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Minnesota Wild Visit Dallas Stars Betting Lines and Pick for NHL Clash

The Dallas Stars battle the visiting Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in NHL betting odds action at American Airlines Center.

The Minnesota Wild will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 40-37-11 this season, while the Stars are 54-24-10. Minnesota is 32-36-20 against the total, while Dallas is 48-38-2 versus the number.

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History Not on Blues’ Side in Game 7s

Chicago Blackhawks St. Louis Blues NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Less than one week ago, the St. Louis Blues were up 3-1 in their opening round series against the Chicago Blackhawks and many were expecting an eventual Western Conference semifinal appearance. Fast forward to today and the series is tied at three games apiece and the Blackhawks own all the momentum after rallying to victory in Game 6 Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 4-1 SU in their last five games after a loss.
  • The last time the Blues won a Game 7 Joel Quenneville was their head coach.
  • The Blackhawks are 1-5 SU in their last six games after consecutive wins.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Blackhawks at -115 in moneyline markets while the Blues are -105. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with OVER at -105 and UNDER currently -115.

The Blues cruised to a 3-1 lead after just 11 minutes of play in Game 6 and looked to be headed to the next round. That just proved to be a perfect microcosm of this series as a whole as the Blackhawks battled back and scored three goals in the second period and prevailed 6-3 to force Game 7.

The mere mention of “Game 7” sends shivers down the spines of Blues fans. The Blues enter Monday’s contest with three-straight losses in a seventh-and-deciding game and are losers of seven of their last nine. They lost by a score of 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks back in the 2003 playoffs.

Granted, that was 13 years ago, but these historical trends have a way of haunting a franchise no matter what names are on the roster. Want some more historical data? The last time these two teams met in a Game 7 was 1990 when the Blackhawks won 8-2 thanks to a five-point performance from Steve Larmer.

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Ducks Go for Fourth-Straight Win Monday

Anaheim Ducks Nashville Predators NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Frederik Andersen has not singlehandedly won three-straight games for the Anaheim Ducks, but he has certainly played a very big part in digging his team out of a 0-2 hole against the Nashville Predators. The Ducks have really started hitting their stride since making the goaltending change from John Gibson to Andersen after Game 2 and can wrap things up in Tennessee Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Ducks are 4-0 SU in their last four games on the road.
  • The Predators are 2-5 SU in their last seven games after a loss.
  • The Ducks are 6-2 SU in their last eight games in Nashville.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Ducks at -120 in moneyline markets while the Predators come in at EVEN odds and both sides of the 5-goal total are currently -110.

Andersen is 3-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and .966 save percentage in three starts versus the Preds in the series. The Dane stopped 27 shots in Anaheim’s 5-2 win in Game 5 and improved to 7-1 with a 2.16 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in nine career appearances in the regular season and playoffs combined. Makes you wonder why Bruce Boudreau didn’t go with him off the bat.

The Preds have been tepid since starting the series with a pair of 3-2 wins in California. The Ducks have been tough to score on when they are forced to kill penalties all season long, but the Preds must capitalize on the man advantage. The Predators are 0-14 on the power play in the past three games and are just 1-22 in the series.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Face the New York Rangers: NHL Odds and Betting Stats

The New York Rangers get a visit from the Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL Betting Odds action on Monday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 52-27-8 this season, while the Rangers are 47-31-9. Pittsburgh is 39-33-15 against the total, while New York is 40-29-18 versus the number.

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Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks Betting Odds and Pick

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Los Angeles Kings dueling the San Jose Sharks on Sunday at SAP Center.

Supporters of the Los Angeles Kings have seen them go 49-32-6 so far this season, while the Sharks are at 50-30-7. In totals betting, the San Jose Sharks are 44-35-8, while the Kings are 30-34-23.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings in NHL Odds

The visiting Tampa Bay Lightning hope for a solid performance on Sunday as they look to steal a win at Joe Louis Arena against the Detroit Red Wings.

42-34-11 Detroit battles the Lightning, currently with a 50-32-5 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 32-38-17 for the Red Wings and 35-41-11 for the Lightning.

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Isles can Complete Upset with Home Win

Thomas Greiss New York Islanders NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The opening round series between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders was always going to be an interesting one and while many expected a Panthers win, it is the Isles that can wrap things up in Brooklyn Sunday. Should the Isles win and finish the series, it will be the first time the franchise has advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 23 years.

Shark Bites
  • The Panthers are 5-2 SU in their last seven road games.
  • OVER is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings in New York.
  • OVER is 4-1 in the Islanders last five games on home ice.

Both the Panthers and Islanders are currently -110 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada. As for the total, OVER 5 goals is -115 while UNDER 5 goals is presently -105.

The Islanders took a 3-2 series lead thanks to an overtime winner from Alan Quine; a perfect time for the 23-year-old to record his first goal of the postseason.

Netminder Thomas Greiss has been excellent with regular No. 1 Jaroslav Halak out due to injury. The German stopped 47 of the 48 shots he faced in Friday’s double-overtime victory. In five games thus far, Greiss has stopped 180 of 192 shots and has posted a 2.09 goals against average and .938 save percentage.

Reports have surfaced that Nick Bjugstad did not travel with the team to Brooklyn for Game 6. Bjugstad suffered a head injury in Game 5 after falling and receiving treatment. He has recorded four points in the postseason thus far, which is tied for second most behind Reilly Smith’s eight.

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Stars Hope to Finish Wild in Game 6

Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Dallas Stars were cruising through the opening two games of their Western Conference series versus the Minnesota Wild but things have taken an interesting turn. The Wild can force a Game 7 with a win on home ice Sunday afternoon.

Shark Bites
  • The Stars are 4-1 SU in the previous five meetings in Minnesota.
  • OVER is 16-7-2 in Dallas last 25 road games.
  • The Wild are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games overall.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Stars at -130 in moneyline markets while the Wild are +110 on home ice. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -120 while UNDER 5 is presently EVEN odds.

The Stars were sharp in taking games one and two by scores of 4-0 and 2-1 respectively. They switched from Kari Lehtonen to Antti Niemi in the crease after losing Game 3 by a score of 5-3 and may contemplate another switch following the 5-4 loss in Game 5.

Mikko Koivu has really stepped things up with Zach Parise and Tomas Vanek out due to injury. Koivu scored the equalizer as well as the overtime winner in the Wild’s Game 5 victory.

OVER bettors will be thinking hard about about Sunday’s Game 6 contest. OVER has gone 5-0-1 in the previous six meetings between the Stars and Wild in Minnesota.

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Neuvirth Giving New Life to Flyers

Michal Neuvirth Philadelphia Flyers NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Down 3-0 in the opening round of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol made a goaltending change from Steve Mason to former Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth. In the next two games, Neuvirth stopped 75 of 76 shots faced to lead his team to consecutive wins and get right back into the series.

Shark Bites
  • The Flyers are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games at home.
  • The Flyers are 6-2 SU in their last eight games versus the Capitals at home.
  • OVER is 7-3-2 in the Capitals last 7 games playing on one day’s rest.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Capitals at -180 in moneyline markets while the Flyers come in at +160. The total is presently tabbed at 5 with OVER +105 and UNDER -125.

Despite winning 2-0 in Game 5, traffic was completely one way as Neuvirth was asked to make a whopping 44 saves while the Flyers mustered a dismal 11.

The Caps dominated virtually every statistical category in Game 5 except the one that matters; the scoreboard. One of those categories was hits as the Caps plastered the Flyers all over the ice, out hitting them 35 to 17, led by Alex Ovechkin’s eight.

Speaking of the Russian sniper, I’m sure the Caps would trade the bulk of those hits for some points. Ovi has failed to register a point in back-to-back games and has been held off the scoresheet in three of the five games this series.

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Consider The 5.5-Goal Total In NHL Betting

If Salt 'n' Pepa’s 1986 hit song-turned-ear worm “Push It” is ringing in your ears, it might be a sign you are playing a lot of NHL totals these playoffs. 

That jam kept echoing in my ears as we continue to watch the pushes rack up through 34 games so far. The OVER/UNDER record is 10-14-10 in the Stanley Cup playoffs with the latest push coming Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins bowled over the New York Rangers 5-0 at Madison Square Garden.     

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