NHL Betting News and Notes Friday, May 3

NHL Betting News and Notes Friday, May 3

OTTAWA (25-17-0-6, 56 pts.) at MONTREAL (29-14-0-5, 63 pts.) - 5/3/2013, 7:00 PM

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MONTREAL is 10-6 (+3.4 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 10-6-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
9 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.1 Units)


NY ISLANDERS (24-18-0-7, 55 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (37-12-0-0, 74 pts.) - 5/3/2013, 7:00 PM

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 13-5 (+3.0 Units) against the spread versus NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 13-5-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
9 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.5 Units)


MINNESOTA (26-19-0-4, 56 pts.) at CHICAGO (37-7-0-5, 79 pts.) - 5/3/2013, 9:30 PM

Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 15-29 ATS (+46.5 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 4-14 ATS (+20.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
CHICAGO is 37-12 ATS (+37.0 Units) in all games this season.
CHICAGO is 324-340 ATS (-121.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
CHICAGO is 37-12 ATS (+14.4 Units) second half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 8-4 (+0.9 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 8-4-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.6 Units, Under=-1.0 Units)


SAN JOSE (26-16-0-7, 59 pts.) at VANCOUVER (26-16-0-7, 59 pts.) - 5/3/2013, 10:00 PM


There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANCOUVER is 10-7 (+1.7 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
VANCOUVER is 10-7-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
7 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.8 Units, Under=-0.5 Units)


NY ISLANDERS vs. PITTSBURGH
NY Islanders are 2-16 SU in their last 18 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the NY Islanders last 10 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 14 games at home

OTTAWA vs. MONTREAL
Ottawa is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games when playing Montreal   
Montreal is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Montreal's last 10 games

MINNESOTA vs. CHICAGO
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Minnesota is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Chicago   
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

SAN JOSE vs. VANCOUVER
San Jose is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games on the road   
Vancouver is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver's last 5 games

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Friday's NHL Playoff Action: What Bettors Need to Know
By Covers.com

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (-224, 5.5)

Pittsburgh leads series 1-0

Although missing their captain, the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins were as good as advertised in winning the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round series. The Penguins will look to ride that momentum and secure a 2-0 edge on Friday when they host the eighth-seeded New York Islanders. Pascal Dupuis scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury registered his sixth career postseason shutout to tie Tom Barrasso for the franchise record in Wednesday's 5-0 triumph in Game 1.

Sidney Crosby was an active participant in Thursday's practice, but admitted that "nothing's changed" in regard to his playing status. "It was nice to get in a couple of reps," said Crosby, who is still awaiting medical clearance as he recovers from a broken jaw. Pittsburgh is also dealing with other health issues - notably right wing James Neal, who missed practice after tweaking his right leg following a hit from Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS: John Tavares certainly did not enjoy his first career playoff game. The team's leading goal-scorer absorbed plenty of physical punishment in Game 1 and was held without a shot for the first time in 2013. While Tavares dismissed the harassment as "part of the playoffs," coach Jack Capuano stressed that the rest of the team needs to pick up its play. "I don't think it's a surprise to John that they were hard on the puck and he didn't get many chances," Capuano told Newsday. "We always talk about playing as a unit of five."

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Shutting down Tavares was a team effort, but coach Dan Bylsma was quick to credit the play of Brandon Sutter. "It's something I've been waiting for for a while," the 24-year-old Sutter said of his postseason debut. "I think I just kind of wanted to treat it like another game. I didn't want to get too worked up over it." Jarome Iginla made his mark in his first postseason game since 2009. The veteran's slap shot left an impression on the mask of Evgeni Nabokov early in the game before he notched a pair of assists in the rout.

TRENDS

* Islanders are 59-120 in their last 179 road games.
* Islanders are 4-22 in last 26 in Pittsburgh.
* Under is 7-2-1 in last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
* Under is 12-2 in Penguins last 14 playing on one day rest.

OVERTIME

1. Nabokov was blistered for four goals on 15 shots before earning an early exit. The veteran Russian told reporters that he expects to play in Game 2.

2. Pittsburgh D Brooks Orpik practiced on Thursday and could be in line to return for Game 2. Orpik has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since April 23.

3. Since posting a 4-1 win over the Penguins on Jan. 29, the Islanders have been scored 21-5 en route to dropping their last five decisions.


Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks (-240, 5)

Chicago leads series 1-0.

The top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks got the result they wanted to open their Western Conference first-round series against the eighth-seeded Minnesota Wild, but the game was full of surprises. Chicago will try for a more conventional victory when it hosts the Wild for Game 2 on Friday. Bryan Bickell scored the overtime winner in Game 1 on Tuesday, beating surprise Minnesota starter Josh Harding with a backhand move. Harding replaced Niklas Backstrom after the veteran netminder suffered a lower-body injury during warm-up and finished with 35 saves in his first start since Jan. 30.

Making their first playoff appearance since 2008, the Wild kept pace with a more experienced Chicago team looking to fulfill the promise of its first Presidents’ Trophy since 1991 with its second Stanley Cup in four seasons. Minnesota held a lead for 17:42 in Game 1 after Cal Clutterbuck opened the scoring 4:48 into the contest. Aside from three shootout victories, Minnesota has not defeated the Blackhawks in 10 contests. The last time the Wild won in regulation at Chicago was Jan. 25, 2011. The Blackhawks slowly solved Minnesota’s stifling defense on Tuesday, recording more shots in each period - six in the first, 10 in the second and 12 in the third - and firing nine on Harding in 16:35 of overtime.

ABOUT THE WILD: Defenseman Ryan Suter played a major role in shutting down Chicago’s potent offense, leading all skaters with 41:08 time on ice on Tuesday. Suter finished with four blocked shots and disrupted many Blackhawks scoring chances, but failed to register a shot on goal. Defenseman Jared Spurgeon blocked a team-high seven shots. Backstrom is considered day-to-day but was not at practice on Thursday, meaning Harding will likely start Game 2. Trade-deadline acquisition Jason Pominville has missed three games with a concussion and will not play on Friday. Minnesota needs Pominville to return soon - possibly for Game 3 at home on Sunday - as it is already short-handed on the right side with Dany Heatley likely sidelined for the duration of the playoffs following shoulder surgery.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: Dave Bolland and goaltender Ray Emery both missed Game 1 with lower-body injuries and although Emery worked out before the team’s practice on Thursday, coach Joel Quenneville ruled them out for Friday’s contest. Bolland has missed four games, while Emery has missed three, leaving Corey Crawford to resume his role as the team’s undisputed starter. Crawford made 26 saves on Tuesday and looked solid after allowing a soft goal to Clutterbuck early. Marian Hossa looked comfortable in his return to postseason action after a hit by Raffi Torres knocked him out of last year’s first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes. Hossa scored a power-play goal in regulation and nearly ended the game in overtime when his backhand shot towards an open net was deflected wide by Suter’s stick.

TRENDS

* Wild are 11-30 in their last 41 against a team with a winning record.
* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Under is 5-0-1 in Blackhawks' last six.

OVERTIME


1. Bolland, who has 37 points in 49 career playoff contests, was instrumental in Chicago’s 2010 Stanley Cup championship, finishing with eight goals and 16 points.

2. Minnesota allowed more goals during the regular season - 127 - than any other playoff team in the conference.

3. The Presidents’ Trophy winner lost its first-round series in three of the last four seasons.

San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks (-139, 5)

San Jose leads series 1-0.

After becoming the first road team to post a victory this postseason, the sixth-seeded San Jose Sharks look to take control of their Western Conference first-round series against the third-seeded Vancouver Canucks when they visit the Northwest Division champions for Game 2 on Friday. San Jose fell behind before scoring three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 triumph in the series opener on Wednesday. Defenseman Dan Boyle snapped a tie at 9:17 of the third period and Logan Couture recorded a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who lost right wing Martin Havlat to an undisclosed injury in the first period.

Roberto Luongo got the start in place of the injured Cory Schneider and played well, especially in the first period as Vancouver was outshot 15-9. Luongo will start Game 2 for Vancouver. He was given a 1-0 lead when defenseman Kevin Bieksa scored at 12:26 of the second, but Couture cashed in during a power play 4:09 later. It was the fourth straight loss against San Jose for the Canucks, who went 0-2-1 over their three-game series during the regular season.

ABOUT THE SHARKS: San Jose had three players record multi-point performances. In addition to Couture, Boyle added an assist while Joe Pavelski helped set up a pair of goals. Patrick Marleau scored his 53rd career postseason tally in his 130th playoff game. Marleau is the second-leading active playoff goal scorer, trailing only Boston's Jaromir Jagr (78). Wednesday's victory was impressive considering San Jose went just 8-14-2 on the road during the regular season and lost three of its final four away from home. "The road hasn't been too friendly to us all year," Boyle said. "We played a very good road game. We weren't too cute, we weren't too fancy. We did what we had to do."

ABOUT THE CANUCKS: Schneider, who is out with an undisclosed injury, also missed the final two regular-season contests with the mysterious ailment. Joe Cannata dressed as Luongo's backup. The 23-year-old has yet to appear in an NHL game. Frank Corrado made his playoff debut after skating in Vancouver's final three regular-season matches. Luongo made a number of big saves in the first period, including seven during a San Jose power play. "It gave me a good rhythm for the rest of the game," Luongo said. "But obviously, when you end up losing, you always want to find a way to do more."

TRENDS


* Sharks are 8-1 in their last nine against a team with a winning record.
* Canucks are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
* Sharks are 4-0 in the last four games against Canucks.
* Under is 9-1-1 in Canucks' last 11 home games.
* Under is 5-0-2 in Sharks' last seven road games.

OVERTIME

1. The Sharks are 9-5 in series in which they have won the first game.

2. Vancouver has lost five consecutive home playoff contests dating to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

3. Pavelski's multi-point performance was the eighth of his postseason career, while Boyle's was his 14th.

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2013 NHL Playoffs

Its been 20 years since proud Canadiens last hoisted Stanley Cup; in only five of those years did they even win a playoff series, so lot of pressure on them here to avoid 2-0 hole in series they're favored to win. Last night was first road win in last eight games in rivalry, as Senators lost four of last five visits here. Ottawa is 7-3 in last ten games overall, with last two games going over total, after previous ten stayed under. Montreal lost four of its last five home games. Montreal is 7-2 this season when they played night before, Ottawa is 3-4, 1-3 on foreign ice.

Islanders are in playoffs for first time in six years; they lost last four games, scoring total of five goals, after 11-3 hot streak put them in postseason. Pittsburgh is 27-8 in its last 35 games vs Isles, winning last five this season after losing first meeting. Penguins won nine of last eleven games overall, are 16-2 in last 18 home games. Pittsburgh lost in first round of playoffs last two years, so pressure on them to advance as #1 seed here- they scored in first 4:00 of first two periods to quickly take control of game. Six of last nine series games went over total. Question for Islanders: are they just happy to be here?

Minnesota was +11 in blocked shots, +8 in giveaways in Game 1, but lost in OT anyway, its sixth loss in last eight visits here. Chicago outshot Wild 31-21 after first period, when shots were 6-6. Minnesota is 4-7 in last eleven games overall, 1-3 vs Chicago this season. Over is 4-2-1 in last seven Wild games. Blackhawks won 10 of last 12 games, six of seven at home. First time in playoffs in five years for Minnesota; they haven't won any playoff series in a decade, but guessing they gained some confidence by taking Game 1 to OT, and that could help here, especially with Chicago losing in first round last two years.

Sharks are underdog in this series, but are 4-0 vs Vancouver this season, allowing total of six goals in four wins (4-1/3-2so/3-2/3-1). San Jose is now 13-6 in last 19 games overall; they won first round series six of last eight years, are used to success in spring. Canucks are 3-6 in last nine games overall., losing last two home games after winning their previous eight. Vancouver led before power play goal scored after roughing penalty; only PP goal of Game 1. Sharks had 40-30 edge in faceoffs. Under is now 6-1-2 in last nine San Jose-Vancouver games. Canucks scored only four goals in last three games overall.

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