Around the rink: Thursday's NHL betting notes

Feb 28, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes for all 11 NHL games on tap Thursday.

Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins (-197, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Robin Lehner (OTT), Tuukka Rask (BOS)

The Boston Bruins wrapped up a five-game road trip with four consecutive victories. Boston, which has claimed nine of the past 10 meetings with Ottawa, is coming off a convincing 4-1 triumph over the New York Islanders on Tuesday. The Senators have won five in a row and will have Robin Lehner between the pipes. Lehner has been tearing up the AHL with a .938 save percentage and 2.12 GAA in 31 appearances this year. The under is 8-2-1 in the Senators’ last 11 road games.

Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders (-134, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: James Reimer (TOR), Evgeni Nabokov (NYI)

James Reimer, who hasn’t played since straining his MCL on Feb. 11, will likely get the start in goal. Ben Scrivens has started Toronto’s last eight games and
posted a 4-4-0 record. Reimer is 6-3-0 on the season and 4-1-0 in away games, where the Maple Leafs have won eight of 12 (8-4-0). New York defeated the Maple Leafs 7-4 in Toronto on Jan. 24, but the Islanders are just 2-8-0 at home and have four victories in 13 games this month. The Maple Leafs are 6-0 in their last six vs. a team with a losing record.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers (-138, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (TB), Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

The Rangers are 0-3-1 since losing power forward Rick Nash to an undisclosed injury. Nash will make a return tonight. The Lightning, who have dropped both games to New York this season, also have injury concerns as they start a four-game road trip. Veteran defenseman Sami Salo went down with a lower-body injury in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Buffalo and is not expected to play on Thursday. Tampa Bay is 0-5 in its last five games vs. Atlantic foes.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes (+123, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT), Cam Ward (CAR)

The Hurricanes have lost four of their last five games - all without F Jeff Skinner (concussion). Carolina has averaged 1.8 per game without Skinner, who is tied for second on the team with seven goals. The 2010-11 Calder Trophy winner will return tonight. The Penguins took three of four meetings last season, while the home team is 6-1 in the last seven clashes.

Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers (-113, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Ryan Miller (BUF), Scott Clemmensen (FLA)

Buffalo and Washington are the only teams in the Eastern Conference with fewer points than the Panthers, who halted a five-game home winless drought (0-2-3) with a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. One of Florida's four wins this month was a 4-3 triumph in Buffalo on Feb. 3. The Sabres are having trouble generating offense, netting only four goals in their last four games. Florida has won three of the last four meetings, which have all been decided by one goal.

New Jersey Devils at Winnipeg Jets (-108, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Johan Hedberg (NJ), Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)

Winnipeg secured its fourth win on its five-game road trip with a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Forward Evander Kane scored twice in that contest to extend his career-best point streak to eight games. Johan Hedberg is expected to start his third straight game for the Devils after future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur was placed on injured reserve. The under is 5-0 in the Jets’ last five home games.

Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues (-105, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Corey Crawford (CHI), Jaroslav Halak (STL)

The Blackhawks visit the Blues looking for their seventh straight win and hoping to stretch their season-opening point streak to 20 games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed two goals on 40 shots in two games since returning from injury, but the Blues have scored a total of three goals in their last three contests. St. Louis has one win in its last seven home games: a 2-1 victory over Columbus on Saturday.

Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars (-125, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk (EDM), Kari Lehtonen (DAL)

Edmonton will be making the second stop of a nine-game road trip - the longest in franchise history. The Oilers carried a one-goal lead into the third period at Chicago on Monday before falling in overtime to the league-best Blackhawks. Edmonton suffered another setback in the game when goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin aggravated a groin injury in the extra session and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. The Oilers have dropped six straight against the Stars, including two losses earlier this month. The Stars have outscored Edmonton 14-5 in the last four meetings in Dallas.

Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche (-114, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Joey MacDonald (CGY), Semyon Varlamov (COL)

Calgary, which is 2-0-1 in its last three games following a 2-1 overtime loss at Minnesota on Tuesday, sits just outside playoff position in the Western Conference. Colorado has lost three straight - all on the road - but has picked up points in its last two games after a 3-2 overtime setback at San Jose on Tuesday. The Avalanche, who trail the Flames by one point, continue to have their top players suffer injuries. Matt Duchene (groin) missed Tuesday's game and did not participate in Wednesday's optional skate, but he has not been ruled out against Calgary. The Avalanche have won the last three meetings, including 6-3 at Calgary on Jan. 31.

Minnesota Wild at Phoenix Coyotes (-127, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Niklas Backstrom (MIN), Mike Smith (PHX)

The Coyotes look to end a successful month on a winning note as they enter with a 7-3-2 record in February. Thursday's matchup figures to be a close one as 11 of the Wild's 18 games - and six of their last eight - have been decided by one goal. Minnesota enters having won three of its last four contests, but it has taken only seven of its last 34 road games.

Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks (-176, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders:  Jonas Gustavsson (DET), Antti Niemi (SJ)

Sharks F Ryane Clowe is expected back in the lineup after serving his two-game suspension for leaving the bench to start an altercation in Friday's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. San Jose improved to 6-1-2 at home with Tuesday's victory over Colorado, but it is still struggling offensively. The Sharks have scored two goals or less in each of their last eight contests and 12 of their last 13. The home team has won five of the last six meetings and Detroit has only one win in its last eight visits to San Jose.

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