Around the rink: Sunday's NHL betting notes

Mar 24, 2013 |
Check out our betting notes on all seven NHL games on tap Sunday:

Florida Panthers at New York Islanders (-167, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Jacob Markstrom (FLA), Evgeni Nabokov (NYI)

New York has dropped three in a row following a 4-3 road victory over Florida on March 16. The Islanders nearly squandered a three-goal lead in that contest before prevailing on Casey Cizikas' goal in the third period. Cizikas' heroics aside, New York has been outscored 12-1 in the session over the last four contests. The under is 4-0 in the Panthers’ last four road games.

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers (-155, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Braden Holtby (WSH), Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

Washington won back-to-back games in Winnipeg on Thursday and Friday to record its first consecutive road victories in over a month. The Capitals, however, lost 2-1 at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 17 and 4-1 at home on March 10. The latter contest was the last time New York scored more than three goals. The Rangers are 2-4-0 since that outing, scoring just seven times in regulation in that span. The under is 4-1 in the Capitals’ last five road games.

Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins (-197, 6)

Probable starting goaltenders: Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI), Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)

The Pittsburgh Penguins vie for their 12th consecutive victory and look to post the longest winning streak in the NHL this season when they host the Keystone State-rival Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers had arguably the best chance to knock off the Penguins during their streak but allowed a three-goal, first-period lead to evaporate en route to a 5-4 loss on March 7. Philadelphia has struggled mightily on the road, dropping four straight away from Wells Fargo Center and 12 of 16 decisions overall. Pittsburgh has yielded just eight goals in its last seven games and the under is 5-0-1 in its last six.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets (-149, 6)

Probable starting goaltenders: Cedrick Desjardins (TB), Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)

The Lightning yielded the first four goals in both Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Toronto and Saturday's 5-3 setback to Ottawa. The teams split the first two meetings in the Sunshine State, with Tampa Bay cruising to an 8-3 win on Feb. 1. Special teams have been an issue for Winnipeg lately. The Jets are 1-for-15 on the power play over the last five games, while yielding four goals in their last 15 short-handed opportunities. The under is 10-2 in Winnipeg’s last 12 home games.

Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche (+122, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Cory Schneider (VAN), J.S. Giguere (COL)

The Vancouver Canucks will conclude their three-game road trip looking for their fourth consecutive victory on Sunday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche. Roberto Luongo was in net for Vancouver’s only previous meeting with Colorado, making 24 saves in a 3-0 victory. After splitting a home-and-home series against Dallas, the Avalanche have one win in their last six games (1-5-0). Colorado has allowed at least three goals in each of those contests. The under is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings.

Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks (-145, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Jimmy Howard (DET), Jonas Hiller (ANA)

The Detroit Red Wings are trying to make their way back to their usual level as Stanley Cup contenders. A nice step forward would be to post back-to-back wins at the Anaheim Ducks. Detroit, which claimed the opener of the two-game set with a 5-1 triumph on Friday, has won three of its last four. Anaheim had a 12-game point streak (9-0-3) come to an end with Friday’s loss, which marked the team’s first regulation setback at home since a 5-0 loss to Vancouver on Jan. 25. The Ducks have not scored a power-play goal in any of the last six games and have surrendered at least one in three of the last four.

St. Louis Blues at Calgary Flames (+115, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Jaroslav Halak (STL), Miikka Kiprusoff (CGY)

The Calgary Flames return home from a winless three-game road trip to host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Calgary, which has won six straight in its own building, defeated the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators at home by a combined 11-5 score before beginning its trek with a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday. St. Louis has won three straight meetings with the Flames, including a 5-2 triumph at Calgary on Feb. 15. The over is 5-0 in the Flames’ last five overall.

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