Friday Night NHL Playoff Betting

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals go for the kill tonight when they face the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of their opening round series.

The Capitals are one win away from advancing to the second round after taking a 3-1 series lead on Wednesday night. Washington thumped Montreal 6-3 as a -185 favorite. Ovechkin led the way with two goals and an assist and Nicklas Backstrom continued his playoff scoring tear with a goal and two assists. Semyon Varlamov continued to prove Bruce Boudreau right for switching goal tenders by stopping 36-of-39 shots.

The Canadiens goal tending switch on Wednesday night didn’t go so well. Carey Price got the start in place of Jaroslav Halak and didn’t fare much better than Halak had been after allowing four goals on 36 shots. Price also picked up a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties in the loss and could find himself back on the bench watching Halak again tonight.

In their last two games Washington has outscored Montreal 11-4 They’re a -340 favorite in tonight’s game with the total set at 6 at Bovada.

The Boston Bruins are also one win away from the second round, up 3-1 on the Buffalo Sabres. Game 4 of this series on Wednesday night went into double overtime before Miroslav Satan finally ended it to give Boston a 3-2 win. Tuukka Rask has been brilliant for Boston while outplaying Ryan Miller in three-straight wins for the Bruins. Tonight’s game is being played in Buffalo, so the Sabres are a -155 favorite. The Sabres only win in the series so far came at home in Game 1.

The rest of tonight’s NHL schedule includes Game 5 between Los Angeles and Vancouver and Game 5 between Detroit and Phoenix with both series tied 2-2.

The Canucks tied their series on Wednesday with a 6-4 win over the Kings in which 10 different players scored a goal. Roberto Luongo made 22 saves for the Canucks in the win, but he still has a disappointing 3.40 goals against average and .871 save percentage in the series. The Canucks are a -180 favorite at home tonight.

The Red Wings stormed back to tie their series on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win. Jimmy Howard picked up the shutout after making 29 saves and Henrik Zetterberg scored a pair of goals. Zetterberg now has five in the playoffs, which ties him with Backstrom for the post season lead. The Wings may be playing in Phoenix tonight, but they’re the oddsmakers favorite at -125.

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