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In the Crease - Week 8
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Streaky Teams
Wins and Losses Streak Over/Under Streak
Buffalo 0-4-2 past six games overall Buffalo Under 6-1-0 past seven overall
N.Y. Islanders 6-0-1-1 past eight home games Colorado Over 12-0-0 past 12 overall
Vegas 8-1-0-0 past nine home games San Jose Under 11-1-0 past 12 overall

Buffalo Soldiers
The Buffalo Sabres have been scuffling lately at home, going 2-6 over their past eight in Western New York. Oddly enough, one of those victories came against the Washington Capitals back on Nov. 7. The Sabres have had difficulty putting the biscuit in the basket, scoring just four goals over their past three games, and two or fewer goals in five of the past six. outings. Since Oct. 24 they're averaging just 1.92 goals per game over the past 12 contests. It's no surprise that the under is 6-1 over their past seven battles, and 8-3-1 during the 12-game span.

Lightning Strikes
The Tampa Bay Lightning have rolled up 80 goals through 20 games, averaging 4.0 goals per game. They have easily been the most prolific offensive squad, and lately that has translated to plenty of over results. The over has cashed in five of their past six outings, and the over is also 4-1 across their past five games on the road. They're back in action on Wednesday against the visiting Blackhawks, and for what it's worth, the over is 7-0-1 in Tampa Bay's past eight games on a Wednesday. The over is also 13-3-1 in their past 17 playing on more than three days of rest, while going 13-5 across their past 18 at home.
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Looking Ahead

Wednesday, November 22

The Islanders and Flyers will do battle in Brooklyn, and the trends lately seem to favor the home team. Philadelphia is 5-2 in their past seven against eams with a winning record, but they're a dismal 2-5 in the past seven playing in the second end of a back-to-back situation. They have also dropped four in a row, and they're 10-27 over the past 37 road outings. The Isles have rattled off five wins across the past six home games, they're 9-3 in the past 12 against Eastern Conference foes and 9-3 in their past 12 against teams with an overall losing record. Philly has dominated this series lately, however, going 40-13 in the past 53, including 20-7 in their past 27 trips to Uniondale/Brooklyn. The road team is 5-1 across the past six.

The Rangers used to make themselves right at home in Raleigh, and they're still 9-4 across their past 13 trips to the Triangle. However, the home team has picked up victories in five in a row, so perhaps times are changing. The Blueshirts have managed just two wins across their past 10 road outings, too, and they're 1-5 in the past six against Metropolitan Division foes. Meanwhile, Carolina has won five of their past six against Estern Conference teams while going 5-2 over the past seven overall.

In the desert, the Sharks skate into Glendale looking to tame the Coyotes. The home team has actually won seven of the past nine games in this series. San Jose has picked on the dregs of the league, going 20-7 in the past 27 road games against teams with home winning percentages under .400. The 'Yotes have managed to win just 14 of their past 54 against Western Conference foes, while going just 1-8 in their past nine home games overall.

Thursday, November 23

There is no hockey on Thursday, so enjoy the football, the food and the Thanksgiving holiday everyone!

Friday, November 24
The Canucks pay a visit to New Jersey on Friday evening looking for revenge. Former Canucks backstop Cory Schneider stopped all 37 shots he faced in Vancouver for the 2-0 victory. The Canucks are playing much better these days, and head to the Steel City on Wednesday looking for a sixth road win in their past eight tries. However, they're still just 12-27 across their past 39 against Eastern Conference foes, and 7-19 in the past 26 against Metropolitan Division opponents. The Devils have won just 11 of their past 34 at home, and they're just 6-14 across the past 20 against teams with a losing record.

The Hurricanes host the Maple Leafs on Friday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The past four meetings in this series has resulted in the road team coming away with victories. The 6-3 victory by the Hurricanes in Toronto back on Oct. 26 was a rare offensive explosive, as the 'under' is 9-1 over the past 10 meetings in this series. Over the past 10 in this series, Toronto is averaging 1.9 goals per game while Carolina has averaged 2.3 goals per game during the stretch. As such, a line of 5.5 or 6 might mean a favorable under play.

Saturday, November 18
The Canadiens host the Sabres on Saturday night at Bell Centre. By then Carey Price might be back from his injury. Minnesota native Charlie Lindgren has been filling in, doing an admirable job in the veteran's stead. The Habs posted a 2-1 victory in overtime on Nov. 11 in the most recent meeting, as Lindgren was very sharp. In the first meeting, it was Montreal winning in a shootout at Buffalo, 3-2, back on Oct. 5. Yes, Montreal is 2-0 against Buffalo so far, but both contests have been ultra close.

The Blues host the Wild on Saturday night, and it should be a tight one. Five of the past 10 regular-season meetings have resulted in one-goal games, and the 'under' is 6-3-1 during the span. Usually these battles feature a lot of defense, and that's been the case frequently for Minnesota. The 'under' is 4-2-1 over their past seven heading into play Wednesday, and 8-5-2 over their past 15. For St. Louis, the totals have been all over the board and much less certain.



  
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