It was a night of interesting NHL action as the Philadelphia Flyers clawed one back against the Washington Capitals. Neuvirth stepped in and ended up playing a blinder as the Flyers won 2-1 to give them some new confidence before heading to Washington for Game 5.
The Florida Panthers tied everything up 2-2 to regain their home ice advantage, and the Dallas Stars got back on track with a big 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Today we’ve got 4 games. The Lightning look to wrap up their series with the Red Wings with a win tonight, while the Penguins hope to take a huge 3-1 lead back to Pittsburgh, and the Ducks are looking to tie up the series. The Blackhawks also take on the Blues.
Let’s get to it:
Red Wings vs Lightning Game 5 Betting Tips:
Graeme: The Red Wings special teams have been a huge issue for them in the playoffs so far as their power play unit can’t seem to have any luck. In the last game the Wings were 0-4 on the PP while Tampa were 3-5. Of course in a series which has eleventy billion power plays that just can’t do. The majority of Wings fans seem to have accepted their fate and believe they are going out tonight. I dunno though I think they have one more in the tank. Over 5 would probably be the smart play but I’ve just got a good feeling about a Wings Win and at the odds, feel I’ve got to take it.
Scott: The Lightning now hold a 3-1 series lead. The Lightning fixed their powerplay issues and scored all 3 of their goals last game with the man advantage. Datsyuk has gone pointless so far in the playoffs and if this is indeed his last action in the NHL then he’s going out very quietly. The Lightning can end the series tonight which will give them plenty of rest while they wait for the 2nd round.
Penguins vs Rangers Game 4 Betting Tips:
Graeme: Honestly I was all set to take the Penguins today until I looked at the odds. Yeah Murray stepped up big for the Penguins last game and they got a big win in MSG but the odds are enough to make me go with a Rangers win.
Scott: These teams have traded wins and the Penguins are now up 2-1. The Rangers were out shot 31-17. The Rangers will need to have a better effort in this one and put some pressure on the rookie Murray. I think they will and I like this one to continue the trend of trading wins
Ducks vs Predators Game 4 Betting Tips:
Graeme: Big, big game tonight for the Anaheim Ducks. I like what I saw from them last time out and I like that to continue. Craig Smith is a bit beaten up which won’t help the Predators and the Ducks just seemed to finally click. Ducks win.
Scott: Frederik Andersen got the start for the Ducks in game 3 and he made 27 saves for the shutout as the Ducks won 3-0. They obviously gained some momentum and they needed that. The series is now at 2-1 for Nashville and the Ducks can tie it and regain home ice advantage over the final 3 games with a win tonight.
Blackhawks vs Blues Game 5 Betting Tips:
Graeme: I feel like I should tip the Blackhawks here based on their pedigree, history, players and the odds. But I just can’t bring myself to do so. No Bet.
Blackhawks vs Blues
Scott: Well last game was chaotic at the end. In the heat of the moment Hawks forward Andrew Shaw said some things that clearly he shouldn’t have and has been suspended for 1 game. The Hawks have lost their cool. They’re rattled and need to get back to what has made them successful over the past 6 years by being a skilled and disciplined team. People will say I’m biased, and I am, but I like the Hawks to pull out a win in this game.