Back both nation’s capitals to win on Saturday
Senators and Caps look to rebound
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL betting lines to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
The Penguins have the Capitals on the ropes and can deliver the knockout blow on Saturday night when the two Metropolitan Division rivals meet for a fifth time in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Holding a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Penguins travel to Washington where they can expect to face a desperate Capitals’ team.
The Capitals, who haven’t been particularly strong on home ice during the post-season, enter action as the -170 favorites. Washington’s potent offense have hit a dry spell, the club failing to net more than two goals in a game in this series. The Penguins, who are +150 underdogs, can put this series to bed and give their captain Sidney Crosby a little more time to rest.
The first goal will be important as the Penguins have won all three games when they’ve scored first. Bet365 is offering -250 odds the first team that scores will go on to take the match.
Games 3 and 4 have both been decided by one goal so expect another tight-checking affair on Saturday. In fact, the Capitals are +220 favorites to win the game by one goal and force a Game 6 back in Pittsburgh.
Bovada has set the total goals projection of five, but watch for another low-scoring game as the last two have produced under outcomes. In the end, the Caps will live to fight at least one more day.
Pick: Washington Capitals (-170) and the under (5)
Home ice has meant everything in this series as the Senators prepare to host the Rangers in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Ottawa, who opened with back-to-back victories, watched their two-game edge slip away as New York responded to tie the series at 2-2 heading into action on Saturday afternoon.
The series has been split down the middle, which is why Bovada is offering heads up odds, with both teams pegged at -110.
New York’s been able to lure the defensive-minded Senators into a wide-open style — a system that suits the Rangers well. The Broadway Blueshirts have outscored the Senators 8-2 in the last two games, so expect Ottawa to take a few more chances offensively in Game 5.
The Rangers are -125 favorites to score the opening marker in the game, while the Sens are pegged at -115. Bet365 is also offering an enticing +5000 line there will be no first-period goal. That has occurred once in this series during Game 1.
Either way, expect a tight game on Saturday. Bet365’s +600 line that the Sens will win by an exact two-goal margin is one worth putting your money down on.
The last three games have produced under outcomes. Take the under on Bovada’s projected total of 5 for Saturday’s contest with the Sens regaining the series lead.
Pick: Ottawa Senators (-110) and the under (5)