<![CDATA[NHL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals - 5/1/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/05/01/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-washington-capitals-5/1/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Monday in game three of the second round NHL playoffs at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Washington Capitals need a victory here in order to have any chance of winning this series, as they can’t go down 0-3. The Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with four goals, T.J. Oshie has six assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per…

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The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Monday in game three of the second round NHL playoffs at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Washington Capitals need a victory here in order to have any chance of winning this series, as they can’t go down 0-3. The Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with four goals, T.J. Oshie has six assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 22 goals on 248 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer have allowed two goals on nine shots. The Washington Capitals have lost five of their last six games when allowing three or more goals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins can all but end this series by winning here and taking a monster 3-0 lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with seven goals, Phil Kessel has seven assists and Sidney Crosby has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 17 goals on 265 shots faced. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing four or less goals.

The Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 road games, 1-6 in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games and 39-12 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 46-14 in their last 60 home games, 54-21 in their last 75 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games. The Capitals are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh, 3-8 in the last 11 meetings and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Washington Capitals have probably outplayed the Penguins in this series, but it doesn't show in the scoreboard where they've lost by a combined score of 9-4 and have now dropped seven of the last 10 meetings against the Penguins overall. Pittsburgh just finds ways to execute down the stretch and is an experienced playoff team that knows it has the Capitals on the ropes. The Penguins have been kind to us in game one and two of this series, I'm not going to back off now that they're at home with a chance to put one more nail in the coffin. 

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Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:38:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84393
<![CDATA[Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks - 4/30/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/04/30/edmonton-oilers-vs-anaheim-ducks-4/30/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers meet Sunday in game three of the second round NHL playoffs at the Rogers Place.

The Anaheim Ducks need a victory here to have any realistic chance of winning this series after already trailing 0-2. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Getzlaf leads Anaheim with four goals, Rickard Rakell has three assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7…

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The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers meet Sunday in game three of the second round NHL playoffs at the Rogers Place.

The Anaheim Ducks need a victory here to have any realistic chance of winning this series after already trailing 0-2. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Getzlaf leads Anaheim with four goals, Rickard Rakell has three assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 15 goals on 176 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed zero goals on 16 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed two or less goals in six of their last nine games.

The Edmonton Oilers can all but end this series with a victory here and taking a commanding 3-0 lead. The Oilers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Letestu leads Edmonton with three goals, Leon Draisaitl has five assists and Connor McDavid has 20 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 16 goals on 241 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed two goals on eight shots. The Edmonton Oilers have won six straight games when allowing three or less goals.

The Ducks are 5-2 in their last 7 road games, 23-9 in their last 32 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Oilers are 11-1 in their last 12 home games, 39-19 in their last 58 vs. Western Conference and 22-7 in their last 29 games playing on 1 days rest. The Ducks are 16-5 in the last 21 meetings in Edmonton, 27-10 in the last 37 meetings and the under is 5-2-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Oilers have simply outplayed the Ducks in both games of this series and have now won five of the last six meetings overall against them. Talbot has been lights out the last four games and has allowed Edmonton to take a comfy 2-0 series lead despite the Oilers getting outshot in both meetings. I'm just not sure what the Ducks can do differently on the road that they weren't able to do in either game at home. I'm going to continue backing the Oilers in this series.

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Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:30:50 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84321
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues - 4/30/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/04/30/nashville-predators-vs-st-louis-blues-4/30/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators meet Sunday in game three of the second round NHL playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena.

The St. Louis Blues look to regain home ice advantage and take a solid 2-1 series lead with a victory. The Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with three goals, Vladimir Tarasenko has two assists and Joel Edmundson has five shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.8…

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The St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators meet Sunday in game three of the second round NHL playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena.

The St. Louis Blues look to regain home ice advantage and take a solid 2-1 series lead with a victory. The Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with three goals, Vladimir Tarasenko has two assists and Joel Edmundson has five shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 14 goals on 238 shots faced. The St. Louis Blues have won 14 of their last 17 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Nashville Predators hope to gain a 2-1 series lead and bounce back from their first playoff loss of the postseason. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with three goals, Ryan Ellis has five assists and Roman Josi has 20 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up nine goals on 176 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in each of their last nine games.

The Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 20-7 in their last 27 road games and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Predators are 7-2 in their last 9 home games, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Central and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Blues are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville, 19-9 in the last 28 meetings and the under is 52-23-9 in the last 84 meetings.

The Nashville Predators have been argubaly the hottest and most consistent team in these NHL playoffs so far, and they're heading home to a place where they've won seven of their last nine games overall. The home team has also won seven of the last 10 meetings between the Blues and the Predators. With the way Nashville has played all playoffs and the fact it had a chance to win game two as well, I'll side with the Preds on their home ice to win and take a 2-1 series lead.

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Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:18:58 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84318
<![CDATA[Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/04/29/washington-capitals-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-4/29/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in game two of the second round NHL playoffs at the Verizon Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins can take full control of this series by stealing another road game and taking a 2-0 lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with five goals, Evgeni Malkin has nine assists and Sidney Crosby has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in game two of the second round NHL playoffs at the Verizon Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins can take full control of this series by stealing another road game and taking a 2-0 lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with five goals, Evgeni Malkin has nine assists and Sidney Crosby has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 15 goals on 229 shots faced. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won nine of their last 10 games when allowing four or less goals.

The Washington Capitals have to tie up this series with a victory here to have a reasonable chance to advance. The Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with four goals, T.J. Oshie has five assists and Justin Williams has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 19 goals on 234 shots faced. The Washington Capitals have won 14 of their last 18 games when allowing four or less goals.

The Penguins are 53-21 in their last 74 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-1 in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Capitals are 39-12 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games and 38-13 in their last 51 home games. The Penguins are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings, the home team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have gotten the better of the Capitals over the years and is an experienced playoff team that knows it can put a real stranglehold on this series by taking both road games. What's scary about game one is that the Penguins were able to win despite getting 14 less shots on goal. Then you add the fact the Capitals have been shaky these playoffs overall, as they came close to needing seven games to beat a young Maple Leafs. Remember, Washington was the heavy favorite to win the East. I like the value of the plus money with the Penguins.

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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:37:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84264
<![CDATA[Ottawa Senators vs. New York Rangers - 4/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/04/29/ottawa-senators-vs-new-york-rangers-4/29/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in game two of the second round NHL playoffs at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The New York Rangers would love a win here to tie up the series before heading back to the Big Apple. The Rangers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with three goals, Mika Zibanejad has three assists and Rick Nash has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent…

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The New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in game two of the second round NHL playoffs at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The New York Rangers would love a win here to tie up the series before heading back to the Big Apple. The Rangers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with three goals, Mika Zibanejad has three assists and Rick Nash has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 13 goals on 249 shots faced. The New York Rangers have won seven of their last 11 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Ottawa Senators hope to take control of this series by winning and taking a solid 2-0 lead. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Bobby Ryan leads Ottawa with four goals, Derick Brassard has six assists and Mike Hoffman has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 14 goals on 200 shots faced. The Ottawa Senators have won 10 of their last 14 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Rangers are 2-6 in their last 8 road games, 21-10 in their last 31 games playing on 1 days rest and 35-17 in their last 52 Saturday games. The Senators are 5-2 in their last 7 home games, 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Rangers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 33-10-9 in the last 52 meetings.

The Senators have beaten the Rangers in four of the last five meetings, so there is reason to consider the home team and the cheap price. However, the New York Rangers are a battle tested playoff team that knows it can't really afford to drop the first two games of this series. The Rangers also had its chances to win game one with a solid 35 shots on goal. Lundqvist is usually money in games the Rangers need to win come playoff time, and I expect a sharp performance from him here. They burned me in game one, but I'll back the Rangers again.

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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:24:39 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84261
<![CDATA[St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators - 4/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/04/28/st-louis-blues-vs-nashville-predators-4/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nashville Predators look to remain undefeated as they take on the St. Louis in game two action on Friday night.

The Nashville Predators have been the surprise team of the NHL playoffs thus far as they swept away the heavily favoured Chicago Blackhawks and have already taken home ice advantage away from the St. Louis Blues after a game one victory on Wednesday. The Preds have always had a solid roster that is built on defense and goaltending, and while this season isn’t too far from that mold they have had a much better season putting the puck in the net and that has made them so…

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The Nashville Predators look to remain undefeated as they take on the St. Louis in game two action on Friday night.

The Nashville Predators have been the surprise team of the NHL playoffs thus far as they swept away the heavily favoured Chicago Blackhawks and have already taken home ice advantage away from the St. Louis Blues after a game one victory on Wednesday. The Preds have always had a solid roster that is built on defense and goaltending, and while this season isn’t too far from that mold they have had a much better season putting the puck in the net and that has made them so dangerous thus far as they have been able to shut down their opponents in the attacking third while filling the back of the net at the other end. Pekka Rinne will get the nod in goal once again as he will face off against Jake Allen as both goaltenders look to shake off a sluggish game one effort that ended well over the total set at five.

The Blues meanwhile had a strong performance of their own in the opening round as they took down the Minnesota Wild and now have a chance at advancing to the Western Conference final if they can rid of the Predators in this series. St. Louis made some moves at the trade deadline that indicated they were maybe ready for a rebuild but instead they went on an impressive stretch to end the season and landed with the third seed in the Central division and as such they drew a Wild team that had been on one of their worst stretches of the season and were ripe for the picking. The Blues are 19-7 in their last 26 games and are in a good spot here to rebound despite losing the series opener.

The Predators are 5-0 in their last five against the Central and 4-1 in their last five road games while the Blues are 16-6 in their last 22 against the Western Conference and 4-0 in their last four playing on one day’s rest. The Preds have yet to lose in these playoffs but I see that changing here as Allen rebounds after a tough loss and St. Louis generated some momentum to close out the third period in game one.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84232
<![CDATA[Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 4/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/04/28/anaheim-ducks-vs-edmonton-oilers-4/28/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks meet Friday in game two of the second round NHL playoffs at the Honda Center.

The Edmonton Oilers have a shot to take full control of this series by winning here and taking a 2-0 lead. The Oilers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Letestu leads Edmonton with three goals, Leon Draisaitl has five assists and Connor McDavid has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of…

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The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks meet Friday in game two of the second round NHL playoffs at the Honda Center.

The Edmonton Oilers have a shot to take full control of this series by winning here and taking a 2-0 lead. The Oilers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Letestu leads Edmonton with three goals, Leon Draisaitl has five assists and Connor McDavid has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 15 goals on 201 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed two goals on eight shots. The Edmonton Oilers have won 15 of their last 16 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Anaheim Ducks need a win here to tie up this series before leaving for Canada. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Getzlaf leads Anaheim with four goals, Rickard Rakell has three assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 13 goals on 153 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed zero goals on 16 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have won eight straight games when allowing four or less goals.

The Oilers are 5-0 in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games, 97-201 in their last 298 road games and 21-7 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest. The Ducks are 44-20 in their last 64 home games, 23-8 in their last 31 games playing on 1 days rest and 15-3 in their last 18 vs. a team with a winning record. The Oilers are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Anaheim and 9-27 in the last 36 meetings.

The Edmonton Oilers have beaten the Ducks twice this month and have won four of the last five meetings overall. In fact, the Oilers have scored three or more goals in each of the last five meetings against the Ducks. That's impressive and is a large enough sample size to show the Oilers are comfortable and confident against this team. Usually I'll pick the home team when down 0-1 because this is almost a must-win if the Ducks want a real shot at winning the series, but the value is with the Oilers and the plus money given the recent history.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:10:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84175
<![CDATA[Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/04/27/washington-capitals-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-4/27/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals begin their much anticipated playoff series on Thursday night at the Verizon Center in DC.

The Penguins made quick work of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round and will be out to send their arch rivals home packing in the Conference semi-finals yet again as they face off with the Washington Capitals in a highly anticipated show down featuring another edition of Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin. When it comes to personal hardware and accolades the edge goes to the Russian sniper who has had more of an impact when it comes to…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals begin their much anticipated playoff series on Thursday night at the Verizon Center in DC.

The Penguins made quick work of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round and will be out to send their arch rivals home packing in the Conference semi-finals yet again as they face off with the Washington Capitals in a highly anticipated show down featuring another edition of Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin. When it comes to personal hardware and accolades the edge goes to the Russian sniper who has had more of an impact when it comes to regular season success but on the biggest stage it is Crosby who has gotten the better of Ovechkin and he will be out to prove his worth once again as the Pens take to the road for the first two games of the series, including tonight’s series opener. Matt Murray is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Braden Holtby in a show down of two of the league’s better goaltenders with the latter coming in as the reigning Vezina Trophy winner.

The Capitals meanwhile look to finally rid of their playoff demons and send the defending champions packing prematurely as two of the league’s best teams face off in the conference semi-finals. Washington had their issues getting through a pesky and underrated Toronto Maple Leafs team and could very well have had their season ended as five of the six games in that series went to overtime, but now that their big scare is over and done with perhaps the Caps will be in a better frame of mind heading into this series. Washington needs to keep the Pens offense in check but that is much easier said than done as Pittsburgh is incredibly deep and has some of their more unknown players thriving in the playoffs and if they can continue to get contributions from the bottom six they will be hard to beat.

The Pens are 4-1 in their last five overall and 11-4 in their last 15 following a win while the Caps are 14-3 in their last 17 against the Metro and 61-20 in their last 81 home games. This series is going to be another classic and the value here to start is on the road team but I think we finally see what the Caps are capable of as they get a huge win at home to start the series.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84130
<![CDATA[Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 4/26/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/04/26/anaheim-ducks-vs-edmonton-oilers-4/26/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks meet up in California on Wednesday night as they begin their Pacific division championship series.

The Oilers continue their quest for a Western Conference title as they stay in California to begin their semi-final series with the Anaheim Ducks after ridding of the defending West champions from San Jose in six games last week. Edmonton has really turned a corner this season and have ended a lengthy playoff drought that extended all the way back to their Cup run in 2006 but now their expectations have shifted from a playoff team to a potential Stanley…

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The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks meet up in California on Wednesday night as they begin their Pacific division championship series.

The Oilers continue their quest for a Western Conference title as they stay in California to begin their semi-final series with the Anaheim Ducks after ridding of the defending West champions from San Jose in six games last week. Edmonton has really turned a corner this season and have ended a lengthy playoff drought that extended all the way back to their Cup run in 2006 but now their expectations have shifted from a playoff team to a potential Stanley Cup winner as they are now in the final eight and take on a Ducks side who they match up with pretty well. Edmonton has ridden the goaltending of Cam Talbot who was recently snubbed as he was left off the Vezina ballot as the league’s best shot stopper, but with even more incentive and a strong defensive effort aside from a 7-0 drubbing against the Sharks has this Oilers team looking like a real threat to win this series.

The Ducks meanwhile made quick work of the Calgary Flames in round one and while their four game sweep was much closer than the line indicates, the bottom line remains that they have yet to lose a game in these playoffs and don’t intend to start on this night. The Ducks have been the league’s hottest team dating back to the end of the regular season as they are 15-2 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record and 13-3 in their last 16 games following a win. Anaheim came into the season expecting to compete for a league title and while they got off to a bit of a slow start they have rebounded nicely, they won the Pacific division, and now have home ice advantage against an Oilers side that has a ton of talent but is still very young and doesn’t have a lot of playoff experience.

The Oilers have won their last four Conference semi-final games and are 16-5 in their last 21 games overall while the Ducks are 20-7 in their last 27 overall and 16-5 in their last 21 home games. Edmonton lost their series opener to the Sharks and I think they suffer the same fate here as Anaheim is on fire right now and their winning ways continues for at least one night.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84061
<![CDATA[Ottawa Senators vs. New York Rangers - 4/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/04/27/ottawa-senators-vs-new-york-rangers-4/27/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators meet Thursday in game one of the second round NHL playoffs at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The New York Rangers have won three straight games and are coming off a six-game series against the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with three goals, Mika Zibanejad has three assists and Rick Nash has 23 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are…

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The New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators meet Thursday in game one of the second round NHL playoffs at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The New York Rangers have won three straight games and are coming off a six-game series against the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with three goals, Mika Zibanejad has three assists and Rick Nash has 23 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 11 goals on 206 shots faced. The New York Rangers have won 13 of their last 19 games when allowing three or less goals.

The Ottawa Senators have won four of their last five games and are coming off a six-game series against the Boston Bruins. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Bobby Ryan leads Ottawa with four goals, Derick Brassard has six assists and Mike Hoffman has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 13 goals on 165 shots faced. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 10 games.

The Rangers are 3-10 in their last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Senators are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings, the under is 16-6-7 in the last 29 meetings in Ottawa and the under is 32-10-9 in the last 51 meetings.

I usually give the edge to the home team in game one of the series, but the Rangers are playing better hockey right now and are an experienced playoff team that knows how to win on the road and that stealing the first game is probably the easiest when trying to take home ice. It's been a few years since the Senators have been this far in the playoffs and nerves could get the best of them early on. I trust Lundqvist and the experience of this Rangers team.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:12:11 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84010