Wednesday NHL Betting Preview
The Canadiens knocked off the powerful Capitals in seven games, and they can do the same to the mighty Penguins tonight with a victory in Game 7. Montreal kept the series alive on Monday night with a 4-3 win at home. Pittsburgh had a 2-1 lead midway through the second period in Game 6, but the Habs netted three unanswered goals to grab the lead and held on to force Game 7. Michael Cammalleri continued his amazing playoffs with two more goals, which give him a postseason-leading 11. Jaroslav Spacek and Maxim Lapierre also scored for Montreal, while Jarsolav Halak was strong in nets again with 34 saves.
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Sidney Crosby finally scored his first goal of the series for Pittsburgh and he added an assist, giving him five points in six games in the series. Kris Letang scored his fifth of the postseason (two more than the three he had during the entire regular season) and Bill Guerin also found the back of the net in the loss. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 25 shots, and since recording a shutout in Game 3 he’s allowed eight goals on 83 shots. With tonight’s game being played in Pittsburgh the Pens are a big -250 favorite at Bovada. The Habs come in as a +210 underdog, but they are definitely worth at least a few bucks. The Penguins won Game 1 and Game 5 at home in the series, but Montreal did win Game 2 by a score of 3-1 at the Igloo.
Also on the playoff slate tonight is Game 6 between Boston and Philadelphia. It looked like a sweep was in order in this series after the Bruins took the first three games. That was dashed quickly after the Flyers took Game 4 and Game 5 to cut the Bruins’ series lead to 3-2. On Monday night the Flyers kept the series going with a 4-0 win in Boston. Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton combined to make 23 saves in the shutout. Boucher made nine saves before being forced to leave due to a knee injury. The injury turned out to be an MCL sprain which will sideline him the rest of the playoffs and move Leighton into the starting job. Simon Gagne scored a pair of goals on Monday night, giving him three goals in two games since returning from more than two weeks off due to a foot injury. Ville Leino and Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers, who outshot the Bruins 31-23. While the Bruins’ offense went silent in the loss netminder Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 31 shots. The Bruins may not boast a ton of firepower, but that was the first time they had been shut out during their playoff run.
The Flyers get home-ice advantage tonight and they’re a -145 favorite, while Boston checks in as a +125 underdog. Philly is 1-1 at home in this series after losing Game 3 and winning Game 4. They went 2-0 in the first round against New Jersey, giving them a 3-1 home record in the postseason.