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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. 


Hosts Dominating in Sharks-Preds Series

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The San Jose Sharks dominated the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-1 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series Saturday. The Sharks’ win kept alive a trend that has been dominant in this series and if the Preds even the series up Monday, the trend will still be alive and well.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games after consecutive road losses.
  • The Predators are 4-1 SU in their last five games on Monday.
  • The Predators are 5-2 SU in their last seven home games.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Predators at EVEN odds in moneyline markets while the Sharks come in at -120. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is currently -115 while UNDER 5 goals is -105.

San Jose’s win at the SAP Center in Game 5 improved the home team’s record to 5-0 SU in the series. Furthermore, OVERS have also been the way to wager as it has gone 3-0-2 OVER/UNDER through the opening five games.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski tallied a pair of goals in the big Game 5 win as goaltender Martin Jones stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced on home ice.

At the other end of the ice, Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing four goals on 27 shots making way for Carter Hutton. Rinne has now allowed 13 goals through five games and has a save percentage of .919.

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Blues Big Faves to Finish Things Monday

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After defeating the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-1 in Game 5 Saturday, the St. Louis Blues now find themselves just one win away from a trip to the Western Conference final. They can wrap things up with a victory on home ice at the Scottrade Center in Game 6 Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 9-3 SU in their last 12 against the Stars.
  • The Stars are 5-2 SU in their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The total has gone OVER in nine of the Stars’ last 11 games after a loss.

At online shop Bovada, the Blues are currently -165 in moneyline markets while the Stars come in at +145. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -140 while UNDER 5 goals is currently +120.

As good as the Blues have played during the postseason, they have been just lukewarm on home ice. Entering Monday’s Game 6 showdown, the Blues have gone just 3-3 SU in six home games while posting a 4-2 SU record away from the Scottrade Center.

Brian Elliott was his usual, dominant self in the postseason and was in prime form Saturday. The 31-year-old stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced, pacing the Blues to the 3-2 series lead and building on his excellent series numbers. Elliott has allowed just 10 goals through five games and brings a .937 save percentage into Monday’s contest.

Jamie Benn has been somewhat quiet (by his high standards) in the series, notching just one goal and three assists through five games. But he’s not the only star that has struggled to find the back of the net. Patrick Sharp has also recorded just one goal while Jason Spezza has been held goalless.

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