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    Thursday, April 20



    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Best of 7 – Game 5 – Series Tied 2-2


    NY Rangers at Montreal, 7:05 PM ET
    New York: 12-2 SU after scoring 2 goals or less in 2 straight games
    Montreal: 9-18 SU after 2 straight games where 4 or fewer total goals were scored


    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Best of 7 – Game 5 – PITT Leads 3-1


    Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7:05 PM ET
    Columbus: 14-6 SU after playing 2 consecutive home games
    Pittsburgh: 9-13 SU in home games revenging a loss where opponent scored 4 or more goals


    Western Conference Quarterfinals – Best of 7 – Game 4 – NAS Leads 3-0


    Chicago at Nashville, 8:05 PM ET
    Chicago: 10-1 SU revenging 2 straight losses where opponent scored 3 or more goals
    Nashville: 5-12 SU after a 3 game unbeaten streak


    Western Conference Quarterfinals – Best of 7 – Game 5 – Series Tied At 2-2


    San Jose at Edmonton, 10:35 PM ET
    San Jose: 11-2 SU in road games after 2 consecutive division games
    Edmonton: 6-11 SU after a blowout loss by 4 goals or more in their previous game








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    Thursday, April 20



    Road team won six of last nine New York-Montreal games (2-2 in this series); teams split last four games in this building. Rangers are 0-12 on power play in series (Montreal is 2-13); they’re 4-7 overall in last 11 games against the Canadiens. Under is 6-1 in New York’s last seven games. Habs won nine of last 12 games overall; under is 10-3-1 in their last 14 games. Rangers outhit Montreal 43-25 in Game 4; they’ve lost four of last five road games. Canadiens split their last four home games.


    Blue Jackets averted sweep with Game 4 win; home team won seven of last eight Columbus-Pittsburgh games; Jackets lost last five visits to Steel City, by combined score of 20-8. Game 4 win was just second in last 11 games overall for Columbus- they were outscored 20-9 in losing five of last six road tilts (under 5-1). Penguins won seven of last ten games overall, winning last four at home- they allowed total of five goals in last four home games (under 4-0). Last two games in series ended 5-4; under is 7-5 in last 12 series games.


    San Jose didn’t score in Games 2-3, then whacked Edmonton 7-0 in Game 4, evening series at 2-2. Sharks lost seven of last nine road games; under is 5-2-1 in their last eight games overall. Teams split last four games played here- visitors are 5-3 in last eight series games, with Oilers winning five of last seven. Under is 5-2-1 in Sharks’ last eight games. Edmonton is in playoffs for first time since 2006, when they lost Cup final; they’ve lost four of last five first round series. San Jose lost Stanley Cup final LY; they’re 9-3 in last 12 first round series.


    Nashville won Game 3 in OT to take 3-0 series lead; over is 3-1-3 in last seven series games. Nashville won six of its last eight home games, but lost three of last five home games with Chicago. Under is 7-1-3 in last 11 Nashville games. Blackhawks lost last seven games overall, have been shut out in three of their last five games- under is 4-1-4 in their last nine. Chicago lost six of its last seven road games. Chicago scored total of two goals in losing first three series games; need win here to take series back to Windy City.


    First round series:
    East
    Washington-Toronto
    Wash 3-2 OT
    Tor 4-3 2OT
    Tor 4-3 OT
    Wash 5-4
    Pittsburgh-Columbus
    Pitt 3-1
    Pitt 4-1
    Pitt 5-4 OT
    CBJ 5-4
    Montreal-NY Rangers
    NYR 2-0
    Mtl 4-3 OT
    Mtl 3-1
    NYR 2-1
    Ottawa-Boston
    Bos 2-1
    Ott 4-3 OT
    Ott 4-3 OT
    Ott 1-0


    West
    Chicago-Nashville
    Nash 1-0
    Nash 5-0
    Nash 3-2 OT
    Minnesota-St Louis
    StL 2-1 ot
    StL 2-1
    StL 3-1
    Minn 2-0
    Anaheim-Calgary
    Ana, 3-2
    Ana 3-2
    Ana 5-4 OT
    Ana 3-1
    Ducks win series, 4-0
    Edmonton-San Jose
    SJ 3-2 ot
    Edmonton 2-0
    Edmonton 1-0
    SJ 7-0


    Home teams: 15-16
    Over: 10-17-4








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    Trend Report
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    7:00 PM
    COLUMBUS vs. PITTSBURGH
    Columbus is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
    Columbus is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against Columbus
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Columbus

    7:00 PM
    NY RANGERS vs. MONTREAL
    NY Rangers are 5-14 SU in their last 19 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    NY Rangers are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games when playing Montreal
    Montreal is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
    Montreal is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

    8:00 PM
    CHICAGO vs. NASHVILLE
    Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nashville's last 7 games at home
    Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

    10:30 PM
    SAN JOSE vs. EDMONTON
    San Jose is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    San Jose is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Edmonton
    Edmonton is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against San Jose
    Edmonton is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
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    NY RANGERS (50-29-0-7, 107 pts.) at MONTREAL (49-28-0-9, 107 pts.) - 4/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NY RANGERS are 15-29 ATS (+44.0 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
    NY RANGERS are 15-9 ATS (+25.0 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MONTREAL is 9-4 (+5.1 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
    MONTREAL is 9-4-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.7 Units)

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    COLUMBUS (51-26-0-9, 111 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (53-22-0-11, 117 pts.) - 4/20/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    COLUMBUS is 9-24 ATS (+42.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 74-43 ATS (+19.6 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 50-25 ATS (+13.2 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 28-9 ATS (+12.6 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 35-14 ATS (+14.6 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 21-7 ATS (+10.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    COLUMBUS is 51-35 ATS (+7.7 Units) in all games this season.
    COLUMBUS is 18-9 ATS (+7.3 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    COLUMBUS is 8-8 (+2.0 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
    PITTSBURGH is 8-8-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.3 Units)

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    CHICAGO (50-25-0-10, 110 pts.) at NASHVILLE (44-29-0-12, 100 pts.) - 4/20/2017, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 0-7 ATS (-9.8 Units) in April games this season.
    NASHVILLE is 22-6 ATS (+12.3 Units) in home games when playing with 2 days rest over the last 3 seasons.
    NASHVILLE is 24-15 ATS (+5.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    NASHVILLE is 16-8 ATS (+7.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
    CHICAGO is 433-422 ATS (+876.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
    NASHVILLE is 12-19 ATS (-12.0 Units) after a division game this season.
    NASHVILLE is 5-12 ATS (+18.6 Units) after a 3 game unbeaten streak over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 14-9 (+3.2 Units) against the spread versus NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 14-9-0 straight up against NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
    10 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+4.5 Units)

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    SAN JOSE (48-31-0-7, 103 pts.) at EDMONTON (49-27-0-10, 108 pts.) - 4/20/2017, 10:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN JOSE is 39-23 ATS (+14.4 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in road games in April games over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 16-7 ATS (+8.2 Units) in road games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 27-21 ATS (+54.4 Units) in road games in the first round of the playoffs since 1996.
    SAN JOSE is 22-14 ATS (+37.8 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    EDMONTON is 9-9 (+2.8 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 9-9-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.5 Units)
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    Thursday, April 20




    San Jose @ Edmonton


    Game 7-8
    April 20, 2017 @ 10:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    San Jose
    12.659
    Edmonton
    9.768
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Jose
    by 3
    3
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Edmonton
    -135
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Jose
    (+115); Under


    Chicago @ Nashville



    Game 5-6
    April 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    12.500
    Nashville
    9.928
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Chicago
    by 2 1/2
    6
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Nashville
    -130
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (+110); Over


    Columbus @ Pittsburgh



    Game 3-4
    April 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Columbus
    9.316
    Pittsburgh
    11.821
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Pittsburgh
    by 2 1/2
    8
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Pittsburgh
    -200
    5 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Pittsburgh
    (-200); Over


    NY Rangers @ Montreal



    Game 1-2
    April 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    NY Rangers
    10.779
    Montreal
    14.374
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Montreal
    by 3 1/2
    4
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Montreal
    -145
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Montreal
    (-145); Under



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    UNDER went 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night.
    Current O/U status: 10-16-5
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    New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (-150, 5)


    Series tied 2-2


    ABOUT THE RANGERS (50-29-3-4, 41-39 O/U): Forward Rick Nash closed the regular season by scoring five times in his last eight games to finish with 23 goals and is carrying it over to the playoffs. Nash scored in Game 2 -- which New York lost in overtime -- and delivered the game-winning tally in Game 4, boosting his totals to seven goals and six assists in his last 13 playoff games. "I was trying to go to the net all night and trying to cause some chaos," Nash said after Tuesday's victory. "We let it all go and put it behind us. We had to. We couldn’t be going back to Montreal down 3-1.”


    ABOUT THE CANADIENS (49-28-7-2, 30-41 O/U): Captain Max Pacioretty has scored at least 30 goals in four straight seasons and is still searching for his first of the series, managing only one assist through the four games. but Julien is not concerned. “This is a sport that has ups and downs,” Julien said. "At the end of the day, we look at the big picture and that’s what’s important. And Max Pacioretty, I think we’re pretty happy to have him here in Montreal.” On Tuesday, Julien shifted Alex Galchenyuk to a line with Artturi Lehkonen and Alexander Radulov, who has six points in the last three games.


    LINE HISTORY: The Canadiens opened as -150 home favorites. The total opened at 4.5 and bumped up to 5 at most books overnight Wednesday/Thursday.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Rangers - No injuries to report.


    Canadiens - D A. Emelin (Out Indefinitely, lower body).


    TRENDS:


    * Rangers are 1-6 in their last 7 games following a win.
    * Canadiens are 12-3 in their last 15 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
    * Under is 6-1 in Rangers last 7 overall.
    * Under is 10-2-3 in Canadiens last 15 vs. Metropolitan.
    * Rangers are 5-14 in the last 19 meetings in Montreal.








    Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins (-200, 5.5)


    Pens lead series 3-1


    ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (51-26-7-2, 34-46 O/U): The Columbus Blue Jackets have endured plenty of twists and turns during their franchise-best season, and Cam Atkinson isn't interested in seeing the wild ride come to an end. "We have nothing to lose," the 27-year-old Atkinson told the Columbus Dispatch on the heels of Tuesday's 5-4 victory at Nationwide Arena that closed the Blue Jackets' deficit to 3-1 in the series. Rookie Markus Nutivaara stepped up in place of injured defenseman Zach Werenski on Tuesday, scoring a goal in the second period and setting up Boone Jenner for another in the third during his NHL postseason debut. "Of course I had butterflies, but I just wanted to enjoy ... enjoy every moment I could get out there," the 22-year-old Finn told the Columbus Dispatch. Coach John Tortorella was quick to praise Nutivaara by saying he "played to his strengths," a nice compliment considering the coach had passed up the youngster in the series in favor of Scott Harrington and the inexperienced Gabriel Carlsson.


    ABOUT THE PENGUINS (53-22-6-5, 49-32 O/U): Pittsburgh rookie Jake Guentzel continued his successful run by scoring on Wednesday to increase his point total to six (five goals, one assist) in the last three games while his goal total is the most in the first four career postseason contests since Montreal's Maurice "Rocket" Richard in 1944. While gladly accepting how his team finishes, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan repeatedly has taken issue with its sluggish starts in the series. The Penguins were outshot 16-3 in the first period of the opener, 12-7 in Game 2 and fell behind 3-1 and 2-0 on the scoreboard in the next two contests, much to the dismay of Sullivan. "It's about being ready from the drop of the puck. It's a mindset. It's not a wait-and-see approach," Sullivan said following Wednesday's practice. "We've got to be ready to dictate the terms from the very first puck drop."


    LINE HISTORY: The Penguins opened as -200 favorites on home ice and the total opened at 5.5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Blue Jackets - D Z. Werenski (Out For Season, face), D R. Murray (Late April, hand), RW D. Clarkson (Out Indefinitely, back).


    Penguins - D C. Ruhwedel (Questionable, upper body), G M. Murray (Questionable, lower body), LW C. Kunitz (Out Indefinitely, lower body), D K. Letang (Out For Season, neck), LW C. Hagelin (Late April, lower body).


    TRENDS:


    * Blue Jackets are 1-8 in their last 9 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Penguins are 6-1 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Under is 8-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 10 road games.
    * Under is 3-0-1 in Penguins last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
    * Home team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.








    Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (-125, 5)


    Preds lead series 3-0


    ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (50-25-9-1, 37-33 O/U): The Chicago Blackhawks have faced some unenviable positions en route to winning three Stanley Cup titles in a six-year span (2010-15). None of them matches the current predicament for the top-seeded Blackhawks, who will try to stave off elimination Thursday when they visit the Nashville Predators in Game 4. Chicago has managed two goals in the series, both coming in Game 3, extending a lengthy drought for captain Jonathan Toews, who has not scored in 12 consecutive postseason games dating to the 2015 Cup Final. “That’s something I’m obviously well aware of, and no better moment than a game like tomorrow,” Toews said after Wednesday's practice. "I’m just trying to stay patient and smart and do the right things. Obviously, no more waiting." Patrick Kane, who scored on the power play in Game 3, raised eyebrows when he told reporters that "All the pressure's on (Nashville) to win the next game."


    ABOUT THE PREDATORS (44-29-8-4, 41-36 O/U): Predators coach Peter Laviolette certainly will not allow his team to become complacement with the commanding lead -- he was coach of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 when they overcame a 3-0 deficit versus Boston before advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals and losing to, coincidentally, Chicago. Nashville's Filip Forsberg knows what it's like to struggle in the postseason, scoring once in his last 13 playoff games a year ago, but he made his first two this season count with a pair of third-period goals to force overtime in Game 3. "He's a guy who wants to be on the ice when the game is on the line and he wants the puck when the game is on the line," goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "You want that kind of guy on the ice when the game is on the line. He is really elevating his game." Top-line center Ryan Johansen is having a huge series with one goal and four assists.


    LINE HISTORY: The Predators opened as -135 moneyline favorites at home and that number came down slightly to -125. The total hit the board at 5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Blackhawks - LW A. Desjardins (Questionable, lower body), D M. Rozsival (Out Indefinitely, face).


    Predators - LW C. Wilson (Questionable, lower body), LW V. Fiddler (Questionable, upper body).


    TRENDS:


    * Blackhawks are 0-7 in their last 7 overall.
    * Predators are 14-3 in their last 17 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
    * Under is 4-0-1 in Blackhawks last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Under is 7-1-3 in Predators last 11 overall.
    * Over is 5-0-4 in the last 9 meetings in Nashville.








    San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers (-130, 5)


    Series tied 2-2


    ABOUT THE SHARKS (48-31-6-1, 23-39 O/U): After being blanked in back-to-back games to fall behind in their Western Conference first-round playoff series, the San Jose Sharks turned the tables on the Edmonton Oilers to draw even. San Jose hopes to carry over the momentum when it visits Edmonton on Thursday for a pivotal Game 5. San Jose also received a big effort from its captain in Game 4 as Joe Pavelski scored his first two goals of the series, including one just 15 seconds into the contest, and added an assist. "We were just ready," Pavelski told reporters. "Everyone was ready. ... There weren't really any lapses in our game." Defenseman Brent Burns, who led the team in scoring during the regular season with a career-high 76 points, was another member of the team to break out, registering three assists for his first points of the series.


    ABOUT THE OILERS (49-27-5-5, 33-44 O/U): Edmonton continued its steady march to the penalty box as it technically was short-handed eight times, including a five-minute major during which San Jose cashed in once, to increase its series total to 22. The Oilers dodged a huge bullet, however, as Leon Draisaitl escaped with only a fine from the league for spearing San Jose's Chris Tierney in Game 4 - an infraction that resulted in the major penalty and a game misconduct. Captain Connor McDavid has gone two games without a point, his longest drought since being kept off the scoresheet in back-to-back contests on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner ended the regular season with a 14-game point streak and extended it over the first two games of the series. Defenseman Kris Russell, who topped the NHL during the regular season with 213 blocked shots, increased his playoff-leading total to 22 with a game-high six in Game 4.


    LINE HISTORY: The Oilers opened as -120 home favorites for Game 5 and that number was up to -130 by Wednesday night. The total hit the board at 5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Sharks - No injuries to report.


    Oilers - D A. Ference (Out For Season, hip), RW T. Pitlick (Out For Season, knee).


    TRENDS:


    * Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
    * Oilers are 10-1 in their last 11 home games.
    * Under is 1-0-7 in Sharks last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    * Over is 4-0-1 in Oilers last 5 Thursday games.
    * Sharks are 15-7 in the last 22 meetings in Edmonton.
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    THURSDAY, APRIL 20


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    NYR at MON 07:00 PM


    U 5.0


    CLB at PIT 07:00 PM


    CLB +170


    U 5.5


    CHI at NAS 08:00 PM


    CHI +100


    O 5.0



    SJ at EDM 10:30 PM


    SJ +110


    O 5.0
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    Bylsma, GM Murray fired by Sabres
    April 20, 2017



    The Buffalo Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on the heels of the team missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season, the club announced Thursday.


    The Sabres found themselves in the basement of the Atlantic Division in 2016-17 after posting a 33-37-12 mark.


    "After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, (wife) Kim and I have decided to relieve general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma of their duties," team owner Terry Pegula said in a statement Thursday morning. "We want to thank Tim and Dan for their hard work and efforts that they have put in during their tenures with the club. We wish them luck. We have begun the process to fill these positions immediately."


    Murray, who met with Pegula on Wednesday, has been Buffalo's general manager since January 2014. The 53-year-old said last week that the team's players failed to embrace Bylsma's style and connect with the coach on a personal level, according to the Buffalo News.


    The decision to dismiss Bylsma came amid reports of discontent between the coach and star player Jack Eichel. The second-year forward, however, denied trying to force out Bylsma, 46, on Wednesday.


    "I want to be here for a long time," Eichel told the Buffalo News. "That's the way I look at it. I don't want to go anywhere else. I don't want anybody to think that I want to be somewhere else. ... I want to be a Sabre and I want to be a Sabre for a long time and I want to be a part of Buffalo when we win. I know it's an organization that is capable of doing that, and I want to be a part of it and I want to be a centerpiece of it."


    Bylsma spent the first two seasons of a five-year deal behind the bench in Buffalo. He won the Stanley Cup in his first year with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2008-09) and qualified for the postseason in each of his five campaigns that followed.


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    NHL roundup: Predators complete sweep of Blackhawks
    April 20, 2017



    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The sweep was completed Thursday night. Just not the way many would have predicted when the series started a week ago.


    Roman Josi scored twice, Viktor Arvidsson and Colton Sissons each added a goal and an assist, and Pekka Rinne bagged 30 saves as the Nashville Predators eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks from the Western Conference first round with a 4-1 decision in raucous Bridgestone Arena.


    Jonathan Toews put the Blackhawks on the board with a power-play marker at 14:42.

    Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 2



    PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh beat Columbus at PPG Paints Arena to win a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series, four games to one.


    The Penguins built a 3-0 lead through the early part of the second period on a goal by Phil Kessel and two from Bryan Rust. The Blue Jackets responded with goals from William Karlsson and Boone Jenner to pull to within 3-2 before the end of the second period.


    Sidney Crosby scored on a one-timer from Evgeni Malkin for a power-play goal and some breathing room at 5:31 of the third before Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds later on a backward tip to give the Penguins an insurmountable lead.


    Rangers 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)


    MONTREAL -- Mika Zibanejad scored the winner at 14:22 of the first overtime period to send New York over Montreal at the Bell Centre.


    The Rangers now lead the series 3-2 with a chance to clinch on Saturday night in New York.


    Artturi Lehkonen and Brendan Gallagher scored in regulation for the Canadiens. Jesper Fast and Brady Skjei replied for the Rangers.


    Oilers 4, Sharks 3 (OT)


    EDMONTON, Alberta -- David Desharnais set up Oscar Klefbom's game-tying goal late in the third period, then scored the winner at 18:15 of overtime as Edmonton beat the San Jose in Game 5 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.


    The Oilers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Edmonton outshot San Jose 48-30, including 14-2 in overtime. Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 27 saves for the win, while San Jose's Martin Jones topped 44 shots.


    With 2:46 left in the third, a blast from Klefbom caromed off the post and went in. Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu also scored for Edmonton, while San Jose got goals from Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau and David Schlemko.
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    Week 1 NFL spreads (odds from SouthPoint casino):
    Chiefs @ Patriots (-8)
    Jets @ Bills (-6)
    Falcons (-6) @ Bears
    Jaguars @ Texans (-5.5)
    Eagles @ Redskins (-2.5)
    Cardinals @ Lions (-2.5)
    Raiders @ Titans (even)
    Buccaneers @ Dolphins (-1)
    Ravens @ Bengals (-1.5)
    Steelers (-10) @ Browns
    Colts (-3.5) @ Rams
    Seahawks @ Packers (-2.5)
    Panthers (-5) @ 49ers
    Giants @ Cowboys (-5.5)
    Saints @ Vikings (-3)
    Chargers @ Broncos (-4.5)

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    Armadillo: Friday's List of 13:Quick thoughts on the ’17 NFL schedule

    13) 2017 NFL season opens on September 7, when the Chiefs visit New England. Giants are in Dallas for the Week 1 Sunday night game.

    Monday night doubleheader in Week 1 is Saints @ Vikings, followed by the Chargers playing in Denver.

    12) Falcons christen their new stadium with a Week 2 Sunday night game vs Green Bay; they visit Foxboro on October 22, the first of three consecutive road tilts (NE-NYJ-Carolina).

    How did the Braves/Falcons get new stadiums in the same year? Economy in Georgia must be doing really well.

    11) Three of Giants’ first six games are primetime games; three of their four primetime games are on the road. Big Blue has three west coast trips in the last eight games; SF in Week 10, Oakland in Week 13, Arizona in Week 16.

    Three of their last four games are at home. Giants also play against four of the six rookie head coaches this season.

    10) Eagles have three straight road games in December; Seattle-LA Rams-Giants; then they play the Raiders at home on Christmas nite and finish with the Cowboys on New Years’ Eve.

    9) Same deal for New England, which has five road games in six weeks in Weeks 10-15, with three straight road dates, at Buffalo-Miami-Pittsburgh- they close with two home games.

    8) Russell Wilson played his last year of college ball at Wisconsin; Seahawks play their opener in Green Bay, the FOX 4:25 game in Week 1. Solid QB matchup.

    7) There are six divisional games in Week 1 this season, including Eagles-Redskins and Ravens-Bengals.

    6) Vikings are in Green Bay for a Week 16 (Dec 23) Saturday night game that is also Minnesota’s 4th road game in a five-week stretch. Why does the NFL schedule nite games for late December in Green Bay? Do they care if fans freeze to death?

    5) Rams’ coach Sean McVay faces his old team in Week 2, when the Redskins visit the LA Coliseum.

    Rams go to Dallas in Week 4, with the Cowboys coming off a Week 3 Monday nighter in Arizona.

    4) Rams/Chargers have three home games at the same time; where will the LA media go? Chargers are playing in a soccer stadium in Carson for the next two years- place seats 30,000.

    3) Thanksgiving Day slate: Vikings @ Lions, Chargers @ Dallas, Giants @ Redskins.

    2) NFL must think the Steelers are going to be really good (they almost always are); Pittsburgh is on in primetime four weeks in a row, in Weeks 11-14: Tennessee-Green Bay-@ Cincinnati-Baltimore. NFL’s TV mavens will be rooting for Big Ben to stay healthy all season.

    1— Buffalo doesn’t play the Patriots until December, when they meet twice; Pats-Colts-Miami visit Buffalo in December. Bills finish with road games in Foxboro/Miami.

    Indy opens in LA; I’m guessing they would’ve been happier opening in Buffalo and playing in LA in December.
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    Friday, April 21



    Bruins are 0-22 in their history in series when down 3-1, the most series without a comeback win of any NHL franchise. Boston was outshot 59-42 in losing pair of home games in Games 3-4- they still haven’t scored first period goal in series. Ottawa is 7-1 vs Boston this season, winning four of last five series games played here- they won three of last four home games, six of last eight games overall. Six of last eight Bruin games stayed under the total. Senators are 3-18 on power play in series, Boston is 2-11.


    Toronto-Washington are tied 2-2, after Caps scored four first period goals and won Game 4 on road, 5-4; three of four series games went OT, with last three going over total. Teams played combined total of 43:14 of overtime so far. Washington won nine of last 12 overall vs Toronto, with home side 7-4 in last 11. Over is 5-2 in last seven series tilts. Capitals won ten of last 14 games overall. Toronto lost five of last eight games overall. Caps are 4-12 on power play in series, Leafs are 3-13.


    First round series:
    East
    Washington-Toronto
    Wash 3-2 OT
    Tor 4-3 2OT
    Tor 4-3 OT
    Wash 5-4
    Pittsburgh-Columbus
    Pitt 3-1
    Pitt 4-1
    Pitt 5-4 OT
    CBJ 5-4
    Pitt 5-2
    Penguins win series, 4-1
    Montreal-NY Rangers
    NYR 2-0
    Mtl 4-3 OT
    Mtl 3-1
    NYR 2-1
    NYR 3-2 OT
    Ottawa-Boston
    Bos 2-1
    Ott 4-3 OT
    Ott 4-3 OT
    Ott 1-0


    West
    Chicago-Nashville
    Nash 1-0
    Nash 5-0
    Nash 3-2 OT
    Nash 4-1
    Predators win series, 4-0
    Minnesota-St Louis
    StL 2-1 ot
    StL 2-1
    StL 3-1
    Minn 2-0
    Anaheim-Calgary
    Ana, 3-2
    Ana 3-2
    Ana 5-4 OT
    Ana 3-1
    Ducks win series, 4-0
    Edmonton-San Jose
    SJ 3-2 ot
    Edmonton 2-0
    Edmonton 1-0
    SJ 7-0
    Edmonton 4-3 OT


    Home teams: 18-17
    Over: 12-17-6








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    Trend Report
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    7:00 PM
    TORONTO vs. WASHINGTON
    Toronto is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Washington
    Washington is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Toronto
    Washington is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home

    7:30 PM
    BOSTON vs. OTTAWA
    Boston is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Ottawa
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games when playing Boston
    Ottawa is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Boston
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    The Senators have won three in a row since a Game 1 loss -- all by one goal -- and can close out Boston in Thursday's Game 5 on home ice.


    Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals (-210, 5.5)


    Series tied 2-2


    ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (42-28-8-8, 40-44 O/U): Despite tumbling back to Square One, coach Mike Babcock feels his upstart Maple Leafs should be optimistic heading into Friday's Game 5 against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals at the Verizon Center. William Nylander has collected a goal and an assist in consecutive games and fellow rookie Auston Matthews joined Tyler Bozak in scoring in back-to-back contests. Zach Hyman also tallied to give Toronto five rookie goal-scorers to join the 2007-08 New York Rangers as the only teams over the last 25 years of the playoffs to accomplish that feat. Mitch Marner, also a rookie, set up a pair of goals to share top honors in points (four) with Bozak and defenseman Morgan Rielly.


    ABOUT THE CAPITALS (57-19-5-5, 39-32 O/U): Washington's T.J. Oshie has been providing back-breaking moments for Babcock throughout the series, highlighted by recording his third career postseason multi-goal performance on Wednesday Tom Wilson continued to torment his hometown team by tallying twice on Wednesday to increase his goal total to three in the series after mustering just seven in 82 regular-season games. "When you're a kid, you always have big dreams. I was lucky enough to fulfill them," the 23-year-old Wilson said. "It's a huge privilege." Nate Schmidt has provided a bit of offense with an assist in back-to-back contests in the absence of fellow defenseman Karl Alzner (upper body), who was listed as day-to-day by coach Barry Trotz on Thursday.


    LINE HISTORY: The Capitals opened as -210 moneyline home favorites in this pivitol Game 5 matchup. The total opened at 5.5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Maple Leafs - D R. Polak (Out For Season, leg), LW J. Leivo (Out Indefinitely, undisclosed), RW N. Soshnikov (Out Indefinitely, undisclosed), C E. Fehr (Out Indefinitely, hand), LW J. Lupul (I-R, conditioning), D S. Robidas (Out For Season, knee), RW N. Horton (Out For Season, spine).


    Capitals - D K. Alzner (Questionable, upper body).


    TRENDS:


    * Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
    * Capitals are 17-5 in their last 22 Friday games.
    * Over is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
    * Under is 5-1 in Capitals last 6 home games.
    * Maple Leafs are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Washington.








    Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators (-105, 5)


    Sens lead series 3-1


    ABOUT THE BRUINS (45-32-6-3, 39-39 O/U): Although Colin Miller returned for Game 4, Boston's blue-line corps remain decimated with Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and Brandon Carlo expected to sit out Game 5. “There are guys progressing certainly, but to say in 24 hours that you could have some people available? I would say no,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Guys realize (Game 4) was another game that could have gone either way, and they just made one more play than us." Rookie Charlie McAvoy, who made his NHL debut in Game 1, has played at least 24 minutes in each contest, including a team-high 25:03 Wednesday.


    ABOUT THE SENATORS (47-29-6-4, 34-49 O/U): The Senators have won three in a row since a Game 1 loss -- all by one goal -- and can close out Boston in Thursday's Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series at Canadian Tire Centre. While Boston mustered a total of 10 shots over the final two periods, Ottawa netminder set the tone in the opening 20 minutes by denying Bruins leading scorer Brad Marchand on a pair of breakaways en route to his fourth playoff shutout. “We made the plays when we needed to, and we stuck with it, and obviously Andy played huge for us in net, he really kept us in it going into the third,” captain Erik Karlsson said. “Andy was a rock for us, and probably stole this one for us.” Resurgent Bobby Ryan delivered the game-winner with his third goal of the series.


    LINE HISTORY: The Bruins opened as -115 road favorites with their backs against the wall and that moneyline has yet to move. The total opened at 5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Bruins - D B. Carlo (Doubtful, upper body), D A. McQuaid (Out Indefinitely, upper body), D T. Krug (Out Indefinitely, lower body).


    Senators - LW T. Pyatt (Questionable, upper body), D M. Borowiecki (Questionable, lower body).


    TRENDS:


    * Bruins are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
    * Senators are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Under is 8-2 in Bruins last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Under is 6-2 in Senators last 8 games following a win.
    * Bruins are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings.
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    Toronto @ Washington


    Game 11-12
    April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Toronto
    11.683
    Washington
    10.288
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    by 1 1/2
    7
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    -210
    5 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Toronto
    (+180); Over


    Boston @ Ottawa



    Game 9-10
    April 21, 2017 @ 7:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Boston
    12.759
    Ottawa
    9.731
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Boston
    by 3
    3
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    -120
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Boston
    (-120); Under









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    BOSTON (45-32-0-9, 99 pts.) at OTTAWA (47-29-0-10, 104 pts.) - 4/21/2017, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OTTAWA is 13-4 (+14.4 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    OTTAWA is 13-4-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-1.4 Units, Under=-0.2 Units)

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    TORONTO (42-28-0-16, 100 pts.) at WASHINGTON (57-20-0-9, 123 pts.) - 4/21/2017, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 9-4 (+2.8 Units) against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 9-4-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.4 Units)

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    NHL playoff games went 2-0-2 O/U Thursday. Stanley Cup Playoffs2017 have produced 12-16-7 Over/Under record. However, 8-4-3 O/U last four days
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    April 22, 2017



    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Sean Kuraly's second goal of the game at 10:19 of the second overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 on Friday night, avoiding elimination in the first-round series.


    David Pastrnak also scored and Tuukka Rask finished with 41 saves to help the Bruins rally from two goals down early in the second period and cut the Senators' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.


    On the winning goal, Charlie McAvoy's shot from the right point was tipped by David Backes and then hit Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson's skate in front of goalie Craig Anderson, and Kuraly backhanded it in.


    Game 6 is Sunday in Boston.


    Mark Stone and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators, and Craig Anderson stopped 36 shots.


    The Bruins nearly won it in the first OT, but Noel Acciari's apparent goal was waved off at 14:25 due to goalie interference when Kuraly tripped over Anderson. The Bruins challenged the call to no avail.

    CAPITALS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1, OT



    WASHINGTON (AP) - Justin Williams scored the overtime winner as Washington beat Toronto to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.


    The Capitals survived a scare when captain Alex Ovechkin left the game late in the first period with an apparent left leg injury, but he returned in the second. Thanks to Williams' goal 1:04 into overtime, the Presidents' Trophy winners go to Toronto for Game 6 on Sunday with a chance to advance to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.


    Braden Holtby made 24 saves for the Capitals, who got a goal from T.J. Oshie on the power play that came from Nazem Kadri's hit that injured Ovechkin.


    Rookie of the year finalist Auston Matthews scored the only goal for the Maple Leafs, and Frederik Andersen made 26 saves before being beaten in overtime.
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    Nhl playoffs record: ( as in baseball dogs and totals only)
    All picks for the day:


    04/21/2017 0-2-1 0.00% -1050
    04/20/2017 1-4-2 20.00 -1550
    04/19/2017 1-5-0 16.67% -1950
    04/18/2017 1-4-0 20.00% -1650
    04/17/2017 1-3-1 25.00% -1100
    4/16/2017 6-1-0 85.71%+2550
    4/16/2017 6-1-0 85.71% +2550
    04/15/2017 1-2-2 33.33% -250
    04/14/2017 1-6-0 14.29% -2325
    04/13/2017 2-2-1 50.00% +225
    04/12/2017 4-5-1 44.44% -940




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


    04/21/2017 .........0 - 1.............-1.00.............0 - 1 - 1................-1.10
    04/20/2017..........0 - 3.............-3.00.............1 - 1 - 2................-0.10
    04/19/2017..........1 - 1............+0.50.............0 - 4....................- 4.40
    04/18/2017..........0 - 1.............-1.00.............0 - 3 ....................-3.30
    04/17/2017..........1 - 0.............+1.10............0 - 3 - 1................-3.30
    04/16/2017..........3 - 0.............+3.20............3 - 1....................+1.90
    04/15/2017..........1 - 1.............+0.60............1 - 2....................-1.20
    04/14/2017..........1 - 2..............-0.25............0 - 4...................- 4.40
    04/13/2017..........1 - 1.............+0.55............1 - 1 - 1..............- 0.10
    04/12/2017..........1 - 1 ............+1.00............2 - 2 - 1 .............- 0.20
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    Armadillo: Saturday's six-pack

    — Thunder 115, Rockets 113— Four of five Thunder starters scored in double figures.

    — Clippers 111, Jazz 106— Chris Paul had 34 points, 10 assists. LA leads series, 2-1.

    — Bruins 3, Ottawa 2, 2OT— Boston staves off elimination with a goal 30:19 into overtime.

    — Capitals 2, Maple Leafs 1, OT— Four of five series games have gone to OT.

    — Arizona 13, Dodgers 5— Diamondbacks scored nine runs in bottom of the 8th.

    — Blue Jays 8, Angels 7 (13)— Game ended at 3:46am here in New York.

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    Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Random thoughts with weekend here……..

    13) Madison Bumgarner is on the DL with rib/shoulder injuries he got in a dirt-bike accident on an off-day in Denver. Rough news for the Giants.

    12) Giants were already 0-4 in Bumgarner’s starts (0-3, 3.00) this season- they scored a total of five runs in the four games.

    11) Eric Thames hit 21 homers in 684 plate appearances for Toronto/Seattle in 2011-12, then his career tailed off- he wound up playing three years in Korea. Now he is back in the majors with the Brewers, and he is batting .415 with 8 homers in 62 PA’s, making him an early candidate for Comeback Player of the Century.

    10) Cincinnati Reds have to be thrilled with rookie pitcher Amir Garrett, who at one time was a basketball player at St John’s. In his first three big league starts, Garrett is 2-1, 1.83, with 21 strikeouts and only 14 hits allowed in 19.2 IP.

    9) Thursday nite, the Pacers led Cleveland 74-49 at halftime; a daring gambler at Ellis Island Casino in Las Vegas wagered $55 at 25-1 odds on the Cavaliers to win this game. He cashed in for $1,375. Not a bad hour’s work.

    8) Russell Westbrook was 4-18 in the 4th quarter of Game 2 in Houston; he was 13-25 in first three quarters. Thunder are hard to watch- they have no real second scoring option.

    7) Bulls PG Rajon Rondo has a broken thumb, is out indefinitely for the Bulls, who lead Boston 2-0 in their first round series.

    6) When you see a baseball game where there are no walks and 26 strikeouts, you assume that:

    Randy Johnson and Dwight Golden were pitching
    There was a pitchers’ umpire behind the plate.Since the starting pitchers were Patrick Corbin/Clayton Richard, we can safely assume that umpire Gerry Davis is a pitchers’ umpire.

    5) NBA referee Danny Crawford has worked 293 playoff games in his career, 33 Finals games.

    4) NFL centralized instant replay this season, under assumption that Dean Blandino would lead the effort in New York City to make the replay process more streamlined.

    Then Blandino bolted the NFL for a TV job with a yet-to be-named network, leaving the NFL without a logical replacement for him. Mike Pereira would be ideal, but he already has a good job.

    3) I wanted to watch a TV show on the IFC channel this week, then I realized I had never seen a show on this channel and had no idea what channel it was on DirecTV (it is 333). You learn something new every day.

    2a) Mike D’Antoni was 279-161 as coach of the Phoenix Suns; since he left, the Suns are 332-390 in regular season games.

    2b) Oakland A’s were 256-176 while they had Yoenis Cespedes on their roster; since they traded him on July 31, 2014, they are 165-229.

    Sometimes you’re better off keeping things the way they are. Not all change is positive.

    1— Hope it doesn’t rain in LA in early September; Rams play Colts/Redskins at home on Sept 10th/17th, day after USC plays Stanford/Texas on the 9th/16th. Field will take a beating.

    If it were to rain during that time, you’ll get a quagmire like the 1977 playoff game in the Coliseum when the Rams lost 14-7 to a very inferior Minnesota team. It was so muddy it was hard to tell which players were on which team.

    Why did I remind myself of that?
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    MONTREAL (49-28-0-10, 108 pts.) at NY RANGERS (51-29-0-7, 109 pts.) - 4/22/2017, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NY RANGERS are 51-36 ATS (+7.1 Units) in all games this season.
    NY RANGERS are 11-4 ATS (+6.3 Units) on Saturday games this season.
    MONTREAL is 17-9 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
    MONTREAL is 16-6 ATS (+8.3 Units) on Saturday games this season.
    NY RANGERS are 9-14 ATS (-11.1 Units) in home games second half of the season this season.
    NY RANGERS are 191-226 ATS (-136.7 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
    NY RANGERS are 8-15 ATS (-12.2 Units) in home games 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
    MONTREAL is 9-5 (+3.5 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
    MONTREAL is 9-5-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.7 Units)

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    ST LOUIS (49-30-0-7, 105 pts.) at MINNESOTA (50-27-0-9, 109 pts.) - 4/22/2017, 3:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 50-21 ATS (+21.1 Units) in home games after 3 or more consecutive unders since 1996.
    ST LOUIS is 108-80 ATS (+0.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    ST LOUIS is 42-30 ATS (+11.0 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
    ST LOUIS is 8-2 ATS (+10.3 Units) in road games in April games over the last 2 seasons.
    ST LOUIS is 30-19 ATS (+7.5 Units) second half of the season this season.
    ST LOUIS is 21-9 ATS (+11.0 Units) in road games on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
    ST LOUIS is 12-4 ATS (+7.4 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    ST LOUIS is 56-42 ATS (+9.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    ST LOUIS is 12-8 ATS (+21.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
    MINNESOTA is 90-84 ATS (-0.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 47-55 ATS (-18.9 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    MINNESOTA is 6-12 ATS (-8.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ST LOUIS is 13-11 (+3.0 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    ST LOUIS is 13-11-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 16 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.1 Units)

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    EDMONTON (50-27-0-10, 110 pts.) at SAN JOSE (48-31-0-8, 104 pts.) - 4/22/2017, 10:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    EDMONTON is 13-2 ATS (+9.7 Units) on Saturday games this season.
    EDMONTON is 11-3 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
    SAN JOSE is 45-44 ATS (-16.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 3 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 25-25 ATS (-8.5 Units) second half of the season this season.
    SAN JOSE is 23-24 ATS (-18.1 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 167-144 ATS (-81.2 Units) in home games after a division game since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    EDMONTON is 10-9 (+3.8 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 10-9-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.5 Units)

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    Saturday, April 22



    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Best of 7 – Game 6 – NYR Leads 3-2


    Montreal at NY Rangers, 8:05 PM ET
    Montreal: 16-6 SU on Saturday games
    New York: 9-14 SU in home games


    Western Conference Quarterfinals – Best of 7 – Game 5 – STL Leads 3-1


    St Louis at Minnesota, 3:05 PM ET
    St Louis: 14-10 SU as a road underdog
    Minnesota: 10-16 SU in home games after having lost 3 of their last 4


    Western Conference Quarterfinals – Best of 7 – Game 6 – EDM Leads 3-2


    Edmonton at San Jose, 10:35 PM ET
    Edmonton: 11-3 SU in road games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game
    San Jose: 3-10 SU off a close road loss by 1 goal








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    Saturday, April 22



    Road team in 3-2 in this Ranger-Montreal series, 7-3 in last ten meetings overall; New York can wrap up series with home win here, but Canadiens won four of last five visits to Manhattan (under 3-0-1 in last four). Montreal scored 3-4 goals in its two series wins, 2-1-0 in three losses- they’re 3-14 on power play in series, Rangers are 0-13. Under is 9-3-1 in last 13 Montreal games, 3-1-1 in this series. New York won three of last four home games; under is 6-1-1 in heir last eight games overall.


    Blues own 3-1 series lead, are 8-3 in last 11 games overall vs Minnesota, can wrap series up here on road; all four series games stayed under (12 goals scored total in whole series). St Louis is 4-2 in last six visits here, winning last three by identical 2-1 scores. Wild is 1-12 on power play in series, Blues are 1-11. Minnesota hasn’t scored a third period goal since Game 1. Under is 6-3-1 in last ten series games. Blues won nine of last 12 games overall, winning last four on road. Minnesota has scored only five goals in series so far- their last five games stayed under the total.


    Edmonton won 15 of its last 19 games, can wrap up series with road win here; over is 5-2-2 in their last nine games. Oilers outshot San Jose 48-30 in Game 5 but needed OT for win, scoring at 18:15 of extra time. Edmonton is 2-15 on power play in series, Sharks 5-21 (5-14 in two wins, 0-7 in three losses). San Jose split its last eight home games, losing three of last four at home to the Oilers. Under is 3-1-1 in Sharks’ last five wins, 2-3 in their last five losses.


    First round series:
    East
    Washington-Toronto
    Wash 3-2 OT
    Tor 4-3 2OT
    Tor 4-3 OT
    Wash 5-4
    Wash 2-1 OT
    Pittsburgh-Columbus
    Pitt 3-1
    Pitt 4-1
    Pitt 5-4 OT
    CBJ 5-4
    Pitt 5-2
    Penguins win series, 4-1
    Montreal-NY Rangers
    NYR 2-0
    Mtl 4-3 OT
    Mtl 3-1
    NYR 2-1
    NYR 3-2 OT
    Ottawa-Boston
    Bos 2-1
    Ott 4-3 OT
    Ott 4-3 OT
    Ott 1-0
    Bos 3-2 OT


    West
    Chicago-Nashville
    Nash 1-0
    Nash 5-0
    Nash 3-2 OT
    Nash 4-1
    Predators win series, 4-0
    Minnesota-St Louis
    StL 2-1 ot
    StL 2-1
    StL 3-1
    Minn 2-0
    Anaheim-Calgary
    Ana, 3-2
    Ana 3-2
    Ana 5-4 OT
    Ana 3-1
    Ducks win series, 4-0
    Edmonton-San Jose
    SJ 3-2 ot
    Edmonton 2-0
    Edmonton 1-0
    SJ 7-0
    Edmonton 4-3 OT


    Home teams: 19-18
    Over: 12-18-7








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    Saturday, April 22



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    Trend Report
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    3:00 PM
    ST. LOUIS vs. MINNESOTA
    St. Louis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of St. Louis's last 14 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
    Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis

    8:00 PM
    MONTREAL vs. NY RANGERS
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Montreal's last 10 games
    NY Rangers are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games when playing Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Rangers last 6 games when playing at home against Montreal

    10:30 PM
    EDMONTON vs. SAN JOSE
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Edmonton's last 12 games when playing on the road against San Jose
    Edmonton is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against San Jose
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of San Jose's last 12 games when playing at home against Edmonton
    San Jose is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Edmonton
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    Saturday’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview and Odds
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    St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild (-185, 5)


    Blues lead series 3-1


    ABOUT THE BLUES (49-30-5-2 SU, 37-49 ATS, 34-39 O/U): St. Louis needs leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko to get things going after he managed two assists and no goals despite topping the team with 16 shots on net in the first four games. “There’s no question, we need our best players to play their best,” St. Louis coach Mike Yeo told reporters. “That’s not just in the playoffs, that’s anytime, it’s certainly magnified right now.” Tarasenko’s linemate Jaden Schwartz does have a pair of goals and an assist to share the team lead with Patrik Berglund and Alex Steen at three points each.


    ABOUT THE WILD (50-27-7-2 SU, 46-40 ATS, 42-35 O/U): Power forward Charlie Coyle stepped up with goals in each of the last two games and center Martin Hanzal netted his first of the postseason in Wednesday’s victory. Zach Parise leads the team with three points while fellow wing Jason Zucker, who scored a career-best 22 times in the regular season, has yet to post a point despite pacing the Wild with 18 shots. Forward Erik Haula (upper-body) is expected to rejoin the lineup, perhaps in place of rookie Joel Eriksson Ek (five shots, zero points, three games), after missing Game 4.


    LINE HISTORY: The Wild opened Game 5 as -167 home favorites and bettors think they'll extend the series another game, moving the number to as high as -185. It has since come back down to the current number of Wild -180. The total hit the board at the low 4.5, but it was quickly moved up to 5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Blues - C Paul Stastny (Questionable Saturday, foot), C Robby Fabbri (Out for season, knee).


    Wild - C Erik Haula (Questionable Saturday, undisclosed), G Darcy Kuemper (Questionable Saturday, illness), D Victor Bartley (Questionable, Saturday, tricep).


    TRENDS:


    * Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Under is 16-3-3 in Blues last 22 vs. Western Conference.
    * Under is 5-0 in Wild last 5 vs. Western Conference.
    * Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.








    Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers (-105, 5)


    Rangers lead 3-2


    ABOUT THE CANADIENS (49–28-8-2 SU, 44-43 ATS, 30-41 O/U): Captain Max Pacioretty scored a team-high 35 goals during the season but has been blanked in the series, including a stop of a third-period breakaway in Game 5. "In order to get through this, we'll need more from a lot of guys," coach Claude Julien said. "It's time for certain players to elevate their game and have that confidence and desire to be better. There's no doubt when you lose games and you're behind 3-2 you can't be satisfied as a team." Montreal's power play also is stuck in neutral, failing on all 14 chances.


    ABOUT THE RANGERS (51-29-3-4 SU, 41-46 ATS, 41-39 O/U): After a lackluster effort in Game 3 in which New York managed a series-low 21, coach Alain Vigneault traded sandpaper for skill by inserting rookie Pavel Buchnevich on a line with Chris Kreider and Zibanejad, which combined for the game-winner Thursday. The coach also shifted Michael Graebner to a line alongside Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast, who also tallied in Game 5. "There's speed, but you also have Jesper and Oscar who really compete hard for loose pucks and really battle hard," Vigneault noted. "It makes for a good mix."


    LINE HISTORY: The Rangers opened Game 6 as slight -115 home favorites, but bettors think this first round series is going the distance and now it's the Habs who are the -115 chalk. The total opened at a low 4.5, but has moved to up to 5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Canadiens - No injuries to report


    Rangers - No injuries to report


    TRENDS:




    * Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
    * Under is 15-3-3 in Canadiens last 21 road games.
    * Under is 6-1-1 in Rangers last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Canadiens are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York.








    Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks (-140, 5)


    Oilers lead series 3-2


    ABOUT THE OILERS (50-27-5-5 SU, 46-41 ATS, 34-44 O/U): David Desharnais, who was acquired from Montreal on Feb. 28, saw only 13 minutes, 19 seconds of ice time in Game 5 - the third-lowest amount among Edmonton forwards in Game 5 but his highest in the series thus far. Kris Russell entered Game 5 with a league-leading 22 blocked shots this postseason but failed to record one in the victory. The 29-year-old defenseman, who topped the NHL during the regular season with 213 blocks, was overtaken for first place in the playoffs as San Jose's Justin Braun recorded a game-high 10 to increase his postseason total to 26.


    ABOUT THE SHARKS (48-31-7-1 SU, 37-50 ATS, 24-39 O/U): Mikkel Boedker let coach Peter DeBoer know he previously had made a bad decision with his performance in Game 5. The 27-year-old Boedker, who was a healthy scratch for Games 3 and 4, scored midway through the first period to forge a 1-1 tie and set up defenseman David Schlemko's goal 8:38 into the second as San Jose took a 3-1 lead. After a franchise record-setting performance in the previous contest (4-for-8), the Sharks received only one power-play opportunity in Game 5 and failed to cash in, dropping to eighth among the 16 playoff teams (5-for-23, 21.7 percent).


    LINE HISTORY: The Sharks opened as -137 favorites with their season on the line and have been bet up to the current number of -140. Oddsmakers set the total for Game 6 at 5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Oilers - D Andrew Ference (Out for season, hip), RW Tyler Pitlick (Out for season, knee)


    Sharks - No injuries to report


    TRENDS:


    * Oilers are 10-4 in their last 14 games following a win.
    * Sharks are 5-12 in their last 17 vs. Western Conference.
    * Over is 5-1-1 in Oilers last 7 road games.
    * Oilers are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
    * Over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in San Jose.
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    Edmonton @ San Jose


    Game 57-58
    April 22, 2017 @ 10:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Edmonton
    12.921
    San Jose
    9.506
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Edmonton
    by 3 1/2
    4
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Jose
    -150
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Edmonton
    (+130); Under


    St. Louis @ Minnesota



    Game 55-56
    April 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    St. Louis
    11.616
    Minnesota
    10.771
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    St. Louis
    by 1
    7
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    -180
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    St. Louis
    (+160); Over


    Montreal @ NY Rangers



    Game 51-52
    April 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Montreal
    12.638
    NY Rangers
    9.615
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Montreal
    by 3
    3
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Montreal
    -115
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Montreal
    (-115); Under
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    Capitals captain Ovechkin injured in Game 5
    April 21, 2017



    WASHINGTON -- Capitals star forward Alexander Ovechkin was injured late in the first period of Friday's Game 5 between Washington and the Toronto Maple Leafs.


    As Ovechkin was skating up the ice with 2:28 remaining in the opening frame, he was hit hard in the left knee area on a hip-check by Toronto's Nazem Kadri, who went low to deliver the blow. Ovechkin flipped in the air and lay on the ice for several minutes while his Capitals teammates went after the Maple Leafs' center.


    Ovechkin slowly got up and was assisted off the ice by a pair of teammates, but returned for the second period.


    Kadri was whistled for tripping, and T.J. Oshie scored a power-play goal to give Washington a 1-0 lead.


    Ovechkin has three goals through the first four-plus games of the series.


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    Changes coming for Blackhawks after another 1st-round loss
    April 22, 2017



    CHICAGO (AP) Coach Joel Quenneville will be back next season. Everything else is on the table for the Chicago Blackhawks.


    General manager Stan Bowman is promising changes after Chicago was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. The Blackhawks, who won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015, were swept by Nashville this time around, managing just three goals in 13 periods.


    A frustrated Bowman called the result ''unacceptable'' on Saturday. He says Quenneville will be back but stopped short of guaranteeing pretty much anything else for next season.


    Bowman says: ''We're going to conduct a thorough review and see where it takes us.'' Asked if he felt the Blackhawks' intensity level against the Predators was acceptable, he said, ''No.
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    SATURDAY, APRIL 22


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    STL at MIN 03:00 PM

    STL +160


    U 5.0



    MON at NYR 08:00 PM

    U 5.0



    EDM at SJ 10:30 PM


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    NHL roundup: Rangers, Blues advance
    April 22, 2017



    NEW YORK -- Mats Zuccarello scored two goals and Henrik Lundqvist capped a brilliant first-round series with 27 saves as the New York Rangers eliminated the Montreal Canadiens with a 3-1 victory in Game 6 on Saturday night.


    The Rangers won the Eastern Conference best-of-seven series 4-2 and face Ottawa or Boston in the next round. Zuccarello scored both goals in the second period after the Rangers fell behind 1-0 after the first.


    Derek Stepan capped the win with an empty-net goal with 17.8 seconds remaining. Lundqvist stopped 195 of 206 shots in six games and made a stretching left pad save to deny Tomas Plekanec and preserve the win in the final minutes.


    Alexei Emelin scored for the Canadiens. Carey Price made 20 saves in a losing effort.


    Oilers 3, Sharks 1


    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev scored breakaway goals 56 seconds apart early in the second period as Edmonton won their Western Conference first-round playoff series with San Jose 4-2.


    Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots as the defending West champion Sharks couldn't muster the tying goal despite a late third-period rally. Patrick Marleau's third goal of the series -- and 68th of his 177-game postseason career -- at 12:12 of the third period pulled San Jose to within a goal and brought the SAP Center sellout crowd to life.


    The Oilers were guilty of a too-many-men penalty at 15:03 to give the Sharks a third power play, but San Jose could not convert despite captain Joe Pavelski ringing a turn-around backhand effort off the crossbar and goalpost 1:15 into the advantage.


    Blues 4, Wild 3 (OT)

    SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Magnus Paajarvi scored at 9:42 of overtime and Jake Allen made 35 saves as St. Louis defeated Minnesota to win their Western Conference first-round playoff series.


    Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny scored first-period goals for St. Louis, which got its third road victory of the playoffs to win the series 4-1. The Blues open the Western Conference semifinals at home versus Nashville.


    Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker scored for the Wild, who had their best regular season in franchise history, but managed only eight goals in five playoff games.
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    Nhl playoffs record: ( as in baseball dogs and totals only)
    All picks for the day:


    04/22/2017 3-2-0 60.00% +825
    04/21/2017 0-2-1 0.00% -1050
    04/20/2017 1-4-2 20.00 -1550
    04/19/2017 1-5-0 16.67% -1950
    04/18/2017 1-4-0 20.00% -1650
    04/17/2017 1-3-1 25.00% -1100
    4/16/2017 6-1-0 85.71%+2550
    4/16/2017 6-1-0 85.71% +2550
    04/15/2017 1-2-2 33.33% -250
    04/14/2017 1-6-0 14.29% -2325
    04/13/2017 2-2-1 50.00% +225
    04/12/2017 4-5-1 44.44% -940




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


    04/22/2017..........2 - 0............+2.85.............0 - 2.....................-2.20
    04/21/2017 .........0 - 1.............-1.00.............0 - 1 - 1................-1.10
    04/20/2017..........0 - 3.............-3.00.............1 - 1 - 2................-0.10
    04/19/2017..........1 - 1............+0.50.............0 - 4....................- 4.40
    04/18/2017..........0 - 1.............-1.00.............0 - 3 ....................-3.30
    04/17/2017..........1 - 0.............+1.10............0 - 3 - 1................-3.30
    04/16/2017..........3 - 0.............+3.20............3 - 1....................+1.90
    04/15/2017..........1 - 1.............+0.60............1 - 2....................-1.20
    04/14/2017..........1 - 2..............-0.25............0 - 4...................- 4.40
    04/13/2017..........1 - 1.............+0.55............1 - 1 - 1..............- 0.10
    04/12/2017..........1 - 1 ............+1.00............2 - 2 - 1 .............- 0.20
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    Armadillo:Sunday's six-pack

    — Max Scherzer pitches against the Mets tonight; he is 12-0 in his last 13 starts against NL East teams- Nationals won the 13th game, too.

    — Blues 4, Wild 3 OT— St Louis advances, faces Nashville in next round.

    — George Springer left the Astros’ game last night with a tight hamstring, much like Troy Tulowitzki did in Toronto’s game Friday. Hamstring usually equals a trip to the DL. Miguel Cabrera is also on the DL in Detroit.

    — Hawks 116, Wizards 98— Atlanta was winning this game, 35-13.

    — Grizzlies 110, Spurs 108 OT— Series is 2-2; home side won all four games.

    — Warriors 119, Trailblazers 113- Steve Kerr was ill, Mike Brown coached the Warriors, who trailed by 17 at one point.

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    Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday……..

    13) When Giants open their 2017 season in Dallas against the Cowboys, it’ll be the 4th time in last five years these rivals opened the season against each other.

    12) Chicago White Sox were shut out in Jose Quintana’s last two starts; in 18 of his last 26 losses, the Pale Hose either got shut out or scored one run.

    11) Blake Griffin is out for the season with an injury to his big toe; those can be tough, since you push off with that part of your foot. Jack Lambert was a damn tough linebacker for the Steelers; his career ended because of an injury to his big toe.

    10) Chicago Blackhawks were first #1 conference seed swept in an NHL first-round series since 1993, when the St Louis Blues swept Chicago.

    9) Something to remember in September: Over the last 20 years, New Jersey Jets are 15-5 against the spread in their first road game of the season. Jets open this year in Buffalo.

    8) Was nice of the Mets’ TV guys to crush the Washington Nationals’ 3B coach when Daniel Murphy got thrown out at the plate Saturday on a throw from right field.

    If that happens to the Mets, those guys wouldn’t say boo; maybe they’ll call it questionable to send the guy but no way do they bash the 3B coach.

    7) Toronto Blue Jays have already used seven starting pitchers in the first three weeks of the season; they used seven starting pitchers all of last season.

    6) Buffalo Bills play Miami twice a year, since they’re division rivals, but their two meetings this year are in Weeks 15-17, very late in the season. Unusual.

    5) Kevin Chappell has a one-shot lead after 54 holes of the Valero Open; he is the sixth golfer this year to lead by one stroke after 54 holes- none of the other five won that tournament.

    Chappell has never won on Tour, but he has finished 2nd six times, which also adds up to a lot of cash.

    4) Thru Thursday’s major league games, 70 calls had been overturned already this season by instant replay— 44% of plays reviewed were overturned. Replay is a useful tool.

    3) Former Tennessee Vols RB Jalen Hurd is transferring to Baylor, where he can play in 2018 and is expected to be a wide receiver then.

    2) Cleveland Browns/Jacksonville Jaguars are only two NFL teams who won’t be on this season in prime-time- they both get a Sunday morning game from England.

    1— I neither know nor care who the NBA’s MVP will be; it is the most overrated topic in sports today. That said, I know damn well WHO THE BEST PLAYER in the NBA is.

    He wears number 23 for the Cavaliers. Used to play for Miami. Great, great player. The best player right now.
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    OTTAWA (47-30-0-10, 104 pts.) at BOSTON (46-32-0-9, 101 pts.) - 4/23/2017, 3:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OTTAWA is 47-40 ATS (+89.7 Units) in all games this season.
    OTTAWA is 15-12 ATS (+30.2 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
    OTTAWA is 20-14 ATS (+35.1 Units) after a division game this season.
    OTTAWA is 35-25 ATS (+63.9 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 68-55 ATS (+127.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 23-15 ATS (+41.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    OTTAWA is 14-10 ATS (+28.9 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    BOSTON is 129-122 ATS (+277.6 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    BOSTON is 22-25 ATS (-12.7 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 22-24 ATS (-27.1 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON is 7-10 ATS (-11.7 Units) in home games after a division game this season.
    BOSTON is 16-23 ATS (-17.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OTTAWA is 13-5 (+13.4 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    OTTAWA is 13-5-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-1.4 Units, Under=-0.2 Units)

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    WASHINGTON (58-20-0-9, 125 pts.) at TORONTO (42-28-0-17, 101 pts.) - 4/23/2017, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 5-11 ATS (-11.4 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 this season.
    TORONTO is 18-8 ATS (+27.0 Units) when trailing in a playoff series since 1996.
    WASHINGTON is 120-61 ATS (+26.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 48-36 ATS (+89.8 Units) in road games in April games since 1996.
    WASHINGTON is 37-15 ATS (+10.1 Units) second half of the season this season.
    TORONTO is 21-33 ATS (+59.4 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 2 seasons.
    TORONTO is 50-92 ATS (+169.2 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    TORONTO is 23-51 ATS (+85.2 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
    TORONTO is 3-9 ATS (-7.4 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 10-4 (+3.8 Units) against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 10-4-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 14 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.3 Units)

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    Sunday, April 23



    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Best of 7 – Game 6 – OTT Leads 3-2


    Ottawa at Boston, 3:05 PM ET
    Ottawa: 24-19 SU after playing a home game
    Boston: 5-12 SU in home games after 2 consecutive division games


    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Best of 7 – Game 6 – WAS Leads 3-2


    Washington at Toronto, 4:05 PM ET
    Washington: 36-11 SU when playing their 4th game in 7 days
    Toronto: 2-8 SU after playing a game where 3 or fewer total goals were scored








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    Sunday, April 23



    Bruins are 0-22 in their history in series when down 3-1, the most series without a comeback win of any NHL franchise- they need home win here to force Game 7 in Ottawa. Boston was outshot 102-81 in losing last three games- they still haven’t scored first period goal in series. Ottawa is 7-2 vs Boston this season; road team won four of five gams in this series. Senators won six of last nine games overall. Under is 6-2-1 in last nine Boston games. Senators are 3-23 on power play in series, Boston is 2-14.


    Washington leads Toronto 3-2; four of the five games went OT. Washington won ten of last 13 games overall vs Toronto, with home side 8-4 in last 12. Caps won three of last five games in this arena. Teams played combined total of 44:18 of overtime so far. Caps are 5-15 on power play in series, Leafs are 3-17. Over is 5-3 in last eight series tilts, 3-1 in last four. Capitals won ten of last 14 games overall, four of last five on the road. Toronto lost six of last nine games.


    First round series:
    East
    Washington-Toronto
    Wash 3-2 OT
    Tor 4-3 2OT
    Tor 4-3 OT
    Wash 5-4
    Wash 2-1 OT
    Pittsburgh-Columbus
    Pitt 3-1
    Pitt 4-1
    Pitt 5-4 OT
    CBJ 5-4
    Pitt 5-2
    Penguins win series, 4-1
    Montreal-NY Rangers
    NYR 2-0
    Mtl 4-3 OT
    Mtl 3-1
    NYR 2-1
    NYR 3-2 OT
    NYR 3-1
    Rangers win series 4-2
    Ottawa-Boston
    Bos 2-1
    Ott 4-3 OT
    Ott 4-3 OT
    Ott 1-0
    Bos 3-2 OT


    West
    Chicago-Nashville
    Nash 1-0
    Nash 5-0
    Nash 3-2 OT
    Nash 4-1
    Predators win series, 4-0
    Minnesota-St Louis
    StL 2-1 ot
    StL 2-1
    StL 3-1
    Minn 2-0
    StL 4-2 OT
    Blues win series, 4-1
    Anaheim-Calgary
    Ana, 3-2
    Ana 3-2
    Ana 5-4 OT
    Ana 3-1
    Ducks win series, 4-0
    Edmonton-San Jose
    SJ 3-2 ot
    Edmonton 2-0
    Edmonton 1-0
    SJ 7-0
    Edmonton 4-3 OT
    Edmonton 3-1
    Oilers win series, 4-2


    Home teams: 20-20
    Over: 13-20-7








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    Sunday, April 23



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    Trend Report
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    3:00 PM
    OTTAWA vs. BOSTON
    Ottawa is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
    Ottawa is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Boston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ottawa

    7:00 PM
    WASHINGTON vs. TORONTO
    Washington is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 12 games on the road
    Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
    Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
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    Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins (-170, 5)


    Senators lead series 3-2


    ABOUT THE SENATORS (47-29-7–4 SU 51-36 ATS, 34-49 O/U): Despite squandering a 2-0 lead, one of the bright spots in Game 5 for Ottawa was a much-anticipated goal from Stone, who notched his first career playoff tally and halted a 19-game drought overall dating to Feb. 19. The Senators managed only five shots on goal in the third period but coach Guy Boucher dismissed the notion that his team went into a protective shell. "It's different during the regular season," Boucher said. “We weren’t scared to lose. I thought we did a good job at that. It’s one of those games that could go either way and it didn’t go our way.”


    ABOUT THE BRUINS (46-32-6-3 SU, 39-48 ATS, 39-39 O/U): Sean Kuraly played in only eight games during the regular season and was a healthy scratch for Games 3 and 4, but coach Bruce Cassidy inserted the rookie in the lineup and he temporarily saved Boston's season. Kuraly scored his first NHL goal late in the second period to tie the score at 2-2 before before delivering the decisive tally midway through the extra session, sweeping in a backhand off a rebound. "He was buzzing," goaltender Tuukka Rask said. "Hardworking guy, he does the right things. ... It just goes to show that when you do that you get rewarded. Great example."


    LINE HISTORY: The Bruins opened as -166 money line home chalk in this pivotal Game 6 matchup. The total hit the betting board at 5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Senators - D Mark Borowiecki (Questionable Sunday, lower body), LW Tom Pyatt (Questionable Sunday, upper body)


    Bruins - D Brandon Carlo (Questionable Sunday, upper body), C David Krejci (Questionable Sunday, lower body), D Adam McQuaid (Out Indefinitely, upper body), D Torey Krug (Out Indefinitely, lower body)


    TRENDS:


    * Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
    * Bruins are 0-6 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
    * Senators are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Boston.
    * Senators are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
    * Road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.








    Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs (+125, 5.5)


    Capitals lead series 3-2


    ABOUT THE CAPITALS (58-19-5-5 SU, 37-50 ATS, 39-33 O/U): Tom Wilson made his mark with an overtime goal in Game 1, igniting a three-tally barrage in the first four contests of the series before being benched in Game 5 after the Toronto native put forth an undisciplined performance. "I thought Tom had lots of energy, but you cannot take four penalties in a playoff game," coach Barry Trotz told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "So he didn't see the ice after that last one." Washington's third-ranked power play continues to make its presence known with a goal in four of the five contests this series, going 5-for-15 overall (33.3 percent).


    ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (42-28-9-8 SU, 50-37 ATS, 40-45 O/U): Auston Matthews continued his goal-scoring surge on Friday, becoming the fourth rookie in franchise history to tally in three or more consecutive playoff games. Fellow first-year forward William Nylander and Zach Hyman notched an assist on the second-period goal to extend their respective point streaks to three games, with the former collecting one goal and three assists on his stretch while the latter has scored a goal and set up two others in his run. "(Matthews is) a good player, they're all good players on that line," coach Mike Babcock said. "There's not a lot of room and you've got to compete. The way Hyman is at the net and how strong he is, Willy can shoot it and pass it and skate. It's a good line."


    LINE HISTORY: The Maple Leafs opened as +127 home dogs with their backs against the wall and the line hasn’t moved off the opening number. The total hit the betting board at 5.5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Capitals - D Karl Alzner (Questionable Sunday, upper body)


    Maple Leafs - D Roman Polak (Out for season, leg), LW Josh Leivo (Out Indefinitely, undisclosed), RW Nikita Soshnikov (Out Indefinitely, undisclosed), C Eric Fehr (Out Indefinitely, hand), LW Joffrey Lupul (IR, conditioning), D Stephane Robidas (Out for season, knee), RW Nathan Horton (Out for season, spine)


    TRENDS:


    * Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
    * Maple Leafs are 1-8 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
    * Over is 9-2-1 in Capitals last 12 road games.
    * Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto.
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    Washington @ Toronto


    Game 61-62
    April 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Washington
    12.329
    Toronto
    9.742
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 2 1/2
    8
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    -145
    5 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-145); Over


    Ottawa @ Boston



    Game 59-60
    April 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Ottawa
    11.732
    Boston
    10.757
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Ottawa
    by 1
    3
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    -170
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Ottawa
    (+150); Under
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