NHL Playoff Over/Under Bets On Thursday
NHL Playoff Game Odds Comparison
By Bob Duff
Well, at least the Blackhawks scored goals in Game 3. Not many mind you, but after back-to-back shutouts a couple of pucks past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is a positive sign to build on going forward. Yes, it’s been that grim for the Blackhawks so far.
Nashville has done a spectacular job of controlling the middle of the ice and keeping Chicago’s skill from operating at its accustomed level. That being said, other than their 5-0 win in Game 2, the Predators haven’t been lighting it up, netting a combined four goals in their other two victories.
Expect that process to continue to play out – a low-chance, tight-checking affair. The Blackhawks are playing for their playoff lives, so they will keep it close to the vest.
Pick: The Blackhawks and the under (5)
The Rangers ended their six-game slide on home ice with a Game 4 triumph over the Habs and now this set swings back to the Bell Centre for a pivotal Game 5 all deadlocked at two wins apiece.
The under on this series for the first four games was five but it’s been dropped to 4.5 for this game because the two teams have combined to go under that total in three of the four games played so far. With Carey Price in Montreal’s net and Henrik Lundqvist protecting the twine at the other end, goals figure to be at even more of a premium as this set gets down to the short straws.
The Rangers scored just twice in each of their two wins so far and remain the only of the 16 playoff teams that’s yet to score on the power play. While fourth liners Tanner Glass and Jester Fast have scored, key top-six forwards Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Mika Zibanejad all still have goose eggs next to them in the goal column.
Pick: The Canadiens and the under (4.5)
The Blue Jackets stayed alive with their Game 4 victory on home ice but odds are still stacked against them. Since the 2006 playoffs, only 9.5 per cent of teams have rallied to win a series when trailing the set three games to one.
This is the series that has over bettors salivating. Pittsburgh leads all playoff teams with 16 goals scored, while the Blue Jackets are right behind the Penguins, tied with Anaheim for second spot, having potted 11 goals in four games.
That works out to an average of 6.75 goals per game in this series but in the last two games it’s blossomed to an average of eight goals per game, so when it comes to the Penguins and Blue Jackets, you bet the over – over and over again.
Pick: The Penguins and the over (5.5)
Don’t be fooled by San Jose’s rousing 7-0 rout of the Oilers in Game 4 – that’s the exception and not the rule in this set. In fact, it’s the third game in a row that one of the two teams have been shutout.
Take away Game 4 and the teams have averaged 2.6 goals per game. Deadlocked 2-2 and with so much on the line, anticipate a game more along those lines in Game 5.
Pick: The Oilers and the under (5)
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