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    Armadillo: Monday's six-pack

    Some over/under win totals for college football this coming fall:

    — Texas 7.5, under -$120

    — UCLA 6, over -$135

    — Nebraska 6, over -$125

    — Michigan State 6.5, under -$130

    — USC 9.5, over -$135

    — LSU 9, over -$120

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    Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a fun weekend…….

    13) Had an excellent time Sunday night at the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame induction dinner in Troy; my friend Rob got inducted- he was a great player at U of Albany and also won a gold medal in the 1980 Empire State Games, when he was a teammate of Mavericks’ coach Rick Carlisle- their team played small ball and beat teams with more famous players.

    Carlisle, former NBA coach Kevin O’Neill and former Marquette coach Mike Deane all spoke at the dinner. Albany Great Danes’ coach Will Brown was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. All in all, an excellent evening.

    12) Odd Sunday in baseball; 30 of 32 starting pitchers got decisions in their games. None of the 16 games played saw the game-winning run score after the 6th inning. Very unusual day.

    11) Over is 14-1 in last fifteen games played at Wrigley Field; wind was blowing straight in on Friday and the game still went over the total.

    10) Friday night, the Dodgers’ Corey Seager swung at a 3-0 pitch while LA led 5-0, which for some reason ticked off Miami manager Don Mattingly. Soon after that, the Marlins drilled Brett Eibner with a pitch, so then the Dodgers threw a ball behind Giancarlo Stanton.

    Stanton got hit in the face with a pitch a couple years ago in Milwaukee and still wears an extra face guard, so Mattingly endangered his best player’s health because an opponent swung at a 3-0 pitch in a 5-0 game. Brilliant!!!

    9) Movie recommendation: Wizard of Lies on HBO, with Robert DeNiro playing Bernie Madoff, the Ponzi scheme huckster who bilked a lot of people out of billions of dollars. It isn’t a pleasant movie or at all uplifting, but it is really well done.

    8) Indiana Tech, a college in Fort Wayne, is offering scholarships to video gamers who play League of Legends and Hearthstone. This is a world I know nothing about, but apparently it is a growing industry. Go figure.

    Too bad they didn’t offer Pac-Man scholarships back in the day; could’ve saved some money.

    7) Astros catcher Brian McCann (concussion) goes on 7-day DL. Dodgers sent Julio Urias down to AAA, called Josh Ravin up for some bullpen depth.

    6) Brewers-Cubs game was rained out very early Saturday morning, but then it didn’t rain in the afternoon, so the game could/should have been played. It was the Cubs’ decision and the Milwaukee people didn’t see too happy about it; they also seemed a little mystified as to why.

    Milwaukee called up pitcher Tyler Cravy from AAA Saturday; the game got rained out, then Ryan Braun got activated off the DL and Cravy was sent back to Colorado Springs. No bueno.

    5) Jose Reyes got his 2,000th hit Saturday night; 1,398 of them have come with the Mets. He sat out Sunday’s game with a “tweaked rib cage”.

    4) Looks like Kawhi Leonard will sit out tonight’s Game 4 of Spurs-Warriors series, meaning we won’t see him play until next fall, since Golden State will end this series tonite.

    David Lee has a partially torn patella; been a rough couple weeks for the Spurs.

    3) In the last 24 days, utility infielder Chase d’Arnaud has gone from the Braves to the Red Sox to the Padres, who need all the major leaguers they can get. He was a 1.000 hitter for Boston (1-1 with two runs scored in two games).

    2) Celtics 111, Cavaliers 108— Cleveland led by 21 points against a Boston team playing without star Isaiah Thomas, but Celtics rallied and pulled a huge upset. Good for the Celtics, good for Brad Stevens, great for the NBA, which desperately needs some competitive playoff games.

    1) What would happen if American Idol had one season where all the contestants were 50+ years old? I think it would be a big hit. Would be a gamble, but in my opinion, a winning one.
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    Monday's Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview and Odds: Ducks at Predators

    The Predators are -145 favorites to win Game 6 of teh Western Conference final. With a win they'll advance to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

    Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators (-145, 5)

    Predators lead series 3-2

    Amid the Western Conference final turning into a series of attrition, the Nashville Predators can advance to the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night in Game 6. Nashville pushed the Ducks to the brink of elimination with a 3-1 victory at Anaheim on Saturday to take a 3-2 series lead.

    The Predators had to overcome the stunning loss of top-line center Ryan Johansen to emergency surgery following Game 4 and the absence of captain and center Mike Fisher to win at the Honda Center for the second time in the series and earn the chance to clinch at home. "We all know it's nothing but Game 6 for us," said Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, who sparkled with 32 saves in Game 5. "If we win, we're in the (Cup Final). If we lose, we come back here, and we don't want to do that." The Ducks have major injury concerns of their own after starting goaltender John Gibson (lower body) exited Game 5 and Rickard Rakell, a 33-goal scorer during the regular season, sat out the contest. Gibson vowed to be back in the lineup Monday but coach Randy Carlyle was not as optimistic, telling reporters: "We'll do an assessment tomorrow and we'll do an assessment once we get to Nashville on Monday morning and see where that takes us."

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, TVAS

    LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened the Predators as -140 favorites to advance to their first Stanley Cup Finals in team history and they have been bet up slightly to -145. The total for Game 6 is 5.

    GOALIE MATCHUP: John Gibson (ANA) vs. Pekka Rinne (NAS)

    Gibson - GP: 16, W/L: 9-5, GAA: 2.59, SAVE %: .918
    Rinne - GP: 15, W/L: 11-4, GAA: 1.62, SAVE %: .942

    INJURY REPORT:

    Ducks - RW L. Shaw (Questionable Monday, lower body), G J. Gibson (Questionable Monday, lower body), C R. Rakell (Out Monday, lower body), RW P. Eaves (Out indefinitely, lower body), D S. Despres (Out indefinitely, concussion).

    Predators - RW C. Smith (Questionable Monday, undisclosed), C M. Fisher (Questionable Monday, eye), C R. Johansen (Out for season, thigh), LW K. Fiala (Out for season, leg).

    ABOUT THE DUCKS: The murky status of Gibson -- "We can't risk him," Carlyle said -- could have Anaheim pinnning its must-win hopes on backup Jonathan Bernier, who turned aside 16 of 18 shots Saturday but hasn't made a start since April 9. Gibson finished 21-7-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average and ripped off a 9-0-1 stretch late in the season that started with a 4-3 shootout win over visiting Nashville on March 7, but he has been limited to three relief appearances in the postseason. Rakell has scored seven times in the postseason and was termed day-to-day by Carlyle, who assigned the same status to injured forward Patrick Eaves (career-high 32 goals), sidelined for the past nine games of the playoffs.

    ABOUT THE PREDATORS: Nashville had to tap into its reserves to replace Johansen and Fisher and received more than they could hope for from two rookies: Pontus Aberg scored the game-winning tally (matching his career total) with an airborne swipe of a rebound before being summoned to the league's concussion protocol, and Frederick Gaudreau did yeoman's work against Anaheim's center men, winning 10 of 14 faceoffs in his postseason debut. "This was his first playoff game and he played like he's been in the League for 10 years," said star forward Filip Forsberg of Gaudreau, seeing his first action since Jan. 8. Forsberg continues to do the heavy lifting with four goals and two assists during a six-game point streak.

    TRENDS:

    * Ducks are 6-2 in their last eight road games.
    * Predators are 9-3 in their last 12 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
    * Under is 9-1-3 in Predators last 13 home games.
    * Under is 3-0-4 in the last seven meetings in Nashville.
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    Monday, May 22




    Anaheim @ Nashville


    Game 13-14
    May 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Anaheim
    11.308
    Nashville
    12.443
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Nashville
    by 1
    7
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Nashville
    -140
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Nashville
    (-140); Over









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    Monday, May 22



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    ANAHEIM (56-28-0-14, 126 pts.) at NASHVILLE (52-32-0-13, 117 pts.) - 5/22/2017, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NASHVILLE is 32-19 ATS (+7.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    NASHVILLE is 24-12 ATS (+11.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
    ANAHEIM is 56-42 ATS (+3.3 Units) in all games this season.
    ANAHEIM is 38-22 ATS (+9.7 Units) second half of the season this season.
    ANAHEIM is 5-0 ATS (+5.0 Units) in road games when trailing in a playoff series over the last 2 seasons.
    ANAHEIM is 12-5 ATS (+6.6 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent this season.
    ANAHEIM is 28-16 ATS (+9.0 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    ANAHEIM is 13-3 ATS (+9.0 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game this season.
    ANAHEIM is 16-6 ATS (+8.5 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.
    ANAHEIM is 31-21 ATS (+8.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    ANAHEIM is 21-13 ATS (+7.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
    NASHVILLE is 24-32 ATS (-10.5 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ANAHEIM is 11-10-0 straight up against NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.7 Units)

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    Armadillo's Write-Up


    Monday, May 22



    Nashville can wrap this series at home, but road team is 3-2 in this series; Anaheim lost three of its last four visits to Nashville- under is 2-0-1 in last three series games. Predators won four of last five home games, with one loss in OT- they allowed one goal in all four wins. Under is 6-1-2 in last nine Predator games; over is 5-3-2 in Ducks’ last ten games. Nashville is 2-23 on power play in its last six games; Ducks are 2-30 on power play in their last nine games. Three of last six games between these teams went to OT.


    Conference finals
    Ottawa-Pittsburgh
    Ottawa 2-1 OT
    Pitt 1-0
    Ottawa 5-1
    Pitt 3-2
    Pitt 7-0


    Nashville-Anaheim
    Nashville 3-2 OT
    Anaheim 5-3
    Nashville 2-1
    Anaheim 3-2 OT
    Nashville 3-1








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    8:00 PM
    ANAHEIM vs. NASHVILLE
    Anaheim is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
    Anaheim is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
    Nashville is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Nashville's last 9 games
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    Preview: Ducks (46-23) at Predators (41-29)
    Date: May 22, 2017 8:00 PM EDT


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It has turned into a battle of attrition in the Western Conference Finals.


    One more loss and the Anaheim Ducks will have until September to rest. One more win and the Nashville Predators clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.


    Saturday night's 3-1 defeat to the equally shorthanded Nashville Predators put Anaheim in a 3-2 hole, requiring it to win Game 6 Monday night in the cauldron of noise known as Bridgestone Arena.


    In their second elimination game of the postseason, the Ducks edged Edmonton 2-1 in Game 7 of the conference semifinals on May 10. This time, the Ducks will have to go without 30-goal scorers Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves.


    Both stayed back in Orange County with lower-body injuries.


    Goalie John Gibson also has a lower-body injury, which knocked him out of the last two periods of Game 5. Gibson said after the game he would play in Game 6, but coach Randy Carlyle was more cautious when the team arrived late Sunday afternoon in Nashville, saying Gibson would be reevaluated in the morning.


    Regardless, Carlyle is confident his team can bring the series back to Anaheim for Game 7 Wednesday night, and why not? After all, the Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak in Game 4 Thursday night with a 3-2 overtime decision.


    "We have won in Nashville before, and there is no reason we cannot go into that building and win on Monday," Carlyle said.


    It was at Bridgestone where Anaheim played its best game of the series in Game 4, outshooting Nashville 14-2 in the first period and 36-33 for the game. But that was with a healthy Rakell, whose blistering slapper initiated scoring that night.


    Of course, the Predators can be excused for having zero sympathy for the Ducks' injury issues.


    Consider that they won Game 5 with their top two centers, Ryan Johansen (compartment syndrome surgery in left thigh) and Mike Fisher (undisclosed injury), on the shelf, and have played the entire series without Craig Smith (undisclosed) and Kevin Fiala (fractured leg).


    It's not known if Fisher or Smith will be available Monday night, but Nashville didn't exactly look like a team searching for answers with all those guys out of action.


    Pontus Aberg drew back into the lineup and scored the winning goal just over midway through the third period for his first playoff goal, while Frederick Gaudreau played well defensively and had a winning record on faceoffs, going 10-4 in his first playoff match.


    Gaudreau became the team's 18th forward to play in the postseason, tying an NHL record. Aberg and Austin Watson, who sealed the outcome with an empty-netter in the last minute, are the 16th and 17th Predators to score goals in the playoffs.


    It was the latest example of how depth is driving this team to heights it's never reached before.


    "Whatever 20 guys we have going out there, we're fully confident in the group we have going," Watson said. "For guys like Freddie Gaudreau to come out and play the way that he did, for guys to just step up and maybe take on some more minutes, that was a huge win for us tonight."




    SERIES AT A GLANCE


    GAME 1
    Predators at Ducks
    Fri, May 12 Final 3 to 2
    Recaps


    GAME 2
    Predators at Ducks
    Sun, May 14 Final 3 to 5
    Recaps


    GAME 3
    Ducks at Predators
    Tue, May 16 Final 1 to 2
    Recaps


    GAME 4
    Ducks at Predators
    Thu, May 18 Final 3 to 2
    Recaps


    GAME 5
    Predators at Ducks
    Sat, May 20 Final 3 to 1
    Recaps


    GAME 6
    Ducks at Predators
    Mon, May 22 - 8:00PM EDT


    GAME 7
    Predators at Ducks
    Wed, May 24 - 9:00PM EDT
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    Preds one win from 1st Stanley Cup
    May 21, 2017



    NASVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators don't have their top center, and their captain is day to day with an upper-body injury.


    They still have Pekka Rinne in net.


    And the Predators have a chance at history on their own ice, a win away from the first Stanley Cup Final berth in the franchise history.


    As coach Peter Laviolette put it, the guys know what's at stake.


    Standing in their way? The Anaheim Ducks, the only team to beat them in their home rink in the playoffs over the past two postseasons.


    The Predators returned home with a 3-2 Western Conference finals lead after a 3-1 victory over the Ducks in Anaheim on Saturday led by Rinne, who is 7-3 in the Honda Center in the postseason. To avoid a return trip for a Game 7 to test that once again, they can eliminate the Ducks on Monday night in Game 6.


    ''We obviously know what's at stake,'' forward Colin Wilson said Sunday. ''It is one game at a time, but we know our next win puts us in contention for the Stanley Cup. So it's something we're focused on, but it is just about that next game, getting the next win.''


    The Predators are 10-1 at Bridgestone Arena the past two postseasons, and another record crowd is expected for what will be the biggest sporting event in Nashville history not counting the fans watching just outside the building. They could hear the cheering fans the instant they stepped off the plane, and Laviolette said he knows Monday night will be crazy.


    That leaves it up to the Predators to handle business on the ice.


    ''We got to put our foot on the gas pedal again, and make sure we're ready to play,'' Laviolette said.


    Being in position to win the Campbell Bowl on home ice seemed remote Friday when the Predators announced their top scorer, center Ryan Johansen , would miss the rest of the postseason after emergency surgery to repair compartment syndrome on his left thigh. They also were without captain Mike Fisher because of injury.


    Laviolette simply tapped Rinne, the three-time Vezina Trophy finalist and Nashville's strong farm system for help.


    Pontus Aberg, who played only 15 games with the Predators all season, scored the winner on his first career playoff goal. Of Nashville's 11 wins, 10 Predators have winning goals. Frederick Gaudreau, another Milwaukee call-up, helped fill in at center in his postseason debut and won 10 of 14 face-offs against the best team on the dot in these playoffs.


    Rinne, who shut out the Blackhawks twice in Chicago to open this postseason, played arguably his best game yet. He made 32 saves and aggressively played the puck to help hold off the Ducks. Rinne is 11-4 in these playoffs, and his 1.62 goals-against average is the fourth-lowest with his .942 save percentage the fourth-highest in NHL history with a minimum of 15 games played.


    ''He's been great all playoffs, and the team has so much confidence in him,'' defenseman Roman Josi said about Rinne. ''It's awesome playing in front of him, and he's been unbelievable.''


    Nothing can be taken for granted in this series. The Ducks and Predators have been tied or within a goal for 284 minutes, 38 seconds of the 319:49 played. Scoring first has been no guarantee either with the winner coming back four times. That's how Nashville has won each time in this series for their fifth comeback victory this postseason and the 31st overall of this postseason.


    ''They're never out of the game, out of a series, so yeah, got to make sure we're prepared,'' Josi said.


    The Ducks have been resilient all postseason, from scoring three goals to tie Edmonton in Game 5 of the second round before winning in overtime to snapping Nashville's 10-game winning streak on home ice. That had been the longest playoff winning streak since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings before Anaheim won 3-2 in overtime Thursday night.


    Defenseman Kevin Bieksa said the Ducks just have to go out and win.


    ''We're capable of winning. That's for sure. We've proven that time after time,'' Bieksa said. ''We have the team, and we're against the wall right now facing a little bit of adversity.''


    The Ducks are dealing with injuries as well. Rickard Rakell missed Saturday's game with a lower-body injury, and forward Patrick Eaves has missed nine with his injury. Neither traveled to Nashville. Goaltender John Gibson left Saturday's game after the first period with a lower-body injury and will be re-assessed at Monday morning's skate.


    If Gibson can't play, Jonathan Bernier will make the first playoff start of his career. He went 21-7-4 in the regular season and has appeared in three games this postseason.


    The Ducks rebounded from losing Game 3 by taking a day off in Nashville to shoot pool and throw darts. The schedule doesn't allow such a break with both the Predators and Ducks back on planes Sunday for the return trip to Tennessee.


    ''Well, it seems that when the pressure's been applied, we've responded in the proper manner, and I would expect the same,'' Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
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    MONDAY, MAY 22


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    Nashville Predators advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time, beating Anaheim 6-3 in Game 6.


    May 22, 2017



    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville Predators advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time, beating Anaheim 6-3 in Game 6.
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    Predators reach 1st Stanley Cup Final, oust Ducks in 6 games
    May 22, 2017



    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Colton Sissons scored his third goal with 6:00 left, ensuring the Nashville Predators' magical postseason now includes the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final after eliminating the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 on Monday night.


    The Predators, who've never won even a division title in their 19-year history, came in with the fewest points of any team in these playoffs.


    Now they've swept the West's No. 1 seed in Chicago, downed St. Louis in six in the second round and then the Pacific Division champ in six games. Peter Laviolette became the fourth coach to take three different teams to the Final, and the first since the playoffs split into conference play in 1994.


    ''It feels so good,'' Sissons said. ''Listen to this crowd. Our fans are amazing, a great group of guys. We just believe in ourselves. That's all it is.''


    The Predators will play either defending champion Pittsburgh or Ottawa for the Stanley Cup. Game 1 is Monday.


    Anaheim lost in the conference finals for the second time in three years.


    Cam Fowler tied it up at 3-3 at 8:52 of the third for Anaheim as the Ducks tried to rally for the fifth time this season when trailing by multiple goals.


    But Sissons, who scored on the third shot of the game, scored twice in a wild third period to give the Predators a 3-2 lead at 3:00 and then 4-3 three minutes later.


    Austin Watson scored on Nashville's first shot and had an empty-netter with 1:34 to go. Filip Forsberg also had an empty-net goal.


    Pekka Rinne made 38 saves to improve to 12-4.


    Ondrej Kase scored his second career goal - both in this series - giving Anaheim a chance to tie the NHL record with a fifth rally when trailing by multiple goals. Chris Wagner banked the puck off Rinne's head for a goal at 5:00 of the third to keep the Ducks close.


    But this has been the best postseason ever for Rinne, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist, a stretch ranking among the NHL's best. And the 6-foot-5 Finn used his big body to turn away shot after shot even with the Ducks trying to crash the net every opportunity. He helped the Predators improve to 7-3 in one-goal games.


    Music City buzzed all day leading up to the puck drop waiting for one of the biggest sports parties this town has ever seen.


    Superstar Garth Brooks spoiled the usual mystery of who would sing the national anthem with Twitter hints hours before the game. Sure enough, his wife Trisha Yearwood became the latest to handle the honors. Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George waved the rally towel to crank up the fans.


    That didn't even include the throngs packing the plaza outside the arena's front doors and the park across the street.


    The Ducks, who came in 2-1 when facing elimination this postseason, outshot Nashville 6-2 to start the game trying to force this series back to Anaheim.


    But they had goalie Jonathan Bernier making his first career playoff start with John Gibson scratched with a lower-body injury. Gibson, who went out after the first period of Game 5, skated Monday morning only to be scratched with Jhonas Enroth dressed as Bernier's backup.


    Watson's third this postseason deflected off the left skate of Anaheim defenseman Brandon Montour just 81 seconds into the game. Sissons skated on the top line with Ryan Johansen out after needing season-ending surgery on his left thigh and captain Mike Fisher scratched for a second straight game with an upper-body injury.


    Notes: Laviolette won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and coached Philadelphia to the Final in 2010. ... The Predators now have clinched five of the six series won in franchise history on home ice. This was their third this postseason.
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    Nhl playoffs record: ( as in baseball dogs and totals only)
    All picks for the day:


    05/22/2017....................... 1-0-0................ 100.00%.................... +5.00
    05/21/2017....................... 0-2-0................... 0.00%.................... -10.50
    05/20/2017....................... 1-1-0.................. 50.00%........................ +0
    05/19/2017....................... 0-0-1................... 0.00%......................... +0
    05/18/2017....................... 0-0-1.................... 0.00%........................ +0
    05/17/2017....................... 2-0-0................. 100.00%.................. +10.75
    05/16/2017....................... 1-1-0................... 50.00%.................... +0.00
    05/12/2017....................... 1-0-1.................. 100.00%.................... +5.00
    05/10/2017....................... 1-3-0.................... 25.00%..................... -7.75
    05/09/2017....................... 2-0-0....................100.00%.................. +12.50
    05/08/2017....................... 0-1-0...................... 0.00%..................... -5.50
    05/07/2017....................... 1-3-0..................... 25.00%................... -10.50
    05/06/2017....................... 1-2-0..................... 33.33%.................... -5.50
    05/05/2017....................... 2-1-0..................... 66.67%................... +5.00
    05/04/2017....................... 0-1-1...................... 0.00%..................... -5.00
    05/03/2017....................... 1-2-0......................33.33%.................... -5.00
    05/02/2017....................... 0-2-1....................... 0.00%.................. -10.50
    05/01/2017....................... 2-0-0..................... 100.00%................ +10.00


    Totals:..............................16 - 19 - 3..................45.71%................- 12.00


    Best Bets............ Sides...............................Totals.


    05/22/2017...........0 - 0.............0.00%...........0.00.......1 - 0........100.00%......+1.00
    05/21/2017...........0 - 1.............0.00%...........-1.10......0 - 1..............00%......-1.10
    05/20/2017...........1 - 0 .........100.00%..........+ 1.10.....0 - 1..............00%......-1.10
    05/19/2017...........0-0-1............0.00%...........+0.00......0 - 0..............00%.....+0.00
    05/18/2017...........0-0-1............0.00%...........+0.00......0 - 0..............00%.....+0.00
    05/17/2017...........1 - 0.........100.00%...........+1.00.......1 - 0.........100.00%....+1.00
    05/16/2017...........0 - 1..........00.00%............-1.00........1-0-0........100.00%....+1.00
    05/12/2017...........1 - 0............100%............+1.00.......0-0-1.........00.00.........0.00
    05/10/2017...........1 - 1..........50.00%...........+0.50........0 - 2..........00.00%.....-2.20
    05/09/2017...........1 - 0 .......100.00%...........+1.50........1 - 0.........100.00%.....+1.00
    05/08/2017...........N O P L A Y......................................0 - 1..........00.00%......- 1.10
    05/07/2017...........0 - 1...........0.00%............-1.00.........1 - 1.........50.00%......-0.10
    05/06/2017...........0 - 1...........0.00%............-1.00.........1 - 1..........50.00%......-0.10
    05/05/2017...........0 - 1...........0.00%............-1.00.........2 - 0.........100%.........+2.00
    05/04/2017...........0 - 1...........0.00%............-1.00.........0 - 1.........0.00%........- 1.10
    05/03/2017...........1 - 0...........100%............+1.20........0 - 2.........0.00%........- 2.20
    05/02/2017...........0 - 1---------0.00%...........- 1.00.........0 - 1 - 1....0.00%.........-1.10
    05/01/2017...........1 - 0 ..........100%...........+ 1.00........1 - 0 ........100%.........+1.00


    Totals...............7 - 8 - 1..........46.66%%........- 0.70........9 - 12 -1...........42.85%.......-1.80
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    Tuesday’s six-pack


    Some over/under win totals for college football this coming fall:


    — Utah 6.5, over -$120


    — Virginia Tech, 9


    — Washington, 9.5


    — Washington State 7.5, over -$125


    — West Virginia 7, over -$120


    — Wisconsin 9.5, over -$125


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    Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but……..




    13) Apparently there are severe political problems in Venezuela which are stressing out lot of the Venezuelan ballplayers playing in the major leagues here.


    Chip Caray said on the Braves game last night there are over 90 players/coaches from Venezuela in professional baseball right now. If a ballplayer here speaks out against what is going on there, it can have severe repercussions for his family back home. Not a good situation.


    12) So far, 631 college basketball players have announced the intent to transfer; 271 of them haven’t said where they’re going yet. Thats just about two transfers per Division I team.


    11) According to people in Las Vegas who know about such things, when Celtics (+16) won Game 3 in Cleveland Sunday, it was the third biggest upset in ANY NBA game in the last 22 years, coming after a Nuggets (+17) upset of Washington in ’97 and the Lakers’ (+17) upset of Golden State last fall.


    10) Gonzaga/Creighton signed to play a home/home series; sounds a made-for-TV deal, which is good for us, the viewing public. Good for Gonzaga’s strength of schedule, too. Creighton plays in the Big East, so their SOS doesn’t need the help.


    9) No baseball team has ever started 12-24 or worse and rallied to make the playoffs.


    8) Last fall, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave around 200 policemen in North Little Rock game tickets and transportation to Cowboys’ games in Dallas, as a way of thanking them for their service. Now all that has been ruled an ethics violation, for the cops accepting the gifts. Jones refused reimbursement; seems to me that all this lacks some common sense, but thats just me.


    7) Monday was former major league pitcher Tommy John’s 74th birthday; the crafty lefty pitched 2,544 innings AFTER the revolutionary elbow surgery in 1963, that now bears his name.


    6) Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap is voiding the last year for his $21.4M contract and will become a free agent this summer. Millsap is 32 but still a highly productive player.


    5) Braves 5, Pirates 2— Ender Inciarte had five hits for the Braves, first Atlanta player to do that since Jason Hayward four years ago.


    Newly acquired Matt Adams homered for the Braves, making him the first person to homer for two different teams in brand new SunTrust Park— he homered for St Louis there earlier this season.


    4) We talked a few days ago about Arizona’s Chris Iannetta getting hit by a pitch in the face, breaking his nose and a couple of teeth. Iannetta came off the 7-day DL Sunday and hit a homer in his first at-bat back, which can’t be an easy thing to do.


    3) Warriors 129, Spurs 115— Took Kevin Durant’s advice and watched baseball instead. Golden State now awaits the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, assuming Cleveland can put away an underdog Celtics team playing without its best player, Isaiah Thomas.


    This was the last NBA game for Manu Ginobili, who had a great, great career.


    2) Two drivers who will compete in the Indianapolis 500 this weekend were robbed at gunpoint of a drive-thru window at a Taco Bell in Indianapolis Sunday night. The crime was perpetrated by two kids, a 14 and 15-year old, at 9:40 pm. I have no idea what else to say about this.


    1) Nashville 6, Anaheim 3— Predators are in the Stanley Cup final for the first time ever.
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    Monday's NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview: Penguins at Senators


    The Penguins are -154 road favorites to win Game 6 against the Senators and advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the second straight season.


    Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators (+130, 5)


    Penguins lead series 3-2


    Sidney Crosby was on the ice the last time a defending champion returned to the Stanley Cup final, with his Pittsburgh Penguins upending Detroit in seven games for the third of the franchise's four titles. Crosby looks to once again punch his team's ticket to the NHL's showcase event on Tuesday when the visiting Penguins bid to close out the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.


    "We've been really good at just focusing on the game at hand regardless of the situation, good or bad," Crosby told reporters on the heels of scoring in his third straight contest in Sunday's 7-0 shellacking to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 edge in the series. "We've had a lot of different things happen throughout the year where we've just had to focus on that next game and that will have to be the same approach here heading into Game 6." While Crosby played it close to the vest with his comments, Ottawa coach Guy Boucher raised a few eyebrows and many sarcastic quips over social media after essentially "crowning" the Penguins after the barrage. "We know they're a better team. Everybody knows that on the planet," said Boucher, who has grown comfortable playing the underdog card in these playoffs.

    TV:
    8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, TVA

    LINE HISTORY:
    Oddsmakers have opened the Senators as +130 home underdogs with their season on the line in Game 6 and there has been little movement off that number. The total hit the board at 5.


    PROBABLE GOALIE MATCHUP: Matt Murray (PIT) vs. Craig Anderson (OTT)


    Murray - GP: 3, W/L: 2-0, GAA: 1.08, SAVE %: .958
    Anderson - GP: 17, W/L: 10-7, GAA: 2.44, SAVE %: .916


    INJURY REPORT:


    Penguins - LW S. Wilson (Questionable Tuesday, upper body), RW P. Hornqvist (Questionable Tuesday, upper body), D J. Schultz (Questionable Tuesday, upper body), RW T. Kuhnhackl (Questionable Tuesday, lower body), D C. Ruhwedel (Questionable Tuesday, concussion), D K. Letang (Out for season, neck).


    Senators - C D. Brassard (Probable Tuesday, undisclosed), D E. Karlsson (Probable Tuesday, ankle), D C. Ceci (Probable Tuesday, undisclosed), D M. Borowiecki (Questionable Tuesday, leg), LW A. Burrows (Doubtful Tuesday, leg).


    ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Evgeni Malkin (NHL-best 17 assists, 23 points) notched three assists to push his career playoff total to 98, moving him past team owner Mario Lemieux (96) for second on the franchise's all-time list. While much is expected of superstars Malkin, Crosby and Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh's third line of Bryan Rust (goal, assist), Nick Bonino (two assists) and Carter Rowney (three assists) combined for seven points in Game 5 with Rust showing - pardon the pun - no rust after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury. Matt Murray, who recorded his second career postseason shutout following a 25-save performance, has turned aside 68 of 71 shots since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury and owns a 17-6 record in 24 playoff appearances.


    ABOUT THE SENATORS: Captain Erik Karlsson (team-leading 13 assists, 15 points), who is playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel, is expected to be back in the lineup after receiving a bit of a breather with Sunday's contest well out of hand. "We decided to shorten the bench a bit and come back (fresher) for the next one," Karlsson told reporters, with Boucher admitting as much in resting fellow defenseman Cody Ceci and forward Derick Brassard in the final period. Boucher also scoffed at the notion of starting backup Mike Condon over Craig Anderson, who will be back in net after being pulled twice for four goals on 14 shots to spoil his 36th birthday.


    TRENDS:


    * Penguins are 1-8 in their last nine games when their opponent allows five more goals in their previous game.
    * Senators are 4-1 in their last five home games.
    * Over is 5-2-1 in Penguins last eight road games.
    * Over is 5-1-3 in Senators last nine games after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.
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    Tuesday, May 23




    Pittsburgh @ Ottawa


    Game 59-60
    May 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Pittsburgh
    11.018
    Ottawa
    12.570
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Ottawa
    by 1 1/2
    3
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Pittsburgh
    -155
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Ottawa
    (+135); Under









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    Tuesday, May 23



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    PITTSBURGH (61-25-0-13, 135 pts.) at OTTAWA (54-35-0-10, 118 pts.) - 5/23/2017, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OTTAWA is 54-45 ATS (+1.3 Units) in all games this season.
    OTTAWA is 34-29 ATS (+0.3 Units) second half of the season this season.
    OTTAWA is 26-21 ATS (-2.4 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    OTTAWA is 48-37 ATS (+88.0 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 29-19 ATS (+48.2 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 30-20 ATS (+50.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    OTTAWA is 18-13 ATS (+34.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
    PITTSBURGH is 125-80 ATS (+6.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 82-48 ATS (+12.3 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 64-46 ATS (+111.5 Units) in road games on Tuesday nights since 1996.
    PITTSBURGH is 45-29 ATS (+10.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PITTSBURGH is 9-5 (+1.6 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    PITTSBURGH is 9-5-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.4 Units)

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    Tuesday, May 23



    Eastern Conference Finals – Best of 7 – Game 6 – PIT Leads 3-2


    Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 8:00 PM ET
    Pittsburgh: 101-53 SU as a favorite
    Ottawa: 89-81 at home off back to back overs








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    Tuesday, May 23



    Ottawa faces elimination at home after losing 7-0 in Pittsburgh in Game 5 Sunday. Senators lost three of last four games, are 5-5 in their last ten, with three of five wins in OT. Over is 4-2-1 in their last seven games overall. Penguins won four of last six road games. Under is 4-2-1 in last seven games between these rivals. Penguins are 5-19 on power play in their last six games; they were 3-3 Sunday. Ottawa is 0-29 on power play in their last ten games. Ottawa won three of its last four home games.


    Conference finals
    Ottawa-Pittsburgh
    Ottawa 2-1 OT
    Pitt 1-0
    Ottawa 5-1
    Pitt 3-2
    Pitt 7-0


    Nashville-Anaheim
    Nashville 3-2 OT
    Anaheim 5-3
    Nashville 2-1
    Anaheim 3-2 OT
    Nashville 3-1
    Nashville 6-3
    Predators win series, 4-2








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    8:00 PM
    PITTSBURGH vs. OTTAWA
    Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Ottawa is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing Pittsburgh
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    Preview: Penguins (50-21) at Senators (44-28)
    Date: May 23, 2017 8:00 PM EDT


    OTTAWA -- Down to their last out, the Ottawa Senators plan on retreating to the style that brought them to the Eastern Conference finals.


    That means the neutral zone should be a crowded piece of ice when the Pittsburgh Penguins look to eliminate the Senators on Tuesday night at Canadian Tire Centre.


    "We can't be sitting in our mud puddle," Senators coach Guy Boucher said Monday, less than 24 hours after a 7-0 shellacking put Ottawa behind 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. "We've got to get up and go."


    Boucher said the Senators opened up early in the Game 5 loss, and that was what got them in trouble. He has since had what he feels were productive conversations with the team about returning to a 1-3-1 defensive structure for which he has become known.


    "We went in last game trying to run and gun it with the best offensive team in the league, and that's the result we got," Boucher said. "We got slapped, and hard enough. So the reality sets back in, and we know how we have to play to give ourselves a chance. I have total confidence in them that they will, and then the game goes on, and we need to manage what we need to manage at that point."


    There exists the possibility that no matter what the Senators do, it may not be enough to stop a Penguins team that appears to be operating on all cylinders.


    Held without a point in the first two games, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby scored in each of the next three. Fellow star Evgeni Malkin had three assists and was dominant in Game 5, when the Penguins had seven different goal-scorers.


    Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan juggled his lines so all of them have a combination of finesse and grit. The result saw the Penguins break through the security guarding the Senators' zone to score five goals from within 13 feet of the net.


    "I think it's critically important that we have that determination and play with that necessary conviction in order to give ourselves the best chance to win," Sullivan said as the Penguins try to become the first team to play in consecutive Stanley Cup finals since they and the Detroit Red Wings met in in 2008 and 2009.


    "So we talk a lot about the puck battles and the thankless jobs that you can't necessarily quantify, but they help teams win. And those thankless jobs are critically important at this time of year."


    The Senators will go back to No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson, who was pulled in Game 5 after giving up four goals on 14 shots. Boucher also said defenseman Erik Karlsson and center Derick Brassard, who were in the dressing room nursing injuries at the conclusion of the Sunday game, would be good to go.


    After frittering away a 3-1 series lead against Washington before finally winning Game 7, Pittsburgh thinks it is better prepared to close out Ottawa with the first chance.


    Crosby said the Penguins didn't play with enough desperation when they had the Capitals down.


    "We have to learn from that and make sure it's there (Tuesday) night," Crosby said. "I think that it's something that in the playoffs you have to get better and better to improve, and that's one area we've got make sure we improve on."


    The Penguins also can take confidence from the strong form of Matt Murray.


    The 22-year-old goalie has been stellar since returning to action as a sub in Game 4 vs. Ottawa after missing the first 2 1/2 rounds of the playoffs due to a lower-body injury he sustained in warmups before the postseason opener. He has stopped 68 of the 71 shots he has faced, including a 25-save shutout on Sunday.




    SERIES AT A GLANCE


    GAME 1
    Senators at Penguins
    Sat, May 13 Final 2 to 1
    Recaps


    GAME 2
    Senators at Penguins
    Mon, May 15 Final 0 to 1
    Recaps


    GAME 3
    Penguins at Senators
    Wed, May 17 Final 1 to 5
    Recaps


    GAME 4
    Penguins at Senators
    Fri, May 19 Final 3 to 2
    Recaps


    GAME 5
    Senators at Penguins
    Sun, May 21 Final 0 to 7
    Recaps


    GAME 6
    Penguins at Senators
    Tue, May 23 - 8:00PM EDT


    GAME 7
    Senators at Penguins
    Thu, May 25 - 8:00PM EDT
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    Nhl playoffs record: ( as in baseball dogs and totals only)
    All picks for the day:


    05/22/2017....................... 1-0-0................ 100.00%.................... +5.00
    05/21/2017....................... 0-2-0................... 0.00%.................... -10.50
    05/20/2017....................... 1-1-0.................. 50.00%........................ +0
    05/19/2017....................... 0-0-1................... 0.00%......................... +0
    05/18/2017....................... 0-0-1.................... 0.00%........................ +0
    05/17/2017....................... 2-0-0................. 100.00%.................. +10.75
    05/16/2017....................... 1-1-0................... 50.00%.................... +0.00
    05/12/2017....................... 1-0-1.................. 100.00%.................... +5.00
    05/10/2017....................... 1-3-0.................... 25.00%..................... -7.75
    05/09/2017....................... 2-0-0....................100.00%.................. +12.50
    05/08/2017....................... 0-1-0...................... 0.00%..................... -5.50
    05/07/2017....................... 1-3-0..................... 25.00%................... -10.50
    05/06/2017....................... 1-2-0..................... 33.33%.................... -5.50
    05/05/2017....................... 2-1-0..................... 66.67%................... +5.00
    05/04/2017....................... 0-1-1...................... 0.00%..................... -5.00
    05/03/2017....................... 1-2-0......................33.33%.................... -5.00
    05/02/2017....................... 0-2-1....................... 0.00%.................. -10.50
    05/01/2017....................... 2-0-0..................... 100.00%................ +10.00


    Totals:..............................16 - 19 - 3..................45.71%................- 12.00


    Best Bets............ Sides...............................Totals.


    05/22/2017...........0 - 0.............0.00%...........0.00.......1 - 0........100.00%......+1.00
    05/21/2017...........0 - 1.............0.00%...........-1.10......0 - 1..............00%......-1.10
    05/20/2017...........1 - 0 .........100.00%..........+ 1.10.....0 - 1..............00%......-1.10
    05/19/2017...........0-0-1............0.00%...........+0.00......0 - 0..............00%.....+0.00
    05/18/2017...........0-0-1............0.00%...........+0.00......0 - 0..............00%.....+0.00
    05/17/2017...........1 - 0.........100.00%...........+1.00.......1 - 0.........100.00%....+1.00
    05/16/2017...........0 - 1..........00.00%............-1.00........1-0-0........100.00%....+1.00
    05/12/2017...........1 - 0............100%............+1.00.......0-0-1.........00.00.........0.00
    05/10/2017...........1 - 1..........50.00%...........+0.50........0 - 2..........00.00%.....-2.20
    05/09/2017...........1 - 0 .......100.00%...........+1.50........1 - 0.........100.00%.....+1.00
    05/08/2017...........N O P L A Y......................................0 - 1..........00.00%......- 1.10
    05/07/2017...........0 - 1...........0.00%............-1.00.........1 - 1.........50.00%......-0.10
    05/06/2017...........0 - 1...........0.00%............-1.00.........1 - 1..........50.00%......-0.10
    05/05/2017...........0 - 1...........0.00%............-1.00.........2 - 0.........100%.........+2.00
    05/04/2017...........0 - 1...........0.00%............-1.00.........0 - 1.........0.00%........- 1.10
    05/03/2017...........1 - 0...........100%............+1.20........0 - 2.........0.00%........- 2.20
    05/02/2017...........0 - 1---------0.00%...........- 1.00.........0 - 1 - 1....0.00%.........-1.10
    05/01/2017...........1 - 0 ..........100%...........+ 1.00........1 - 0 ........100%.........+1.00


    Totals...............7 - 8 - 1..........46.66%%........- 0.70........9 - 12 -1...........42.85%.......-1.80





    TUESDAY, MAY 23


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    Game 7 - Senators at Penguins
    May 24, 2017



    For the second straight season, the Penguins will be playing a Game 7 at home in the Eastern Conference Finals. Last season, Pittsburgh edged Tampa Bay, 2-1 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final before knocking out San Jose in six games to capture the franchise's fourth championship. The Senators were a substantial underdog heading into this series as Ottawa looks for its second trip to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.


    Pittsburgh couldn't close the door on Ottawa in Tuesday's Game 6 by losing to the Senators, 2-1. The Penguins have won two of three home games in this series, including a 7-0 rout of the Senators in Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena.


    The Senators have never won a Game 7 in franchise history by posting an 0-5 mark with the most recent defeat coming to the Rangers in the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Ottawa has dropped three consecutive playoff series to Pittsburgh since 2008 with the only postseason series victory coming against the Penguins in 2007, when the Senators reached the Stanley Cup Final.


    The Penguins opened as -200 favorites in Game 7, while the Senators sit at +170 at most sports books. The total is listed at 5, but shaded to the 'over' at -135.


    Road teams have gone 38-42 in this year’s NHL playoffs, while owning a 5-7 mark in the conference finals.


    There have been 168 all-time Game 7’s in the NHL Playoffs and the home squad owns a 98-70 (58.3%) record.


    Recent Game 7 History


    Pittsburgh
    2017 Conference Semifinals - Beat Capitals on road 2-0
    2016 Conference Finals - Beat Lightning at home 2-1

    Ottawa

    2012 Conference Quarterfinals - Lost to Rangers on road 2-1
    2004 Conference Quarterfinals - Lost to Maple Leafs on road 4-1


    The winning team in eight of the last 12 Game 7's scored just two goals, as eight of those games finished under the total.

    NHL Game 7 Playoff History (2012-2017)



    2017
    Pittsburgh Penguins 2 at Washington Capitals 0
    Edmonton Oilers 1 at Anaheim Ducks 2


    2016
    Tampa Bay Lightning 1 at Pittsburgh Penguins 2
    Nashville Predators 0 at San Jose Sharks 5
    St. Louis Blues 6 at Dallas Stars 1
    Nashville Predators 2 at Anaheim Ducks 1
    Chicago Blackhawks 2 at St. Louis Blues 3


    2015
    Tampa Bay Lightning 2 at New York Rangers 0
    Chicago Blackhawks 5 at Anaheim Ducks 3
    New York Rangers 2 at Washington Capitals 1
    Tampa Bay Lightning 2 at Detroit Red Wings 0
    Washington Capitals 2 at New York Islanders 1


    2014
    Los Angeles Kings 5 at Chicago Blackhawks 4 (OT)
    Los Angeles Kings 6 at Anaheim Ducks 2
    Montreal Canadiens 3 at Boston Bruins 1
    New York Rangers 2 at Pittsburgh Penguins 1
    Philadelphia Flyers 3 at New York Rangers 4
    Minnesota Wild 5 at Colorado Avalanche 4
    Los Angeles Kings 5 at San Jose Sharks 1

    2013

    New York Rangers 5 at Washington Capitals 0
    Toronto Maple Leafs 4 at Boston Bruins 5 (OT)
    Detroit Red Wings 3 at Anaheim Ducks 2
    Detroit Red Wings 1 at Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)
    San Jose Sharks 1 at Los Angeles Kings 2


    2012
    Ottawa Senators 1 at New York Rangers 2
    Washington Capitals 2 at Boston Bruins 1 (OT)
    New Jersey Devils 3 at Florida Panthers 2 (2OT)
    Washington Capitals 1 at New York Rangers 2
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    East Game 7 offers chance at history
    May 24, 2017



    PITTSBURGH (AP) Craig Anderson is a realist, the byproduct of 15 years playing the most demanding position in the NHL.


    The Ottawa goaltender would like to chalk his 45-save masterpiece in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh up to his own brilliance. He knows that's not exactly the case.


    ''I think you need to be a little bit lucky to be good at times,'' Anderson said.


    Ottawa has relied on a bit of both during its deepest playoff run in a decade and Anderson helped force Game 7 Thursday night. Yet here the Senators are, alive and still skating with a chance to eliminate the deeper, more experienced and more explosive Stanley Cup champions.


    So much for the series being over after the Penguins destroyed Ottawa 7-0 in Game 5.


    ''I think, if you believe you're beaten, you're done already,'' Anderson said. ''If you believe that you can win, there's always a chance.''


    All the Senators have to do to reach the Stanley Cup Final for just the second time in franchise history is take down one of the league's marquee franchises on the road in a building where they were beaten by a touchdown last time out.


    No pressure or anything. Really. The Senators weren't supposed to be here. Then again, in a way neither were the Penguins. No team has repeated in nearly two decades and at times during the season and even during the playoffs this group was too beat up. Too tired from last spring's Cup run. The bullseye on their backs too big.


    Yet they've survived behind the brilliance of stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, coach Mike Sullivan's impeccable decisions and a resiliency that has them one game from being the first Cup champion to return to the finals since Detroit in 2009.


    Those Red Wings, by the way, fell to the Penguins in seven games. There have been several Game 7s for Pittsburgh in the interim on both sides of the ledger, though the Penguins are 2-0 in Game 7s under Sullivan. They edged Tampa Bay in Game 7 of last year's East finals and clinically disposed of Presidents' Trophy winner Washington in Game 7 of the second round earlier this month.


    ''It's not something that's new to them,'' Sullivan said. ''These guys have been involved in these experiences on a number of occasions, and they have those experiences to draw on. You know, I think they know what to expect, and now it's a matter of going out and earning it and controlling what they can and doing your very best to get the result that we're looking.''


    The Senators are 0-5 in Game 7s, the last setback coming in the first round to the New York Rangers in 2012. That was five years ago, a lifetime in the NHL. Ottawa rebuilt itself on the fly this season in coach Guy Boucher's first year. Boucher favors discipline over daring, and while the stat sheet looked awfully one-sided in Game 6, the scoreboard did not.


    The Senators understand they're the underdog and that the idea of a Cup final between first-timer Nashville and a Canadian club from one of the smallest markets in the league won't exactly draw eyeballs to the screen. They don't care. They'll try to play the way they always play on Thursday night. To be successful, they don't really have a choice.


    ''We tried to win another way, and we got our butts kicked,'' Boucher said.


    While both Boucher and Sullivan are doing their best to try and keep their teams focused on the process and not the outcome, in some ways it's a fool's errand. It's the only game all year that will end with the Prince of Wales Trophy presented - but not handed - to the winners. They know. The players do, too.


    ''I think it's fun to kind of get lost in those moments and to just do what you can do,'' Penguins goaltender Matt Murray said.


    Just don't confuse adrenaline with nerves.


    ''These are the games, when you're a kid growing up, that you're playing in the backyard, the Game 7s and that,'' said 40-year-old Pittsburgh forward Matt Cullen, who could play in his final NHL game on Thursday. ''So for us as players, this is what it's all about.''


    Game 7 offers the Penguins and their stars the opportunity to cement their legacy while the Senators can complete an improbable run to their sport's biggest stage.


    ''We're against a really good hockey team, the Stanley Cup champion, and we have a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup finals,'' Senators forward Derick Brassard said. ''We can't ask for anything better than this, but we just have to have fun with that.''
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    Thursday’s game



    Game 7 in series where home team is 4-2; Senators lost five of last six games in Steel City, getting blanked 1-0/7-0 in last two games in this arena. Under is 5-2-1 in last eight series games, since an 8-5 Penguin win here back in December. Ottawa lost four of last six road games; they have a whole country rooting for them- no Canadian franchise has won Stanley Cup since 1993. Pittsburgh has last line change, also the pressure of playing at home- they’re 3-2 in last five home games overall. Penguins are 5-22 on power play in their last seven games; Ottawa is 1-32 on power play in their last 11 games.


    Conference finals


    Ottawa-Pittsburgh

    Ottawa 2-1 OT
    Pitt 1-0
    Ottawa 5-1
    Pitt 3-2
    Pitt 7-0
    Ottawa 2-1


    Nashville-Anaheim
    Nashville 3-2 OT
    Anaheim 5-3
    Nashville 2-1
    Anaheim 3-2 OT
    Nashville 3-1
    Nashville 6-3
    Predators win series, 4-2
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    Armadillo: Thursday's six-pack


    Odds to win the PGA Tour event at Colonial this weekend:


    12-1— Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth


    14-1— Sergio Garcia


    20-1— Jason Dufner


    25-1— Matt Kuchar, Paul Casey


    30-1— Bud Cauley, Kevin Kisner


    35-1— Adam Hadwin, Tony Finau, Zach Johnson


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    Armadillo: Thursday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud……..


    13) Dodgers beat St Louis 2-1 in 13 innings late Tuesday night, but Cardinals tied the game in the 9th inning in an odd way. Clayton Kershaw was going for a complete game shutout but threw a wild pitch with a man on second and Randall Grichuk scored all the way from second with the tying run. Don’t see that more than a couple of times a year.


    12) That game Tuesday started the Cardinals out on a 47-game in 48-day stretch that takes them up to the All-Star break. Has to be a makeup game in there somewhere, since teams generally aren’t allowed to play more than 20 consecutive days.


    11) They had a 3:12 rain delay in Atlanta Tuesday nite; with non-division opponents only visiting a city once a year, teams don’t want to have to play doubleheaders, so they wait the rain out and finish the game when they can, which in this case was close to 2am.


    10) If you’re trying to develop young pitchers, like the Milwaukee Brewers are, is it smart to have your AAA farm team in the high altitude of Colorado Springs?


    Arizona, Colorado, Milwaukee, San Diego and the Mets all have their AAA teams in high altitude cities.


    9) North Carolina’s 6-10 Tony Bradley scored 7.1 pts/game in 14.6 minutes per game, but he is bolting to the NBA, UNC’s first one/done player since 2007 (Brandan Wright).


    8) Most overused word in English language these days: “process”. If ballplayers don’t know what to say during an interview, they “trust the process”- its become a cliche.


    7) Former Duke guard Frank Jackson had a stress reaction in his foot last winter at Duke but reportedly played pain-free through the season, but decided to have surgery on the foot now to begin the rehabilitation process- he is expected to be back by late July, but summer league is in early July.


    Unless the kid got a promise from an NBA team that they will draft him, what on earth was he thinking, signing with an agent? That prevented him from going back to school, having the operation on Duke’s dime, rehabbing all summer and then playing for the Blue Devils next winter.


    6) Purdue’s chances of making the Final Four next spring went down the drain when big man Caleb Swanigan stayed in the NBA Draft. Matt Painter is suspect as a game coach, so they probably wouldn’t have made it anyway, but having Swanigan gave them an advantage.


    5) All-time, there have been 18,988 major league baseball players; Houston’s new backup catcher Juan Centeno became the 875th all-time Astro this week.


    4) Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon has 44 RBI, most in the major leagues and he bats leadoff— part of that is because Colorado has sacrificed 22 times (most in MLB) this year, giving him lot of guys in scoring position when he bats.


    Blackmon has come to bat with a guy on 3rd base 15 times this year (T2 in MLB), also 15 times with a man on second base (most in MLB). Makes it easier to get a lot of RBI that way.


    3) Phillies were 12-12 on May 1st; they are 3-17 since then, with all three wins in games started by Jeremy Hellickson- they’ve lost their last 15 games not started by Hellickson.


    2) If/when David Ortiz gets in the Hall of Fame and I think he will, then Edgar Martinez has to get in, too, since that would eliminate the anti-DH bias. Playing in Seattle shouldn’t work against him; Ortiz played in the eastern media spotlight, Martinez didn’t.


    Martinez had a career on-base percentage of .418, he hit .312 with 309 homers. A great hitter.


    1) Eagles’ QB Carson Wentz spent 10 days in LA this spring with QB gurus Adam Dedeaux and Tom House (of baseball fame), to improve his throwing mechanics, I guess. Doug Pederson is the Eagles’ coach, a former NFL QB and apparently he wasn’t all that happy Wentz did that.
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    Thursday's NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview: Senators at Penguins


    Continuing their improbable postseason journey will require the Senators to dethrone Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena -- a venue where they suffered a humbling 7-0 beatdown in Game 5.


    Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins (-200, 5)


    Series tied 3-3


    The Ottawa Senators bounced back from a lopsided drubbing with a gritty home victory over the reigning Stanley Cup champions to force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final. Ottawa looks to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2007 and deny Pittsburgh a return trip when they visit the Penguins on Thursday night.


    Continuing their improbable postseason journey will require the Senators to dethrone Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena -- a venue where they suffered a humbling 7-0 beatdown in Game 5. “We wanted to force Game 7 and that’s what we did," Ottawa forward Zack Smith said while acknowledging the Senators are well aware they are considered an overwhelming underdog. “That’s fine with us. I feel it’s been that way for most of the year and playoffs. That’s fine, we’ll play that role.” The Penguins are bidding to become the first team to make back-to-back appearances in the Cup Final since they turned the trick in 2008-09, but have a checkered history in winner-takes-all matchups with an all-time record of 3-7 record in Game 7s at home. “We’ve been in this situation before,” Pittsburgh defenseman Trevor Daley said. “We’re a confident team in here. We have a lot of veteran guys. We’ve been here before. We know what we need to do to get the job done in Game 7.”

    TV:
    8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVAS


    LINE HISTORY: The Penguins opened as massive -225 moneyline favorites but by Wednesday evening that line was down to -200. The total opened at 5 and is not expected to move.


    GOALIE MATCHUP: Craig Anderson (OTT) vs. Matt Murray (PIT)


    Anderson - GP: 18, W/L: 11-6, 2.36 GAA, .922 SAVE %, 1 SO
    Murray - GP: 4, W/L: 2-1, 1.33 GAA, .950 SAVE %, 1 SO

    INJURY REPORT:



    Senators - D M. Borowiecki (Questionable, leg), LW A. Burrows (Doubtful, leg).


    Penguins - RW P. Hornqvist (Questionable, upper body), D J. Schultz (Questionable, upper body), RW T. Kuhnhackl (Questionable, lower body), D C. Ruhwedel (Questionable, concussion), D K. Letang (Out for season, neck).

    ABOUT THE SENATORS (55-34-7-4, 39-53 O/U):
    Craig Anderson was away from the team for half the season to be with his wife during her cancer treatments, so the fact the he bounced back with a superlative 45-save effort in Game 6 after being yanked in the 7-0 debacle was no surprise to Ottawa. "It starts with the goalie," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "It's like a quarterback in football and a pitcher in baseball, and we have it. We got that guy." Veteran Bobby Ryan, taken No. 2 overall in the 2005 NHL draft behind Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, scored 13 times in 62 regular-season games but has six goals in 18 playoff contests after his tying tally in Game 6. Ryan's goal also ended Ottawa's 0-for-29 power-play drought.


    ABOUT THE PENGUINS (61-26-8-5, 55-39 O/U): Pittsburgh has the luxury of sending out a pair of Conn Smythe Trophy winners in Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who guided the team to Cup titles in 2016 and 2009, respectively. Crosby scored in three straight games prior to Tuesday's 2-1 setback and is tied for second in the postseason in scoring with 19 points. "I just think he in particular has played in arguably the most high-stakes environments in all different venues, whether it be the NHL, the Olympics, the World Cup," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He has such a wealth of experience to draw on and he's a fierce competitor." So is Malkin, who scored Pittsburgh's lone goal in Game 6 to boost his playoff-leading total to 24 points.

    TRENDS:



    * Senators are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    * Penguins are 24-8 in their last 32 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
    * Under is 6-2-1 in Senators last 9 Conference Finals games.
    * Under is 8-3-1 in Penguins last 12 home games.
    * Senators are 3-14 in the last 17 meetings in Pittsburgh.

    CONSENSUS:
    67 percent of users are siding with the home favorite Penguins and 60 percent of the totals wagers are on the Over.
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    Thursday, May 25




    Ottawa @ Pittsburgh


    Game 61-62
    May 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Ottawa
    10.507
    Pittsburgh
    13.181
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Pittsburgh
    by 2 1/2
    6
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Pittsburgh
    -200
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Pittsburgh
    (-200); Over









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    Thursday, May 25



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    OTTAWA (55-35-0-10, 120 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (61-26-0-13, 135 pts.) - 5/25/2017, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PITTSBURGH is 125-81 ATS (+225.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 30-12 ATS (+12.2 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 82-49 ATS (-5.4 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 55-45 ATS (+104.5 Units) in all games this season.
    OTTAWA is 35-29 ATS (+67.0 Units) second half of the season this season.
    OTTAWA is 31-20 ATS (+56.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    OTTAWA is 19-13 ATS (+35.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PITTSBURGH is 9-6 (+0.1 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    PITTSBURGH is 9-6-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.7 Units, Under=-0.9 Units)

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    Thursday, May 25



    Game 7 in series where home team is 4-2; Senators lost five of last six games in Steel City, getting blanked 1-0/7-0 in last two games in this arena. Under is 5-2-1 in last eight series games, since an 8-5 Penguin win here back in December. Ottawa lost four of last six road games; they have a whole country rooting for them- no Canadian franchise has won Stanley Cup since 1993. Pittsburgh has last line change, also the pressure of playing at home- they’re 3-2 in last five home games overall. Penguins are 5-22 on power play in their last seven games; Ottawa is 1-32 on power play in their last 11 games.


    Conference finals
    Ottawa-Pittsburgh
    Ottawa 2-1 OT
    Pitt 1-0
    Ottawa 5-1
    Pitt 3-2
    Pitt 7-0
    Ottawa 2-1


    Nashville-Anaheim
    Nashville 3-2 OT
    Anaheim 5-3
    Nashville 2-1
    Anaheim 3-2 OT
    Nashville 3-1
    Nashville 6-3
    Predators win series, 4-2








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    8:00 PM
    OTTAWA vs. PITTSBURGH
    Ottawa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Ottawa is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games at home
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    THURSDAY, MAY 25


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    OTT at PIT 08:00 PM

    OTT +170


    O 5.0
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    Pittsburgh Penguins beat Ottawa Senators 3-2 in double overtime to set up Stanley Cup Final against Nashville Predators


    May 25, 2017


    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins beat Ottawa Senators 3-2 in double overtime to set up Stanley Cup Final against Nashville Predators.
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    NHL notebook: Ducks' Lindholm, Vatanen need surgery
    May 25, 2017



    In their season wrap-up availability after being eliminated by the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Final, the Anaheim Ducks announced that defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen will require torn labrum surgery.


    "We're almost positive Hampus is having shoulder surgery," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. "Sami needs surgery. He's deciding where to do it. Some can rehab these things, but we're not suggesting they do that.


    "Those two guys have bad shoulders and they played through them. You've got to give them (credit)."


    Lindholm is expected to miss four-to-five months, making his return around the end of September. Vatanen's injury is apparently more serious, and his recovery is expected to take longer.


    --The St. Louis Blues named Steve Ott an assistant coach.


    The 34-year-old played 848 NHL games from 2002 through this season, scoring 109 goals and 179 assists along with 1,555 penalty minutes using an abrasive style.


    A day earlier, the Blues tabbed another NHL veteran, Darryl Sydor, as an assistant coach. Those moves come after the Blues announced that assistant coaches Ray Bennett, Rick Wilson and Steve Thomas had been let go, along with goalie development coach Ty Conklin.


    --The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced.


    Kivlenieks, 20, went 36-7-4-2 with a 1.85 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and five shutouts in 49 games to help the Sioux City Musketeers capture the 2016-17 Anderson Cup as the league's regular season champions.


    He was named the United States Hockey League's Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year.
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