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NHL Hockey: Detroit Red Wings vs. Dallas Stars Preview, Odds and Prediction - 04/19/2021

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Apr 19, 2021

NHL Monday NBC Sports Network Preview: Detroit versus Dallas.The Detroit Red Wings visit the Dallas Stars on the NBC Sports Network at 8:30 PM ET in a battle of Central Division teams currently outside the playoff picture.Dallas has won two games in a row after their 5-1 victory against Columbus on Saturday. Joe Pavelski scored his team-high 18th goal, and five other Stars’ players added a goal or an assist. Denis Gurianov, Jamie Benn, John Klingberg, and Esa Linder all scored goals. Jake Oettinger stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced.The Stars are in sixth place in the Central Division, three points behind Nashville for the fourth and final playoff spot. They are one point behind Chicago for fifth place. Dallas returned the core of their group that lost to Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup finals in six games. After having their first four games canceled because of COVID, the Stars have been behind the eight-ball all season. They still have three games in hand to potentially catch the Predators. Management did not make a move at the trade deadline, but they did add defenseman Sami Vatanen off waivers. Center Tyler Seguin has not played this season with a hip injury, but he is expected to be back if Dallas makes the postseason. Right wing Alexander Radulov and goaltender Ben Bishop are out the year with injuries. Pavelski leads the team with 41 points coming from 18 goals and 23 assists. Rope Hintz has added 13 goals and 22 assists. The left wing will be a game-time decision to play tonight with a lower-body injury. Left wing Jason Robertson is third on the team with 12 goals and 20 assists. Head coach Rick Bowness has tapped Anton Khudobin as his goalie tonight. Khudobin has a 9-9-6 record with a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage. Detroit had their three-game winning streak end with a 4-0 loss to Chicago on Saturday. The Red Wings had 29 shots but got shut out by the Blackhawks’ goaltender Malcolm Subban. Jonathan Bernier made 23 stops in the losing effort for Detroit.The Red Wings are in last place in the Central Division, 11 points outside the playoff picture. General manager Steve Yzerman was a seller at the trade deadline by trading forward Anthony Mantha and defenseman Patrick Nemeth. With 19 draft picks in the first five rounds next two drafts, including five in the first two rounds for 2021, the organization is in a full rebuild. Center Dylan Larkin leads the team with 22 points coming from eight goals and 14 assists. Defenseman Filip Hronek has two goals and 22 assists. Left wing Adam Erne has added 11 goals and seven assists. Head coach Jeff Blashill is expected to keep Bernier as his goaltender tonight. Bernier is 9-8-0 with a 2.93 goals-against-average with a .913 save percentage. Dallas has won three of the four meetings between these two teams after defeating the Red Wings in Detroit by a 3-0 score on March 20th. BookMaker lists the Stars as a -245 money line favorite with the total set at 5.5.Computer prediction:  Dallas Stars 4 Detroit Red Wings 1

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NHL, EPL and NBA Previews and Odds - 04/19/2021

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Apr 19, 2021

The Monday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, MLB, and the English Premier League.The NBA has nine games on the docket. The card begins at 7 PM ET, with Detroit hosting Cleveland as a 1.5-point favorite with the total set at 212.5 (all odds from BetOnline unless indicated otherwise). Boston is at home against Chicago as a 6-point favorite at 7:30 PM ET at BetNow.The first game of a doubleheader on ESPN has Philadelphia playing at home against Golden State at 7:30 PM ET. The 76ers have won four in a row with their 106-103 win against the Los Angeles Clippers as a 4-point favorite on Friday. The Warriors had their four-game winning streak end with a 119-114 loss at Boston as a 3-point underdog on Saturday. Philadelphia is a 7.5-point favorite at BetNow.Four more games are scheduled for 8 PM ET. Milwaukee is at home against Phoenix as a -2.5 point favorite with an over/under of 234.5. San Antonio visits Indiana as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 231.5. Atlanta plays at home against Houston as a 10-point favorite at BetNow. Washington hosts Oklahoma City as an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 230. Denver is at home against Memphis as a 5-point favorite with the total at 227.5 at 9 PM ET.The nightcap on ESPN has Utah visiting Los Angeles to play the Lakers at 10:10 PM ET. The Jazz had their two-game winning streak end with a 127-115 loss at the Staples Center to the Lakers on Saturday. Los Angeles has won two of their last three games. Utah is a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 216.Eight games are on the NHL schedule. Tampa Bay is at home against Carolina as a -120 money line favorite with the total set at 5.5. Florida plays at home against Columbus as a -226 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5.Dallas hosts Detroit on the NBC Sports Network at 7:30 PM ET. The Stars have won two in a row with their 5-1 win against Columbus on Saturday. The Red Wings had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 4-0 loss to Chicago. Dallas is a -218 money line favorite with the total at 5.5.Nashville is at home against Chicago at 8 PM ET as a -137 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Minnesota visits Arizona as a -145 money line road favorite with the total at 5.5. Calgary is at home against Ottawa as a -200 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Edmonton hosts Montreal as a -124 money line favorite with a total of 6. Vegas is at home against San Jose at 10 PM ET as a -220 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.Eight games are on the MLB docket. The card begins at 11:10 AM ET with the Chicago White Sox playing at Boston as a -111 money line road favorite with the total at 8. St. Louis visits Washington as a -112 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8 at 7:05 PM ET. Philadelphia is at home as a -105 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Kansas City plays at home as a -112 money line favorite at BookMaker with an over/under of 8. The Los Angeles Angels host Texas at 9:38 PM ET as a -201 money line favorite with a total of 9. Minnesota visits Oakland at 9:40 PM ET. San Diego is at home against Milwaukee at 10:10 PM ET as a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Seattle as a -190 money line road favorite with a total of 8. Matchweek 31 of the English Premier League continues with Liverpool playing at Leeds United on the NBC Sports Network at 3 PM ET. The Reds are a -0.75 goal line road favored with an over/under of 3.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB, EPL and the English FA Cup Previews and Odds - 04/18/2021

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Apr 18, 2021

The Sunday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, MLB, the English Premier League, and the English FA Cup.The NBA has eight games on the docket. The card begins at 1 PM ET with two contests. Atlanta hosts Indiana as a 4.5-point favorite with the total set at 234.5 (all odds from BetOnline unless indicated otherwise). New York plays at home in Madison Square Garden against New Orleans in the first game of an ESPN doubleheader. The Pelicans have lost two in a row after their 117-111 loss at Washington as a 3.5-point favorite on Friday. The Knicks have won five in a row with their 117-109 upset win at Dallas as a 6.5-point underdog on Friday. New York is a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 221.Brooklyn visits Miami in the second game on ESPN at 3:30 PM ET. The Nets have won two of three with their 130-115 win against Charlotte as a 12-point favorite on Friday. The Heat have lost three in a row with their 119-111 upset loss at Minnesota as a 7-point favorite on Friday. Brooklyn is a 5.5-point road favorite with a total of 225. Six games are on the NHL schedule. The card begins with Boston playing at home against Washington on NBC at noon ET. The Bruins have won three in a row after their 3-o shutout victory against the New York Islanders on Friday. The Capitals have won four of five with their 6-3 win at Philadelphia on Saturday. Boston is a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The Islanders visit Philadelphia on the NBC Sports Network at 6:30 PM ET. New York lost three of four with their setback in Boston on Friday. The Flyers also lost three of four after their defeat to the Capitals yesterday. The Islanders are a -130 money line road favorite with the total at 5.5 at BetAnySports. Sixteen games are on the MLB slate, including a seven-inning doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and Boston. The slate begins at 1:05 PM ET with three games. Philadelphia is at home against St. Louis as a -181 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Washington hosts Arizona as a -191 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. The New York Yankees play at home against Tampa Bay as a -245 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.The MLB card concludes with Atlanta playing at Chicago against the Cubs for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball at 7:08 PM ET. Chicago ended a two-game losing streak by winning the second game of this series on Saturday, 13-4. The Braves had won two in a row before the setback. The Cubs are a -112 money line favorite at BetNow.Matchweek 31 of the English Premier League continues with two matches on the NBC Sports Network. Arsenal hosts Fulham at 8:30 AM ET as a -0.75 money line favorite with a total of 2.5. Manchester United is at home against Burnley at 11:30 AM ET as a -1.25 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.75. The second semifinals match in the FA Cup is on ESPN+ at 1:30 PM ET. Leicester City plays Southampton at Wembley Stadium as a -0.5 goal line favorite with the total at 2.5. The winner plays Chelsea for the FA Cup title on May 15th. 

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