Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NHL Playoff bracket 2010 - EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

2010 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
The NHL Playoff matchups, NHL hockey odds get started on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.  The Stanley Cup Quarterfinals will go on until we have just 8 teams for Round 2.  Before we know it, we'll have the Stanley Cup finals with two teams battling on the ice for hockey supremacy!

SERIES A
#1 Washington        vs.         #8 Montreal

Thursday, April 15     at Washington, 7:00 p.m.     TSN, VERSUS
Saturday, April 17     at Washington, 7:00 p.m.     TSN, VERSUS
Monday, April 19     at Montreal, 7:00 p.m.     TSN
Wednesday, April 21     at Montreal, 7:00 p.m.     TSN
*Friday, April 23     at Washington, 7:00 p.m.     TSN, VERSUS
*Monday, April 26     at Montreal, 7:00 p.m.     TSN, VERSUS
*Wednesday, April 28     at Washington, TBD     TSN

SERIES B
#2 New Jersey        vs.         #7 Philadelphia

Wednesday, April 14     at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.     TSN
Friday, April 16     at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.     TSN
Sunday, April 18     at Philadelphia, 6:00 p.m.     TSN
Tuesday, April 20     at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.     TSN2
*Thursday, April 22     at New Jersey, 7:00 p.m.     TSN
*Sunday, April 25     at Philadelphia, TBD     TSN
*Tuesday, April 27     at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.     TSN

SERIES C
#3 Buffalo        vs.         #6 Boston

Thursday, April 15     at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.     CBC
Saturday, April 17     at Buffalo, 1:00 p.m.     NBC, CBC
Monday, April 19     at Boston, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
Wednesday, April 21     at Boston, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS, CBC
*Friday, April 23     at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.     CBC
*Monday, April 26     at Boston, 7:00 p.m.     CBC
*Wednesday, April 28     at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.     CBC

SERIES D
#4 Pittsburgh        vs.         #5 Ottawa

Wednesday, April 14     at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
Friday, April 16     at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
Sunday, April 18     at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
Tuesday, April 20     at Ottawa, 7:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
*Thursday, April 22     at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
*Saturday, April 24     at Ottawa, 7:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
*Tuesday, April 27     at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.     CBC

2010 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
SERIES E
#1 San Jose         vs.         #8 Colorado

Wednesday, April 14     at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS (JIP)
Friday, April 16     at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS (JIP)
Sunday, April 18     at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS (JIP)
Tuesday, April 20     at Colorado, 10:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS (JIP)
*Thursday, April 22     at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS (JIP)
*Saturday, April 24     at Colorado, TBD     CBC
*Monday, April 26     at San Jose, TBD     CBC

SERIES F
#2 Chicago        vs.         #7 Nashville

Friday, April 16     at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.     TSN2, VERSUS (JIP)
Sunday, April 18     at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.     TSN, VERSUS (JIP)
Tuesday, April 20     at Nashville, 9:00 p.m.     TSN, VERSUS (JIP)
Thursday, April 22     at Nashville, 8:30 p.m.     TSN2, VERSUS (JIP)
*Saturday, April 24     at Chicago, 3:00 p.m.     NBC, TSN
*Monday, April 26     at Nashville, TBD     TSN
*Wednesday, April 28     at Chicago, TBD     TSN

SERIES G
#3  Vancouver       vs.         #6 Los Angeles

Thursday, April 15     at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
Saturday, April 17     at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
Monday, April 19     at Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
Wednesday, April 21     at Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m.     CBC, VERSUS
*Friday, April 23     at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m.     CBC
*Sunday, April 25     at Los Angeles, TBD     CBC, VERSUS
*Tuesday, April 27     at Vancouver, TBD     CBC

SERIES H
#4 Phoenix        vs.         #5 Detroit

Wednesday, April 14     at Phoenix, 10:00 p.m.     TSN, VERSUS
Friday, April 16     at Phoenix, 10:00 p.m.     TSN, VERSUS
Sunday, April 18     at Detroit, 3:00 p.m.     NBC, TSN
Tuesday, April 20     at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.     TSN
*Friday, April 23     at Phoenix, 10:00 p.m.     TSN, VERSUS
*Sunday, April 25     at Detroit, 2:00 p.m.     NBC, TSN
*Tuesday, April 27     at Phoenix, TBD     TSN

Stanley Cup 2010 NHL Playoff Series Picks and Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins

Both players have revitalized franchises and hockey markets that looked bleak, both are argued about as to who is the best player in the world, both have tons of hardware already at young ages and the two are the center piece for the best rivalry in hockey. So all eyes are on the Pittsburgh Penguins and their star Sydney Crosby and the Washington Capitals and their star Alexander Ovechkin.

While the Penguins are defending champions, the Capitals seem to be the team to beat.

Stanley Cup Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins +450

What of the defending champs?

They finished the regular season with a record of 47-28-7 for 101 points, good enough for the four-seed in the East.

Captain Crosby put on a show in the team’s regular season finale against the New York Islanders, nearly grabbing an outright lead in the regular season goal scoring race (51 goals) and even put a little scare into the Vancouver Canucks’ Henrik Sedin in the chase for the league points lead.

Crosby will share the Rocket Richard Trophy (most regular season goals) with Tampa Bay’s Steve Stamkos but regular season accolades won’t mean much to Sid the Kid after he got to drink from the Cup last year.

The Pittsburgh Penguins open against the Ottawa Senators. In their last seven overall against the Sens, they are only 2-5 SU.

Since the Penguins had a better regular season record than the Sens they will open at home and Ottawa could draw first blood in the series.

The last 20 times that the Pittsburgh Penguins have hosted the Ottawa Senators, the Pens are only 6-14 SU.

Young Ottawa netminder Brian Elliot went 29-18-4 this season and will get his first playoff start on Wednesday.

Betting Action: SPORTSBETTING.com is reporting the Penguins, despite being a four seed in the East, are the second most popular team in the Eastern Conference for sports bettors. 22% of the betting action on “Who will win the Stanley Cup” is on the Penguins.

I didn’t put any money on either of these two teams, choosing instead to take a shot on the San Jose Sharks at +450. Yes, I know they perennially disappoint, but I have a gut feel they put it all together this season.

The other wager I made was on the New Jersey Devils to win it all at +750. Hopefully Brodeur has one last big playoff run in him, and with their defense and the addition of Kovalchuk, they have the ingredients to go far in the post-season.

Check out all the NHL Betting odds.

Stanley Cup 2010 NHL Playoff Series Picks and Odds : Washington Capitals


Both players have revitalized franchises and hockey markets that looked bleak, both are argued about as to who is the best player in the world, both have tons of hardware already at young ages and the two are the center piece for the best rivalry in hockey. So all eyes are on the Pittsburgh Penguins and their star Sydney Crosby and the Washington Capitals and their star Alexander Ovechkin.

While the Penguins are defending champions, the Capitals seem to be the team to beat.

Stanley Cup Odds: Washington Capitals +300

The Washington Capitals captured the President’s Trophy as the team with the best regular season record (54-15-13 for 121 points) and online sportsbook have them as the odds-on to win it all at +300.

The Caps open the 2010 postseason campaign with a series against the Montreal Canadiens.

While Alexander Ovechkin and his troops nearly averaged four goals a game — 3.82 to be exact — they ranked 16th in goals against, allowing close to three a game (2.77).

Pundits are looking at goaltending as the Caps possible weak spot heading into the playoffs.

While Caps goalie Jose Theodore had a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.81, he went 30-7-7 with a save percentage of .911 this season.

In fact, in Theodore’s last 20 games, he is 17-3 SU.

Even if Theodore falters (like he did last postseason), the Capitals do have Semyon Varlamov who went 15-4-6 with a .909 save percentage and GAA of 2.55 during the 2009/10 campaign.

More importantly, Varlamov proved himself in the playoffs last year backstopping Washington to a series win against the New York Rangers before succumbing in seven games to the eventual champion Penguins in the second-round.

Betting Action: SPORTSBETTING.com is reporting the early action has been steady on Washington, with the Capitals currently holding 31% of all the volume wagered on the option “Who will win the Stanley Cup”.

Check out all the NHL Betting odds. 

Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls Live – Basketball Betting

 Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls Live @ Sportsbook: The NBA Match between Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls will kick off on April 13, 2010, 8:00 PM ET at United Center, Chicago, IL.

After getting a key victory against the only other team still fighting for the league's last playoff spot, the Chicago Bulls need to beat the team that eliminated them from last year's postseason to hold onto it.
Basketball Betting
Chicago will try to maintain its lead on eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a home victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Chicago moved past Toronto for the conference's No. 8 spot with a 104-88 win Sunday at the Air Canada Centre. After falling in double overtime to lowly New Jersey two nights earlier, the Bulls (39-41) bounced back behind Derrick Rose's 26 points and key contributions from Joakim Noah.

Despite being limited by the plantar fasciitis that has caused him to miss 17 games since the start of February, Noah had 18 points, 19 rebounds and a career high-tying seven assists in the win.

The Celtics won for the third time in eight games with a 105-90 victory at Milwaukee on Saturday night. In a potential preview of an opening-round series, Boston led by one at halftime but pulled away as Paul Pierce scored 18 of his team-leading 24 points in the second half.

Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls Live at Basketball Betting

Celtic vs Motherwell Live Free Online, Score & Preview

Celtic vs Motherwell Live @ Online Betting:  The Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Motherwell will kick off on April 13, 2010, 19:45 UK at Celtic Park, Scotland.

Celtic will look to bounce back from a shock defeat to Ross County when they take on Motherwell this Tuesday.
Soccer Betting
The Hoops were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by unfancied Ross County, who won 2-0 thanks to goals from Steven Craig and Martin Scott. Celtic boss Neil Lennon expressed his dismay at the result and hoped for a better showing in the SPL.

Neil Lennon has confirmed he has already handed the Celtic board a list of players he wants out of the club at the end of the season.

Celtic are already trailing Rangers by 13 points and with just a handful of games remaining in the season, look set to end this year empty-handed. The Hoops sacked manager Tony Mowbray, but that does not seem to have done any good as far as the performance on the field is concerned.

Meanwhile Motherwell also go into the game on the back of a shock defeat against bottom huggers Falkirk. Ryan Flynn was the lone goal scorer as Falkirk won 0-1 last week. The loss leaves Motherwell on the 5th spot with 48 points from 32 games played so far.

Celtic vs Motherwell Live @ Soccer Betting

Reading vs Newcastle United Live Online, Score & Preview

Reading vs Newcastle United Live @ Sportsbook Online: The English Championship League match between Reading and Newcastle United will kick off on April 13, 2010 at 20:00 UK. The match will takes place at Madejski Stadium, England.

Online Soccer Betting
Newcastle United pack their bags to visit Reading at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening, looking to break their duck against the hosts. Most of the previous meetings have ended up in defeat for the Magpies.

Reading have no fresh injury concerns for the visit of promoted Newcastle but will again be without Matt Mills.

The former Doncaster defender serves the second instalment of a four-match suspension but manager Brian McDermott will again be able to call upon fit-again duo Brian Howard and Jem Karacan.

Newcastle defender Jose Enrique looks set to return to the squad.

The previous match played between the two at Madejski Stadium was within the last three years, in October 2007, the Royals carving out a narrow 2 - 1 victory in a Premier League match.

Reading vs Newcastle United Live @ Online Soccer Betting