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04/12/2012 12:24 PM

NHL

Thursday, April 12

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Ice picks: Thursday’s best NHL bets
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San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues (-155, 5)

Despite everything the St. Louis Blues accomplished in the regular season, many are wondering if this team is all it’s cracked up to be.

The Blues don’t have a dominant scorer (David Backes paced the team with 54 points in the regular season) and rarely blow any team away, but what they do is defense. They’re responsible in all three zone and have had great goaltending with Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak splitting time in the crease.

In short, they’re everything coach Ken Hitchcock wants them to be.

"The players' buy-in has really made me proud," Hitchcock told reporters. "They've been willing to look in the mirror, do the hard things, change in some cases individually, and collectively. I'm very impressed. That's what's given us a chance."

They have a great chance to get a leg up on the Sharks in Game 1. The Blues won all four meetings between the two teams this season while shutting out the Sharks twice.

St. Louis just doesn’t allow many quality scoring chances and you never know what you’ll get from the Sharks this time of year.

Pick: Under


Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes (-125, 5)

The Coyotes might be the best bargain on Thursday’s board.

With Mike Smith leading the charge to the playoffs, Phoenix allowed just two goals during its current five-game winning streak and has downed Chicago in each of the last three meetings between the two clubs.

"We've worked hard, gone through some trials and tribulations throughout this year and the guys have hung in there," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett told reporters. "There were some times when it could have turned the other way and our guys grabbed it and kept pushing along. We've finished on a nice streak and hopefully we'll play our best hockey of the season in the playoffs."

Radim Vrbata certainly looks ready to go. He finished the regular season with five goals in the last five games and finished with 35 on the year.

Phoenix may not have Chicago’s firepower, but with Vrbata and Ray Whitney pacing the attack and Smith boarding up the net, watch out for the ‘Yotes.

Pick: Coyotes

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04/12/2012 12:28 PM

NHL Playoff Preview: Capitals vs. Bruins


2012 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
No. 7 WASHINGTON CAPITALS

vs. No. 2 BOSTON BRUINS


Starts: Thursday in Boston
Season Series: Washington Won 3-1
Series Price: Boston -240, Washington +190


The Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup title defense begins on Thursday night as the Washington Capitals head to Beantown to kick off their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.

The Bruins look to become the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998. Just one year after blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Boston learned from its mistakes and won three Game 7s en route to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1972. Washington, meanwhile, is a franchise that has been defined by playoff failures. For the second straight season, the Capitals earned the No. 1 seed in the East, and for the second straight season, the Capitals were bounced from the playoffs much too early—last year, in an embarrassing 4-0 sweep at the hands of division rival Tampa Bay. This year, the Caps will shift into the role of the underdog as they try to upend the defending champs.

Three Important Things to Watch for in this Series:
1. Hanging By A (Third) String
As if the Capitals weren’t facing enough obstacles heading into this series, Head Coach Dale Hunter must turn to third-string goaltender Braden Holtby (4-2-1, 2.50 GAA, .922 SV Pct.) with Tomas Vokoun (groin) and Michal Neuvirth (knee) both sidelined with injuries. Holtby spent most of the season in the AHL as the Capitals’ top goalie prospect, but with the length of Vokoun and Neuvirth’s injuries undetermined, the 22-year-old Holtby will face an incredibly daunting task as he prepares to make his first career playoff start on Thursday. Holtby is an impressive 14-4-3 with three shutouts in his NHL career, and he has shown tremendous confidence and poise between the pipes for Washington, but the playoffs are completely different animal. In front of Holtby is a poor defense that ranks in the bottom third of the league, allowing an average of 2.8 goals per game. And especially against a team as large and physical as the Bruins, who will undoubtedly create havoc in front of the crease, the young Holtby will truly need to play beyond reasonable expectations for the Capitals to win this series.

2. The Relentless B’s
After a brief Stanley Cup hangover in October, the Bruins rattled off an incredible 21-3-1 record in the months of November and December—displaying the fast paced, in-your-face attack that helped them win a Cup last June. Boston’s relentless, attacking style can catch teams off guard (just ask the Canucks), and the Bruins’ scoring depth throughout the lineup is second to none. The B’s had six different skaters tally 20+ goals (more than any other team), and incredibly, scored six or more goals in 13 games this season. Boston’s ability to pour it on and blow teams out could mean big trouble for a traditionally weak-minded and panic-prone team like the Caps, who lack the defensive depth and crease clearing ability to withstand these waves of pressure. If the Capitals have any chance of keeping this series competitive, there will need to be a greater commitment from the forwards to play the full sheet of ice and assist their defenders—and especially their young goaltender—in the defensive zone.

3. Backstrom’s Impact
The return of top line center Nicklas Backstrom (14 G, 30 A) to the lineup after missing 40 games with a concussion will be a gigantic boost for a Capitals team with no depth up the middle to speak of, but questions still remain about how big of an impact the 24-year-old pivot can have as he returns to game shape. Backstrom is just two years removed from a remarkable 101-point season, but the Swede tallied just one goal and one assist in his four games back from injury. The good news is: both of those points came in the final game of the season—a 4-1 road win over the Rangers—but Backstrom will now face an intimidating physical test against a the gritty Bruins. Backstrom is the kind of player who makes everyone around him better, and no Capitals player knows this more than linemate, and leading scorer Alex Ovechkin (38 G, 27 A). With very little scoring depth in the Washington lineup, the Capitals must get terrific production from Backstrom and Ovechkin in order to advance past the first round.

StatFox Analysis:
There really isn’t much to fear in this series for bettors backing Boston. The Bruins hold a significant advantage at all three of the key positions—and it isn’t even close. Boston’s offense tallied 269 goals in the regular season (2nd-most in NHL), while the Capitals rotated a handful of minor-leaguers at the most important offensive position (center) for much of the season. The Bruins feature a Norris Trophy-winning defenseman in Zdeno Chara (12 G, 40 A) who can neutralize Ovechkin and Backstrom, while Washington relies on 22-year-old John Carlson and 23-year-old Karl Alzner as its “shutdown” pairing. And between the pipes, the B’s have last year’s Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy winner in Tim Thomas (35-19-1, 2.36 GAA, .920 SV Pct.), while the Caps counter with a 22-year-old rookie making his first career postseason start. Washington might steal one on home ice, but don’t expect much more from a clearly overmatched Capitals club. Prediction: BRUINS IN 5.

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04/12/2012 12:30 PM

NHL Playoff Preview: Senators vs. Rangers


2012 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
No. 8 OTTAWA SENATORS

vs. No. 1 NEW YORK RANGERS


Starts: Thursday in New York
Season Series: Ottawa Won 3-1
Series Price: New York -240, Ottawa +190


The top-seeded New York Rangers look to build off their best season in 18 years when they take on the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Rangers grabbed their first Atlantic Division title and Eastern Conference regular season since their Stanley Cup season in 1993-94 and the Senators return to the postseason just one year after finishing with the third-lowest point total in the East. From a betting perspective, both teams seriously overachieved the preseason point totals set by Vegas, as New York’s 109 points far surpassed the line of 94.5 and Ottawa’s 92 absolutely destroyed the 74.5 set by oddsmakers—the lowest preseason total of any NHL team. The Senators limped in to the postseason, losing three straight in regulation to end the season to slip down from the seventh seed into the eighth spot. Expectations are extremely high in The Big Apple, but the Rangers enter the series on a skid of their own, having lost three of their past four contests. So any expected advantage the Blueshirts should have based on their seed should be tempered as they prepare to face an Ottawa team with nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Three Important Things to Watch for in this Series:
1. King Henrik
The biggest difference for this year’s version of the Rangers has been the added offensive depth to supplement its world-class goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (39-18-5, 1.97 GAA, .930 SV Pct.). Few teams in the league have a goaltender who can single-handedly win a series for their team, but Lundqvist is certainly capable of doing just that. But unlike 2009 and 2011, where the Rangers struggled mightily to score goals, New York ranks in the top third of the league in goals per game (2.7) this year, giving Lundqvist and the Blueshirts a greater margin for error in this postseason. If the Rangers advance into the later rounds, the value of Lundqvist becomes much bigger, but New York’s defense (2.2 goals allowed per game—3rd in NHL) is stout enough to stifle a top-heavy Senators lineup.

2. Secondary Scoring
The Senators’ biggest obstacle in this series will be the lack of secondary scoring in their lineup. Even though Ottawa ranked fourth in the NHL in goals per game (3.0), only three forwards eclipsed the 20-goal mark: top line C Jason Spezza (34 G, 50 A) and LW Milan Michalek (35 G, 25 A) and captain Daniel Alfredsson (27 G, 32 A). If the Sens can’t get help from guys like Nick Foligno (15 G, 32 A) and trade deadline acquisition Kyle Turris (12 G, 17 A), it could be a swift exit for Ottawa. The Rangers will also need contributions from their bottom-line forwards, though. Top liners Marian Gaborik (41 G, 35 A) and Brad Richards (25 G, 41 A) are a dangerous duo, but captain Ryan Callahan (29 G, 25 A) and second-line C Derek Stepan (17 G, 34 A) are the only other 50+ point producers for New York. The Senators’ defense should be weak enough for the Rangers to get by (2.9 goals allowed per game—24th goals against per game), but it could also cost them a few games and extend this series longer than it needs to be.

3. Killer Karlsson
The Senators’ slim chance for a run through the playoffs rests on the young shoulders of its most valuable player: defenseman Erik Karlsson (19 G, 59 A). The 21-year-old blue linerled all NHL defensemen in points by an insanely wide margin of 25 points (Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien and Florida’s Brian Campbell tied for second with 53 each). In just his second full season in the NHL, Karlsson is already a Norris Trophy candidate and his ability to move the puck up the ice and facilitate to his forwards makes him arguably the most valuable d-man in the league. The only question is how such a young player will respond to grueling rigors of the NHL playoffs—especially against such a tight checking team like the Rangers. Karlsson tallied five assists in four games against New York this season.

StatFox Analysis:
Unlike the 1-8 matchup in the Western Conference, there isn’t enough value in the underdog to consider a play on the Senators. Among the eight first-round series, this is the most lopsided from an odds perspective. At first glance, it seems to be priced correctly if you examine the full body of work of each team, but the month of March should give any potential New York bettor some pause before wagering on this series. Even though the Rangers won the conference, they did it by building a cushion in first five months of the season. The Blueshirts showed signs of weakness in March, posting an average 10-6-1 record in the final full month of the season—not to mention the 1-3-0 limp to the finish in April. It’s completely possible that the slide resulted from complacency and simply saving energy for the playoffs, but it’s still too pricy to risk a play in this spot. The Rangers should ultimately prevail with a deeper blue line and an elite netminder, but it’s smarter to stay away from this expensive line. Prediction: RANGERS IN 6.

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04/12/2012 12:32 PM

NHL Playoff Preview: Blackhawks vs. Coyotes

2012 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
No. 6 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

vs. No. 3 PHOENIX COYOTES


Starts: Thursday in Phoenix
Season Series: Coyotes Won 3-1
Series Price: Chicago -130, Phoenix +110

After two consecutive first round exits, the third-seeded Phoenix Coyotes look to finally break through to the second round when they take on the No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Most experts agree that the Blackhawks, ironically, lucked out by finishing fourth in the Central Division, which allows them to avoid playing a division rival like Nashville or Detroit in the first round. Chicago must be sure not overlook a very well-disciplined Coyotes team, though. Phoenix won three out of four regular-season games against the Hawks and is the hottest team in the playoffs—entering the postseason on a five-game winning streak to secure, seemingly out of nowhere, the Pacific Division title. Don’t expect the Yotes to simply be content to be here, though. After losing in the first round to the Red Wings in 2010 and 2011, the Coyotes hope to win their first playoff series since moving to Phoenix, and the franchise’s first since the then-Winnipeg Jets won in the first round in 1987. The Blackhawks, just two years removed a Stanley Cup championship, look to make a run after losing in seven games to top-ranked Vancouver in the first round last season.

Three Important Things to Watch for in this Series:
1. Captain Serious
The Blackhawks are expected to receive a gigantic boost on Thursday as team captain Jonathan Toews (29 G, 28 A) appears set to return to the ice after missing 22 games with a concussion. Not only does Toews bolster Chicago’s already stellar offensive depth, the 2010 Conn Smythe Trophy winner also brings the intangibles and experience every team needs to make a deep playoff run. With Toews back in the lineup, the Hawks have two of the most dangerous scoring lines in the NHL with fellow C Patrick Sharp (33 G, 36 A) and RWs Marian Hossa (29 G, 48 A) and Patrick Kane (23 G, 43 A). Assuming Toews returns in solid game shape and can shake off the rust, the Hawks will be a dangerous out in this year’s postseason.

2. Powerless Play
Despite boasting some of the best offensive talent in the league, the Blackhawks have a woeful power play that ranks 26th in the NHL, converting at an unimpressive 15.2 percent rate. This phenomenon isn’t unique to Chicago—the uber-talented Pittsburgh Penguins ranked in the bottom half of the league for three straight seasons leading up to this year, including their Stanley Cup championship season in 2008-09. And just last year, the Bruins won the Cup despite a horrendous 11.4 percent conversion rate (10-for-88) with the man-advantage in the postseason. But what might be more problematic for the Hawks’ special teams is their penalty killing unit, which is equally terrible at 78.1 percent (27th in NHL). Fortunately, the Blackhawks will face one of the few power play units worse than theirs, as the Coyotes converted at a pathetic 13.5 percent clip this season. It looks to be a battle of who could care less, but something has got to give in this special teams battle.

3. Can Mike Smith Stay Hot?
Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith (38-18-10, 2.21 GAA, .930 SV Pct.) has allowed just two goals during this five-game winning streak, turning aside 190 of 192 shots to carry the Coyotes to the division title. Smith notched three shutouts in a five-game stretch where the Yotes outscored their opponents by a combined score of 16-2. His numbers speak for themselves—Smith has been one of the best netminders in the league this season despite not getting the attention or praise of some of the other big-name goalies. Chicago counters with Corey Crawford (30-17-7, 2.72 GAA, .903 SV Pct.), whose numbers have been average in his second full season in the league—giving Phoenix a clear edge in the all-important battle between the pipes.

StatFox Analysis:
The only clear advantage the Blackhawks have in this series is their top-end offensive talent. They are rightfully favored in this series—Chicago earned 101 standings points to Phoenix’s 97—but the Coyotes have the better goaltender and a much deeper defense. Phoenix allows just 2.4 goals per game (5th in NHL) compared Chicago’s 2.8 goals per game average (22nd in NHL). Obviously, you need to score goals to win games, but in the playoffs—where the margin for error is so slim—defensive depth is sometimes more important. If the Yotes score the first goal, they are extremely difficult to beat, posting the fourth-best winning percentage in the league (.767) after tallying the opening goal. Even more impressive—Phoenix is a near perfect 33-1-0 when leading after two periods. The Hawks have one of the best shutdown D-pairings in the league with Duncan Keith (4 G, 36 A) and Brent Seabrook (198 hits, 165 blocked shots), but very little blueline depth otherwise. And while Phoenix doesn’t boast any big-name goal scorers, the Coyotes have a proven playoff winner in 39-year-old Ray Whitney (24 G, 53 A) and RW Radim Vrbata who posted a career-high 35 goals. Chicago certainly has the offensive ability to steal this series, but more factors point in favor of Phoenix, so there’s better value in taking the rare underdog with home-ice advantage. Prediction: COYOTES IN 7.

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04/12/2012 12:35 PM

NHL Playoff Record:

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

04/11/12 4-­1-­1 80.00% +­1965 Detail

Totals 4-­1-­1 80.00% +1965


Thursday, April 12

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Ottawa - 7:00 PM ET NY Rangers -174 500
NY Rangers - Under 5 500

Washington - 7:30 PM ET Boston -177 500
Boston - Over 5 500

San Jose - 7:30 PM ET San Jose +137 500
St. Louis - Over 5 500

Chicago - 10:00 PM ET Phoenix -120 500
Phoenix - Under 5 500

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04/13/2012 03:38 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

04/12/12 4-­2-­2 66.67% +­1085 Detail
04/11/12 4-­1-­1 80.00% +­1965 Detail

Totals 8-­3-­3 72.73% +3050


Friday, April 13

Game Score Status Pick Amount

New Jersey - 7:00 PM ET New Jersey -115 500
Florida - Under 5 500

Philadelphia - 7:30 PM ET Philadelphia +176 500
Pittsburgh - Over 6 500

Detroit - 7:30 PM ET Nashville -118 500
Nashville - Over 5 500

Los Angeles - 10:00 PM ET Vancouver -171 500
Vancouver - Under 5 500

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04/13/2012 03:40 PM

NHL
Long Sheet

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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04/13/2012 03:41 PM

NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, April 13

Devils @ Panthers-- Florida lost eight of last ten games coming into their first playoff appearance in 12 years. New Jersey missed playoffs LY, got beat in first round three years before that, so they’re starved for series win, but not as hungry as Florida, which last made playoffs when they lost Final in ’96, just their 3rd year in NHL- they haven’t won playoff series (0-2) since. Florida lost its only playoff series with New Jersey, scoring six goals total in four-game Devil sweep in ’00. New Jersey is 20-13 in Miami, 23-10 vs Panthers at home. Teams split 12 games over last three years, going 3-3 in each building.

Flyers @ Penguins-- Philly is now 5-2 vs Penguins this season after rallying back from 3-0 first period deficit to win 4-3, scoring 2:23 into OT. Penguins took 3-0 lead with 0:37 left in first, but were outshot 13-5 over last 22:23 of game. Philly scored on its only power play chance. Pittsburgh was 0-3 with a man advantage. Flyers are now 6-1 in last seven games in Igloo, 48-58 overall. Flyers won eight of last 10 games overall. Penguins won four of last six.

Red Wings @ Predators-- Detroit lost five of last seven games overall after 3-2 loss in Music City Wednesday, even though they outshot Predators 32-13 in last two periods, after falling behind 1-0 in first. Nashville won five of last six games, allowing total of five goals in the five wins. Nashville is now 4-3 in this year's season series with Detroit, but Wings won four of last seven games in this building. Nashville was 0-6 on power play in Game 1, Red Wings scored both their goals, but it took them eight tries on power play.

Kings @ Canucks-- Vancouver won Presidents' Cup last two years, but now have immense pressure on them, after losing first game- they're 4-5 vs Kings in last two seasons, with under 7-1-1 in those nine games; LA is 4-3 in last seven games played here. LA hasn't won playoff series since 2001; they're 1-5 in first round series since losing in '93 Finals. Kings lost five of last nine games overall; Canucks won eight of last ten games, have won seven of eight at home. Kings outshot Vancouver 29-14 in first two periods of Game 1, were 2-8 with a man advantage. Canucks were 0-5 on power play.

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04/13/2012 03:45 PM

NHL

Friday, April 13

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
OTTAWA vs. NY RANGERS
Ottawa is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Rangers
Ottawa is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
NY Rangers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the NY Rangers last 11 games when playing at home against Ottawa

7:30 PM
SAN JOSE vs. ST. LOUIS
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of San Jose's last 10 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
San Jose is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against San Jose
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose

7:30 PM
WASHINGTON vs. BOSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington's last 18 games when playing Boston
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Boston's last 18 games when playing Washington
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington

10:00 PM
CHICAGO vs. PHOENIX
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Chicago is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 9 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago


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04/13/2012 03:46 PM

NHL

Friday, April 13

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Ice picks: Friday's best NHL bets
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New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers (+105, 5)

Even though the Florida Panthers are making their first trip to the playoffs since 2000, it’s not like their roster is inexperienced.

Florida has nine players with at last 40 games of postseason experience, which should help the club against a hot Devils team.

"We've got guys who have been there, done that, won Stanley Cups, whatever it may be, as does New Jersey," Stephen Weiss told reporters. "At the end of the day, it's a hockey game. I know how to play hockey. I'm just going to go out and do my thing.”

The big problem for Florida is they don’t give you a point for a tie in the postseason. Florida earned a point on 18 different occasions with overtime or shootout losses in the regular season.

The Panthers won just two of their last 10 games down the stretch, so it’s not like their experience is showing through in pressure-packed situations.

They could be a handful for the Devils, but New Jersey comes in hot with six straight wins.

Pick: Devils


Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators (-125, 5)

The Nashville Predators came away with a win in Game 1 and captain Shea Weber escaped a suspension after he smashed Henrik Zetterberg’s head off the glass in the final seconds. For Preds bettors, that’s a Daily Double.

Nashville certainly deserves a 1-0 lead in the series, but don’t discount the fact that Detroit outshot the Preds 37-26.

"I thought we deserved a little better, but that's why they call it a series, there's more than one game,” Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart told reporters. “We'll have an opportunity to make up for it. We're just going to come out and try to continue with the same effort we had, in the last two periods at least. I think we'll be all right, that's why these series tend to be long."

These Predators are tough. They battle hard and have a bit more offensive punch than they’ve had in past years.

Detroit won’t come out flat two games in a row, though. The Wings will have this series level heading back to Joe Louis Arena.

Pick: Red Wings

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