Around the rink: Sunday's NHL betting notes

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

Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers (+144, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Tuukka Rask (BOS), Jacob Markstrom (FLA)

Boston won its second straight game and improved to 6-1-1 on the road with a 4-2 triumph over Tampa Bay on Thursday. Tuukka Rask has won four of five career outings versus Florida while posting two shutouts and registering an ultra-slim 0.97 goals-against average. The Panthers are 0-1-3 during their last four home games - and they weren't too impressive in a 3-1 road loss to Pittsburgh on Friday. The Bruins are 5-0 in their last five Sunday games.

Winnipeg Jets at New Jersey Devils (-158, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Ondrej Pavelec (WSH), Martin Brodeur (NJ)

New Jersey has won its last five home meetings with Winnipeg dating back to its days as the Atlanta Thrashers. The Devils hardly looked like an elite club in their 5-1 road loss to Washington on Saturday afternoon, but they'll return home where they have collected points in eight of nine games (6-1-2). Special teams are killing Winnipeg as it has failed to score on its last 21 power-play opportunities. The Jets are 1-6 in the last seven meetings.

Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings (+112, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Roberto Luongo (VAN), Jonas Gustavsson (DET)

Detroit snapped a five-game winless streak on Saturday, defeating the Nashville Predators 4-0 at home. The Canucks also shut out the Predators as Roberto Luongo stopped 23 shots at Nashville on Friday and are 2-0-1 on their four-game road trip. The under is 4-0-3 in the Red Wings’ last seven Sunday games.

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders (-110, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Cam Ward (CAR), Kevin Poulin (NYI)

The Hurricanes will face the Islanders at New York on Sunday after posting a 6-4 victory there on Feb. 11. The six goals Carolina scored in that game matched a season high, but the club has struggled offensively in the three games since losing Jeff Skinner to a concussion, getting outscored 12-5. The Islanders are beginning a season-high seven-game homestand, but New York has been less effective at home this season, posting a 2-6-0 record. The over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks (-254, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Steve Mason (CBJ), Corey Crawford (CHI)

Columbus has lost eight straight games in the all-time series between the teams since posting a 4-3 victory in Chicago on Feb. 18, 2011. It now has the daunting task of trying to hand the Blackhawks their first regulation loss of the season. Chicago improved to 14-0-3 after posting a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday, setting the record for most games without a regulation loss to start a season. Columbus has allowed 37 goals during its losing streak against Chicago while scoring only 15.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins (-170, 6)

Probable starting goaltenders: Anders Lindback (TB), Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to move forward without second-leading scorer Evgeni Malkin for an indefinite period. The reigning Hart Trophy winner experienced concussion-like symptoms after sliding awkwardly into the boards and hitting his head in Friday’s victory over the Florida Panthers. Pittsburgh has won the last three meetings, outscoring Tampa Bay 18-6 in the process.

Phoenix Coyotes at Calgary Flames (-106, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Mike Smith (PHX), Joey MacDonald (CGY)

The Phoenix Coyotes attempt to post their second win over the Calgary Flames in seven days. Phoenix posted a 4-0 home triumph over Calgary on Monday and has taken seven of the last nine meetings between the clubs. The Flames are 2-10 in their last 12 vs. a team with a losing record.

Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Ducks (-168, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: J.S. Giguere (COL), Viktor Fasth (ANH)

Anaheim hasn't played since extending its winning streak to five games with a 3-2 triumph over Columbus on Monday. Viktor Fasth, who is 9-0-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average, turned aside 31 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Avalanche on Feb. 6. Colorado has scored just one goal in each of its last two contests and the under is 4-0 in the Avalanche’s last four games vs. a team with a winning record.

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