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    Preview: Boston at Chicago

    When: 12:30 PM ET, Sunday, April 3, 2016
    Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

    A late-season tailspin likely torpedoed the Chicago Blackhawks’ bid for a division title and may have cost them a chance for home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The situation is more precarious for the Boston Bruins, who are fighting for a postseason spot as they prepare to visit the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

    Chicago capped a 3-1-0 road trip with a 5-4 overtime win at Winnipeg on Friday to draw within four points of second-place St. Louis in the Central Division. The Blackhawks have dropped four in a row at home, however, and have had major issues with the Bruins, who are 4-0-3 in their last seven at United Center. Boston scored only 10 goals during a 1-6-0 slide before its offense erupted in a 6-5 victory at St. Louis on Friday and sits one point behind third-place Detroit in the Atlantic Division with one game in hand. The Bruins, who also trail Philadelphia by one point for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven versus Chicago with a 4-2 home victory on March 3.

    TV: 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, Sportsnet, TVA

    ABOUT THE BRUINS (41-29-8): Boston has concerns on the blue line after defenseman Kevan Miller was forced to exit Friday’s game with a lower-body injury and Dennis Seidenberg missing the road trip due to a similar ailment. David Krejci sparked the offensive explosion Friday by scoring twice and assisting on a pair of tallies while Patrice Bergeron reached 30 goals for the third time in his career. “You have to play desperate every night, and now we have to move forward,” Bergeron said. “It’s about making sure we do the job and we only worry about that one game.”

    ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (45-26-7): Veteran Marian Hossa, who is one goal shy of 500, was back at practice Saturday after missing the previous night’s game, but Andrew Shaw will sit out the contest with an upper-body injury sustained on Friday. Artemi Panarin snapped a nine-game goal-scoring drought by netting two tallies and setting up two others to boost his NHL rookie-leading totals to 27 goals and 41 points. Corey Crawford was on the ice Saturday for the first time since he was hurt on March 14 and could practice soon, coach Joel Quenneville said.


    1. Chicago RW Patrick Kane, who has recorded 40 goals and a league-high 96 points, has notched four tallies and four assists in 11 games against the Bruins.

    2. Bergeron has registered five goals and 16 points in 13 contests versus Chicago.

    3. Blackhawks D Duncan Keith will serve the second contest of his six-game suspension for swinging his stick at Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle.

    PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3


    Preview: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

    When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 3, 2016
    Where: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Two of the hottest teams in the league look to continue their surge toward the postseason when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the Metropolitan Division-rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. The Penguins have won five in a row after recording a 5-0 rout of the New York Islanders on Saturday to clinch a playoff spot while the Flyers were edging Ottawa 3-2 for their third straight triumph.

    Pittsburgh has won 11 of its last 12 contests and is 10-1-0 since All-Star Evgeni Malkin went down with an injury but will be without Marc-Andre Fleury indefinitely due to his second concussion of the season. Rookie Matt Murray made 24 saves for his first NHL shutout Saturday and Jeff Zatkoff was the backup for the Penguins, who occupy second place in the Metropolitan and are 10-2-0 in their last 12 games against division rivals. Philadelphia improved to 13-3-2 over its last 18 contests by netting three power-play goals to beat the Senators on Saturday and keep hold of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Steve Mason has been outstanding in net for the Flyers, allowing two or goals or fewer in seven consecutive games.

    TV: 5 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, ROOT (Pittsburgh)

    ABOUT THE FLYERS (39-25-13): Wayne Simmonds recorded a pair of goals Saturday to push his season total to a team-high 28 – one away from matching his career high set in 2013-14. Captain Claude Giroux, who leads the team with 65 points, was kept off the scoresheet Saturday but has scored four goals in his last seven contests. Jakub Voracek snapped a three-game point drought with two assists against the Senators while Brayden Schenn has recorded a goal and three assists in the last three contests.

    ABOUT THE PENGUINS (45-25-8): Captain Sidney Crosby, who got off to an uncharacteristically slow start this season, leads the team with 81 points and has notched at least one in 17 of his last 18 contests. Defenseman Kris Letang extended his point streak to five games with an assist Saturday and Phil Kessel has recorded five goals in his last five contests to reach 26 on the season. The Penguins got back Brian Dumoulin from an upper-body injury Saturday and fellow defenseman Olli Maatta (lower body) could return soon.


    1. The Flyers signed G Ray Emery for the rest of the season to give them a veteran option in net with only rookie Anthony Stolarz behind Mason.

    2. Pittsburgh RW Patric Hornqvist reached 20 goals for the third straight season and sixth time in his last seven campaigns with a tally Saturday.

    3. The Penguins won both of their previous two meetings with the Flyers, including a 4-1 triumph on March 19, and conclude the season series on April 9 in Philadelphia.

    PREDICTION: Flyers 4, Penguins 3


    Preview: Minnesota at Winnipeg

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 3, 2016
    Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    The Minnesota Wild have an opportunity to secure a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive season on Sunday, when they visit the Central Division-rival Winnipeg Jets. The Wild own a five-point lead over Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference and will clinch a trip to the postseason with a victory over the Jets and a loss by the Avalanche to the visiting St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

    Minnesota appeared to be a lock for the playoffs following a six-game winning streak, but back-to-back one-goal losses to Ottawa and Detroit stalled its drive. The Wild have had their struggles against Winnipeg, losing five of the last six meetings – including three of four this season. Minnesota, which winds up the season with home games against San Jose and Calgary, has not allowed more than three goals in its last eight contests. The Jets are in the midst of a four-game skid (0-2-2) and will play their final home contest before finishing the season with a three-game California road trip.

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

    ABOUT THE WILD (38-30-11): Coach John Torchetti juggled his lines Friday in Detroit, moving Charlie Coyle between Thomas Vanek and Jason Zucker while shifting Mikael Granlund to a unit with captain Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. “That (Granlund) line was getting a couple of looks,” Torchetti told reporters. “Charlie did a really good job playing at center; he was so big and strong, and getting us a little more puck possession.” Erik Haula had his 10-game point streak snapped Friday, but he has recorded only one goal in nine games versus Winnipeg.

    ABOUT THE JETS (31-39-8): Blake Wheeler scored a pair of goals and set up another in Friday’s overtime loss to Chicago to establish a career high with 72 points. “I’m still, regardless of where we’re standing, trying to win hockey games,” said Wheeler, who acknowledged that the personal milestone will provide satisfaction down the road. “At some point after the season, I’ll look back on it and be proud of the work I put in.” Riding a seven-game point streak, Wheeler has burned the Wild with three goals and four assists in the last five meetings.


    1. The Jets have failed on all 25 power-play chances over their last 10 games.

    2. Wild D Jared Spurgeon, who missed Friday’s game, will skate Sunday morning to determine if he’s available.

    3. Winnipeg C Mark Scheifele has collected three goals and six assists during his six-game point streak.

    PREDICTION: Wild 4, Jets 3


    Preview: St. Louis at Colorado

    When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 3, 2016
    Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

    The St. Louis Blues jolted the Colorado Avalanche’s postseason hopes early last week and can possibly eliminate their Central Division rivals from postseason contention when they pay a visit to Pepsi Center on Sunday. The Avalanche have dropped four of their last five contests and trail Minnesota by five points for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference with four games to play.

    The Blues have plenty on the line as they pursue first-place Dallas for the division title, sitting four points back of the Stars with four games remaining and one in hand. St. Louis had its five-game winning streak snapped in Friday’s 6-5 loss to Boston, a spectacular stretch during which it permitted one goal while posting four straight shutouts. Colorado won its first three meetings with the Blues this season before suffering a 3-1 defeat at St. Louis on Tuesday, and followed that up with a lackluster effort in a 4-2 home loss to Washington three nights later. “When you don’t play .500 hockey at home, it’s hard to make the playoffs,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy told reporters.

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN

    ABOUT THE BLUES (46-23-9): Coach Ken Hitchock tinkered with his lines at Friday practice, replacing Jaden Schwartz with Alex Steen on a unit with leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera. Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he may shift Schwartz to a line with the red-shot Paul Stastny and Troy Brouwer while Dmitrij Jaskin will move alongside Patrik Berglund and captain David Backes. Jake Allen, who posted a shutout at Washington in his last start, takes a 1-2-1 record and 3.40 goals-against average versus Colorado into Sunday’s game.

    ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (39-35-4): Defenseman Nikita Zadorov sustained a concussion when he absorbed a shot to the head from Washington’s Tom Wilson during the second period Friday, a check that did not draw a penalty. “I didn’t like the hit because, to me, it was a blindside hit,” Roy told reporters Saturday. “I think it was a head shot, should have been penalized. That’s how I see it.” Captain Gabriel Landeskog scored one goal and set up another in Friday’s defeat, but he has tallied only once in 19 games versus St. Louis.


    1. Stastny had recorded four goals and 12 assists over his last 11 games.

    2. Avalanche RW Jarome Iginla has reached the 20-goal plateau for the 17th time in his career and is one shy of tying Bobby Hull (610) for 16th place on the all-time list.

    3. Blues D Carl Gunnarsson (lower body), who has missed the last three games, could rejoin the lineup Sunday.

    PREDICTION: Avalanche 3, Blues 2


    Preview: Dallas at Anaheim

    When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 3, 2016
    Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California

    The Dallas Stars are closing in on the Central Division title and top overall seed in the Western Conference by using a strong finishing kick against a flurry of playoff opponents. Winners of four in a row and seven of its last eight, Dallas looks to complete an impressive back-to-back when it visits the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

    The Stars did the Ducks a favor by rallying for a 3-2 victory over Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles on Saturday, giving Anaheim a chance to leapfrog the Kings into first place with a victory on Sunday. With three games remaining, Dallas owns a four-point lead over second-place St. Louis, which has a game in hand. Anaheim, which has played seven in a row against teams eliminated from playoff contention, squandered a great opportunity to overtake Los Angeles with a 3-2 home loss to Vancouver on Friday. “We haven’t played a 60-minute game in a while,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’ll either be an eye-opener (Sunday) or we’ll rise to the occasion.”

    TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Dallas), Prime Ticket, FSN San Diego (Anaheim)

    ABOUT THE STARS (48-22-9): Captain and reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Jamie Benn has tallied five times during a four-goal scoring streak to boost his season total to 41 while establishing a career high with 88 points – one more than his total from last season. Mattias Janmark, a 15-goal scorer in his rookie campaign, sustained an upper-body injury in Saturday’s game and will be “out for a little bit,” according to coach Lindy Ruff. Dallas has killed off 22-of-23 short-handed situations over its last seven games.

    ABOUT THE DUCKS (43-24-10): Already missing David Perron and defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Simon Despres due to injuries, Anaheim on Friday announced that Rickard Rakell (appendix) and goaltender Frederik Andersen (concussion) were on the shelf. The hits kept coming as Brandon Pirri suffered an upper-body injury that prevented him from practicing Saturday, although blue-liner Hampus Lindholm practiced after missing Friday’s game with the flu. Jakob Silfverberg has scored half of his 18 goals in the last 10 games.


    1. Ducks G John Gibson allowed one goal in winning his first career star versus Dallas.

    2. Ruff became the fifth coach in history to record 700 victories with Saturday’s win.

    3. The Ducks and Stars have split a pair of meetings this season, with the home team prevailing in each.

    PREDICTION: Ducks 4, Stars 2


    Hot teams
    — Chicago won three of its last four games.
    — Penguins won 10 of their last 11 games. Flyers won four of last five.
    — Colorado won five of its last six games.
    — Dallas Stars won six of their last seven games. Ducks won three of their last four.

    Cold teams
    — Bruins lost six of their last eight games.
    — Minnesota lost its last two games, after winning previous six. Jets lost last four games, all by one goal, two in OT.
    — Colorado lost four of its last five games.

    Series records
    — Bruins won three of last four games with Chicago.
    — Penguins won last two games with Philly, after losing previous eight.
    — Winnipeg won five of its last six games with Minnesota.
    — Avalanche won three of last four games with St Louis.
    — Dallas Stars lost five of last seven games with Anaheim.

    — Under is 6-2-1 in last nine Boston games.
    — Over is 5-1-2 in last eight Pittsburgh games.
    — Four of last six Minnesota-Winnipeg games stayed under.
    — Under is 8-1-1 in last ten St Louis-Colorado games.
    — Over is 4-1-1 in last six Anaheim games.

    — Flyers are 4-7 if they played the night before. Penguins won last five games if they played the night before.
    — Dallas Stars lost their last five games if they played the night before.


    Grand Salami – April
    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

    4/1 5 25 36 OVER
    4/2 11 58 57 UNDER
    4/3 5 – –


    Hockey Crusher

    Chicago Blackhawks -130 over Boston Bruins
    (System Record: 68-5, lost last game)
    Overall Record: 68-77-22

    Anaheim Ducks + Dallas Stars – UNDER 5.5

    Colorado Avalanche +129 over St. Louis Blues

    Minnesota Wild -135 over Winnipeg Jets



    Play Winnipeg +120 over Minnesota



    500* Play Colorado +130 over Saint Louis


    Anthony Walsh

    outsourced NHL play of the day
    Minnesota / Winnipeg – Over 5 (-130)


    Johnny Goodtimes

    Single:(NHL Season -9.45*)

    Minnesota Wild **-140}
    1 Unit


    NHL Hockey Betting Trends – Sun – April, 3

    Boston at Chicago, 12:35 PM ET
    Boston: 25-15 SU in road games
    Chicago: 12-16 SU revenging a loss versus opponent

    Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 5:05 PM ET
    Philadelphia: 1-11 SU in a road game where where the total is 5.5
    Pittsburgh: 31-7 SU in home games after a 5 game unbeaten streak

    Minnesota at Winnipeg, 7:05 PM ET
    Minnesota: 4-10 SU off a close road loss by 1 goal
    Winnipeg: 10-2 SU off 2 or more consecutive home losses

    St Louis at Colorado, 8:05 PM ET
    St Louis: 1-7 SU after allowing 6 goals or more
    Colorado: 15-7 SU off a home loss by 2 goals or more

    Dallas at Anaheim, 9:05 PM ET
    Dallas: 11-5 SU as an underdog
    Anaheim: 2-6 SU off a loss against a division rival



    Stars / Ducks
    OVER 5.5



    3 Unit Play Take #59 Dallas +130
    over Anaheim
    (9:05pm* est)

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