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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Second Round Betting Preview and Picks (5.3.17)

August 15, 2019

If last night’s NHL slate was a shooting gallery, I was a target. What a bloodbath that was. But that’s the risk you take when you back big underdogs and yesterday they bit us hard. No worries though my overconfidence didn’t break my bankroll the Sun rose this morning and there’s still hockey games left the handicap with two more contests on the Wednesday night radar. Let’s start with the game that everyone is talking about Pens and Caps game four. Story line heading into this one is an obvious one with Sidney Crosby ruled out with a concussion but what does this mean for sports bettors. If you look at things logically you’ll see that the Penguins have been out shot 82-51 during even strength play in this series so far and assume correctly that that ratio will only get worse with the Pens missing their top shot creator. Many are expecting Game four to be a rough one with the Penguins out for vengeance but if they get into penalty trouble they’ll be heading back to DC with this series tied at two. The Caps power play is operating at nearly 30% this postseason and Pittsburgh’s penalty kill has not been good. Washington is a team built to play with the lead and although they gave one up late in Game three I think they score early tonight and convert that into their second win of the series against a Pens team that’s 6-20 straight up in their last 26 games as home underdogs. Take the coronary Capitals on the minus -120 money line. In the West Coast contest the Ducks are in a similar situation as the Caps no they didn’t concuss Connor McDavid last matchup but they are down two to one with another game to play on hostile ice before heading back home, making tonight an absolute must win for the quack attack. The moneyline opened with the Ducks as slight underdogs and considering the 6-3 beatdown they put on the Oilers in Game 3 I like them to level the series tonight especially at their +105 price. The underdog has won every game in this series so far and with the Ducks getting the much more consistent goaltending to this point I’ll take the plus money here every single time. For my complete previews of tonight’s games and much more hockey betting info click the NHL tab at and make sure to tune in to OddsShark live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern for Johnny OddsShark’s outlook and follow me on Twitter @Robtrocity. Let’s flip the script on our bookies tonight guys and remember you lose 100% of the bets you don’t make.

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