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NHL Betting News and Notes Sunday, May 5

NHL Betting News and Notes Sunday, May 5

PITTSBURGH (37-13-0-0, 74 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (25-18-0-7, 57 pts.) - 5/5/2013, 12:00 PM

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Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 13-6 (+0.6 Units) against the spread versus NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 13-6-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
9 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.4 Units)

CHICAGO (38-7-0-5, 81 pts.) at MINNESOTA (26-20-0-4, 56 pts.) - 5/5/2013, 3:00 PM

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Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 9-4 (+1.9 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 9-4-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
7 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.5 Units)

MONTREAL (30-15-0-5, 65 pts.) at OTTAWA (26-18-0-6, 58 pts.) - 5/5/2013, 7:00 PM

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Head-to-Head Series History
MONTREAL is 11-7 (+3.0 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 11-7-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
10 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.8 Units)

VANCOUVER (26-16-0-8, 60 pts.) at SAN JOSE (27-16-0-7, 61 pts.) - 5/5/2013, 10:00 PM

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Head-to-Head Series History
VANCOUVER is 10-8 (+0.3 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
VANCOUVER is 10-8-0 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)

Pittsburgh at NY Islanders
Pittsburgh: 9-1 SU away playing with revenge
NY Islanders: 1-9 SU at home off BB divison games

Chicago at Minnesota
Chicago: 29-11 SU off a win by 2+ goals
Minnesota: 5-0 Under at home playing with triple-revenge

Montreal at Ottawa
Montreal: 7-1 Over away after winning 2 of their last 3 games
Ottawa: 11-4 SU revenging a road loss

Vancouver at San Jose
Vancouver: 1-6 SU in the first round of the playoffs
San Jose: 9-0 SU at home off 4+ road games

Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
NY Islanders are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago

Montreal is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
Ottawa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Ottawa's last 13 games

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vancouver's last 5 games on the road
San Jose is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
San Jose is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Vancouver

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Sunday's NHL Playoff Action: What Bettors Need to Know

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild (+144, 5)

Chicago leads series 2-0.

The Presidents’ Trophy winning Chicago Blackhawks are rounding into form after two games of their Western Conference first round series against the eighth-seeded Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks will attempt to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series when they visit Minnesota on Sunday. Chicago looked much more comfortable in its 5-2 victory in Game 2 than it did in Game 1’s 2-1 overtime triumph, firing 48 shots at Wild netminder Josh Harding on Friday after managing 37 on Tuesday. Patrick Sharp scored twice in Game 2 on feeds from Patrick Kane, who leads the Blackhawks with three points - all assists.

Harding made consecutive starts for the first time in over a year when he got the nod on Friday. Harding was dealing with complications related to his multiple sclerosis for most of the season, leaving Niklas Backstrom to carry starting duties for the Wild. After appearing fatigued in April, Backstrom injured his leg while warming up for Game 1 and is considered day-to-day. Harding has performed admirably in his first two career playoff starts for an outmatched Minnesota team that is 0-for-6 on the power play while allowing a short-handed goal in its first two playoff contests since 2008.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: Michael Frolik also scored twice on Friday - the first two-goal playoff game of his career. Bryan Bickell scored an empty-netter in Game 2, giving him the final goal in each of the first two contests after ending Game 1 in overtime. With Ray Emery suffering from a lower-body injury, Corey Crawford has started both games for Chicago and performed well aside from allowing an early goal on Tuesday and two late ones on Friday. Crawford has never won a playoff series, starting every game in both of the Blackhawks’ first-round exits over the last two seasons, while Emery guided the Ottawa Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup final but has only started five postseason games since. Dave Bolland has missed the first two games of the series with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.

ABOUT THE WILD: Defenseman Ryan Suter saw his ice-time drop substantially from the 41:08 he played in Tuesday’s overtime loss, skating 24:36 in Game 2 and finishing minus-2 with two shots, two blocked shots and three hits. Zach Parise led the team with seven shots on Friday but has yet to record a point. Captain Mikko Koivu - also without a point in the first two games - showed his frustration in Game 2, taking three minor penalties and leading the series with eight penalty minutes after recording just 26 in 48 games during the regular season. Defenseman Clayton Stoner missed Friday’s game with an undisclosed injury after assisting on Cal Clutterbuck’s goal in Game 1. Stoner was replaced by Justin Falk, who finished minus-1 in 14:09 time on ice in his first career playoff game. Jason Pominville remains day-to-day with a head injury that has kept him out of the opening two games.


* Blackhawks are 20-6 in their last 26 road games.
* Wild are 1-6 in their last 7 home games.
* Under is 6-0 in Blackhawks last 6 road games.
* Blackhawks are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.


1. Minnesota is 3-5-1 in its last nine home games against Chicago and all three victories came in the shootout. The last time the Wild defeated the Blackhawks in regulation at home was Oct. 27, 2008.

2. Blackhawks captain and 2010 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Toews has been held off the scoresheet in both games thus far. Toews has 50 points in 54 career postseason contests.

3. The Wild’s last home playoff victory was a 3-2 overtime triumph on April 11, 2008 against the Colorado Avalanche. Minnesota won its last postseason contest three days later at Colorado by the same margin.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators (-133, 5)

Series tied 1-1.

The Ottawa Senators were the league's best penalty-killing team during the regular season, but the Montreal Canadiens did the better work while shorthanded in Game 2 to deadlock the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series at 1-1. The series shifts to Ottawa for Game 3 on Sunday night, and the Senators will look to ride reclaim the momentum from Montreal, which killed off all four penalties - three in the first period - en route to a 3-1 victory on Friday night.

The Senators were also among the best home teams for much of the season, but they dropped their final three games at Scotiabank Place. Conversely, the Canadiens posted the second-best road mark (15-7-2) in the Eastern Conference. The devastating hit by Ottawa's Eric Gryba on Canadiens center Lars Eller added an edge to the series, and Montreal displayed an added tenacity in Game 2 despite the absences of injured captain Brian Gionta and leading scorer Max Pacioretty. "They played harder than we did for most of the game," Senators coach Paul MacLean acknowledged.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS: Montreal coach Michel Therrien said prior to the series that he expected goaltender Carey Price to be his team's best player. That certainly was not the case in the series opener, but Price bounced back strong in Game 2 despite losing a tooth when he took a skate to the mask. He did his best work during an Ottawa power play during the second period and was rewarded seconds later when the Canadiens struck for a two-goal edge. "We got a couple more bounces and we buried a couple of opportunities," Price said. "At least I didn't let in any soft goals, so that helps."

ABOUT THE SENATORS: Ottawa was among the league's most offensively challenged teams and ranked 20th on the power play. The Senators have gone 0-for-6 with the extra skater in the series and failed on three first-period chances in Game 2. "We could have used something out of our power play tonight in the first period when we had three opportunities," MacLean said afterward. "I think that was a huge part of the game." Ottawa had been hoping to exploit a Canadiens penalty-killing unit that was wretched down the stretch of the regular season, allowing opponents to convert on 11-of-36 man-advantage chances.


* Canadiens are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win.
* Under is 34-12-10 in Senators last 56 overall.
* Senators are 6-13 in their last 19 Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Home team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.


1. The Senators won both matchups in Ottawa this season - 5-1 on Jan. 30 and 2-1 in a shootout on Feb. 25.

2. Gionta and Pacioretty accompanied the team to Ottawa but remain questionable with upper-body injuries.

3. Gryba said Saturday that he was "disappointed" with his two-game suspension and said he has yet to reach out to Eller, who was released from the hospital on Friday.

Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks (-143, 5)

San Jose leads series 2-0.

After seizing the first two games on the road, the San Jose Sharks have to be feeling pretty confident as they return to HP Pavilion. Sixth-seeded San Jose, which posted a 17-2-5 mark at home in the regular season, will look to claim a commanding advantage over the Northwest Division champion Vancouver Canucks when the teams reconvene for Game 3 on Sunday night. Patrick Marleau scored the tying goal with 56 seconds remaining in the third period before former Canuck Raffi Torres tallied 5:31 into overtime as the Sharks skated to a 3-2 victory over third-seeded Vancouver on Friday.

With six consecutive home postseason losses on their mind, the Canucks are likely thrilled to be leaving British Columbia in their rear-view mirror. They'll need to gain at least a split in their trip to San Jose in order to return home for Game 5 on Thursday. "We deserved better and it didn't fall that way," said Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, who scored twice in the third period. "You've got to win four and there are plenty of games left and we need to go on a winning streak here."

ABOUT THE CANUCKS: While goaltender Roberto Luongo often receives scrutiny, captain Henrik and Daniel Sedin are also coming under fire for their lack of production in the first two games. “You win because you’re getting contributions from everybody and, right now, we need that," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "The twins worked hard, but 5-on-5 they need to find the scoresheet, and they know that more than anybody else." The Sedins each received an assist on Kesler's power-play goal for their lone point of the series.

ABOUT THE SHARKS: Torres barely let Friday's winning goal settle in before he began thinking about Sunday's tilt. "They're going to come at us with everything in Game 3," he said. Marleau certainly hasn't been holding back after scoring in both games this series. The veteran has secured at least one point in all seven career playoff games versus Vancouver. Brent Burns notched a pair of assists for the second time in three contests.


* Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
* Sharks are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
* Under is 15-5-3 in Canucks last 23 vs. Western Conference.
* Under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in San Jose.


1. The last time San Jose claimed a 2-0 advantage by winning a pair of road games was 1995. The Sharks were blasted 9-2 by Calgary in Game 3, but regained their composure to outlast the Flames in seven games.

2. Vancouver G Cory Schneider, who has been nursing an undisclosed "body" injury, traveled with the team to San Jose. "On the trip and day-to-day," Vigneault said.

3. San Jose C Tommy Wingels registered a game-high eight hits in just 13:30 of ice time in Game 2. Wingels also matched Burns with five shots on goal.

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2013 NHL Playoffs

Penguins scored three goals in first 7:22 to grab 3-1 lead in Game 2, but never scored again and got upset by Islanders, just third loss in last 12 games for Pitt, which also won 27 of its last 36 games vs Isles, who outshot Pittsburgh 42-33 last game, and had only a couple giveaways, compared to 11 for Penguins. Islanders lost four of last five games overall, but won five of last six home games- this is their first home game in 19 days. Penguins won five of last six visits to Long Island, with last four of those going over total. Seven of last ten series games overall went over total.

Minnesota was outscored 21-7 in losing six of its last seven home games; they're 0-6 on power play, allowed a shorthanded goal in Game 2; they're now 4-8 in their last 12 games after getting drilled 5-2 in Game 2, when Chicago outshot them 48-28 (85-55 for series). Blackhawks won 11 of last 13 games overall, eight of last 11 on road; they won last four games with Wild by combined score of 13-6. Over is 5-2-1 in last eight Wild games, 1-5 in last six Chicago games. Minnesota scored total of eleven goals in its last seven games.

Home side won eight of last nine Montreal-Ottawa games; Canadiens lost last three games in this building (2-1ot/5-1/2-1so). Last ten series games went OMOMOMOMOM, so is it Ottawa's turn to win here? Senators are 7-4 in last eleven games overall, with 11 of last 13 staying under the total. Ottawa was outscored 9-3 in losing last three home games in regular season- they're 0-6 on power play in series. All five Montreal goals in this series came in second period; they won last two road games, at Winnipeg/Toronto, after losing five of seven road games before that.

Sharks are underdog in this series, but are 5-0 vs Vancouver this season, allowing total of eight goals in four wins (4-1/3-2so/3-2/3-1/3-2ot). San Jose is now 14-6 in last 20 games overall; they won first round series six of last eight years, are used to success in spring. Canucks are 3-7 in last ten games overall; they're actually 5-3 in last eight visits to Shark Tank. Under is now 6-1-3 in last ten San Jose-Vancouver games. Canucks scored only six goals in last four games overall. San Jose outshot Canucks 25-13 in first period of Games 1-2; Canucks outshot them 28-14 in second period.

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