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    Preview: NY Islanders at New Jersey

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, February 19, 2016
    Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

    The New Jersey Devils host the New York Islanders on Friday in a battle of Metropolitan Division rivals fighting for their playoff lives. New York plays 12 of its next 14 games on the road after a 3-2 overtime loss to Washington on Thursday and is third in the Metropolitan – two points ahead of fifth-place New Jersey, which trails Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay by one point for a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

    “At least we got a point out of it (Thursday) so we could take something away from this game because we definitely didn’t play our best game,” the Islanders’ Frans Nielsen told reporters after scoring his 16th goal of the season. Special teams and goaltending have kept New Jersey relevant in the postseason picture as it is one of six teams ranked in the top 10 in penalty killing and on the power play, joining Washington, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Boston. Corey Schneider’s .928 save percentage and 2.04 goals-against average have him among the league leaders despite allowing five goals in a 6-3 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, snapping a string of seven games yielding two or fewer. New York has won eight of the last nine meetings, including a 4-0 triumph on Dec. 13 behind a pair of goals by former Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky that improved it to 2-0-1 in the five-game season series.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG Plus2 (New York), MSG Plus (New Jersey)

    ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (30-19-7): Captain John Tavares also scored Thursday – his team-leading 22nd – and has five goals and six assists during a seven-game point streak. Defenseman Nick Leddy has a four-game point streak after recording an assist Thursday while Nielsen scored for only the second time in his last 18 contests. Kyle Okposo recorded his team-high 30th assist Thursday and has three goals and seven assists in 10 February contests, raising his point total to 45 – second-best on the team and two behind Tavares.

    ABOUT THE DEVILS (29-22-7): Many believe New Jersey is overachieving and two examples can be found among its scoring leaders. Kyle Palmieri increased his career-high goal total with his team-best 21st on Tuesday – his first in 10 games – while Lee Stempniak (15 goals, club-high 40 points) is on pace for a career-best point total while already recording his most since totaling 52 in 2006-07 with St. Louis. Joseph Blandisi felt shame for his embellishment penalty after a slash by Philadelphia defenseman Andrew MacDonald on Tuesday, writing on Twitter: “Apologizing for my actions tonight, the game should never be taken advantage of like that.”


    1. The Devils have recorded a power-play goal in four consecutive games (6-for-17).

    2. New York went 0-for-2 with the man advantage Thursday, snapping a string of six straight contests with at least one power-play goal (7-for-22).

    3. The Islanders are 10-5-3 versus the Metropolitan Division while the Devils are 8-9-2.

    PREDICTION: Devils 3, Islanders 2


    Preview: San Jose at Carolina

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, February 19, 2016
    Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

    San Jose captain Joe Pavelski is slated to play in his 700th career game Friday, when the surging Sharks visit the Carolina Hurricanes. Pavelski, who tops the team in scoring with 54 points, recorded an assist before scoring the shootout winner as the Sharks extended their point streak to five games (4-0-1) with a 2-1 victory at Florida on Thursday.

    Joe Thornton brings a seven-game point streak into the contest after dishing out an assist Thursday for the Sharks, who own a Western Conference-best 20-8-2 record on the road. San Jose will have to work against the surprising Hurricanes, who saw their five-game point streak (3-0-2) come to an end with a 4-2 loss at Ottawa on Thursday and sit four points out of a playoff spot. Cam Ward (lower body) has been skating and could return after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury for Carolina, which is 4-0-1 in its last five home contests. Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has been kept off the scoresheet in seven straight games while brother Jordan has collected 13 points in an 11-game span.

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN California (San Jose), FSN Carolinas

    ABOUT THE SHARKS (31-20-5): Thornton has recorded three goals and seven assists during his seven-game run and owns 51 points – second on the team and three ahead of defenseman Brent Burns. Logan Couture scored the lone goal for San Jose on Thursday – his third in six games – and is warming up with eight points over his last six contests. Martin Jones has allowed four goals during his current four-game winning streak but may sit out in the second of a back-to-back in favor of Alex Stalock (eight goals against, last two).

    ABOUT THE HURRICANES (26-22-10): Riley Nash has stepped up to the plate offensively of late, scoring in three straight games to push his goal total to seven for the season. Jordan Staal leads a balanced offense with 35 points while five others have between 34 and 30 – including injured defenseman Justin Faulk (leg), who is likely to miss his fifth straight game. Eddie Lack has allowed four goals on 42 shots over the last two games while Ward would come in riding a nine-game point streak (5-0-4) if he is ready to go Friday.


    1. San Jose C Tommy Wingels suffered a shoulder injury in Thursday’s contest and likely will miss the game against Carolina.

    2. Carolina C Elias Lindholm has registered four assists in his last three games and has 20 on the season – two shy of his career best.

    3. The Sharks are 5-1-0 in the last six meetings with the Hurricanes, including a 5-2 triumph on Oct. 24 in San Jose.

    PREDICTION: Sharks 4, Hurricanes 2


    Preview: Buffalo at Columbus

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, February 19, 2016
    Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

    An eight-game losing streak to open the season all but buried the Columbus Blue Jackets, who will look to extend their point streak to a season-high seven contests when they host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. The Blue Jackets are 4-0-2 over the past six games and have only one regulation defeat in their last 10 contests (6-1-3).

    Columbus is 23-21-7 under coach John Tortorella, who replaced Todd Richards after the team stumbled out of the gate with seven straight defeats. “We have a much better understanding,” Tortorella told the Columbus Dispatch. “It’s from me to them, too. I’m still trying to figure them out, and I still haven’t got it all done. but it’s come along.” The Sabres will welcome back forward Evander Kane, who was suspended for Tuesday’s loss at Ottawa for missing practice following a night of festivities at the NBA All-Star Game. “I have great optimism that it’s a lesson learned, to be quite frank,” Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said. “It’s one he also has to start to show, continue to show that he has learned that lesson.”

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG (Buffalo), FSN Ohio (Columbus)

    ABOUT THE SABRES (23-28-7): Kane picked a particularly bad time for his transgression – he was on a tear with five goals in his previous six games to boost his season total to 16. “It was tough to let those guys down the other day, but I’m going to make sure that I’m the best player I can possibly be for these guys,” said Kane, who apologized to his teammates. “That will start in Columbus moving forward here.” Rookie Jack Eichel, who scored his first career goal in a 4-2 victory over Columbus on Oct. 12, has points in three straight games.

    ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (23-28-7): The parents of rookie Joonas Korpisalo are flying in from Finland to see their son make his 11th consecutive start, the longest string for Columbus since Sergei Bobrovsky’s 11-game string at the end of the 2014-15 season. Korpisalo is 6-1-3 with a 2.14 goals-against average during that span, permitting two goals or fewer eight times. “He’s just playing,” Tortorella said. “He’s been impressive every night he’s out there, and it’s really helped our team, as far as playing off him and having confidence in our goalie.”


    1. Buffalo has failed on 13 straight power-play chances over the past four games.

    2. Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell has 30 points in 36 games versus Buffalo, including a goal in the early-season loss.

    3. Sabres C Daniel Catenacci, who has missed the past three games due to a concussion, was back at practice Thursday.

    PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 2


    Preview: Philadelphia at Montreal

    When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, February 19, 2016
    Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

    The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers look to strengthen their standing for a potential postseason berth at the other’s expense on Friday when the struggling clubs meet at the Bell Centre. While both teams are on the outside looking in, Philadelphia owns a two-point advantage over free-falling Montreal with two games in hand.

    Wayne Simmonds scored his ninth goal in 11 outings and added an assist as the Flyers posted just their second win in seven contests with a 6-3 triumph over New Jersey on Tuesday. “We’re not satisfied until we’re in the playoffs. We have a lot more work to do,” said Simmonds, who tallied twice in his team’s 4-2 win over the Canadiens on Feb. 2. Montreal returns home after a fruitless three-game road trip and has dropped 25 of 35 contests (10-23-2) after reigning Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price went down with a suspected knee injury in November. Ben Scrivens made 25 saves on Wednesday, but the Canadiens dropped a 3-2 decision to Colorado.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network, CSN Philadelphia, RDS, Sportsnet (Montreal)

    ABOUT THE FLYERS (25-21-10): Shayne Gostisbehere scored versus the Devils to extend his point streak to 13 games (four goals, 12 assists), the longest by a rookie defenseman in NHL history. The 22-year-old Floridian, who recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over the Canadiens on Jan. 5, is two tallies shy of matching Behn Wilson (1978-79) for the most tallies by a rookie blue-liner in franchise history. Steve Mason turned aside 30 shots in the more recent meeting with Montreal to improve to 4-0-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average in his career versus the club.

    ABOUT THE CANADIENS (27-27-4): Coach Michel Therrien took aim at P.K. Subban after the All-Star defenseman lost an edge and fell to the ice on the eventual game-winning goal against the Avalanche. “An individual mistake cost us the game. I thought he could have made a better decision at the blue line and put the puck behind,” Therrien said. “… We play as a team, and unfortunately at the end of the game, when we don’t play as a team we could be in trouble, and this is what happens.” Subban has been held off the scoresheet in two straight contests following an eight-game point streak.


    1. Philadelphia C Brayden Schenn has scored in back-to-back contests and has three goals and two assists in the last four games.

    2. The Canadiens have yielded three power-play goals in the last two contests.

    3. The Flyers are 3-for-7 with the man advantage against Montreal this season.

    PREDICTION: Canadiens 3, Flyers 1


    Preview: Vancouver at Calgary

    When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, February 19, 2016
    Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

    The Vancouver Canucks attempt to keep alive their fading playoff hopes when they take a brief pause from a lengthy stretch of home games to visit the Calgary Flames on Friday. Vancouver, which has a string of five straight at Rogers Arena after its contest in Alberta, is coming off a three-game homestand on which it dropped three 5-2 decisions.

    The losing streak has left the Canucks eight points behind Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, with two other teams between them. Calgary also is on a three-game slide as it looks to salvage the finale of its three-game homestand. The Flames are even farther back in the playoff chase as they trail the Avalanche by 11 points. Calgary is 2-1-0 in the five-game season series with Vancouver, losing its lone home contest while winning two on the road.

    TV: 9 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Pacific (Vancouver), Sportsnet West (Calgary)

    ABOUT THE CANUCKS (22-23-12): Vancouver will be glad to get away from home, if even for just one game, as it has suffered six straight losses at Rogers Arena while winning its last two on the road. Daniel Sedin, who leads the team with 48 points, has recorded a goal and three assists over his last three games. Captain Henrik Sedin is riding a four-game point streak after being kept off the scoresheet in his previous five contests.

    ABOUT THE FLAMES (25-28-3): Calgary already is without Dennis Wideman, who will miss the ninth contest of his 20-game suspension that was upheld by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Wednesday, and also could be missing fellow defenseman Ladislav Smid when it faces Vancouver. The 30-year-old Smid left Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota in the first period with an upper-body injury after seeing 5 minutes, 5 seconds of ice time. Blue-liner Kris Russell also is a question mark after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury.


    1. The Flames are last in the league on the penalty kill (73.3 percent) and next-to-last on the power play (15.7 percent).

    2. Vancouver LW Sven Baertschi, who was a first-round draft pick of Calgary in 2011, has scored a goal in three of his last five games.

    3. Calgary LW Johnny Gaudreau, who leads the team in goals (22), assists (33) and points (55), has been kept off the scoresheet in three of his last seven games but has notched eight points in the other four contests.

    PREDICTION: Flames 3, Canucks 2


    Hot teams
    — San Jose won four of its last five games. Carolina won four of last five at home.
    — Islanders won four of last six games; New Jersey won three of last four.
    — Blue Jackets won six of their last nine games.

    Cold teams
    — Buffalo lost five of its last seven games.
    — Flyers lost five of their lst seven games. Montreal lost last three games, allowing 15 goals.
    — Calgary lost last three games, allowing 15 goals. Canucks lost seven of last nine games.

    Series records
    — Sharks lost five of last seven games with Carolina.
    — Islanders won eight of last nine games with New Jersey.
    — Sabres won four of last six games with Columbus.
    — Flyers lost their last three visits to Montreal.
    — Flames won five of last seven games with Vancouver.

    — Seven of last ten San Jose-Carolina games went over.
    — Under is 5-0-2 in last seven Islander-Devil games.
    — Over is 8-1-1 in last ten Buffalo-Columbus games.
    — Four of last five Montreal-Philly games went over.
    — Four of last five Calgary games went over the total.

    — San Jose lost four of last five if it played night before. Carolina won six of its last eight if it played the night before.
    — Islanders won five of last six games if they played the night before.
    — Vancouver is 5-3 if it played the night before


    Grand Salami – February
    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

    2/1 No games scheduled – – –
    2/2 12 64.5 75 OVER
    2/3 3 16 15 UNDER
    2/4 12 64.5 77 OVER
    2/5 4 21 27 OVER
    2/6 12 62 67 OVER
    2/7 3 16.5 17 OVER
    2/8 4 20 20 PUSH
    2/9 12 64.5 72 OVER
    2/10 3 16.5 10 UNDER
    2/11 9 49.5 66 OVER
    2/12 7 35.5 47 OVER
    2/13 10 52 56 OVER
    2/14 5 25 24 UNDER
    2/15 7 38.5 47 OVER
    2/16 8 43.5 39 UNDER
    2/17 3 16.5 21 OVER
    2/18 11 60.5 68 OVER
    2/19 5 –


    Hockey Crusher

    Montreal Canadiens + Philadelphia Flyers – UNDER 5.5
    (System Record: 47-4, won last game)
    Overall Record: 47-59-17

    New Jersey Devils -101 over New York Islanders



    Play Montreal -115 over Philadelphia



    Play Columbus -140 over Buffalo—Top Play (25 units)



    500* Play Columbus -140 over Buffalo






    Steam Rot#: 51 Team: San Jose -130

    Steam Rot#: 59Team: Vancouver -139

    Steam Rot#: 55 Team: Buffalo -140



    3 Unit Play Take #52 Carolina +115
    over San Jose
    Looking to once again back the underrated Carolina Hurricanes in this one. Catching a satisfied fat and happy San Jose team who is 2-0 to start their road trip here and who may not be as focused as needed in this one. Carolina has also outshot their last 5 opponents and have been a solid under the radar team all year in the advanced stats I like to use.

    Take Carolina here.


    NHL Hockey Betting Trends – Friday – Feb, 19

    San Jose at Carolina, 7:05 PM ET
    San Jose: N/A
    Carolina: N/A

    NY Islanders at New Jersey, 7:05 PM ET
    New York: 15-7 SU in road games on Friday nights
    New Jersey: 7-18 SU after a game where 7 or more total goals were scored

    Buffalo at Columbus, 7:05 PM ET
    Buffalo: 0-14 SU in road games off a loss against a division rival
    Columbus: 15-9 SU off a close home loss by 1 goal

    Philadelphia at Montreal, 7:35 PM ET
    Philadelphia: 0-8 SU on the road when the money line is -100 to -150
    Montreal: 80-52 SU when playing their 3rd game in 5 days

    Vancouver at Calgary, 9:05 PM ET
    Vancouver: 6-15 SU after one or more consecutive overs
    Calgary: 6-0 SU in home games after 2 or more consecutive overs

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