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NHL Wagering Advice On Thursday
NHL Betting Plan Of Attack
By Bob Duff
Tuesday's 4-2 win at Montreal saw the Blackhawks move atop the Western Conference standings. Reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Patrick Kane had three points and has collected 16-11-27 totals in 17 games to move into a tie with Edmonton's Connor McDavid for the most points in the NHL this season. Corey Crawford has made at least 40 saves in two straight games and is 10-3-0 since Feb. 2.
Senators goalie Craig Anderson is out with a lower body injury. There's no timetable for his return and Chris Driedger was recalled from AHL Binghamton. Forwards Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris returned from broken fingers for Tuesday's loss to Tampa Bay. Defenceman Mark Borowiecki (lower body injury) remains out. Ottawa's shot attempt percentage of 48.08 is the third worst among current playoff teams.
Pick: The Blackhawks (-120) and the over (5.5)
Victor Hedman scored in overtime as the Lightning beat Ottawa 2-1 Tuesday to extend their win and point streaks to four and six games (5-0-1), respectively. Hedman scored the third regular-season overtime goal of his NHL career to tie Dan Boyle for the most by a defenseman in franchise history. The Lightning also leapfrogged the Maple Leafs by a point, keeping pace with the New York Islanders for the final Eastern Conference Wild Card playoff spot. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy improved to 6-0-1 in his last seven appearances dating to Feb. 27. Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has tallied 10-10-20 totals in his last 11 games.
The Leafs were humbled 7-2 Tuesday in Florida, halting their three-game winning streak. Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (1-4-5) extended their point streaks to five games. The Maple Leafs have missed the playoffs 10 times in the past 11 seasons, including the last three seasons.
Pick: The Lightning (-130) and the over (5.5)
Alex Ovechkin scored to snap a 10-game goalless drought and Nicklas Backstrom collected three assists to help the league-leading Capitals halt a four-game slide (0-4-0) with a 4-2 win Tuesday over Minnesota. Washington moved to within three points of reaching the 100-point mark for the third consecutive season. Backstrom (21-50-71) reached the 50-assist mark for the fourth consecutive season and seventh time in his NHL career.
Five different Predators scored in Monday's 5-4 OT win over Winnipeg, as Nashville maintained a two-point lead over St. Louis for third in the Central. James Neal's 20th goal of the season was the winner. He has hit the 20-goal plateau in each of his nine NHL seasons.
Pick: The Capitals (-160) and the under (5.5)
Monday's 5-3 win at Philadelphia enabled the Blue Jackets to establish franchise records for wins (44) and points (94) in a season. Sergei Bobrovsky earned his fifth straight victory and NHL-leading 37th win of the season, while Cam Atkinson scored twice to extend his career highs for goals (32) and points (59). Blue Jackets forward Sam Gagner extended his point streak to (4-4-8) to six games.
Thomas Vanek collected four assists as the Panthers dumped Toronto 7-2 on Tuesday, ending an 0-4-1 skid. The Panthers sit six points out of a playoff spot and are 1-7-1 in their last nine games. Florida's PDO of 988 is 25th in the NHL. Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is out a week after suffering a concussion. Center Denis Malgin (concussion) will miss 7-10 days.
Pick: The Blue Jackets (-165) and the over (5.5)
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