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NHL Betting News and Notes

NHL Betting News and Notes

This Week's Best NHL Bets

For the week of March 24-30.

Hot team

Pittsburgh Penguins (4-0 SU)

The Penguins rolled to their 15th straight victory with a 2-0 win over the Islanders Saturday, but captain Sidney Crosby took a puck to the face and is out indefinitely. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is speculating Crosby will be ready to return by the start of the playoffs. Pittsburgh hosts Buffalo Tuesday before a home-and-home with the Rangers.

Cold team

St. Louis Blues (0-3 SU)

The Blues have dropped three straight games and four of their last five. St. Louis is clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into action Sunday. The Blues haven’t been able to top three goals in a single game since March 12, a span of seven contests. St. Louis plays six of its next seven away from home.

Best over play

Minnesota Wild (3-1 SU, 4-0 over/under)

The Wild have skated to eight victories in their last nine games and are starting to find the back of the net after a slow start offensively. Minnesota has averaged over four goals per game during the streak to increase its season average to 2.7 markers per contest. The Wild host the Blues Monday before hitting the road for three games.

Best under play

Vancouver Canucks (3-1 SU, 0-3-1 over/under)

The Canucks have gone low in seven of their last eight games (7-0-1 O/U), posting a 6-2 SU record during the run. Vancouver's under bettors got a scare Saturday when Edmonton jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first period, but the Canucks were able to stop the bleeding for the remainder of the 4-0 loss and pay them off.

Surveying the schedule:

The Ottawa Senators begin a seven-game road trip Tuesday in Boston. The Senators have an impressive 13-3-3 record at Scotiabank Place, but only a 6-7-3
record away from home.

After a date in Chicago Monday, the Nashville Predators return home to play seven of their next eight games at home. Nashville is 9-3-4 at Bridgestone Arena and 5-11-3 on the road.

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Handicapping The Remaining NHL Schedule

With the abbreviated NHL season coming to a close this month, it's time to look forward to which teams have the toughest and easiest schedules the rest of the way.

In lieu of a perfect algorithm, we took the remaining games in each club's schedule, added up those teams' combined points in the standings and divided that by the number of games each team has remaining. If a team faces another club twice during the final stretch, we simply added that opponent's points in the standings twice.

We left items like travel and back-to-backs out of the mix but noted below some particularly tough stretches that some teams are faced with.

Make sense? Hope so.

Three toughest schedules in East:

NY Rangers (9th in East, 37 points, 11 games left): 46.5 average points of opponents
Schedule: Pittsburgh, @Pittsburgh, @Carolina, @Toronto, Toronto, @NY Islanders, @Philadelphia, Florida, @Buffalo, New Jersey, @Florida, @Carolina, New Jersey

New Jersey (7th in East, 39 points, 12 games left): 42.5 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Boston, Toronto, @Buffalo, Boston, Ottawa, @Toronto, @Philadelphia, Florida, @NY Rangers, Montreal, Pittsburgh, @NY Rangers

Philadelphia (13th in East, 33 points, 12 games left): 41.8 average points of opponents
Schedule: Montreal, @Toronto, @Winnipeg, @NY Islanders, Ottawa, @Buffalo, @Montreal, NY Rangers, New Jersey, @Carolina, Boston, NY Islanders, @Ottawa

Three easiest schedules in East:

NY Islanders (8th in East, 39 points, 11 games left): 36.5 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Washington, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, @Boston, NY Rangers, Florida, @Toronto, @Winnipeg, @Carolina, @Philadelphia, @Buffalo

Winnipeg (3rd in East, 38 points, 10 games left): 37.4 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Montreal, Phildelphia, Buffalo, Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, NY Islanders, @Buffalo, @Washington, Montreal

Ottawa (6th in East, 44 points, 12 games left): 38.1 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Buffalo, @Florida, @Tampa Bay, @Philadelphia, @New Jersey, @Boston, Carolina, Washington, Toronto, Pittsburgh, @Washington, Philadelphia

Three toughest schedules in West:

Dallas (13th in West, 35 points, 13 games left): 47 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Anaheim, @Anaheim, @San Jose, Los Angeles, @Nashville, San Jose, @Chicago, Vancouver, @St. Louis, @Los Angeles, @San Jose, Columbus, Detroit

St. Louis (8th in West, 38 points, 14 games left): 44 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Chicago, Columbus, @Detroit, @Nashville, @Minnesota, @Columbus, Chicago, Vancouver, Phoenix, Dallas, @Colorado, Colorado, Calgary, Chicago

Nashville (9th in West, 38 points, 11 games left): 43.1 average points of opponents
Schedule: Columbus, Chicago, @Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Vancouver, @Chicago, Calgary, @Detroit, @Columbus

Three easiest schedules in West:

Anaheim (2nd in West, 53 points, 12 games left): 33.8 average points of opponents
Schedule: Dallas, Dallas, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Colorado, @Los Angeles, Columbus, @Calgary, @Edmonton, @Edmonton, @Vancouver, Phoenix

San Jose (6th in West, 42 points, 13 games left): 38.1 average points of opponents
Schedule: Minnesota, Calgary, Dallas, @Columbus, @Detroit, @Dallas, @Phoenix, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Columbus, Dallas, @Phoenix, @Los Angeles

Chicago (1st in West, 57 points, 13 games left): 38.1 average points of opponents
Schedule: St. Louis, @Nashville, Nashville, @Minnesota, Detroit, @St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Phoenix, @Vancouver, @Edmonton, Calgary, @St. Louis

Extra schedule notes:

-Islanders end the season with five games on the road.
-Ottawa's next five games are on the road.
-Buffalo has only three games left on the road.
-Winnipeg has a six-game home stand left.
-Winnipeg has the fewest games remaining with 10.
-Calgary and St. Louis have the most games remaining with 14.
-Tampa Bay has a three-game and a four-game road trip remaining.
-Seven of Nashville's next nine games are at home.
-Seven of St Louis's last eight games are at home.
-Calgary's last four games are on the road.
-Edmonton's next four games are on the road.
-Anaheim's next five games are at home.
-Vancouver has a five-game road-trip.

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Recap of NHL Trade Deadline Moves

There were several big trades made in the last few days, right before the NHL trade deadline ended on Wednesday, April 3. Columbus, Minnesota, Washington, San Jose, Pittsburgh and Boston just to name a few, were heavily involved. In a betting perspective, it's important to know which teams improved their prospects to win a Stanley Cup and which ones are packing it in and playing for the future. Let's take a look at some of the major NHL trades made right before the deadline.

Washington Capitals send prospect F Filip Forsberg to Nashville Predators for F Martin Erat and F Michael Latta.

This was a dangerous move for Washington, who traded one of their top prospects in Forsberg for a player in Erat, who has just four goals this year for the Predators. The Caps hope that Erat can get back to his 20-goal form, while Latta is a decent prospect, who can play center. Forsberg was the 11th overall pick in 2012 and could eventually be a star for Nashville.

Minnesota Wild trades G Matt Hackett, F Johan Larsson, a first-round pick in 2013 and a second-round pick in 2014 to Buffalo Sabres, for C Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2014.

Pominville was the Sabres' captain and a character guy who can help their playoff push. He's a do-it-all guy who really helps the power play. Hackett and Larsson are prospects who will help them rebuild and with their depth in the organization.

Columbus Blue Jackets trade F Derick Brassard, F Derek Dorsett, D John Moore and a sixth-round pick in 2013 to the New York Rangers for RW Marian Gaborik.

This was a huge deal for Columbus, who gets a former 40-goal scorer in Gaborik and adds speed. The Rangers get rid of an underachieving star and was in the doghouse for Jon Tortorella. Last year, the Blue Jackets traded Rick Nash to the Rangers. New York gets a skilled center in Brassard and D John Moore is a good skater. Dorsett does have a broken collarbone, but could return for the playoffs.

New York Rangers trade a second-round pick in 2013, a third-round pick in 2013 and a conditioanl second-round pick in 2014 to San Jose Sharks for LW Ryan Clowe.

Clowe brings size and toughness after the Ranngers lost Brand Prust and Mike Rupp. But he doesn't provide a lot of goals despite scoring twice in his first game against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Boston Bruins trade F Lane MacDermid, F Cody Payne and conditional second-round pick to Dallas Stars for RW Jaromir Jagr.

The Bruins wanted Jarome Iginla, but ended up with the 41-year old Jagr. He does have 14  goals so he can still play and that would tie the Bruins for the team lead. They really need help on the power play. If Boston makes the conference finale, their draft pick becomes a first-rounder.

Vancouver Canucks trade D Kevin Cannauton and a second-round pick in 2013 for C Derek Roy.

Vancouver found some help at center with Roy. He can center the second line. Cannauton has some offensive skills for a defenseman but has an expiring contract.

St. Louis Blues trade a conditional first-round pick in 2013, D Mark Cundari and G Reto Berra to Calgary Flames for D Jay Bouwmeester.

The Blues get a strong shooter in the lefty Bouwmeester, who has a year left on his contract. He's a good defender and should help the Blues get to the playoffs. Calgary is looking to rebuild though Cundari and Berra are not prospects.

Calgary Flames trade RW Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh Penguins for F Kenneth Agostino, F Ben Hanowski and first-round pick in 2013.

Pittsburgh gets the prize of the trade deadline in Iginla. The Penguins also acquired D Douglas Murray from San Jose and LW Brendan Morrow from Dallas for prospect D Joe Morrow. Iginla is a futuer Hall of Famer that still can play. Unfortunately, star Sidney Crosby suffered a broken jaw just minutes into his first game.

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