The second round gets underway tonight in Pittsburgh with Ottawa paying back at a handsome price
It’s a short turnaround for teams in the NHL playoffs and online sportsbooks have been slammed today by bettor’s weighing in on what teams will advance into the Conference Semi-Finals.
Ottawa (+245) will take on Pittsburgh (-277) and despite being the more rested team with better goaltending, the Senators are still listed as the biggest Round 2 underdog. Pittsburgh’s two netminders each recorded a shutout in the opening round win over the Islanders but the 17 goals they surrendered in four other games is disturbing. With Craig Anderson’s recent hot streak (5-1 last six), we are grabbing the dog with all the money books are willing to give us.
Pick: Take the Sens
The Rangers (+108) at Boston (-119) promises to be a bruising series and with each team coming off a seven-game series, this could turn into a war of attrition. The fact Boston gets home ice really helps them here, but King Henrik is proving he is hard to beat on any rink.
– Rangers last nine home games, New York has outscored its guests 4.0 to 1.4 (avg)
SU: 9-0 (2.56, 100.0%) avg line: -157.8
O/U: 5-2-2 (0.44, 71.4%) avg total: 5.0
– Rangers on the road during the same span (since April 1), goals for/against are dead even at 2.5 apiece
SU: 4-7 (0.00, 36.4%) avg line: -118.5
O/U: 4-5-2 (-0.18, 44.4%) avg total: 5.1
New York has its scoring on track and they can play a physical brand of hockey, able to withstand the barrage of hits from Washington and handle all Boston can bring.
Pick: Take the Rangers
In the west we start with seventh-seeded Detroit (+239) against the Chicago Blackhawks (-269) and the flat price on the fave fires up a caution flag but we still feel they will win this Original Six matchup. For our chalk picks in the first round, we offered up an ‘Exact Series’ play but for this series we are opting for Adjusted prices.
Pick: Take the Hawks -1.5 games (-125)
The battle of California between San Jose (+132) and the Los Angeles Kings (-146) should be a doozy with each team coming in off four-straight playoff wins. After fighting past a much improved Blues team we think Los Angeles will be too much for a Sharks team that cruised past the Canucks. It’s juicy, but take the champs to advance.
Pick: Take the Kings
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