avatar Written by Graeme & Scott on Friday, April 21st, 2017

Brackets were busted world wide and the bookies were rejoicing last night as the Chicago Blackhawks were eliminated from the NHL Playoffs – in an incredible sweep by the Nashville Predators.

Prior to the playoffs beginning, the Predators were 31.00 odds to win the Stanley Cup. After that amazing series they’re now 4th favourites at 7.00 odds.

The Predators will face either the Blues or the Wild.

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets to go through to the next round of the playoffs. They will beat the winners of the Capitals vs Leafs series.

What a game it was in Edmonton. A high scoring thriller right from the beginning of the game and both teams showed great fight. The Oilers were the one that took it winning 4-3 in overtime.

It’s Friday, April 21st and we’ve got two games going tonight. The Maple Leafs take on the Capitals and the Bruins take on the Senators. Let’s get to it.

Bruins vs Senators Game 5 Betting Tips:

Graeme: Ottawa are a team that I’ve openly admitted in the past that I haven’t given enough respect to this season. Near the end of the season I started to give them more respect however I’ve leaned heavily on the Bruins this series, tipping them to win the series, Game 2, Game 3 and Game 4.

My reasoning for that is not a lack of respect for the Senators but that in the second half of the season, the Bruins stuck out as a playoff team to me more than any other team.

I’ve watched every second of this series and while the Bruins have been very solid – Ottawa are the team that deserve to go to the next round more. Easily. Plus look at their regular season record against the Bruins. This is one series where my judgment was just plain wrong.

They’re at home and they’re underdogs after going on the road and winning twice. How the hell do we not back the Senators here? At 2.12 odds it’s an +EV play.

Scott: Another series that hasn’t gone as many had predicted.  The Sens have a 3-1 lead but the Bruins can’t be counted out just yet.

But looking at the results from not only the playoffs but the regular season, the Sens seem to own the Bruins.  They won all 4 against the Bruins in the regular season and 3 of the 4 in the playoffs. 

But I can’t back either team for this game so No Bet.

Maple Leafs vs Capitals Game 5 Betting Tips:

Graeme: From my own betting perspective I’m pretty much done for this series in the way of serious bets. My advisement last time out was to bet the Capitals to win the series at 1.93 odds. I locked in on that one big and now I’m good for the rest of the series.

That’s for the best because picking these games individually is bloody difficult. On a pure quality level overall the Capitals are the better team but the Leafs fight and passion is incredible. It also has me conflicted because even though financially I’m cheering on the Capitals, as soon as that first puck drops I’m cheering vociferously for the Leafs.

And you know it’s not because they’re a Canadian team or anything like that – I just love rooting for an underdog like this. Especially one that shows so much fight.

The Leafs have shown fight for the majority of this series. They’re going to Washington where they won’t be scared to go out and attack. Neither team seems to understand the phrase “protecting a lead”. I’ve gotta go with Over 5.5 goals in this one if I was betting.

Scott: This has been a great series so far.

I didn’t think this series would be this close.  It’s tied at 2-2 and 3 of the 4 games have needed OT.  I’m not sure who is going to win this game but I think it’ll be close like all of the others have.  Game 1 hit 5 goals, games 2 and 3 hit 7 goals and game 4 had 9.  I like that trend to continue in this game.

Over 5.5

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