There were a lot of surprises yesterday in the NHL, but none moreso than in Washington where the Philadelphia Flyers came and won 2-0.
That’s the first time the Capitals have lost 2 in a row in regulation all season, and the first time for it to happen in over a year. Insane.
It’s amazing to see the Flyers sitting here down just 3-2 in the series now. After the self-destruction of the fans after game 3 they looked down and dusted. However Neuvirth is pulling off miracles and nothing can go right for the Capitals. I mean if I told you the Capitals would have 44 shots in the game and the Flyers just 11 you’d assume it was an obliteration for the Capitals – not the other way around.
The Islanders and Panthers continue to have very close games with the Islandrs squeaking out that one in double OT. the Wild and Stars had an amazing game and Niemi has to be disappointed with leaking so many goals there.
The Kings are out. That was one where we didn’t have a consensus pick – Scott went with the Kings and Graeme went with the Sharks.
Saturday April 23rd brings 3 more games with two teams on the brink. The Rangers are 1-3 as they head to Pittsburgh and the Blackhawks are 2-3 as they host the Blues. The Predators and Ducks also face off in Anaheim.
Rangers vs Penguins Betting Tips:
Graeme: It’s hard to convince yourself on the New York Rangers at the moment. The odds are juicy but they just look like a team out of water. If Lundqvist starts today is he going to show up motivated? Or mentally has he checked out for the season? It says so much too that the Penguins are doing this without Fleury – watch them get Fleury back and immediately turtle up. I don’t hold much faith in the Rangers but I’ve seen them rally before and am going to take Over 5 Goals. Can get around 1.75 odds for that.
Scott: The Penguins are rolling at the moment. They have won the last 2 games and now have a commanding 3-1 lead over the Rangers. Malkin is back and healthy and has added to an already potent offense. With the Pens pounding the Rangers in the last game, being at home, having goalie Murray only allow 1 goal over his last 2 games and having their offense on fire I like them to end the series tonight.
Penguins Win in Regulation for 1.90 odds.
Predators vs Ducks Betting Tips:
Graeme: I like the way the Ducks turned things around in Nashville and I think momentum is on their side. Andersen is surely between the pipes tonight and that’s enough for me. Ducks to win.
Scott: After losing the first 2 games of the series at home the Ducks have stormed back to win 2 on the road and have tied the series at 2. The Ducks won those 2 games by a combined score of 7-1. Andersen has been fantastic since taking over for Gibson in goal. I like the Ducks to ride the hot goalie and win at home in this one
Can get the Ducks for 1.74 odds.
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Blues vs Blackhawks Betting Tips:
Graeme: I’d feel more confident picking tails on the flip of a double headed coin than I would picking this game. The Blues are a terrific value and I believe would be +EV but man it’s so hard to bet against the Blackhawks because we’ve all seen what they’re capable of in the playoffs, especially with backs against the wall. No Bet.
Scott: This has been a crazy series. Last game needed parts of 2 overtimes where Kane scored his first of the playoffs to win 3-2 and the series heads to Chicago for game 6 with the Blues leading 3-2. I am going to avoid a tip for this game. It’s tough to call and I’m far to biased to make a safe pick. I do like Chicago to get back to winning at home though. But the way this series has gone so far, anything can happen.