “excessive” contact with Kopecky’s head. Quincey was given a five-minute elbowing major and a game misconduct.

The T-Wolves likely won’t have guard Luke Ridnour (ankle) when they host Golden State on Wednesday. Ridnour was playing terrific basketball, having averaged 13.5 points, 6.9 assists and 1.1 steals in March. The good news for Minnesota is that J.J. Barea is expected to return from his thigh injury on Wednesday.

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04/04/2012 06:59 PM

Armadillo: Wednesday's six-pack

Top six college basketball teams for next year, according to espn.com

6) NC State—Honeymoon is over for Mark Gottfried. Now expectations will be unreal for the Wolfpack.

5) Ohio State—Lot depends on who comes back and who bolts for NBA.

4) Kentucky—Wildcats will be reason one-and-down gets repealed.

3) Kansas—Far exceeded expectations this year, which increases in 2013.

2) Louisville—Dieng figures to be a dominant force in the middle.

1) Indiana—Big Dozen hasn’t won national title since Michigan State in 2000. When recruiting is over, Kentucky might be back on top here.


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Armadillo: Wednesday's List of 13: Random thoughts on a sunny spring day........

13) Naysayers claim baseball is dying in this country. Reds just gave Joey Votto $225M for 10 years, Giants gave Matt Cain $112M for five; that will buy you a lot of medicine.

12) Critics point to Cain’s 69-73 lifetime record; optimists look at his ERA the last three years: 2.89/3.14/2.88 and his durability and age (28). Over the last three years, Votto hit .363 with runners in scoring position. Both seem like solid investments.

11) Was it me, or did John Calipari look very uncomfortable on the podium, waiting to be awarded the national championship trophy? Not sure why, just thought he did. Hope he gets to enjoy it a little before recruiting starts.

10) Not to beat a dead horse, but the Samuels kid on Kansas State got suspended over a cruddy $200, while the NCAA sells the rights to being the official scissors and the official ladder to cut down the championship nets after the game Monday night. I’m not kidding, there is an officially licensed scissors for cutting down the nets.

9) Detroit Pistons’ coach Lawrence Frank has a rule for players: When talking to the media, you must always mention at least one teammate in a positive way. Frank would be an excellent college coach.

8) Out of the 6.45M brackets entered on espn.com, 35.1% of them had Kentucky winning it all.

7) How does a major league team not have a third baseman? Right now, the A’s are using a converted catcher there, after Scott Sizemore blew out his ACL during spring’s first workout. I’d try and trade for the Mets’ Justin Turner. If not, just make Wes Timmons the 3B; guy spent last winter as a substitute school teacher. Perfect for the low budget A's.

6) Redskins are reducing the capacity at Fed Ex Field for second year in row, taking out 4,000 seats; in 2010, capacity was 91,000; last year it was 83,000. This fall, it’ll be 79,000.

5) Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos has scored 46 goals with the Lightning at even strength, the most in a season by any NHL player since 1993.

4) Most college conference moves hurt a school’s basketball program, but Georgia State moving to the Sun Belt actually helps, moving the Panthers from the tough CAA to the much softer Sun Belt Conference. Former Alabama coach Bill Curry is Georgia State’s football coach.

3) CBSSports.com ran an interesting article this week on a guy in California who gets $200 a day to mentor college-age quarterbacks on the nuances of the position, hopefully getting them ready for the pros. Reminds me of the old TV show The Rockford Files, when James Garner got $200 a day (plus expenses) to figure out that week’s mystery.

2) If you like to wager on individual matchups in golf, Eldrick Woods is -$107 this week against Rory McIlroy, -$149 against Phil Mickelson, -$158 against Luke Donald and -$169 against Lee Westwood.

1) Average ticket price for a Red Sox game this year? $151.10, highest in the big leagues. Cubs are next at $108.70. Cheapest average tickets are in Milwaukee-Pittsburgh-Kansas City, all at $48.

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