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Stanley Cup Betting Tips For Thursday, April 13

Jon and DerekThe Stanley Cup playoffs got underway last night to mixed reviews from opening night.

The competition was definitely intense, with 2 of the 5 games going to OT and 3 of them being decided by 1 goal (the Rangers also led 1-0 before a late empty netter).

But it was also a bit dull at times, with 3 of the games featuring 3 goals or less and just 1 not going Under the total (Sharks/Oilers, with San Jose winning 3-2 in OT to push the O/U of 5.)

Hopefully, after a regular season in which goal scoring seemed to be going up a bit, we can see a bit more offence as the playoffs unfold.

Three more playoff series get underway tonight! Like we said yesterday, it’s always a bit of a guessing game for Game 1 of the playoffs. That may especially be true tonight as these teams haven’t played since Sunday, if not longer.

Good luck tonight!

Odds below are at the time we made the pick. Be sure to check out our live odds page for updated odds on today’s games.

Leafs Logo VS Pick Capitals Logo
Game: Leafs @ Capitals Lean
Time: 7:00PM ET
Lean: Capitals -0.5 (win in regulation time) -134 (Pinnacle)

Reasons to bet Toronto: The Leafs can play loose here with nothing to lose, while the Capitals have tons of pressure as the President’s Trophy winner and a history of choking in the playoffs.

Reasons to bet Washington: The Capitals were 32-7-2 this year at home, where they allowed an average of 1.63 goals per game. Toronto has lost 17 of its last 22 visits to Washington, and 9 of the Leafs’ players are making their playoff debuts.

Other things to know:

  • Washington beat Toronto 4-1 April 4 in Toronto and 6-5 in OT Jan. 3 in Washington
  • Toronto beat Washington 4-2 Nov. 26 in Toronto
  • Toronto is 19-14-8 on the road
  • Washington is 10-2-1 in the last 13 meetings
  • Toronto has allowed 3+ goals in 4 straight games and 5 of 6
  • Washington has allowed a total of 6 goals in its last 5 games, and gave up 1 goal or less in 5 of its last 10
  • Zaitsev is out for Toronto
  • The Under is 4-0 in Washington’s last 4 home games
  • The Over is 4-1 in Toronto’s last 5 road games
Predators Logo VS Pick Blackhawks Logo
Game: Predators @ Blackhawks Lean
Time: 8:00PM ET
Lean: Under 5.5 -130 (BetOnline)

Reasons to bet Nashville: The Predators have given up just 14 goals in Rinne’s last 9 starts in net. Chicago ended the regular season with a 4-game losing streak and has allowed 3+ goals in 7 of its last 10.

Reasons to bet Chicago: The Blackhawks won 4 of 5 regular-season meetings and have beaten Nashville in 24 of the last 33 meetings in Chicago. Nashville lost 5 of 7 to end the regular season, scoring 1 goal in each of those 5 losses.

Other things to know:

  • Chicago beat Nashville 5-3 March 4 in Nashville, 5-2 Jan. 8 in Chicago, 3-2 Dec. 29 in Nashville and 5-3 Oct. 15 in Chicago
  • Nashville beat Chicago 3-2 Nov. 14 in Nashville
  • Nashville is 17-20-4 on the road
  • Chicago is 26-10-5 at home
  • The Over is 10-2-5 in the last 17 meetings
  • Weber, Fisher and Wilson are questionable for Nashville
  • The home team has won 11 of the last 15 meetings
  • The Under is 6-1-1 in Nashville’s last 8 games
Flames Logo VS Pick Ducks Logo
Game: Flames @ Ducks Lean
Time: 10:30PM ET
Lean: Ducks Team Total Over 2.5 -131 (Pinnacle)

Reasons to bet Calgary: The Flames are 21-16-4 on the road and have won 16 of their last 23 games overall.

Reasons to bet Anaheim: The Ducks have won 27 consecutive home games versus the Flames and 9 of the last 10 meetings overall, including 4 of 5 this season. Calgary has allowed at least 2 goals in 9 of its last 10 games.

Other things to know:

  • Anaheim beat Calgary 3-1 April 4 in Anaheim, 4-3 April 2 in Calgary, 3-1 Dec. 29 in Calgary and 4-1 Nov. 6 in Anaheim
  • Calgary beat Anaheim 8-3 Dec. 4 in Calgary
  • Anaheim is 29-8-4 at home
  • Anaheim has scored at least 3 goals in each of its last 8 games against Calgary
  • Calgary has scored 3+ goals in 5 of its last 8 games
  • Anaheim has allowed 3+ goals in 4 of its last 6 games
  • The Over is 11-2-2 in Calgary’s last 15 games on 3+ days rest


Good luck!

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