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12/13/2011 06:55 PM

Long Sheet

Tuesday, December 13

Ice picks: Tuesday's best NHL bets

Los Angeles Kings at Boston Bruins (-175, 5)

In one of the worst-kept secrets in the NHL this season, the Los Angeles Kings finally got around to firing coach Terry Murray Monday evening.

Numerous media outlets had been hinting at the move for a while before the Los Angeles Times cited unnamed sources that it was going down this week. Monday evening that became a reality as Murray was relieved of his duties and John Stevens has been named interim coach. Word has it that GM Dean Lombardi was very frustrated that he had to fire Murray and reportedly laced into the team Monday evening.

The Kings had it coming to them, playing well below their potential and there are rumors of conflict in the dressing room. They have lost four straight, scoring just six goals during that span and are averaging a league-worst 2.21 goals per game.

You could do worse than throw a sprinkle on the Kings for the upset here, especially with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara sidelined with a lower-body injury. If you'd like to see how the Kings react to the new coach before backing them, look to the under.

Pick: Kings

Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins (N/A)

Just when everything was looking up for the Pittsburgh Penguins, they’ve taken a couple of steps back.

When healthy, they are probably the deepest team in the league, but injuries forced winger Pascal Dupuis to play in the middle in Saturday’s win over the New York Islanders.

Sidney Crosby is now out again with more concussion symptoms and there’s no timetable for his return, while Jordan Staal is also banged up and also missed Pittsburgh’s last game.

The Penguins have to be commended for playing as well as they have with all the injuries they have faced this year, but you have to wonder how long they’ll be able to keep it up.

Meanwhile, Detroit is just hitting its stride, having won nine of its last 11. The Wings hammered Winnipeg 7-1 on Saturday thanks to six different players chipping in two points.

"It's important to get scoring from a lot of guys, to have that depth so you're not relying on those top two lines to have to do it all the time,” Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom told reporters. “We've got a lot of players chipping in and not relying on (Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk) to do it all for us."

Pick: Red Wings

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12/13/2011 06:57 PM


Tuesday, December 13

Pucking the trends: This week's best NHL betting trends

Every week, we update you on who's hot, who's not and situational betting spots in the National Hockey League.

HOT TEAM: Detroit Red Wings

The numbers are starting to remind people of the glory days in Hockeytown. An easy 7-1 victory over Winnipeg Jets on Saturday was Detroit’s ninth win in the last 11 games. It was also their second straight victory after a modest two-game skid, and it was their ninth consecutive win on home ice.

The run, as great as it’s been, hasn’t put the Red Wings in first place in the Central Division yet, but if they keep up this pace, it’s hard to imagine they won’t overtake the Chicago Blackhawks at some point.

The scoring, as usual, has been coming from everywhere on the Detroit roster. Johan Franzen has 13 goals, Valtteri Filppula has 10, Pavel Datsyuk has 20 assists, and even Todd Bertuzzi has three goals and 10 points. It all adds up to one of the hottest buys in the league these days.

Keep in mind, it’s the Red Wings we’re talking about, so there will be a price to pay at the window. But wins are wins, and Detroit seems to be feeding off them these days.

COLD TEAM: Tampa Bay Lightning

What a difference a year makes. In June, the Lightning stretched the Eastern Conference Finals to seven games before finally bowing to Boston en route to the Bruins’ Stanley Cup. But along the way, Tampa Bay turned heads throughout the league by defeating powerhouses Pittsburgh and Washington in the first two rounds.

Well, the league has caught up to Tampa Bay’s 1-3-1 defensive system. It was cute last year, it worked well, and it stifled the competition -- not unlike the New Jersey Devils’ old neutral-zone trap. But the party is over. Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Philadelphia was the Lightning’s fourth loss in December, and Tampa Bay has now dropped six of the last seven games.

The offense is there -- Steven Stamkos has 16 goals and Vinny Lecavalier has 11 -- but Tampa Bay is not frustrating the opposition in the neutral zone like they did last year. And if they keep this up, they're going to be out of contention in a hurry in the ultra-tight Eastern Conference.

OVER PLAY: Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs have settled into a decent groove. No longer are they atop the Eastern Conference, which doesn’t surprise anyone, yet no longer are they at the bottom, like so many had become accustomed to. With their depth and their defense, they should remain in the playoff hunt the rest of the way, and will likely have a shot at one of the bottom seeds five months from now.

And while the goaltending has been good at times -- using many different names in the pipes along the way -- it hasn’t been so good that you can’t rely on Toronto for some overs. In fact, with an 18-11 over mark headed into Tuesday’s tilt versus Carolina, the Maple Leafs have become one of the better over plays in the East.

Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Capitals in Washington was Toronto’s sixth over in the last eight games. And the Maple Leafs have allowed 20 goals in their last five games, as well.

UNDER PLAY: Dallas Stars

The Pacific Division race is shaping up to be a beauty. Everyone is alive and well, with the exception of Anaheim, and the Coyotes, Sharks, Stars and Kings have given bettors plenty of reasons to stay up late.

Dallas has had some consistency issues -- the Stars are just 2-2 this month headed into Tuesday’s game at the New York Rangers -- but defense and goaltending has not been a problem. And as a result, the unders have been flowing.

A 2-1 win over the Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday was the Stars’ 15th under of the season, fourth since Nov. 26, and it came from an unlikely source. That’s because goaltender Richard Bachman made 26 saves in his first NHL start in a tough building on the road. As long as magic like that continues to occur, Dallas will remain a quality under play.


** The Wild have been the story of the year so far, and rightfully so. A perfect blend of defense, goaltending and just enough offense has Minnesota cruising. But the next two weeks will test this team’s conditioning, as Tuesday’s game at Winnipeg will begin a stretch of six games in 10 days, four of which will be on the road.

** Keep an eye on the Devils as a potential fade play this week. They are offensively challenged to begin with, and this week, they have two different sets of back-to-back games, so their endurance may suffer. They play at Tampa Bay and at Florida on Monday and Tuesday, and then, two days later, they play Dallas at home, and then it’s off to Montreal, on Friday and Saturday. That’s a lot of hockey for a mediocre team.

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12/13/2011 06:58 PM

Short Sheet

Tuesday, December 13

PHILADELPHIA: 6-0 SU revenging a loss vs opponent of 2 goals or more
WASHINGTON: 1-5 SU after having won 2 of their last 3 games

CAROLINA: 0-7 SU after a division game
TORONTO: 5-0 SU off a road loss

OTTAWA: 24-14 SU when playing with 2 days rest
BUFFALO: 5-11 SU in home games


VANCOUVER: 16-4 SU in road games after a blowout win by 3 goals or more
COLUMBUS: 0-7 SU revenging a loss where team scored 1 or less goals

LOS ANGELES: 14-7 SU in road games after 2 or more consecutive losses
BOSTON: 10-15 SU in home games in non-conference games

DALLAS: 20-8 SU after allowing 1 goal or less in their previous game
NY RANGERS: 11-20 SU after allowing 2 goals or less in 2 straight games

NEW JERSEY: 47-25 SU after having won 2 of their last 3 games
FLORIDA: 38-55 SU in home games

NY ISLANDERS: 4-15 SU as an underdog
MONTREAL: 22-35 SU in home games off a road win by 1 goal

CALGARY: 0-6 SU after allowing 1 goal or less in their previous game
NASHVILLE: 31-18 SU revenging a loss where team scored 1 or less goals

MINNESOTA: 5-0 SU in December games
WINNIPEG: 9-3 SU in a home game where where the total is 5.5

SAN JOSE: 40-19 SU after playing a road game
COLORADO: 7-17 SU in home games revenging a loss vs opponent of 2 goals or more

** (TC) Denotes Time Change

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12/13/2011 07:02 PM


Tuesday, December 13

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Los Angeles 0 0th Los Angeles +166 500
Boston 0 Under 5 500

Ottawa 0 0th Buffalo -155 500
Buffalo 0 Under 5.5 500

Carolina 0 0th Carolina +152 500
Toronto 0 Over 5.5 500

Dallas 0 0th NY Rangers -165 500
NY Rangers 0 Under 5 500

Vancouver 0 0th Columbus +154 500
Columbus 0 Over 5.5 500

NY Islanders - 7:30 PM ET Montreal -157 500
Montreal - Over 5.5 500

New Jersey - 7:30 PM ET Florida -150 500
Florida - Over 5 500

Calgary - 8:00 PM ET Nashville -145 500
Nashville - Over 5 500

Minnesota - 8:30 PM ET Minnesota +109 500
Winnipeg - Over 5.5 500

San Jose - 9:00 PM ET San Jose -140 500
Colorado - Over 5.5 500

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