Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Thursday’s NHL action:
Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs (-136, 5.5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Justin Peters (CAR), James Reimer (TOR)
Carolina, which is 0-5-1 in its last six games has lost four of its last five contests by a 4-1 margin, but is looking to complete a season sweep of Toronto after defeating the Maple Leafs 4-1 and 3-1 in February. The Maple Leafs have recorded points in each of their last six games (3-0-3) and have lost just once in regulation in eight home contests this month (5-1-2). The under is 6-0-1 in the Hurricanes’ last seven overall.
New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers (-125, 5.5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Evgeni Nobokov (NYI), Ilya Bryzgalov (NYR)
The Flyers have won only twice in their last nine games (2-6-1) and have been limited to two goals or fewer seven times in that span. But Philadelphia has won three straight games in the series, including a 7-0 rout on Feb. 18 that represented the Islanders' worst home shutout defeat in franchise history. The Flyers have been a nemesis for the Islanders as they've won 29 of the last 33 meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals. The road team is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.
Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins (-179, 5.5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Al Montoya (WPG), Tomas Vokoun (PIT)
The Penguins, who look to extend their winning streak to 14 games when they host the Jets, added yet another piece to their puzzle late Wednesday night as they acquired Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames. Iginla won’t be ready to go tonight, but Pittsburgh could welcome back Evgeni Malkin to the lineup after missing nine games because of a shoulder injury. In the last two meetings at Pittsburgh (Feb. 11 and March 20, 2012), the Penguins totaled 16 goals on the Jets. Winnipeg is 7-0 in its last seven vs. a team with a winning record.
New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators (-101, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist (NYR), Ben Bishop (OTT)
New York hopes to prevent a season sweep by Ottawa. The Senators lost goaltender Craig Anderson to an ankle injury in their 3-2 shootout win over New York on Feb. 21 before posting a 3-2 victory in regulation on March 8. Ottawa secured its fifth win in six outings with a 3-2 shootout triumph over New Jersey on Monday. The Rangers are 1-5 in their last six vs. Northeast foes.
Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers (-109, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Ryan Miller (BUF), Jacob Markstrom (FLA)
Three of the Sabres’ last four regulation losses have come at the hands of Southeast Division opponents, but Buffalo defeated the Panthers 4-3 in a shootout in Florida on Feb. 28. The Panthers ended their five-game road trip with three straight losses and sit last in the league with a minus-39 goal differential. Florida has scored a total of three goals during its latest losing skid.
Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues (-125, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Jonathan Quick (LAK), Jaroslav Halak (STL)
The Los Angeles Kings have held the St. Louis Blues under their thumb dating back to last season's playoffs. Including the postseason, the Kings vie for their eighth consecutive victory over the Blues when the Western Conference foes meet in the Gateway City on Thursday. Los Angeles found its offense in both outings in 2013 - a 4-1 road victory on Feb. 11 and a 6-4 home triumph on March 5. The under is 6-0 in the Blues’ last six overall.
Phoenix Coyotes at Nashville Predators (-147, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Chad Johnson (PHX), Pekka Rinne (NSH)
Phoenix will attempt to snap a seven-game winless streak when it visits Nashville. The Coyotes’ problems begin with their offense, as Wednesday’s three goals marked the best showing for the team during its slide (0-5-2). After being shut out in each of the first three games of the skid, the Coyotes have had four straight one-goal decisions. The under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers (-131, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ), Nikoali Khabibulin (EDM)
Columbus has climbed into the playoff picture in the Western Conference thanks to an improbable 8-1-5 run that included a franchise-record 12-game point streak. That stretch ended when the Blue Jackets began their trek with a 5-2 loss at the Nashville Predators on Saturday, but they picked up another point with a shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Sergei Bobrovsky has been one of the main reasons for Columbus' surge. The netminder has posted an 8-1-4 record and all three of his career shutouts over his last 13 games. The home team is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
Colorado Avalanche at Vancouver Canucks (-212, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: J.S. Giguere (COL), Cory Schneider (VAN)
The Canucks will try to make it six in a row and regain sole possession of the top spot in the division on Thursday as they host the Colorado Avalanche, who have one win in their last eight games (1-7-0). Vancouver is 2-0-0 against the Avalanche this season after winning 3-2 at Colorado on Sunday. After losing 4-2 at Calgary on Wednesday, Colorado fell to 0-6-3 in its last nine road games. The under is 6-0 in the Canucks’ last six overall.
Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks (-114, 5)
Probable starting goaltenders: Jimmy Howard (DET), Antti Niemi (SJ)
San Jose vies for a third straight win when it faces Detroit, which is looking to complete its four-game road trip with a perfect record. The Red Wings, who have won five straight away from home, began their trek with a pair of triumphs at Anaheim before eking out a 3-2 win in Phoenix on Monday. Detroit has scored a power-play goal in each of its last six road games after going 0-for-37 over its first 10 away from home. The Sharks are 1-10 in their last 11 games playing the second half of a back-to-back.