Around the rink: Friday's NHL betting news and notes

Feb 15, 2013 |
Around the rink: Friday's NHL betting news and notes
Ducks G Viktor Fasth puts his perfect 6-0 record on the line Friday at Detroit.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Ducks G Viktor Fasth puts his perfect 6-0 record on the line Friday at Detroit.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Take a look at our quick-hitting betting notes for all eight games on the NHL schedule Friday.

Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (+124, 5.5)

Probable goaltenders: Anton Khudobin (BOS), Ryan Miller (BUF)

Boston has collected nine of a possible 10 points on the road (4-0-1), including two in its last meeting with Buffalo - a 3-1 triumph on Sunday. The Sabres could benefit from some production on the power play. Buffalo is just 1-for-27 with the man advantage this month. The Sabres are 1-4 in their last five home games.

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils (-138, 5)

Probable goaltenders:  Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI), Martin Brodeur (NJ)

After a 2-6-0 start, the Flyers are 4-1-1 in their last six contests, including a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday in the second of a season-high six-game road trip. New Jersey has taken the last five straight meetings, including a 3-0 victory on Jan. 22, when Martin Brodeur made 24 saves en route to extending his NHL record for shutouts to 120. The under is 5-0 in the Flyers’ last five games against Atlantic opponents.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Winnipeg Jets (+134, 5.5)

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT), Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)

Jets goaltender Al Montoya suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday’s loss and is week-to-week, meaning Ondrej Pavelec will be between the pipes after posting a 3.28 GAA and .886 save percentage thus far. Winnipeg’s penalty-killing is a league-worst 67.5 percent, but the Jets have killed 11 of 15 penalties at home. Winnipeg took the previous meeting by a score of 4-2 at home on Jan. 25 and the home team is 4-1 in the last five clashes.

Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings (-120, 5.5)

Probable goaltenders: Viktor Fasth (ANH), Jimmy Howard (DET)

Viktor Fasth improved to 6-0-0 in his first NHL season after turning aside 28 shots as Anaheim recorded a 3-2 triumph over Chicago on Tuesday. With Jonas Hiller nursing a lower-body injury, Fasth has been stellar and boasts a stingy 1.74 goals-against average. But the Red Wings are also solid in goal. Jimmy Howard is 7-2-1 with three shutouts in his career versus Anaheim. The under is 9-0 in the Ducks’ last nine games playing on two days rest.

San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks (-135, 5.5)

Probable goaltenders: Antti Niemi (SJ), Ray Emery (CHI)

San Jose ran the table in January, beginning the abbreviated campaign with seven straight victories. The club's fortunes have changed completely in February as the Sharks have gone 0-3-3, scoring more than two goals only once during the winless streak while being shut out twice. Chicago (10-0-3) is four games away from setting the NHL record for most games without a regulation loss to start a season - a mark currently owned by the 2006-07 Ducks, who opened the campaign 12-0-4. The under is 6-0 in the Blackhawks’ last six home games.

St. Louis Blues at Calgary Flames (+107, 5.5)

Probable goaltenders: Jake Allen (STL), Leland Irving (CGY)

This game features two teams that are deadly with the man advantage, so scoring could be aplenty if the penalties begin to pile up. St. Louis has the best power play in the NHL this season, scoring on 34.7 percent of its opportunities and Calgary is tied for second in the league on the power play with a 27.5 percent conversion rate. The over is 7-0-2 in the Blues’ last nine games overall.

Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks (-184, 5)

Probable goaltenders: Kari Lehtonen (DAL), Cory Schneider (VAN)

Vancouver enters on a six-game winning streak and could be bolstered by the return of C Ryan Kesler (shoulder, wrist). The Canucks have displayed great scoring depth thus far as 14 different skaters have netted at least one goal. Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen is riding a personal five-game winning streak, allowing a total of eight goals in that span. The over is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings in Vancouver.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings (-188, 5)

Probable goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ), Jonathan Bernier (LAK)

Coming off their biggest offensive output of the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets begin a six-game road trip Friday against the Los Angeles Kings. Columbus, which posted a 6-2 victory over the struggling San Jose Sharks on Monday, had scored a total of six goals over its previous three games. Los Angeles is returning home from a 2-3-0 road trip that concluded Monday with a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last five Friday contests.

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