Around the rink: Monday's NHL betting notes

Mar 18, 2013 |
Check out our betting notes on Monday’s NHL action:

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers (-143, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Dan Ellis (CAR), Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

The Rangers have dropped three straight, scoring only twice during the skid and reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist has yielded 11 goals en route to losing his last four starts. The Hurricanes are 5-0 in their last five games against Atlantic foes and have played under the total in their last four road games.

Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning (+103, 6)

Probable starting goaltenders: Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI), Anders Lindback (TB)

Philadelphia has won two of three after a 2-1 shootout triumph over New Jersey on Friday and - with six days before its next game - should empty the tank against the Lightning. Tampa Bay, which has split a pair with Philadelphia, is six points out of eighth place despite going 3-8-0 in its last 11. The home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars (-130, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Joey MacDonald (CGY), Kari Lehtonen (DAL)

The Dallas Stars wrap up a four-game homestand looking to avoid a five-game winless streak when they host the Flames. The Stars were trounced 8-1 by Chicago on Saturday to drop to 0-3-1 in their last four games, during which the team has scored just three goals. The Flames have won their last two games and recorded two victories against the Stars in February. The over is 6-0-3 in the last nine meetings.

Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche (+137, 5.5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Ray Emery (CHI), Semyon Varlamov (COL)

Chicago returns to the site where it had its NHL-record, season-opening 24-game point streak halted on March 8. The Avalanche have won four of the last five meetings between the teams - both overall and in Colorado. The over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Colorado.

Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks (-153, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Niklas Backstrom (MIN), Roberto Luongo (VAN)

The Canucks defeated the Wild 2-1 at home on Feb. 12 and hold a 2-1-0 lead in the season series, but lost 4-2 in Minnesota on March 10. Vancouver's anemic power play was foiled for the 11th straight game Saturday and the Canucks were unable to sustain any offensive momentum in a disappointing 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The over is 6-0-1 in the Canucks’ last seven home games.

San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks (-134, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Antti Niemi (SJ), Viktor Fasth (ANA)

San Jose fell to 0-3-1 in its last four road games when it dropped a 5-2 decision to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday The Sharks continue to struggle offensively, as they have scored fewer than three goals in 15 of their last 17 contests and more than three just once in 22 matches. The Ducks are kicking off a five-game stretch at home, where they have won 11 in a row. The under is 5-1 in the Ducks’ last six overall.

Phoenix Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings (-166, 5)

Probable starting goaltenders: Mike Smith (PHX), Jonathan Quick (LAK)

The Phoenix Coyotes are halfway through their four-game road trip and have yet to score a goal. Phoenix began its trek with a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and dropped a 1-0 shootout decision to the streaking Columbus Blue Jackets two days later. The Coyotes have been shut out in each of their last three road games, as they dropped a 2-0 decision in Anaheim on March 6. The Kings have won nine of their last 10 home games, outscoring their opponents 40-20 in the process. The over is 8-1 in the Kings’ last nine overall.

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