We won last night’s Capitals/Penguins Over 5 bet as Pittsburgh defeated Washington 4-3 in OT to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Jon’s second-favourite team is the Penguins, but we both feel bad for the Capitals. They had an incredible start to the season, then appeared to put things in cruise control after they clinched first place in the league so quickly and just couldn’t seem to hit their stride again.
Washington showed a ton of poise to come back from a 3-0 deficit last night (even if they were gifted power play after power play in the third period) and two of their four losses in the Penguins series came in overtime. To us, this wasn’t the typical Washington choke job, even though that’s the easy narrative.
Murray finished that series allowing 3 goals in back-to-back games. Might the bloom be off the Penguins goalie’s rose? Maybe… though Pittsburgh is already a 2:1 favourite to beat the Lightning in Round 3 and advance to the Cup finals.
Tonight, the scene shifts to the West where Dallas and St. Louis will face off to determine who will play San Jose or Nashville in the conference final. Nothing beats Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and this should be an awesome game.
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We were on the Blues at the start of the series and we aren’t changing our mind here. St. Louis has already won twice in Dallas during this series. The Blues could have eliminated the Stars last game in St. Louis but probably didn’t come out as hungry as Dallas, digging themselves an early 3-0 hole. St. Louis fought back, outshooting the Stars 37-14 in Game 6 but couldn’t quite overcome the early deficit.
Lehtonen was good in Game 6, but we still aren’t sold on Dallas’ goaltending. And the fact that some sportsbooks are listing the Blues as small road favourites in this one suggests to us that we’re on the right side tonight. It’s not often you see a home underdog in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but we agree St. Louis has a great chance of advancing to the Western final tonight.
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