Monday NHL Playoff Betting Portfolio
Better NHL Playoff Betting Tips
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL playoff betting options to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
A double-overtime thriller in the second game of this series will set the stage for the third instalment on Monday night when the Washington Capitals take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
The visiting Capitals enter action as -160 underdogs on the road where the Presidents’ Trophy posted a 23-12-6 record this season. The Maple Leafs, who are +130 underdogs, are riding a wave of emotions after defeating the Caps 4-3 in double overtime to notch the Eastern Conference quarter-final at one game apiece.
The Maple Leafs have proven they can hang around with the league’s top team. The question is can the young Buds repeat the same magic in Game 3?
Much like the regular season, Toronto ranks near the top in scoring, averaging three goals per game through two contests.
If Frederik Andersen can turn in another 40-plus save performance, the Leafs will come out on top again.
Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs (+130)
The Stanley Cup favorite Blackhawks find themselves in a deep hole heading into Game 3 of their Western Conference quarter-final Monday night in Nashville.
The Predators, who are -125 favorites entering action Monday, went into the Windy City and shocked the hockey world, defeating the Blackhawks twice in their own building. Down 2-0 in the best-of-seven matchup, the Hawks, who are -105 underdogs, are now faced with a must-win situation on Monday.
The Blackhawks’ offense has been stagnant, going two games without scoring a single goal. The Preds on the other hand have been spectacular in their own zone and are getting timely goaltending from Pekke Rinne.
The total goals projection for Monday’s contest has been set at five, but keep in mind that five of the last 10 meetings between these clubs have produced under outcomes.
Pick: Chicago Blackhawks (-105)
The Calgary Flames must be glad to get out of California, where the club has struggled to find any success in the post-season.
The Flames — down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series — will look to claw their way back when they host the Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarter-final series Monday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Calgary enters the contest as -130 favorites on home ice in desperate need of a victory. The Ducks — who are even underdogs — can really put the heat on the Flames with another victory to go up three games.
The Ducks have defeated the Flames in five consecutive games, going back to their last three meetings in the regular season. Anaheim’s six goals through the first two playoff games ranks tied for second in the league.
The total goals projection for Monday’s tilt is 5. Two of the last three meetings between these clubs have produced over outcomes. Expect the same Monday with the Flames finally getting a victory.
Pick: Calgary Flames (-130)
The Bruins earned a hard-fought split in Ottawa and will now host the Senators in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final on Monday night.
Down four defensemen to injuries — including rugged blue-liner Adam McQuaid — the Bruins still enter action on Monday as -175 favorites on home ice. The Bruins were a better road team during the 2016-17 campaign, but still managed to piece together a 23-17-1 record at TD Garden. The Sens are coming off a massive overtime victory and hope to ride that momentum into Boston as +145 underdogs.
The Senators have had the Bruins’ number over the last 10 meetings, winning eight times during that stretch. However in the last six games, Ottawa has a 1-4-1 record when entering matchups as the underdog.
If you’re considering placing a wager on Bovada’s goals line of 5, keep in mind six of the last 10 matched between the Sens and Bruins have gone over the projected total.
Pick:Ottawa Senators (+145)
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