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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 Betting Preview and Picks (4.13.17)

August 17, 2019

Yesterday’s letter of the day was W and no smart*** this is not Sesame Street I’m talking about the betting results from last night’s NHL games that saw underdogs “U” go three and two straight up as well as 4-1 on the puckline while the under “W” went 4-0-1. I know that’s a cheesy joke but screw it I’m in a good mood after hitting the Penguins puck line and the Blues moneyline and I don’t really care what you think. Moving on let’s look at tonight’s three game slate to see if you can apply any of those trends that developed in the opening night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first thing you notice when you look at tonight’s games is that every home team is favored on the moneyline and considering teams playing on friendly ice went one and four straight up last night you should take all the dogs right? Wrong. I expect every home team to get it done on the moneyline tonight and the first bet I’ll be taking is the Capitals’ puck line that can be grabbed at a price of around +150. Washington will make this a quick series and they’ll start that conquest off with a big win in game number one. The Maple Leafs will be with key rookie defenseman Nikita Zaitsev after he took a knock in the last game of the season and he’ll be replaced by Martin Marinčin who hasn’t played in a month. The Caps who are seven and one straight up in the last eight games against the Leafs and have been really really good at home all year win big in this spot. Another trend going into this evening’s game is the Flames losing streak in Anaheim that reached 27 earlier this month and a contentious loss where the two teams combined for 112 penalty minutes. There’s some unresolved issues in this matchup and I think that leads to a gritty grinding affair which in turn leads to another under. Feel free to also bet the Ducks as the Flames have just one win against them in their last 11 meetings overall and the Ducks have gone 7 and 0 straight up in their last seven games against teams with winning records. I’m steering clear of a side and the Preds/Hawks game, but if there’s a contest that’s going to be the first one to go over these playoffs it’s this one. Their last two meetings went well over the total and Chicago’s offense has been on absolute fire. The Preds were not good defensively on the road this season and I can see them giving up four or five tonight. Those are the bets I’ll be making this evening so hit up the comments section to let me know what you think or if you simply feel like making fun of my feeble attempt at growing a playoff beard. For I’m Rob Trites. Good luck with your bets in night two of the playoffs and remember to pace yourself, it’s going to be a long couple months if you blow your betting budget in the first week.

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