Around the rink: Sunday's NHL betting notes

Apr 21, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Sunday’s NHL action:

Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins (-300, 5.5)

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

Boston, which trails the Northeast Division-leading Montreal Canadiens by two points, has gone 0-3-1 since posting a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on April 10. Florida, which has a league-low 32 points, enters with a five-game losing streak. The Panthers have been outscored 27-8 during the skid and 17-5 over the first three games of their four-game road trip. Florida lost each of its first two meetings with Boston this season by 4-1 scores. The under is 9-0 in the Panthers’ last nine times playing the second half of a back-to-back. This is the biggest line of the season for the Bruins (-287).

New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers (-173, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Martin Brodeur (NJ), Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

New Jersey is 10th in the Eastern Conference, six points behind eighth-place New York with four games remaining. The Devils avoided elimination Saturday as they overcame an early two-goal deficit and posted a 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. The Rangers are trying to hold off the Winnipeg Jets, who are just one point out of eighth. New York has discovered its offensive touch as it has outscored its opponents 14-5 over its last two games - both victories. The Devils are 4-1 in the last five meetings.

Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning (-150, 6)

Probable starting goaltenders: Justin Peters (CAR), Anders Lindback (TB)

The Lightning have struggled since a promising start, except when they have met the Carolina Hurricanes. The Lightning will vie for a five-game sweep of their Southeast Division rival when they host the Hurricanes on Sunday. Tampa Bay has outscored the Hurricanes 18-4 – with three of the four victories coming on the road. The under is 9-2 in the Hurricanes’ last 11 vs. Southeast foes.

Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild (-216, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Joey MacDonald (CGY), Niklas Backstrom (MIN)

After earning two victories on a three-game road trip, the Minnesota Wild return home where they have not won in four contests (0-3-1). Calgary is 1-1-2 against the Wild and Minnesota won its one previous home game against the Flames 2-1 in overtime on Feb. 26. Calgary dropped a 4-3 decision at home to the Wild on Monday. The under is 5-1 in the Flames’ last six road games.

St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche (+142, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Brian Elliott (STL), J.S. Giguere (COL)

St. Louis, which is one point out of fourth place, vies for its fourth straight victory on Sunday when it visits the Colorado Avalanche in the opener of a home-and-home. The Avalanche are buried in last place in the West and have won only four times in their last 20 games (4-13-3). But Colorado has dominated St. Louis at the Pepsi Center, winning the last seven meetings at home - including a 1-0 victory on Feb. 20 in the only matchup this season. The under is 14-2-2 in the Blues’ last 18 overall.

Columbus Blue Jackets at San Jose Sharks (-163, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ), Antti Niemi (SJ)

The Sharks will try to avoid being swept of the three-game season series by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus won the first two meetings with San Jose, both at home, and has outscored the Sharks 16-5 in capturing the last three overall matchups. The home team has won four straight in the all-time series, scoring six goals on three occasions.

Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers (+109, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Jonas Hiller (ANA), Devan Dubnyk (EDM)

Edmonton, which is 0-7-2 in its last nine home games against the Ducks. has not defeated Anaheim at Rexall Place since Nov. 30, 2007. Anaheim is 0-3-1 following a 2-1 home victory against Edmonton on April 8. The Ducks hold a five-point lead on Los Angeles and San Jose in their division, but their offense has gone quiet in recent games. Anaheim has been limited to one goal in each of its last four regulation losses and has managed more than two tallies just once in its last seven contests. The under is 4-0-1 in the Ducks’ last five overall.

Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings (-177, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Kari Lehtonen (DAL), Jonathan Quick (LAK)

With points in their last four games (3-0-1), the Los Angeles Kings have home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs in their sights. The Kings secured a berth in the postseason on Saturday after Vancouver skated to a 2-1 shootout victory over Detroit. Dallas, which sits two points out of a share for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, defeated the Kings 2-0 in Los Angeles on March 21 and took two of three contests in the Lone Star State to win the season series. The Kings are a mere 7-7-2 against divisional opponents, while the Stars are 10-5-1.

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