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Better NHL Playoff Bets On Tuesday
NHL Teams To Back On Tuesday
By Bob Duff
It could be all over for the Columbus Blue Jackets, while the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers look to utilize home ice pull even in their series. Where you should place your wagers on these Game 4 contests, with odds courtesy of BetOnline.ag:
Netting a hat trick, including the overtime winner, Penguins forward Jake Guentzel joined Montreal's Gerry Plamondon (1949) as the only NHL rookies to record a three-goal game in Stanley Cup play that included at OT goal. Guentzel registered his second straight winning goal as well as his second consecutive multi-point performance.
Pittsburgh's stars are also shining. Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin registered his 14th career three-point postseason game and leads the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in scoring with six points. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury won his 56th game to tie Tom Barrasso for the most playoff wins in franchise history.
Columbus blew a 3-1 first-period lead in Game 3 and took two penalties for too many men on the ice. Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson scored twice and opened the scoring 11 seconds into the contest to establish a franchise record for fastest goal to begin a playoff game. Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (19 years, 271 days) became the youngest player in franchise history to score in the playoffs. But Werenski also took a puck to the face and his status for Game 4 is uncertain. Columbus will get forward Matt Calvert back from his one-game NHL suspension for cross checking. The Blue Jackets are 0-2 when facing elimination in their playoff history.
Pick: The Penguins (-115) and the over (5.5)
The addition of previously petulent forward Alexander Radulov via free agency in the summer was viewed as a wild card move by the Montreal Canadiens but it's coming up aces for the Habs in the playoffs. Radulov scored the OT winner in Game 2 of this season and added a goal and an assist as Montreal won Game 3. He has five points in the past two games. After going 0-7 on the power play in the first two games of the series, Artturi Lehkonen scored with the man advantage in Game 3, his first career Stanley Cup goal.
Home sweet home doesn't apply where the Rangers are concerned. They won just 21 times at Madison Square Garden during the regular season and have lost six in a row on home ice in the playoffs and been outscored 21-4 in the process. The Rangers are also 0-10 on the power play during the series.
Pick: The Canadiens (-105) and the under (5)
The Sharks stepped up the punishment level in Game 3, dishing out 32 first-period hits after delivering just 34 hits the entire night during Game 2. But what the defending Western Conference champion Sharks couldn't increase was the scoring pace, as the Oilers shut them out for the second consecutive game. Both Logan Couture (mouth) and Joe Thornton (knee) suited up for Game 3 but neither is anywhere near 100 per cent healthy. Forward Mikkel Boedker was a healthy scratch for Game 3.
Cam Talbot has consecutive shutouts and unlikely hero Zack Kassian has back-to-back game winners for the Oilers. Kassian also plays a key role on the Edmonton penalty kill that is 13-for-14 in the series. Oilers coach Todd McLellan dropped Leon Draisaitl down to center his third line and that unit scored the game's only goal.
Pick: The Sharks (-115) and the under (5)
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