Visiting Team Hot in Blues-Stars Series

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St. Louis pays a visit to Dallas on Wednesday, hoping to shut down the Stars snipers in hockey action at American Airlines Center.

Supporters of the St. Louis Blues have seen them go 56-28-11 so far this season, while the Stars are at 57-26-11. In totals betting, the Dallas Stars are 50-39-5, while the Blues are 37-42-16.

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Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders Betting Lines and Trends

The NHL hockey betting odds menu sees a clash between New York and Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, with the host Islanders trying to win for themselves and reward betting fans who back them on the moneyline.

Supporters of the Tampa Bay Lightning have seen them go 53-33-5 so far this season, while the Islanders are at 50-31-12. In totals betting, the New York Islanders are 38-46-9, while the Lightning are 37-42-12.

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No Place Like Home for Penguins

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Up 3-2 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series versus the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to close things out in Game 6 on home ice Tuesday night. Home ice has been a safe haven for the Pens and their backers during the postseason and they’ll look for one more victory to set up a date with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference final.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 0-3 SU in their last three games in Pittsburgh.
  • The Capitals are 0-12 SU in their last 12 games on the road in May.
  • The Penguins are 14-0 SU in their last 14 games after a loss.

Online sportsbook Bovada is presently offering the Penguins at -135 in moneyline markets while the Capitals are presently +115. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -120 while UNDER 5 goals is EVEN.

The Penguins have been fantastic on home ice in the postseason, going 4-1 SU in the five games played at the Consol Energy Center thus far. The only setback was a 4-2 loss in Game 2 of their opening round series versus the New York Rangers, which happened to be Jeff Zatkoff’s last start in this playoff run before making way for Matt Murray.

Going back to the conclusion of the regular season, the Pens have actually gone 7-1 SU in their previous eight games on home ice.

The Caps stayed alive with a 3-1 victory on home ice in Game 5 thanks to two-point nights from both Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie. Defenseman Brooks Orpik returns to the lineup for the Capitals Tuesday night after serving his three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Olli Maatta.

Despite being up 3-2, surely the Pens would love a bit more offense from Sidney Crosby. The captain has just two assists in the series and has only managed 11 shots on Caps’ netminder Braden Holtby.

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Big Faves Coming Through In NHL Playoffs

Wagering on the NHL can be more brutal than a two-hander to the back of the legs.

Call it parity due to the salary cap. Call it the grind of the marathon schedule. Whatever reason you like — it can leave some black eyes and cut up bankrolls. 

But there’s a trend unfolding in these playoffs that could be showing it’s getting a little easier – although you might not like the price tag. 


Hosts Dominating in Sharks-Preds Series

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The San Jose Sharks dominated the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-1 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series Saturday. The Sharks’ win kept alive a trend that has been dominant in this series and if the Preds even the series up Monday, the trend will still be alive and well.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games after consecutive road losses.
  • The Predators are 4-1 SU in their last five games on Monday.
  • The Predators are 5-2 SU in their last seven home games.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Predators at EVEN odds in moneyline markets while the Sharks come in at -120. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is currently -115 while UNDER 5 goals is -105.

San Jose’s win at the SAP Center in Game 5 improved the home team’s record to 5-0 SU in the series. Furthermore, OVERS have also been the way to wager as it has gone 3-0-2 OVER/UNDER through the opening five games.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski tallied a pair of goals in the big Game 5 win as goaltender Martin Jones stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced on home ice.

At the other end of the ice, Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing four goals on 27 shots making way for Carter Hutton. Rinne has now allowed 13 goals through five games and has a save percentage of .919.

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Blues Big Faves to Finish Things Monday

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After defeating the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-1 in Game 5 Saturday, the St. Louis Blues now find themselves just one win away from a trip to the Western Conference final. They can wrap things up with a victory on home ice at the Scottrade Center in Game 6 Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 9-3 SU in their last 12 against the Stars.
  • The Stars are 5-2 SU in their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The total has gone OVER in nine of the Stars’ last 11 games after a loss.

At online shop Bovada, the Blues are currently -165 in moneyline markets while the Stars come in at +145. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -140 while UNDER 5 goals is currently +120.

As good as the Blues have played during the postseason, they have been just lukewarm on home ice. Entering Monday’s Game 6 showdown, the Blues have gone just 3-3 SU in six home games while posting a 4-2 SU record away from the Scottrade Center.

Brian Elliott was his usual, dominant self in the postseason and was in prime form Saturday. The 31-year-old stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced, pacing the Blues to the 3-2 series lead and building on his excellent series numbers. Elliott has allowed just 10 goals through five games and brings a .937 save percentage into Monday’s contest.

Jamie Benn has been somewhat quiet (by his high standards) in the series, notching just one goal and three assists through five games. But he’s not the only star that has struggled to find the back of the net. Patrick Sharp has also recorded just one goal while Jason Spezza has been held goalless.

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TB Near Flawless At Home In Playoffs

The Tampa Bay Lightning have the chance to close out their series with the New York Islanders Sunday. The series heads back to Amalie Arena – a place in which the Lightning has been phenomenal this postseason. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in front of their home crowd while outscoring opponents 16-10.

 If the Islanders want to keep their season alive, they will need to get John Tavares going. Since opening the series with a two-point performance, Tavares has just seven shots and no points in the past three games.

Though there has been plenty of pieces that has helped the Lightning score 11 goals in the past three, it has been Tyler Johnson that has excelled. Johnson has two goals and three assists in the past three games.

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Does OT Favor Sharks In Next Outing?

The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators are coming off a triple-overtime marathon of a game that lasted over 110 minute of ice-time. Though the sample size is small, the Sharks are a perfect 3-0 SU while allowing just two goals in their past three following a game that went to overtime.

Clearly home ice advantage is a big thing in this series, as the home team is 4-0 while outscroing their opponents 16-8. That trend has also seen the Sharks improve to 3-0 in their past three games at the SAP Center after a 2-1 OT loss to the LA Kings in the first round.

If you’re a Predators supporter, you need to be wondering if this gruelling postseason schedule is going to catch up to them. The Preds have played every other day since the start of the Playoffs and Saturday will be their 11th game in 22 days.

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Caps Facing Unprecedented Losing Streak

The Washington Capitals are on the ropes and will need to go on a great run in order to make their way to the Eastern Conference Finals over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps have dropped the past three games in the series, but Washington has not lost four-straight games once this season.

Though the Caps have not lost four-straight, the Penguins have also not lost three consecutive games since the start of the 2016 calendar year. – which does not bode well Washington.

Pittsburgh may have a 3-1 series lead entering Saturday, but they have not exactly been running away with games. All four games this series have been decided by just one goal with overtime needed twice already.  

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Blues Are Dangerous Following A Loss

With the series all knotted up at two games apiece the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars head back to American Airlines Center. The Blues are coming off a loss, which is a spot they have relished through the end of the regular season and the playoffs with St. Louis going 6-1 in their past seven following the L.

If there is one thing we have come to expect from these two teams, it’s that an overtime matchup in Dallas would be par for the course Saturday. Between the regular season and the playoffs the Blues and Stars have met at American Airlines Arena four times, with three of those games being decided in extra time.

After playing with a goalie-by-committee in their first round series, it appears Kari Lehtonen will get a second straight for the Stars. Despite some rough outings against the Blues, including a terrible three goals on five shot performance, Lehtonen is coming off a game in which he saved 24 of 26 shots.

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