Blues look to slow red-hot Predators in Game 2
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a couple NHL playoff betting lines to consider, with odds courtesy of BetOnline.
Game 1 of this series provided exactly what everyone expected: tight-checking, entertaining hockey. With the Preds drawing first blood on the road, the Blues will look to pull even on Friday night when the two Central Division rivals face off in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals at Scottstrade Center in St. Louis.
The Blues may have lost home-ice advantage, but the club still enters action on Friday night as -115 favorites. Special teams hurt the Blues in the opener as the club allowed two power play goals on three Nashville chances. With a penalty-kill rating of 76.2 percent, the Blues will need to be better or this may be a quick series.
The Predators keep turning heads in these playoffs, winning five straight games heading into action on Friday night. Bovada is pegging the Preds as intriguing +104 underdogs for Game 2 of their second-round series.
The head-to-head matchup over the last has been split down the middle with each club taking five games. During that span, just two of the 10 contests have produced over outcomes.
While the opening game of this series combined for seven goals, expect a tighter-checking matchup from here on in. Take the under on Bovada’s total projected goals line of 5.
Pick: St. Louis Blues (-115) and the under (5)
The Oilers sent a clear message in Game 1, proving the young club won’t be pushed around by a much more experience Ducks team.
The two Pacific Division rivals will square off in Game 2 on Friday as the -135 Ducks looks to pull even in the best-of-seven series. The Ducks, who are surrendering 2.80 goals against per game, will need to find a way to tighten up defensively against the Oilers.
Edmonton are +122 underdogs despite proving the club can compete against the Pacific Division champions.
The opening tilt produced eight goals and you can expect much of the same going forward.
Faceoffs will become a huge factor in this series, especially the deeper it goes. The Ducks hold the advantage with a 54.1 percent win rate in the faceoff circle.
Despite dropping the opening game, it’s hard to avoid the fact the Ducks have defeated the Oilers six times in their last 10 meetings.
The total projected goals is set at 5 once again, but expect the clubs to go over that mark on Friday night with the Ducks pulling even.
Pick: Anaheim Ducks (-135) and the over (5)