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04/19/2012 06:32 PM

NHL

Thursday, April 19

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Florida - 7:00 PM ET Florida +150 500
New Jersey - Over 5 500

Boston - 7:30 PM ET Washington +119 500
Washington - Over 5 500

Phoenix - 8:00 PM ET Phoenix +144 500
Chicago - Under 5.5 500

St. Louis - 10:30 PM ET San Jose -108 500
San Jose - Under 5 500

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04/20/2012 05:56 PM

Predators, Flyers Eye Friday Night Close Out Contests

In a Stanley Cup playoff season that can best be described as bizarre to date, we wonder if we have only scratched the surface, and that more odd developments could be on the horizon. That would include a pair of teams looking to rally back from 0-3 playoff deficits for just the fourth time in NHL history.

In another future update, we’ll get to one of those in the Western Conference where Vancouver hosts Los Angeles in Game 5 on Sunday at Rogers Arena, as the Canucks look to continue that climb against the Kings. On Friday night, however, the ongoing trek from 0-3 focuses on Pittsburgh where the Penguins host Philadelphia in Game 5 at Consol Energy Center. The Pens kept alive and avoided the sweep with an emphatic 10-3 win in Wednesday’s Game 4.

They’ll drop the puck Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET), with TV coverage provided by NBC Sports Channel. A check with the Don Best odds screen notes Pittsburgh at -180 on the win at the majority of Las Vegas wagering outlets, with the take-back on the Flyers hovering around +165. Puck Line prices show the Pens mostly at +165 when laying the extra goal, with Philly at -185 or thereabouts plus a goal.

It’s the total that has opened most eyes, however; as expected, oddsmakers have been forced to post a 7, slightly shaded to the “under” at -110, for Game 5.

A 7-goal total is rare, but wholly justified for a series that has more resembled NHL All-Star Game scorelines than traditional Stanley Cup playoff action. Through four games, a staggering 45 goals have been scored; over the last three games, that total is a hard-to-comprehend 38 goals. The combination of wide-open play, plenty of goal scorers, poor defense and goaltending has contributed to the unique offensive fireworks we have thus far witnessed in each game of this wild series.

This is also now the highest-scoring Stanley Cup series, through four games, in NHL history, exceeding by one goal the shootouts between Wayne Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks from way back in 1985.

Leads are also risky in this series, as the winning side has come from behind in each of the first four games. Pittsburgh is also due to get high-scoring winger James Neal and another winger, Craig Adams, back from suspension for Game 5. Physical winger Arron Asham, however, still has three games remaining on his suspension for roughhouse antics in Game 3.

Pittsburgh might have reason to be encouraged after Game 4, mainly because goalie Marc-Andre Fleury finally asserted himself over the final two periods Wednesday night. MVP candidate Evgeni Malkin, after a slow start in the series, finally scored his first goal in the postseason in the 10-3 romp, which set a Penguins franchise record for playoff goals.

The Flyers are not too concerned about the trip to the new Igloo, where they’ve won seven of eight visits since it opener a year ago. But what might worry coach Peter Laviolette is the meltdown suffered by GK Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 4. Backup Sergei Bobrovsky does not appear to be a better option after getting shelled himself when Bryzgalov was pulled in the Pittsburgh onslaught at Wells Fargo Center.

Meanwhile, much like Pittsburgh, Detroit is facing a close-out game on Friday night in Nashville against the now-confident Predators, fresh off a pair of grinding wins at Joe Louis Arena. Consultation with the Don Best odds screen notes Nashville priced mostly between -130 and -135 on the win at various Las Vegas wagering outlets, with the take-back on the Red Wings hovering between +110 and +115.

The 5-goal total is shaded to the 'over,' priced roughly at -135; note that there have been five goals scored in three of the first four games of this series, with four goals scored in the other in a recurring pace and flow to proceedings.

For those interested in Puck Line prices, the Preds are being quoted as high as +240 when laying the extra goal, with Detroit laying between -275 and -290 when receiving the extra goal. Face-off time at Bridgestone Arena will be 8:00 p.m. (ET), with TV coverage provided by CNBC.

Nashville, which prior to this season had won just one playoff series in its existence since entering the league as an expansion franchise in 1998, is on the precipice of advancing to the second round, based largely upon solid defense and superb goaltending from the big Fin, Pekka Rinne, who has proven difficult for the Wings to solve. Rinne, who has pulled yeoman duty this season, appreciated the extra day off between Games 4 and 5, and has stopped at least 35 Detroit shots in each game of this series. Thus far, Rinne has stopped 130 of 138 shots vs. the Wings for a sold .942 save mark.

Rinne, who notched an NHL-high 43 wins for goalies this term, remains the key to Nashville’s advancement. But he is certainly not the only element that has been giving the Red Wings fits, as coach Barry “The Vampire” Trotz’ famed trapping defense continues to muck up proceedings at mid-ice and prevent Detroit from crossing the blue line with any manpower advantages.

The Preds are getting real contributions from late-season additions Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov, each flanking David Legwand in Trotz’ number one line. Secondary scoring options, however, have come in handy for the Preds in this series, especially from winger Gabriel Bourque, a member of the fourth line along with Nick Spaling and Patrick Hornqvist and already having scored three goals.

No one has similarly risen in this series for the Wings, who continue to bear little resemblance to the side that once won 23 straight games at home this season. With that home-ice edge having been shattered in this round, Detroit looks in serious trouble and might not return to Motown for Game 6unless GK Jimmy Howard, who has been outplayed by Rinne in this series, rises up with a big effort.

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04/20/2012 05:59 PM

Playoff Results - First Round

April 20, 2012

Overall Results


Home teams are 11-21
Favorites and Underdogs are 16-16
Favorites that won are 4-12 on the puck-line
The 'over' is 14-11-7

Wed Apr 11, 2012
Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result
Philadelphia (+165) Pittsburgh 4-3 Underdog Over 5.5
Detroit Nashville (-130) 3-2 Favorite Under 5.5
Los Angeles (+145) Vancouver 4-2 Underdog Over 5.5
Thu Apr 12, 2012

Ottawa NY Rangers (-175) 4-2 Favorite Over 5
Washington Boston (-185) 1-0 Favorite Under 5
San Jose (+145) St Louis 3-2 Underdog Push 5
Chicago Phoenix (-120) 3-2 Favorite Push 5
Fri Apr 13, 2012

New Jersey (-115) Florida 3-2 Favorite Push 5
Philadelphia (+170) Pittsburgh 8-5 Underdog Over 6
Detroit (-105) Nashville 3-2 Favorite Push 5
Los Angeles (+145) Vancouver 4-2 Underdog Over 5
Sat Apr 14, 2012

Washington (+165) Boston 2-1 Underdog Under 5
Ottawa (+150) NY Rangers 3-2 Underdog Push 5
San Jose St Louis (-170) 3-0 Favorite Under 5
Chicago (-110) Phoenix 4-3 Favorite Over 5
Sun Apr 15, 2012

Nashville (+130) Detroit 3-2 Underdog Push 5
Pittsburgh Philadelphia (+110) 8-4 Underdog Over 6
New Jersey Florida (-105) 4-2 Favorite Over 5
Vancouver Los Angeles (-115) 1-0 Favorite Under 5
Mon Apr 16, 2012

NY Rangers (-102) Ottawa 1-0 Favorite Under 5
Boston (-125) Washington 4-3 Favorite Over 5
St Louis (-110) San Jose 4-3 Favorite Over 5
Tue Apr 17, 2012

Florida (+155) New Jersey 4-3 Underdog Over 5
Nashville (+135) Detroit 3-1 Underdog Under 5
Phoenix (+145) Chicago 3-2 Underdog Under 5.5
Wed Apr 18, 2012

NY Rangers Ottawa (-110) 3-2 Favorite Push 5
Pittsburgh (+100) Philadelphia 10-3 Underdog Over 6.5
Vancouver (+100) Los Angeles 3-1 Underdog Under 5
Thu Apr 19, 2012

Florida New Jersey (-170) 4-0 Favorite Under 5
Boston Washington (+110) 2-1 Underdog Under 5
Phoenix (+120) Chicago 3-2 Underdog Push 5
St Louis (-115) San Jose 2-1 Favorite Under 5
Fri Apr 20, 2012

Philadelphia Pittsburgh
Detroit Nashville
Sat Apr 21, 2012

Washington Boston
New Jersey Florida
Ottawa NY Rangers
San Jose St Louis
Chicago Phoenix
Sun Apr 22, 2012

Boston Washington
Pittsburgh Philadelphia
Los Angeles Vancouver
Nashville Detroit
Mon Apr 23, 2012

NY Rangers Ottawa
St Louis San Jose
Phoenix Chicago
Tue Apr 24, 2012

Florida New Jersey
Philadelphia Pittsburgh
Vancouver Los Angeles
Detroit Nashville
Wed Apr 25, 2012

Washington Boston
San Jose St Louis
Chicago Phoenix
Thu Apr 26, 2012

Ottawa NY Rangers
New Jersey Florida
Los Angeles Vancouver


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04/20/2012 06:02 PM

Canucks on the brink

April 18, 2012


Will Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault Be Fired?

For the past two seasons, the Vancouver Canucks have been one of the National Hockey League's most successful organizations. They've won back-to-back Presidents' Trophies for finishing first overall in the league and went to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals in 2010-11.

But this year, things have taken an awful turn. The Canucks fell into a deep hole into their Western Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Los Angeles Kings and are one game away from being swept out of the playoffs. If they are swept, the Canucks will become the first-ever Presidents' Trophy winner to lose in four straight games to make the playoffs - failing to win a single postseason game - and if that happens, head coach Alain Vigneault could be out of a job.

In light of this, Bovada's online sportsbook has compiled a set of unique futures bets regarding the future of Vancouver's head coach. Let's take a look...

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Will Alain Vigneault be the head coach of the Canucks for game 1 of the 2012-13 Regular Season?

Yes -250 No +170

Here's what we know about Vigneault. He's won the Jack Adams Trophy (awarded annually to the NHL's best coach) once, and was nominated for it another time. He's won the two aforementioned Presidents' Trophies - the first and only two in Canucks history - and has more regular season and playoff wins than any coach in the franchise's existence. So, it's fair to say he's the best coach the Canucks have ever had.

That said, numbers do work against him. The old adage states that coaches are hired to be fired, and this year was a pretty good example of that as eight head coaches were turfed: Ron Wilson was fired in Toronto, Scott Arniel in Columbus, Bruce Boudreau in Washington, Davis Payne in St. Louis, Jacques Martin in Montreal, Paul Maurice in Carolina, Randy Carlyle in Anaheim and Terry Murray in Los Angeles. That's nearly 1/3rd of all NHL coaches being flipped over in a single calendar year.

And this is where Vigneault's tenure comes into play. Only three current NHL bench bosses have been with their teams longer than Vigneault's been with the Canucks (he's been in Vancouver since 2006 - Mike Babcock's been in Detroit since 2005, Barry Trotz and Lindy Ruff in Nashville and Buffalo since 1997.) Some would say that should grant Vigneault extra time to sort out what's been a disastrous playoff run in Vancouver, while others say his shelf life has expired and he's been around too long - that players are tuning him out and his motivational techniques no longer work.

So, will Vigneault make it through this playoff run? Will the Canucks rally to save his job? Or is his fate essentially sealed? There are plenty of questions being asked but not a lot of answers right now - only time will tell if he's back in Vancouver for the fall.

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04/20/2012 06:06 PM

NHL
Dunkel

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
The Flyers look to build on their 5-1 record in their last 6 games as an underdog. Philadelphia is the pick (+160) according to Dunkel, which has the Flyers favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+160). Here are all of today's picks.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

Game 27-28: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 12.939; Pittsburgh 11.436
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-180); 7
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+160); Over

Game 29-30: Detroit at Nashville (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 11.241; Nashville 12.092
Dunkel Line & Total: Nashville by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Nashville (-125); 5
Dunkel Pick: Nashville (-125); Under




NHL
Long Sheet

Friday, April 20

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PHILADELPHIA (50-27-0-9, 109 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (52-27-0-7, 111 pts.) - 4/20/2012, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 25-37 ATS (-18.9 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 19-6 ATS (+10.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
PHILADELPHIA is 26-19 ATS (+48.0 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 18-8 ATS (+26.6 Units) in road games vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 2-7 ATS (-12.3 Units) in home games in the first round of the playoffs over the last 3 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 21-25 ATS (-27.9 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
PITTSBURGH is 11-15 ATS (-12.2 Units) after a division game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 12-10 (+4.0 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
PHILADELPHIA is 12-10-0 straight up against PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
11 of 20 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.6 Units)

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DETROIT (49-31-0-6, 104 pts.) at NASHVILLE (51-27-0-8, 110 pts.) - 4/20/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DETROIT is 5-9 ATS (-9.4 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.
DETROIT is 12-15 ATS (-11.0 Units) after a division game this season.
NASHVILLE is 50-35 ATS (-6.7 Units) in all games this season.
NASHVILLE is 29-20 ATS (+3.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NASHVILLE is 17-10 ATS (+6.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
NASHVILLE is 31-17 ATS (+10.0 Units) second half of the season this season.
NASHVILLE is 19-9 ATS (+8.8 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
NASHVILLE is 18-9 ATS (+8.3 Units) after a division game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
NASHVILLE is 12-10 (+4.4 Units) against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
NASHVILLE is 12-10-0 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
12 of 18 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.7 Units)

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NHL
Short Sheet

Friday, April 20, 2012

EC Quaterfinals, Game Five (Philadelphia Leads, 3-1)
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:35 ET NBCSN
Philadelphia: 8-3 SU at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh: 3-10 SU off BB division games

WC Quaterfinals, Game Five (Nashville Leads, 3-1)
Detroit at Nashville, 8:05 ET CNBC
Detroit: 3-8 SU off home loss
Nashville: 19-9 SU vs. division




NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, April 20

Flyers @ Penguins-- 45 goals in first four series games is an NHL record, with Pittsburgh scoring 13 first period goals, yet they're down 3-1; they're 1-5 in last six home games vs Philly. Flyers won 10 of last 13 games overall, eight of last 11 vs Pitt; they're 9-15 on power play in series, Penguins 7-21. Pittsburgh lost four of last six home games overall; they lost Games 1-2 of series at home, even though they led 3-0/3-1 after first period. Flyers won seven of last ten games on foreign ice- they gave up the last eight goals in Game 4's 10-3 loss.

Predators @ Red Wings-- Winning team scored three goals in all four games in series, with losing team outshooting winners 59-22 in third period; Preds won five of last six games vs Detroit, with all five totals 5 or less. Detroit lost seven of last ten games overall, scoring three goals in last two games despite 84-44 edge in shots on goal. Nashville won seven of last nine games, allowing total of eight goals in the wins. Team that led after the first period is 3-0 in this series. Nashville is 2-19 on power play in series, Red Wings 4-21.




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Trend Report
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7:30 PM
PHILADELPHIA vs. PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia

8:00 PM
DETROIT vs. NASHVILLE
Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Nashville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
Nashville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games


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NHL

Friday, April 20

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Ice picks: Thursday's best NHL bets
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Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins (-180, 7)

After getting blown out 10-3 in Game 4, the Flyers are probably glad to be at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, where they’ve won seven of their last eight games. The Flyers believe they’re still in control of the series.

"Yeah, we gave them a little life, but at the same time we're still up 3-1," said Claude Giroux, who has five goals and five assists in the series.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal combined for six goals and three assists to key the offensive fireworks on Wednesday. Crosby, who was labeled the "Cowardly Penguin" on the cover of the Philadelphia Daily News, has eight points in the series. Malkin, who netted a career-high 50 goals this season, recorded his first two of the series and Staal collected his first postseason hat trick.

The Pens exploded without 40-goal scorer James Neal, who was suspended for the contest following Sunday's antics. The teams have combined for 45 goals, making it the highest-scoring series through four games in NHL history.

Philadelphia goaltenders Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky permitted five goals on 18 shots apiece in Game 4.

The over is 5-0-1 in the teams’ last six meetings in Pittsburgh. There's a reason this total is so high.

Pick: Over


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

The writers in Detroit are talking about breaking up the Red Wings, who trail 3-1 for the third time in their last four playoff series.

The Preds aren’t taking anything for granted.

“The two games in Detroit, we could have been on the other end,” coach Barry Trotz said. “We’ve had some good goaltending. We’ve had some timely goals. We’ve had some pretty good penalty kill.”

Trotz smartly gave the players off Wednesday, giving valuable rest to Ryan Suter, Shea Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne. Even though the Red Wings are peppering Rinne with shots, he is simply stoning them.

Counting the regular season, the Red Wings have beaten Nashville only once in their last six tries.

Pick: Predators

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04/20/2012 06:09 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record
04/19/12 4-­4-­0 50.00% +­175 Detail
04/18/12 1-­4-­1 20.00% -­1865 Detail
04/17/12 3-­3-­0 50.00% -­340 Detail
04/16/12 4-­2-­0 66.67% +­935 Detail
04/15/12 5-­2-­1 71.43% +­1580 Detail
04/14/12 1-­6-­1 14.29% -­3360 Detail
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 29-­27-­8 51.79% +60

Friday, April 20

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Philadelphia - 7:30 PM ET Philadelphia +174 500
Pittsburgh - Over 7 500

Detroit - 8:00 PM ET Nashville -114 500
Nashville - Under 5 500

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04/21/2012 11:59 AM

Early NHL Best Bets :

Saturday, April 21

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Washington - 3:00 PM ET Washington +165 500
Boston - Under 5 500

New Jersey - 6:30 PM ET New Jersey -108 500
Florida - Over 5 500

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04/21/2012 02:47 PM

Five Games Fill Saturday NHL Betting Slate

By: Michael Robinson | Friday, April 20, 2012

The NHL playoffs reach a crescendo on Saturday with five big games, including Phoenix and St. Louis looking to close out their series at home.

Let’s first update the Friday odds with Pittsburgh a big 200 favorite at home against Philly, but trailing 3-1 in the series. The total is a humungous seven, but that may be the safest bet on the board with an average of 12.7 goals scored in the last three games.

Nashville (-130) hosts Detroit on Friday and looks to end that series. The total is five. There appears to be a changing of the guard as the old Red Wings would have never lost two straight at home like they did in Games 3 and 4.

Saturday action starts at 3:00 p.m. (ET) with Washington at Boston (-185). The total is five and shaded to the ‘over.’ The series is tied 2-2 and the defending champs need a lot more production from their top-6 forwards as they have been held to one goal in three of the games.

New Jersey is at Florida and also tied 2-2. The Devils are -115 favorites after a 4-0 home shutout last game. Martin Brodeur stopped all 26 shots he faced, but the future Hall-of-Famer is not consistent by any means at this late stage of his career.

Ottawa is at the New York Rangers (-175) and this series has been a surprise knotted at 2-2. The total is five and shaded to the ‘over.’ Don Best hockey analyst Benjie C. believes the Rangers have been in control most of the time and the bounces have held them back.

St. Louis (-185) looks to send the San Jose Sharks to an early vacation. The total is five and shaded to the ‘under.’ The Blues have won the last three games, including the last two on the road, after dropping Game 1 in overtime. The Sharks are terrible on the penalty kill and we’ll see how much ‘bite’ they have left in the hostile environment.

We end Saturday with a 10:00 p.m. (ET) affair between Phoenix (-135) and Chicago. The total is five and shaded to the ‘over.’ The series returns to the desert with the Coyotes leading 3-1. All four of the games have incredibly gone into overtime, three of them with a 3-2 score. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford could be pulled in favor of Ray Emery.

Peeking ahead to Sunday, Vancouver gets to return home to face the Kings after warding off a sweep last game in Los Angeles. The Canucks are -175 favorites which is a little high for Don Best’s Brian Blessing. The total is five and shaded significantly to the ‘under.’

The extra day rest will help Daniel Sedin clear his head even more after returning last game and Benjie C. likes this series to head back to Socal.

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04/21/2012 02:49 PM

NHL
Dunkel

Ottawa at NY Rangers
The Senators look to build on their 7-2 record in their last 9 games as a road underdog. Ottawa is the pick (+155) according to Dunkel, which has the Senators favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Ottawa (+155). Here are all of today's picks.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Game 31-32: Washington at Boston (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 12.198; Boston 13.529
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 1 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-185); 5
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-185); Over

Game 33-34: New Jersey at Florida (6:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Jersey 12.127; Florida 10.660
Dunkel Line & Total: New Jersey by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: New Jersey (-115); 5
Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (-115); Over

Game 35-36: Ottawa at NY Rangers (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ottawa 12.137; NY Rangers 11.034
Dunkel Line & Total: Ottawa by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: NY Rangers (-175); 5
Dunkel Pick: Ottawa (+155); Under

Game 37-38: San Jose at St. Louis (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Jose 12.024; St. Louis 10.672
Dunkel Line & Total: San Jose by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-190); 5
Dunkel Pick: San Jose (+170); Under

Game 39-40: Chicago at Phoenix (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 11.763; Phoenix 12.472
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Phoenix (-135); 5
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (-135); Over




NHL
Long Sheet

Saturday, April 21

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WASHINGTON (44-33-0-9, 97 pts.) at BOSTON (51-30-0-5, 107 pts.) - 4/21/2012, 3:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 65-40 ATS (+10.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 194-183 ATS (-119.2 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
BOSTON is 24-28 ATS (-14.7 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 9-7 (+2.2 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 9-7-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
11 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+5.3 Units)

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NEW JERSEY (50-30-0-6, 106 pts.) at FLORIDA (40-28-0-18, 98 pts.) - 4/21/2012, 6:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
FLORIDA is 12-3 ATS (+15.1 Units) on Saturday games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 50-35 ATS (+12.0 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 16-7 ATS (+9.0 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
NEW JERSEY is 16-8 ATS (+7.7 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
NEW JERSEY is 29-11 ATS (+12.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 14-9 ATS (+23.8 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 9-3 ATS (+12.5 Units) in road games on Saturday games this season.
FLORIDA is 81-119 ATS (+214.9 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less since 1996.
FLORIDA is 23-45 ATS (+78.2 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
FLORIDA is 34-60 ATS (+109.0 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
FLORIDA is 8-8 (+2.0 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
FLORIDA is 8-8-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
7 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.4 Units)

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OTTAWA (43-33-0-10, 96 pts.) at NY RANGERS (53-24-0-9, 115 pts.) - 4/21/2012, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 53-32 ATS (+86.6 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 12-2 ATS (+9.3 Units) when playing with 2 days rest this season.
OTTAWA is 14-10 ATS (+25.8 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
OTTAWA is 13-6 ATS (+20.5 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest over the last 3 seasons.
NY RANGERS are 165-174 ATS (-94.2 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
OTTAWA is 8-8 (+2.4 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
NY RANGERS is 8-8-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.2 Units)

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SAN JOSE (44-32-0-10, 98 pts.) at ST LOUIS (52-22-0-12, 116 pts.) - 4/21/2012, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN JOSE is 44-42 ATS (-17.6 Units) in all games this season.
SAN JOSE is 6-12 ATS (-9.9 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent this season.
SAN JOSE is 17-23 ATS (-16.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
SAN JOSE is 7-15 ATS (-9.6 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
SAN JOSE is 25-27 ATS (-13.0 Units) second half of the season this season.
SAN JOSE is 161-172 ATS (+369.7 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
SAN JOSE is 101-64 ATS (+22.2 Units) in April games since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ST LOUIS is 9-7 (+2.6 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
ST LOUIS is 9-7-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
10 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.6 Units)

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CHICAGO (46-26-0-14, 106 pts.) at PHOENIX (45-27-0-14, 104 pts.) - 4/21/2012, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 5-13 ATS (-10.6 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent this season.
CHICAGO is 16-21 ATS (-10.9 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
CHICAGO is 22-26 ATS (-11.4 Units) second half of the season this season.
PHOENIX is 140-120 ATS (-10.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 28-21 ATS (+1.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
PHOENIX is 15-8 ATS (+23.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
PHOENIX is 80-63 ATS (+144.1 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO is 311-332 ATS (+700.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 11-5 (+9.1 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 11-5-0 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
10 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.1 Units)

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NHL
Short Sheet

Saturday, April 21, 2012

EC Quaterfinals, Game Five (Series Tied, 2-2)
Washington at Boston, 3:05 ET NBC
Washington: 15-28 SU off an Under
Boston: 12-4 SU off a road loss

EC Quaterfinals, Game Five (Series Tied, 2-2)
New Jersey at Florida, 6:35 ET NHL
New Jersey: 11-3 SU off a home win by 2+ goals
Florida: 1-6 SU revenging a road loss by 4+ goals

EC Quaterfinals, Game Five (Series Tied 2-2)
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7:05 ET NBCS
Ottawa: 13-6 SU away playing with two days rest
NY Rangers: 9-23 SU at home vs. Ottawa

WC Quaterfinals, Game Five (St. Louis Leads, 3-1)
San Jose at St. Louis, 7:35 ET CNBC
San Jose: 3-9 SU off BB home losses by 1 goal
St. Louis: 18-4 Under off BB wins

WC Quaterfinals, Game Five (Phoenix Leads, 3-1)
Chicago at Phoenix, 10:05 ET NBCS
Chicago: 1-10 SU playing their fifth or less game in 14 days
Phoenix: 18-5 SU off BB wins by 1 goal




NHL

Saturday, April 21

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Trend Report
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3:00 PM
WASHINGTON vs. BOSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Boston
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Washington
Boston is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Washington

6:30 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. FLORIDA
New Jersey is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
New Jersey is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Florida
Florida is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Florida is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games

7:00 PM
OTTAWA vs. NY RANGERS
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Ottawa's last 17 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
Ottawa is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
NY Rangers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games at home
NY Rangers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Ottawa

7:30 PM
SAN JOSE vs. ST. LOUIS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
San Jose is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing San Jose
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

10:00 PM
CHICAGO vs. PHOENIX
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games at home


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NHL

Saturday, April 21

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

Series tied 2-2

This one may not have the flash and dash of the Penguins-Flyers series, but if you’re looking for pure, passionate playoff hockey, this is your matchup. Four games have been played. Each team has won two. And every tilt has been decided by one goal. You don’t get much better than that.

A Braden boost

The Capitals, in the Alex Ovechkin Era, have long suffered with a lack of identity between the pipes. Goaltenders come and go, and without consistency in net, Washington’s never truly threatened for a title.

Perhaps Braden Holtby will solve all of that. For now, he’s just trying to beat the Bruins, and he’s on his way. In four games, he has made 148 saves and posted a 1.60 GAA. He also has a .953 save percentage, a 2-2 record, and it appears as if the Capitals are feeding off his progression. They are building momentum off his key saves and it’s almost as if he’s no longer viewed as a third stringer.

Outlasting the Stanley Cup champions in what might be a seven-game series could be too tall a task for Holtby. But he seems to have passed every other test so far. Nothing he does from here on in would surprise.

Rich get richer

The playoffs are built for a player like Boston center Rich Peverley, an undrafted find that fits the Bruins' mold. He is, after all, a grinder; someone unafraid to take on any role that coach Claude Julien gives him. And along that way, Peverley has been a shining star in this series.

He scored his second goal of the postseason in Game 4, Boston's lone tally of the night, and has three blocks and 11 shots on net. Peverley had 11 goals and 42 points in the regular season and in Game 4, he was a plus-1 on 27 shifts, covering 21:44 of ice time.

They like Laich

Ovechkin hasn't been burned for taking too many gambles and he'll take four points into Game 5. But forward Brooks Laich has been with him step for step, and he’s a prime reason why the Capitals have this series knotted.

Laich, a left-handed shot at the center position, has one goal and four points, which is tied with Ovechkin for the team lead. But Laich plays a sound two-way game, as well, and that has risen to the surface. He has four hits and seven blocked shots and is third on the team with a plus-2 rating.

History

Washington has won its last five Saturday games, including Game 2 of this series. Boston has won eight of its last 11 when playing on one day's rest. The under is 3-1 so far in this series.



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

Series tied 2-2

Maybe there’s something to the regular season, after all. The Senators gave the Rangers fits before the playoffs began, and there has been some carryover into the postseason. Ottawa has kept up with New York and glides into Manhattan with confidence.

All about Anton

The postseason is often a time to find someone new - someone unexpected to lift a team out of adversity. And maybe for the high-flying Rangers, that will be defenseman Anton Stralman.

Stralman opened the scoring in Game 4 with a power-play goal. It was his second of the series and he now has three points, eight blocked shots and is a plus-2.

He was quiet in the regular season, though he made the most of his opportunities. He finished with two goals and 18 points, but the final rating of plus-9 is probably what stands out most, and gives coach John Tortorella confidence on the back line. Tortorella is still working him along slowly. In Game 4, he had just 21 shifts covering 19:13 of ice time.

Oh, brother

As the regular season winded down, there was a lot of talk about Buffalo sharpshooter Marcus Foligno and his end-of-year tear. Marcus, in 14 games after a callup from the AHL, had six goals, seven assists and was a plus-6. But his brother, Nick, has been a true force for Ottawa in the postseason while Marcus is home on the couch.

Nick had 15 goals and 47 points in the regular season. He was among many pleasant surprises as the Senators overcame expectations and landed in the postseason. But in Round 1, he's been even better.

Nick has a goal, three points and 13 hits as the series comes back to New York. He also has nine shots on goal, six penalty minutes and has frankly been in the middle of everything.

The Game 2 win at Madison Square Garden last Saturday might have been his best effort of the series. He had jump, often breaking into the Rangers' zone with a burst down the boards. He also had a goal and three shots on net.

Coming at you in waves

Tortorella and Rangers general manager Glen Sather would have told you, prior to the series, that New York's depth is not only a reason the Rangers are the No. 1 seed, but a reason this team can go a long way. And through four games, it's hard to argue with the depth, at least offensively.

Headed into this pivotal Game 5, New York has not one, not two, but seven players with three points. Indeed, Marian Gaborik, Artem Anisimov, Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards, Brian Boyle and Stralman all have a trio on the leaderboard, and Richards and Boyle have combined for 34 shots.

It’s not gotten them too far just yet. They are two losses away from this great season being lost. But two of the next three are at home, and with layers of offensive depth to throw on the ice at crunch time, it’s likely New York will advance.

History

Ottawa has won seven of the last nine as a road underdog, but New York has won eight of the last nine after two-days' rest. It’s tough to get a read on totals in this series. The over-under is just 1-1 with two pushes so far.


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NHL

Saturday, April 21

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Ice picks: Saturday's best NHL bets
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New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers (109,5)

Don't be fooled by Florida's home-ice advantage. The Panthers have it because they are a division champion, but they compiled a 38-26-18 record during the regular season compared to New Jersey's 48-28-6.

The Devils fell behind 2-1 in this series, but they seemed to restore order to the proceedings with a 4-0 shutout at home on Thursday. Four players have notched two goals so far in the series, including Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise.

But the story right now is veteran netminder Martin Brodeur. The 39-year-old, who turns 40 next month, set the career playoff shutout record with his performance on Thursday. He made 26 saves to post his 24th career playoff blanking.

"That’s vintage Marty Brodeur," coach Pete DeBoer said. "We’ve come to expect that around here."

Expect more of the same in Game 5.

Pick: Devils


San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues (-186, 5)

The Blues have regained control in this Western Conference quarterfinals series after dropping Game 1 at home in overtime. They rolled 3-0 at home in Game 2 then scored a pair of one-goal victories at San Jose. St. Louis can finish the job on Saturday.

Interestingly enough, the Blues are getting it done with a backup goalie. Starter Jaroslav Halak left Game 2 with a lower body injury but Brian Elliott has picked up the slack in front of the net. Elliott made 17 saves without a blemish to end Game 2 and he made 25 saves in a 2-1 win in Game 4.

"I just think his focus is his strength," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's a very competitive guy at practice, too. We're constantly having to stop him and kick him off the ice. He has to get in the mind-set that the games are everything, so less is more.... He's one of those guys who wants to hang out there until the last shot.''

St. Louis went a ridiculous 30-6-5 at home during the regular season. The chances of the team losing twice with home-ice advantage in the same series is slim, especially based on its last three performances.

Pick: Blues


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04/21/2012 02:57 PM

NHL Evening Best Bets:

Ottawa - 7:00 PM ET NY Rangers -170 500
NY Rangers - Under 5 500

San Jose - 7:30 PM ET San Jose +165 500
St. Louis - Under 5 500

Chicago - 10:00 PM ET Chicago +117 500
Phoenix - Over 5 500

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