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04/13/2012 03:50 PM

NHL
Dunkel

New Jersey at Florida
The Devils look to build on their 8-2 record in their last 10 games as a road favorite of -110 to -150. New Jersey is the pick (-120) according to Dunkel, which has the Devils favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (-120). Here are all of today's picks.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Game 65-66: New Jersey at Florida (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Jersey 12.235; Florida 10.853
Dunkel Line & Total: New Jersey by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: New Jersey (-120); 5
Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (-120); Over

Game 67-68: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 13.124; Pittsburgh 12.251
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-210); 6
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+175); Under

Game 69-70: Detroit at Nashville (7:30 p
.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 11.019; Nashville 12.315
Dunkel Line & Total: Nashville by 1 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Nashville (-120); 5
Dunkel Pick: Nashville (-120); Over

Game 71-72: Los Angeles at Vancouver (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 12.015; Vancouver 11.125
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Vancouver (-175); 5
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+155); Under

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04/14/2012 03:06 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

04/13/12 3-­3-­2 50.00% -­115 Detail
04/12/12 4-­2-­2 66.67% +­1085 Detail
04/11/12 4-­1-­1 80.00% +­1965 Detail

Totals 11-­6-­5 64.71% +2935


NHL

Saturday, April 14

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Washington 0 0th Boston -180 500
Boston 0 Over 5 500

Ottawa - 7:00 PM ET NY Rangers -164 500
NY Rangers - Over 5 500

San Jose - 7:30 PM ET San Jose +153 500
St. Louis - Under 5 500

Chicago - 10:00 PM ET Phoenix -108 500
Phoenix - Under 5 500

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04/14/2012 03:30 PM

NHL
Dunkel

Washington at Boston
The Capitals look to bounce back from their 1-0 loss in Game 1 and build on their 9-1 record in their last 10 games when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. Washington is the pick (+165) according to Dunkel, which has the Capitals favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Washington (+165). Here are all of today's picks.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

Game 73-74: Washington at Boston (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 13.001; Boston 12.225
Dunkel Line & Total: Washington by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-185); 5
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+165); Under

Game 75-76: Ottawa at NY Rangers (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ottawa 10.766; NY Rangers 11.404
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: NY Rangers (-165); 5
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (-165); Over

Game 77-78: San Jose at St. Louis (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Jose 11.961; St. Louis 10.735
Dunkel Line & Total: San Jose by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-170); 5
Dunkel Pick: San Jose (+150); Under

Game 79-80: Chicago at Phoenix (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 12.457; Phoenix 11.778
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Phoenix (-115); 5
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-105); Over




NHL
Long Sheet

Saturday, April 14

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WASHINGTON (42-32-0-9, 93 pts.) at BOSTON (50-29-0-4, 104 pts.) - 4/14/2012, 3:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 7-6 (+0.5 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 7-6-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
9 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.3 Units)

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OTTAWA (41-32-0-10, 92 pts.) at NY RANGERS (52-24-0-7, 111 pts.) - 4/14/2012, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
OTTAWA is 6-7 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 7-6-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.0 Units)

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SAN JOSE (44-29-0-10, 98 pts.) at ST LOUIS (49-22-0-12, 110 pts.) - 4/14/2012, 7:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN JOSE is 7-6-0 straight up against ST LOUIS 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 (45-26-0-12, 102 pts.) at PHOENIX (43-27-0-13, 99 pts.) - 4/14/2012, 10:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 9-4 (+7.6 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 9-4-0 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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NHL
Short Sheet

Saturday, April 14, 2012

EC Quaterfinals, Game Two (Bos Leads 1-0)
Washington at Boston, 3:00 ET NBC
Washington: 2-11 SU Away w/ revenge
Boston: 3-8 SU off OT win

EC Quaterfinals, Game Two (NYR Leads 1-0)
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7:00 ET NBCSN
Ottawa: 4-16 SU in Game 2 of a playoff series
NY Rangers: 19-8 SU after scoring 4+ goals

WC Quaterfinals, Game Two (SAN Leads 1-0)
San Jose at St. Louis, 7:30 ET CNBC
San Jose: 11-18 SU Away second half of season
St. Louis: 19-3 SU at home off home game

WC Quaterfinals, Game Two (PHX Leads 1-0)
Chicago at Phoenix, 10:00 ET NBCSN
Chicago: 0-8 SU playing 5 or less games in 14 days
Phoenix: 28-14 SU on 2 game unbeaten streak




NHL

Saturday, April 14

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Trend Report
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3:00 PM
WASHINGTON vs. BOSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Washington's last 19 games when playing Boston
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

7:00 PM
OTTAWA vs. NY RANGERS
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Ottawa's last 12 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
Ottawa is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
NY Rangers are 10-5 SU in their last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the NY Rangers last 12 games when playing at home against Ottawa

7:30 PM
SAN JOSE vs. ST. LOUIS
San Jose is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of San Jose's last 11 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

10:00 PM
CHICAGO vs. PHOENIX
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Chicago is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Phoenix is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games at home


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NHL

Saturday, April 14

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Hockey Night In Canada: NHL Playoffs betting preview
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Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins (-180, 5)

Series: Bruins lead 1-0

There is plenty of offense on both benches, but defense ruled the day in Game 1 as Boston used some late magic to escape, 1-0, in overtime. Can Alex Ovechkin and Co. find a way to break through that Boston barrier?

A good omen... for both teams

There are bigger favorites in the East this season - the Penguins and Rangers among them - but if history is your cup of tea, then this series is for you. The last two times these franchises collided in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the series winner landed in the Stanley Cup Finals.

In 1990, when Boston defeated Washington, the Bruins lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the final round. And in 1998, when Washington defeated Boston, the Capitals lost to the Detroit Red Wings with a Cup on the line. We’re not saying that's going to happen again, but it says somewhere that the third time is a charm, right?

Banking on Braden

There are no moral victories in the postseason, but the Capitals have to be pleased with the effort of third-string goaltender Braden Holtby, who made his playoff debut because of injuries to Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth. Holtby stopped 29 shots in the road loss, many of them acrobatic. And in the ultimate sports cliche, clearly he "gave his team a chance to win."

Holtby, 21, went 4-2-1 in the regular season and has played in just 21 NHL games. But Vokoun’s groin injury and Neuvirth's left leg injury has given him a golden opportunity and, despite the Game 1 loss, he appears to be making the most of it.

It’s Tyler Time

Consider Boston forward Tyler Seguin off and running in his sophomore postseason. Though he didn't score as the Bruins won their third consecutive playoff game dating back to last year's Stanley Cup Finals, he did take 22 shifts and finished with 17:30 in playing time. He fired five shots - the team leader - at Holtby in Game 1 and played with the aggression to carry this team.

Seguin, in and out of the lineup in his rookie season, took off this year, finishing with 29 goals and 67 points.

History

The Bruins, going back to the regular season, have now won three in a row and five of the last six encounters with the Capitals. Three of the last four meetings between these two teams have gone under, as well as 21 of the last 28.



Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers (-170, 5)

Series: Rangers lead 1-0

A lot of the talk before the postseason began centered on the season series and how Ottawa, with a 3-1 record against New York, seemed to have it all figured out. Well, the playoffs are a different season for a reason, and the Rangers showed in Game 1 with a 4-2 win.

Back to business on Broadway

If the Rangers are going to get back in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994, they have to rely on the big boys - the stars who can score goals. And if Game 1 was any indication, they are ready to do so.

Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards all scored Thursday, as New York rolled up a 4-0 lead before letting the Senators breathe a little bit late in the game. It was the perfect start on Broadway for a team that stumbled a bit down the stretch, and lost out on the Presidents' Trophy to Vancouver.

Artem Anisimov chipped in with two assists and the Rangers finished with 31 shots on Ottawa's shell-shocked goaltender Craig Anderson.

Mistimed slump

Daniel Alfredsson sat in the locker room last Saturday and talked about how the second season might mean a clean, fresh start for the Senators. The veteran forward was still soaking in a 4-2 loss to New Jersey at the time - Ottawa’s third in a row to end the year - and he was searching for answers as Ottawa was about to slip down to the No. 8 spot in the East.

Later on that night, after results of the remaining East games trickled in, the Senators indeed fell to last place and drew the best team in the conference in the first round. And on Thursday, Ottawa showed no signs of getting out of this funk at Madison Square Garden.

The Sens have now lost four in a row and have not scored more than two goals in any one of those games. On Thursday, forward Jason Spezza and Alfredsson combined for 10 shots but couldn’t carry a team that was listless for long stretches and seems to have run out of gas.

It’s been a great year in Ottawa (a surprising start lifted spirits in the town, and the All-Star Game continued the mojo) but until pucks start finding the back of the net, this run might just be over.

Boosted by Boyle

The playoffs couldn't have started any better for New York forward Brian Boyle, a player who does it all -- score, scrap, scream, you name it.

On Thursday, he lived up to his status, taking 25 shifts for 17:49 of ice time. He was a plus-1, he had two penalty minutes and three shots. And best of all, he scored a goal.

It was just a continuance of a decent year for Boyle's standards as he ended the regular season with 11 goals and 26 points. On a team with stars, he is an unsung player who carries out coach John Tortorella's plans to a T.

History

Reason for Senators’ hope? Ottawa is still 5-1 in its last six against the Rangers in New York. And the Rangers are 4-0-1 over/under in their last five which started with a 5-3 win over Philadelphia on April 3.


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NHL

Saturday, April 14

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Ice picks: Saturday's best NHL bets
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Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins (-180, 5)

The Boston Bruins look to take a 2-0 series lead and sweep the opening games of the series at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Kelly scored the lone goal at 1:18 of overtime and Tim Thomas posted his sixth career playoff shutout to lift Boston to a 1-0 victory on Thursday. Washington played a strong defensive game, but failed to mount any offense in the first two periods, only putting seven shots on goal.

Goaltending was a huge area of concern for the Capitals coming into the postseason because of injuries to Michal Neurvirth (lower body) and Tomas Vokoun (groin). Braden Holtby rose to the occasion, stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced in Game 1.

The netminder has allowed only eight goals in his past six outings for the Capitals, including four starts where he has conceded one goal or less.

Part of the Bruins' defensive plan was to limit forward Alex Ovechkin's chances in the series. Ovechkin was held to just one shot while mostly matched up against Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara in Game 1.

Goals could be hard to come by again in Game 2.

Pick: Under


Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers (-165, 5)

After missing the playoffs last season with a broken ankle, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan made his presence felt during Thursday's 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Callahan scored his team's first goal and unleashed a game-high seven hits as the top-seeded Rangers claimed the early edge in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The eighth-seeded Senators will look to respond on Saturday if they hope to return to Canada's capital with a split in the series.

While Callahan was solid, Lundqvist bordered on sensational. The likely Vezina Trophy candidate turned aside 30 shots before yielding two late third-period goals. With his 16th postseason triumph, Lundqvist pulled even with John Davidson for fourth place in the Rangers' all-time playoff wins list.

Brian Boyle has found his scoring touch, collecting his fourth goal in his last five games. Boyle had 11 tallies in the regular season.

Ottawa will be tighter in Game 2 but will still have a tough time solving Lundqvist.

Pick: Under

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04/14/2012 03:38 PM

NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Saturday, April 14

Caps @ Bruins-- Bruins won Game 1 1-0 in OT, just their second win in five tries vs Washington this season; game-winner came on shot by Kelly from left wing after Thomas had stopped scoring bid by Caps. Capitals are now 17-41 in franchise history in Beantown; Boston outshot its guests 26-7 in first two periods, but from that point on, Washington outshot them 10-4. Caps won four of their last six games overall, Bruins won 10 of last 13. Washington was 0-2 on power play, Boston 0-4 in Game 1.

Senators @ Rangers-- Rangers have home ice advantage in playoff series for first time since ’96; need win here to keep that edge- Game 1 win was second in last six games vs Ottawa. Senators are 21-15 in this building, but lost last four games overall, scoring only six goals. New York is top seed in east, will have home ice in first three rounds, if they advance. Coach Tortorella won Cup with ’04 Lightning, but hasn’t won playoff series (0-4) since. Ottawa hasn’t won playoff series (0-2) since losing ’07 final to Ducks.

Sharks @ Blues-- St Louis swept Sharks 4-0 in regular season, outscoring them 12-3, but saw home ice edge disappear when Sharks scored 23:34 into OT in Game 1. San Jose won seven of last eight first round series; they’ve lost in Western finals last two years, are 32-43 vs St Louis. Blues still haven’t won a playoff game in seven years, getting swept 4-0 by Canucks in ’09 series that’s their only playoff appearance in last six seasons, until now. Blues lost nine of last 13 games, overall; Sharks won their last five games overall

Blackhawks @ Coyotes-- Phoenix Coyotes have never won playoff series (0-7) since moving to desert; their last such win was in ’93 as Winnipeg Jets- overall, they’re 2-18 in playoff series (0-10 vs Detroit/Edmonton), but they've won last six games while overall, allowing only four goals. Coyotes won their last four games with Chicago, allowing six goals. Blackhawks lost five of last seven trips to Arizona; they outshot Coyotes 45-34 in Game 1, tying game with 0:14 left before Phoenix won in OT. Chicago was 0-4, Coyotes 0-2 on power play.

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04/14/2012 03:38 PM

NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Saturday, April 14

Caps @ Bruins-- Bruins won Game 1 1-0 in OT, just their second win in five tries vs Washington this season; game-winner came on shot by Kelly from left wing after Thomas had stopped scoring bid by Caps. Capitals are now 17-41 in franchise history in Beantown; Boston outshot its guests 26-7 in first two periods, but from that point on, Washington outshot them 10-4. Caps won four of their last six games overall, Bruins won 10 of last 13. Washington was 0-2 on power play, Boston 0-4 in Game 1.

Senators @ Rangers-- Rangers have home ice advantage in playoff series for first time since ’96; need win here to keep that edge- Game 1 win was second in last six games vs Ottawa. Senators are 21-15 in this building, but lost last four games overall, scoring only six goals. New York is top seed in east, will have home ice in first three rounds, if they advance. Coach Tortorella won Cup with ’04 Lightning, but hasn’t won playoff series (0-4) since. Ottawa hasn’t won playoff series (0-2) since losing ’07 final to Ducks.

Sharks @ Blues-- St Louis swept Sharks 4-0 in regular season, outscoring them 12-3, but saw home ice edge disappear when Sharks scored 23:34 into OT in Game 1. San Jose won seven of last eight first round series; they’ve lost in Western finals last two years, are 32-43 vs St Louis. Blues still haven’t won a playoff game in seven years, getting swept 4-0 by Canucks in ’09 series that’s their only playoff appearance in last six seasons, until now. Blues lost nine of last 13 games, overall; Sharks won their last five games overall

Blackhawks @ Coyotes-- Phoenix Coyotes have never won playoff series (0-7) since moving to desert; their last such win was in ’93 as Winnipeg Jets- overall, they’re 2-18 in playoff series (0-10 vs Detroit/Edmonton), but they've won last six games while overall, allowing only four goals. Coyotes won their last four games with Chicago, allowing six goals. Blackhawks lost five of last seven trips to Arizona; they outshot Coyotes 45-34 in Game 1, tying game with 0:14 left before Phoenix won in OT. Chicago was 0-4, Coyotes 0-2 on power play.

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04/15/2012 12:40 PM

Sunday's NHL Best Bets:

Sunday, April 15

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Nashville 1 1st 16:28 Nashville +137 500
Detroit 0 Under 5 500

Pittsburgh - 3:00 PM ET Pittsburgh -115 500
Philadelphia - Over 6 500

New Jersey - 7:30 PM ET Florida +104 500
Florida - Over 5 500

Vancouver - 10:30 PM ET Los Angeles -113 500
Los Angeles - Over 5 500

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04/16/2012 05:18 PM

Coyotes And Blackhawks Move To Windy City

Now that you mention it, a Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers would be an intriguing matchup.

That isn't to suggest the Kings and Flyers aren't already involved in exciting series, though their 3-0 strangleholds over the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins seem destined to make the fun short-lived. Five days into the NHL's second season, LA and Philly are each a win away from dispatching two of the biggest favorites to win Lord Stanley's chalice and turn the playoffs upside down.

Pittsburgh entered the postseason as the 5/1 favorite to win it all and -190 chalk to top the Flyers in the Eastern Conference's 4/5 matchup. Other than a couple of big first-period leads in Games 1 and 2, the Penguins haven't resembled a championship caliber hockey team at all. Philadelphia scored eight goals in each of the last two games and can advance to the conference semis with a win Wednesday night in front of Cheesesteak Nation.

If a fifth game is needed, it will be played Friday in Pittsburgh.

While Philly has been using offense to push the Pens to the brink of elimination, it's been about defense out on the West Coast. Jonathan Quick denied all 41 Vancouver shots on Sunday and Dustin Brown's third-period score, his fourth of the series, was all the Kings needed for a 1-0 triumph and their three-zip lead.

Los Angeles will get its chance to send the Canucks home for good on Wednesday. Should they stave off elimination, Game 5 will be played Sunday back in Vancouver.

Deadlocked Series Highlight Monday Slate

The shocking developments in the Kings-Canucks and Flyers-Penguins series have relegated the rest of the matchups to the undercard, including all three battles on Monday's NHL betting card that feature series level at a game apiece as they shift arenas.

The Rangers and Senators move to Ottawa for Game 3 with New York priced at -115 to -120 on the Don Best odds screen. Ottawa evened the match with a 3-2 overtime win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Monday's total is five and leaning to the 'over.'

Another 7:30 p.m. (ET) start finds the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins in DC for their third clash. Boston is -125 road chalk with the 5-goal total evenly priced.

The evening closes in San Jose where the Sharks and St. Louis Blues meet. Killing off penalties has been a big story in this series with the two clubs just 3-for-16 combined on power play opportunities. San Jose backers will lay -120 on Monday, the 5-goal total shaded to the 'under.'

Preds Looking For 3-1 Lead In Motown

Highlighting Tuesday's trio of games is the matchup in Detroit where the Red Wings trail 2-1 in their series with the Nashville Predators. Nashville topped the Wings in Motown on Sunday, 3-2, thanks to a goal and an assist from Kevin Klein and Pekka Rinne's 41-for-43 performance between the pipes.

The defeat was the Red Wings' fourth in their last five home games, a span that started with a 4-1 setback against Nashville on March 30. Detroit closed as -150 chalk on Sunday, and Tuesday's odds should be available later today at Don Best.

Game 3 between the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils is also part of Tuesday's slate as the clubs shift to Newark's Prudential Center for a 7:00 p.m. (ET) start. Florida knotted the series with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 on Sunday, the Panthers' first postseason dubya in 15 years. Stephen Weiss' two goals staked Florida to a 2-0 lead, but New Jersey made it interesting with two scores early in the third to pull the Devils to within a goal with 18 minutes still to play.

Game 2 closed right at a pick 'em and the two crews combined for just 49 shots in the contest. Tuesday's odds were still forthcoming at press.

Another Tuesday match that will break a current 1-1 draw takes place in Chicago where the Blackhawks host the Phoenix Coyotes (9:00 p.m. ET). Chicago is -150 on the hockey betting board and the 5-goal total is favoring the 'over.'

Each of the first two games went to overtime after the Blackhawks forced extra play in the final ticks of regulation both nights. Patrick Sharp's first goal of the series came with less than six seconds left on Saturday, and Bryan Bickell's second goal of the contest midway through extended play won it for Chicago who closed a consensus -115 favorite.

Blackhawks center Andre Shaw is facing a possible suspension for putting his shoulder into Phoenix goalie Mike Smith's jaw seven minutes into the second period of Game 2. The Coyotes won both regular season matchups in Chicago as the underdogs, with the victories coming about a week apart in late-November, early-December.

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04/16/2012 05:18 PM

Coyotes And Blackhawks Move To Windy City

Now that you mention it, a Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers would be an intriguing matchup.

That isn't to suggest the Kings and Flyers aren't already involved in exciting series, though their 3-0 strangleholds over the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins seem destined to make the fun short-lived. Five days into the NHL's second season, LA and Philly are each a win away from dispatching two of the biggest favorites to win Lord Stanley's chalice and turn the playoffs upside down.

Pittsburgh entered the postseason as the 5/1 favorite to win it all and -190 chalk to top the Flyers in the Eastern Conference's 4/5 matchup. Other than a couple of big first-period leads in Games 1 and 2, the Penguins haven't resembled a championship caliber hockey team at all. Philadelphia scored eight goals in each of the last two games and can advance to the conference semis with a win Wednesday night in front of Cheesesteak Nation.

If a fifth game is needed, it will be played Friday in Pittsburgh.

While Philly has been using offense to push the Pens to the brink of elimination, it's been about defense out on the West Coast. Jonathan Quick denied all 41 Vancouver shots on Sunday and Dustin Brown's third-period score, his fourth of the series, was all the Kings needed for a 1-0 triumph and their three-zip lead.

Los Angeles will get its chance to send the Canucks home for good on Wednesday. Should they stave off elimination, Game 5 will be played Sunday back in Vancouver.

Deadlocked Series Highlight Monday Slate

The shocking developments in the Kings-Canucks and Flyers-Penguins series have relegated the rest of the matchups to the undercard, including all three battles on Monday's NHL betting card that feature series level at a game apiece as they shift arenas.

The Rangers and Senators move to Ottawa for Game 3 with New York priced at -115 to -120 on the Don Best odds screen. Ottawa evened the match with a 3-2 overtime win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Monday's total is five and leaning to the 'over.'

Another 7:30 p.m. (ET) start finds the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins in DC for their third clash. Boston is -125 road chalk with the 5-goal total evenly priced.

The evening closes in San Jose where the Sharks and St. Louis Blues meet. Killing off penalties has been a big story in this series with the two clubs just 3-for-16 combined on power play opportunities. San Jose backers will lay -120 on Monday, the 5-goal total shaded to the 'under.'

Preds Looking For 3-1 Lead In Motown

Highlighting Tuesday's trio of games is the matchup in Detroit where the Red Wings trail 2-1 in their series with the Nashville Predators. Nashville topped the Wings in Motown on Sunday, 3-2, thanks to a goal and an assist from Kevin Klein and Pekka Rinne's 41-for-43 performance between the pipes.

The defeat was the Red Wings' fourth in their last five home games, a span that started with a 4-1 setback against Nashville on March 30. Detroit closed as -150 chalk on Sunday, and Tuesday's odds should be available later today at Don Best.

Game 3 between the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils is also part of Tuesday's slate as the clubs shift to Newark's Prudential Center for a 7:00 p.m. (ET) start. Florida knotted the series with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 on Sunday, the Panthers' first postseason dubya in 15 years. Stephen Weiss' two goals staked Florida to a 2-0 lead, but New Jersey made it interesting with two scores early in the third to pull the Devils to within a goal with 18 minutes still to play.

Game 2 closed right at a pick 'em and the two crews combined for just 49 shots in the contest. Tuesday's odds were still forthcoming at press.

Another Tuesday match that will break a current 1-1 draw takes place in Chicago where the Blackhawks host the Phoenix Coyotes (9:00 p.m. ET). Chicago is -150 on the hockey betting board and the 5-goal total is favoring the 'over.'

Each of the first two games went to overtime after the Blackhawks forced extra play in the final ticks of regulation both nights. Patrick Sharp's first goal of the series came with less than six seconds left on Saturday, and Bryan Bickell's second goal of the contest midway through extended play won it for Chicago who closed a consensus -115 favorite.

Blackhawks center Andre Shaw is facing a possible suspension for putting his shoulder into Phoenix goalie Mike Smith's jaw seven minutes into the second period of Game 2. The Coyotes won both regular season matchups in Chicago as the underdogs, with the victories coming about a week apart in late-November, early-December.

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04/16/2012 05:20 PM

NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, April 16

Senators @ Rangers-- Ottawa tied Game 2 with 4:37 left, won it with goal 1:17 into OT, evening series, giving Sens their 5th win in last seven games overall vs New York. Rangers led both games 1-0 after 1st period; they're 1-8 on power play, Ottawa 1-7. Rangers won four of last five visits here, in what has been a road-oriented series. Coach Tortorella won Cup with ’04 Lightning, but hasn’t won playoff series (0-4) since. Ottawa hasn’t won playoff series (0-2) since losing ’07 final to Ducks.

Caps @ Bruins-- Boston has two goals on 73 shots so far in series- they've yet to score in first two periods of a game, and are 3-5 in last eight games against Washington, 3-7 in last ten games in this building. Boston won last five away games in regular season, allowing nine goals. Caps won five of their last seven games at home, five of last seven overall, Bruins won 10 of last 14. Washington is 0-5 on power play in series, Boston 0-6.

Sharks @ Blues-- Blues blanked San Jose in Game 2, their 5th win in six games vs Sharks this season, their first playoff win in seven years. St Louis had lost six of last seven in Shark Tank before winning 4-2/3-1 in visits there this year; Blues were 5-6 in last 11 regular season road games. San Jose won its last five home games, allowing seven goals. Blues lost nine of last 14 games, overall; Sharks won five of last six. San Jose is 1-7 on power play in series, Blues 1-9.




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Monday, April 16

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Trend Report
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7:30 PM
BOSTON vs. WASHINGTON
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Boston
Washington is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Boston

7:30 PM
NY RANGERS vs. OTTAWA
NY Rangers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Ottawa
NY Rangers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 6 games at home
Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

10:00 PM
ST. LOUIS vs. SAN JOSE
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Jose
St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
San Jose is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis


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Monday, April 16

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Rangers' Hagelin suspended three games
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The NHL on Sunday night suspended New York Rangers rookie winger Carl Hagelin three games for a hit that knocked Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson out of Game 2 on Saturday.

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan called the hit "a reckless strike to the side of Alfredsson's head."

Hagelin has apologized for the hit and said it was unintentional. The play, which earned him a five-minute elbowing major, marred a game Ottawa won 3-2 in overtime to tie the series.

Hagelin had 14 goals and 24 assists this season while posting a plus-21 rating. The 23-year-old, who plays on New York's top line, has four shots and one assist in the playoff series.

Concern is growing in Ottawa that Alfredsson suffered another concussion. Earlier this season, he missed five games with a concussion.

His status is unclear for Monday's Game 3, with the top-seeded Rangers set as -115 road favorites.

Alfredsson scored in the series opener after tallying 27 goals and 32 assists in the regular season.

Also late Sunday, Sens defenseman Matt Carkner was suspended one game with going after Rangers center Brian Boyle early in Game 2.

Before the suspension was announced, Rangers coach John Tortorella said he did not expect Hagelin to miss a game.

"If we lose Hags for a game or two, Phillips should (miss) a game or two," Tortorella said, referring to Chris Phillips' elbow on Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.

But the elbow thrown by Phillips was not reviewed by the league.


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Monday, April 16

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Vancouver's Daniel Sedin could miss rest of series
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Vancouver Canucks injured left wing Daniel Sedin did not make the trip to Los Angeles for Game 3 of his team’s opening-round series with the Los Angeles Kings.

Sedin, who suffered a concussion on March 21, did not practice or skate with the team Saturday before they left for California. A former employee of the Canucks said on Twitter that Sedin would not play at all in the opening round of the NHL playoffs.

“You know, there is no timeline on these injuries. I can't tell you more,” head coach Alan Vigneault told reporters when asked if Sedin could play in Game 4. “He's not skating with the team and he's not coming to L.A. I don't know about reports like that. Again, I can't comment more than what I've been telling you.”

Vancouver trails Los Angeles 0-2 in the series with the next two games at the Staples Center.

Sedin scored 30 goals and recorded 37 assists for the Canucks this season.


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Monday, April 16

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Stanley Cup favorites on brink of elimination
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Only three teams in NHL history have come back to win a playoff series after trailing 3-0.

That's the daunting task facing the Penguins, who entered the playoffs as the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh was listed at +400 at Sportsbook.com -- ahead of West top seed Vancouver at +600, East top seed New York at +650 and defending Cup champ Boston at +800.

Pittsburgh lost 8-4 to Philadelphia on Sunday as Danny Briere, Matt Read and Max Talbot each scored twice for the Flyers. Pens superstar Sidney Crosby was held to one assist, and surprisingly got into a fight with Philly's Claude Giroux. Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. was pulled after giving up six goals on 28 shots through two periods.

The Pens have been favored in all three games, only to lose them all. Game 4 is Wednesday in Philly.

Interestingly, the last team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit was Philly, which rallied past Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers erased a 3-0 deficit in Game 7 to complete their stunning comeback.


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Monday, April 16

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Ice picks: Monday's best NHL bets
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New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators (105, 5)

The Senators left the Big Apple with a 1-1 split in their series against the Rangers, but the Game 2 win may have cost them their captain. Daniel Alfredsson is questionable for Game 3 on Monday after taking a high elbow to the side of his head.

"It's tough for us to lose (Alfredsson). Hopefully he should be fine," defenseman Erik Karlsson told the Toronto Sun. "He's still the same old happy guy. We'll see how he feels and it's probably going to be a game-time decision."

Ottawa's offense is more than Alfie. Karlsson and Jason Spezza can carry the weight but the way the series is heading -- with this rough and tough stuff -- better suits the Rangers.

Pick: Rangers


St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks (-115, 5)

Having two goalies is usually a bad thing, but not for the Blues. St. Louis lost its starting goalie Jaroslav Halak to a lower body injury in Game 2 and he will miss Game 3 because of the injury too.

What a luxury it is to turn to their backup Brian Elliott, the league's leader in goals-against average. Elliott stopped all 17 shots in relief of Halak in Game 2.

Things got pretty messy in the third period of Game 2. The two teams combined for over 100 penalty minutes in the third period only. That's just the kind of game a Ken Hitchcock-coached team wants to play.

St. Louis has won five of its last six against San Jose.

Pick: Blues

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Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, April 16

Senators @ Rangers-- Ottawa tied Game 2 with 4:37 left, won it with goal 1:17 into OT, evening series, giving Sens their 5th win in last seven games overall vs New York. Rangers led both games 1-0 after 1st period; they're 1-8 on power play, Ottawa 1-7. Rangers won four of last five visits here, in what has been a road-oriented series. Coach Tortorella won Cup with ’04 Lightning, but hasn’t won playoff series (0-4) since. Ottawa hasn’t won playoff series (0-2) since losing ’07 final to Ducks.

Caps @ Bruins-- Boston has two goals on 73 shots so far in series- they've yet to score in first two periods of a game, and are 3-5 in last eight games against Washington, 3-7 in last ten games in this building. Boston won last five away games in regular season, allowing nine goals. Caps won five of their last seven games at home, five of last seven overall, Bruins won 10 of last 14. Washington is 0-5 on power play in series, Boston 0-6.

Sharks @ Blues-- Blues blanked San Jose in Game 2, their 5th win in six games vs Sharks this season, their first playoff win in seven years. St Louis had lost six of last seven in Shark Tank before winning 4-2/3-1 in visits there this year; Blues were 5-6 in last 11 regular season road games. San Jose won its last five home games, allowing seven goals. Blues lost nine of last 14 games, overall; Sharks won five of last six. San Jose is 1-7 on power play in series, Blues 1-9.




NHL

Monday, April 16

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Trend Report
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7:30 PM
BOSTON vs. WASHINGTON
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Boston
Washington is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Boston

7:30 PM
NY RANGERS vs. OTTAWA
NY Rangers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Ottawa
NY Rangers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 6 games at home
Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

10:00 PM
ST. LOUIS vs. SAN JOSE
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Jose
St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
San Jose is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis


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NHL

Monday, April 16

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Rangers' Hagelin suspended three games
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The NHL on Sunday night suspended New York Rangers rookie winger Carl Hagelin three games for a hit that knocked Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson out of Game 2 on Saturday.

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan called the hit "a reckless strike to the side of Alfredsson's head."

Hagelin has apologized for the hit and said it was unintentional. The play, which earned him a five-minute elbowing major, marred a game Ottawa won 3-2 in overtime to tie the series.

Hagelin had 14 goals and 24 assists this season while posting a plus-21 rating. The 23-year-old, who plays on New York's top line, has four shots and one assist in the playoff series.

Concern is growing in Ottawa that Alfredsson suffered another concussion. Earlier this season, he missed five games with a concussion.

His status is unclear for Monday's Game 3, with the top-seeded Rangers set as -115 road favorites.

Alfredsson scored in the series opener after tallying 27 goals and 32 assists in the regular season.

Also late Sunday, Sens defenseman Matt Carkner was suspended one game with going after Rangers center Brian Boyle early in Game 2.

Before the suspension was announced, Rangers coach John Tortorella said he did not expect Hagelin to miss a game.

"If we lose Hags for a game or two, Phillips should (miss) a game or two," Tortorella said, referring to Chris Phillips' elbow on Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.

But the elbow thrown by Phillips was not reviewed by the league.


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Monday, April 16

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Vancouver's Daniel Sedin could miss rest of series
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Vancouver Canucks injured left wing Daniel Sedin did not make the trip to Los Angeles for Game 3 of his team’s opening-round series with the Los Angeles Kings.

Sedin, who suffered a concussion on March 21, did not practice or skate with the team Saturday before they left for California. A former employee of the Canucks said on Twitter that Sedin would not play at all in the opening round of the NHL playoffs.

“You know, there is no timeline on these injuries. I can't tell you more,” head coach Alan Vigneault told reporters when asked if Sedin could play in Game 4. “He's not skating with the team and he's not coming to L.A. I don't know about reports like that. Again, I can't comment more than what I've been telling you.”

Vancouver trails Los Angeles 0-2 in the series with the next two games at the Staples Center.

Sedin scored 30 goals and recorded 37 assists for the Canucks this season.


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Monday, April 16

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Stanley Cup favorites on brink of elimination
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Only three teams in NHL history have come back to win a playoff series after trailing 3-0.

That's the daunting task facing the Penguins, who entered the playoffs as the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh was listed at +400 at Sportsbook.com -- ahead of West top seed Vancouver at +600, East top seed New York at +650 and defending Cup champ Boston at +800.

Pittsburgh lost 8-4 to Philadelphia on Sunday as Danny Briere, Matt Read and Max Talbot each scored twice for the Flyers. Pens superstar Sidney Crosby was held to one assist, and surprisingly got into a fight with Philly's Claude Giroux. Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. was pulled after giving up six goals on 28 shots through two periods.

The Pens have been favored in all three games, only to lose them all. Game 4 is Wednesday in Philly.

Interestingly, the last team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit was Philly, which rallied past Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers erased a 3-0 deficit in Game 7 to complete their stunning comeback.


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NHL

Monday, April 16

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Ice picks: Monday's best NHL bets
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New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators (105, 5)

The Senators left the Big Apple with a 1-1 split in their series against the Rangers, but the Game 2 win may have cost them their captain. Daniel Alfredsson is questionable for Game 3 on Monday after taking a high elbow to the side of his head.

"It's tough for us to lose (Alfredsson). Hopefully he should be fine," defenseman Erik Karlsson told the Toronto Sun. "He's still the same old happy guy. We'll see how he feels and it's probably going to be a game-time decision."

Ottawa's offense is more than Alfie. Karlsson and Jason Spezza can carry the weight but the way the series is heading -- with this rough and tough stuff -- better suits the Rangers.

Pick: Rangers


St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks (-115, 5)

Having two goalies is usually a bad thing, but not for the Blues. St. Louis lost its starting goalie Jaroslav Halak to a lower body injury in Game 2 and he will miss Game 3 because of the injury too.

What a luxury it is to turn to their backup Brian Elliott, the league's leader in goals-against average. Elliott stopped all 17 shots in relief of Halak in Game 2.

Things got pretty messy in the third period of Game 2. The two teams combined for over 100 penalty minutes in the third period only. That's just the kind of game a Ken Hitchcock-coached team wants to play.

St. Louis has won five of its last six against San Jose.

Pick: Blues

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