Check out our quick-hitting betting notes for Saturday’s busy NHL slate of games:
Philadelphia Flyers at Winnipeg Jets (-121, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI), Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)
The Jets will carry a five-game losing streak into Saturday afternoon's matchup with the red-hot Philadelphia Flyers, a skid that has caused them to lose their stranglehold on the Southeast Division and put them on the outside of the postseason picture. Winnipeg is 0-for-16 on the power play during its five-game skid - the franchise's longest since dropping five in a row in March 2010. The under is 12-2 in the Jets; last 14 home games.
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (+117, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Ray Emery (CHI), Pekka Rinne (NSH)
Chicago, which won 3-0 at Nashville on Feb. 10 and defeated the Predators 3-2 in a shootout on Monday, is 11-0-1 against division opponents after dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to St. Louis on Thursday. The Predators have one win in their last five games (1-2-2) and find themselves at the bottom of the division facing an uphill battle to make the playoffs. The over is 4-0 in the Blackhawks’ last four road games.
Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings (-176, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk (EDM), Jonathan Quick (LAK)
Edmonton had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 4-0 loss at Vancouver on Thursday in the opener of a four-game road trip. The Oilers had been on an offensive rampage prior to the shutout, piling up 25 goals during their five-game run. Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start for the Kings. He's 8-1-4 lifetime against Edmonton. The under is 4-0-1 in the Kings’ last five home games.
Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (-111, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Tuukka Rask (BOS), Carey Price (MTL)
Montreal, which holds a one-point edge over its Original Six rival, has won two of the three meetings. The teams benefited from third-period uprisings to split the first two contests before defenseman Andrei Markov scored to forge a tie with nine seconds remaining and rookie Brendan Gallagher tallied in the sixth round of the shootout as the Canadiens claimed a 6-5 win on March 27. Boston netminder Tuukka Rask is just 2-7-2 in his career versus the Canadiens, but owns an impressive 61-33-13 mark against the remaining NHL teams. The under is 5-0 in Montreal’s last five home games.
Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (-121, 5.5)
Probable starting goaltenders: James Reimer (TOR), Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Toronto will be without left wing Joffrey Lupul, who suffered an upper-body injury in Thursday's loss. The Maple Leafs are 3-0-2 in their last five meetings with the Devils. The over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders (-122, 5.5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Ben Bishop (TB), Evgeni Nabokov (NYI)
The New York Islanders continue to steam toward what could be their first postseason appearance since 2007, gaining points in six of their last seven games. New York has had its way with Tampa Bay of late, winning both meetings this season and eight of 11 overall. The Lightning improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games after newly-acquired goalie Ben Bishop turned aside 45 shots in a 5-0 victory over Carolina on Thursday. Tampa Bay got captain Vincent Lecavalier back from injury in its last game, but top-pairing defenseman Victor Hedman is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. The Islanders are 9-1 in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing record.
New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes (-110, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist (NYR), Dan Ellis (CAR)
Carolina has lost three straight and is 1-9-1 in its last 11 contests. The Hurricanes’ last victory against the Rangers was a 4-1 triumph on Jan. 20, 2011. Carolina is 0-4-2 versus New York since then, including a 2-1 shootout loss at MSG on March 18. The under is 9-2-1 in the Hurricanes’ last 12 overall.
Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers (+112, 5.5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Braden Holtby (WSH), Jacob Markstrom (FLA)
The Capitals, who are 6-1-1 in their last eight games, have won six straight contests against Florida. Washington F Alex Ovechkin has torched the Panthers, recording 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) in 46 career contests. The Capitals are 10-1 in their last 11 games vs. Southeast opponents.
Colorado Avalanche at Phoenix Coyotes (-152, 5.5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Semyon Varlamov (COL), Mike Smith (PHX)
Phoenix has gone 3-0-2 following a six-game winless stretch that included three consecutive shutout losses. Colorado is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit at home on Friday. The setback dropped the Avalanche to 1-6-1 in their last eight games and kept them in the league's basement with 29 points. The Avalanche have won only two of the last 11 overall games in the all-time series - and one of the last eight contests in Phoenix. The under is 4-0-1 in Colorado’s last five games overall.
Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks (-265, 5.5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff (CGY), Cory Schneider (VAN)
Calgary had its road winless streak reach 12 games with a 2-1 setback to the Sharks in San Jose on Friday. The Flames are 0-11-1 on the road since posting a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 17. Since trading long-time captain Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary has gone 0-4-0 and has been outscored 20-8 in the process. The home team has won each of the last six games in the all-time series.