This is two evenly matched teams but the spread does not indicate that. Vegas is begging you to take Toronto but do you go the the way and take Boston -1.5 or is this flawed logic?
As a Leafs fan, I really hope Im wrong here, but it almost seems like Boston has flipped the switch and figured out the way to beat Toronto. The Leafs have a hard time handling the rough bump and go style of play as Torontos offense is largely based around speed and finesse, and Toronto has had a hard time in this series rebounding after getting punched in the mouth. Toronto battled back a couple of times in game four, but after coming so close and falling short, sometimes that takes a toll on a teams psyche. The Bruins regained home ice with the win and I think they wont let it slip again, so Ill side with Boston to take game five on Friday
I like the Avs here on the Road.This game has a very good chance of being decided in the opening 10 minutes. If the Avalanche can weather that deluge the Flames will likely throw the kitchen sink at them in a cauldron-like atmosphere their fans create like few others in the NHL this game can be won and this series can end. The longer Colorado can bottle up Calgarys top line, the more game stress that creates on Smith and the other Flames forward lines. Grubauer has been steady throughout the series, and Smith has gotten little support. If the Avs stay out of the penalty box, they have a chance to win this series. And for those feeling squeamish about taking the Avs straight up to win, grabbing the 1.5 goals with a -175 return is a solid secondary option.
My Pick: Colorado +155
NHL Eastern Conference First Round: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes - Home Game 3:
NHL Eastern Conference First Round: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes - Home Game 3, Series Game 5 Tickets for Sat Apr 20, 2019 gameNHL Eastern Conference First Round: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes - Home Game 3, Series Game 5 official tickets are on sale for Sat Apr 20, 2019 - 08:00 PM at Capital One Arena. Get them now https://www.hockeytickets.ca/nhl-eastern-conference-first-round-washington-capitals-vs-carolina-hurricanes-home-game-3-series-game-5-capital-one-arena-04-20-2019-3879267
I love the Caps to bounce back here. No Svechnikov, not sure on the status if Ferland but even if they both were playing Id still be on the Caps. Defending Champs take this one.
My Pick: Washington +105
Im tempted to side with Calgary as you have to think that the Flames are due for a bounce back but Flames lost six game by three or more goals in the regular season, and the next game in five of those six situations resulted in a loss. Sure, the playoffs are a different beast, but the Flames take a little while to get back on their feet after getting their butts kicked. Colorado was heads and shoulders the better team in game three, and are starting to look like a legitimate threat in this series if they werent already. I think Colorado and the low line is worth a look as a value play on Wednesday.
My Pick: Colorado -110
This series has been very tight to the point either of these teams could be up 3-0 with a lucky bounce here or there. It's been your typical hockey playoff series and you can make a case for either side. The difference for me is that the Predators have found ways to beat the Dallas Stars time and time again, and they've been money in the road underdog role, which includes wins in 16 of their last 26 tries. The Dallas Stars have only split their last 14 games as a home favorite and have actually lost four straight playoff home games when favored as well. For the price we're getting, I have to side with the Nashville Predators at even money.
My Pick: Nashville -105
I loveee the Golden Knights at home in this one. The Sharks did take game one of this series, but the Knights grabbed game two and San Jose has now lost 10 of their last 14 games overall. The Golden Knights have been a solid home team all year and I give Fleury a solid edge over Jones in this one. Fleury has a solid 2.40 GAA here at home, while Jones has a 3.14 GAA on the road and a 3.44 GAA in his career against Vegas. Lastly, we note that the Golden Knights are 17-5 in their last 22 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150. Take Vegas to grab a 2-0 series lead.
My Pick: Vegas -150
The Islanders has been a great team on the season, but so has the Penguins. I don't see Pittsburgh letting this series get away from them. Pittsburgh evens the series up. Final score 4-2. Take the money line to secure the play. Good luck, or should I say; Break A Leg!
The Capitals feature a No. 2 line of Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, and Jakub Vrana that combined for 71 goals. Goalie Braden Holtby, who actually entered last years playoffs on the bench, surrendered only nine goals in winning all four starts against the Hurricanes this season. Mrazek lost both starts against the Capitals this season, giving up five goals. Playoff experience should also be a factor in this one. Hefty price but Washington is the only bet here.
My Pick: Washington -150
I am taking the Sharks on the puck line (-1.5) for added value on the line. The Blackhawks are struggling right now, losing four out of their last five games. They are in an offensive slump, scoring only seven goals in their last five games. Furthermore, while the Sharks are also slumping, they have outscored the Blackhawks by a 12-5 margin this season, plus they won both games against Chicago by at least three goals. The Sharks are one of the best home teams in the NHL, sporting a 23-9-5 record on home ice.
My Pick: San Jose -220
Im taking the Jets here. The Jets are fourth in the league in power-play conversions (25.5 percent) and seventh in scoring (3.34 goals per game). New York has cooled off just a bit of late. Center Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders with 59 points but has just one assist in his past five games. The Jets are 11-3 in their last 14 playing on two days of rest and 4-1 in their last five against the Metropolitan Division.
My Pick: Winnipeg -150
I like the Oilers here. Not one but two different Oilers delivered hat-tricks at L.A.s expense earlier this week. Centers Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both lit the lamp three times. Dallas is 1-4 in its last five against the Pacific Division, 15-38 in its last 53 that are the third of a three games in four days situation, and 1-5 in its last six trips to Edmonton. The Oilers are 35-16 in their last 51 on Thursdays. It is also worth noting that the home team is 6-0 in the last six head-to-head matchups.
My Pick: Edmonton -105
I actually like the Avs at home in this game. The Blackhawks have lost their last two games, while the Avs come in having won their last three games in a row and they have outscored their foes by a 9-2 count in those games. The Blackhawks have gone just 16-20 on the road and the Avs are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite. I will look for Colorado to keep rolling in this one.
My Pick: Colorado -150
I like the Coyotes on the road in this one. The Devils are getting worse as they have lost their last three games in a row and they have been outscored 12-2 in those games. The Coyotes have struggled on this trip, but they are still very much alive in the Western Conference playoff race and are clearly the better team. The Motivation of the Coyotes will carry them over a bad New Jersey team that has thrown in the towel.
My Pick: Arizona -175
Im taking the Predators here. Both teams were stifled offensively in their last contest after stringing together a few wins. The Jets were blanked while Nashville mustered just one goal in their loss. Winnipeg has struggled to keep the puck out of their net and getting blitzed by the Golden Knights didnt inspire a ton of confidence. Rinne has been sharp for Nashville of late, blanking Toronto and then holding Pittsburgh to one goal before losing in the shootout. The Predators are better on the defensive end of the ice and that helps them claw out a win.
My Pick: Nashville -110
San JOse is currently on a 4 game L streak but I like this spot for them to snap that. The Ducks give up a lot of goals and that should be all the Sharks need to get back in the W column
My Pick: San Jose -182
Gimme the Caps here. The Capitals are off a tough loss to the Lightning at home, but they should be able to bounce back in this one against a struggling Minnesota squad. The Wild have played well on the road, but the Caps have played well at home, and Holtby is usually very tough to beat at home. We also note that Holtby is 8-2 with a 2.29 GAA against the Wild, while Dubnyk is 2-7 with a 3.82 GAA against the Caps. Lastly, the home team is 16-7 the last 23 games in this series.
My Pick: Washington -160
I Love the Blue Jackets in this contest. This game has meaning for the Blue Jackets as they are battling for playoff positioning, while the Oilers are not going to reach the playoffs. The Oilers are a very inconsistent team, and they have dropped three out of their last four games overall, plus they are struggling on home ice. Furthermore, the Blue Jackets are a solid road team that features a 20-13-2 road record, and they have only allowed an average of 2.5 goals in their last ten games.
My Pick: Columbus -135