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In the Crease - Week 9
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Streaky Teams
Wins and Losses Streak Over/Under Streak
Buffalo 1-7-2 past 10 games overall Anaheim Under 4-1-1 past six at home
Nashville 10-1-1 past 12 games overall N.Y. Islanders Over 6-1-1 past eight games overall
N.Y. Islanders 7-1 past eight games overall San Jose Under 14-2 past 16 games overall

Inpenetrable Fortress
The New York Islanders are the only team in the National Hockey League yet to take a regulation loss at home. They've been a big friend at the betting window, as they're 7-1 across their past eight games overall, while also hitting the 'over' at a 6-1-1 clip during the span. That has made for some nice parlays in the past couple of weeks. The upcoming schedule is about to get a lot more difficult, with the Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings as the next four opponents to visit Barclays Center.

Jets Overhead
The Winnipeg Jets have been playing good hockey lately, particularly at home. They have won seven of their past nine games overall, and they're 7-0-1 in their past eight outings at MTS Centre in Manitoba, last losing at home in regulation back on Oct. 17 when the Columbus Blue Jackets paid a visit. They have been able to piece together plenty of wins lately, going 14-6 in their past 20 outings following a victory. And they have had a lot of success playing with one day of rest, going 19-7 in their past 26 contests.
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Looking Ahead

Wednesday, November 29

Those Jets will fly into Denver to tangle with the Avalanche, and it should be a high-scoring affair. The 'over' has connected in 17 of the past 21 against Central Division opponents for the Jets. The Avalanche enter this game as a rested bunch, and that's bad news for opponents. The over is 9-1-1 across the past 11 when playing on three or more days of rest, while going 12-3 in their past 15 games overall. The over has also hit in 12 of their past 16 games played at Pepsi Center, while going 18-7-1 in the past 26 against teams with a winning percentage over .600. As far as the side, the home team has hit in four straight, while the Jets are a dismal 2-6 in their past eight trips to the Mile High City.

The Ducks limp into St. Louis to battle the Blues, and they aren't likely to find the elixir to cure their ills. The Blues have won 11 of the past 14 at home, while going 16-5 in their past 21 games against Pacific Division opponents. They're laos 39-18 in their past 57 against teams with a losing overall mark. Anaheim hasn't had a lot of success in St. Louis, either, losing their past four trips. The home team is an impressive 39-12-1 in the past 52 in this series, too.

Thursday, November 30
Two Original Six clubs battle at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, as Montreal skates into town. The Habs haven't had a lot of success on the road lately, winning just three times over their past 11 away from home. They're also 2-5 in their past seven overall, while going 6-13 in their past 19 in the third game of a 3-in-4 (three games in four days) situation. The Wings aren't much better, as they have dropped five straight, while going 2-6 in their past eight against teams with a losing overall mark. Total bettors might like the 'under' in this one. The under is 9-1-1 in the past 11 for the Canadiens, while going 11-1-1 in the past 13 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation. The under is 7-1 in Detroit's past eight against the East, and 4-0-1 in their past five meetings against the Habs.

The Coyotes came up just short in Tuesday's game in Calgary, now they'll try to vanquish the other NHL team from the province of Alberta. The Coyotes have won just once in the past six tries against the Flames, while going 3-10 in their past 13 trips to Calgary. The under is also 5-1 in the past six meetings in Calgary, while cashing in nine of the past 12 meetings in this series. The under is also 7-1 in Arizona's past eight road games, while hitting in 11 of the past 13 games overall.

Friday, December 1
The Blues and Kings will do battle on Friday night on the banks of the Mississippi River, and there haven't been a lot of goals in this series lately. The 'under' is 5-2 in the past seven meetings, although the first meeting this season on Oct. 30 resulted in an 'over'. Three of the past six in this series have been one-goal games. Over the past seven meetings, the Blues are averaging 1.9 goals per game, while the Kings have averaged the same. It could be another low-scoring battle on Friday night.

Saturday, December 2
The Sharks and Lightning meet in Tampa for Round 2 of their coast-to-coast series this season. The clubs met at the SAP Center on Nov. 8, and the Lightning came away with a 5-2 victory behind Andrei Vasilevskiy in a rare 'over' result for the Sharks. The Lightning rank second in the NHL with 3.63 goals per game, while the Sharks are on the opposite end of the spectrum with 2.61 goals per game to check in 28th in the league. San Jose is also the stingiest in the league, yielding just 2.17 GPG, so it's a contrast in styles so far. Tampa Bay won the first battle of offense vs. defense. Will it happen again?

The Battle of Alberta is always an entertaining affair, and Saturday might feature a little more desperation than usual. The Oilers have been struggling, and might be one of the biggest disappointments in the NHL this season. However, a trip to Calgary might be just what the doctor ordered. Edmonton has won five straight games in this series, and the home folk have seen the Flames top the Oilers in Calgary since Dec. 27, 2015. We might be in for some fire wagon hockey on Saturday night, too, as the 'over' has cashed in six straight meetings between these provincial rivals in Calgary.



  
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