Preds one win away from Western Conference final
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL playoff betting options to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
The Nashville Predators are one win away from going where the organization’s never gone before: the Western Conference final.
Holding a 3-1 lead their second-round series against the St. Louis Blues, a win on Friday night would send the Preds to the conference for the first time since joining the NHL as an expansion team in 1998.
The Blues will try to stave off elimination on Thursday night as the -115 favorites on home ice at Scottstrade Center. The club must find a way to score more than one goal if they stand any chance of topping the red-hot Predators. Nashville has held the high-scoring Blues’ offense to just two goals in the last two games thanks in part to goaltender Pekke Rinne, who leads the league with an astounding 1.33 goals-against average in the post-season.
Getting offense from your defense is always a bonus and that’s been the case for the Preds. Blue-liner Ryan Ellis leads the club with nine points in eight playoff games, while P.K. Subban isn’t far behind at six points.
Bovada is offering several mouth-watering game props, including a -110 line that the Predators will score the opening goal. If Nashville scores the first marker of the contest it may be a great indication of which team comes out on top.
The Predators have netted the opening goal in all four games in this series. Bovada has a -250 line set the first team to score on Friday night will go on to win the game. Should the Preds net the first marker, that’s a bet worth putting your money on.
The total goals projection for Friday’s contest is set at 5 and you can expect a high-scoring affair with the Blues living to fight another day.
Pick: St. Louis Blues (-115) and the over (5)
It’s a best-of-three series now between the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, who will clash in a Game 5 on Friday night at the Honda Center.
The Ducks, who battled back from a two-game deficit to notch this series at two games apiece, enter action on Friday as -140 favorites at the Honda Center where the club has been average to this point. The Oilers have proved they can compete away from Rogers Place, winning the opening two games of this series in Anaheim. Edmonton heads to California as intriguing +120 underdogs.
Ryan Getzlaf was the hero in Game 3 as the Ducks’ captain netted a pair of goals and added a pair of assists — including on the game-winning goal in overtime. Getzlaf now has eight points in four games heading into a crucial fifth contest.
Two of the last three games between these Pacific Division rivals have produced over outcomes, including Anaheim’s Game 4 victory in which the clubs combined for seven goals. Boavada has set the total goals projection of 5.5, but surprisingly, expect a lower-scoring affair with the Oilers coming out on top in the end.
Pick: Edmonton Oilers (+120) and the under (5.5)More articles...