cnotes Posts:33205 Followers:38
02/06/2012 03:22 PM


Monday, February 6

Pucking the trends: NHL betting news and notes

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

HOT TEAM: Buffalo Sabres

There are hotter teams out there in the league, but when you have a chance to put Buffalo up here this late in the year, it’s worth it simply because of the value you can grab with the Sabres.

Buffalo isn’t likely to make a miracle run to the postseason like it did last year, but it’s important to point out that the Sabres have points in their last four games - winning three of those - and haven’t lost a game in regulation since Jan. 21.

Goaltender Ryan Miller is back in his comfort zone, as he notched his 235th career victory against the Islanders Saturday night. In posting the 4-3 shootout victory, he overtook Dominik Hasek with the most wins in franchise history.

Of course, they still need help on offense. Jason Pominville has 17 goals and 48 points, and Thomas Vanek has 19 goals and 41 points, but no one else has more than 26 of the latter. For now, they seem to be getting by and have saved coach Lindy Ruff’s job along the way.

COLD TEAM: Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche and their young legs seem to be running out of steam as points become more precious in the Western Conference. On Saturday, Colorado blew a 2-1 lead to Vancouver in the final seconds, as the Canucks pulled goaltender Roberto Luongo. The Avalanche then lost in a shootout, pushing their losing streak to five.

Through Saturday night, the Avalanche, who haven’t won since Jan. 21, were three points out of the No. 8 postseason spot in the West and had two teams to jump - Minnesota and Dallas - to get there. What’s worse, they were just one point ahead of 12th place and fading fast.

Point production has been a problem and that will probably be their downfall this season. Ryan O'Reilly has 38 points, and Paul Stastny (32) and Milan Hejduk (30) have been decent, but there's not much else there. And that’s not going to be enough to hang in the ultra-competitive West.

OVER PLAY: San Jose Sharks

The Sharks have won three of four and things seem to be going well. But it's important to note a mild over run with an important stretch ahead of them. San Jose, which lost at Phoenix 5-3 on Saturday night, will return home for two games, but then embark on an eight-game trip out East.

They've been playing some up-and-down hockey and as the miles stack up on this trip, and the legs get tired. In other words, their defense may slip up a bit as fatigue sets in. Heading into Wednesday’s game against Calgary, San Jose had posted three consecutive overs, against Phoenix, Dallas and Columbus.

They still have plenty of offense with five players posting 30 or more points, including forwards Joe Thornton (44), Logan Couture (41), and Patrick Marleau (41). And before you know it, their ever-changing over/under record (23-27 through Saturday) may be even across the board.

UNDER PLAY: St. Louis Blues

The Blues, with new head coach Ken Hitchcock leading the way, continue to be one of the better under buys out there.

St. Louis lost to Nashville 3-1 Saturday. It was the Blues' second straight finish below the total and pushed the under streak to four games. In fact, headed into Tuesday's game against Ottawa, St. Louis was riding a 10-game stretch in which only one over was cashed (six unders, three pushes).

St. Louis has a healthy combination of two-way forwards, which has been the biggest key to the unders, and David Backes has led the way. Not only does he have 16 goals and 37 points, he is also a plus-15 and has 41 blocks. And that kind of play isn’t going anywhere, so consider the Blues a healthy under play the rest of the way.

Surveying the schedule:

-- The Rangers had a light week after the all-star break, but it picked up Sunday with a flurry. New York hosted Philadelphia a few hours before the Super Bowl, kicking off a seven-game stretch that will cover just 12 days. Expect goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to snag a few games off in that run as head coach John Tortorella eyes the postseason.

-- Phoenix has been one of the more inconsistent teams out there this season, and the Coyotes better hope they’re on one of their upswings this week. Monday’s game against Detroit will open a run of four games in a six-day span, and the opponents aren’t easy. In addition to the Red Wings, the Coyotes will meet the Stars (Tuesday), Flames (Thursday), and Blackhawks (Saturday).

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cnotes Posts:33205 Followers:38
02/06/2012 03:23 PM


Monday, February 6

Ice picks: Monday's best NHL bets

Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs (-170, 5.5)

It’s as close to a game between the Edmonton Oilers of the early ‘80s and the 1993 Maple Leafs as imaginable as the two hot teams clash on Monday in Toronto.

It will be the first of two meetings in a nine-day span. The Maple Leafs, winners of two straight games, are fighting for one of the last few playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With 60 points, Toronto is in a bunch within a couple of points that includes the New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets.

The Oilers, playing like playoff contenders with three straight wins, are 11 points behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Edmonton is coming off a 5-4 shootout win at home over the Detroit Red Wings. Sam Gagner followed his historic eight-point night with two goals and an assist.

“I’m just feeling way better about how I am playing," Gagner told reporters. "I want the puck. I want to be the guy."

When he's going like this, the Oilers will be happy to give it to him.

Pick: Oilers

Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks (-130, 5.5)

A glance at Friday’s results quickly sums up the state of the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks.

After the Flames defeated Stanley Cup contender Chicago 3-1, the Ducks lost at home to the NHL’s worst team – the Columbus Blue Jackets – 3-2 in overtime. Calgary will try to build off the Chicago victory by opening a three-game road trip Monday against the Ducks.

The Flames have lost a remarkable 13 straight regular-season games at Anaheim – the last six by one goal – and haven’t won there since Jan. 19, 2004. Calgary is tied for 11th, four points behind Minnesota.

When Anaheim failed to capitalize and didn’t pick up what seemed to be an easy two points, it might have officially shifted itself into seller’s mode in advance of the Feb. 27 NHL trading deadline. The Flames defeated the Ducks 1-0 in overtime in the first meeting of the season Jan. 12.

We figure the Flames might finally be able to snap this curse in Anaheim.

Pick: Flames

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cnotes Posts:33205 Followers:38
02/06/2012 03:24 PM


Calgary at Anaheim
The Ducks look to take advantage of a Calgary team that is 2-10 in its last 12 games as a road underdog. Anaheim is the pick (-130) according to Dunkel, which has the Ducks favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (-130). Here are all of today's picks.


Game 51-52: Edmonton at Toronto (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Edmonton 12.743; Toronto 11.679
Dunkel Line & Total: Edmonton by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Toronto (-170); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Edmonton (+150); Under

Game 53-54: Detroit at Phoenix (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 12.600; Phoenix 11.580
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 1; 6 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit (-135); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-135); Over

Game 55-56: Calgary at Anaheim (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Calgary 10.218; Anaheim 11.667
Dunkel Line & Total: Anaheim by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Anaheim (-130); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Anaheim (-130); Under

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02/06/2012 06:17 PM


Monday, February 6

Game Score Status Pick Amount

L.A. Lakers - 7:00 PM ET L.A. Lakers +4 500
Philadelphia - Over 178.5 500

Toronto - 7:00 PM ET Washington -4.5 500
Washington - Over 187 500

L.A. Clippers - 7:00 PM ET Orlando +1 500
Orlando - Under 190.5 500

Chicago - 7:30 PM ET New Jersey +9.5 500
New Jersey - Under 187 500

Utah - 7:30 PM ET Utah +3 500
New York - Over 196 500

Phoenix - 7:30 PM ET Atlanta -8 500
Atlanta - Over 190 500

San Antonio - 8:00 PM ET San Antonio +1 500
Memphis - Under 185 500

Sacramento - 8:00 PM ET Sacramento +2 500
New Orleans - Under 182.5 500

Houston - 9:00 PM ET Houston +6.5 500
Denver - Over 208.5 500

Oklahoma City - 10:00 PM ET Portland +1 500
Portland - Under 196.5 500



Monday, February 6

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Edmonton - 7:00 PM ET Edmonton +154 500
Toronto - Under 5.5 500

Detroit - 8:00 PM ET Phoenix +114 500
Phoenix - Over 5.5 500

Calgary - 10:00 PM ET Anaheim -140 500
Anaheim - Over 5.5 500



Monday, February 6

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Wofford - 7:00 PM ET Wofford +10.5 500
Davidson - Under 136 500

Connecticut - 7:00 PM ET Connecticut +4 500
Louisville - Over 131 500

Appalachian St. - 7:00 PM ET Appalachian St. +1.5 500
Elon University - Over 138.5 500

Missouri - 7:00 PM ET Missouri -5 500
Oklahoma - Under 145 500

Furman - 7:30 PM ET Georgia Southern -2.5 500
Georgia Southern - Over 131.5 500

Idaho State - 9:00 PM ET Idaho State +13.5 500
Montana - Under 129 500

Marquette - 9:00 PM ET DePaul +9.5 500
DePaul - Under 153.5 500

Texas - 9:00 PM ET Texas A&M +3 500
Texas A&M - Under 123 500

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