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In the Crease - Week 7
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Streaky Teams
Wins and Losses Streak Over/Under Streak
Los Angeles 0-3-1 past four games at home Colorado Over 9-0-0 past nine overall
Tampa Bay 5-0-1 past six games overall Columbus Under 4-0-0 past four overall
Vancouver 6-3-0 past nine road games Vancouver Under 6-2-0 past eight overall

Mile High...REAL High
The Colorado Avalanche are in the midst of a 9-0 'over' run, as their games have been end to end lately. They have three or more goals in six straight games, averaging 4.4 goals per game during the span. They're also allowing 4.2 goals per game over the past 10 outings, so it's been an avalanche of cash for total bettors playing Colorado lately. With games on deck against Washington, Nashville, Detroit, Dallas, Minnesota, Calgary and Winnipeg, it looks like the good times could continue to roll.

Eight Is Enough
The Edmonton Oilers entered Tuesday's game against expansion Vegas as the lowest scoring team in the NHL. That's completely unacceptable with the talent on that club. They stepped up in a big way against the Golden Knights, posting an eight-spot, and Connor McDavid came alive with a pair of goals and three points. They entered the game with a total of eight goals over their past four outings combined. This could be the awakening hockey fans have been waiting to see from the Oilers, who were picked by some to go deep into the playoffs.
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Looking Ahead

Wednesday, November 15

There are just three games on the NHL slate on Wednesday, but some interesting matchups. The Flames roll into the Motor City to battle the Red Wings, but they're down to backup goaltender Eddie Lack, with veteran Mike Smith not along for the start of the six-game, 11-day road trip. Calgary is 5-1 over their past six games, and 4-1 in the past five outings. In addition, they're 4-0 in their past four against Eastern Conference teams, and 20-6 in their past 26 against teams with a losing overall record. The Red Wings are the completely opposite lately, going 1-4 in their past five at home, while winning just four of their past 13 overall. While the Flames have won five of the past six overall, the home team has won four of their past five in the series. The 'over' is 2-0-2 in the past four, while going 11-4-1 in the past 16 meetings in Detroit.

It's a battle of .500 teams when the Bruins and Ducks battle on 'The Pond'. Boston heads in with just one win over the past five overall, and no victories in the past four on the road. However, they're 11-4 in their past 15 against Pacific Division foes, and 4-1 in their past five against Western Conference squads. The Ducks have struggles with injuries to date, and they're just 1-5 in their past six, and 1-4 in the past five at home. So something's gotta give, right? Well, Anaheim has won four straight at home in SoCal against the B's, and seven stragiht meetings overall.

Thursday, November 16
The Hurricanes head north to Brooklyn to tangle with the Islanders. Battles on the island have worked out well for the Canes, as they're 8-2 in their past 10 trips to Brooklyn, and the road team has cashed in four straight in this series. In addition, the over has cashed in eight of the past 11 battles at Barclays, and 26 of the past 37 in this series. The over is 9-2 in Carolina's past 11 against teams with a winning record, too, while going 9-2 in New York's past 11 overall, and 4-1 in their past five at home.

The Blues head to Northern Alberta to tangle with the Oilers. St. Louis has won seven of their past 10 games overall, while going 8-3 in their past 11 battles against Pacific Division opponents. And, for what it's worth, they're 8-2 in their past 10 appearances on Thursday. For the Oilers, they're an impressive 6-1 in their past seven against Central Division opponents, and 23-10 in their past 33 against Western Conference teams. The difference in this one might be head-to-head trends. St. Louis has dominated this series, winning 19 of the past 26 overall, including six of their past eight trips to Edmonton. The under has hit in five of the past seven.

Friday, November 17
There are just two games on the slate Friday, but the Rangers and Blue Jackets game should be quite interesting. It's already the third meeting of the season between these sides, with the Blueshirts winning 5-3 at MSG on Nov. 6 in the most recent meeting, and the Blue Jackets taking it 3-1 on Oct. 13 in the first meeting in C-Bus. Last season the Jackets nipped the Rangers 3-2 in the season series, and the final four meetings saw the road team come away with two points. The 'over' has cashed in six of the past eight meetings, too.

Saturday, November 18
The Saturday slate features five matinee games, including Calgary-Philadelphia, Edmonton-Dallas, Arizona-Ottawa, New Jersey-Winnipeg and Florida-Los Angeles. Generally afternoon games trend to the 'under' due to tired legs, but the fact there are five teams in the lower half in the NHL in scoring, including the 31st-ranked scoring team (Oilers), 25th (Coyotes), 19th (Stars), 18th (Flames) and 16th (Flyers), should mean low-scoring results.

The Islanders will battle the Lightning in Central Florida, and if last season is any indication it might be a long night for the visitors. Tampa Bay went 3-0 against the Islanders last season, and they won by a combined score of 14-2. Tampa Bay has won nine of their past 11 at home heading into Thursday's game, so it could be more of the same for the Isles. They have held their head above water away from home this season, however, going 4-4 over their past eight, averaging 3.4 goals per game during the stretch.

The Avalanche and Predators tangle in the Music City on Saturday night. Nashville already has one home win under their belt against Colorado this season, 4-1 back on Oct. 17. The Predators have posted a respectable 5-1-0-1 record in seven games at home this season, while Colorado is 3-6 in nine games away from the Mile High City. As managed previously, the Avalanche enter Wednesday with nine consecutive 'over' results, and the 'over' has cashed in four ofthe past five for the Preds. While the 'under' hit in that early meeting in Nashville, the 'over' is 3-0 in the past three home games for the Predators.

  
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