Around the rink: Thursday's NHL betting notes

Apr 11, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Thursday’s NHL action:

Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers (-127, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Robin Lehner (OTT), Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI)

Philadelphia concluded a three-game road trip with two consecutive 4-1 losses and hosts a Senators team in the midst of a season-long seven-game road trip. The Flyers are 12-5-2 at Wells Fargo Center, where they have points in six of their last seven games (5-1-1). Ottawa has dropped five straight games, combining to score only seven goals. The under is 6-0-1 in the Senators’ last seven Thursday games.

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals (-175, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Justin Peters (CAR), Braden Holtby (WSH)

The Capitals have won five straight behind eight goals from captain Alex Ovechkin and own a two-point lead over Winnipeg in the Southeast. The Hurricanes led the Southeast a month ago but have since been awful, going 1-12-1 over the last 14 games. Carolina has been particularly terrible in April while losing all six games by a combined 29-10 margin. The under is 8-1 in the Hurricanes’ last nine vs. Southeast foes.

New York Islanders at Boston Bruins (-154, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Evgeni Nakokov (NYI), Tuukka Rask (BOS)

The Bruins look to strengthen their position in the East and vie for their sixth win in seven outings. But Boston isn’t the only team playing well down the stretch as the Islanders have collected points in eight of their last nine contests (7-1-1). New York continued its sprint toward a potential postseason berth by skating to a 4-1 triumph over Atlantic Division-rival Philadelphia on Tuesday. The Islanders are tied with Ottawa and the New York Rangers for the final three postseason spots in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins are 8-1 in their last nine home games.

Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres (+119, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Peter Budaj (MTL), Ryan Miller (BUF)

The Sabres had their three-game winning streak snapped in a 4-1 loss at Winnipeg on Tuesday, a costly defeat that has them sitting six points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens pounded the Sabres 6-1 on Feb. 2 but have dropped eight of the last 10 matchups. The under is 5-1 in Montreal’s last six overall.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning (+120, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (PIT), Ben Bishop (TB)

The Lightning are clinging to slim hopes for a playoff spot after skated to a 3-2 win over Ottawa at home Tuesday. Tampa Bay is 5-0-1 in its last six games on home ice. The Penguins have beaten every team in the Eastern Conference at least once - and have two victories over the Lightning at home. The over is 5-0 in the last five meetings.

San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings (-114, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Antti Niemi (SJ), Jimmy Howard (DET)

Detroit has struggled offensively of late, scoring three goals or fewer in each of its last eight games. Goals were at a premium in the first two games of the season series as the teams combined for a total of four tallies. The Sharks have earned points in six of their last seven meetings (5-1-1) with the Red Wings. The under is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings.

Florida Panthers at Winnipeg Jets (-163, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Jacob Markstrom (FLA), Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)

The Panthers have played Winnipeg tough this season, going 2-0-2 against the division rival. The Panthers have gone 7-for-14 on the power play in the last five games while killing 16-of-21 short-handed situations. Winnipeg has issues on special teams and has not scored a power-play goal in any of its last seven contests. The under is 8-1 in the Jets’ last nine vs. Southeast opponents.

St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild (-104, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Brian Elliott (STL), Niklas Backstrom (MIN)

The Blues are 2-0-0 on their four-game road trip thanks to Brian Elliott, who posted back-to-back shutouts in 1-0 victories over the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators. Each of Minnesota's last three games have ended in shutouts, with the Wild coming out on the wrong end in two of them. The club was blanked at Los Angeles on April 4 and also failed to score at home against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The home team has captured five of the last six games in the all-time series.

Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings (-255, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Sami Aittokallio (COL), Jonathan Quick

Colorado recorded a surprising 4-1 victory over the Ducks in Anaheim on Wednesday. Colorado had gone 0-11-3 in its previous 14 road games prior to Wednesday's win. Sami Aittokallio will make his NHL debut in goal for the Avs and has appeared in 26 games for Colorado’s minor league affiliate the Lake Erie Monsters, going 14-11-1-1 with a 2.89 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. The Avs have played over the total in seven of their last eight games overall (7-0-1).

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