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CHI’s Struggles Versus Central Continues

Brian Elliott St. Louis Blues Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The St. Louis Blues can further tighten their grip on the opening round series with a win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 Tuesday. The Blues, led by the stellar goaltending of Brian Elliott can take a 3-1 series lead in Chicago and considering how lackluster the Hawks have played versus Central Division teams, there’s a good chance of that happening.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues have gone 5-15 SU in their last 21 visits to Chicago.
  • The Blackhawks are 5-2 SU in their last seven games as favorites.
  • The Blues are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games versus the Western Conference.

The Hawks are currently -165 in moneyline markets at online book Bovada while the Blues come in at +145. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is presently EVEN odds while UNDER 5 goals comes in at -120.

The Hawks have struggled versus teams from the Central all season long and have been especially cold of late. In their last 14 meetings against teams from within the division, they have gone just 3-11 SU including the 1-2 series deficit they take into Tuesday’s meeting.

Elliott has stopped 105 of the 109 shots he’s faced, good enough for a sparkling .963 save percentage and 1.28 goals against average. His opposite, Corey Crawford, has been pretty good himself, posting a 1.92 goals against average and .929 save percentage in the three games.

Patrick Kane, the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season, has been held in check (as best a team can) through three games as he’s recorded three points thus far.

The Blues have actually handled the Blackhawks really well dating back to recent regular season meetings. They have gone 4-1 SU in the previous five meetings overall and have held them to just eight goals in those five games.

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727846
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Quick Just Cannot Solve Sharks

Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings Brent Burns San Jose Sharks NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The San Jose Sharks have been Jonathan Quick’s kryptonite all season long and that has certainly spilled into the postseason as the Sharks take a 2-0 series lead into Game 3 at the SAP Center Monday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Sharks’ last six home games.
  • The Sharks are 2-5 SU in their last seven games as favorites.
  • The Kings are 1-5 SU in their last six road games.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Sharks at -120 in moneyline markets for Game 3 while the Kings are EVEN odds. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with OVER at -105 and UNDER -115.

The Kings netminder lost all three of his starts versus the Sharks in the regular season so is now 0-5 in five starts during the season. He’s allowed six goals in the two playoff games and has stopped just 40 of 46 shots for a save percentage of .870.

Sharks center Joe Pavelski, who scored more points against the Kings during the regular season (10) than any other team he had faced, has paced the Sharks with three goals and one assist in the opening two games.

Quick’s former backup goaltender Martin Jones was stellar in Game 2 stopping 26 of 27 shots en route to the Game 2 victory.

Want a crazy betting stat for this contest? The underdog has gone 7-0 in the previous seven meetings between the Kings and Sharks.

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727843
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Trends Dramatically Favor Stars Tonight

As if being in a 0-2 series hole isn’t bad enough, the Minnesota Wild have absolutely nothing working in their favor entering tonight’s Game 3 at home vs Dallas. The Wild have lost seven straight games and playing at home isn’t even a silver lining for this team as they’re an awful 7-14 in their last 21 home games. How did this team make even make the playoffs?

The piling on continues — Minnesota is 2-8 in their last 10 games as underdogs and are 0-6 in their last six games after a loss. They’re also 0-5 in their last five games when losing the previous game in a matchup, 0-4 in their last four games with a day off between games, AND 0-5 in their last five games after consecutive losses.

If you think the Wild’s horror story will have a happy ending, you’ve likely been watching too much fiction as Dallas is the complete opposite of the nightmare in Minnesota. The Stars are 8-1 in their last nine games, 8-2 in their last 10 games after a win, and 7-0 in their last seven games after winning the previous game in a matchup. So, yeah…

With all these trends working for them and against the Wild, the stars have truly aligned for Dallas (and whoever bets on them). You know what to do.

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727842
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Must-Win Game for Flyers in Philly

Braden Holtby Washington Capitals Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia Flyers NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL hockey betting odds menu sees a clash between Philadelphia and Washington Capitals on Monday, with the host Flyers trying to win for themselves and reward betting fans who back them on the moneyline.

The Philadelphia Flyers are 41-29-14 so far on the season. The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, are 58-18-8. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Philadelphia go 32-31-21 and the Capitals go 33-33-18 on the totals.

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727841
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NHL Stanley Cup Betting Odds Tracker

After a combined 2460 games during the regular season, the NHL field has been dwindled from 30 to 16. Almost half the teams are hitting the greens while the remaining get ready for playoff hockey. Though some of the playoff field was expected to be here all season long, there's a few clubs that had some ridiculous lines in the futures market throughout the season.

Keep an eye on the NHL futures market in our always-updated Stanley Cup futures page.

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Could Playing In Chicago Favor the Blues?

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice at the United Center for the first time in their series following two closely contested games Sunday afternoon. This could actually worry the ‘Hawks, as the Blues are a stellar 13-3-0 in their past 16 road games entering the playoffs.

The Blues ended the regular season with the second-best road record in the Western conference, but have won just five of their past 20 trips to the United Center. Vladimir Taresenko has been a force against the Blackhawks as the winger has six goals and two assists in seven games against Chicago this season (including playoffs).

Chicago was the second-best home team in the Western Conference this season with a 26-11-4 record at the United Center, however, since the start of February the team is just 5-9-0 in front of their home fans.

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727837
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TB Has Been Inconsistent On The Road

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look for a commanding 3-0 lead when their series with the Detroit Red Wings shifts to Joe Louis Arena Sunday. The Bolts will need to face their road demons that have caused the team to falter to an erratic 4-6-0 while travelling since the start of March.

After the first game of the series was too close for the Lightning’s comfort, they took it to the Wings in Game 2 with a final score of 5-2. Tyler Johnson has been unstoppable with two goals and four assists through the first two games of the series.

If the Red Wings want to try and extend their season, they will need to see their best players actually score. Henrik Zetterberg has one goal in the past 26 games, Gustav Nyquist has one goal in the past 16 and Pavel Datsyuk has not scored in the past 12 outings.

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727838
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Expect Goals Between Ducks, Preds

Offense has not been hard to come by when the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators, as the OVER has cashed in nine of their past 11 meetings, with pushes accounting for the other two. The Ducks and Preds will continue their playoff series Sunday night at The Pond.

The Predators shocked more than a couple pundits by knocking off the Ducks in the first game of the series. It was the kind of play we have come to expect from the Preds, as it was a team effort and no one individual player that stood out in the win.

The start of Game 1 was certainly something to forget for the Ducks, as they came out sluggish and were beat for most of the first period. Anaheim had 20 turnovers, compared to forcing the Predators into just 11 in that outing.

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727840
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Barclays Center Not Exactly Kind To NYI

After splitting the first two games in their series with the Florida Panthers, the New York Islanders head back home hoping for better results in front of their friendly fans than they have recently been accustomed to. Since the start of April, the Isles are just 1-2-1 at the Barclays Center while allowing four goals per game.

John Tavares’ third period goal in Game 2 extended his point streak to six games, as the All-Star has notched six goals and seven assists in the Islanders’ past six outings. Tavares has shed his regular season struggles against the Panthers that saw him put up just one assist in three games.

After an up-and-down performance in Game 1, Roberto Luongo had a fantastic second outing in the series with 41 saves on 42 shots. Though it is unlikely to affect the veteran, it is interesting to note that Luo has never played a game in his career at the Barclays Center.

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727839
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Penguins Ruling Rangers So Far in 2016

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the hottest team in hockey right now with just two losses in their past 17 games. The Pens turned on their game for the New Year and that includes dominating the New York Rangers with wins in four of the five meeting between the clubs since January 1. Pittsburgh and New York will take to the ice Saturday afternoon for Game 2 of their opening round playoff series.

Rangers’ fans wait with baited breath to hear the status of Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist suffered an eye injury in the first period of Game 1 and missed the remainder of contest and has been officially declared a game-time decision for Saturday. The dropoff between Lundqvist and backup Antti Raanta is pretty severe, as the Finnish netminder allowed three goals on 19 shots to finish Game 1.

The Penguins also feature a large contingency of players that are injured, but could make their return any day now.  Both Marc-Andre Fluery and Evgeni Malkin skated Friday and could be due back on the ice soon, but the Pens may also opt to not risk any potential damage when they are up in a series.

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727833
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