Around the rink: Sunday's NHL betting news and notes
Take a look at our quick-hitting betting notes for all seven games on the NHL schedule Sunday.Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres (+139, 5.5)Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT), Ryan Miller (BUF)
The Penguins will vie for their eighth road victory in 10 outings this season on Sunday when they visit the First Niagara Center. Marc-Andre Fleury has stumped the Sabres in his career, winning six of his last seven starts to improve to 11-4-2 all-time. Buffalo has scored on just one of its last 30 opportunities on the power play. The Sabres failed on all 10 chances with the man advantage in last season's series against the Penguins. The over is 4-1 in the Sabres’ last five home games.Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks (-128, 5)Probable goaltenders: Jonathan Quick (LAK), Ray Emery (CHI)
Chicago is the only team without a regulation loss this season, and not even an upper-body injury to goaltender Corey Crawford could cool its hot start. Ray Emery made 27 saves in a 4-1 win over San Jose on Friday to improve to 4-0-0 on the season. The Kings won both visits to Chicago last season after going winless in six trips over the previous three seasons. The under is 7-0 in the Blackhawks’ last seven home games.Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets (+131, 5.5)Probable goaltenders: Tuukka Rask (BOS), Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)
The Bruins have dropped two straight (0-1-1) after winning six of their previous seven and Winnipeg fell for the third time in four games with 3-1 setback to Pittsburgh on Friday. To add injury to insult, defenseman Tobias Enstrom exited the contest after suffering an injury to his right shoulder following a collision. The 28-year-old Swede, who leads the Jets with 11 assists and 13 points, is expected to receive the results of his MRI on Sunday. The Bruins and Jets are saddled with struggling special teams play. Boston has scored on two of its last 24 power-play opportunities while Winnipeg's penalty kill has yielded 14 goals on 43 chances. The under is 5-0 in the Jets’ last five games overall.
Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars (-140, 5.5)Probable goaltenders: Joey MacDonald (CGY), Richard Bachman (DAL)
The Dallas Stars suffered a setback at Calgary on Wednesday after backup goaltender Richard Bachman was battered in the 7-4 loss. The Stars won’t have much choice but to start Bachman when they host the Flames on Sunday. Starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen left in the first period of Friday’s 4-3 victory over Vancouver with a groin injury and Bachman made 18 saves in relief for his first win of the season. The Flames, who lost 5-2 at home to the Blues Friday, are 0-7 in their last seven games following a home loss of three or more goals.Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild (+120, 5)Probable goaltenders: Petr Mrazek (DET), Niklas Backstrom (MIN)
Like Minnesota, Detroit is hoping to avoid a three-game winless streak. The Red Wings have outscored the Wild 11-3 in winning the last two encounters between the clubs. In fact, Detroit is 8-1-2 in the last 11 overall matchups between the teams. But Minnesota (3-1-5) has notched at least one point in eight of its last nine home meetings with Detroit. The under is 7-1-1 in the Wild’s last nine games overall.Washington Capitals at New York Rangers (-157, 5.5)Probable goaltenders: Braden Holtby (WSH), Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)
After a brutal start, the Washington Capitals are beginning to put it together. The Capitals will vie for their fourth consecutive victory on Sunday. The Rangers saw their three-game winning streak come to an end with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders on Thursday. New York F Rick Nash sat out Saturday's practice, but coach John Tortorella detailed that it was just a "body maintenance day." The home team is 4-0 in the last four meetings.St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks (-134, 5.5)Probable goaltenders: Jake Allen (STL), Roberto Luongo (VAN)
The St. Louis Blues attempt to complete their three-game road trip with a perfect record when they visit the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is coming off a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday during which it squandered a 3-1 lead. Canucks G Cory Schneider will ride the pine Sunday and Roberto Luongo will start. Luongo has silenced his critics by posting a 4-0-2 record and a league-leading 1.45 goals-against average in seven games (six starts). The winning team has scored three goals or less in each of the last nine meetings between the clubs.