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    Byfuglien poses big problem for Vegas
    May 13, 2018


    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Dustin Byfuglien is a big problem for Vegas.

    The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Winnipeg defenseman can do it all, as the Golden Knights saw up close when he helped the Jets win Game 1 of the Western Conference finals with a goal and an assist.

    ''We got moving our feet right away,'' Byfuglien said. ''And the ice opened up.''

    Byfuglien has a powerful shot, as he showed with a slap shot 1:05 into the Jets' 4-2 victory .

    The 33-year-old former forward, who played right wing for the Chicago Blackhawks during their Stanley Cup run in 2010, can join a rush on offense in even-strength situations and plays on the power play. The NFL-sized player is nimble enough to skate fluidly and he handles the puck with soft hands. Byfuglien can crunch opponents against the boards or on the open ice with checks and kill penalties with savvy positioning.

    In Game 1, he did all of that and more.

    ''You saw the Dustin Byfuglien spectrum,'' Jets coach Paul Maurice said. ''He can shoot the puck a ton. He can make soft-hand plays and he can be as big and strong as you want out there.''

    Vegas center William Karlsson was asked to compare Byfuglien with any other player in the league. And he was stumped.

    ''He's kind of one of a kind,'' Karlsson said.

    If the expansion Golden Knights can't figure out a way to keep the puck away from Byfuglien and work around him offensively, their inaugural season may not last beyond this series.

    Game 2 is Monday night in Winnipeg.

    Byfuglien leads the league's defensemen with 15 points and five multi-point games in the playoffs.

    ''When he is on his game, he is as good as anybody,'' Vegas coach Gerrard Gallant. ''He's a big strong man and can play the game any way you want to play it.

    ''Buf is a good player, but hopefully we don't give him too many chances to load up like we did (in Game 1) and take that big shot.''

    The Blackhawks gave Byfuglien a shot to play in the NHL, taking a flyer on the Minnesota native in the eighth round with the No. 245 pick overall in 2003. He played his first full season in the league five years later and had 11 goals and five assists for Chicago during the 2010 playoffs.

    Byfuglien didn't get to celebrate the championship for very long because the Blackhawks traded him to less than three weeks after hoisting the Cup. Chicago sent him to the Atlanta Thrashers, who became the Jets, to help manage its salary cap. He has become a three-time All-Star with the franchise and a player respected enough on the blue line to be in the running for the Norris Trophy six times.

    Byfuglien, though, got off to a slow start offensively this season with a slump that seems improbable for a player with five goals in 13 playoff games this year. He began the season with a 29-game goal drought and finished with eight goals, his fewest in five seasons.

    ''He had a helluva year and it was masked by the fact that he didn't score a goal for a long time and didn't generate points,'' Maurice said. ''The question was `What's wrong with Dustin Byfuglien?' And the answer was, `Absolutely nothing,' because our hockey team was winning and he was playing right.''

    Byfuglien has been businesslike around reporters lately, appearing to be focused on his tasks instead of showing off tricks with a cosmetic tooth he can pop in and out of his mouth with his tongue. When a reporter asked about the Atlanta hat he wore in the dressing room before Game 1, wondering if it was a nod to his season with the Thrashers, he wasn't in the mood to play along.

    ''The what?'' he asked. ''I don't even know what hat I got on.''

    Byfuglien also wasn't interested in comparing the Jets' run to his success with the Blackhawks.

    ''That was a while ago,'' he said.

    Discussing the challenges of facing Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also didn't interest him.

    ''Get it behind him,'' he said. ''Shoot pucks and hopefully they go in.''

    His first shot against Fleury found the back of the net, and the blast probably pushed the netting to its limit because it was so powerful.

    ''That first goal was a bomb,'' Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland said.
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    The Jets built Cup contender by drafting
    May 13, 2018


    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Not many people, if any, expected the Winnipeg Jets to have one of the NHL's best teams this season.

    Vegas Golden Knights assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon was one of the few.

    The former owner, general manager and coach of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings said he watched Winnipeg play 20 times last season, giving him a peek at what was to come.

    ''It was pretty easy to see that it was going to happen,'' McCrimmon said. ''This year, certainly it has.''

    The Jets earned 114 points during the regular season, trailing only Nashville.

    Winnipeg advanced in the playoffs for the first time since moving from Atlanta in 2011. The Jets lost only once to Minnesota in the first round, and eliminated the top-seeded Predators on the road in Game 7 of the second round.

    The Jets clearly looked like the better team in a 4-2 win Saturday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against Vegas, the darling of the NHL in its expansion season.

    Suddenly, Winnipeg might have the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup, especially if it wins Game 2 at home on Monday night.

    The Jets have a pair of fantastic lines up front along with two solid ones and a strong group of defenseman led by Dustin Byfuglien , and 24-year-old Connor Hellebuyck has been one of the best goaltenders this postseason.

    How has a franchise, which has largely been an afterthought in the league, gone from finishing fifth or worse in its division the previous three seasons to having one of the world's best hockey teams?

    ''They put on a clinic in drafting and developing,'' McCrimmon said. ''Along with that, great patience and leadership from Mark Chipman as an owner.

    ''What they did takes time.''

    Unlike other NHL teams, which fire general managers and coaches if they don't quickly have success, the Jets have allowed general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to build a championship contender since hiring him in 2011 when they left Atlanta. He was just 20 games above .500 in his first five seasons as Winnipeg's GM, and its only previous postseason appearance in 2015 lasted just four games against Anaheim.

    Coach Paul Maurice, likewise, was afforded the opportunity to lead the team for fourth-plus season this year. He made the most of it by helping the Jets go 52-20-10 during the regular season.

    But ultimately, it comes down to having talented, unselfish players, and the Jets have plenty.

    When Winnipeg had high draft picks, as it often did as a struggling team, it didn't miss.

    Patrik Laine, a 20-year-old winger, was drafted second overall two years ago and is one of the league's best young players. He had 70 points in the regular season and scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in Game 1.

    Mark Scheifele, selected No. 7 overall in 2011, leads all postseason scorers with 12 goals and has averaged more than a point per game the past two seasons. On the back end, defenseman Jacob Trouba has been exceptional in the playoffs as the franchise hoped he would be eventually after taking him No. 9 overall in 2012.

    The Jets have also hit on some late-round picks, including Hellebuyck, whom they took No. 130 overall six years ago.

    ''Hit home run after home run in the draft,'' captain Blake Wheeler said . ''A lot of our marquee players are guys we drafted and have taken huge steps in the last year or two to be impact players.''

    Winnipeg didn't draft its best player, Wheeler, but the franchise acquired him from Boston in a trade while it was in Atlanta in 2011 and has built around him. That same year, the Thrashers took advantage of Chicago's need to get rid of salaries by dealing for Byfuglien.

    And like the front office and coaching staff, it seems the players were patient about the process of slowly building a winner when the team moved to Canada.

    ''We weren't coming here expecting to blow the doors off right away,'' Byfuglien said. ''We knew it was going to be a process of building and finding the right group of guys.''

    But when it looked like the Jets had a shot to contend this season, they were willing to give up a first-round pick to St. Louis just before the trade deadline to add veteran center Paul Stastny to chase the Stanley Cup. And now, they might just be the team to beat.

    ''The story of Winnipeg and the Jets, for far too long, has been about being underdogs and underrated,'' Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said. ''But not anymore.''
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    NHL Western Conference final Game 2 betting preview and odds: Knights at Jets

    Vegas Golden Knights at Winnipeg Jets (-150, 6)

    Jets lead series 1-0.

    The Vegas Golden Knights won eight of their first 10 playoff games and entered the Western Conference finals with five days off, but find themselves facing a potentially deep hole if they cannot slow down the host Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 on Monday. The Jets show no signs of fatigue after a grueling series victory over Nashville, beating Marc-Andre Fleury three times in the opening 7:35 of Game 1 en route to a 4-2 victory that puts Vegas in a series deficit for the first time.

    “We are going to see what kind of team we are,” Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault told reporters after he collected two assists in Game 1, but whose team had little answer for Winnipeg’s waves of pressure. “It’s definitely a must-win next game, and I think as a group everybody needs to step up, not just one or two guys.” The Golden Knights did a better job in the middle of the series opener but nonetheless matched their season low with 21 shots on net, or one fewer shot than the Jets blocked. It was more of the same for Winnipeg’s deep offense, as forward Blake Wheeler dished out three assists while defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and center Mark Scheifele each netted a goal with an assist. “It was just a matter of coming out and playing our game, keeping it simple,” Byfuglien told the media after boosting his postseason totals to five goals and 10 assists. “I felt that we got moving our feet right away. The ice opened up, and we got to moving the puck easily and doing simple things.”

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, TVA

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    LINE HISTORY: The Jets opened as -140 home favorites for Game 2 and have been bumped up to -150 as of Sunday night. The total hit betting boards at 6 and has yet to move. Check out the complete line history here.

    CONSENSUS: There could be some sharp action on the Jets as the line has moved in their favor despite seeing just 39 percent of wagers according to the public. The Over is seeing the slight edge in the total action with 57 percent of the bets.

    GOALIE SHOWDOWN:
    W L OTL GAA Save % SO
    Marc-Andre Fleury 29 13 4 2.24 .927 4
    Connor Hellebuyck 44 11 9 2.36 .924 6

    INJURY REPORT:

    Golden Knights - LW William Carrier (Questionable, upper body), D Clayton Stoner (Out, abdominal).

    Jets - D Dmitry Kulikov (Out, back).

    ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (59-26-5-3, 46-43 O/U): A better start is critical for Vegas, which found itself chasing the game after giving up a goal 65 seconds in, a power-play tally, and a third goal that originally was disallowed for goaltender interference but reversed after the Jets challenged. Marchessault found linemate William Karlsson on a beautiful feed for the Golden Knights’ second goal with 4:05 left in the second, but Vegas mustered just eight shots in the final period. Fleury gave up more than three goals for just the third time in 11 playoff games, finishing with 22 saves.

    ABOUT THE JETS (61-23-9-2, 46-46 O/U): Scheifele scored his league-high 12th goal of the playoffs in the second period, an important redirect of a Byfuglien blast on the power play to make it 4-1. Scheifele and Wheeler each have 18 points through 13 postseason games, Wheeler leads the NHL with 15 assists, and nine Jets finished the opener with a plus-rating. Winnipeg’s top defensive pairing of Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey each blocked a team-high four shots, and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck recorded 19 saves in improving to 9-4 in the playoffs.

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    TRENDS:

    * Golden Knights are 11-3 in their last 14 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Jets are 43-11 in their last 54 home games.
    * Under is 3-1-2 in Golden Knights last 6 road games.
    * Under is 7-1-1 in Jets last 9 home games.
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    NHL
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    Monday, May 14



    Vegas @ Winnipeg

    Game 57-58
    May 14, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Vegas
    15.080
    Winnipeg
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    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Vegas
    by 2 1/2
    8
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Winnipeg
    -145
    6
    Dunkel Pick:
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    (+125); Over





    NHL

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    Trend Report
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    Vegas Golden Knights
    Vegas is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
    Vegas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
    Vegas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Vegas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Winnipeg Jets
    Winnipeg is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
    Winnipeg is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
    Winnipeg is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Winnipeg is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Winnipeg's last 9 games at home


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    VEGAS (59-27-0-7, 125 pts.) at WINNIPEG (61-24-0-10, 132 pts.) - 5/14/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WINNIPEG is 61-35 ATS (+20.5 Units) in all games this season.
    WINNIPEG is 38-18 ATS (+7.8 Units) second half of the season this season.
    WINNIPEG is 34-21 ATS (+6.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    WINNIPEG is 24-11 ATS (+10.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
    VEGAS is 60-34 ATS (+19.3 Units) in all games this season.
    VEGAS is 15-5 ATS (+7.8 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    VEGAS is 33-18 ATS (+13.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    VEGAS is 2-2 (+0.2 Units) against the spread versus WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
    WINNIPEG is 2-2-0 straight up against VEGAS over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.0 Units)
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    MONDAY, MAY 14
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    VEG at WIN 08:00 PM

    WIN -145

    O 6.0
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    Knights down Jets to even series at 1-1
    May 14, 2018


    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights sent a message, bouncing back with a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference final.

    ''Every time we need a big game as a group, we show up,'' Marchessault said. ''We showed the hockey world we earned the right to be here.''

    Tomas Tatar scored 6:37 into the game for the Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 30 saves.

    Kyle Connor scored midway through the third period to pull Winnipeg within a goal. Marchessault restored the two-goal lead 1:28 later.

    Connor Hellebuyck had 25 saves for the Jets.

    After losing the series opener, Marchessault told reporters the team faced a must-win game.

    ''If you're going to talk out there in the media that you have to be better, I think you need to lead by example,'' he said. ''I tried to do that.''

    Game 3 is Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

    ''I don't think anybody is panicking,'' Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba said. ''We like our road game. We like where it was in the Nashville series.''

    Winnipeg won three times on the top-seeded Predators' home ice, including Game 7 last week.

    The expansion Golden Knights appeared to be rusty in the series opener and the Jets scored three goals early in a 4-2 win about 48 hours after advancing out of the second round.

    It looked like they were going to pick up where they left off.

    ''They came out flying again with a lot of speed,'' Fleury said.

    Fleury, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win three Stanley Cups, made key stops early and got help from teammate and a post in the opening minutes to keep the puck out of his net.

    ''Fleury had to make three or four really good saves in the first seven minutes,'' Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ''We rebounded after that. We got that 2-0 lead and it was a different game for us. When teams are chasing the lead, it's tough for teams to battle back.''

    Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele, who has postseason-high 12 goals , got the puck past Fleury in the opening moments of the game and Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt cleared it from the crease .

    Vegas generated offense by making plays without the puck, forcing turnovers to set up goals.

    ''We were on them,'' Golden Knights forward Erik Haula said. ''That's our game. We're a fast team. I think we showed that.''

    Indeed.

    After the Jets failed to control the puck out of a corner in their end, Tatar ended up stuffing the puck in the net after hitting the side of the net with a shot.

    Connor was pressured into turning over the puck near center ice late in the opening period and Reilly Smith set up Marchessault, his former Florida Panthers teammate, at the blue line and he scored on a breakaway backhander.

    ''There was about 57 minutes of that game that was pretty good for us,'' Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. ''Three minutes of it got away from us.

    The Jets closed the scoreless second period and started the third on the power play and still couldn't get the puck past Fleury.

    Yet.

    Winnipeg kept up the pressure on by relentlessly forechecking and drew another penalty early in the third. Connor took advantage, squeezing a shot between Fleury and the post from the bottom of the left circle 7:17 into the third.

    That whipped the white-clad fans into a frenzy - triggering jeers of ''Fleu-ry! Fleu-ry!'' - and were quickly quieted by another Marchessault backhander that beat Hellebuyck.

    The Jets pulled their goaltender to add another skater over the last couple minutes of the game, but Fleury didn't let the puck get past him again.

    NOTES: Vegas put Tatar and Tomas Nosek in place of David Perron and Oscar Lindberg. Gallant said Perron was not a healthy scratch. ''He wasn't feeling well,'' Gallant said. ''I think he'll be fine.'' ... The Jets have not lost consecutive games this postseason. ... Vegas acquired Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline for a first-round pick and he played in just his fifth game of this postseason and scored his first goal. ''What a luxury to be able to put Tomas Tatar into a game in the playoffs,'' Schmidt said. ''The guy has been an incredible player in this league and proved it for many years.''
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    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY MAY 15, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:00 PM Tampa Bay Lightning Washington Capitals Capital One Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 16, 2018

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    9:00 PM Winnipeg Jets Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY MAY 17, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:00 PM Tampa Bay Lightning Washington Capitals Capital One Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY MAY 18, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    8:00 PM Winnipeg Jets Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY MAY 19, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    7:15 PM Washington Capitals Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:00 PM Vegas Golden Knights Winnipeg Jets

    SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY MAY 21, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
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    May NHL Record:

    05/14/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -12.75
    05/13/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -4.00
    05/03/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -0.25
    05/02/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -10.50
    05/01/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -12.75

    Totals...............5-11-0........31.25%.....-40.25



    May Best Bets:

    DATE................................ATS........... UNITS..................O/U..........UNITS..............TOTAL

    05/14/2018.....................0 - 0.............-0.00..................0 - 1..........-5.50.............-5.50
    05/13/2018.....................0 - 0.............-0.00.................1 - 0...........+5.00............+5.00
    05/03/2018.....................1 - 0............+5.75................0 - 2...........-11.00.............-5.25
    05/02/2018.....................1 - 1............+0.50.................0 - 2..........-11.00.............-10.50
    05/01/2018.....................0 - 1.............-5.00.................1 - 1...........-0.50..............-5.50

    Totals.............................2- 2.............+1.40..................2 - 6...........-23.00............-21.75
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    Tuesday’s 6-pack

    Odds to win the college basketball national title next April:

    9-2— Duke

    8-1— Kansas, Kentucky

    10-1— Villanova

    12-1— North Carolina

    15-1— Michigan St, Virginia, Gonzaga

    20-1— Auburn, Oregon

    Quote of the Day
    “It’s silly. The praise is uncomfortable, and it’s just something that these guys should be getting it all. We all have a role to play, and we all need to play that role as well as we can.”
    Brad Stevens

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Where did the NBA’s Rockets call home before moving to Houston?

    Monday’s quiz
    Joe Namath finished his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams.

    Sunday’s quiz
    Arizona Coyotes used to be the Winnipeg Jets, before moving to Arizona.


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    Tuesday’s Den: AFC teams’ early season trends…..

    Baltimore— Ravens won 11 of last 13 home openers; under is 4-1 in last five of those. Baltimore is 13-3 vs spread in last 16 post-bye games.

    Buffalo— Last 18 years, Bills are 2-16 in their pre-bye game. Buffalo is 8-3 vs spread in its last 11 home openers.

    Cincinnati— Bengals open on road for 8th time in last nine years; over is 8-1 in their last nine road openers. Cincy is 4-0-1 in last five pre-bye games.

    Cleveland— Since re-joining the NFL in 1999, Browns started season 0-1 18 out of 19 years; they’re 3-12 vs spread in Week 1 home games.

    Denver— Broncos open at home for 8th year in row; they’re 26-3 SU in last 29 home openers,6-3 vs spread in last nine. Broncos won six of last seven post-bye games.

    Houston— Texans open on road for only 2nd time in last 10 years; they won seven of last nine road openers. Under is 5-2 in their last seven season openers.

    Indianapolis— Colts lost their last four home openers, three by 4 or fewer points. Indy started season 0-1 seven of last eight years- they’re 1-9 vs spread in Week 1 the last ten years.

    Jacksonville— Jaguars lost last six home openers, four of last five road openers. Last time they were favored in a home opener was 2010; their HO this year is against New England, so they probably won’t be favored this year, either.

    Kansas City— Since 2006, Chiefs are 1-8-1 vs spread as favorites in home openers. KC is on road three of first four weeks this season, with a QB who has started one NFL game.

    LA Chargers— Bolts covered five of their last six home openers; over is 12-3 in their last 15. Chargers lost their last four road openers, but covered five of last six. Chargers lost five of their last six pre-bye games (1-5 vs spread).

    Miami— Dolphins won five of last six home openers; eight of their last nine home openers went over the total. Miami also covered four of last five road openers; under is 19-5 in last 24 road openers.

    New England— Patriots won six of last seven road openers (5-2 vs spread); they’re 14-2 SU in last 16 home openers, but just 1-5 vs spread in last six. New England won its last nine pre-bye games (8-1 vs spread).

    NJ Jets— Jets won six of last seven home openers; they’re 15-6 vs spread in last 21 road openers. Gang Green is 3-6 vs spread in last nine post-bye games.

    Oakland— Raiders won their last three road openers, are 4-0-1 vs spread in last five; they lost four of last six home openers, last four of which went over the total. Oakland covered five of its last six post-bye games.

    Pittsburgh— Steelers won 14 of last 15 home openers, are 10-3 vs spread in last 13. Under is 7-2 in their last nine home openers. Pitt lost five of last seven road openers; they’re 2-8-1 vs spread in last 11. Steelers covered only one of last seven post-bye games.

    Tennessee— Titans lost five of last six home openers; they’re 9-2 vs spread in last 11 road openers. Under is 16-5 in their last 21 road openers. Titans are 2-6 vs spread in last eight post-bye games.
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    Preview: Lightning (54-23) at Capitals (49-26)
    Date: May 15, 2018 8:00 PM EDT


    WASHINGTON -- For a group making their first trip to the Eastern Conference Final, the Washington Capitals look right at home.

    Even when they are on the road.

    The Capitals come home to Capital One Arena for Game 3 on Tuesday night sporting a 2-0 lead over a Tampa Bay Lightning team that won the most games in the NHL during the regular season.

    "I can't wait to go home and play the game," Alex Ovechkin told the Washington Post after Game 2. "The fans are going to be all over the place and we've waited for this moment for a long time. It's going to be pretty cool and pretty special."

    The Capitals improved to 7-1 on the road in these playoffs with Sunday's 6-2 win and the Lightning now must win one of two in Washington to send the series back to Tampa Bay.

    Road teams that have taken a 2-0 series lead in the NHL conference finals have an 18-1 series record. The Capitals are 3-3 at home this postseason.

    "We're here for a reason. We believe in ourselves and in this group," Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman told the team's website. "We've got to go out there and win games on the road, and we've done that in the playoffs and we've got to do it again."

    Washington has outscored the Lightning 10-4 despite playing without center Nicklas Backstrom (right hand injury). Lars Eller moved up to the second line and scored a goal for the second straight game. He has four points in two games.

    "I like the playoffs," Eller, who has 11 points (five goals, six assists) this postseason, told NHL.com. "I embrace when there's more on the line and the stakes are higher. I always like that, and I think that it brings out in the best in me, and now with Nick out I've just been playing more minutes."

    Washington's defensive play has limited the Lightning to one even-strength goal in the first two games, and the Capitals have succeeded in generating odd-man rushes when they have the puck.

    Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists in Game 2, and Ovechkin and Tom Wilson each had a goal and an assist. Braden Holtby made 33 saves for Washington and has stopped 52 of 56 shots in two games, winning the goaltending battle with Andrei Vasilevskiy.

    The Capitals scored twice late in the second period to take a 4-2 lead, including a power-play goal by Kuznetsov with three seconds left, and cruised home.

    Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos scored Game 2 goals -- Vasilevskiy made 31 saves -- for Tampa Bay, which lost two games in a row for the first time this postseason.

    "If there is one thing I can sit here and say about these two games, it's we just played tentative and a little bit slow," Lightning coach Jon Cooper told NHL.com. "We didn't get 113 points by playing that way. We didn't win the first two rounds by playing that way. These first two games, that's the way we've played."

    One bright note for the Lightning, the last time they lost two straight home playoff games, in the 2015 conference final against the New York Rangers (Games 4 and 6), they won the series in seven games.

    "Sometimes, adversity is gut-check time and let's see who we really are," Stamkos told NHL.com. "We haven't had to really deal with that so far in the playoffs. Now we are, so we'll see what type of team we are."


    SERIES AT A GLANCE

    GAME 1
    Capitals at Lightning
    Fri, May 11 Final 4 to 2

    GAME 2
    Capitals at Lightning
    Sun, May 13 Final 6 to 2

    GAME 3
    Lightning at Capitals
    Tue, May 15 - 8:00PM EDT

    GAME 4
    Lightning at Capitals
    Thu, May 17 - 8:00PM EDT

    GAME 5
    Capitals at Lightning
    Sat, May 19 - 7:15PM EDT
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    Lightning desperate to fix problems
    May 14, 2018


    WASHINGTON (AP) Jon Cooper walked into the locker room and didn't get the sense Lightning players were down in the dumps about losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference final.

    ''It was more kind of like an anger of like we want to get back - like let's get Game 3 going here,'' Tampa Bay's coach said.

    Game 3 on Tuesday night in Washington can't come soon enough for the Lightning, who are in a historically difficult spot after losing twice at home to open the series.

    Of the 41 previous times a team lost the first two games in the conference finals, 39 went on to lose the series - including every team that lost its first two at home.

    ''For us, it's all about resetting everything,'' defenseman Victor Hedman said Monday. ''There's no panic. We're obviously not happy with losing two games on home ice, but that is not something that goes into our locker room.

    ''We've got the experience. We've got the guys that are in the playoffs for the first time, guys have been through this, and we're capable of handling that.''

    The Lightning under Cooper haven't lost the first two games of a series since 2014, when they were swept in the first round by Montreal. That was a learning experience players could point to when they went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, but right now it's just an ugly deficit.

    It is the same deficit the Lightning erased against the Capitals in 2003.

    ''If you just look where you stand in the series, I feel like it's a big mountain to climb,'' said former Lightning captain Martin St. Louis, who was on that team. ''They got to focus on just winning the next game. And I truly believe if they do that, it's going to be a long series.''

    After not allowing Boston to score an even-strength goal in the final three games during the second round, Tampa Bay has been outscored 7-1 by Washington at even strength and 10-4 overall.

    Asked what the Lightning needed to do better, three-time Cup-winning defenseman Ken Daneyko responded, ''Where do we begin?''

    ''They were so responsible defensively, making good puck decisions and through the first two rounds they didn't give up a whole lot,'' said Daneyko, now an NHL Network analyst.

    ''Just mental breakdowns, mental mistakes by Tampa Bay. You never know why it turns so drastically like that when they were so sound against the Bruins. That can't happen.''

    Mistakes are happening in abundance, most notably passing up shots that lead to opportunities the other way. And ill-timed penalties late in periods have led directly to Capitals power-play goals, which definitely can't continue happening if the Lightning want to make this a series.

    ''We need to do a better job of not getting in that situation, not letting two games in a row, 7, 8 seconds left on the power play and they get one,'' defenseman Dan Girardi said. ''That's something we can definitely control ourselves.''

    As clinically as Tampa Bay eliminated New Jersey and Boston in five games apiece, Washington is rolling behind the scoring of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov and the goaltending of Braden Holtby, who has stopped 52 of 56 shots through two games.

    The Capitals are feeling confident right now, but after falling behind 0-2 on home ice in the first round and roaring back to beat Columbus, they understand how fast things can swing.

    ''We're off to a heck of a start, but we've got to take care of business at home,'' defenseman Matt Niskanen said. ''If they win one or two here, boy, the momentum switches big time.''

    For the Lightning to win one or two games, they'll need to get better production out of captain Steven Stamkos and winger Nikita Kucherov and better play out of goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who hasn't been at his best.

    ''He's going to have to be great,'' said Keith Jones, a former NHL forward and current NBC Sports analyst. ''He's being challenged to look through traffic and stay up. ... Vasilevskiy's going to have to play unbelievably well unless the Capitals take a step back.''

    If the Lightning can't figure out how to fix many of their problems from the net out, it'll be a short series. Cooper sounded confident of a turnaround.

    ''There's a really good group of guys there,'' Cooper said. ''They've got a ton of experience and when their backs have been against the wall, they've shown a propensity to fight back. This is a tough one. We lost two at home and it's definitely not an ideal situation. But we're not done. It's not over.''

    NOTES: Capitals coach Barry Trotz said C Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed three consecutive games with a right hand injury, remains day-to-day. ... Washington D Michal Kempny was fined $2,419 - the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement - for cross-checking Lightning F Cedric Paquette during Game 2.
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    NHL Eastern Conference final Game 3 betting preview and odds: Lightning at Capitals

    Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals (-120, 6)

    Capitals lead series 2-0.

    The suddenly struggling Tampa Bay Lightning look to begin digging out of a deep hole in the Eastern Conference final series when they visit the red-hot Washington Capitals for Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Lightning dropped the first two games of the series at home by a combined score of 10-4 and a team has not rebounded from down 2-0 to win a conference final since Pittsburgh beat Boston in 1991.

    “I’m confident in our group,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper told reporters Monday. “They’ve got 113 points (in the regular season) for a reason. … They’ve got a ton of experience, and when their backs have been against the wall, they’ve shown the propensity to fight back. This is a tough one. We lost two at home and it’s definitely not an ideal situation. But we’re not done. It’s not over.” Washington lost the first two games at home in the first-round series against Columbus, but won four in a row to move on and are 10-2 in the last 12 games after scoring the final five goals of Sunday’s 6-2 triumph. The Capitals have scored seven of their 10 goals at even strength and Tampa Bay, which dominated Boston while playing 5-on-5 in the semifinal series, has scored three of its four on the power play in the opening two contests. “It’s huge, but it’s not over yet,” Washington captain Alex Ovechkin, who scored in each of the first two games, told reporters. “We’re going to (have to) come back home and do our thing and take another one. It’s going to be hard. They have tremendous players over there and we just have to play the same way and don’t give them anything.”

    TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, TVA

    SERIES PRICE (PER WESTGATE LV SUPERBOOK):



    LINE HISTORY: The Capitals opened as -120 home favorites for Game 3 and that number has yet to move as of Monday evening. The total hit betting boards at 6 and has been steady. Check out the complete line history here.

    CONSENSUS: 51 percent of moneyline wagers are coming in on the home favorite Capitals. The Over is seeing the edge in the total action with 61 percent of the bets.

    GOALIE SHOWDOWN:
    W L OTL GAA Save % SO
    Andrei Vasilevskiy 44 17 3 2.62 .920 8
    Braden Holtby 34 16 4 2.99 .907 0

    INJURY REPORT:

    Lightning - LW Adam Erne (Questionable, Lower Body).

    Capitals - C Nicklas Backstrom (Questionable, Hand).

    ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (62-27-3-2, 55-35 O/U): The team has plenty of confidence in Vezina finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has allowed 10 goals in five periods of hockey during this series with little help from his defense after posting a .927 save percentage in the first two rounds. “We all have tremendous belief in him, and he’s a rock for our team,” Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman told reporters. “He’s going to be back and be his best. We’re not making his job easier by executing our game plan defensively and offensively. The scoring chances are way up compared to the previous series and that’s on us, not him.” Captain Steven Stamkos has scored in four of his last five games while compiling seven points in that stretch.

    ABOUT THE CAPITALS (59-28-8-1, 53-40 O/U): Lars Eller is prospering after moving up to the second-line center role with Nicklas Backstrom (hand) missing the last three games, recording two goals and two assists in the first two contests of this series. “He’s got all the qualities of a playoff-type player,” Washington coach Barry Trotz told reporters of Eller. “He’s big. He’s strong. He’s got some experience. He’s very competitive. He’s got a good skill level. He’s playing to his ability right now. … He’s one of the guys that’s stepped up in a major way for us.” Ovechkin, who shares the team lead with Kuznetsov at 19 points in the playoffs, is the second Washington player to reach 10 goals in a postseason run by joining John Druce (14 in 1990).

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    TRENDS:

    * Lightning are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Finals games.
    * Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 Conference Finals games.
    * Over is 12-4-2 in Lightning last 18 road games.
    * Over is 6-2 in Capitals last 8 home games.
    * Home team is 20-9 in the last 29 meetings.
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    NHL

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    Tampa Bay Lightning
    Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Tampa Bay is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 17 of Tampa Bay's last 25 games on the road
    Tampa Bay is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Washington
    Tampa Bay is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 15 of Tampa Bay's last 22 games when playing Washington
    Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Tampa Bay is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Washington Capitals
    Washington is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    Washington is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home
    Washington is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games at home
    Washington is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
    Washington is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Tampa Bay
    The total has gone OVER in 15 of Washington's last 22 games when playing Tampa Bay
    Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
    Washington is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay


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    NHL
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    Tuesday, May 15


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    TAMPA BAY (62-27-0-5, 129 pts.) at WASHINGTON (59-28-0-9, 127 pts.) - 5/15/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 60-37 ATS (+3.4 Units) in all games this season.
    WASHINGTON is 36-21 ATS (+4.4 Units) second half of the season this season.
    WASHINGTON is 15-2 ATS (+12.0 Units) after playing 3 consecutive road games over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 36-19 ATS (+9.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    WASHINGTON is 21-11 ATS (+9.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
    TAMPA BAY is 63-32 ATS (+8.6 Units) in all games this season.
    TAMPA BAY is 23-11 ATS (+11.6 Units) when trailing in a playoff series since 1996.
    TAMPA BAY is 13-3 ATS (+9.1 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    TAMPA BAY is 232-236 ATS (+497.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 8-3 (+6.5 Units) against the spread versus TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 8-3-0 straight up against TAMPA BAY over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.2 Units)

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    Tampa Bay @ Washington

    Game 1-2
    May 15, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Tampa Bay
    11.409
    Washington
    14.757
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 3 1/2
    5
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Washington
    -115
    6
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-115); Under
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    TUESDAY, MAY 15
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    TB at WAS 08:00 PM

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    Tampa tops Caps 4-2, cuts deficit to 2-1
    May 15, 2018


    WASHINGTON (AP) Victor Hedman scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final Tuesday night and cut their series deficit to 2-1.

    Hedman had the primary assist on power-play goals by Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov and was a key part of three big penalty kills that gave Tampa Bay some much-needed momentum. Determined to create the kind of shift he thought could turn the East final around after back-to-back home losses, the Norris Trophy finalist as the NHL's top defenseman was one of the most dominant players on the ice and extended his point streak to eight games

    Criticized for his play in the first two games against Washington, Vasilevskiy was on top of his game as the Capitals put 38 shots on net. Vasilevskiy made seven saves on the penalty kill alone to save a beleaguered unit that came in ranked 13th out of 16 playoff teams.

    The Lightning would still like to cut down on the quality chances Vasilevskiy has to stop in Game 4 on Thursday and beyond, like the one Brett Connolly scored on after a turnover by Ondrej Palat. They also surrendered a 6-on-5 goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov with 3:02 left that made things interesting in the final minutes.

    But the offensive depth that helped them get through the first two rounds in five games apiece returned with Hedman and Brayden Point scoring just Tampa Bay's second and third even-strength goals in the series. Hedman now has a goal and 10 assists during his point streak.

    Tampa Bay got two injury scares in the third period when Stamkos hobbled off after taking a slap shot from teammate Braydon Coburn in the right knee and Tyler Johnson was cross-checked by Michal Kempny. Stamkos and Johnson each returned minutes later to a game that included nastiness after whistles throughout.

    Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 23 shots, though power-play one-timers by Stamkos and Kucherov were almost impossible to stop. The Lightning extended their streak of consecutive games with a power-play goal to seven and have 11 total in that time.

    NOTES: C Lars Eller took three of Washington's six penalties. ... With his 10th career power-play goal, Stamkos tied Martin St. Louis for Tampa Bay's playoff record. ... Injured C Nicklas Backstrom (right hand) took part in the Capitals' morning skate but missed his fourth consecutive game. Coach Barry Trotz continues to call Backstrom day-to-day. ... Alex Ovechkin and Kuznetsov combined for 21 shots on goal. ... Trotz set a franchise record by coaching his 54th playoff game with Washington.
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    SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY MAY 21, 2018
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    May NHL Record:

    05/15/2018 0-1-1 0.00% -6.00
    05/14/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -12.75
    05/13/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -4.00
    05/03/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -0.25
    05/02/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -10.50
    05/01/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -12.75

    Totals...............5-12-1........29.41%.....-46.25


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    05/15/2018.....................0 - 1.............-6.00..................0 - 0 - 1.....-0.00..............-6.00
    05/14/2018.....................0 - 0.............-0.00..................0 - 1..........-5.50..............-5.50
    05/13/2018.....................0 - 0.............-0.00.................1 - 0...........+5.00............+5.00
    05/03/2018.....................1 - 0............+5.75................0 - 2...........-11.00.............-5.25
    05/02/2018.....................1 - 1............+0.50.................0 - 2..........-11.00.............-10.50
    05/01/2018.....................0 - 1.............-5.00.................1 - 1...........-0.50..............-5.50

    Totals.............................2- 3.............-4.60..................2 - 6 - 1...........-23.00............-27.75
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