Expect Scoring in Blues-Sharks Matchup

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Game 1 of the Western Conference final between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues is set to go Sunday evening at the Scottrade Center and if history is any indication, we can expect a ton of goals in this matchup.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 4-1 SU in the last five meetings in St. Louis.
  • The Sharks are 1-10 SU in their last 11 Conference Finals games.
  • The Blues are 1-4 SU in their last five Conference Finals games.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Blues at -137 in moneyline markets while the Sharks come in at +117. In spread markets, the Blues get the puckline edge at -1.5 (+225) while the the Sharks are currently -265. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -125 while UNDER 5 goals is +105.

OVER has gone 8-2-1 in the previous 11 meetings between these two Western Conference foes and has gone gone 5-1 in the previous six meetings in St. Louis.

Strangely, however, UNDER went against that trend in three regular season meetings as the two combined to score 14 goals in three games for a 1-2 OVER/UNDER mark.

OVER has gone 5-0-3 in San Jose’s last eight playoff games and has gone 6-1-4 in St. Louis’ last 11 games.

These two have a deep playoff history over in the Western Conference. The pair have met in four playoff series and each has won two. The most recent clash was back in 2012 where San Jose won the opener before the Blues took the next four.

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NHL Playoffs: Conn Smythe Futures Odds

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We are now entering the conference final round of the NHL postseason so the futures board for the Conn Smythe Trophy winner (the playoff MVP) has really thinned out.

Entering the playoffs, Washington Capitals netminder Braden Holtby was the favorite to win the award at +850 but, now that the Caps have been eliminated, that has obviously changed.

The new favorite is Pens captain Sidney Crosby, who entered the postseason at +1600 and has moved to +450 ahead of the Eastern Conference Final clash with the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Fave Dominating in Pens-Bolts Matchups

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While it might not be the Eastern Conference final matchup that many of us predicted, the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning promises to be an exciting one featuring a pair of teams that deserve to be here. One thing is certain, however: There is a betting trend that has dominated the narrative when these two teams meet and it’s been so hot that it should not be taken lightly.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 8-1 SU in their last nine games at home.
  • The Lightning are 1-6 SU in their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Pens’ last eight games as home faves.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Penguins at -180 in moneyline markets for Game 1 while the Lightning are sitting there at +160. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -130 while UNDER 5 goals is currently priced at +110.

The favorite has dominated this matchup to the tune of a 14-1 straight up record in the past 15 meetings. The dog did triumph in the last meeting, however, as the Bolts skated to a 4-2 victory as moneyline pups priced at -103 back on February 20.

Also of note here is the fact that the OVER has cashed at a furious rate, going 7-0 in the past seven meetings.

The two clubs met three times during the regular season with the Lightning winning all three contests by scores of 5-4, 6-3 and 4-2.

The Pens and Lightning have met in the playoffs once before. Back in 2011, the Lightning needed seven games to eliminate Pittsburgh in the conference quarterfinals.

Steven Stamkos, the injured Bolts sniper who remains out indefinitely, tallied five points in the three regular season games against the Pens. It was his second-highest scoring output against any team this season behind the six points he recorded in three games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. While he'll be sorely missed, players like Tyler Johnson (13 points) and Nikita Kucherov (11 poitns) have really filled the scoring void that the injured Stamkos leaves.

Keep an eye on Patrick Hornqvist of the Pens in this series. In three games versus the Lightning during the regular season, the Swede scored two goals and added three assists and was the most effective skater in the head-to-head meetings.

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Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Betting Odds Preview with Pick

The Washington Capitals will look to bolster their win total and reward fans moneyline betting when the Pittsburgh Penguins invade Verizon Center on Thursday.

The Washington Capitals bring a 62-22-10 record to the battle against the 56-28-9 Penguins. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Washington go 36-38-20 so far and the Penguins go 41-35-17.

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New York Islanders Battle vs Tampa Bay Lightning Highlights NHL Odds Menu

The NHL hockey betting odds menu sees a clash between Tampa Bay and New York Islanders on Thursday, with the host Lightning trying to win for themselves and reward betting fans who back them on the moneyline.

Supporters of the New York Islanders have seen them go 50-31-12 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 53-33-5. In totals betting, the Tampa Bay Lightning are 37-42-12, while the Islanders are 38-46-9.

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Preds-Sharks Series All About Home Ice

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Home-ice advantage has proven to the biggest factor in the Western Conference semifinal series between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks, which bodes well for the latter with Game 7 set to go at the SAP Center Thursday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 7-0 SU in their last seven games with two days off in between games.
  • The Sharks are 5-1 SU in their last six games after a loss.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Sharks last five games on Thursday.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Sharks as lofty favorites in moneyline markets at -190 while the Preds come in at +165. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -120 and UNDER 5 goals is presently EVEN odds.

Through six games in the tightly contested series, the home team has gone 6-0 straight up putting to rest any notion that home-ice advantage is meaningless in the NHL postseason. Sharks backers haven’t had the most lucrative payouts in games in California as the Sharks have closed at -149, -164 and -160 in the three previous games and the line is currently -190 for Game 7.

The irony here is that the Sharks were not particular strong at home and closed the regular season as the league’s best road team. Of all the playoff teams, the Sharks were by far the worst on home ice during the regular season (18-20-3) while their 28-10-3 record away from home was tops.

"I know it was a big part of the story going into the postseason how our home record was,” Sharks center Joe Thornton said. “But I've loved our home game and I love the energy the crowd has been giving us. It's been great."

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Visiting Team Hot in Blues-Stars Series

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St. Louis pays a visit to Dallas on Wednesday, hoping to shut down the Stars snipers in hockey action at American Airlines Center.

Supporters of the St. Louis Blues have seen them go 56-28-11 so far this season, while the Stars are at 57-26-11. In totals betting, the Dallas Stars are 50-39-5, while the Blues are 37-42-16.

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Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders Betting Lines and Trends

The NHL hockey betting odds menu sees a clash between New York and Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, with the host Islanders trying to win for themselves and reward betting fans who back them on the moneyline.

Supporters of the Tampa Bay Lightning have seen them go 53-33-5 so far this season, while the Islanders are at 50-31-12. In totals betting, the New York Islanders are 38-46-9, while the Lightning are 37-42-12.

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No Place Like Home for Penguins

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Up 3-2 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series versus the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to close things out in Game 6 on home ice Tuesday night. Home ice has been a safe haven for the Pens and their backers during the postseason and they’ll look for one more victory to set up a date with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference final.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 0-3 SU in their last three games in Pittsburgh.
  • The Capitals are 0-12 SU in their last 12 games on the road in May.
  • The Penguins are 14-0 SU in their last 14 games after a loss.

Online sportsbook Bovada is presently offering the Penguins at -135 in moneyline markets while the Capitals are presently +115. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -120 while UNDER 5 goals is EVEN.

The Penguins have been fantastic on home ice in the postseason, going 4-1 SU in the five games played at the Consol Energy Center thus far. The only setback was a 4-2 loss in Game 2 of their opening round series versus the New York Rangers, which happened to be Jeff Zatkoff’s last start in this playoff run before making way for Matt Murray.

Going back to the conclusion of the regular season, the Pens have actually gone 7-1 SU in their previous eight games on home ice.

The Caps stayed alive with a 3-1 victory on home ice in Game 5 thanks to two-point nights from both Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie. Defenseman Brooks Orpik returns to the lineup for the Capitals Tuesday night after serving his three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Olli Maatta.

Despite being up 3-2, surely the Pens would love a bit more offense from Sidney Crosby. The captain has just two assists in the series and has only managed 11 shots on Caps’ netminder Braden Holtby.

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Big Faves Coming Through In NHL Playoffs

Wagering on the NHL can be more brutal than a two-hander to the back of the legs.

Call it parity due to the salary cap. Call it the grind of the marathon schedule. Whatever reason you like — it can leave some black eyes and cut up bankrolls. 

But there’s a trend unfolding in these playoffs that could be showing it’s getting a little easier – although you might not like the price tag. 



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