Online Sunday NHL Betting Advice
Playoff Hockey Game Day Betting Tips
By Bob Duff
So much for analytics. The Sharks held the Oilers dead even when playing five on five in Game 2 but were befuddled when dealing with Edmonton while playing five on four. Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian each scored shorthanded goals and Cam Talbot made 16 saves to register his first career playoff shutout as the Oilers evened the series.
Talk about history repeating itself. It was Edmonton’s first playoff win since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, when Jussi Markkanen also posted a 16-save shutout. It was the eighth time the Oilers have scored a pair of shorthanded goals in a playoff game but the first time since 1986.
The Sharks, who played their second straight game minus center Joe Thornton (knee), were out shot 6-5 and outscored 2-0 on their six powerplay chances. Logan Couture managed one shot and was minus-two, a sure sign he is still hurting. After being outhit 41-21 in Game 2, look for San Jose to insert tough guy Micheal Haley for Game 3.
Pick: The Oilers (+118) and the under (5)
How big is this game? When teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup series, the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 202-97, a 67.6 per cent success rate.
Tomas Plekanec tied the game with 17.3 seconds remaining in regulation and Alexander Radulov scored at 18:34 of overtime as the Canadiens evened the series. Plekanec scored the latest tying goal in Canadiens playoff history, eclipsing the mark set by Jacques Lemaire (59:36) in Game 1 of the 1975 semifinals at Buffalo.
The Rangers will need to solve their home-ice woes. They won just 21 game at Madison Square Garden during the regular season, tied for the fewest among playoff teams, and have dropped five straight playoff games at MSG.
Pick: The Canadiens (+113) and the over (5)
Sidney Crosby collected a point on each of Pittsburgh’s first three goals to post his 11th career three-point playoff game and lead the Penguins to the Game 2 victory. The Pens are 12-1 in the playoffs when both Crosby and Evgeni Malkin score. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 55th playoff victory to surpass Terry Sawchuk for 16th on the NHL’s all-time list.
Down 2-0, the Blue Jackets recalled 18-goal scorer Sonny Milano, their top draft pick in 2014, from AHL Cleveland. Columbus has scored one goal or fewer in eight of its last 12 games.
Pick: The Penguins (+107) and the under (5.5)
To say the Blues are in good shape coming home would be an understatement. Teams that take a 2-0 lead on the road in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup series win 79.8 per cent of the time, an all-time series record of 71-18. St. Louis took a 2-0 lead on the road in a best-of-seven series for third time in franchise history and the Blues won each of the other two instances in four game sweeps.
Defensemen Joel Edmundson has scored in two straight games, matching Wild forward Zach Parise, the only player to score for Minnesota so far. The Wild are 1-4 in their last five road playoff games.
Pick: The Blues (-108) and the under (5)