Stars Hope to Snap Slump Versus Avs

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The Dallas Stars hope to put a dismal January behind them but face a team that has really had their number in recent meetings when they visit the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Stars are 1-8 SU in their last nine games on the road.
  • The Avalanche are 6-2 in their last eight games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Avs' last 10 games.

At online shop Bovada, the Stars are priced as -130 favorites while the Avalanche are currently EVEN odds in moneyline markets. The total is presently 5.5 with OVER -120 and UNDER -110.

The Stars’ brilliant start to the season feels like an eternity ago as they slumped to a 3-8 SU record in January. They beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 in the first contest out of the All-Star break Tuesday night, but are winless in their last eight head-to-head meetings with the Avs and are winless in their last seven trips to Colorado. Two of those defeats to the Avs have come this season in a 6-3 loss at the Pepsi Center on October 10 and a 3-1 loss to the Avalanche on home ice on January 23.

Dallas still has as sizable 12-point lead over the Avs in the Central Division but the home team will look to cut into that and extend their dominant streak to nine games Thursday night. The Avalanche entered the break winners of five of their previous six games, but began the unofficial second half of the season with a 2-1 setback against the Chicago Blackhawks.

While goaltender Semyon Varlamov is back with the team, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has reported that it will be Calvin Pickard who will man the crease for the Avs. Pickard was a hard-luck loser in Tuesday’s game, stopping 40 of 42 shots in the 2-1 defeat.

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NHL Betting Line Favors the Calgary Flames over the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday

The visiting Carolina Hurricanes hope for a solid performance on Wednesday as they look to steal a win at Scotiabank Saddledome against the Calgary Flames.

The Calgary Flames bring a 21-24-3 record to the battle against the 23-20-8 Hurricanes. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Calgary go 24-22-2 so far and the Hurricanes go 15-18-18.

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Good Betting Value in Rocket Richard Race

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While the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks look like they could run away with the Eastern Conference and Western Conference at any point, the race to be the 2015-16 goal scoring champ could potentially be a bit more of a close one.

Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks currently leads the league with 30 goals, but he is not the favorite in Rocket Richard Trophy futures. That honor goes to Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin who is currently -110 to win the award at online shop Bovada.


Lightning Look to Extend Home Streak

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The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning enjoyed an extra day of rest when the NHL resumed its post-All-Star schedule Tuesday night, but the two Atlantic Division foes, dead even with 58 points apiece, square off at Amalie Arena Wednesday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Red Wings are 2-6 SU in their last eight versus the Lightning in Tampa Bay.
  • Total has gone OVER in eight of the Lightning’s last 10 games versus the Eastern Conference.
  • The Lightning are 6-1 SU in their last seven games after a win in their previous game.

The Bolts, presently -160 in moneyline markets at Bovada, have strung together a six-game winning streak on home ice, including a 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last home contest prior to the break. Tampa was dynamite in January, winning nine of its 11 games in the month.

The Red Wings entered the All-Star Break rather tepid as they won just three of their final seven games. They did, however, defeat the New York Islanders 4-2 in their final contest and for as strong as Tampa has been at home, the Wings have been every bit their equal in their travels winning seven of their last eight games on the road.

The division rivals have already played twice this season with the Wings winning 3-1 on October 13 and 2-1 on November 3 - both games in the Motor City.

According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune, head coach Jon Cooper has already stated that Ben Bishop will get the start in the crease with the Wings in town. The Lighting’s netminder started both of those aforementioned games and played well, giving up four goals on 52 shots en route to a tough pair of losses.

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Clock Ticking on Habs' Playoff Chances

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The Montreal Canadiens began life after the All-Star break the same way as they entered it: by losing. They’ve now got to put Tuesday’s loss behind them as they entertain the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Canadiens are 1-6 SU in their last seven games following a loss in their previous game.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Montreal’s last nine games at home.
  • The Sabres are 1-4 SU in their last five games against teams from the Atlantic Division.

Wayne Simmonds notched a pair of goals and Jakub Voracek tallied three assists as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Habs 4-2 Tuesday. To add insult to injury, the Flyers leapfrogged the Canadiens in the Eastern standings. Montreal now sits 12th in the standings and is in danger of being passed by the Ottawa Senators.

The Sabres could be the team that fuels a resurgence in Montreal, however. The two have met once this season and the Canadiens put up their best offensive effort of the season, winning 7-2 back on October 23. Defenseman Andrei Makrov recorded one goal and four assists in that game and it was actually one of Mike Condon’s rare starts while Carey Price was healthy, though early reports name Ben Scrivens as Montreal’s starter between the pipes Wednesday.

In addition to that loss back in October, the Sabres have gone just 3-7 SU in their 10 games against the Canadiens.

The clock is ticking on the Canadiens’ season, so if they want the playoffs to be a real possibility, they’ll have to get results sooner rather than later and the Sabres could be the team that is the opponent they need to face to their turnaround.

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NHL: January's Best & Worst Bets

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January was an interesting month in the NHL. Sidney Crosby didn’t make the all-star team, but John Scott did (and won MVP), a big trade went down between the Blue Jackets and Predators, and the Canadiens joined the Maple Leafs as one of the worst teams in the league. It was also an eventful month at the betting window with some surprises and disappointments. Here’s January’s best and worst bets in the NHL.


Sharks Odds Open as Moneyline Underdog vs Ducks

Fans betting on NHL look for value at Honda Center on Tuesday as the host Anaheim Ducks battle the San Jose Sharks in hockey odds action.

The Anaheim Ducks bring a 22-18-7 record to the battle against the 26-18-4 Sharks. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Anaheim go 15-22-10 so far and the Sharks go 28-16-4.

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Moneyline Favors the Edmonton Oilers in Battle with the Columbus Blue Jackets – Betting Odds and Pick

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Columbus Blue Jackets dueling the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday at Rexall Place.

Supporters of the Columbus Blue Jackets have seen them go 19-27-5 so far this season, while the Oilers are at 19-26-5. In totals betting, the Edmonton Oilers are 25-22-3, while the Blue Jackets are 25-23-3.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Colorado Avalanche Pick and Betting Preview

The visiting Chicago Blackhawks hope for a solid performance on Tuesday as they look to steal a win at Pepsi Center against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 33-16-4 this season, while the Avalanche are 27-22-3. Chicago is 16-26-11 against the total, while Colorado is 24-27-1 versus the number.

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Los Angeles Kings at Arizona Coyotes Betting Lines and Trends

Gila River Arena hosts an NHL battle on the odds menu between the Arizona Coyotes and the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Kings will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 30-16-3 this season, while the Coyotes are 24-20-5. Los Angeles is 13-19-17 on the totals; Arizona is 23-19-7.

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