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05/08/2013 08:15 AM

Preview: Red Wings (0-0) at Ducks (0-0)

Date: May 08, 2013 10:00 PM EDT


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf knows the Anaheim Ducks could be getting frustrated.

Instead, he thinks they're just getting started.

The Ducks have controlled long stretches of their matchup with Detroit, outshooting and outscoring the Red Wings over the first four games while getting superior goaltending from Jonas Hiller. Yet the series is even heading into Game 5 on Wednesday night at Honda Center.

Second-seeded Anaheim's stellar regular-season record and formidable talent haven't mattered to the Red Wings, who sneaked out two overtime victories despite playing with a lead in just one of the series' four games.

It's a recipe for tension in the Ducks' dressing room heading into a pivotal point of the first-round series. But to Getzlaf and his teammates, every element of the playoff march is a privilege, particularly after the Ducks missed the postseason in two of the past three years.

``We're far from frustrated,' the Anaheim captain said Tuesday after the Ducks' long flight from Detroit to Orange County. ``This is playoff hockey. This is the best time of the year, and we're in a best-of-three series now. We always knew it was going to be a long series. ... It's been a grind throughout the year. We've always been able to rise up to the occasion, and we're hoping for that tomorrow (in Game 5).'

The Ducks expect to have little trouble regrouping after they barely missed a chance to take a 3-1 series lead in Game 4 on Monday night. After Anaheim blew a third-period lead, Damien Brunner's overtime goal evened the series for the Red Wings, who appeared to be on the ropes after getting shut out by Hiller in the first 100 minutes of the teams' two games at Joe Louis Arena.

``One goal the other way (in Game 4), and everybody is happy around here,' Getzlaf said.

Instead, the Ducks must find additional determination to get past their playoff-tested opponents. Anaheim will have the advantage of its favored matchups on home ice in Game 5 and a potential Game 7, yet neither team believes matchups or friendly crowds have made much impact on this series.

``Quite frankly, the matchups only work if your team is playing well and you get a lead,' Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. ``If you don't get a lead, you may have some great defensive matchups, but you're going to have to change because you need to score goals. We'll get the last change (in Game 5), which will help, because I thought the last game they were definitely trying to get (Pavel) Datsyuk's line against one specific line, and we tried to change it a few times. It's a difficult thing to do.'

Datsyuk scored the tying goal with 6:33 left in regulation in Game 4 for the Red Wings, who finally flexed their offensive skills at home after five-plus periods without a score.

The Red Wings made an obvious effort to get more shots at Hiller in Game 4, sending pucks at the Anaheim net at every opportunity. Hiller was solid all night, but the Red Wings' mentality eventually led to Brunner's winning goal.

``The plan was to get more shots, and shoot from worse angles,' Detroit's Valtteri Filppula said. ``We did a good job. We were able to get pucks back in the offensive zone. I didn't think we did that enough in the previous game.'

The Ducks are hoping to increase their own offensive pressure on Jimmy Howard on Wednesday. Howard acknowledged he hadn't been Hiller's equal in the series, giving up 12 goals on 120 shots, but he played tremendously well in Game 4 when the Ducks pressed for a possible clinching goal.

``I just wanted to give the guys a chance to win,' Howard said. ``They deserved that. I knew I had to be better. I wanted to be better. ... In the playoffs, all it takes is a goalie to get hot, and anything can happen.'

Although Anaheim has generated plenty of offensive chances, the Ducks could use a goal from high-scoring Corey Perry, who won the Richard Trophy with 50 goals in 2011 during his MVP season. He hasn't found the net in the playoffs, and he missed on a couple of golden chances in Game 4.

``If those went in, we wouldn't be having this conversation,' Perry said Tuesday. ``They had a lot of shots (in Game 4), but we had some good chances, too. We've got to create more chances, keep plugging away, and hopefully get some ugly ones.'

Boudreau criticized a few unnamed Ducks after Game 4 for being ``passengers' - passive participants who didn't do enough work to help Anaheim. Major lineup changes seem unlikely after the Ducks' fairly solid play throughout the series, but Boudreau is eager to get his team rolling quickly, before any struggles lead to a potential elimination game.

Detroit again will be without Justin Abdelkader, who must finish his two-game suspension for a big hit on Anaheim's Toni Lydman. The veteran defenseman sat out Game 4 with apparent after-effects from the collision, and Lydman didn't skate in the Ducks' optional practice after traveling Tuesday.

While the Ducks prepared for the pressure of Game 5, the Red Wings worked on minor adjustments for their latest trip to Honda Center, where they've won three of their four games this season.

``We have to go in their barn and steal another game,' Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

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05/08/2013 05:31 PM

NHL
Dunkel

Los Angeles at St. Louis
The Kings look to build on their 10-2 record in their last 12 games against the Blues. Los Angeles is the pick (+110) according to Dunkel, which has the Kings favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+110). Here are all of today's picks.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

Game 25-26: Boston at Toronto (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 11.046; Toronto 10.186
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-140); 5
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-140); Under

Game 27-28: Washington at NY Rangers (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 13.170; NY Rangers 12.148
Dunkel Line & Total: Washington by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: NY Rangers (-140); 5
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+120); Over

Game 29-30: Los Angeles at St. Louis (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 12.604; St. Louis 11.575
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-130); 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+110); Over

Game 31-32: Detroit at Anaheim (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 11.352; Anaheim 12.746
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1 1/2; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Anaheim (-145); 5
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (-145); Under




NHL
Long Sheet

Wednesday, May 8

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BOSTON (30-15-0-6, 66 pts.) at TORONTO (27-19-0-5, 59 pts.) - 5/8/2013, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 15-10 ATS (+27.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
TORONTO is 16-4 ATS (+10.3 Units) in home games in the first round of the playoffs since 1996.
BOSTON is 28-14 ATS (+10.9 Units) in road games after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON is 157-172 ATS (+379.9 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
TORONTO is 16-38 ATS (+56.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 5-18 ATS (+27.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 13-6 (+2.2 Units) against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 13-6-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
11 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+5.9 Units)

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WASHINGTON (29-19-0-3, 61 pts.) at NY RANGERS (27-19-0-5, 59 pts.) - 5/8/2013, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 29-22 ATS (+6.0 Units) in all games this season.
WASHINGTON is 28-16 ATS (+7.5 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 29-22 ATS (+6.0 Units) second half of the season this season.
NY RANGERS are 97-98 ATS (-45.8 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 144-173 ATS (-139.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 187-186 ATS (-96.8 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 13-13-0 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
12 of 18 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+5.4 Units)

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LOS ANGELES (29-17-0-6, 64 pts.) at ST LOUIS (31-19-0-2, 64 pts.) - 5/8/2013, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 5-18 ATS (-14.1 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
LOS ANGELES is 8-18 ATS (-11.5 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 28-16 ATS (+10.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ST LOUIS is 21-34 ATS (-21.5 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 12-7 (+4.0 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 12-7-0 straight up against ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
11 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.7 Units)

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DETROIT (26-18-0-8, 60 pts.) at ANAHEIM (32-12-0-8, 72 pts.) - 5/8/2013, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ANAHEIM is 32-20 ATS (+6.0 Units) in all games this season.
ANAHEIM is 167-129 ATS (-4.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent since 1996.
ANAHEIM is 32-20 ATS (+1.7 Units) second half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 10-5 (+5.3 Units) against the spread versus ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 10-5-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.2 Units)

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NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Wednesday, May 8

Home side won all the Cap-Ranger playoff games, with home team scoring a power play goal in each game, while visitors are 0-10 in series with man advantage. Capitals won 13 of last 16 games, four of last six on road. Rangers won eight of their last 12 games; they've won seven in a row at home, with last home loss to Washington March 24, which was Caps' only win in last five visits to Manhattan. New York scored 4+ goals in its last six wins, 1-2-2-0 in its last four losses. Under is 10-1-5 last 16 series games- all five pushes ended 3-2.

Bruins won game 3 in Toronto, but are still just 4-8 in last 12 games overall, losing six of last nine games on foreign ice; they've scored 3+ goals in only three of last 11 games, but won 11 of last 13 vs Maple Leafs, taking five of last six visits here. Toronto is 3-6 in its last nine games- they're 3-4 in last seven home games. Over is 11-3-2 in last sixteen series games. Toronto reduced its penalty minutes from 39 in Game 1 to 7/10 in next two games; unusual for team (Leafs) to score two power play goals and still lose by three. Leafs have scored only one first period goal in three series games.

Ducks outscored Detroit 9-3 in third period in series so far, but Red Wings' wins are both in OT. Detroit is 3-2 in its last five visits to Anaheim, 10-5 in last 15 games vs Ducks- its goal 1:07 into OT of Game 4 made this a three-game series. Under is 7-3-1 in last eleven Detroit games. Anaheim lost four of last five home games, with only win in Game 1 of this series. Home teams are 20-10 so far in playoffs, 11-5 out west, with under 12-13-5, 8-5-3 in West, 4-8-2 in East. Red Wings were 0-7 on power play last two games, after being 4-10 in two games in Anaheim.

Los Angeles lost its last eight road games; their last win on foreign ice was March 31, at Dallas. Home team won first four LA-St Louis games, but Kings are 11-5 in last 16 games vs St Louis, 5-4 in last nine games here- they swept St Louis 4-0 in playoffs LY. LA is 1-12 on power play in this series, Blues 2-15. Game 4 was 4-3 after total of seven goals scored in first three games. Blues are 14-5 in last 19 games overall, allowing one goal each in five of last six games. Only twice in their last 12 games have Blues allowed more than two goals. Under is 9-2-1 in Blues' last 12 games overall, 6-2-1 in last nine series games.




NHL

Wednesday, May 8

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
BOSTON vs. TORONTO
Boston is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

7:30 PM
WASHINGTON vs. NY RANGERS
Washington is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
NY Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
NY Rangers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home

9:00 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. ST. LOUIS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Los Angeles's last 15 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of St. Louis's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of St. Louis's last 15 games when playing at home against Los Angeles

10:00 PM
DETROIT vs. ANAHEIM
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Detroit's last 18 games when playing Anaheim
Detroit is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Anaheim is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Anaheim's last 20 games


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NHL

Wednesday, May 8

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Wednesday's NHL playoff action: What bettors need to know
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Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (+126, 5)

Boston leads series 2-1.

The Boston Bruins ruined the celebration in Toronto on Monday for the city’s first home playoff game since 2004, taking a 2-1 lead on the fifth-seeded Maple Leafs in their Eastern Conference first-round series. The Bruins can push Toronto to the brink of elimination with a road victory in Game 4 on Wednesday. Boston won 5-2 in Game 3 despite being outshot 47-38 by an eager but sloppy Maple Leafs team filled with home-ice adrenaline. The Bruins scored twice off 24 Toronto turnovers and re-established the dominant position they assumed after their 4-1 victory in Game 1.

Boston netminder Tuukka Rask played his best game of the series on Monday, stopping 45 shots after allowing five goals on 52 shots over the first two contests. Toronto center Tyler Bozak and coach Randy Carlyle were vocal about unfair faceoffs after Bozak was kicked out of numerous important draws in Game 3. Bruins coach Claude Julien dismissed Carlyle’s remarks as lobbying the officials. “It’s going to be interesting to see whether the referees and the linesmen just do their job next game and not worry about who’s crying wolf,” Julien told reporters on Tuesday. Even if the Maple Leafs gain an edge in faceoffs, they will need much more to regain the edge they had following their 4-1 win in Game 2, or Wednesday could be the last playoff game in Toronto for a while.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, CNBC, NESN

ABOUT THE BRUINS: Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist on Monday to bring his total to three goals and four points in the first three games. Horton’s scoring line with David Krejci, who leads all players in the series with seven points, and Milan Lucic, who has six assists, is driving Boston’s offense after the trio combined for only 14 points throughout April. Horton is at the end of a six-year, $24-million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, but he is not thinking about that. “The only thing worth thinking about right now is the playoffs and trying to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Horton told ESPN on Tuesday. Jaromir Jagr picked up his first point of the series in Game 3 when he assisted on Rich Peverley’s goal in the second period. Jagr has 190 points in 183 career playoff contests.

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS: Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal in the third period on Monday for his second tally in as many games. Historically, Kessel has struggled against his former team - his goal in Game 2 was his first at even-strength in 24 career contests against the Bruins - but he is getting ice-time away from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and has 10 total shots to show for it, third on the team behind Joffrey Lupul (11) and James van Riemsdyk (14). Lupul and van Riemsdyk have also scored twice for Toronto, while the only other Maple Leafs player to record a playoff goal thus far is defenseman Jake Gardiner, who scored the first of his career on a power play in his second postseason contest. Although he cannot be blamed for either of the team’s two defeats this round, goaltender James Reimer has allowed four goals in three of his last four starts following a 34-save shutout against Florida in the penultimate game of the regular season.

TRENDS:

* Over is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings in Toronto.
* Bruins are 5-1 in the last six meetings in Toronto.
* Over is 23-9-3 in the last 35 meetings.
* Bruins are 35-17 in the last 52 meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Boston C Tyler Seguin leads the series with 17 shots but has yet to record a point.

2. Kessel has 12 goals and 20 points in his last 14 games, dating back to April 6.

3. Toronto D Mike Kostka (broken finger) is out indefinitely.



Washington Capitals at New York Rangers (-133, 5)

Washington leads series 2-1.

After mustering just one goal during a pair of games in the nation's capital, the New York Rangers enjoyed a relative scoring spree in their last outing. The sixth-seeded Rangers will look to continue their offensive surge and even their Eastern Conference first-round series with the Southeast Division champion Washington Capitals on Wednesday, when the teams reconvene for Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. Derek Stepan scored to snap a tie with 6:25 remaining in the third period and Derick Brassard collected a goal and two assists in New York's 4-3 win on Monday.

Stepan said the Rangers are focused on going hard to the net to challenge Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. "Games 1 and 2, we thought sometimes we were good at it, and at times we did not do it nearly enough," Stepan said. "That is something as a team that we are trying to keep focus on, continuing to get pucks and bodies to the net." Defenseman Mike Green has scored in the last two contests for third-seeded Washington.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS2, CSN (Washington), MSG (New York)

ABOUT THE CAPITALS: While New York elected to practice vigorously on Tuesday, Washington embraced a rare day off. "Rest is a weapon. That’s what all the veteran players always say," right wing Eric Fehr said with a smile. "We’re going to take it today, we’re going to watch the video and we’re going to learn from it and we’re going to be better the next game." The video will show six different trips to the penalty box for Washington, as well as a punchless power play which mustered just one shot in three opportunities with the man advantage.

ABOUT THE RANGERS: After defenseman Marc Staal returned in Game 3, New York may see another key cog crack the lineup for Game 4. Rugged Ryane Clowe, who practiced on Tuesday, has not played since April 25 due to an undisclosed injury that is suspected to be a concussion. "If there's an opportunity to play, I'll play. I'm not holding out here and trying to save it. There's nothing to save," Clowe said. "But I don't want to just play a period or a few shifts. If I play, I am in, all in." Clowe recorded three goals and eight points in 12 games after being acquired from San Jose.

TRENDS:

* Rangers are 7-0 in their last 7 home games.
* Under is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall.
* Home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
* Capitals are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest.

OVERTIME:

1. Clowe may take the place of C Darroll Powe, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 3. Powe, who didn't practice on Tuesday, sat out the final two periods of Monday's tilt.

2. Washington failed to score on the power play in Game 3 after tallying with the man advantage in each of the first two contests of the series.

3. New York has won its last seven games at Madison Square Garden.



Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues (-125, 4.5)

Series tied 2-2.

The fifth-seeded Los Angeles Kings attempt to break serve Wednesday, when they visit the fourth-seeded St. Louis Blues for a pivotal Game 5 in their Western Conference first-round series. St. Louis entered with home-ice advantage and maintained it by posting a pair of 2-1 victories at Scottrade Center, including one in overtime. The reigning Stanley Cup champion Kings continued the trend with two one-goal triumphs at Staples Center.

Los Angeles, which totaled three goals over the first three games, finally broke out of its offensive funk in Game 4 with a 4-3 win. After falling behind by two goals less than five minutes into the contest, the Kings forged a tie before T.J. Oshie scored his second of the game early in the second period to give the Blues a 3-2 advantage. But Anze Kopitar ended his 19-game drought at 7:14 of the third and Justin Williams tallied 76 seconds later to turn it into a best-of-three series.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS, FSN West (Los Angeles), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

ABOUT THE KINGS: Wednesday would be a perfect time for Los Angeles to end its winless streak on the road. The Kings have not been victorious away from home since posting a 3-2 triumph over Dallas on March 31, going 0-4-2 over their last six regular-season road games before dropping the first two contests in St. Louis. Conversely, Los Angeles has won nine consecutive home games and had not allowed a first-period goal during that streak before yielding two on Monday. Left wing Kyle Clifford promised the Kings will be ready from the start in Game 5. "They're going to come out hard. We're going to come out even harder," he said.

ABOUT THE BLUES: Right wing Adam Cracknell was the odd man out Monday as coach Ken Hitchcock scratched the member of the popular "CPR Line" in favor of rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, who made his postseason debut. The 21-year-old Tarasenko saw only 5:51 of ice time and did not record a shot on goal. Hitchcock very simply summed up the third period of Game 4. "They took the game to another level and we didn't have an answer," he said. While the Kings have struggled mightily on the road, the Blues have been superb at home, winning their last eight contests at Scottrade Center. St. Louis has not lost in its own building since April 14 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

TRENDS:

* Kings are 0-8 in their last 8 road games.
* Under is 19-4-3 in Blues last 26 overall.
* Blues are 14-5 in their last 19 vs. Western Conference.
* Home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. The Blues and Kings combined for seven goals in Game 4 after totaling that same amount over the first three contests.

2. Los Angeles had 11 different players record at least one point Monday.

3. St. Louis G Brian Elliott had allowed just one goal in six straight starts prior to Game 4.



Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks (-140, 5)

Series tied 2-2.

The Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks know they very well could be resting and preparing for a second-round series. Instead, they are gearing up for a pivotal Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round matchup against the seventh-seeded Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at the Honda Center. Second-seeded Anaheim opened the series with a 3-1 home victory and cruised to a 4-0 triumph at Detroit in Game 3.

The Red Wings posted both of their two victories in overtime, pulling out a 5-4 win in Game 2 after squandering a three-goal lead in the third period and emerging with a 3-2 triumph on Monday after trailing by a tally midway through the third. Gustav Nyquist was the hero on Thursday, scoring a power-play goal just 81 seconds into overtime to even the series at one game apiece, and Damien Brunner tallied at 15:10 of the sudden-death period on Monday to again deadlock the matchup.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FSN, FSN Plus (Detroit), Prime Ticket (Anaheim)

ABOUT THE RED WINGS: Most believed Detroit stood no chance in the series considering the large number of players getting their first taste of the playoffs. But whether the Red Wings win or lose the matchup, those players are gaining valuable experience that should help the team down the road. Brunner is one of those postseason first-timers, while Nyquist saw action in four playoff games last year. "We're still a lot of young guys on this team," the 23-year-old Nyquist said. "A lot of us haven't played too much in the playoffs before. As every game goes by, it helps, for sure."

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Coach Bruce Boudreau was disappointed with his team as a whole on Monday. "I don't think, quite frankly, we had 20 players playing," he said. "We had some passengers." However, captain Ryan Getzlaf insisted Anaheim was upbeat following the Game 4 loss. "We're far from frustrated right now," he said. "One goal the other way and everyone is happy. It's the way it goes. It's playoff hockey and it's fun."

TRENDS:

* Red Wings are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
* Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 home games.
* Under is 6-1-1 in Red Wings last 8 road games.
* Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Anaheim.

OVERTIME:

1. Detroit LW Justin Abdelkader will serve the final contest of his two-game suspension for an illegal hit on Anaheim D Toni Lydman in Game 3. Lydman did not play in Monday's Game 4.

2. The Red Wings have won three of their four games at the Honda Center in 2013.

3. Ducks RWs Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan have combined to score one goal in the series thus far.

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05/08/2013 05:35 PM

NHL
Dunkel

Los Angeles at St. Louis
The Kings look to build on their 10-2 record in their last 12 games against the Blues. Los Angeles is the pick (+110) according to Dunkel, which has the Kings favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+110). Here are all of today's picks.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

Game 25-26: Boston at Toronto (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 11.046; Toronto 10.186
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-140); 5
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-140); Under

Game 27-28: Washington at NY Rangers (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 13.170; NY Rangers 12.148
Dunkel Line & Total: Washington by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: NY Rangers (-140); 5
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+120); Over

Game 29-30: Los Angeles at St. Louis (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 12.604; St. Louis 11.575
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: St. Louis (-130); 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+110); Over

Game 31-32: Detroit at Anaheim (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 11.352; Anaheim 12.746
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1 1/2; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Anaheim (-145); 5
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (-145); Under




NHL
Long Sheet

Wednesday, May 8

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BOSTON (30-15-0-6, 66 pts.) at TORONTO (27-19-0-5, 59 pts.) - 5/8/2013, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 15-10 ATS (+27.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
TORONTO is 16-4 ATS (+10.3 Units) in home games in the first round of the playoffs since 1996.
BOSTON is 28-14 ATS (+10.9 Units) in road games after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON is 157-172 ATS (+379.9 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
TORONTO is 16-38 ATS (+56.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 5-18 ATS (+27.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 13-6 (+2.2 Units) against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 13-6-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
11 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+5.9 Units)

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WASHINGTON (29-19-0-3, 61 pts.) at NY RANGERS (27-19-0-5, 59 pts.) - 5/8/2013, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 29-22 ATS (+6.0 Units) in all games this season.
WASHINGTON is 28-16 ATS (+7.5 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 29-22 ATS (+6.0 Units) second half of the season this season.
NY RANGERS are 97-98 ATS (-45.8 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 144-173 ATS (-139.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
NY RANGERS are 187-186 ATS (-96.8 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NY RANGERS is 13-13-0 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
12 of 18 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+5.4 Units)

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LOS ANGELES (29-17-0-6, 64 pts.) at ST LOUIS (31-19-0-2, 64 pts.) - 5/8/2013, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 5-18 ATS (-14.1 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
LOS ANGELES is 8-18 ATS (-11.5 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 28-16 ATS (+10.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ST LOUIS is 21-34 ATS (-21.5 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 12-7 (+4.0 Units) against the spread versus ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 12-7-0 straight up against ST LOUIS over the last 3 seasons
11 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.7 Units)

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DETROIT (26-18-0-8, 60 pts.) at ANAHEIM (32-12-0-8, 72 pts.) - 5/8/2013, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ANAHEIM is 32-20 ATS (+6.0 Units) in all games this season.
ANAHEIM is 167-129 ATS (-4.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent since 1996.
ANAHEIM is 32-20 ATS (+1.7 Units) second half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 10-5 (+5.3 Units) against the spread versus ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
DETROIT is 10-5-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
9 of 14 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.2 Units)

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NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Wednesday, May 8

Home side won all the Cap-Ranger playoff games, with home team scoring a power play goal in each game, while visitors are 0-10 in series with man advantage. Capitals won 13 of last 16 games, four of last six on road. Rangers won eight of their last 12 games; they've won seven in a row at home, with last home loss to Washington March 24, which was Caps' only win in last five visits to Manhattan. New York scored 4+ goals in its last six wins, 1-2-2-0 in its last four losses. Under is 10-1-5 last 16 series games- all five pushes ended 3-2.

Bruins won game 3 in Toronto, but are still just 4-8 in last 12 games overall, losing six of last nine games on foreign ice; they've scored 3+ goals in only three of last 11 games, but won 11 of last 13 vs Maple Leafs, taking five of last six visits here. Toronto is 3-6 in its last nine games- they're 3-4 in last seven home games. Over is 11-3-2 in last sixteen series games. Toronto reduced its penalty minutes from 39 in Game 1 to 7/10 in next two games; unusual for team (Leafs) to score two power play goals and still lose by three. Leafs have scored only one first period goal in three series games.

Ducks outscored Detroit 9-3 in third period in series so far, but Red Wings' wins are both in OT. Detroit is 3-2 in its last five visits to Anaheim, 10-5 in last 15 games vs Ducks- its goal 1:07 into OT of Game 4 made this a three-game series. Under is 7-3-1 in last eleven Detroit games. Anaheim lost four of last five home games, with only win in Game 1 of this series. Home teams are 20-10 so far in playoffs, 11-5 out west, with under 12-13-5, 8-5-3 in West, 4-8-2 in East. Red Wings were 0-7 on power play last two games, after being 4-10 in two games in Anaheim.

Los Angeles lost its last eight road games; their last win on foreign ice was March 31, at Dallas. Home team won first four LA-St Louis games, but Kings are 11-5 in last 16 games vs St Louis, 5-4 in last nine games here- they swept St Louis 4-0 in playoffs LY. LA is 1-12 on power play in this series, Blues 2-15. Game 4 was 4-3 after total of seven goals scored in first three games. Blues are 14-5 in last 19 games overall, allowing one goal each in five of last six games. Only twice in their last 12 games have Blues allowed more than two goals. Under is 9-2-1 in Blues' last 12 games overall, 6-2-1 in last nine series games.




NHL

Wednesday, May 8

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
BOSTON vs. TORONTO
Boston is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

7:30 PM
WASHINGTON vs. NY RANGERS
Washington is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
NY Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
NY Rangers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home

9:00 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. ST. LOUIS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Los Angeles's last 15 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of St. Louis's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of St. Louis's last 15 games when playing at home against Los Angeles

10:00 PM
DETROIT vs. ANAHEIM
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Detroit's last 18 games when playing Anaheim
Detroit is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Anaheim is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Anaheim's last 20 games

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05/08/2013 05:37 PM

NHL
Short Sheet

Wednesday, May 8

Quarterfinals, Game Four (Boston Leads, 2-1)
Boston at Toronto, 7:05 ET CNBC
Boston: 25-13 SU in road games off a road win against a division rival
Toronto: 7-19 SU in home games revenging a blowout loss vs opponent of 3 goals or more

Quarterfinals, Game Four (Washington Leads, 2-1)
Washington at NY Rangers, 7:35 ET NBCSN
Washington: 14-6 SU after having won 2 of their last 3
NY Rangers: 63-44 UNDER off a win or tie in their previous game

(TC) Quarterfinals, Game Five (Series Tied, 2-2)
Los Angeles at St. Louis, 9:05 ET CNBC
Los Angeles: 0-7 SU in road games off a home win
St. Louis: 28-14 SU after failing to cover 2 of their last 3 against the spread

Quarterfinals, Game Five (Series Tied, 2-2)
Detroit at Anaheim, 10:05 ET NBCSN
Detroit: Detroit 6-14 SU in road games after playing 2 consecutive home games
Anaheim: Anaheim 13-5 SU off a close road loss by 1 goal


(TC) = Time Change

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05/08/2013 05:41 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

05/07/13 5-­2-­1 71.43% +­1640 Detail
05/06/13 4-­3-­1 57.14% +­450 Detail
05/05/13 4-­3-­1 57.14% +­620 Detail
05/04/13 7-­1-­0 87.50% +­3185 Detail
05/03/13 2-­5-­1 28.57% -­2370 Detail
05/02/13 5-­3-­0 62.50% +­935 Detail
05/01/13 3-­2-­1 60.00% +­600 Detail

Totals 30-­19-­5 61.22% +5060




Wednesday, May 8

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Boston - 7:00 PM ET Boston -132 500
Toronto - Over 5 500

Washington-7:30 PM ET Washington +120 500 POD # 2
NY Rangers- Over 5 500

Los Angeles - 9:00 PM ET St. Louis -125 500
St. Louis - Under 5 500

Detroit - 10:00 PM ET Detroit +125 500 POD # 1
Anaheim - Over 5 500

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05/09/2013 09:12 AM

Preview: Senators (0-0) at Canadiens (0-0)

Date: May 09, 2013 7:00 PM EDT


OTTAWA (AP) - The Ottawa Senators are on the brink of advancing in the NHL playoffs, yet according to coach Paul MacLean they are fearful.

The Senators have a 3-1 lead over the archrival Canadiens heading into Game 5 Thursday night in Montreal. MacLean has done his best to deflect attention from his players during the emotional series, and Wednesday afternoon was no different.

MacLean is doing his best to make his team appear as the underdog.

``We're scared to death,' said MacLean of Game 5. ``I know I am. We know it's going to be really hard. Tomorrow is going to be a hard game and we have to make sure we're ready for that no matter what they have or who they play. It's going to be hard.'

Last year, the Senators had a 3-2 series lead over the New York Rangers, but lost the next two games. They're hopeful they've grown from that experience.

``We're going to find out tomorrow if we learned any lessons,' MacLean said. ``We can talk about it, speak about it and address it, but it's actually done on the ice when the puck drops. That's when we'll find out for sure.'

The Senators have a 7-0 record when leading a series 3-1, but the last time the Senators won three straight playoff games was 2007 Only four players - Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Phillips, Jason Spezza and Chris Neil - remain from that team.

Neil believes the team should be more than able to handle the pressure, with veteran leadership and the experience a number of its younger players earned in Binghamton when they won the Calder Cup in 2011.

``It's getting a taste of winning and some of our young guys got that and. And for some of the older guys they have felt the bitterness of losing,' Neil said. ``Whenever you have a team on the ropes you've got to be able to put them down and that's our mindset. We just have to play the game of games.'

The Senators know they can't afford to wait until the last ten minutes to take control as they did in Game 4, where they scored two late goals in regulation before winning in overtime. The Canadiens had been the better team for much of the game and, if not for a few breaks, the Senators could easily be heading to Montreal with the series tied.

But this has been a season of resilience for the Senators. Few gave the Senators any chance of reaching the playoffs after lengthy injuries to Spezza, star defenseman Erik Karlsson and starting goaltender Craig Anderson decimated the team in the regular season. But the depleted lineup found a way to keep winning, and from that players gained a sense of confidence in one another that is now reaping rewards.

It's why when trailing 2-0 heading into the third period the team still felt it had the ability to get back in Tuesday's game.

``It's nice to know that we can persevere in a game,' said defenseman Eric Gryba. ``We kind of laid an egg in the first half of the game or even arguably the first two periods, so to be able to come back and show the character that's in this locker room and battle back to win the game is really a testament to our leadership and the guys in this locker room.'

The Senators could be facing a very different team in Montreal. Goaltender Carey Price is listed as day to day with a lower body injury, while Brandon Prust and Ryan White are out with upper body injuries. Captain Brian Gionta, who missed Game 2 and Game 4, will undergo surgery Friday for a torn bicep tendon and is done for the season.

Not that it has affected the confidence of P.K. Subban

``We can beat these guys. We're better,' Subban said. ``Guys are going to realize when we're coming out the gates and we're flying that we're the better team and there's still life in this series for us.

``But it takes the guys in this room to believe that.'

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05/09/2013 09:14 AM

Preview: Islanders (0-0) at Penguins (0-0)

Date: May 09, 2013 7:00 PM EDT


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma insists he still believes in Marc-Andre Fleury, that the issues for the reeling Penguins go far beyond the struggles of their Stanley Cup-winning goaltender.

Still, that didn't stop Bylsma from making a switch he hopes will shift momentum in Pittsburgh's highly entertaining but slightly bewildering first-round playoff series with the New York Islanders.

Tomas Vokoun will get the start in net for the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday, a move necessitated by three straight shaky performances by Fleury and Vokoun's eye-popping numbers against the Islanders this season.

``We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us,' Bylsma said.

The 36-year-old veteran's next start might be the biggest of his career. The eighth-seeded Islanders tied the series at 2-all with a wild, momentum-swinging 6-4 victory on Tuesday night, one that seemed to further erode Fleury's confidence. New York scored three times in the game's final 16 minutes, including a pair of soft goals that found Fleury woefully out of position.

Fleury expressed his frustration afterward. His remorse, however, didn't stop him from being yanked in the playoffs for the first time in his career. The last time someone other than Fleury started a postseason game for the Penguins was in 2001.

Vokoun, acquired in a trade with Washington last spring, served as 1b to Fleury's 1a during the regular season, going 13-4 with a 2.45 goals-against-average. He was even better against the Islanders, posting a perfect 3-0 record while stopping 98 of 101 shots.

Now he'll be tasked with doing something he's never done in his 15-year career, help get a team past the first round. Vokoun's playoff record is 3-8, though those appearances came for overmatched Nashville teams in 2004 and 2007.

The top-seeded Penguins aren't overmatched. At the moment, though, they do appear a little overwhelmed.

New York looked to be little more than a speedbump for Pittsburgh after the Penguins rolled to a 5-0 win in Game 1. Yet the Islanders have bounced back to win two of the last three while pumping 16 goals by Fleury. New York's dominant performance in third period of Game 4 allowed the Islanders to escape what would have been a 3-1 hole. It also gave their confidence another rocket-fueled boost.

``We're hoping that they are a little rattled and they are a little worried about us because we think that we have every opportunity to win this series,' New York defenseman Matt Carkner said. ``We're here to win this series.'

Two more nights like Tuesday will have the Islanders into the second round for the first time in 20 years. New York's last playoff series win came against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins in 1993. That series went seven games. This one has all the makings of heading there too.

The longer things go, the more Pittsburgh hopes its star-studded roster dotted with Stanley Cup winners and Cup-hungry veterans will get into a rhythm. It hasn't happened in the last three games, as the Islanders have turned each contest into a track meet, luring the Penguins into sloppy mistakes New York has greedily turned into goals.

No miscue loomed larger than a silly giveaway by reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin in the third period on Tuesday. With the score tied at 4, Malkin was attempting to clear the zone when he decided to throw a pass toward the middle instead of safely up the boards. Islanders center John Tavares picked up the lazy pass, swooped in on Fleury then squeezed off a wrist shot and the ensuing rebound that proved to be the game-winner.

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby credited the Islanders for their relentless forecheck but allowed the Penguins could be considerably smarter with the puck.

``Part of it is us not making bad plays sometimes, too,' he said. ``When they're coming that hard the play needs to be made and you've got to execute or else they're coming back the other way pretty quickly.'

New York has counter-punched the NHL's highest-scoring team much in the same way the Flyers did to the Penguins in the first round a year ago. Philadelphia knocked off Pittsburgh in six high-scoring, defense-optional games. The Penguins stressed they had learned a painful lesson. It hasn't exactly looked like it for most of the last three games.

``They're playing aggressive and we plan on matching that and finding a way to win this series,' Pittsburgh forward Jarome Iginla said. ``I think this could be great for us.'

It could be great for the Islanders too. New York spent the last six weeks of the regular season scrambling to make the postseason. After needing a game to get their feet set, the Islanders have gone skate-to-skate against a team with far more experience about what it takes to be successful this time of year.

Heading into a best-of-3 to determine who makes it to the conference semifinals, New York is only too aware that it's not supposed to be here. The Islanders are playing with house money, or more specifically, Pittsburgh's money.

``It's where we want to be,' Carkner said. ``We've been playing some pretty good hockey. To win (Game 4), that was a really gutsy win and we're excited.'

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05/09/2013 09:15 AM

Preview: Wild (0-0) at Blackhawks (0-0)

Date: May 09, 2013 9:30 PM EDT


CHICAGO (AP) - It's been three years since the Chicago Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup, and they haven't made it past the opening round in the playoffs since that run.

One more win and that changes.

The Blackhawks are on the verge of advancing in the playoffs for the first time since they captured the championship in 2010, with a 3-1 lead over the Minnesota Wild. They can wrap up this first-round series in Game 5 at the United Center on Thursday.

They're not exactly breathing easy, and they insist the Wild haven't seen their best shot.

``You look at some teams that just battled their way into the playoffs in the last 10, 15 regular-season games or so, they come right into it,' Jonathan Toews said. ``You see the pace. You see the physicality in a lot of those other series. We're getting better one game at a time, but we need to start bringing that now.'

The Blackhawks set the pace all season, getting off to a record start and capturing the Presidents' Trophy for leading the league in points. Now, they're in position to knock off Minnesota after losing to Vancouver and Phoenix in the first round the past two years.

They've killed every power play. Their defense has come up big with Corey Crawford playing well in net after letting in some soft goals against the Coyotes last year, and if that's not enough, consider this.

The Wild's top two goalies are banged up. Niklas Backstrom was injured warming up before Game 1, thrusting Josh Harding into the lineup.

Now, Harding's hurt, too. His legs got straddled around the left post when Toews landed on top of him in a collision in the crease in the with about four minutes left in the first period of Game 4 on Tuesday.

He got up gingerly and finished out the period, shaking his left leg several times and testing it with a slow skate behind the net. The Wild went with backup Darcy Kuemper to start the second period, and it's not clear who will be in goal for them on Thursday.

``We like to keep the other team guessing, so we're not only going to not tell them who our starting goalie is, we won't tell them who our backup goalie is,' coach Mike Yeo said. ``Really leave them in the dark.'

Yeo would not reveal the extent of Harding's injury, although he did say the goalie would make the trip to Chicago. Defenseman Clayton Stoner and center Zenon Konopka remain out with injuries and won't make the trip.

``It's desperation time right now,' Wild forward Kyle Brodziak said. ``There's no room for sulking or anything like that.'

The Wild had a chance to tie the series after winning Game 3 in overtime when Jason Zucker scored from a bad angle, but it was a different story in Game 4 on Tuesday. Patrick Sharp scored two goals, Crawford looked good again in goal with 25 saves for his second career postseason shutout and Chicago blocked 26 shots to go up 3-1.

``I think Corey's a great goaltender,' Patrick Kane said. ``He's a big guy. He takes up a lot of net. He's even tough to score on in practice. I think you really see him fighting through screens and fighting through traffic to make those saves - not just the first save but the second, third and fourth. He's been unbelievable through this series. He had a great game last night. It's almost like it's routine now, you really expect it from him.'

Many weren't sure what to expect from the Blackhawks' goalies when the year began, and it was a similar story for Crawford coming into the playoffs even though he and Ray Emery dominated during the regular season.

There was much debate down the stretch over who should be the No. 1 goalie when the playoffs started. Emery's injury ended that.

Crawford has been solid in this series with a .949 save percentage after struggling a bit in the playoffs a year ago.

That's one reason why the defense has held its ground. The forwards have been chipping in, too.

The Blackhawks have also dominated on the penalty kill, with Minnesota going 0 for 15 on the power play in this series. The Wild are the only team without a power-play goal in this postseason.

Chicago, meanwhile, is one win from a second-round matchup with Anaheim or Detroit. Yet, the Blackhawks are not quite ready to exhale.

As good as they've been on the penalty kill, the power play remains an issue - as it has been all season. The Blackhawks are just 1 of 11 in this series after ranking 19th during the regular season.

Can they win the Stanley Cup if they don't improve on the power play?

``I still think we can do it (get better in that area), and by the end of the playoffs, hopefully, we'll show you guys,' Kane said.

Note: Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Emery and C Dave Bolland, out with lower body injuries, are ``both fine' but are ``doubtful' for Game 5.

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05/09/2013 09:18 AM

2013 NHL Playoff Results

May 8, 2013


NHL First Round

-- Home teams are 20-11
-- Favorites are 21-10 straight up
-- Favorites that won are 9-12 on the puck-line
-- The Under has gone 14-12-5
Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result


Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013

Minnesota Chicago (-270) 2-1 (OT) Favorite Under (5)

Los Angeles St. Louis (-125) 2-1 (OT) Favorite Under (5)

Detroit Anaheim (-145) 3-1 Favorite Under (5)


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Toronto Boston (-180) 4-1 Favorite Push (5)

NY Islanders Pittsburgh (-220) 5-0 Favorite Under (5.5)

San Jose (+120) Vancouver 3-1 Underdog Under (5)


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ottawa (+125) Montreal 4-2 Underdog Over (5)

NY Rangers Washington (-130) 3-1 Favorite Under (5)

Los Angeles St. Louis (-130) 2-1 Favorite Under (5)

Detroit (+120) Anaheim 5-4 (OT) Underdog Over (5)


Friday, May 3, 2013

NY Islanders (+200) Pittsburgh 4-3 Underdog Over (5.5)

Ottawa Montreal (-135) 3-1 Favorite Under (5)

Minnesota Chicago (-250) 5-2 Favorite Over (5)

San Jose (+115) Vancouver 3-2 (OT) Underdog Push (5)


Saturday, May 4, 2013

NY Rangers Washington (-125) 1-0 (OT) Favorite Under (5)

Toronto (+170) Boston 4-2 Underdog Push (6)

Anaheim (+110) Detroit 4-0 Underdog Under (5)

St. Louis Los Angeles (-145) 1-0 Favorite Under (4.5)


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pittsburgh (-170) NY Islanders 5-4 (OT) Favorite Over (5.5)

Chicago Minnesota (+145) 3-2 (OT) Underdog Push (5)

Montreal Ottawa (-135) 6-1 Favorite Over (5)

Vancouver San Jose (-145) 5-2 Favorite Over (4.5)


Monday, May 6, 2013

Boston (-130) Toronto 5-2 Favorite Over (5)

Washington NY Rangers (-145) 4-3 Favorite Over (5)

Anaheim Detroit (-130) 3-2 (OT) Favorite Push (5)

St. Louis Los Angeles (-140) 4-3 Favorite Over (4.5)


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pittsburgh NY Islanders (+145) 6-4 Underdog Over (6)

Montreal Ottawa (-140) 3-2 (OT) Favorite Push (5)

Chicago (-160) Minnesota 3-0 Favorite Under (5)

Vancouver San Jose (-165) 4-3 (OT) Favorite Over (5)


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Boston (-130) Toronto 4-3 (OT) Favorite Over (5)

Washington NY Rangers (-135) 4-3 Favorite Over (5)

Los Angeles (+115) St. Louis 3-2 (OT) Underdog Over (4.5)

Detroit Anaheim (-140) 3-2 (OT) Favorite Push (5)

Thursday, May 9, 2013
NY Islanders Pittsburgh - - -
Ottawa Montreal - - -
Minnesota Chicago - - -

Friday, May 10, 2013
Toronto Boston - - -
NY Rangers Washington - - -
Anaheim Detroit - - -
St. Louis Los Angeles - - -

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Pittsburgh NY Islanders - - -
* Montreal Ottawa - - -
* Chicago Minnesota - - -

Sunday, May 12, 2013
* NY Islanders Pittsburgh - - -
* Ottawa Montreal - - -
Washington NY Rangers - - -
* Boston Toronto - - -
* Minnesota Chicago - - -
* Detroit Anaheim - - -

Monday, May 13, 2013
* NY Rangers Washington - - -
* Toronto Boston - - -
* Los Angeles St. Louis - - -

*If Neccessary

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05/09/2013 09:20 AM

NHL
Dunkel

Ottawa at Montreal
The Senators look to close out the series and build on their 5-1 record in their last 6 road games. Ottawa is the pick (+110) according to Dunkel, which has the Senators favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Ottawa (+110). Here are all of today's picks.

THURSDAY, MAY 9

Game 33-34: Ottawa at Montreal (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ottawa 12.076; Montreal 11.093
Dunkel Line & Total: Ottawa by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Montreal (-130); 5
Dunkel Pick: Ottawa (+110); Under

Game 35-36: NY Islanders at Pittsburgh (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Islanders 11.763; Pittsburgh 12.699
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1; 7
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-220); 6
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-220); Over

Game 37-38: Minnesota at Chicago (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 10.448; Chicago 11.652
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 1; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-275); 5
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-275); Under




NHL
Long Sheet

Thursday, May 9

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OTTAWA (28-18-0-6, 62 pts.) at MONTREAL (30-16-0-6, 66 pts.) - 5/9/2013, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MONTREAL is 12-23 ATS (-18.2 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MONTREAL is 11-9 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 11-9-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
10 of 18 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.5 Units)

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NY ISLANDERS (26-18-0-8, 60 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (38-14-0-0, 76 pts.) - 5/9/2013, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PITTSBURGH is 38-14 ATS (+58.1 Units) in all games this season.
PITTSBURGH is 38-14 ATS (+11.5 Units) second half of the season this season.
PITTSBURGH is 11-1 ATS (+9.4 Units) in home games after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.
NY ISLANDERS are 15-11 ATS (+28.5 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
NY ISLANDERS are 9-4 ATS (+14.7 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 14-7-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
10 of 19 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.3 Units, Under=-1.9 Units)

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MINNESOTA (27-21-0-4, 58 pts.) at CHICAGO (39-7-0-6, 84 pts.) - 5/9/2013, 9:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 15-30 ATS (+48.0 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 5-16 ATS (+25.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
CHICAGO is 39-13 ATS (+58.5 Units) in all games this season.
CHICAGO is 39-13 ATS (+14.2 Units) second half of the season this season.
CHICAGO is 326-341 ATS (-58.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 10-5 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 10-5-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
7 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.6 Units, Under=-1.0 Units)

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NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Thursday, May 9

Penguins won 10 of last 14 games, are 28-10 in last 38 games vs Islanders, but this series is 2-2, as Islanders scored five goals on only 14 shots in last two periods of Game 4- they split last six visits here, after losing previous 14 in Steel City. Nine of last twelve series games overall went over total. Islanders outscored Pittsburgh 6-1 in third period of series, but Penguins did win only OT game. Pitt is 6-15 on power play in series, but was 0-2 last game. New York scored 4-4-6 goals in last three games, after Pens held nine of previous 11 opponents to three or less goals.

Blackhawks won seven of last eight home games, winning 2-1ot/5-2 in Games 1-2 of this series; Chicago is 1-11 on power play in series, with only goal scored in Game 1; Wild is 0-15, going 0-6 last game- they also allowed a shorthanded goal in series. Blackhawks won 12 of last 15 games overall; they won five of last six games with Wild, which lost nine of last 14 games overall. Under is 6-1-1 in last eight Chicago games. Minnesota scored total of 14 goals in its last nine games. Wild lost five of last six visits here. Over is 16-12-6 in playoffs so far, 6-8-4 in Western Conference.

Senators outscored Montreal 10-0 in third period/OT in series; home side won 10 of last 11 Montreal-Ottawa games, with Senators losing five of last six here. Ottawa is 9-4 in last thirteen games overall, with under 11-3-1 in last 15 series games. Ottawa had three power play goals in Game 3, but was 0-9 on power play in other three games. After Game 3 had 236 penalty minutes, Game 4 had 8, yes, 8. Canadiens lost three of last five home games, are 5-9 in last fourteen games overall. Ottawa won five of its last six road games, with the Game 2 loss in Montreal the only loss in that stretch.




NHL

Thursday, May 9

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Trend Report
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7:00 PM
NY ISLANDERS vs. PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 8 of the NY Islanders last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
NY Islanders are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games when playing NY Islanders
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games

7:00 PM
OTTAWA vs. MONTREAL
Ottawa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Montreal
Ottawa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Ottawa
Montreal is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games

9:30 PM
MINNESOTA vs. CHICAGO
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
Chicago is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games


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NHL

Thursday, May 9

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Thursday's NHL playoff action: What bettors need to know
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New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins (-209, 6)

Series tied 2-2.

Tomas Vokoun was signed to a two-year contract in the offseason, with the primary purpose to serve as the understudy to stud goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. With the latter clearly struggling, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has elected to trust the 36-year-old Vokoun with the start for Thursday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series versus the New York Islanders. Fleury was blitzed for six goals on 24 shots as the eighth-seeded Islanders evened the series at two games apiece with a 6-4 triumph on Tuesday.

"We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us and be a goaltender we could count on to go in and play big games," Bylsma said of Vokoun, who will be making his first postseason start in six years. Vokoun will have the task of shutting down Kyle Okposo, who has scored in three consecutive games - after finding the net just four times in the regular season. John Tavares has also scored in two straight contests.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, MSG Plus (New York), ROOT Sports (Pittsburgh)

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS: While Pittsburgh made a change in goaltenders, New York isn't ready to go that route - despite Evgeni Nabokov's less-than-stellar numbers. Despite having a gaudy 4.56 goals-against average and an .846 save percentage, the veteran Russian isn't getting down on his performance. "If you look at the goals, they score good goals, they score off their sticks, off their feet. ... I think the biggest thing is, move on to the next shot," Nabokov said. "I tried to make saves and trust the guys that they're going to do the job."

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Evgeni Malkin has recorded four consecutive two-point performances in the series, but his giveaway in the third period on Tuesday led to Pittsburgh's undoing. The reigning Hart Trophy winner's ill-advised clearing attempt up the middle was intercepted by Tavares, who skated in on Fleury and cleaned up his own rebound to give New York a 5-4 lead. James Neal and defenseman Brooks Orpik returned from lower-body injuries - with the former scoring a goal.

TRENDS:

* Over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings.
* Under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Pittsburgh.
* Islanders are 17-36 in the last 53 meetings.
* Islanders are 5-22 in the last 27 meetings in Pittsburgh.

OVERTIME:

1. Vokoun stopped 98-of-101 shots to win all three contests against the Islanders in 2013. The veteran has struggled in the playoffs, however, posting a 3-8 mark in 11 career appearances with Nashville.

2. New York D Andrew MacDonald suffered a broken hand in Game 4 and could miss the remainder of the postseason, Newsday reported.

3. Fleury has started 79 consecutive postseason games for the Penguins, securing a 45-34 mark with six shutouts.



Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (-122, 5)

Ottawa leads series 3-1.

The Montreal Canadiens were seconds away from returning home tied with the Ottawa Senators in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Instead, the Canadiens are on the brink of elimination and could be without their starting goaltender and captain when they host the seventh-seeded Senators in Game 5 on Thursday night. Ottawa scored the tying goal with 22.6 seconds left in regulation before Kyle Turris won it in overtime Tuesday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Montreal goaltender Carey Price suffered a lower-body injury in the waning seconds of regulation and his status is unclear for Game 5. The Canadiens will be without captain Brian Gionta, who will undergo season-ending surgery Friday to repair a torn biceps muscle, as well as well as forwards Brandon Prust and Ryan White. The Senators have owned a decided edge in the pivotal third period of the series, scoring three goals in their Game 1 victory, four times in the Game 3 romp and twice in Game 4 to erase a 2-0 deficit. "That's the nature of our team," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "We play the whole game and don't stop playing until the game is over and that means 60-plus minutes to do it, and we found a way."

TV: 7 p.m. CNBC, CBC, RDS

ABOUT THE SENATORS: Turris got off to a fast start this season, scoring three goals in the first four games. An injury to No. 1 center Jason Spezza forced him to play on the top line and Turris did not respond well, scoring in only three of 35 games at one point, but he has come up big when it counted. Turris scored the winning overtime goal and assisted on the tying tally in Game 4 and also delivered the backbreaking goal in Game 3. He finished the regular season strong by scoring four times in the final six games. "He's been a player that's grown a lot with us this year, having to take over the No. 1 center position even if he's not that No. 1 center," MacLean said. "But he played against a lot of the best guys in the league. He's really started to come out of the tunnel at the other end and there's a light there. His overall game has improved so much this year."

ABOUT THE CANADIENS: Price is scheduled to be re-evaluated Thursday, putting backup Peter Budaj in the precarious position of possibly having to win an elimination game despite making only one start in three weeks. Budaj won seven consecutive starts this season and compiled an 8-1-1 record and 2.28 goals-against average. He will need to have a short memory after getting beat by Turris on a bad-angle shot in the extra session. Budaj made his first start of the season against the Senators and wound up on the short end of a 5-1 rout. Norris Trophy candidate P.K. Subban sounded unconcerned over who was in net. "When we come out of the gates and we're flying, guys are going to realize that we're the better team and there's still life in this series for us," Subban said. "We've been outshooting them every game, we've got good goaltending no matter who's in the net, so I wish them the best of luck."

TRENDS:

* Home team is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.
*Over is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings.
* Senators are 1-5 in the last six meetings in Montreal.

OVERTIME:

1. Budaj, a former backup to Ottawa G Craig Anderson with Colorado, has never started a postseason game. He had made five career playoff appearances.

2. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, 40, has five points to tie reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson for the series lead.

3. Game 6 - if necessary - will be played Saturday night in Ottawa.



Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks (-265, 5)

Chicago leads series 3-1.

The Minnesota Wild might run out of goaltenders before they run out of opportunities to stay alive in their Western Conference first-round series. The eighth-seeded Wild will likely start rookie netminder Darcy Kuemper when they visit the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in Game 5, trailing 3-1 after losing both Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding. Backstrom suffered a leg injury while warming up for Game 1, while Harding - absent for most of the season due to complications with treatment for his multiple sclerosis - left Game 4 with what appeared to be a lower-body injury following a collision with Chicago captain Jonathan Toews. Kuemper was unable to stop the first shot he faced in his postseason career but finished Tuesday’s contest with 16 saves on 18 shots.

The Blackhawks have dominated Minnesota at home in the series, outshooting the Wild 85-55 over the first two contests. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves in Game 4 for his second career playoff shutout. After Tuesday’s triumph and victories at home in the first two games, the Blackhawks have a chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Chicago is 5-0-1 in its last six home contests against Minnesota, the one blemish coming in a 5-4 shootout loss on April 1, 2012. The Blackhawks are 47-12-11 at United Center - including playoffs - since the start of last season and went 4-1-0 in elimination games during their 2010 Stanley Cup championship run.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS2, NBCSN, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago

ABOUT THE WILD: Ryan Suter was nominated for the Norris Trophy on Tuesday as the league’s top defenseman along with Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and Montreal’s P.K. Subban. Suter, who led the league in time on ice with 27:16 per game, played 30:23 on Tuesday - the third time in four games he reached 30 minutes of ice-time in regulation. Suter has yet to record a point in the series after finishing the season with 32 and has 13 points in 43 career postseason contests. Minnesota coach Mike Yeo would not commit to starting Kuemper in net for Game 5 as Harding and Backstrom both remain day-to-day with their respective injuries. Kuemper, who had a total of 288 minutes in net over six games during the regular season, was selected in the sixth round -161st overall - in 2009 and has one NHL victory to his credit.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: Patrick Sharp scored twice for the second time this series on Tuesday after also recording two in the third period of Game 2. Sharp, who was limited to 28 games and only six goals due to injuries during the regular season, leads the series with five points and has 27 career postseason tallies. Ray Emery and Dave Bolland, who have missed the entire series thus far with lower-body injuries, are doubtful for Game 5 despite practicing with the team this week. Bryan Bickell has scored in three of the four games, raising his career playoff total to seven goals and 10 points in 19 contests. Captain Jonathan Toews has yet to record a point in the series after entering the postseason with 50 points in 52 career games.

TRENDS:

* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Chicago.
* Under is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings.
* Home team is 6-2 in the last eight meetings.
* Wild are 1-5 in the last six meetings in Chicago.
* Wild are 1-5 in the last six meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Chicago’s penalty killing has been flawless in 15 opportunities for the Wild over the first four games.

2. Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu is minus-5 with eight penalty minutes and has been held off the scoresheet for the duration of the series.

3. Wild RW Jason Pominville returned from a concussion on Tuesday and fired three shots in 12:12 time on ice.

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