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Two Series Get Closed Out on Thursday

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/8/2013 7:10:12 PM

The betting world is an exciting place because you never really know what is going to happen from day to day. As the NHL playoffs get ready to fire back up on Thursday, the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild face elimination. The persistent New York Islanders will do their best to keep things interesting with the Pittsburgh Penguins as that surprising series continues forward.

The sports betting experts are surprised at all three of these series and are anxious to see how Thursday’s games play out. The only thing that has really gone according to plan is the Chicago-Minnesota series, but even that has had its share of interesting twists and turns.

Thursday – New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins (Series tied 2-2)

The notion that a team had a fluke win in the playoffs is reserved for teams who get knocked out of a series in five games. The New York Islanders have shown that this is a team that the Pittsburgh Penguins will have to contend with and the Penguins almost seem out of their element. It would not surprise the online betting experts if the Penguins put Tomas Vokoun in net instead of Marc-Andre Fleury. The whole reason that Pittsburgh picked up Vokoun was to have an alternative to Fleury if he failed to perform in the playoffs. The time may be now to make that switch.

Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins

Thursday – Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens (Ottawa leads 3-1)

This series is actually not as big of a surprise as people may think. Montreal goaltender Carey Price was shaky heading into the playoffs and that is always a bad sign. The Senators are more physical than the Canadiens and that is part of the reason why this series is so lopsided in favor of Ottawa. The other reason why the Ottawa Senators are prepared to eliminate the Montreal Canadiens is the play of Senators’ goaltender Craig Anderson. With Anderson outplaying Price and the Senators beating up the Canadiens in every game, Montreal really never stood much of a chance from the moment the puck was first dropped in game one.

Pick: Ottawa Senators

Thursday – Minnesota Wild @ Chicago Blackhawks (Chicago leads 3-1)

The Minnesota Wild is down to its third-string goalie and prize trade deadline pickup Jason Pominville is still out with an injury. It is hard to say how this series would have gone if the Wild could have stayed healthy. The team lost its starting goalie in the warmups for game one and then lost its backup goalie in game four. There is not much left for Minnesota to throw at the Blackhawks and it is starting to show. Chicago just keeps putting on the pressure and skating fast to the Minnesota net. That approach will be enough to beat the Wild, but it may prove to be ineffective against the more talented defensive teams in the Western Conference playoffs.

Pick: Chicago Blackhawks



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