Better NHL Playoff Bets On Wednesday
NHL Playoff Betting Lines Analysis
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL playoff betting options to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
The seed of doubt has been planted for the Washington Capitals, who will look to get even with the surging Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night when the Eastern Conference quarter-final resumes at the Air Canada Centre.
Despite being down in the best-of-seven series, the Capitals enter action on Wednesday night as -145 favorites. The high-flying Maple Leafs, who are +115 underdogs on home ice, can take a two-game lead back to Washington with another victory in Game 4.
The Capitals and Leafs have shown why they were both among the highest scoring clubs in the league this season. Toronto’s averaged 3.33 goals per game, while Washington is right behind at 3. Expect another close-checking battle when these two hit the ice on Wednesday and don’t be shocked to see a fourth consecutive overtime to determine a winner once again.
The line for total goals is set at 5.5 — a mark these high-powered offensive teams will surpass for a fourth time in the series. The Leafs will head to Washington with a 3-1 lead.
Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs (+115) and the over (5.5)
Bobby Ryan was the Game 3 hero for the Senators, who defeated the Bruins 4-3 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series.
The question is can the Sens find another big victory in Boston on Wednesday night when they take on the Bruins at TD Garden.
The Bruins enter the highly anticipated matchup as -165 favorites on home ice, where the club went 23-17-1 this season. The Senators — heading to the Big Apple on a high note — are +135 underdogs.
We all know how defensively responsible the Senators have been this season, but their goal production in these playoffs has been somewhat surprising. Through three games, Ottawa is averaging 3.00 goals per game. The Bruins will have to stay out of the penalty box against a Sens team that’s converted 30 percent of its chances on the man advantage.
The last two games have produced seven tallies, and while Wednesday’s total goals line is set at 5, this match should produce another high-scoring finish. The Bruins will get even on home ice.
Pick: Boston Bruins (-165) and the over (5)
The St. Louis Blues have the Minnesota Wild on the ropes. Now it’s just a matter of delivering the knockout blow.
That may come as early as Wednesday night when the Blues host the Wild in Game 4 with a chance to sweep the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final.
While the series may seem lopsided, the teams have actually been fairly matched. Two of the three games have finished by one-goal margins and expect much of the same on Wednesday night in St. Louis.
Two of the three games so far have only produced three goals, with the Blues taking each match by scores of 2-1. Bovada’s issued a total goals line of 5, but put your money on the game going the under — especially considering just two of the last 10 meetings between these clubs have produced over results.
It’s desperation time for the Wild and it will show in their play on Wednesday, as the club will finally come out on top.
Pick: Minnesota Wild (-115) and the under (5)
The Flames are on the brink of elimination after letting what looked like a Game 3 victory slip away.
The club faces another must-win situation on Wednesday night when the Flames host the red-hot Ducks in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarter-final at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Any of the first three games could have gone either way as each was determined by a single goal. That’s why Bovada is offering pick ‘em odds in Game 4 with both teams at -115.
No lead is safe in the post-season and the Flames had to learn that the hard way, giving up a three-goal lead to lose 5-4 in overtime in Game 3.
If you’re betting on total goals, Bovada’s line of 5 is an appealing wager to consider. But only once in this series has the total gone above that mark. Take the under with the Flames living to fight another day.
Pick: Calgary Flames (-115) and the under
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