Stars Have Been Unbeatable at Home

Jamie Benn Dallas Stars

Deep in the heart of Texas tonight at the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Stars will look to put an end to the Minnesota Wild’s misery and move on the Round 2 of the playoffs. At just 1-8 in their last nine games, the Wild will be in tough against a Dallas team that’s won eight in a row at home.

Unsurprisingly, the Stars opened as a -195 favorite, which is another spot they’ve dominated in. Dallas has won eight straight as home favorites, while the Wild are an ugly 2-7 in their last nine as road underdogs. To pile on even more, Minny is just 3-7 in their last 10 games in Dallas.

Unfortunately for Minnesota backers (if there’s any left), they don’t have much to lean on coming into the game. They’re 1-6 in their last seven games after a loss, and 1-7 when losing the previous game in a matchup. They’ve been outshot so far in every game in the series, with the Stars putting a total of 117 shots on net to the Wild’s 87. Only four Minnesota players have a +/- above zero, compared to 12 on Dallas.

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Panthers-Islanders Trading Wins

John Tavares New York Islanders NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The only series that does not have a chance of ending Friday night is out East as the Florida Panthers host the New York Islanders in Game 5. The two teams have exchanged wins through four games and if that trend continues Friday in Sunrise, the Islanders will hold a 3-2 edge when the final horn blows.

Shark Bites
  • OVER has cashed in eight of the Panthers’ last 10 home games.
  • The Panthers are 5-2 SU in their last seven games with one day off in between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Islanders’ last five games after a loss.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Panthers at -160 in moneyline markets while the Islanders can be had at +140. The total is tabbed at 5 with OVER priced at -120 and UNDER at EVEN odds.

The Islanders, who have won games two and four after losing games one and three, had rebounded from losses quite well even prior to the postseason. They have gone 5-1 SU in their last six games in that spot but there is more on the line in Sunrise Friday as they can head back to Brooklyn with the series lead.

The Panthers have been absolutely pelting Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss with rubber so far this series. The Panthers are second in the playoffs with 36.3 shots per game, but Greiss has been up to the challenge, stopping 133 of 144 for a save percentage of .924.

OVER had been a hot trend when these two teams meet entering this series, but, much like the teams exchanging wins, the totals have rotated as games one and three have eclipsed the closing number, but games two and four remained UNDER. In the last 14 meetings between the Isles and Panthers, OVER has gone 10-4.

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Caps Return to D.C. to Finish Series

Philadelphia Flyers Washington Capitals NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Philadelphia Flyers are still alive after avoiding a sweep with a 2-1 win in Game 4 Wednesday night, but now things shift back to the Verizon Center in D.C. as the Washington Capitals will look to put the series to bed once and for all.

Shark Bites
  • Road team is 1-5 SU in the last six meetings between the Flyers and Capitals.
  • The Flyers are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games with one day off between games.
  • The Capitals are 23-7 SU in their last 30 games as home favorites.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Capitals at -250 in moneyline markets while the Flyers are +210. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -105 while UNDER 5 goals is coming in at -115.

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has been lights out despite taking the L in Game 4. The Vezina candidate has allowed just four goals on 118 shots and owns a .966 save percentage in four games in the series.

At the other end of the ice, the switch to Michal Neuvirth looks like a good one as the ex-Caps netminder stopped 31 of 32 shots en route to the Game 4 victory. In three appearances versus his former team, Neuvirth has now gone 2-0-0 with a 1.83 goals against average and .941 save percentage.

Washington defenseman John Carlson has been leading the charge as he has recorded three goals and three assists through the first four games.

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Blues Can Wrap Up Series Tonight

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The St. Louis Blues used a sensational run that bridged March and April to lock up the No. 2 spot in the ultra-competitive Central Division. Based on that strong run of play, they can dispatch one of those division foes Thursday night as they take a 3-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks back to St. Louis for Game 5.

Shark Bites
  • The Blackhawks are 1-5 SU in their last six games versus the Blues.
  • The Blues are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games versus teams from their division.
  • The Blackhawks are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games versus teams with a winning record.

Online book Bovada currently has the Blues at -130 on home ice while the Blackhawks are +110 in moneyline markets. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -105 while UNDER 5 goals is -115.

The Blues won eight of their final 10 regular season games and have taken three of their four games versus the Blackhawks in their opening round series. Vladimir Tarasenko tallied a pair of goals and an assist in the Blues’ 4-3 victory in Game 4 Tuesday, giving him five points in the series.

Hawks netminder Corey Crawford hasn’t had a huge work load in the series, the Blues are just capitalizing on their chances. Crawford has saved 95 of 105 shots which pales in comparison to the Blues’ Brian Elliott, who has had to face 151 shots, but has stopped 144 of them.

The Blackhawks have been in similar spots versus the Blues in the playoffs, however, and shouldn’t be counted out until they are cleaning out their lockers. Back in the 2014 playoffs, the Blackhawks had dropped the first two games against the Blues in the opening round before winning four straight.

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Andersen Could Be Catalyst Ducks Need

Anaheim Ducks Nashville Predators NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Many were stunned when the Nashville Predators won the opening two games of their series with the Ducks in Anaheim, but a goaltending change by head coach Bruce Boudreau got his team right back into it and gives them a chance to pull even in Game 4 Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The Predators are 2-5 SU in their last seven games with one day off between games.
  • The Ducks are 26-9 SU in their last 35 games versus the Western Conference.
  • The Predators are 2-6 SU in their last eight games versus teams with winning records.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering both the Ducks and Predators at -110 in monyeline markets for Game 4. As for the total, OVER 5 goals is -105 while UNDER 5 goals is presently being offered at -115.

The Ducks switched goaltenders for Game 3 as Frederik Andersen replaced John Gibson, who started the opening two games. Andersen, who entered Game 3 with a 17-1-2 record and 1.89 goals against average in his previous 20 starts, improved his overall record versus Nashville to 5-1 with a 2.36 goals against average and .928 save percentage in six starts.

Andersen stopped 27 shots while Chris Stewart added a goal and an assist as the Ducks skated to a 3-0 victory in Game 3 Tuesday, making it three straight victories for the visitor in this series.

The low score won’t be a surprise to totals bettors as four of the past five Ducks’ games on the road have stayed UNDER the total. Furthermore, Anaheim has won five of their last seven visits to Nashville, adding a little extra value when backing the Ducks tonight.

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Home Team Dominant Between TB-DET

It’s been a serious case of home-sweet-home between the Lightning and Red Wings as the home team is 8-1 in the last nine games in this matchup, which includes three of the four games in this series so far. With a 3-1 series lead, the Lightning will look to put the Red Wings down tonight at home in Tampa.

The Lightning are the biggest favorite of the day of the four NHL games on the schedule. They opened at -162, and are 8-1 in their last nine games as favorites. As an underdog, Detroit has simply been a team to stay away from as they’re just 2-10 in their last 12 games as dogs.

A major storyline in this series has been Detroit’s inability to get it done on the power play, as they’re a pathetic 1 for 21 with the man advantage. Detroit will really need someone to step up if they hope to get back in this series as no one on the team has more than one goal in the series so far.

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Penguins Looking for Stranglehold in NYC

Up two games to one in their first round series against the Rangers, and with two games still remaining at home, the Penguins will look to suck the life out of the Rangers and their fans tonight at Madison Square Garden. Coming off a 3-1 win in Game 3, the Pens have been superb at stringing together victories vs the same opponent, as they’re now 9-2 in their last 11 games when winning the previous game in a matchup.

Pittsburgh opened as a healthy -120 favorite, with New York coming back at +109. Being on the road hasn’t hindered the Pens in the least, as they’re now 9-1 in their last 10 games as road favorites.

A ray of hope for Rangers backers is the team’s ability to bounce back after a loss, as they’re an impressive 18-4 in their last 22 games after a loss, which includes their 4-2 win in Game 2 of the series.

The opening total of 5 goals is a mark the teams have eclipsed twice so far in the series, but a number they went OVER just once in four regular season matchup, although two of those games ended with a total of five goals.

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OVER Trend Cashing in FLA-NYI Matchup

Florida Panthers New York Islanders NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Offense was never an issue in contests between the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers and that has certainly continued into their first round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Panthers will look to draw even at the Barclays Center in Game 4 Wednesday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in the Islanders' last four home games.
  • The Panthers are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The Panthers are 4-0 SU in their last four games after a loss.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering both the Panthers and Islanders at -110 in moneyline markets for Wednesday’s Game 4 tilt in Brooklyn. As far as the total is concerned OVER 5 goals is -130 while UNDER 5 goals is +110.

OVER bets have gone 2-1 through the opening three games of the series but that has been a long-standing trend when these two meet. The total has gone 10-3 OVER/UNDER in the previous 13 meetings between the Panthers and Islanders, including the opening three games here.

Through three games, there has been an average of 6.67 goals scored per game. Panthers winger Reilly Smith has been a revelation in the opening round. Smith scored 50 points in 82 games during the regular season, but has paced the Panthers with eight points (four goals, four assists) through three games versus the Isles.

The Isles skated to a 4-3 overtime win in Game 3 thanks to a Thomas Hickey goal in the extra frame, taking a 2-1 series lead into Wednesday’s Game 4. The Isles haven’t won a postseason series since 1993, but a victory in front of the home fans would give them a commanding 3-1 series lead and all the momentum to buck that trend.

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Two in a Row Likely too Much for Wild

Chris Porter Wild

In Game 3 of their first round series against the Dallas Stars, the Minnesota Wild were able to finally put an end to a ridiculous seven game losing streak when they exploded for five goals, while allowing just 17 shots on net. A repeat performance tonight might be a difficult task, as you’d have to go back to the start of last season — a total of 12 games — for the last time Minnesota has beaten Dallas twice in a row.

Minny opened as a slight +104 underdog, with the Stars coming back as a -115 favorite. As home dogs the Wild have lost five of their last eight games, while Dallas has lost three straight time as a road favorite.

The total for the game opened at 5 goals, a mark the teams went UNDER in the first two games of the series. Both teams are trending UNDER going into the game, with the Stars going 2-6 O/U in their last eight and the Wild going 1-4 O/U in their last five.

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Capitals Can Complete Sweep in Philly

Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

To the surprise of nobody, the Washington Capitals can make quick work of the Philadelphia Flyers with a Game 4 win in the City of Brotherly Love Wednesday evening. The Caps extended their series lead to 3-0 with a 6-1 thrashing of the hapless Flyers Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games on the road versus the Flyers.
  • The Flyers are 10-4 SUI in their last 14 games at home.
  • The Flyers are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games as home underdogs in April.

The Flyers are +160 in moneyline markets at online book Bovada while the Capitals are -180 for Game 4. As far as the total is concerned, OVER and UNDER 5 goals is -110.

The Flyers, and their fans, were left frustrated in Game 3 as there were dirty hits and objects being thrown from the stands as things got ugly. Philly’s special teams also remain ugly as it has now gone 0-13 on the man advantage in the series.

Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik will miss Game 4 after sustaining an upper-body injury while Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare will serve a one-game suspension for his hit on Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov.

Furthermore, Braden Holtby, who has stopped 91 of 93 shots he has faced in the series, was dinged up a little in practice on Tuesday and had to leave the ice early. Head coach Barry Trotz has said he is expected to start Game 4, however.

Faves have been the name of the betting game when these two Metropolitan Division rivals tangle, however. The favored team has now gone 5-0 SU in the previous five games when these two meet.

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