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On 04/09/2012 04:44 PM in NHL

Cnotes NHL Playoff Best Bets Road to the Stanley CUP !

NHL Stanley Cup odds: Penguins favorites to hoist the Cup

The Stanley Cup playoffs are set to start this week. Check out the latest NHL futures odds before the postseason begins:

Pittsburgh Penguins +400
Vancouver Canucks +600
New York Rangers +650
Boston Bruins +800
St Louis Blues +1100
Detroit Red Wings +1200
Philadelphia Flyers +1300
Nashville Predators +1400
Chicago Blackhawks +1600
Los Angeles Kings +2500
New Jersey Devils +2200
San Jose Sharks +2500
Washington Capitals +4000
Florida Panthers +3300
Ottawa Senators +4000
Phoenix Coyotes +6000

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04/09/2012 04:48 PM

NHL Western Conference playoff betting cheat sheet

Here are a few tips as you get ready for the puck to drop on the Western Conference playoffs later this week.

Hottest goalie

Jonathan Quick is the best goaltender in the Western Conference but nobody was hotter down the stretch than Phoenix netminder Mike Smith. Smith almost single-handily carried the Coyotes to the postseason with his play over the last two weeks of the season.

Smith had recorded three consecutive shutouts prior to allowing just one goal in a big 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues Friday night.

Critics say Smith’s play is nothing more than a product of Dave Tippett’s system in the desert, but Smith actually faced close to 31 shots per game this season.

Best 5-on-5 team

I don’t have anything against special teams but, as we saw late in the regular season, most referees put the whistle away in critical games. That means successful teams must have the ability to score at even strength.

No team in the league does that better than the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings score 1.44 more goals at even strength per game than their opponents. The only teams that are even close to Detroit in even-strength dominance are the Bruins and Blues.

Top hockey pool pick

When you look at the NHL’s list of scoring leaders, you don’t see many names from the Western Conference. In fact, Henrik Sedin is the only player from the West to crack the Top 10 in scoring this season.

Henrik would be a nice addition to your playoff pool roster for a couple of reasons: The Canucks are once again poised to make a long playoff run and Sedin stepped his game up down the stretch with his brother out of the lineup.

He hasn’t scored a goal since February 19 but his game isn’t about putting pucks in the net - it’s about setting up others. And there aren’t many in the league better at it than him.

Best under bet

The addition of head coach Ken Hitchcock early this season was great news for the Blues and fans of the under. St. Louis played over the total just 21 times all season and the crease combination of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott has combined for 15 shutouts.

The Blues have already said that Halak will be the No. 1 guy in goal for the playoffs, but if he struggles they certainly won’t hesitate to go to Elliott.

Sleeper pick to win the West

If the Los Angeles Kings can find a way to score goals in the playoffs, they will be a tough team to finish off.

Quick is a lock to be nominated for the Vezina Trophy but he should probably get some consideration for the Hart Trophy as well. Quick lost 33 games this season with the Kings scoring only 44 goals in those contests.

Darryl Sutter’s squad is second in the league in goals against, fourth in shots against and have the fourth-best penalty kill in the NHL. Over their last 10 games, the Kings have averaged 2.8 goals - up from their season average of 2.3.

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04/09/2012 04:49 PM

NHL Eastern Conference playoff betting cheat sheet

It took every game on the schedule, but the seeds in the Eastern Conference are finally set. Before the playoffs begin, check out these notes for navigating the postseason:

Best sleeper pick to win the East

The Philadelphia Flyers finished with 103 points. They have plenty of offense. They have more experience than the surface shows. And, when they take the ice next week, the Flyers will be participating in their 11th playoff series since 2008.

There’s a lot to like about Philadelphia, though we fully understand it’s hit or miss. Having won the season series versus Pittsburgh, 4-2, Philly knows how to contain Sidney Crosby and Co. And, though the Flyers will open on the road, they do have the horses to upset the Penguins in Round 1.

The Penguins, with all of their firepower, could turn out the lights on Philadelphia in a hurry. But for the price - 7-1 to win the East, 12-1 to win the Stanley Cup - you can do a lot worse than putting forwards Claude Giroux, Danny Briere, Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell on your side.

Top hockey pool pick

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist gets the headlines in the Big Apple and sharpshooter Marian Gaborik leads the goal parade, but Brad Richards is the most complete Ranger out there. And he’s done it all before, unlike the aforementioned.

His season numbers weren’t what most fans would’ve expected from the summer’s marquee free agent, but he reached 25 goals and finished second on the team in points (66). Plus, Ottawa, which lost its last three regular-season games, isn’t exactly rolling into Round 1.

Goalie who could steal a series

There are younger, hotter, even flashier goaltenders in the Eastern Conference. But no one has more experience, more hardware and more incentive to win than the man known as “Marty.” Martin Brodeur’s career is coming to a close and, after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996 last season, he and the Devils are on a mission to gain back some respect. New Jersey started that process by winning six in a row to close the regular season.

Florida will throw everything they can at Brodeur. And pound for pound, especially if given four home games, the Panthers might be a better bet overall in this matchup. But that’s exactly why we like Brodeur. In a series where the odds - and his age - may be against him, we think the man who has more Stanley Cup titles (three) than all of the other goaltenders in the East playoffs combined can steal the show.

Potential first-round upset

Hockey fans watched in amazement last postseason, as Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made save after save. He still has the talent to do it all over again, but Washington is not a normal No. 7 seed. The Capitals have offense that journeys beyond Alex Ovechkin (38 goals) and, though this core group has frustrated Washington fans beyond belief, they are playing their best hockey of the season.

Boston has played with a Stanley Cup hangover, at times, and Bruins fans can’t be all that psyched about heading into a postseason in which they have the No. 2 seed strictly because they won an inferior division.

Series with the most potential overs

It took time for Philadelphia's prized free-agent acquisition, Ilya Bryzgalov to find a groove this season. It’s hard to believe the netminder didn't even start the Winter Classic. But he rallied and is surging into the postseason. That said, NHL bettors aren’t sure that any one goalie can stop these two offensive trains over the long haul.

Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury has been tremendous this season as well, but this series will feature nine players with 20 or more goals (five Penguins, four Flyers), and Sidney Crosby - limited to 22 games - is not one of them.

In the regular-season series between these state rivals, the over went 3-2-1. And after the Penguins’ 4-2 win over the Flyers Saturday, which pushed with the 6-goal total, Pittsburgh finished 44-31-8 over/under while Philadelphia checked in at 43-37-2 over/under.

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04/09/2012 04:52 PM

Puck Set To Drop On 2012 NHL Playoffs

It took all 1,230 games, but the 2012 NHL playoffs are finally set.

The chase for the Stanley Cup begins Wednesday night in Pittsburgh with what promises to be a very physical series between the rival Penguins and Flyers. Series openers continue Thursday, and the final quarterfinal matchup gets underway Friday night in Florida where the Panthers have home-ice advantage in their series against the New Jersey Devils.

Don Best Sports will follow the action right up through the NHL Finals. To get things started, here's a quick preview of the first-round series, including how the teams performed in their regular season matchups and early Cup and series odds.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) New York Rangers vs. (8) Ottawa Senators
Series Odds: Rangers -230; Senators +190
Cup Odds: Rangers +575; Senators +2200
Game 1: Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Season Series: Senators 3-1 (1 shootout win); 1-1-2 'over/under/push'
Notes: New York captured the top seed in the East despite dropping five of its last seven. A No. 8 seed last year, the Rangers made a quick exit from the postseason by dropping a 5-game set to the Capitals in the opening round. Ottawa lost seven of its last 10,and the Sens have been taken out by the Penguins in the first round of their last two playoff appearances (2008, 2010).

(2) Boston Bruins vs. (7) Washington Capitals
Series Odds: Bruins -210; Capitals +180
Cup Odds: Bruins +600; Capitals +2000
Game 1: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Season Series: Capitals 3-1 (1 shootout win), 2-2 'over/under'
Notes: Washington advances to the postseason for a fifth straight year but has been knocked out in the first round three of their last five playoff appearances, including by Montreal in 2010 when the Caps were the top seed in the East. Boston is also in the postseason for a fifth consecutive year and has won its last three conference quarterfinals series.

(3) Florida Panthers vs. (6) New Jersey Devils
Series Odds: Devils -165; Panthers +145
Cup Odds: Panthers +2200; Devils +1500
Game 1: Friday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Season Series: 2-2 (Devils 1 shootout win); 2-1-1 'over/under/push'
Notes: Florida snapped a 5-game losing skid with a 4-1 win vs. Carolina in the season finale to win its first Southeast Division title, and will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2000. New Jersey missed the postseason a year ago, but enters this year's playoffs with the longest win streak (6) to close the regular season. The Devils are winless in their last three first-round matchups.

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Philadelphia Flyers
Series Odds: Penguins -190; Flyers +160
Cup Odds: Penguins +500; Flyers +1100
Game 1: Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Season Series: Flyers 4-2 (1 overtime loss); 2-2-2 'over/under/push'
Notes: The most anticipated opening-round matchup finds the Keystone State rivals meeting in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 Eastern Conference quarters (Penguins 4-2). Pittsburgh closed the regular season 18-4-1 while Philadelphia was 13-5-2 from March 1 forward. The Pens rank first in scoring (3.33 goals per game) while the Flyers (3.17) are tied for second with Boston.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (8) Los Angeles Kings
Series Odds: Canucks -175; Kings +155
Cup Odds: Canucks +525; Kings +1100
Game 1: Wednesday, April 11, 10:30 p.m. (ET)
Season Series: 2-2 (LA 1 shootout win); 1-0-3 'under/over/push'
Notes: Vancouver clinched its second straight Presidents' Trophy with a 3-0 whitewashing of Calgary on Saturday, the Canucks' eighth win in the final nine games. Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider combined for three shutouts in that span and limited the opposition to 14 goals overall. Los Angeles was a victim in one of those shutouts and lost its chance for a Pacific Division title by dropping back-to-back games against San Jose to end the regular season.

(2) St. Louis Blues vs. (7) San Jose Sharks
Series Odds: Blues -155; Sharks +135
Cup Odds: Blues +525; Sharks +950
Game 1: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Season Series: Blues 4-0; 3-1 'under'
Notes: San Jose is in the postseason for an eighth consecutive year and has won six of its last seven quarterfinal series. St. Louis stumbled down the stretch with eight losses in its last 12 (4 by shootout), and is in the playoffs for the first time since 2009 when the Blues were a 6-seed and swept out of the opening round by Vancouver. Their season sweep of the Sharks included an 11-3 goal differential.

(3) Phoenix Coyotes vs. (6) Chicago Blackhawks
Series Odds: Blackhawks -115; Coyotes -105
Cup Odds: Coyotes +2200; Blackhawks +1700
Game 1: Thursday, April 12, 10:00 p.m. (ET)
Season Series: Coyotes 3-1 (1 shootout win); 2-2 'over/under'
Notes: Phoenix raises its first division flag since the franchise's beginnings as the Winnipeg Jets in 1979-80, and enters the postseason with the West's No. 3 seed thanks to some amazing work between the pipes by Mike Smith down the stretch. Smith posted three shutouts in the Coyotes' final five games, recording a .990 save percentage in the process. Chicago lost out on a possible No. 4 seed by losing four of its final seven with five of the last six games going to a shootout.

(4) Nashville Predators vs. (5) Detroit Red Wings
Series Odds: Predators -125; Red Wings +105
Cup Odds: Predators +1100; Red Wings +1000
Game 1: Wednesday, April 11, 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Season Series: 3-3; 4-1-1 'under/over/push'
Notes: Nashville has home-ice advantage in the first round for the first time since 2007, and claimed the No. 4 seed thanks to six wins in its final eight games. That could be huge against a Detroit squad that led the NHL with 31 home victories (31-7-3), though the Red Wings faltered in Motown at the end with just one shootout triumph in their final four skates at Joe Louis Arena.

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04/10/2012 06:18 PM

NHL
Dunkel

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
The Flyers look to build on their 5-1 record in their last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh. Philadelphia is the pick (+150) according to Dunkel, which has the Flyers favored by 1/2 a goal. Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+150). Here are all of today's picks.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11

Game 51-52: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 12.561; Pittsburgh 11.814
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-170); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+150); Over

Game 53-54: Detroit at Nashville (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 11.960; Nashville 11.374
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Nashville (-135); 5
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (+115); Over

Game 55-56: Los Angeles at Vancouver (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 11.461; Vancouver 12.679
Dunkel Line & Total: Vancouver by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Vancouver (-165); 5
Dunkel Pick: Vancouver (-165); Under

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04/10/2012 06:19 PM

NHL
Long Sheet

Wednesday, April 11

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PHILADELPHIA (47-26-0-9, 103 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (51-25-0-6, 108 pts.) - 4/11/2012, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PITTSBURGH is 15-4 ATS (+8.7 Units) after a 3 game unbeaten streak this season.
PITTSBURGH is 18-3 ATS (+14.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
PHILADELPHIA is 24-15 ATS (+39.5 Units) in road games vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 57-78 ATS (-30.4 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1996.
PITTSBURGH is 27-34 ATS (-36.0 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 9-9 (+0.6 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 9-9-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
9 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.6 Units)

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DETROIT (48-28-0-6, 102 pts.) at NASHVILLE (48-26-0-8, 104 pts.) - 4/11/2012, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DETROIT is 1-8 ATS (-9.6 Units) in road games after a division game this season.
NASHVILLE is 47-34 ATS (+1.1 Units) in all games this season.
NASHVILLE is 28-16 ATS (+1.6 Units) second half of the season this season.
NASHVILLE is 16-8 ATS (+5.0 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
NASHVILLE is 26-19 ATS (+45.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
NASHVILLE is 9-9 (+1.8 Units) against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
NASHVILLE is 9-9-0 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
11 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.6 Units)

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LOS ANGELES (40-27-0-15, 95 pts.) at VANCOUVER (51-22-0-9, 111 pts.) - 4/11/2012, 10:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 39-42 ATS (-14.5 Units) in all games this season.
VANCOUVER is 13-1 ATS (+11.4 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 22-5 ATS (+12.8 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 191-177 ATS (-86.8 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANCOUVER is 11-7 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
VANCOUVER is 11-7-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.6 Units)

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Thursday, April 12

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OTTAWA (41-31-0-10, 92 pts.) at NY RANGERS (51-24-0-7, 109 pts.) - 4/12/2012, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 51-30 ATS (+84.9 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 26-13 ATS (+9.8 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 16-10 ATS (+26.5 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more this season.
NY RANGERS are 164-173 ATS (-92.3 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 24-32 ATS (-24.0 Units) in home games when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 77-107 ATS (-83.1 Units) in home games after allowing 4 goals or more since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
OTTAWA is 6-6 (+2.0 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 6-6-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.0 Units)

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WASHINGTON (42-32-0-8, 92 pts.) at BOSTON (49-29-0-4, 102 pts.) - 4/12/2012, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 16-4 ATS (+10.5 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 26-12 ATS (+5.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
BOSTON is 18-19 ATS (-13.4 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 7-5 (+1.5 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 7-5-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.2 Units)

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SAN JOSE (43-29-0-10, 96 pts.) at ST LOUIS (49-22-0-11, 109 pts.) - 4/12/2012, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN JOSE is 43-39 ATS (-15.5 Units) in all games this season.
SAN JOSE is 6-14 ATS (-10.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
SAN JOSE is 10-18 ATS (-12.5 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
SAN JOSE is 5-11 ATS (-10.4 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent this season.
SAN JOSE is 16-21 ATS (-15.2 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
ST LOUIS is 77-57 ATS (+12.0 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 100-61 ATS (+24.3 Units) in April games since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 160-171 ATS (+367.3 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ST LOUIS is 6-6 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
ST LOUIS is 6-6-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.0 Units)

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CHICAGO (45-26-0-11, 101 pts.) at PHOENIX (42-27-0-13, 97 pts.) - 4/12/2012, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 137-119 ATS (-17.3 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 188-163 ATS (+20.8 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.
PHOENIX is 19-7 ATS (+26.1 Units) after a 3 game unbeaten streak over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 25-20 ATS (+2.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
CHICAGO is 310-329 ATS (+696.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
PHOENIX is 8-16 ATS (+24.1 Units) in home games after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 8-4 (+6.6 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 8-4-0 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.1 Units)

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Friday, April 13

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NEW JERSEY (48-28-0-6, 102 pts.) at FLORIDA (38-26-0-18, 94 pts.) - 4/13/2012, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 48-33 ATS (+12.7 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 27-18 ATS (+6.4 Units) second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 22-13 ATS (+35.6 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
NEW JERSEY is 15-7 ATS (+22.0 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
NEW JERSEY is 15-8 ATS (+6.7 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
NEW JERSEY is 27-9 ATS (+13.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
FLORIDA is 80-118 ATS (+212.7 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less since 1996.
FLORIDA is 32-58 ATS (+104.9 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
FLORIDA is 2-11 ATS (+13.1 Units) on Friday nights this season.
FLORIDA is 8-21 ATS (+32.1 Units) when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
FLORIDA is 6-6 (+1.5 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
FLORIDA is 6-6-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.5 Units)

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PHILADELPHIA (47-26-0-9, 103 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (51-25-0-6, 108 pts.) - 4/13/2012, 7:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 9-9 (+0.6 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 9-9-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
9 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.6 Units)

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DETROIT (48-28-0-6, 102 pts.) at NASHVILLE (48-26-0-8, 104 pts.) - 4/13/2012, 7:35 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
NASHVILLE is 9-9 (+1.8 Units) against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
NASHVILLE is 9-9-0 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
11 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.6 Units)

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LOS ANGELES (40-27-0-15, 95 pts.) at VANCOUVER (51-22-0-9, 111 pts.) - 4/13/2012, 10:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANCOUVER is 11-7 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
VANCOUVER is 11-7-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.6 Units)

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04/10/2012 06:21 PM

NHL

Wednesday, April 11

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Trend Report
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7:30 PM
PHILADELPHIA vs. PITTSBURGH
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games at home
Pittsburgh is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home

8:00 PM
DETROIT vs. NASHVILLE
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 9 games when playing on the road against Nashville
Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games

10:30 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. VANCOUVER
Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Vancouver
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 10 games when playing on the road against Vancouver
Vancouver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Vancouver is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles

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04/10/2012 06:22 PM

NHL

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NHL Western Conference playoffs: Round 1 preview and picks
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No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Kings

The Canucks have picked the right time to play their best hockey. Vancouver earned its second consecutive President’s Trophy by winning eight of its last 10 games, allowing just 16 goals over that stretch.

The two clubs split the season series, with the Kings out-shooting the Canucks in three of the four games. The Kings’ penalty kill was the fourth best in the league but will be tested by the fourth-most dangerous power play.

Daniel Sedin’s status for this series remains up in the air. There have been reports that Sedin is skating by himself and that he will likely return in the first round. Goaltender Roberto Luongo will start the playoffs for the Canucks but the team won’t hesitate to turn to Cory Schneider, who finished the season with a 1.96 GAA and a .937 save percentage.

Anze Kopitar and Co. have been struggling offensively all season and if that doesn’t change they won’t have a shot at stopping the Canucks.

Season Series: Vancouver (2-1-1), Los Angeles (2-2)

Series prediction: Canucks in six games



No. 2 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 7 San Jose Sharks

St. Louis dominated a number of teams this season and the San Jose Sharks were no exceptions. The Blues won all four meetings between the two clubs, shutting them out twice and outscoring the Sharks 11-3.

The Blues are by far the stingiest club in the league allowing just 165 goals which lead to Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott sharing the William Jennings Trophy. But Ken Hitchcock’s club isn’t exactly riding a high heading into the playoffs. The Blues dropped four of their last five games allowing the Canucks to lock up the top spot in the Western Conference.

San Jose swept home-and-home series with both Dallas and Los Angeles to secure seventh place in the West but has been far too inconsistent in 2012. The bottom line in this series is that the Blues are simply too good on home ice (30-6-1-4) for the Sharks to have a legitimate shot of winning four games.

Season Series: St. Louis (4-0), San Jose (0-4)

Series prediction: Blues in five games



No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks

You won’t find a goaltender playing better than the Coyotes’ Mike Smith. Smith allowed just two goals in his last five games, powering the Coyotes to their first division title.

"He's embraced the No. 1 goaltender role with our team and he's played excellent," Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett told reporters. "He had a few games there where he was basically willing us into the playoffs. His game is top-notch right now. Hopefully it goes into the playoffs and that continues."

Smith won all three games he started against the Blackhawks this season. Chicago picked up a victory the one time they faced backup Jason Labarbera.

At the other end of the ice, bettors will likely see both Corey Crawford and Ray Emery at some point. Chicago finished 22nd in goals against but relied on a lethal offense to finish sixth in the conference.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews missed the final 22 games of the regular season with a concussion and, at this point, there are no guarantees he returns for this series.

Season Series: Phoenix (3-1), Chicago (2-2)

Series prediction: Coyotes in six games



No. 4 Nashville Predators vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

While it wasn’t confirmed until the Red Wings picked up a point against the Blackhawks Saturday, everyone had been expecting to see this matchup for the past month.

It was critical for the Predators to finish fourth in the West and keep the Red Wings away from home-ice advantage. Detroit has the worst road record (17-21-2-1) of any playoff team. The Predators are a respectable 26-10-2-3 at home.

Shea Weber’s heavy shot anchors the deadliest power-play unit in the league, firing at a 21.6-percent clip. Late-season addition Alexander Radulov has made the power play even more dangerous with seven points in nine games since joining the team.

The Red Wings lead the league in even-strength goals, with a 1.44 for/against ratio. If the two sides stay out of the penalty box, Detroit could have the advantage. It also has much more playoff experience than the Predators.

Much like the rest of this series, the goaltenders are evenly matched. Pekka Rinne had a league-best 43 wins during the regular season but Jimmy Howard’s GAA was significantly better with their save percentages looking nearly identical.

Season Series: Nashville (3-3), Detroit (3-3)

Series prediction: Predators in seven games

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04/10/2012 06:24 PM

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NHL Eastern Conference playoffs: Round 1 preview and picks
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No. 1 New York Rangers (-900) vs. No. 8 Ottawa Senators (+550)

The Rangers didn’t secure the Presidents’ Trophy on the season’s final night. But when that’s the worst thing you can say about a team, they’ve had a pretty good year.

New York has the best goaltender in the game, Henrik Lundqvist (39-18-5), a fiery coach who has already won the Stanley Cup before, John Tortorella, and home-ice advantage over 14 of the 15 playoff teams in the tournament.

For now, it’s about stepping up, shaking off a slow finish and burying a team that, while talented, is truly in that “happy to be here” mode. Ottawa has gifted goal scorers in Milan Michalek (35), Jason Spezza (34), and Daniel Alfredsson (32) and a scoring machine on the backline in Erik Karlsson (78 points).

But this series is probably a little out of the Senators’ rent district. Ottawa lost three in a row to end the season and, though it had its way in the season series, the second season is a whole new game. Look for a big series from New York forward Marian Gaborik (76 points), who had three goals in his final five games.

Season series: 3-1 for the Senators

Pick: Rangers in five games



No. 2 Boston Bruins (-425) vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals (+320)

Braden Holtby, this is your life. The Capitals' third-string goaltender will be pressed into duty against the Stanley Cup champions, who just happen to have six players with 20 or more goals. No pressure there for a kid who was just 4-2-1 this season.

That’s the way the Bruins won it all last year. Without a true superstar up front, Boston coach Claude Julien threw out layer upon layer of depth, combined it with tremendous goaltending and, 25 games later, the Cup was theirs.

It will be more difficult this time. The East is better than it was last season - the Rangers are more experienced, the Penguins are healthier, the Devils are back, and the Flyers have a goaltender - so things likely won't break the way they did for Beantown last spring.

But the Capitals burned up an awful lot of fuel just making it to the postseason. And though Alex Ovechkin (38 goals) is streaking into the tournament, he doesn't have the playoff resume to pull off an upset here, especially with Washington's questions in net. The Capitals will put up a good fight but the Bruins should at least get out of Round 1.

Season series: 3-1 for the Capitals

Pick: Bruins in seven games



No. 3 Florida Panthers (+160) vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils (-200)

There are plenty of ties to both sides and plenty of incentive, as well. New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer was let go by Florida a year ago. And Florida center John Madden and backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen are Devils’ castoffs. So, while it may not be the most glamorous matchup, it has its interesting storylines.

Florida is a gift No. 3 seed, by virtue of winning the subpar Southeast Division and New Jersey, with six wins to end the year, could be the hottest team in the East. But it goes beyond that. DeBoer has made the most of his average defense and allowed goaltender Martin Brodeur (31-21-4) and a stable of skilled forwards - Ilya Kovalchuk (83 points), Zach Parise (31 goals), Patrik Elias (78 points), and David Clarkson (30 goals) - to carry the club.

And while Florida can boast a great season out of goaltender Jose Theodore (three shutouts, 2.46 GAA), the facts remain that the Panthers have a rookie coach in Kevin Dineen and a leader in Stephen Weiss, who has never played a postseason game.

The Devils are a long way from their old Stanley Cup form and they will likely get bounced by the rival Rangers in the second round. But they are better than Florida on many levels.

Season series: Tied, 2-2

Pick: Devils in six games



No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins (-320) vs. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers (+250)

This is the series that has the networks and advertisers drooling. There are stars on both sides of the ice, two quality goaltenders, and a pair of coaches who just don’t like each other.

The Battle of Pennsylvania should be a treat. The Penguins have the likely Hart Trophy winner in Evgeni Malkin (50 goals), and a still-on-his-way-back Sidney Crosby (22 games played), but NHL bettors should like the depth and drive of the Flyers.

The Flyers can come at you in waves, with the likes of Claude Giroux (93 points), Scott Hartnell (37 goals), Wayne Simmonds (49 points, 140 hits) and Jaromir Jagr (35 assists), and they back down to no one.

Though Philadelphia has missed injured forwards Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk, the former may play before this series is said and done. Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (33-16-7) doesn't have the finals appearances like Marc-Andre Fleury (42-17-4), but he has a stiffer defense in front of him.

Season series: 4-2 for the Flyers

Pick: Flyers in seven games

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04/11/2012 11:35 AM


Penguins And Flyers Begin 2012 Stanley Cup Chase



By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, April 10, 2012




What a way to start the 2012 NHL Playoffs!

The puck drops on hockey's second season Wednesday night in Pittsburgh with a compelling first-round matchup between the host Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. A battle between 4/5 seeds is always intriguing, but this all-Keystone State clash figures to be the most intense and physical conference quarterfinals series.

Pittsburgh opens the postseason as the team to beat according to the oddsmakers who priced the Eastern Conference's fourth seed at +500 to hoist Lord Stanley's hardware at the end. Vancouver (+525), St. Louis (+525) and the New York Rangers (+575) follow the Pens on the list, with the Flyers in the middle of the pack at +1100.

Game 1 sits on the NHL odds boards with Pittsburgh -170 to -180. The scoreboard total is 5½-6 goals depending where you shop.

Seeing a 6-goal total in many spots for the game is not surprising since the series matches two of the highest-scoring clubs on ice this season. The Penguins sit atop the charts averaging 3.33 goals per game with the Flyers close behind at 3.17, tied for second with the Boston Bruins. Both clubs also rank high on the power play list with 19.7 percent success rates. The biggest difference is Pittsburgh ranks third on the penalty kill (87.7%) while Philly is 17th (81.8%).

The Flyers took four of the six regular season meetings, one of the wins coming in overtime. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby was absent in the first three matchups while he dealt with his concussion issues. Philadelphia won two of three while The Kid was out.

Four of the six battles saw at least six goals scored, but totals bettors ended up dead even on the season with a pair of 'overs,' two 'unders' plus a couple of sister-kissers.

The rivals are definitely no stranger to each other and faced off twice in the closing week. Both games were played in Pittsburgh with the outcomes split. Philadelphia's 6-4 win on April 1 turned into a brawl near the end of the game after the Flyers scored three times in the final period. The Penguins responded with a 4-2 victory in the season finale on April 7, their first win over the Flyers at Consol Energy Center in six tries.

The last time the teams met in the postseason was the opening round of the 2009 playoffs. Just like this year, that series started with two games in Pittsburgh, and the Penguins ended up taking care of business in six.

Preds & Wings Face Off In Music City

No team faces more of a must-win situation right off the bat than the Nashville Predators who host the Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The Predators are a consensus -130 favorite for the contest with a 5-goal total for Wednesday's matchup.

Nashville's ability to maintain home-ice advantage could be the difference in a series that pits two of the NHL's best in their own arenas. Detroit boasts the top home record in the league after going 31-7-3 this season, a mark that includes an NHL record 23 consecutive victories at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings did stumble a bit in Motown near the end, including a 4-1 loss to the Predators who posted the second most road wins in the Western Conference (26). Still, even a split in the first two games could prove fatal to Nashville's hopes of advancing to the conference semifinals.

The season series was halved 3-3, each team 2-1 at home. The 'under' prevailed in four of the clashes with one 'push.' Music City will also host Game 2 on Friday before the series moves to Detroit for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.

Kings Hope To Catch Canucks Looking Past First Round

Wednesday's nightcap gets underway at 10:30 p.m. (ET) inside Rogers Arena where the Vancouver Canucks take on the Los Angeles Kings. The Canucks opened -160 with that money line moving up to -170 by Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday's total is five.

The big news in Vancouver is that Daniel Sedin has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's tilt. The team's leading goal scorer (30) missed the final nine regular season games with a concussion he suffered in the March 21 loss at Chicago. Despite his absence, the Canucks won eight of nine without him, thanks in large part to the efforts of goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider who limited opponents to just 14 goals in that stretch.

Four regular season games between the squads were split down the middle with three of the four matchups 'pushing' 5-goal totals. The lone exception was the most recent battle in Vancouver about two weeks ago, a 1-0 whitewashing by Luongo and his mates.

Game 2 will be Friday back at Rogers Arena before moving to LA for Sunday's Game 3.

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