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    Preview: Boston at Buffalo

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, January 15, 2016
    Where: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

    The Boston Bruins are struggling to score goals and hold third-period leads during their current tailspin. Boston looks to avoid a season-high fourth straight loss in the finale of its five-game road trip on Friday when they battle the Atlantic Division-rival Buffalo Sabres.

    “Right now, it’s a frustrating time for our team,” coach Claude Julien said after a 3-2 setback to Philadelphia dropped the Bruins to 2-7-1 in their last 10 contests. “Missed opportunities at one end and mistakes at the other, so we’ve got to turn the tide.” Like Wednesday’s contest against the Flyers, a third-period lead also went by the boards for Boston in an eventual 6-3 setback to Buffalo on Dec. 26. Former Boston University star Jack Eichel enjoyed a career-high four-point performance by scoring two goals and setting up two others in that contest, but had just one assist on the team’s three-game road trip. Jamie McGinn collected a goal and an assist in the previous meeting with the Bruins and also tallied as Buffalo won its second straight contest with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), MSG-B (Buffalo), Bell TV

    ABOUT THE BRUINS (21-16-5): Loui Eriksson pulled into a tie with fellow forwards Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron by scoring his team-leading 15th goal versus Philadelphia and notched a pair of assists in his previous encounter with Buffalo. Bergeron has been held off the scoresheet in two straight and three of his last four contests while Marchand is mired in a 10-game goal drought. Speaking of struggling, Tuukka Rask has dropped five straight decisions (0-4-1) in January and seven of eight overall.

    ABOUT THE SABRES (17-22-4): Ryan O’Reilly, who takes a four-game point streak into Friday’s tilt versus Boston, had two goals and an assist in last month’s meeting to increase his career point total to six in seven games. Buffalo was active on its day off Thursday, recalling Robin Lehner from Rochester of the American Hockey League and sending rookie goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Americans. Lehner has been sidelined since spraining his right ankle in a season-opening loss to Ottawa on Oct. 8.


    1. Boston has scored two goals or fewer in eight of its last 11 games.

    2. Buffalo is just 8-13-2 at home this season.

    3. The road team has won four of the last five contests.

    PREDICTION: Bruins 2, Sabres 1


    Preview: Chicago at Toronto

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, January 15, 2016
    Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

    The Chicago Blackhawks attempt to stretch their winning streak into double digits when they visit the Original Six-rival Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. Chicago extended its run to nine games with a 2-1 triumph at Montreal on Thursday and is two victories shy of matching the franchise record of 11 consecutive wins set Feb. 15-March 6, 2013.

    The Blackhawks’ streak has pulled them into a tie with Central Division-rival Dallas for first place in the Western Conference, although the Stars have two games in hand. Toronto is trending in the opposite direction, entering Friday’s matchup with a three-game losing streak during which it has totaled two goals. Brad Boyes recorded the team’s lone tally in Wednesday’s loss to Columbus to give him three in his last seven games after netting only two in his first 27 contests. Chicago and Toronto split their two-game series last season, with each club winning at home.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, CSN Chicago, TSN4 (Toronto)

    ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (29-13-4): Jonathan Toews is riding a four-game point streak during which he has recorded three goals and four assists. The 27-year-old captain will have hit the 20-goal plateau in each of his nine NHL seasons with three more tallies. Friday’s game marks Joel Quenneville’s first as the second-winningest coach in league history as he notched his 783rd career victory Thursday to snap a tie with Al Arbour.

    ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (16-18-7): Leo Komarov’s assist Wednesday was his 29th point of the season, tying him with James van Riemsdyk for the team lead. The 28-year-old Estonian tops the club with 15 goals but enters Friday in search of his first in 10 games. Tyler Bozak, who is two points behind Komarov and van Riemsdyk, also has struggled producing goals as he is in the midst of a seven-game drought.


    1. Maple Leafs LW Joffrey Lupul has gone nine games without a point and has recorded two (both goals) in his last 18 contests.

    2. Chicago RW Patrick Kane, who leads the league with 63 points, has scored a goal in one of his last seven games.

    3. Toronto recalled LW Rich Clune from its American Hockey League affiliate.

    PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Maple Leafs 2


    Preview: Vancouver at Carolina

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, January 15, 2016
    Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

    The Carolina Hurricanes are looking like a playoff contender, and they can enhance their position in the Eastern Conference when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Jeff Skinner recorded a goal and an assist as Carolina posted a 4-1 triumph at St. Louis on Thursday to extend its winning streak to a season-high four games.

    The Hurricanes moved into a virtual tie with Boston and New Jersey for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference as they earned a point for the ninth time in 11 games (7-2-2). Carolina will try to take advantage of Vancouver, which is trying to find its way through a see-saw campaign after falling 4-1 at Washington on Thursday in the opener of its six-game road trip. The Canucks stand just outside a playoff position in the West with a record that includes 27 losses overall in 44 outings. However, Vancouver has won five straight meetings with the Hurricanes, including a 3-2 victory at home on Jan. 6.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Pacific (Vancouver), FSN Carolinas

    ABOUT THE CANUCKS (17-17-10): Bo Horvat continued his surge with an assist on Thursday, giving him seven points during a five-game streak, but has a team-worst minus-22 rating. Daniel Sedin was blanked at Washington but leads the team with 19 goals and 40 points while twin brother Henrik has notched nine and 28. Jacob Markstrom, who is 3-1-1 in his last five games, could get the start against Carolina after Ryan Miller played on Thursday.

    ABOUT THE HURRICANES (20-18-7): Carolina has played solid defense most of the season, but its offense has warmed up of late with 15 goals during the current winning streak. The Hurricanes have seven players with at least 20 points as defenseman Justin Faulk leads the way with 32 while Skinner has a team-best 17 goals. Eddie Lack earned the victory Thursday, meaning Cam Ward is likely to get the start against Vancouver after allowing just seven goals in his last four starts (3-0-1).


    1. Carolina C Elias Lindholm has notched six points and a plus-2 rating in his last four games.

    2. Vancouver RW Emerson Etem has registered six shots and no points in two games since being acquired from the New York Rangers.

    3. The Hurricanes have scored a power-play goal in four straight games while the Canucks are 9-for-9 on the penalty kill in the same span.

    PREDICTION: Hurricanes 4, Canucks 2


    Preview: Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, January 15, 2016
    Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

    Two teams on the rise look to continue their ascent when the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Captain Steven Stamkos is heating up for the Lightning, who have won four of their last five contests, while Pittsburgh has earned at least one point in eight of its last 10 games (5-2-3).

    Stamkos has scored four goals in as many games to reach 20 for the eighth straight season to start his career and is prospering on a new line with Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestnikov. “It’s just going to keep getting better and better, hopefully,” Stamkos told reporters. “The more we play with each other, the more chemistry and awareness we have on the ice.” The Penguins are as healthy as they have been in a while with oft-injured defenseman Kris Letang serving as a catalyst, posting 12 points in his last eight contests. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby (39 points in 28 games) and Evgeni Malkin (40 in 30) also have given Tampa Bay fits over the years.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TVA, ROOT (Pittsburgh), Sun Sports (Tampa Bay)

    ABOUT THE PENGUINS (20-16-6): Malkin, who will join Letang at the All-Star Game, has recorded nine points in his last seven games and will be hoping to make up for his penalty in overtime that led to a loss at Carolina on Tuesday. Crosby (33 points) trails Malkin (39) for the team scoring lead and has registered six multi-point performances in his last 11 games. One of the many reasons the Penguins have turned things around after a rough stretch is their penalty-killing, which is 26-for-27 over the last 10 contests.

    ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (22-17-4): Tampa Bay has lost just once in five games since Palat returned to the lineup after his second stint on injured reserve this season, and the left wing produced a goal and two assists in the 4-0 win over Colorado on Tuesday. Namestnikov has recorded five assists and a plus-7 rating over his last three contests and shares the team lead with defenseman Victor Hedman at plus-12. Nikita Kucherov tops the club with 34 points and has notched 21 of them in the last 17 games.


    1. Pittsburgh C Nick Bonino suffered a hand injury at Carolina on Tuesday and is expected to miss at least a month.

    2. The Lightning are just 10-8-2 at home this season after going 32-8-1 in 2014-15.

    3. The Penguins have won 11 of the last 12 meetings but dropped a 4-3 decision at Tampa Bay last season.

    PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Lightning 3


    Preview: Winnipeg at Minnesota

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, January 15, 2016
    Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    The Minnesota Wild attempt to salvage the finale of their three-game homestand when they face off against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. Minnesota began the homestand by dropping one-goal decisions to New Jersey and Buffalo and has lost three straight overall (0-2-1) at Xcel Energy Center.

    The Wild are tied for last in the Central Division with 113 tallies but have the third-best goal differential at plus-11. Winnipeg looks to post consecutive victories for the first time this month after snapping a three-game slide with an overtime triumph over Nashville on Thursday. Blake Wheeler tallied 51 seconds into the extra session to cap a two-point performance and raise his team-leading total to 43. Wheeler and Bryan Little have recorded five points apiece in three games against Minnesota this season, two of which were won by the Jets.

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, TSN3 (Winnipeg), FSN North (Minnesota)

    ABOUT THE JETS (20-21-3): Little halted his eight-game goal-scoring drought Thursday with his team-leading 15th of the season and added an assist for his second multipoint effort in three contests. Drew Stafford is now one tally behind Little after seeing his drought reach four games. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien could miss Friday’s contest as he exited the win over Nashville in the third period with an upper-body injury after scoring a pair of goals in the second session.

    ABOUT THE WILD (22-13-8): Ryan Carter sat out Tuesday’s loss and also will miss the next two games with a hand injury. “He skated on his own today,” coach Mike Yeo told reporters. “He’s just not feeling well enough to get out there and play the game that he needs to play.” Minnesota is expected to have Nate Prosser in the lineup Friday after the defenseman sat out three contests with a hand injury.


    1. Byfuglien has reached double digits in goals in eight of his last nine seasons.

    2. After scoring a career-high 24 goals in 80 games last season, Minnesota RW Nino Niederreiter has netted eight in 43 contests this campaign — none in his last seven.

    3. Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd is mired in an eight-game goal-scoring drought and has tallied once in his last 12 contests.

    PREDICTION: Wild 3, Jets 2


    Preview: Dallas at Anaheim

    When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, January 15, 2016
    Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California

    The Dallas Stars appeared to have left last season’s road woes in their rearview mirror after winning 11 of their first 14 tilts away from the American Airlines Center. The tide quickly turned, however, and the Central Division-leading Stars look to avoid their sixth straight road defeat on Friday when they open a three-game trek against the Anaheim Ducks.

    “We’re all not happy about how we’re playing,” said veteran Jason Spezza, who recorded his ninth point in seven contests with an assist in Saturday’s 2-1 setback to Minnesota. “We’ve got to just focus on winning our games and getting back to it.” While Dallas is 0-3-2 in its last five road contests, Anaheim improved to 6-2-1 in its last nine and 3-2-0 on its season-high eight-game homestand with a 4-1 triumph over Ottawa on Wednesday. Frederik Andersen made 24 saves versus the Senators to up his mark to 6-3-3 since going winless in his first eight appearances of the season.

    TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest-Plus (Dallas), FS Prime Ticket (Anaheim), RSN

    ABOUT THE STARS (29-11-4): Captain Jamie Benn scored his team’s lone goal versus the Wild and notched three assists in Dallas’ 4-3 victory over Aanheim on Oct. 27. His brother Jordie is expected to return to the lineup after a two-game absence due to a lower-body injury. “Feeling good. It’s good to get back on the ice and skate with the fellas,” the defenseman told the team’s website. “I just needed that couple days just to do a little rehab and get some rest and back to normal.”

    ABOUT THE DUCKS (18-17-7): Jakob Silfverberg likely was inspired to play against his former team, but the 25-year-old Swede has two multi-point performances in his last three contests. Ryan Getzlaf was also inspired – for a much different reason – as he was demoted in-game versus Ottawa after a failed drop pass resulted in a goal. The captain, who responded with an assist to extend his point streak to three games, scored and set up a goal in the previous encounter with Dallas.


    1. Dallas RW Ales Hemsky will draw back into the lineup after missing six straight games with a lower-body injury.

    2. Anaheim has thwarted all 28 short-handed opportunities over the last eight contests.

    3. Stars G Antti Niemi is 0-2-1 this month and owns a 5-5-4 mark on the road this season.

    PREDICTION: Stars 4, Ducks 2


    Hot teams
    — Carolina won its last four games, allowing total of seven goals. Canucks are 4-0 in game following their last four losses.
    — Buffalo won its last two games after losing its previous six.
    — Chicago won last nine games, allowing 13 goals in last seven.
    — Lightning won four of their last five games.
    — Anaheim won four of its last six home games.

    Cold teams
    — Boston lost eight of its last ten games.
    — Toronto lost its last three games, outscored 12-2.
    — Penguins lost three of their last four games.
    — Winnipeg lost three of its last four games. Minnesota lost five of its last seven.
    — Dallas Stars lost four of their last five games.

    Series records
    — Canucks won their last five games with Carolina.
    — Sabres won 6-3/2-1so in last two games with Boston.
    — Blackhawks won eight of last ten games with Toronto.
    — Penguins won nine of last ten games with Tampa Bay.
    — Jets won four of last five games with Minnesota.
    — Road team won four of last five Dalls-Anaheim games. .

    — Under is 3-0-1 in last four Vancouver-Carolina games.
    — Under is 4-0-1 in last five Boston games.
    — Under is 3-1-1 in last five Blackhawk games.
    — Nine of last ten Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay games went over.
    — Under is 6-2-2 in last ten Minnesota games.
    — Under is 5-1-2 in last eight Anaheim games.

    — Vancouver is 3-2 on road if it played night before; teams are 1-6 the night after playing the Caps. Carolina is 5-2 if it played night before; teams are 2-2 the night after playing St Louis. .
    — Chicago is 0-4 on road (5-0 at home) if it played night before; teams are 4-2 the night after playing the Canadiens.
    — Winnipeg is 2-7 if it played the night before; teams are 3-2 night after playing Nashville.


    Grand Salami – January
    By VI News

    The Grand Salami in pro hockey is decided by adding up all the goals scored in every game scheduled for that particular day. You can wager on ‘over’ or ‘under’ the Grand Salami total. The total is set by adding up all listed ‘over/under’ odds for each game on that particular day.

    Note: The Grand Salami will have no action if any game is suspended or cancelled before the regulation time of three twenty minute periods. Also, regardless of the number of goals scored during the shoot out portion of the overtime, the final scored recorded for the game will give the winning team on more goal than its opponent based on the score at the end of regulation time.

    *The majority of sportsbooks do not put out a total on the Grand Salami when there is only one game on the card. For tracking purposes, we will continue to show the ‘over/under’ for goals and combined goals scored on days with just one game.


    Date No. of Games Total Goals Combined Goals Scored Result

    1/1 2 10.5 9 UNDER
    1/2 12 61.5 63 OVER
    1/3 4 21 22 OVER
    1/4 5 27 17 UNDER
    1/5 8 43.5 46 OVER
    1/6 5 26.5 23 UNDER
    1/7 7 38.5 29 UNDER
    1/8 6 31.5 34 OVER
    1/9 10 53 47 UNDER
    1/10 6 30 32 OVER
    1/11 4 20.5 22 OVER
    1/12 8 42.5 45 OVER
    1/13 4 21.5 20 UNDER
    1/14 8 42.5 37 UNDER
    1/15 6 –



    Hockey Crusher
    Dallas Stars + Anaheim Ducks – UNDER 5.5

    (System Record: 34-4, won last 2 games and a push)
    Overall Record: 34-45-15

    Tampa Bay Lightning -133 over Pittsburgh Pengiuns



    Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay – Friday January 15, 2016
    The Penguins head to Tampa Bay tonight and come into the contest with an 11-1 record in their last 12 games versus the Lightning. Pittsburgh is the pick (+115) according to Dunkel, which has the Penguins favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (+115).



    Steam Rot#: 11 Team: Anaheim -120

    Steam Rot#: 7 Team: Pittsburgh PL-230

    Steam Rot#: 5 Team: Toronto +115



    Game: Dallas Stars (11) @ Anaheim Ducks (12)
    Time: Friday 01/15 10:05 PM Eastern
    Pick: Anaheim -115 (moneyline)
    Dallas has hit a mid-season slump, losing six of nine. Road travel is the problem, playing their seventh road contest in the last 12 games tonight. Dallas opened 11-2-1 on the road but has since gone 1-4-3 since while allowing an average of 3.9 goals. The Stars have yielded six goals in their last two road games. They come off a 2-1 home loss to Minnesota, part of a 2-5 run. Dallas has gone 2 for 34 on the power play in its last 13 road games. Goalie Antti Niemi has lost his past four road games and has an .857 save percentage in the last three, while fellow net-minder Kari Lehtonen is 0-1-0 with a 7.67 goals-against average in three road starts. The Ducks are off a 4-1 win over Ottawa on this season-high eight-game homestand. Grab the home team in this one and take Anaheim.


    NHL Hockey Betting Trends – Friday – Dec, 15

    Vancouver at Carolina, 7:05 PM ET
    Vancouver: 48-36 SU in road games on Friday nights
    Carolina: 3-14 SU after having won 4 or 5 of their last 6

    Boston at Buffalo, 7:05 PM ET
    Boston: 26-19 SU in road games after playing 4 consecutive road games
    Buffalo: 1-14 SU off a road win by 1 goal

    Chicago at Toronto, 7:05 PM ET
    Chicago: 15-2 SU after a non-conference game
    Toronto: 10-31 SU after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game

    Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 7:35 PM ET
    Pittsburgh: 26-19 SU when playing with 2 days rest
    Tampa Bay: 1-6 SU off a road win scoring 4 or more goals

    Winnipeg at Minnesota, 8:05 PM ET
    Winnipeg: 9-4 SU on road after home game where both teams score 3 or more
    Minnesota: 0-5 SU in home games off 2 or more consecutive home losses

    Dallas at Anaheim, 10:05 PM ET
    Dallas: 12-2 SU after 1 or more consecutive losses
    Anaheim: 2-10 SU after allowing 1 goal or less in their previous game



    Toronto – Over 5.5


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    Minn over Winn
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