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In the Crease - Week 6
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Streaky Teams
Wins and Losses Streak Over/Under Streak
Florida 0-3-1-1 past five games overall Colorado Over 7-0-0 past seven overall
Montreal 5-1-0 past six games overall N.Y. Islanders Over 8-1-0 past nine overall
St. Louis 8-2-0 past 10 games overall San Jose Under 6-0-0 past six overall

Sharky's Machine
The San Jose Sharks have been a machine lately...a machine for 'under' results, that is. They have pumped out six consecutive 'under' results in a row, a streak which will be tested when the Tampa Bay Lightning come calling on Wednesday evening. While the 'under' is 3-2 over Tampa Bay's past five outings overall, they're averaging 4.33 goals per game away from home this season. The good news is that the 'under' has connected in Tampa's only two games against Western Conference foes so far. However, the 'over' is 6-1 inthe past seven meetings at SAP Center in San Jose, and 10-3 in the past 13 meetings overall.

Not a Wild Ride
The Minnesota Wild have stumbled out of the chute this season, failing to piece together a win or unbeaten streak of more than two games. The good news is that they have lost in regulation in back-to-back games just once, and they haven't incurred a three-game losing streak all season. They limp into Wednesday's game on a two-game slide, so if trends continue, they'll win in Toronto. And hey, they are a perfect 7-0 in their past seven meetings with the Maple Leafs. Bettors looking for a nice parlay might want to thump the 'under', too, which is 5-0 in the past five meetings at Air Canada Centre, and 10-1 in the past 11 meetings overall in this series.

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, November 8

It's a light slate on Wednesday, with just three games, and we touched on two of the games already. The nationally-televised game is a Battle of Original Six squads, and one team is struggling while the other is heating up.

Boston has won 13 of their past 17 against teams with a losing record, but they're just 5-14 in their past 19 games against Metropolitan Division foes. In addition, they're a dismal 1-6 in their past seven tries on one day of rest, 0-8 in their past eight following a win and a poor 0-4 in their past four tries against Eastern Conference opponents. Conversely, the Rangers have started to come alive after a brutal start. The Blueshirts have won four in a row overall, four of their past five games at Madison Square Garden and they have taken five in a row against the B's. The home team has cashed in seven of the past nine in this series, with the Bruins going a horrendous 7-19 in their past 26 skates at MSG. The 'over' is 3-1-1 in the past five meetings in Manhattan, and 5-2-1 in the past eight meetings overall in this series.

Thursday, November 9
Two teams playing their fourth game in six days will square off at Bell Centre on Thursday when the Wild battle Les Habitants. The Wild have won four in a row in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation, but the Habs have also excelled in the role. They're 5-2 in their past seven tries in the fourth game of a 4-in-6. And for what it's worth, Minnesota has crushed it on Thursdays, going 17-5 in their past 22 showings on the day. They have also crushed it against the Habs, winning six in a row in this series, although the home team has won eight of the past 10 in this series. Total bettors will like the fact the 'over' is 3-0-2 in the past five meetings in Montreal, and 3-0-1 in the past four overall in the series.

The team with the most points in the Western Conference (as of Wednesday AM) takes on the team with the worst record in the NHL, so if you plan to bet the favorite I hope you're hungry for a ton of chalk. The Coyotes have been brutal this season, and they're not very good in the third game in four days, either, dropping four in a row in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation. The Blues have been tremendous, winning eight of their past nine at home, while excelling in five of their past six against Western Conference foes. And as you might expect, St. Louis has had their way with Arizona, winning five straight home meetings, and 24 of the past 31 overall in the series.

Friday, November 10
The Bruins and Maple Leafs renew acquaintances in Toronto on Friday night, and the Buds look to maintain their dominance against the B's after years of struggles. Last season Toronto turned the tables on Boston, sweeping the regular season series 4-0, outscoring the Bruins 18-9. That was a stark contrast to the year before when Boston polished off Toronto in four of the five meetings. For years the B's dominated this series, and they even took a playoff series from Toronto as well. While Toronto has been much better this season and the last, lately they have struggled with the home cooking. They haven't won in regulation at home in three tries, going 1-2-0-0.

The Islanders skate in the Metroplex on Friday night in what could be a very entertaining game. As of Wednesday morning, the Isles were an impressive 3-0-1 in their past four tries against Western Conference foes, and they have lit the lamp three or more times in eight of their past nine outings. The Stars, on the other hand, have been all over the board. They have scored two or fewer goals in four of their past five outings, but also allowed exactly one goal in three of the past five. The 'under' is 3-1-1 across their past five after a 4-0 over streak. Inconsistency has been the rule for Dallas, a team that entered the season with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations.

Saturday, November 11
The Avalanche and Senators will do battle in matinee action (1:00 p.m. ET) in Canada's capital city. That's 11:00 a.m. MT, so obviously a very early start for the visitors. Matinee games usually see some tired legs in the beginning, and an 'under' result can follow. This one will be interesting, too, as the Avalanche just traded disgrunted Matt Duchene to Ottawa in a three-way deal involving the Predators. So he'll get a chance to skate against his former club, so that's a storyline to watch, too.

The Canadiens welcome the Sabres to Bell Centre, as Buffalo looks to avenge an Opening Night shootout loss back on Oct. 5. In that game in Buffalo, Phillip Danault scored a shorthanded goal at 8:01 of the third period to force overtime, stunning the Sabres who appeared to have control of the game from the get-go. Robin Lehner was unable to steer the team to a victory, falling in the shootout in a game which was a huge disappointment. A close game is par for the course between these rivals, as three of the past four have been decided by one goal.

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· Wild rout Canadiens at home, 7-1
· Ovi's hat trick helps Caps rout Wings
· Sabres rally to top Kings in OT, 4-3
· Maple Leafs cruise past 'Canes, 4-1
· Canucks stun Jackets with late rally
· Bruins score 4 in 2nd, edge Coyotes
· Ducks claim G Johnson off waivers
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