Around the rink: Saturday's NHL betting notes

Mar 9, 2013 |
Check out our betting notes on all 10 NHL games Saturday:

Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (-175, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI), Tuukka Rask (BOS)

Tyler Seguin collected two goals and an assist as Boston posted a 4-2 triumph over Original Six rival Toronto on Thursday. Seguin torched the Flyers last season with three goals and as many assists as the Bruins won three of four meetings. Philadelphia saw its three-goal lead evaporate on Thursday en route to a 5-4 loss to Keystone State rival Pittsburgh. The Flyers struggled to reach the NHL's version of .500 by winning five of seven, only to lose their last two contests to a pair of Atlantic Division foes. The road hasn't been kind for coach Peter Laviolette's club, which is just 4-9-0 away from the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia is 1-9 in the last 10 meetings.

Washington Capitals at New York Islanders (-105, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Philipp Grubauer (WSH), Evgeni Nabokov (NYI)

The Washington Capitals have climbed back into the Southeast Division race with three straight wins. The Capitals have won five of their last six games and captain Alex Ovechkin has 10 points in that span. New York is wrapping up a seven-game homestand on a more positive note than it began. New York is wrapping up a seven-game homestand on a more positive note than it began. The Islanders lost the first two games in regulation but have earned points in the last four. The over is 7-0-1 in the Islanders’ last eight vs. Southeast foes.

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets (+133, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Jonas Gustavsson (DET), Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)

After collecting 11 of a possible 14 points over their last seven games (5-1-1), the Detroit Red Wings look to continue their surge when they visit the Columbus. Detroit, which will host its Central Division rival on Sunday, has won just one of three meetings with Columbus this season. Detroit has embraced defensive hockey - and the results have been favorable. The Red Wings have yielded just eight goals over their last seven contests. The Blue Jackets have won a season-best three in a row while recording points in five consecutive contests (3-0-2). Columbus has played nine consecutive games which have been decided by one goal. The under is 5-0 in the Red Wings’ last five overall.

St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks (-127, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Jake Allen (STL), Antti Niemi (SJ)

The San Jose Sharks look to rebound from their first regulation loss in five games when they host the St. Louis. San Jose saw its four-game point streak (3-0-1) come to an end Wednesday, when it dropped a 4-1 decision to the Flames in Calgary on Wednesday. The Sharks have scored fewer than three goals in each of their last 12 games and 16 of 17. Including the playoffs, the Blues have won eight of the last 10 meetings with the Sharks and four straight in San Jose.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs (+125, 6)

Probable starting goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT), James Reimer (TOR)

The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Maple Leafs riding a three-game winning streak, but the Maple Leafs are coming off a hard-fought loss in Boston and haven’t dropped consecutive games since the beginning of February. Toronto defeated Pittsburgh 5-2 in the third game of the season for both teams, with James van Riemsdyk scoring twice to lead the Maple Leafs. The over is 6-0-1 in the Maple Leafs’ last seven overall.

New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes (-117, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Johan Hedberg (NJ), Dan Ellis (CAR)

Two days after staging a late rally against Buffalo that helped end their five-game winless streak (0-5-1), the Devils try to make it two wins in a row when they visit the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina is coming off a 4-2 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday that ended its four-game winning streak. The Hurricanes posted a 4-2 triumph in New Jersey on Feb. 12 and the over is 5-1 in Carolina’s last six home games.

Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (-104, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Carey Price (MTL), Cedrick Desjardins (TB)

The Canadiens blew a three-goal lead in the final six minutes of regulation but regrouped to defeat the Lightning in a shootout on Feb. 12. That victory halted a three-game winless streak and ignited a stretch during which Montreal has gone 9-1-3 as it prepares for a rematch with Tampa Bay on Saturday night in the fourth stop on a five-game road swing. Tampa Bay has lost six of its last seven games and three straight at home. The once-potent Lightning offense, which entered the weekend second in the league with 82 goals, has been limited to one tally three times in the last six games. The Habs are 7-0 in their last seven vs. Southeast opposition.

Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators (-128, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Niklas Backstrom (MIN), Pekka Rinne (NSH)

Minnesota has won just three times in 11 road contests this season (3-7-1), but it will receive a boost on Friday. Right wing Cal Clutterbuck, who had missed six games with a thigh contusion, expects to be in the lineup against the Predators. Nashville entered Friday's tilt averaging a meager 1.96 goals per contest before erupting for six tallies versus Edmonton. The Wild are 0-5 in the last five meetings in Nashville.

Dallas Stars at Phoenix Coyotes (-121, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Kari Lehtonen (DAL), Mike Smith (PHX)

The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes wrap up their four-game season series Saturday. The Stars posted a 4-3 home triumph in the season opener for both teams and posted a 4-3 shootout victory in Dallas on Feb. 1. Phoenix completed the home-and-home series with a 2-0 win the following night as Mike Smith registered the first of his three shutouts this season. Dallas will attempt to extend its winning streak to three games after posting victories over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday and the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. The Stars improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight road games with the win over the Kings. The home team is 5-0 in the last five meetings.

Calgary Flames at Los Angeles Kings (-181, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff (CGY), Jonathan Quick (LAK)

Los Angeles suffered a 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday, ending its six-game home winning streak. The Kings had earned at least one point in eight consecutive contests at the Staples Center (7-0-1) following a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in their home opener. The Flames were blanked by the Ducks on Friday after scoring four goals in each of their previous three contests. The road team has won each of the last five games in the all-time series, with the host scoring a total of three goals.

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