avatar Written by Graeme on Friday, April 7th, 2017

In what will possibly be our last tips of the 2016/2017 regular season, we ended it on a high note with a great winning night. Don’t worry – we’ll be covering the playoffs for sure!

The Ottawa Senators got a big win over the Boston Bruins. All they needed was the point and they got that as the game went to overtime. Props to the Senators who kept going at that stage and got a nice momentum boosting win.

The Islanders kept their playoff hopes alive in the battle for the final spot, with a big win over the Hurricanes. They played some solid defensive hockey at times as well in that one .

And are the Leafs going to blow it? In an absolutely massive game against Tampa Bay, the Leafs lost 4-1 at home. That was an absolutely crushing loss.

In the race for that final spot we have 3 teams left – the Leafs, Islanders and Lightning. With two games left, if the Islanders or Lightning win all their games in regulation, then the Leafs need 2 points to cement their place.

Tampa are first up with a tough road game tonight against the Canadiens in the only game of the night. That’ll probably be the most watched game in Canada all season long. If they beat the Habs, they go up against the Sabres on Sunday at home.

The Islanders visit New Jersey tomorrow and then Ottawa on Sunday, with a stiff back to back for them to contend with.

The Leafs end their regular season with two home games – against the Penguins tomorrow, and the Blue Jackets on Sunday.

This is quite a thrilling end to the season I have to say. It’s nice that it’s all laid out very simple like this too. Sometimes there’s a lot of “ifs and buts” but it’s very well laid out this time.

Lightning vs Canadien Betting Tips:

So we have tonights game now to contend with and what a game it is. On one hand I always like to see Canadian teams in the NHL. On the other hand I have lots of annoying Leafs fan friends so if the Habs roll over tonight and the Leafs ultimately don’t make it, it’d be nice to know we were partly responsible.

We have no official tips for this one. Tampa will be motivated of course with the playoffs within their grasp – but I can’t help but think back to the loss to the Bruins recently, and the Coyotes loss. Plus a few games recently where they’ve struggled, AND the injuries they have.

Then you have the Canadiens. They went on a tear to take the Atlantic but then lost against the Sabres. You can’t count the Habs out of this game. The Sabres were motivated for that game after their previous loss. It was their final home game as well. It’s very possible that they don’t show up – but writing them off would be a mistake.

The bet I personally will be making for this game is Lightning in Regulation. They HAVE to win and they have to do it in a big way. The odds for this one are as high as 3.05

I’m not sold on the Lightning at all, but under the circumstances I’m comfortable betting them at that price to win in regulation.

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