Around the rink: Saturday's NHL betting notes

Mar 23, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Saturday’s NHL action:

Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators (-135, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (TB), Robin Lehner (OTT)

Ottawa lost in regulation for only the second time in 15 home games on Thursday, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Boston Bruins. The Senators allow an average of 2.03 goals but surrendered a season-high six at Tampa Bay on Jan. 25. The Lightning had won three of four before a mistake-filled 4-2 loss at Toronto on Tuesday. They also lost goaltender Anders Lindback indefinitely with a high ankle sprain. Tampa Bay is 0-5 in its last five vs. Northeast foes.

San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild (-127, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Antti Niemi (SJ) Niklas Backstrom (MIN)

Minnesota will attempt to extend its season-high winning streak to five games. After topping Colorado at home on March 14, the Wild had a perfect three-game road trip as they defeated the Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings. The Wild have won three straight meetings with San Jose after losing three in a row and the home team has captured seven of the last eight games in the all-time series. The over is 6-0-3 in the Sharks’ last nine overall.

Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings (-140, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Cory Schneider (VAN), Jonathan Quick (LAK)

The Kings saw their five-game home winning streak come to an end on Thursday as they were blanked 2-0 by the Dallas Stars, but they are 12-3-1 at Staples Center. Vancouver visited on Jan. 28 and lost 3-2 in a shootout as Los Angeles notched its first home victory and the Canucks beat the Kings 5-2 in Vancouver on March 2. Canucks defenseman Alex Edler received a two-game suspension for running into Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith in Thursday’s 2-1 victory and will be ineligible. The over is 6-0-1 in the Kings’ last seven Saturday games.

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (+132, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Anton Khudobin (BOS), James Reimer (TOR)

The Bruins vie for their ninth consecutive victory against the Maple Leafs in the opener of a home-and-home series. Saturday's contest will complete a four-game road trip for Boston, which will host Toronto on Monday. Tuukka Rask routinely has torched the team that used a first-round pick on him during the 2005 draft. The 26-year-old Finn stopped all 21 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over Toronto on Feb. 2. With the victory, Rask improved to 7-1-0 with a 1.46 goals-against average versus the Maple Leafs. Toronto has yielded at least four goals in eight of its last 11 games and has played over in 10 of its last 13 overall.

Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens (-198, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Ryan Miller (BUF), Carey Price (MTL)

Buffalo might be without leading scorer Thomas Vanek (14 goals, 31 points) for the second game in a row. Vanek missed Thursday’s 5-4 shootout victory over Toronto after taking a shot in the hip during Tuesday’s game against Montreal. Seven of the Sabres’ last 11 games have gone beyond regulation, including their last three against divisional opponents. The Canadiens have one regulation loss in their last 19 games (14-1-4) and have played over in nine of their last 11 overall.

Florida Panthers at New Jersey Devils (-188, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Scott Clemmensen (FLA), Martin Brodeur (NJ)

The Florida Panthers try for their season-high third straight victory Saturday as they continue their five-game road trip against the Devils. Rookie Jacob Markstrom has been stellar in goal as he followed a 33-save performance against Carolina by stopping a career-high 44 shots in Thursday's 3-1 victory in New York. The under is 4-1 in the Panthers’ last five overall.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville Predators (-148, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ), Pekka Rinne (NSH)

Columbus extended its franchise-record point streak to 12 games Friday with a 5-1 triumph over the Calgary Flames. Nick Foligno scored a pair of goals as the Blue Jackets improved to 8-0-4 during their run and pulled even in points with the San Jose Sharks for eighth place in the Western Conference. Nashville lost both of its first two meetings with Columbus, including a 4-1 road setback on Tuesday. Entering the season, the Preds had gone 7-0-1 in their previous eight meetings with Columbus.

Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars (-133, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Semyon Varlamov (COL), Kari Lehtonen (DAL)

The Colorado Avalanche attempt to defeat the Dallas Stars for the second time in four days when the teams reconvene at American Airlines Center. Colorado snapped a four-game skid with a 4-3 triumph over Dallas on Wednesday. The road hasn't been friendly for the Avalanche, who are winless in their last eight away from the Rocky Mountains (0-5-3) while registering just two victories in 14 contests (2-9-3). The over is 4-0 in Colorado’s last four overall.

St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers (+121, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Jaroslav Halak (STL), Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM)

The Edmonton Oilers conclude their four-game homestand Saturday, when they host the St. Louis Blues. Edmonton has gone 1-0-2 over the first three games of the home stretch but could have won all three contests. The Oilers held two-goal leads in the third period against both the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks before losing in overtime and a shootout, respectively. The lost points may come back to bite the Oilers, who have earned at least one in five straight games (3-0-2). St. Louis has won four straight meetings between the teams and 10 of the last 12 (10-1-1). The home team has also won five of the last six games in the all-time series.

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