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    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY APRIL 14, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:00 PM Colorado Avalanche Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena
    3:00 PM New Jersey Devils Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena
    8:00 PM Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins TD Garden
    10:30 PM San Jose Sharks Anaheim Ducks Honda Center


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    nhl playoff record:


    04/13/2018 2-3-1 40.00% -11.50
    04/12/2018 4-5-1 44.44% -4.00
    04/11/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.50


    Totals...........10-10-2........50.00%.... - 6.00
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    Saturday’s 6-pack

    Updated odds to win the NBA title:


    Golden State Warriors 7-5


    Houston Rockets 9-5


    Cleveland Cavaliers 17-10


    Toronto Raptors 13-1


    Philadelphia 76ers 16-1


    Oklahoma City Thunder 40-1


    Quote of the Day
    “It can be a tough environment. It’s very businesslike, and at times it can be cold. Everything in New England is predicated on performance. It’s a place where people sometimes treat you differently based on how you practiced that day or how you answered a question in a meeting. One day, you could walk around the facility feeling like a Pro Bowler — the next, like you’re about to get cut.”
    Ex-Patriot Nate Solder, now a Giant


    Saturday’s quiz
    What team did Kevin Durant begin his NBA career with?


    Friday’s quiz
    Phil Mickelson’s brother/caddy used to be the golf coach at Arizona State.


    Thursday’s quiz
    Chip Kelly was the Philadelphia Eagles’ coach before Doug Pederson.


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    Saturday’s List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind……


    13) Thinking about the NFL Draft and Baker Mayfield— I know there’s a lot more to it than just the QB, but Oklahoma Sooners averaged 8.29 yards/play last year, best in country. Next best was UCF at 7.46 yards/play. Sam Darnold’s USC offense was 15th on the list, at 5.56 yards/play.


    12) Jets traded three #2 draft picks to move up from #6 to #3 in the draft, so everyone’s job is on the line when they make that selection in 12 days.


    Guess it is odd that the Giants/Jets will be under intense scrutiny in a draft held in Dallas.


    11) Atlanta Falcons games in 2017 went under the total by an average of 6.84 ppg, after a 2016 season whey went over the total almost every week.


    Detroit Lions games went over by an average of 4.34 ppg, the most in the NFL.


    10) Mets lost both their catchers to injury this week; Travis d’Arnaud tore his UCL, Kevin Plawecki broke his hand. When you’re excited about having Jose Lobaton on your roster, it is time to trade for a catcher.


    9) Chick-fil-A is coming to New York City, which means it is only 148 miles from Armadillo World HQ. Actually, there is a Chick-fil-A in Albany Airport, but you have to go thru security to get to it, so only time I can eat there is when I fly to Las Vegas.


    8) Dallas Cowboys sent WR Dez Bryant packing, which is what happens when you don’t run as fast as you used to. He has a reputation as a bad clubhouse guy; we’ll see where he catches on.


    7) Paul Casey missed the cut at Harbourtown this week, ending his streak of 29 consecutive cuts made, which was the longest active streak on Tour.


    6) Braves 4, Cubs 0— I know its early, I know the weather has mostly sucked so far, but Chicago is 6-7 and their lineup looks very bland. Anthony Rizzo is expected back next week


    5) Much-improved baseball announcer; Braves’ TV guy Chip Caray has gotten so much better over the years; he is fun to listen to now. He is a little ornery about instant replay, but working with Joe Simpson, they’re a good team.


    4) As the dust clears on Lonzo Ball’s rookie year in the NBA, we see that Ball averaged 10.2 ppg, 7.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 36% from the floor, 30.5% from beyond the arc, while missing 30 of 82 games— he played 34.2 mpg in the 50 games he did play.


    3) Seahawks signed Sebastian Janikowski to be their new kicker; he’ll see his old team Oakland next season. Raiders will see their old punter Marquette King twice a year since he is now a Denver Bronco.


    2) Here in Albany, Siena gave basketball coach Jimmy Patsos $350K to take a hike after five years with the Saints. Patsos was 77-92 at Siena, 47-51 in MAAC games- he didn’t make the NCAA tournament. He did make the NCAA’s once in nine years as coach of Loyola, MD.


    To get out of paying most of what they owed Patsos (he had 3 years left on his contract), the school dredged up some crummy things he did within the team— he was verbally abusive to a team manager, among other things.


    Rumored replacements for Patsos: LeMoyne coach Patrick Beilein and Syracuse assistant Gerry McNamara.


    1— White Sox-Twins in Minnesota was snowed out Friday night and prospects for Saturday don’t look so good, either. Why didn’t they put a retractable dome on their new ballpark, like Milwaukee did?
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    Saturday's NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview and Odds


    The opening round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues Saturday with four games on the docket, including the Ducks looking to avoid losing the opening two games on home ice.


    Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators (-340, 5.5)


    Predators lead series 1-0.


    Filip Forsberg etched his name among the Nashville Predators' heavyweights in postseason points, perhaps appropriate since the team is in the midst of a franchise season. After scoring twice in the opener, Forsberg looks to net the Presidents' Trophy-winning Predators their 11th straight victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series on Saturday afternoon.


    ABOUT THE AVALANCHE: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov recorded a career-high seven goals this season and also tallied on Thursday while making his playoff debut. The 22-year-old Russian was not alone as forwards Sven Andrighetto, J.T. Compher, Tyson Jost, Alexander Kerfoot and Rantanen as well defensemen Samuel Girard and David Warsosky also played in their first postseason game. "It's a good way to learn, being in these high-pressure, high-intensity games. Not a ton of playoff experience, but sometimes that is a good thing," said the 32-year-old Blake Comeau, who scored in the second period for his second postseason goal and first since he played for Pittsburgh during its first-round series against the New York Rangers in 2015.


    ABOUT THE PREDATORS: Likely Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne turned aside 25 shots in Game 1 to move past Antti Niemi for the most playoff wins by a goaltender born in Finland. Ryan Johansen notched a pair of assists to boost his point total to 10 (three goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games. Fellow forward Austin Watson joined Colton Sissons by scoring and setting up a goal, giving Watson eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past 15 outings.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: The Predators opened as -330 home chalk for Game 2 and early action Nashville pushed that number up to -360 at some books. That number has since moved back down to -340. The total hit betting boards at 5.5 and has yet to move off the opening number.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Avalanche - G Semyon Varlamov (Out Indefinitely, Knee), D Erik Johnson (Late May, Knee).


    Predators - C Calle Jarnkrok (Questionable, Upper Body), D Yannick Weber (Questionable, Upper Body).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Avalanche are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Predators are 7-0 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Over is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Over is 4-0 in Predators last 4 home games.
    * Over is 14-3-1 in the last 18 meetings in Nashville.








    New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning (-245, 6)


    Lightning lead series 1-0.


    The Tampa Bay Lightning look to put their depth on display again when they host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon in Game 2 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. The Lightning received one late point from their top line Thursday, but Ondrej Palat posted three while Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde recorded two apiece in a solid 5-2 Game 1 victory.


    ABOUT THE DEVILS: Hart Trophy candidate Taylor Hall recorded a goal and an assist in his first career playoff game Thursday, but the left wing along with his linemates Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier had a combined minus-5 rating. Travis Zajac, who centered a gritty line with Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen, scored the other goal for New Jersey on Thursday and had seven tallies in the team’s last playoff run in 2011-12. Goalie Keith Kinkaid, who went 7-0-1 to end the regular season and earned the start, turned aside 27 of the 31 shots he faced in his first postseason appearance in Game 1.


    ABOUT THE LIGHTNING: Gourde missed two point-blank chances in the first period of his first playoff game, but scored a power-play goal in the second and set up linemate Alex Killorn’s tally that put Tampa Bay up 4-2 with 7:46 to go. “Yanni Gourde was being Yanni Gourde,” coach Jon Cooper told reporters. “He’s not afraid to go anywhere on the ice. He’s like a little water bug out there. He’s hard on pucks. He’s quick on pucks. But the big thing is he’s right around the net.” The Palat-Brayden Point-Johnson line, which was often matched with Hall’s unit, combined for six points and eight shots.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: The Lightning opened as -245 favorites for Game 2 and the total hit betting boards at 6. As of Friday evening neither has moved of their opening number.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Devils - LW Marcus Johansson (Questionable, Concussion).


    Lightning - LW Adam Erne (Out Indefinitely, Lower Body).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Lightning are 7-1 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Over is 6-0 in Devils last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
    * Over is 8-1 in Lightning last 9 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
    * Over is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay.
    * Home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.








    Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins (-180, 6)


    Bruins lead series 1-0.


    The Boston Bruins struggled down the stretch but they showed no carry-over effects from the late-season slump in their playoff opener. The Bruins turned in a dominating performance in a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and look to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven set when the Eastern Conference first-round series resumes Saturday night at TD Garden.


    ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS: Anticipating the suspension of Kadri, Toronto coach Mike Babcock shuffled three of his four lines at Friday's practice, elevating Leo Komarov to the top line while dropping Zach Hyman to play alongside Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau, who will slide over to Kadri's center slot. Andreas Johnsson, a scratch for the series opener, took Komarov's spot on the fourth line and replaced Kadri on the top power-play unit, which failed on all three chances in Game 1. Babcock rationalized the obstacles awaiting his team by telling reporters Friday: “If you play like we did last night, you probably deserve a little adversity.”


    ABOUT THE BRUINS: Boston's No. 1 line has set the tone all season and little changed in Game 1 as David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron combined for six points, with Pastrnak scoring once and setting up a pair of goals. The Bruins also got a goal and assist from second-line center David Krejci, who has a history of coming up big in the postseason by leading the team in scoring in its last two trips to the Stanley Cup Finals. Center Riley Nash, who has missed six straight games due to a lacerated ear, is not expected back after practicing Friday in a non-contact jersey while Wingels was being evaluated and is listed as questionable.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: Coming off a dominating Game 1 Boston opened as -170 home favorites and have been bet up as high as -180. The total hit the boards at 6 and has not moved.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Maple Leafs - C Nazem Kadri (Questionable, Possible Suspension), LW Joffrey Lupul (I-R, Conditioning).


    Bruins - RW Tommy Wingels (Questionable, Upper Body), C Riley Nash (Questionable, Ear), D Brandon Carlo (Out For Season, Ankle), LW Anders Bjrok (Out For Season, Shoulder).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Maple Leafs are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Over is 7-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
    * Over is 7-1-3 in Bruins last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
    * Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.








    San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks (-135, 5)


    Sharks lead series 1-0.


    A potent offensive punch displayed by Evander Kane made him one of the marquee names available at this season's NHL trade deadline. The San Jose Sharks tried their luck with Kane, and the 26-year-old provided the knockout with two goals in his postseason debut to send the Sharks into Honda Center on Saturday bidding for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks.


    ABOUT THE SHARKS: Martin Jones turned in his worst season in terms of goals-against average (2.55) and yielded 20 goals in his last six outings (2-4-0) down the stretch only to turn the tables with a 25-save performance in the series opener for his fifth playoff shutout. Demoralizing the Ducks is nothing new for the 28-year-old, who turned aside 78 of 83 shots to post a 2-0-1 mark in three encounters against Anaheim during the regular season and Thursday's performance increased his save percentage to .928 in 33 career playoff games. Reigning Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns, who led the team in assists (55) and points (67), scored to cap San Jose's three-goal second period and captain Joe Pavelski notched a pair of assists to give him 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in his last 20 games.


    ABOUT THE DUCKS: Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf isn't willing to overreact to just one loss, even if it was a shutout and marked just the third setback in the team's last 13 games overall (10-2-1) and first in its last eight home games. "We just have to regroup. It's one game. Best of seven. ... We have to understand what we did wrong and build from it now," said Getzlaf, who may know a thing or two about this as he's appeared in 122 playoff games. The 32-year-old Getzlaf had a team-leading six assists and eight points in the season series versus San Jose.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: The Ducks opened as high as -143 after losing Game 1 at home, money coming in on the Sharks saw that number shrink to -135 at most books. The total hit the board at 5 and has yet to move off the opening number.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Sharks - RW Barclay Goodrow (Questionable, Upper Body), D Joakim Ryan (Questionable, Upper Body), C Joe Thornton (Questionable, Knee).


    Ducks - D Kevin Bieksa (Questionable, Hand), D Cam Fowler (Mid-May, Shoulder), RW Patrick Eaves (Out For Season, Illness).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Sharks are 3-14 in their last 17 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    * Ducks are 7-1 in their last 8 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
    * Under is 4-1 in Sharks last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    * Under is 6-1-3 in the last 10 meetings in Anaheim.
    * Road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
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    Saturday, April 14



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    Colorado Avalanche
    Colorado is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
    Colorado is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games
    Colorado is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Colorado is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Nashville
    Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Nashville
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Colorado's last 14 games when playing Nashville
    Colorado is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Nashville
    Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Nashville
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Colorado's last 7 games when playing on the road against Nashville
    Nashville Predators
    Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nashville's last 7 games
    Nashville is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games at home
    Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nashville's last 6 games at home
    Nashville is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Colorado
    Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 12 of Nashville's last 14 games when playing Colorado
    Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Colorado
    Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Nashville's last 7 games when playing at home against Colorado




    New Jersey Devils
    New Jersey is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    New Jersey is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Jersey's last 8 games
    New Jersey is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 6 games on the road
    New Jersey is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
    New Jersey is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay Lightning
    Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Tampa Bay is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games
    Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    Tampa Bay is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games at home
    Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing New Jersey
    Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against New Jersey




    Toronto Maple Leafs
    Toronto is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
    Toronto is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
    The total has gone OVER in 14 of Toronto's last 21 games
    Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Toronto is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games on the road
    Toronto is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Boston
    Toronto is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Boston
    Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
    Boston Bruins
    Boston is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
    Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Boston is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
    Boston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Toronto
    Boston is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Toronto
    Boston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto
    Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games when playing at home against Toronto




    San Jose Sharks
    San Jose is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
    San Jose is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 11 of San Jose's last 15 games
    San Jose is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    San Jose is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Anaheim
    San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Anaheim
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 6 games when playing Anaheim
    San Jose is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Anaheim
    San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Anaheim
    Anaheim Ducks
    Anaheim is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 7 games
    Anaheim is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home
    Anaheim is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
    Anaheim is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing San Jose
    Anaheim is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 6 games when playing San Jose
    Anaheim is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against San Jose
    Anaheim is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Jose
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    Saturday, April 14




    New Jersey @ Tampa Bay


    Game 57-58
    April 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    New Jersey
    10.245
    Tampa Bay
    12.275
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Tampa Bay
    by 2
    8
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Tampa Bay
    -240
    6
    Dunkel Pick:
    Tampa Bay
    (-240); Over


    Colorado @ Nashville



    Game 59-60
    April 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Colorado
    12.374
    Nashville
    10.918
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Colorado
    by 1 1/2
    7
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Nashville
    -350
    5 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Colorado
    (+280); Over


    Toronto @ Boston



    Game 61-62
    April 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Toronto
    11.993
    Boston
    10.450
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    by 1 1/2
    5
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boston
    -175
    6
    Dunkel Pick:
    Toronto
    (+155); Under


    San Jose @ Anaheim



    Game 63-64
    April 14, 2018 @ 8:40 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    San Jose
    11.290
    Anaheim
    12.129
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Anaheim
    by 1
    3
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Anaheim
    -135
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Anaheim
    (-135); Under









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    NEW JERSEY (44-30-0-9, 97 pts.) at TAMPA BAY (55-23-0-5, 115 pts.) - 4/14/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TAMPA BAY is 56-28 ATS (+93.5 Units) in all games this season.
    TAMPA BAY is 225-232 ATS (+533.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.
    NEW JERSEY is 45-39 ATS (+87.8 Units) in all games this season.
    NEW JERSEY is 14-8 ATS (+22.9 Units) on Saturday games this season.
    NEW JERSEY is 25-22 ATS (+50.0 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    NEW JERSEY is 19-17 ATS (+45.2 Units) in road games after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
    NEW JERSEY is 8-4 ATS (+14.4 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TAMPA BAY is 6-4-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.4 Units, Under=-0.6 Units)

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    COLORADO (43-31-0-9, 95 pts.) at NASHVILLE (54-18-0-11, 119 pts.) - 4/14/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    COLORADO is 3-20 ATS (+41.6 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    NASHVILLE is 54-30 ATS (+94.8 Units) in all games this season.
    NASHVILLE is 70-44 ATS (+19.9 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    NASHVILLE is 19-8 ATS (+6.8 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
    NASHVILLE is 11-1 ATS (+9.4 Units) in home games after 3 or more consecutive overs over the last 2 seasons.
    NASHVILLE is 32-14 ATS (+11.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    NASHVILLE is 45-23 ATS (+19.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    COLORADO is 44-40 ATS (+91.1 Units) in all games this season.
    COLORADO is 25-21 ATS (+48.1 Units) second half of the season this season.
    COLORADO is 26-24 ATS (+56.5 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NASHVILLE is 12-3 (+6.5 Units) against the spread versus COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
    NASHVILLE is 12-3-0 straight up against COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
    12 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+9.7 Units)

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    TORONTO (49-27-0-7, 105 pts.) at BOSTON (51-20-0-12, 114 pts.) - 4/14/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TORONTO is 18-9 ATS (+27.7 Units) when trailing in a playoff series since 1996.
    BOSTON is 272-234 ATS (-157.0 Units) in home games second half of the season since 1996.
    BOSTON is 23-27 ATS (-27.0 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
    BOSTON is 40-41 ATS (+87.2 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TORONTO is 8-6 (+3.7 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    TORONTO is 8-6-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.7 Units)

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    SAN JOSE (46-27-0-10, 102 pts.) at ANAHEIM (44-26-0-13, 101 pts.) - 4/14/2018, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN JOSE is 32-41 ATS (-15.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 15-27 ATS (-16.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    ANAHEIM is 64-40 ATS (+5.6 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    ANAHEIM is 27-14 ATS (+12.8 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    ANAHEIM is 441-441 ATS (-14.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
    ANAHEIM is 35-23 ATS (+10.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 41-24 ATS (+15.1 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 3 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 8-2 ATS (+10.2 Units) in road games in April games over the last 3 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 22-8 ATS (+10.9 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
    SAN JOSE is 28-22 ATS (+56.6 Units) in road games in the first round of the playoffs since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ANAHEIM is 7-7 (+0.3 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
    ANAHEIM is 7-7-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+8.2 Units)
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    Leafs F Kadri suspended three games
    April 13, 2018



    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was suspended for three games Friday for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels during Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.


    Kadri was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct midway through the third period in the Maple Leafs' 5-1 loss Thursday night.


    Seconds after Wingels caught Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner with a high hit, Kadri left his feet and drove the kneeling Wingels' head into the boards.


    Kadri was suspended for the fourth time in his career. He had 32 goals and 23 assists in 80 games during the regular season.


    Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night in Boston.
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    Avalanche need to slow down Forsberg
    April 13, 2018



    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Yes, Predators forward Filip Forsberg has watched the video of his jaw-dropping goal against Colorado a couple times, and even he agrees putting the puck through not only his legs but a defender's with a dangle ranks as his most creative yet.


    ''I had some opportunities, but I haven't finished any of them off,'' Forsberg said. ''But it was good.''


    The Colorado Avalanche showed that they can give Nashville fits with their speed and too-young-to-know-better attitude with the youngest roster this postseason. Having a chance in this first-round Western Conference series against the NHL's Presidents' Trophy winners will mean figuring out a way to slow down the Predators' top scorer.


    Forsberg's two goals in the third period not only rallied Nashville to a 5-2 win in Game 1 , the forward is averaging more than a point per game for his career against Colorado. Forsberg now has 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) and five game-winning goals in 21 games.


    He also outscored Colorado's top line as Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had assists setting up the Avs' opening goal.


    Coach Jared Bednar said he thought his Avalanche, playing without top defenseman Erik Johnson (knee injury), did a nice job on Forsberg most of the game. Sam Girard played 22 minutes, 7 seconds in his postseason debut against the team that drafted him.


    ''He uses his skill and beats a guy one-on-one,'' Bednar said of Forsberg. ''The go-ahead goal at 3-2 was a lucky bounce. They shot it wide, and he got to the right spot on the ice and hit maybe his stick and a shin pad. He just goes to the hard areas.''


    The Avalanche are catching Forsberg at a bad time. The 23-year-old forward from Ostervala, Sweden, now has 32 points in his last 31 games after leading the balanced Predators with 64 points in the regular season.


    The Predators have a chance Saturday in Game 2 at something they haven't managed yet as a franchise: Taking a 2-0 series lead in their own building.


    ''We've got to be better to get this done,'' Forsberg said.


    Some things to watch Saturday:


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    Devils at Lightning, Tampa Bay leads 1-0 (3 p.m EDT, NBC/CBNBC)


    The Lightning look and sound like a team rejuvenated by playing meaningful games again.


    The Atlantic Division champions spent the final three weeks of the regular season essentially biding time while awaiting the start of the playoffs. Captain Steven Stamkos said it was important to re-establish an edge in the series opener, and now the top seed in the Eastern Conference can take a commanding lead on the underdog Devils.


    ''There's a wealth of experience in this room, with guys that have been in this situation,'' Stamkos said. ''I think you could tell, once the puck dropped, that we were very determined to set the tone and play the right way.''


    About half of New Jersey's roster entered this series with no playoff experience. Coach John Hynes expects that to be less of a factor in Game 2.


    ''I don't really want to get into what the exact message with our team was, but it (basically) was don't get too high, don't get too low,'' Hynes said. ''We have to make sure we understand the areas we've got to be better at, and I think mentally make sure that we're ready to play a certain way.''


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    Maple Leafs at Bruins, Boston leads 1-0 (8 p.m. EDT, NBC)


    The Bruins may be without forward Tommy Wingels, who did not skate Friday after taking a hit from Toronto forward Nazem Kadri. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Wingels was being evaluated by doctors and lists him as questionable as the Bruins try to take a 2-0 lead.


    If Wingels can't play, a possible replacement could be rookie forward Ryan Donato. Cassidy said the former Harvard star could make his postseason debut Saturday. Donato skated with Noel Acciari and David Backes in practice. Cassidy said they have options with Brian Gionta as a right wing and Danton Heinen, who can slide over.


    ''I think Ryan played really well when he was here for his 12 games,'' said Cassidy. ''We plan on using Ryan, just want to pick the right time.''


    The Maple Leafs know they have to play better on special teams after giving up three power-play goals. They also spent Friday waiting to learn what punishment the NHL would give Kadri.


    ''I don't know what they're going to do so might as well get prepared,'' Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.


    ---


    Sharks at Ducks, San Jose leads 1-0 (10:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSN)


    The Ducks looked largely lifeless as they gave away their home-ice advantage by failing to maintain the momentum from their impressive finish to the regular season. This is a familiar pattern for the veteran Ducks, who have lost Game 1 at home in four of their last five playoff series over the past three seasons. They won two of those series.


    Perhaps Evander Kane's gritty two-goal performance in his playoff debut will get the Ducks' attention, reminding them that they can't play into the Sharks' hands by skating on the perimeter of the ice and failing to generate consistent traffic in front of Martin Jones.


    Or maybe the Sharks are hitting their stride after losing five of their final six games in the regular season. San Jose was better on both ends to win the opener 3-0 .


    ''They played how you're supposed to play in the playoffs,'' Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano said of the Sharks. ''They played patient and played the right way. When you get chances, you have to score on them. You just execute the game plan. They did that. It seemed like we were stuck in the regular season and trying to make plays in the neutral zone, or turning the pucks over.''


    San Jose coach Peter DeBoer cautioned against getting excited about seeing Sharks center Joe Thornton on the ice in pregame warmups. Thornton has not played since Jan. 25 because of an injured right knee. DeBoer said the 38-year-old veteran is improving or wouldn't be on the ice.


    ''It's not gamesmanship,'' DeBoer said. ''He wants to be around the group, and he's getting closer.''
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    Vanek, Nash among players seeking playoff redemption
    April 14, 2018



    Thomas Vanek learned early in his career how tough it is to win in the playoffs.


    When Vanek and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers in six games in 2006 to advance, the rookie winger looked across the locker room at 37-year-old Teppo Numminen, who was on the verge of tears. Numminen had never made it out of the first round in his previous 16 NHL seasons and was overjoyed.


    ''It hit me right there and then, `Man this is hard,''' Vanek said.


    Vanek is now on the other side. In the playoffs for the seventh time, he is the Columbus Blue Jackets' oldest player at 34. Just like Rick Nash in Boston, postseason struggles and inconsistencies have followed Vanek his entire career. Based on his play down the stretch and in Game 1 against Washington, he looks poised for some playoff redemption.


    ''A very consistent scorer throughout his year and has a lot to prove and wants to win the Stanley Cup,'' Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Friday. ''That's why he's excited to be here. He wants to prove people wrong, if they think that he can't do it in the playoffs. He wants to show that he can, and he had a good start.''


    Vanek had a goal and an assist to help the Blue Jackets take a 1-0 series lead on the Capitals, and young teammate Artemi Panarin scored the game-winner to finish with three points - two more than he had in Chicago's first-round sweep at the hands of the Predators a year ago. Kekalainen pointed out Panarin was a point-a-game player for the Blackhawks in the playoffs two years ago, so hold up on the reputation rehab there.


    The same goes for Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has been up and down in the playoffs. The 25-year-old from the same town in Russia as Panarin already has more goals in one game this year than he did in the 2016 playoffs, when Washington lost in the second round.


    Vanek and Nash know they're running out of time to win the Cup and make a difference on that journey.


    Nash, who drew two penalties and played over 17 minutes in his return from injury in the Bruins' Game 1 blowout of the Maple Leafs, has seen his goal production drop by half from the regular season to the playoffs over the course of his career. The 33-year-old trade-deadline pickup should get plenty of chances to show he can still be a playoff performer.


    ''He's an important player for us,'' Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. ''That deal was made for a reason. He's an elite player ... makes us more of a threat (as) a team. He's just a proven player in this league that can finish, that can win pucks and get to the net.''


    Getting to the net has never been a problem for Vanek, whose power-play goal in Game 1 came from crashing the crease. But he hasn't always found it easy to score in the playoffs and has struggled with a minus-16 rating in six previous appearances with the Sabres, Canadiens and Wild.


    Vanek didn't know how he would fit in with Columbus, though the reviews from coach John Tortorella are positive - and honest. Vanek's propensity for defensive miscues and mistakes with the puck, and his sometimes frustrating inconsistencies, have given Tortorella and others grey hairs.


    ''I think he really is thriving and is excited about the role he has, that he was and we were in a playoff hunt and now he's in the playoffs,'' Tortorella said. ''I can see why he gives coaches nightmares in some of the things he does. I get that. But I think sometimes you need to ignore some of that and allow him to play and not get in his way. I think he's been terrific.''


    Several times leading up to the start of the playoffs and even after his goal, Vanek was asked about making an important contribution in the playoffs. Each time he changed the subject to the need for someone, anyone, on the team to have success.


    ''You can tell how excited everyone is,'' Vanek said. ''It doesn't matter if you score or not.''


    Scoring or not, making a long run a reality would be Vanek's real redemption.
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    SATURDAY, APRIL 14
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    COL at NAS 03:00 PM
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    U 5.5



    NJ at TB 03:00 PM
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    O 6.0



    TOR at BOS 08:00 PM
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    Predators outlast Avs, take 2-0 lead
    April 14, 2018



    BOSTON (AP) David Pastrnak had a hat trick and three assists to help Boston blow out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second straight game, leading the Bruins to a 7-3 victory Saturday night and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.


    Pastrnak shattered his previous career high of four points, scoring his third goal with 1:36 left to bring two trash cans full of caps and winter hats fluttering down to the ice. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron each had four assists, and Torey Krug had three.


    Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for Boston, and David Krejci, Rick Nash, Jake DeBrusk and Kevan Miller also scored.


    Two nights after Frederik Andersen allowed five goals in the series opener, he gave up three more on five shots in the first 12:13 before he was replaced by backup Curtis McElhinney. The Bruins added another power-play goal - their second of the night and fifth of the series - to make it 4-0 after one.


    Mitch Marner, Tyler Bozak and James Van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs, who never got closer than three goals down after that. McElhinney stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced.


    The series moves to Toronto for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Thursday. Game 5 would be back in Boston on Saturday, if necessary.


    PREDATORS 5, AVALANCHE 4


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ryan Hartman's empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the winner as Nashville held off Colorado for a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.


    After Hartman gave the Predators a 5-3 lead, Alexander Kerfoot pulled Colorado to 5-4 with 35.8 seconds left. But the Avalanche couldn't get another puck past goalie Pekka Rinne.


    The Presidents' Trophy winners started slowly, giving up a goal on Colorado's first shot for a second straight game. Yet the Predators rallied again to take their first 2-0 lead when starting a best-of-seven series in their own building.


    Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson scored a goal apiece. P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists for Nashville, which has won 12 straight over the Avalanche. Rinne made 26 saves. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Bourque and Gabriel Landeskog each added a goal for Colorado.


    Game 3 is Monday night in Denver.


    LIGHTNING 5, DEVILS 3


    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Alex Killorn scored twice during a four-goal second period, helping Tampa Bay beat New Jersey for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.


    The Lightning scored three times in a 2:47 span in the second period, and the reeling Devils pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid after Killorn's third goal in two games made it 5-1 with 6:48 remaining in the period. Kinkaid, whose stellar play since January helped New Jersey finish strong and claim its first playoff berth since 2012, yielded five goals on 15 shots.


    Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay, which is up 2-0 in the series after going 0-2-1 against the Devils during the regular season.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 41 shots, limiting the Devils to rookie Nico Hischier's unassisted goal in the opening period, Sami Vatanen's sixth career playoff goal late in the second, Blake Coleman's third-period tally that trimmed Tampa Bay's lead to 5-3 with eight minutes left.


    Game 3 is Monday night in Newark, New Jersey.


    SHARKS 3 DUCKS 2
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    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY APRIL 15, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:00 PM Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center
    7:00 PM Winnipeg Jets Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center
    7:30 PM Columbus Blue Jackets Washington Capitals Capital One Arena
    10:30 PM Vegas Golden Knights Los Angeles Kings Staples Center




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    nhl playoff record:


    04/14/2018 1-6-1 14.29% -27.75
    04/13/2018 2-3-1 40.00% -11.50
    04/12/2018 4-5-1 44.44% -4.00
    04/11/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.50


    Totals...........11-16-3.........40,74%....- 33.75





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    Sunday’s 6-pack


    — Warriors 113, Spurs 92— Gregg Popovich has won five NBA titles, so he gets away with being a jerk during in-game interviews and in press conferences. No bueno.


    — Why do NBA warmup jackets have hoods on them?


    — Denver Broncos will have eight new assistant coaches this season.


    — Tampa Bay P Jake Faria’s family had season tickets to the Angels growing up; both his mom and his stepfather are powerlifters.


    — Former NBA star Dan Majerle turned down a chance to interview for the Phoenix Suns’ head coaching job, to stay on as coach at Grand Canyon University.


    — Washington center Marcin Gortat got a foul on the opening tap of the Wizard-Raptor game. Don’t see that happen too much.


    Quote of the Day
    “I’m a perfectionist, so I thought I could have done better. I felt that I helped myself out, and my agent [Leigh Steinberg] felt the same way. My thing is, I can throw with all these guys; I just don’t have the experience they do because I sat behind Pat the last two years. But as far as getting out there and throwing, I think I’m right up there with these guys.”
    Texas Tech QB Nic Shimonek, who threw for 3,963 yards, 33 TD’s, 10 INT’s as Tech’s starting QB in 2017, and now hopes to play in the NFL


    Sunday’s quiz
    Steve Kerr was once the GM of which NBA team?


    Saturday’s quiz
    Kevin Durant began his NBA career with the Seattle SuperSonics, in 2007-08. Sonics then moved to Oklahoma City the next year.


    Friday’s quiz
    Phil Mickelson’s brother/caddy used to be the golf coach at Arizona State.


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    Sunday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a cloudy Saturday


    13) Philadelphia Phillies gave rookie 2B Scott Kingery a 6-year, $23M contract with options beyond that, before he ever played a major league game.


    OF Nick Williams played 83 games as a rookie for the Phillies LY; he hit .283 with 55 RBI, pretty solid production. Not only is he still making the $553,000 league minimum, they don’t start him anymore, now that Rhys Hoskins has moved to the outfield. He started in Tampa Bay this weekend because its an AL park so they have the DH.


    Williams must be really freakin’ happy.


    12) QB Josh Allen will be the first Wyoming Cowboy taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1976, when they had two players taken in first round.


    11) Weird stat: Rangers’ DH/OF Joey Gallo has 53 career home runs, 50 career singles.


    10) Foot of snow in Minnesota this weekend; why didn’t these geniuses put a retractable dome on their new baseball stadium? Twins might not play for close to a week; I have Jose Abreu on my fantasy team— he’s getting the second half of this week off. No bueno.


    Seriously; Sunday’s doubleheader was postponed at 4:00 Saturday. Awesome.


    9) UCLA fired assistant basketball coach/Air Force veteran David Grace, a decorated military veteran who served in the Air Force during Operation Desert Storm.


    He’s been given credit for bringing in some of UCLA’s top recruits over the last several years, including T.J. Leaf, Ike Anigbogu and Jaylen Hands.


    8) Weirdness; A’s are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first season in Oakland this year, while the Royals are celebrating their 50th season in Kansas City this year.


    A’s started playing in Oakland in ’68, after leaving Kansas City. Royals started play when divisional play started, in ’69.


    7) Miami Marlins drew 6,150 fans for a home game with the Mets Wednesday; their AA team in Jacksonville drew 6,960 fans that same night for their Southern League home opener vs Mobile.


    6) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be on Dancing With the Stars this fall; he could’ve made a freakin’ fortune in endorsements during/after his career, but he is very quiet and never showed much personality so once he stopped playing ball, he kind of disappeared.


    Kareem will by 71 on Monday; good to see him enjoying himself now. I’ve said this before here and I firmly believe it— he was the most dominant basketball player ever.


    5) Masters champ Patrick Reed sat behind the plate as the Astros game Saturday wearing his green jacket; he was also at a Rockets’ game and went to the drive-thru window at Chick-fil-A wearing the jacket. At what point does he hang the jacket in his closet and go back to playing golf?


    4) Cubs 14, Braves 10— Atlanta led this game 10-2 in 6th inning on a hideous, cold, rainy day in Wrigley Field. Braves’ bullpen got 8 outs, allowed 11 runs.


    This game shouldn’t have been played; the weather was awful.


    3) Golfer Kelly Kraft missed the cut by a stroke at Hilton Head this week, in large part because his tee shot on the par-3 14th hole hit a bird and fell into the water— he double-bogeyed the hole. Because the bird is not a man-made object, Kraft had to play the ball where it lied, or take a penalty; had he hit an airplane, apparently he would get relief. Go figure.


    2) Former Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and legendary Arizona hoop coach Lute Olson recently had statues of themselves put up on the schools’ campuses.


    1— In 1997, Barry Levinson wrote a movie called Wag the Dog, where just before a Presidential election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer got together to fabricate a war in order to cover up the President’s sex scandal. Sound familiar?


    HBO and Levinson are in the process now of creating a Wag the Dog comedy series, but the idea just isn’t funny anymore.
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    Sunday's NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview and Odds


    The opening round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues Sunday with four games on the ice, including the Jets and Golden Knights looking to take commanding three game leads in their respective series.


    Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers (-110, 6)


    Series tied at 1-1.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: The Flyers opened as -100 at most shops at money coming in on Philadelphia has seen that number jump to -110 as of Saturday night. The total hit the betting board and has yet to move off the opening number.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Penguins - RW Carter Rowney (Out Indefinitely, Upper Body).


    Flyers - G Michal Neuvirth (Questionable, Lower Body).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Penguins are 6-0 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
    * Over is 7-0 in Penguins last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
    * Over is 6-1 in Flyers last 7 games following a win.
    * Over is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings.
    * Penguins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.








    Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild (-110, 5.5)


    Jets lead series 2-0.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: Minnesota opened as high as -133 chalk for a must win Game 3, money coming in on the road team has driven that number down as low as -105 at some books. The total opened at 5.5 and has held firm at that number.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Jets - C Mathieu Perreault (Questionable, Shoulder), D Toby Enstrom (Questionable, Lower Body), LW Matt Hendricks (Questionable, Lower Body), D Dmitry Kulikov (Late April, Back).


    Wild - D Gustav Olovsson (Questionable, Upper Body), D Ryan Suter (Out For Season, Ankle), C Luke Kunin (Out For Season, Knee).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Jets are 8-0 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Wild are 1-7 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Under is 4-0 in Jets last 4 overall.
    * Under is 6-1 in Wild last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Jets are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.








    Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals (-155, 5.5)


    Blue Jackets lead series 1-0.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: In Sunday's only Game 2 the Capitals opened as low as -150 home chalk and that number wasn't high enough for bettors who bet the line up to -155. The total hit the board at 5.5 and has not moved.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Blue Jackets - C Alexander Wennberg (Doubtful, Upper Body), LW Lukas Sedlak (Out Indefinitely, Head).


    Capitals - D Michal Kempny (Probable, Head), C Travis Boyd (Questionable, Illness), RW Jay Beagle (Questionable, Upper Body).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Blue Jackets are 10-1 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference.
    * Over is 7-0 in Blue Jackets last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    * Over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall.
    * Over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
    * Blue Jackets are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.








    Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings (-145, 5)


    Golden Knights lead series 2-0.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: The Kings opened this must win Game 3 as -137 home faves and that wasn't enough high enough as money continued to come in on LA raising the line to -145 at most books. The total hit betting boards at 4.5 and has been bet up slightly to 5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Golden Knights - D Luca Sbisa (Questionable, Hand), LW David Perron (Questionable, Undisclosed), D Clayton Stoner (Out Indefinitely, Abdominal).


    Kings - D Jake Muzzin (Questionable, Upper Body), D Drew Doughty (Eligible Sunday, Suspension), D Derek Forbort (Out Indefinitely, Lower Body).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Golden Knights are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Kings are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Under is 6-1 in Golden Knights last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Under is 7-0 in Kings last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
    * Under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings.
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    Pittsburgh Penguins
    Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games
    Pittsburgh is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games on the road
    Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    Philadelphia Flyers
    Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 14 games
    Philadelphia is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games at home
    Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games at home
    Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
    Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh




    Winnipeg Jets
    Winnipeg is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games
    Winnipeg is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games
    Winnipeg is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Winnipeg's last 10 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
    Winnipeg is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota Wild
    Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games
    Minnesota is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Minnesota is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
    Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Winnipeg
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Winnipeg
    Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Winnipeg




    Columbus Blue Jackets
    Columbus is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Columbus is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 5 games
    Columbus is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Columbus is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 5 games on the road
    Columbus is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Washington
    Columbus is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games when playing Washington
    Columbus is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Columbus is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Washington Capitals
    Washington is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
    Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Washington is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games at home
    Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Columbus
    Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Columbus
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Columbus
    Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Columbus
    Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Columbus




    Vegas Golden Knights
    Vegas is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Vegas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Vegas's last 20 games
    Vegas is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
    Vegas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Vegas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Vegas's last 11 games on the road
    Vegas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vegas's last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Kings
    Los Angeles is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
    Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games
    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing Vegas
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    Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia


    Game 19-20
    April 15, 2018 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Pittsburgh
    12.376
    Philadelphia
    10.631
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Pittsburgh
    by 1 1/2
    5
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Pittsburgh
    -115
    6
    Dunkel Pick:
    Pittsburgh
    (-115); Under


    Winnipeg @ Minnesota



    Game 21-22
    April 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Winnipeg
    11.030
    Minnesota
    12.173
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 1
    7
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    -110
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Minnesota
    (-110); Under


    Columbus @ Washington



    Game 23-24
    April 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Columbus
    12.507
    Washington
    11.038
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Columbus
    by 1 1/2
    7
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    -160
    5 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Columbus
    (+140); Over


    Vegas @ Los Angeles



    Game 25-26
    April 15, 2018 @ 10:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Vegas
    11.600
    Los Angeles
    10.250
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Vegas
    by 1 1/2
    3
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    -145
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    Vegas
    (+125); Under
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    Sunday, April 15



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    PITTSBURGH (48-30-0-6, 102 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (43-27-0-14, 100 pts.) - 4/15/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PITTSBURGH is 10-16 ATS (-9.4 Units) in a road game where where the total is 6 or more this season.
    PITTSBURGH is 2-7 ATS (-7.8 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 28-19 ATS (+1.1 Units) second half of the season this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 14-7 ATS (+6.6 Units) on Sunday games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 21-5 ATS (+14.6 Units) in home games after a division game over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 63-59 ATS (-3.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 21-8 ATS (+10.4 Units) in April games over the last 3 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 116-67 ATS (+16.8 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 47-25 ATS (+12.4 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    PITTSBURGH is 15-7 ATS (+22.8 Units) in road games when tied in a playoff series since 1996.
    PITTSBURGH is 25-9 ATS (+10.7 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more this season.
    PITTSBURGH is 15-2 ATS (+12.0 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game this season.
    PHILADELPHIA is 254-265 ATS (-18.7 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PITTSBURGH is 10-4 (+3.7 Units) against the spread versus PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
    PITTSBURGH is 10-4-0 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
    10 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+8.3 Units)

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    WINNIPEG (54-20-0-10, 118 pts.) at MINNESOTA (45-28-0-11, 101 pts.) - 4/15/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WINNIPEG is 1-7 ATS (-7.1 Units) in road games after a 3 game unbeaten streak this season.
    MINNESOTA is 104-64 ATS (+23.3 Units) in home games after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game since 1996.
    WINNIPEG is 54-31 ATS (+12.0 Units) in all games this season.
    WINNIPEG is 10-0 ATS (+10.0 Units) in April games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 31-14 ATS (+9.1 Units) second half of the season this season.
    WINNIPEG is 10-1 ATS (+8.5 Units) on Sunday games this season.
    WINNIPEG is 36-21 ATS (+14.7 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 27-17 ATS (+6.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    WINNIPEG is 17-7 ATS (+7.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
    MINNESOTA is 72-77 ATS (-16.4 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WINNIPEG is 10-6 (+5.9 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    WINNIPEG is 10-6-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.8 Units)

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    COLUMBUS (46-30-0-7, 99 pts.) at WASHINGTON (49-26-0-8, 106 pts.) - 4/15/2018, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 50-34 ATS (+15.6 Units) in all games this season.
    WASHINGTON is 23-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    WASHINGTON is 20-7 ATS (+9.8 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games over the last 3 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 26-16 ATS (+9.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    COLUMBUS is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) in road games on Sunday games over the last 2 seasons.
    COLUMBUS is 28-13 ATS (+12.5 Units) when playing with 2 days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 7-11 ATS (-13.1 Units) in home games in April games over the last 3 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 42-52 ATS (-42.5 Units) in home games after 3 or more consecutive overs since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 9-5 (+2.2 Units) against the spread versus COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 9-5-0 straight up against COLUMBUS over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 10 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.6 Units)

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    VEGAS (53-24-0-7, 113 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (45-31-0-8, 98 pts.) - 4/15/2018, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    VEGAS is 54-31 ATS (+16.5 Units) in all games this season.
    VEGAS is 10-1 ATS (+8.6 Units) on Sunday games this season.
    VEGAS is 22-9 ATS (+9.8 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
    VEGAS is 27-15 ATS (+11.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 84-83 ATS (-15.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 18-23 ATS (-14.0 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 7-13 ATS (-15.8 Units) in April games over the last 3 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 43-48 ATS (-29.2 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 13-18 ATS (-10.4 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 16-27 ATS (-19.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    VEGAS is 4-2 (+1.4 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    VEGAS is 4-2-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+5.1 Units)
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    SUNDAY, APRIL 15
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    PIT at PHI 03:00 PM
    PIT -135
    U 6.0


    WIN at MIN 07:00 PM
    MIN -105
    U 5.5


    CLB at WAS 07:30 PM
    CLB +135
    O 5.5



    VEG at LA 10:30 PM
    VEG +130
    O 5.0
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    SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY APRIL 16, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Boston Bruins Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre
    7:30 PM Tampa Bay Lightning New Jersey Devils Prudential Center
    10:00 PM Nashville Predators Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center
    10:30 PM Anaheim Ducks San Jose Sharks SAP Center at San Jose


    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY APRIL 17, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:30 PM Washington Capitals Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena
    8:00 PM Winnipeg Jets Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center
    10:30 PM Vegas Golden Knights Los Angeles Kings Staples Center


    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 18, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center
    7:30 PM Tampa Bay Lightning New Jersey Devils Prudential Center
    10:00 PM Nashville Predators Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center
    10:30 PM Anaheim Ducks San Jose Sharks SAP Center at San Jose

    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY APRIL 19, 2018

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Boston Bruins Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre
    7:30 PM Washington Capitals Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena
    10:00 PM Los Angeles Kings Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY APRIL 20, 2018

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    12:00 AM Colorado Avalanche Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena
    12:00 AM Minnesota Wild Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place
    12:00 AM Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena
    12:00 AM San Jose Sharks Anaheim Ducks Honda Center


    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    12:00 AM Columbus Blue Jackets Washington Capitals Capital One Arena
    12:00 AM New Jersey Devils Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena
    12:00 AM Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins TD Garden
    12:00 AM Vegas Golden Knights Los Angeles Kings Staples Center


    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY APRIL 22, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    12:00 AM Anaheim Ducks San Jose Sharks SAP Center at San Jose
    12:00 AM Nashville Predators Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center
    12:00 AM Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center
    12:00 AM Winnipeg Jets Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center

    Updated Mon Apr 16 1:02 AM EDT





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    NHL PLAYOFF RECORD:


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    04/15/2018 5-1-2 83.33% +21.25
    04/14/2018 1-6-1 14.29% -27.75
    04/13/2018 2-3-1 40.00% -11.50
    04/12/2018 4-5-1 44.44% -4.00
    04/11/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.50


    TOTALS..........20-17-5.......54.05%.....-12.50
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    Monday’s 6-pack


    — Idaho is the fastest growing state in this country.


    — Penguins 5, Flyers 1— Pittsburgh scored two goals 0:05 apart.


    — Mets 3, Brewers 2— Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off homer on a cold day in Queens.


    — Cardinals 3, Reds 2— Cincinnati is off to a 2-13 start this season.


    — Celtics 113, Bucks 107 OT— Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton sent game to OT with a 3-pointer at the buzzer of regulation.


    — Satoshi Kodaira won his first PGA tournament, beating Si Woo Kim in a playoff on Hilton Head. He started Sunday six shots out of the lead- it is 6th year in a row the winner of this tournament started the final round 3+ shots out of the lead.


    Quote of the Day
    “When all is said and done, more is said than done.”
    Aesop


    Monday’s quiz
    What team did Bartolo Colon begin his major league career with?


    Sunday’s quiz
    Steve Kerr was once the GM of the Phoenix Suns.


    Saturday’s quiz
    Kevin Durant began his NBA career with the Seattle SuperSonics, in 2007-08. Sonics then moved to Oklahoma City the next year.


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    Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend


    13) Idea for a reality TV show: Pro teams do exit interviews with players after each season; would be television gold to see some of them, especially with disgruntled players, or with guys who are delusional about their abilities. Kind of like a postseason Hard Knocks.


    For instance, Cowboys/Dez Bryant exit interview in December must’ve been a good one.


    12) Los Angeles Angels used nine different starting pitchers in their first 15 games this year, the most by any team in their first 15 games since the 1960 Baltimore Orioles.


    11) Monday morning’s 11am Orioles-Red Sox game was postponed late Sunday afternoon, so no need to post your fantasy lineups early Monday. This is first time since 1984 the Patriots Day game was rained out.


    It also means I get to sleep later Monday morning ��


    10) Odd managing in the Brewers-Mets game Sunday; Mets led 1-0 in top of 5th inning, Brewers had a guy on 3rd with two men out, and pitcher Jhoulys Chacin was due up, you think they’d pinch-hit for him, but Chacin grounded out to shortstop. Since Chacin hit, you assume he’ll pitch the bottom of the 5th inning, right?


    Wrong. Milwaukee takes Chacin out after not pinch-hitting for him with the tying run on third base. Go figure. Must be an analytics thing.


    9) Boston media will be happy; Angels’ rainout in Kansas City Sunday means that Shohei Ohtani will make his next start against the Red Sox in Anaheim Tuesday night.


    8) Six baseball postponements Sunday; the only time in last 20 years with six postponements in one day was September 12, 2008.


    7) Oakland starting pitchers have finished the 6th inning in 3 of their 16 games; three times by Sean Manaea, zero times by everyone else.


    For the record, the A’s traded Ben Zobrist for Manaea, back when they helped he Royals win the World Series with that trade- now it is paying off for them.


    6) Saturday night in Dodger Stadium, Arizona’s Deven Marrero hit a home run, but passed the runner on first base, who was going back to tag up, thinking the ball might be caught.


    Play results in a 2-run single for Marrero, but he does not score because he passed a runner, so he was out on the play- that doesn’t happen very often.


    5) Matt Harvey hasn’t gotten an out in the 6th inning in any of his starts since May 28, 2017 vs Pittsburgh- thats 11 starts in a row. Harvey is a free agent after this season; good luck there.


    4) NFL Draft note: New England drafted a DL/LB with its first pick in five of last six drafts.


    3) Pacers 98, Cavaliers 80— Lebron James teams had won their last 21 first round playoff games, but that streak was ended rudely here.


    2) Twins had a miserable baseball-free weekend at home, with a foot of snow falling; now they head to Puerto Rico to play a couple of games with the Indians in San Juan.


    1) They had 23 inches of snow in Green Bay this weekend, in mid-April. Oy.
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    'Bread' is the man in playoff surge for the Blue Jackets
    April 16, 2018



    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Artemi Panarin turned out to be everything the Columbus Blue Jackets were looking for when they traded for him last summer: A dead-eye sniper and deft puck distributor who can get game-breaking goals and make everyone around him better.


    And, the Blue Jackets hope, a guy who can get them deeper into the playoffs.


    So far, so good. Columbus heads home to Nationwide Arena after taking a 2-0 lead over Washington in their first-round series on Sunday night, a come-from-behind 5-4 overtime win in which Panarin contributed a pair of key assists.


    That came three nights after Panarin won the series opener in overtime. With two assists already in regulation, he drove down the left side, slipped past Capitals defenseman Dimitry Orlov and snapped a shot over goalie Philipp Grubauer's shoulder.


    ''There's very few people who can make that shot,'' Washington coach Barry Trotz said.


    ''He can make a play from nothing,'' Orlov said. ''He's so smooth.''


    The Blue Jackets probably wouldn't be playing in the postseason without the 26-year-old Russian they call the ''Bread Man.'' He was a steady presence and consistent scorer through a bumpy season of slumps and injuries to other key players.


    Panarin led Columbus with 27 goals and 55 assists, and his 82 points were the most in a single season in franchise history. His plus/minus of 23 and average of just over 20 minutes on the ice per game were career highs.


    Panarin - sounds like Panera Bread, hence the hockey nickname of ''Bread Man'' or just ''Bread'' - has embraced being a featured star after playing in the large shadow of Patrick Kane in Chicago in his first two years in the league.


    ''In Chicago, I played with Kane and got a lot of assists from him,'' Panarin said. ''But I always wanted something more, to put more of the game on myself and be more accountable for the result. Here, I got that, what I wanted.''


    Panarin, who won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL in 2015-16, was acquired from the Black Hawks last June along with forward Tyler Motte for forward Brandon Saad and goalie Anton Forsberg. Saad was a reliable player for Columbus for two seasons.


    ''Bread is a different type player because he can make a special play to win a game,'' Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. ''I just think for you to get through and find your way and try to be a better playoff team, you have to have some players that are dynamic. You're not coaching it, they just see something, they seize a moment and they win you a game. Or they make a huge play to get you back in the game in another way.''


    With the Blue Jackets on a power play and down 3-2 in the second period on Sunday, Panarin dribbled the puck and patiently waited for a lane to open up before delivering a pinpoint circle-to-circle pass to Cam Atkinson , who scored the tying goal.


    Panarin's line mates, veteran winger Atkinson and 19-year-old rookie center Pierre-Luc Dubois, have benefited from his skills. Atkinson - who had two goals on Sunday - has come on strong after missing time with injuries, finishing the regular season with 14 goals and 14 assists in February and March. Dubois had 20 goals and 28 assists in the regular season, making him the most productive rookie in Blue Jackets history.


    Panarin makes $6 million a year on a contract that runs through next season. He'll be due a sizeable salary bump if the Blue Jackets decide to keep him around after that.


    So far, he's been an ideal fit.


    ''When they first traded me, of course for a couple days, I worried,'' he said. ''But then I calmed down and understood that this is all good for me. I understood that here I would progress as a player first and foremost. What's most important to me isn't money, but the whole game.''
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    Boston @ Toronto


    Game 27-28
    April 16, 2018 @ 7:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Boston
    11.874
    Toronto
    9.569
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Boston
    by 2 1/2
    6
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Toronto
    -115
    5 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Boston
    (-105); Over


    Tampa Bay @ New Jersey



    Game 29-30
    April 16, 2018 @ 7:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Tampa Bay
    10.083
    New Jersey
    11.437
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New Jersey
    by 1 1/2
    7
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Tampa Bay
    -140
    6
    Dunkel Pick:
    New Jersey
    (+120); Over


    Nashville @ Colorado



    Game 31-32
    April 16, 2018 @ 10:05 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Nashville
    12.583
    Colorado
    11.009
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Nashville
    by 1 1/2
    7
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Nashville
    -160
    5 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Nashville
    (-160); Over


    Anaheim @ San Jose



    Game 33-34
    April 16, 2018 @ 10:35 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Anaheim
    11.258
    San Jose
    13.162
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Jose
    by 2
    4
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Jose
    -140
    5
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Jose
    (-140); Under









    NHL


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    Trend Report
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    Boston Bruins
    Boston is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
    Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games on the road
    Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
    Boston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Toronto
    Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto Maple Leafs
    Toronto is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
    Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 15 of Toronto's last 22 games
    Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Toronto is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Toronto's last 15 games at home
    Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Boston
    Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Boston
    Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston




    Tampa Bay Lightning
    Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Tampa Bay is 8-16 ATS in its last 24 games
    Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Tampa Bay is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 14 games on the road
    Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New Jersey
    Tampa Bay is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing New Jersey
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing New Jersey
    Tampa Bay is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
    New Jersey Devils
    New Jersey is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games
    New Jersey is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games at home
    New Jersey is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
    New Jersey is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
    New Jersey is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Jersey's last 8 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay




    Nashville Predators
    Nashville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Nashville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nashville's last 5 games
    Nashville is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Nashville is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games on the road
    Nashville is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Colorado
    Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nashville's last 5 games when playing Colorado
    Nashville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Colorado
    Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Nashville's last 7 games when playing on the road against Colorado
    Colorado Avalanche
    Colorado is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
    Colorado is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games
    Colorado is 18-5 ATS in its last 23 games at home
    Colorado is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home
    Colorado is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Nashville
    Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Nashville
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing Nashville
    Colorado is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Nashville
    Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Nashville
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Colorado's last 7 games when playing at home against Nashville




    Anaheim Ducks
    Anaheim is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
    Anaheim is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
    Anaheim is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 6 games on the road
    Anaheim is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing San Jose
    Anaheim is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Jose
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim's last 7 games when playing San Jose
    Anaheim is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against San Jose
    Anaheim is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against San Jose
    Anaheim is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against San Jose
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Anaheim's last 7 games when playing on the road against San Jose
    San Jose Sharks
    San Jose is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    San Jose is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
    The total has gone OVER in 11 of San Jose's last 16 games
    San Jose is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Jose's last 7 games at home
    San Jose is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Anaheim
    San Jose is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Anaheim
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games when playing Anaheim
    San Jose is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Anaheim
    San Jose is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Anaheim
    San Jose is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Anaheim
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Jose's last 7 games when playing at home against Anaheim
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    BOSTON (52-20-0-12, 116 pts.) at TORONTO (49-28-0-7, 105 pts.) - 4/16/2018, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON is 42-27 ATS (+12.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 over the last 3 seasons.
    BOSTON is 139-113 ATS (+20.5 Units) in road games after a win by 2 goals or more since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TORONTO is 8-7 (+2.7 Units) against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    TORONTO is 8-7-0 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
    7 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.5 Units)

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    TAMPA BAY (56-23-0-5, 117 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (44-31-0-9, 97 pts.) - 4/16/2018, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW JERSEY is 45-40 ATS (-16.3 Units) in all games this season.
    NEW JERSEY is 8-1 ATS (+9.1 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs this season.
    NEW JERSEY is 25-23 ATS (+66.4 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    TAMPA BAY is 57-28 ATS (+8.8 Units) in all games this season.
    TAMPA BAY is 226-232 ATS (+490.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.
    NEW JERSEY is 5-17 ATS (+24.6 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
    TAMPA BAY is 7-4 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
    TAMPA BAY is 7-4-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.7 Units)

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    NASHVILLE (55-18-0-11, 121 pts.) at COLORADO (43-32-0-9, 95 pts.) - 4/16/2018, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    COLORADO is 44-41 ATS (-17.9 Units) in all games this season.
    COLORADO is 25-22 ATS (+63.7 Units) second half of the season this season.
    COLORADO is 26-25 ATS (+88.5 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    COLORADO is 12-4 ATS (+7.8 Units) in home games after allowing 4 goals or more this season.
    COLORADO is 19-15 ATS (+35.7 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
    COLORADO is 15-8 ATS (+6.2 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    NASHVILLE is 55-30 ATS (+11.5 Units) in all games this season.
    NASHVILLE is 71-44 ATS (+12.3 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
    NASHVILLE is 20-8 ATS (+8.7 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
    NASHVILLE is 27-12 ATS (+8.6 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
    NASHVILLE is 11-1 ATS (+9.6 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games this season.
    NASHVILLE is 33-14 ATS (+14.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    NASHVILLE is 19-7 ATS (+8.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NASHVILLE is 13-3 (+7.5 Units) against the spread versus COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
    NASHVILLE is 13-3-0 straight up against COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
    13 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+10.7 Units)

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    ANAHEIM (44-27-0-13, 101 pts.) at SAN JOSE (47-27-0-10, 104 pts.) - 4/16/2018, 10:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ANAHEIM is 13-17 ATS (-10.2 Units) after a division game this season.
    SAN JOSE is 23-8 ATS (+12.9 Units) vs. division opponents this season.
    ANAHEIM is 557-443 ATS (+38.8 Units) second half of the season since 1996.
    ANAHEIM is 14-8 ATS (+24.6 Units) in road games when trailing in a playoff series since 1996.
    ANAHEIM is 27-15 ATS (+9.6 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    ANAHEIM is 441-442 ATS (+907.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
    ANAHEIM is 48-31 ATS (+12.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
    SAN JOSE is 178-150 ATS (-80.4 Units) in home games after a division game since 1996.
    SAN JOSE is 16-27 ATS (-15.3 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
    SAN JOSE is 8-7-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
    9 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+8.2 Units)
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    Monday's NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview and Odds


    The opening round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues Monday night with the puck dropping on four games. Home ice has dominated these series except out West where the Sharks won both games in Anaheim and look to put a stranglehold on the series in Game 3.


    Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (-110, 5.5)


    Bruins lead series 2-0.


    The Toronto Maple Leafs are making back-to-back appearances in the postseason for the first time in 14 years but they appear headed for a second straight first-round exit barring a stunning turnaround. Toronto has been manhandled in its Eastern Conference first-round series against the Boston Bruins and hopes a return home to Air Canada Centre will get it back on track in Monday night's Game 3.


    ABOUT THE BRUINS: Center Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand form the other two-thirds of Boston's top line and each collected four assists in Saturday's romp, but Pastrnak has been the driving force in helping the unit amass a staggering 20 points in the first two games. "A lot of people in Boston already know how good he is," Bergeron said of Pastrnak, who scored 35 goals in the regular season. "I think people on the outside are getting to know." Defenseman Torey Krug collected all three of his assists in the first-period outburst Saturday to give him five for the series.


    ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS: Toronto has concerns from one end of the ice to the other, but the biggest are the lack of productivity of its own No. 1 line and the suddenly shaky play of netminder Frederik Andersen, who was yanked in Game 2 after surrendering three goals on five shots. "You've got to give your goalie a chance to be good and we haven't done that," Babcock said Sunday. "Freddy's our guy and he'll be back tomorrow." With Nazem Kadri serving a three-game suspension, the pressure is even greater on Auston Matthews and the top line, which has yet to score a point.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: The Maple Leafs have been get pumped by Boston and still opened as -118 home chalk. However, money coming in on Boston has driven that line down to -110 or lower at some shops. The total hit the betting board at 5.5 and has held firm.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Bruins - C Riley Nash (Questionable, Ear), RW Tommy Wingels (Questionable, Upper Body), D Brandon Carlo (Out For Season, Ankle), LW Anders Bjork (Out For Season, Shoulder).


    Maple Leafs - C Leo Komarov (Questionable, Lower Body), C Nazem Kadri (Eligible to return April 21, Suspension), LW Joffrey Lupul (I-R, Conditioning).


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    TRENDS:


    * Bruins are 0-4 in their last 4 road games.
    * Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
    * Over is 2-0-2 in Bruins last 4 overall.
    * Over is 6-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 7 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
    * Home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.








    Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils (+120, 6)


    Lightning lead series 2-0.


    The Tampa Bay Lightning look to continue their offensive production and take a stranglehold of the Eastern Conference first-round series when they visit the New Jersey Devils for Game 3 on Monday night. The Lightning scored 10 times while winning the first two games of the series, going 3-for-4 on the power-play and getting multiple goals from three players.


    ABOUT THE LIGHTNING: Alex Killorn has often saved his best hockey for the postseason and he is off to another strong start with three goals in the first two games of the series after scoring twice Saturday. “You play all season for this,” Killorn, who has 18 goals and 36 points in 49 career playoff games, told reporters. “Playoff hockey is great. There are a few more cameras around, a couple more people watching, but I think we like that pressure.” Forwards Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson have also scored twice in the first two games while defenseman Ryan McDonagh and left wing Ondrej Palat each boast three assists.


    ABOUT THE DEVILS: Cory Schneider, who has not won a game since Dec. 27 while struggling with injuries and an .863 save percentage since, stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief of Keith Kinkaid on Saturday and could get the start Monday. “It was good to give him an opportunity to get in there,” coach John Hynes told reporters, “and I thought he came in and made huge saves, looked solid, so that’s a positive for us moving forward.” Hynes went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen Saturday while inserting blue liner Damon Severson (three shots, 16:41 of ice time) into the lineup and hinted there could be more changes for Game 3.


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: The Lightning opened as +120 road favorites at most books and money coming in on the home team has seen that number bet down to +115. The total hit the board 5.5 and has been bet up slightly to an even 6.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Lightning - D Dan Girardi (Questionable, Undisclosed), RW Ryan Callahan (Questionable, Upper Body), LW Adam Erne (Out Indefinitely, Lower Body).


    Devils - LW Marcus Johansson (Questionable, Concussion).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Over is 5-0 in Devils last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
    * Over is 6-1 in Devils last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
    * Over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.








    Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche (+140, 5.5)


    Predators lead series 2-0.


    The Colorado Avalanche are banking that the Rocky Mountain air will breathe new life into their Western Conference first-round series with the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche, who matched franchise records for consecutive home wins (10) and total victories on the season (28), have dropped 12 straight to the Predators -- including the first two heading into Monday's Game 3.


    ABOUT THE PREDATORS: Nashville has spread its offense around in the first two games of the series, with eight players responsible for the team's 10 goals. Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson have each scored twice, with the former netting five goals in his last three contests while latter has tallied in three straight. Ryan Johansen scored in Game 2 to extend his point streak to four contests while defenseman P.K. Subban set up two goals on Saturday to boost his point total to seven (one goal, six assists) in his last eight outings.


    ABOUT THE AVALANCHE: While MacKinnon has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last seven games, captain Gabriel Landeskog has seven (two goals, five assists) in that stretch after scoring and setting up a goal in Game 2. While the statistics are piling up, the wins are not -- but Landeskog told reporters that a victory in Game 3 would eliminate any lingering doubts on his club and generate some for the opponent. "I think it's win Game 3 and all of a sudden you are feeling good and they start second-guessing themselves," the 25-year-old Swede said. "We just got to make sure we take care of these two at home, that's the bottom line. Especially Game 3, we can't look too much further ahead than that, but make sure we win Game 3 and then after that get rolling."


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: The Predators opened as +120 road chalk and that number wasn't high enough as money rolled in on Nashville pushing the line as high as +140. The total opened at 6 and has been bet down slightly to 5.5.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Predators - C Calle Jarnkrok (Questionable, Upper Body), D Yannick Weber (Questionable, Upper Body).


    Avalanche - D Samuel Girard (Questionable, Upper Body), G Semyon Varlamov (Out Indefinitely, Knee), D Erik Johnson (Late May, Knee).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Predators are 8-0 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Avalanche are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
    * Over is 6-1 in Predators last 7 games following a win.
    * Over is 5-0 in Avalanche last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
    * Predators are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado.
    * Over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado.








    Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks (-140, 5)


    Sharks lead series 2-0.


    The Anaheim Ducks are in a familiar -- albeit uncomfortable -- position, having lost the opening two games at home for the third time in their last five postseason appearances. The Ducks will have to find a way to claw back into their Western Conference first-round series on the road against a Pacific Division rival when they head north to face the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.


    ABOUT THE DUCKS: Anaheim, which entered the postseason with the fewest goals of any of the 16 teams, now must attempt to duplicate last season's series against Edmonton, when it dropped the first two at home before rally to prevail in seven games. “Sure, we can draw on that,” said Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who scored one goal and set up another Saturday. “People have not been believing in us all year but we know what we’re capable of.” Rickard Rakell, the team's leading goal (34) and overall scorer, has been limited to two shots on goal through the first two games.


    ABOUT THE SHARKS: Goaltender Martin Jones won only once in his final five starts of the regulation season but he has turned away 53 of 55 shots in the series and has surrendered only seven goals in five matchups against the Ducks this season. Captain Joe Pavelski, who has collected three assists in the first two games, said a key factor for San Jose was to not get rattled by the relentless physical play of Anaheim. "Nothing we haven't taken before," Pavelski said. "Maybe they are coming a little bit harder. Be poised. Make some plays. Stick to what we are trying to do."


    SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):





    LINE HISTORY: The Sharks opened as high as -161 home chalk and that number was too high and money coming in on Anaheim has dropped that moneyline down as low as -135 at some books. The total hit the betting board at 5 and has yet to move off the opening number.


    INJURY REPORT:


    Ducks - D Cam Fowler (Mid May, Shoulder), RW Patrick Eaves (Out For Season, Illness).


    Sharks - C Joe Thornton (Questionable, Knee), RW Barclay Goodrow (Questionable, Upper Body).


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Sharks are 8-2 in their last 10 games following a win.
    * Under is 7-1 in Ducks last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    * Under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose.
    * Ducks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
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    BOS at TOR 07:00 PM
    TOR -115
    O 5.5


    TB at NJ 07:30 PM
    TB -155
    O 6.0


    NAS at COL 10:00 PM
    NAS -150
    U 5.5


    ANA at SJ 10:30 PM
    SJ -155
    O 5.0
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    Matthews, Marleau help Maple Leafs beat Bruins in Game 3
    April 16, 2018



    TORONTO (AP) Auston Matthews got the go-ahead goal in the second period, Patrick Marleau scored twice, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.


    James van Riemsdyk also scored and Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly added two assists each ti help Toronto pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven set. Frederik Andersen stopped 40 shots.


    Adam McQuaid and Zdeno Chara had the goals for Boston, Sean Kuraly had two assists, and Tuukka Rask finished with 26 saves.


    The Maple Leafs will look to even the series at home in Game 4 on Thursday night.


    DEVILS 5, LIGHTNING 2


    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play, and New Jersey scored four times in the third to beat Tampa Bay in Game 3.


    Rookie Will Butcher had a power-play goal earlier in the third to tie the score 2-all, and Blake Coleman and Ben Lovejoy added empty net goals late. Cory Schneider made 34 saves while starting in place of Keith Kinkaid.


    Schneider, who seemed to hurt his groin in a collision with Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh midway through the final period, survived a late power play to nail down the win.


    Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos each had a power-play goal and an assist for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves.


    Game 4 of the best-of-seven series will be Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.

    SHARKS 8, DUCKS 1



    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joonas Donskoi scored one goal and set up another to start a four-goal barrage in the second period and San Jose raced past Anaheim for the third straight game to take a 3-0 series lead.


    Donskoi scored and then set up Marcus Sorensen in the opening four minutes of the second period to seize control of the game and series.


    Eric Fehr and Tomas Hertl added goals later in the second to turn this all-California series into a rout. Logan Couture had a goal and two assists, Joe Pavelski, Evander Kane and Chris Tierney scored power-play goals in the third period, for the Sharks, who have outscored the Ducks 14-3 through the first three games of the first-round series.


    Martin Jones made 45 saves, the most for a Sharks goalie in a regulation playoff game.


    San Jose will look to complete the sweep in Game 4 at home Wednesday night.


    Rickard Rakell scored a power-play goal for Anaheim, which has scored three goals all series - including just one at even strength.


    AVALANCHE 5, PREDATORS 3


    DENVER (AP) - Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, including one as part of a three-goal first period and another to chase Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne from the game, and Colorado pulled to 2-1 in the first-round series.


    Blake Comeau and Gabriel Bourque also scored in a furious opening period that revved up a pom-pom waving capacity crowd. Gabriel Landeskog was credited with an empty-net goal for the Avalanche, who snapped a 12-game skid against the Predators.


    Game 4 is Wednesday in Denver.


    MacKinnon's goal at 4:25 of the second period gave Colorado a 4-0 lead and prompted the Predators to pull Rinne in favor of backup Juuse Saros. Rinne allowed four goals on 15 shots.


    Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots on a night when the Avalanche finished 0 for 5 on the power play. Ryan Johansen had a second-period goal and Colton Sissons scored another in the third to make it 4-2.
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    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY APRIL 17, 2018
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    7:30 PM Washington Capitals Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena
    8:00 PM Winnipeg Jets Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center
    10:30 PM Vegas Golden Knights Los Angeles Kings Staples Center


    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 18, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center
    7:30 PM Tampa Bay Lightning New Jersey Devils Prudential Center
    10:00 PM Nashville Predators Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center
    10:30 PM Anaheim Ducks San Jose Sharks SAP Center at San Jose


    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY APRIL 19, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:00 PM Boston Bruins Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre
    7:30 PM Washington Capitals Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena
    10:00 PM Los Angeles Kings Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena


    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY APRIL 20, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
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    12:00 AM Minnesota Wild Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place
    12:00 AM Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena
    12:00 AM San Jose Sharks Anaheim Ducks Honda Center




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    NHL PLAYOFF RECORD:


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    04/16/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +4.25
    04/15/2018 5-1-2 83.33% +21.25
    04/14/2018 1-6-1 14.29% -27.75
    04/13/2018 2-3-1 40.00% -11.50
    04/12/2018 4-5-1 44.44% -4.00
    04/11/2018 4-2-0 66.67% +9.50


    TOTALS..........25-20-5.......55.55%.....-8.25
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