The craziness of the Stanley Cup playoffs was in full bloom last night, as all four underdogs won. Each was on the road and two were facing elimination games, but found a way to win somehow.
Three of the underdogs had fewer shots and two cases, the differences were substantial. Philadelphia was outshot 44-11 and Minnesota 41-24. Last night’s binge takes underdogs to a substantial profit at +7.64 units with 20-18 record against the NHL odds.
What lies ahead for today, that is a great question, as team’s facing elimination are 3-2 and two more are on the chopping block today. We have the New York at Pittsburgh to start the day, with the Rangers trying to stave off elimination. The same is true for St. Louis and we have a more complete article to read about Game 6 of that contest here at sportsbookreview.com.
For NHL picks we have the nutty Nashville and Anaheim series choice, plus some prop bets to ponder.
Pittsburgh will look to emulate both Tampa Bay and San Jose and not Dallas, winning a Game 4 and polishing off the series in next contest. With Washington adding to their own woes, the Penguins are in a great spot to end series and advance and watch the Capitals have to sweat out another encounter before most likely facing Pittsburgh.
The Pens thoroughly dominated the Rangers in the Big Apple, outscoring them 8-1 and just ravaged their defense. Other than Game 2, Pittsburgh has played faster and more confident and looks very much like a club that has won 17 of 20.
New York has been to the Stanley Cup and Eastern finals in each of the last two years and each time they overcame a 3-1 series deficit to do so, including against Pittsburgh two years ago. Unless the Rangers come up with way to fix their power play, any thoughts of advancing are a pipe dream, being 1 for 16 in the series.
BetDSI has Pittsburgh as a -190 favorite and while there is trepidation give how the playoffs have gone, New York is 7-21 after loss by five goals or more.
Free Pick – Pittsburgh wins
This Western Conference series personifies this the madness of playoff hockey. After four battles, the home team fans have headed to the exits with heads down and muttering, wondering how their team could not win a game. The visitors are a perfect 4-0 and Nashville as +125 road underdogs will try and keep the streak alive.