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Stanley Cup Betting – NHL Playoffs Heat Up This Week

Posted by Don Melrose on 4/19/2011 2:37:25 PM
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Sports betting fans have watched an entertaining beginning to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but now the action is really about to get thick as the teams which cities this week. Here is a look at three games on the NHL slate during the week, and we’re leaning towards the road teams to have a big week.

Sharks Kings Betting – Tuesday, 10:30 PM ET

The Sharks are favored -120 to take Game 3 in Los Angeles, and they’re 3-2 SU in their last five trips to the Staples Center, with three games going under the posted total. The Kings pulled out an impressive split in San Jose that feasibly could have been a two-game lead if not for a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1, because Los Angeles thoroughly dominated the Sharks in a 4-0 Game 2 shutout, in which Jonathan Quick stopped all 34 shots he faced. A major difference in this game as well was the play of defenseman Drew Doughty, who finished Game 1 with an even plus/minus rating, but he was out of position on a lot of plays. In Game 2, the stud blueliner had two goals and two assists and the Sharks had no idea how to stop him. That will be their big mission in Game 3.

The Kings were 25-13-3 at home this year, while the Sharks were 23-14-4 on the road, so this is going to be a competitive game. We’re going to go with the underdog and take the home team in this game, possibly in overtime, which will set up a crucial Game 4 on Thursday.

Betting Edge: Los Angeles Kings

Red Wings Coyotes Betting – Wednesday, 10:30 PM ET

NHL betting odds may favor the Red Wings on the road in a possible clinching game, and after a 4-2 win in Game 3, Detroit have won four of their last five in Phoenix with three games going over the posted total. The Red Wings are playing like a team motivated by many who picked the Coyotes for a win, and they’ve been getting out to early leads, with the exception of Game 1 in which Phoenix was up 1-0 after the first period. This was especially important in Game 3 in Phoenix, when the Red Wings took the crowd out of the game with two goals in the first 2:41 of the game.

However, outside distractions have been hurting the Coyotes as yet another ownership issue has sprung up at exactly the wrong time, and you can’t underestimate the effect that this would have on a team. Reporters are likely asking them whether or not the team is going to be moving north (likely Winnipeg), and while the players are saying that they’re focused on the game, it’s tough to have that hanging over your head. You need to be 100% focused when playing a veteran team like Detroit, and we think the Red Wings put the nail in the coffin of not only the Coyotes’ season, but hockey in Phoenix as a whole.

Betting Edge: Detroit Red Wings

Bruins Canadiens Betting – Thursday, 7:00 PM ET

The Canadiens should be NHL betting favorites on Thursday, but not by much after the Bruins dominated them for a 3-1 win in Montreal in Game 3. It was amazing how big of a difference Zdeno Chara made after missing Game 2 with dehydration issues, and that he had such a good game in his first trip back to the Bell Center after the Max Pacioretty incident is even more impressive. Chara was a physical force and his teammates responded, challenging the Canadiens at every turn. The win in Game 3 was their first in Montreal in five games, with two overs and three pushes, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Canadiens respond after goalie Carey Price said that the team was joking around too much and weren’t focused.

The Canadiens may have been lulled to a level of comfort because of a two-game lead in Boston, and the Bruins came out like a team who has their backs against the wall. We think the Canadiens will come out with a better effort in Game 4, but if the Bruins stick to their physical style, Montreal can’t hang with them because they simply don’t have the size. Bet on the Bruins on Thursday night in your online betting book.

Betting Edge: Boston Bruins

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