Tuesday NHL Playoff Betting Tips
Online NHL Playoff Betting Lines Comparison
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL playoff betting options to consider for Tuesday, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
After an early slip up in this series, the Montreal Canadiens have regained their composure and may be on the verge of taking complete control in their first-round series against the New York Rangers.
Leading their Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Rangers, the Habs can take a commanding lead in the series when the two Original Six rivals clash in Game 4 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The series has been closely contested through three matchups and it’s is the main reason Bovada is offering Tuesday’s showdown as a pick ‘em game, with both the Canadiens and Rangers at -115.
Goals were hard to come by early in the series for the Canadiens, who were blanked in the opener. However the Habs have done OK since then, scoring seven tallies in the last two playoff games.
The Canadiens have been perfect on the penalty kill as well, turning aside 10 Ranger power-plays through three games in the series.
The total goals projection for Tuesday is set at 5, however only two of the last three meetings between the Habs and Rangers have produced under results. Expect the same on Tuesday, with the Canadiens grabbing control of the series.
Pick: Montreal Canadiens (-115)
We’ve yet to see a sweep in these playoffs but that could change on Tuesday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets.
Up 3-0 in the series, the Penguins can wrap things up with a fourth straight victory over the Blue Jackets, who enter the matchup as -120 favorites. The Pens head to Ohio as intriguing -110 underdogs.
It’s hard to bet against the defending Stanley Cup champions, who lead all playoff teams with an average of four goals for per game. Much of that is because the Pens have been able to generate a high-rate of shots on goal. In fact, the club’s average of 36 shots on goal per game through three contests ranks sixth among playoff teams.
The Pens wouldn’t mind ending this series and heading back to Pittsburgh with a little down time before the start of the second series. However they don’t want to get too far ahead of themselves.
If you’re betting the total goals, Bovada is offering a projection of 5.5. However two of the last three games have gone under the total each time.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins (-110)
It hasn’t been pretty, but the Edmonton Oilers are getting the job done against the San Jose Sharks.
After three contests, the Oilers will look to build on their 2-1 series lead on Tuesday when they face the Sharks on the road at SAP Center.
Many would have thought it’d be Connor McDavid taking over games in this series. However, it’s Oilers forward Zack Kassian has been the one carrying his team. Kassian has two goals — both game-winning tallies — to go along with nine hits over the last two matchups.
The Oilers have answered the call as underdogs this season, posting a 17-12-5 record as dark horses during the 2016-17 campaign.
Thinking about putting your money on an total goals? While Bovada’s projection of 5 may scare bettors away, Game 4 between the Oilers and Sharks has the makings of a high-scoring affair with the Shark notching the series up at two games apiece.
Pick: San Jose Sharks (-120)