Sunday NHL Online Playoff Bets
NHL Playoff Picks On Sunday
By Bob Duff
With a win on the road, the teams representing the capital cities of Canada (the Ottawa Senators) and the United States (the Washington Capitals) can move on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Will it happen? We break it down, with odds provided courtesy of :
It’s been a magical ride for coach Mike Babcock and his rookie-laden Maple Leafs but is it about to come to an end? The Capitals have won two in a row after Justin Williams scored 1:04 into overtime in Game 5 to give Washington their second straight win and a 3-2 series lead.
That was the seventh playoff game winner of his career and Williams will be one to watch again in Game 6. Williams has posted 16-20-36 totals in Games 5-7 in his postseason career and his teams are 26-18 in those games. With 3-4-7 totals, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie has garnered a point in all five games of this series.
How close is this series? After five games, the shots on goal are deadlocked at 175-175. Washington has scored 16 goals; Toronto 15. Every game in this series has been decided by one goal. Game 5 was the fouth OT game of the series, the first time Toronto has played that many OT games in a set since 1951, while the Caps most recently did it in 2012.
The Leafs have eight goals in this series from rookies, and include four of the top seven in the playoff rookie scoring race in their lineup. Auston Matthews is second in rookie goals (three) and William Nylander and Mitchell Marner share the rookie lead in assists (three).
Toronto forward Nazem Kadri caught Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin with a low-bridge check in the first period of Game 5. Ovechkin left briefly but returned for the second period and finished the game without issue. Washington forward Tom Wilson, who has three goals in the series including the Game 1 OT winner, was benched by Capitals coach Barry Trotz after taking four penalties in Game 5.
Pick: The Capitals (-141) and the under (5.5)
Taking a page from the Leafs playbook, the Bruins are turning to rookies as they try to rally from a 3-1 series deficit. Sean Kuraly scored his first two career NHL goals, including the OT winner in Game 5. He’s the seventh Bruins rookie to score an overtime goal in the postseason. Already, rookie Charlie McAvoy is taking a prominent turn on Boston’s defense, averaging 26:35 of ice time per night and sits tied for fourth among first-year players with two assists.
Bruins forward David Krejci, who missed the first two games of the series with an upper-body injury, did not return after absorbing a knee-on-knee hit from Ottawa’s Chris Wideman in the first period and his status for Game 6 is uncertain. Kuraly and David Pastrnak (two) are the only Bruins with more than one goal in the set.
Ottawa is the only one of two unbeaten road teams in the playoffs (2-0). The Senators lost forward Viktor Stalberg to an unspecified injury in Game 5 and his status going forward is also unknown. Veteran Ottawa forward Chris Kelly saw his first action in the series in Game 5. Sens defenseman Erik Karlsson, a Norris Trophy finalist, played 41:51 in Game 5. He shares the playoff lead in scoring by defensemen with five points (0-5-5).
Pick: The Bruins (-162) and the under (5)