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Stanley Cup Playoff NHL Betting Tips For Thursday, April 20

Jon and DerekNice 2-0 last night on our two Team Total Over bets, even though they cashed in completely different fashions.

Washington went Over their 2.5 Team Total in the first period, scoring four goals in the opening frame on its way to a 5-4 victory over the Leafs (by the way, when are the Capitals going to learn not to stop trying to score goals once they get up a few – they were lucky not to blow another lead last night).

Meanwhile in Calgary, the Ducks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but we still needed an empty-netter by Getzlaf with 7 seconds left to go Over 2.5 on their team total. That win improves Anaheim to 17-1-3 in their last 21 games. The Ducks just have to hope that the layoff they’ll get after a sweep of the Flames doesn’t interrupt the momentum they’ve built over the past month and a half.

In the other games, the Senators upset the Bruins yet again (Ottawa’s won 9 of the last 11 meetings or something like that, and been an underdog in every one of those victories) to take a 3-1 lead in their series heading back to Ottawa. And the Wild staved off elimination with a 2-0 win in St. Louis and will be favoured to extend the series yet again when the teams meet for Game 5 Saturday afternoon in Minnesota.

Four more games on the slate tonight. The Penguins and Predators can advance to the second round with victories, while the Habs/Rangers and Sharks/Oilers series are tied at 2-2 going into Game 5. Should be another great night of action.

We’ve got one bet we like for tonight. Good luck whatever you decide to play.

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.

Rangers Logo VS Pick Canadiens Logo
Game: Rangers @ Canadiens
Time: 7:00PM ET

The Rangers could very easily be up 3-1 in this series.

They blanked Montreal 2-0 in the opener, and were 18 seconds away from winning Game 2 in regulation time before Plekanec tied the game late and then Radulov won it in OT. Back in New York, where the Rangers have struggled all year and had also lost their last 5 playoff games, Montreal won the third game of the series 3-1, but New York fought back with a well-deserved 2-1 win in Game 4.

At worst, this series looks like a coin toss. And now we get the chance to back the NHL’s best road team (28-12-3 this year) at +130 odds or better? Montreal’s 25-13-5 home record looks impressive, but a lot of that record was compiled at the start of the year when the Habs came out of the gate with 10 straight wins at the Bell Centre. Since, they’re just 13-13-5 on home ice.

Neither team is scoring a lot of goals these days, and there’s a strong Under trend in recent meetings between these teams (16-6-6 lats 28 meetings). Like we said earlier, there just doesn’t seem to be a lot separating these teams. We’ll take a shot at the +135 payout on the Rangers moneyline (got those odds at Sports Interaction, but you can find +130 or better at most shops.)


Good luck!

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