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In the Crease - Week 11
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Streaky Teams
Wins and Losses Streak Over/Under Streak
Arizona 1-5-2 past eight games overall Anaheim Under 11-4-1 past 16 games overall
Philadelphia 4-0 past four games overall N.Y. Rangers Over 5-1-1 past seven games overall
Tampa Bay 5-0 past five games overall Vegas Over 10-3-2 past 15 games overall

The Ottawa Senators have been in a tailspin lately, going just 1-8-1 over the past 10, including 0-5 over their past five overall. They have struggled overall, too, managing a dismal 9-13-7 mark with just 25 points out of a possibly 58 through 29 games this season. At no point have the Sens displayed any consistency, going 4-5-5 at home, and 5-8-2 on the road, while posting a minus-22 goal differential which is second-worst in the Eastern Conference, and third-worst in the NHL overall ahead of just Buffalo (minus-37) and Arizona (minus-39).

Offense is Central
The Central Division is the most underrated in hockey. All seven teams are at or above .500 so far this season, including the last-place Colorado Avalanche at 14-14-2 with 30 points. They're an impressive 8-5-1 in 14 games at home. While Colorado has tailed off lately, they are the only team in the division with a negative goal differential (minus-6), and that has only happened recently during their 3-6-1 swoon. The Avalanche were not expected to be a very good team, but they have been a thorn in people's side, including the Penguins this past week in Pittsburgh.

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, December 13

The Rangers hit the road to meet the Senators in Canada's capital city. Ottawa used to be Madison Square Garden north, but that hasn't been the case lately. New York is 0-5 in their past five trips to Ottawa, while the home team has cashed in eight of the past nine meetings overall. Lately the Rangers have been the hotter team, however, going 10-3 in their past 13 against Eastern Conference opponents, 13-5 in the past 18 games overall and 44-21 in their past 65 against teams with a losing overall mark. The Senators have won just five of their past 21 games overall, one of their past five road outings and they're 1-5 in their past six against teams with a winning record. Ottawa is also 1-7 in their past eight against Eastern Conference clubs, and 1-4 in their past five playing with no rest.

The Predators head to the Pacific Northwest to battle the Canucks as they look to stay hot. Nashville has won 13 of their past 17 games overall, including 5-2 in the past seven on the road. They're also 5-1 in their past six against teams iwth a losing overall record. Conversely, the Canucks have won just five of their past 16 against teams with a winning percentage over .600, and 4-10 in their past 14 against Central Division foes. The Canucks have won just five of their past 26 home games and 7-20 in their past 27 against Western Conference squads.

Thursday, December 14
The Capitals make their way to Beantown to tangle with the Bruins, and TD Garden has been a home away from home for the Caps. Washington has won five straight in Boston, while winning 20 of their past 27 games overall in the series. Total bettors might want to play a nice parlay on the 'under', which is an amazing 21-5 in the past 26 meetings in the Bay State. The under is also 34-16-1 in the past 51 in this series overall. That's a stark contrast lately for the Caps, as the 'over' has connected in six of the past eight overall.

Two ice-cold squads battle at MTS Centre on Thursday when the Blackhawks skate with the Jets. Chicago has won just three times in the past 18 tries against teams with an overall winning record, and they're 2-12 in the past 14 against Central Division squads. Chicago is also just 1-4 in their past five road games, and 5-17 in the past 22 against Western Conference foes. It's strange to see such struggles for the Blackhawks. Winnipeg has been good against Western teams, going 17-5 in the past 22, and they're 20-7 in their past 27 home outings while going 20-7 in the past 27 against Central Division clubs. However, they're just 2-10 in their past 12 at home against Chicago while the road team is a perfect 4-0 in the past four in this series.

Friday, December 15
The Canucks host the Sharks in late-night action, at least if you're on the East Coast. These teams met Nov. 11 in San Jose, and it was one of the best offensive games for the Sharks in a 5-0 win. The last meeting in Vancouver on April 2, also went to the Sharks, and San Jose has won six in a row in this series, outscoring Vancouver by a 22-5 margin. In fact, the Canucks have scored one or no goals in each of the past six in this series. San Jose is 9-0-2 in their past 11 regular-season meetings in Vancouver, and 11-0-2 in the past 13 meetings in British Columbia if you count the playoffs. The last time the Canucks were able to earn two points against the Sharks in their home building was way back on Jan. 21, 2012.

Saturday, December 16
The Bruins host the Rangers for the first meeting this season between the Original Six rivals. After years of Bruins domination, the Blueshirts have turned the tables with five straight victories in this series. Offense has been a major reason New York has been successful, averaging 3.8 goals per game over the past five outings against the B's, and the 'over' has cashed in five of the past seven overall in this series. New York also headed into Wednesday's game with a 4-0-1 'over' mark in their past five against Eastern Conference clubs, and 5-1 in their past six on the road. For the Bruins, the 'under' is 6-1 in their past seven against Eastern Conference teams, again as of Wednesday and 4-1 across their past five on the road.

The Predators and Flames do battle in the Great White North, and Nashville looks to get it right against a Canadian side. They've won just once in three meetings against teams from Canada this season, including a 3-2 loss in the Music City in a shootout back on Oct. 24 against the Flames. Nashville is 2-0-2 in their past four trips to Calgary, last losing in regulation back on Halloween 2014. The Flames haven't played very well at home lately, going just 2-3-0 while yielding 3.6 goals per game during the span.

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· Blues cruise past Ducks, 5-1
· Wild grab 5-2 road win at Colorado
· Leafs trounce Capitals, 'over' hits
· Canadiens edge Coyotes, 2-1
· Struggling Oilers fire GM Chiarelli
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