NHL Stanley Cup Props & Picks To Break The Books

Friday, April 22, 2016 3:00 PM GMT

As we head into tonight for the Stanley Cup playoffs, three more teams will have a chance to end a series. Thus far the closers are 1-1 and two clubs are -200 NHL Odds or large favorites.

One such squad is Dallas and we have a more intensive write-up about them in another article here at sportsbookreview.com. We also are on record Washington finishes up what they should have the other day against Philadelphia.

This leaves us taking to discuss San Jose's chances take down Los Angeles in five game and pivotal Game 5 between the New York Islanders at Florida. Underdogs lost ground yesterday against the NHL odds, but are still profitable +1.11 units on 16-18 record. My dreadful luck continues in OT, with St. Louis losing last night, making me 1-3 in the postseason and 24-39 for the year on viewable articles. Here are tonight's two NHL picks along with props wagers to consider.

Not Making Miscues In Series Key Heading to Game 5 in Florida
Though not all the differentials are dramatic, they are telling. With New York and Florida, the defense that created takeaways or was presented the opportunity has won each contest. In Islanders' victories in Game's 1 and 3, they had takeaway differential of +2 and +9. In the even numbered encounters the Panthers won, they were +1 and +7.

If you follow this pattern, this affects New York's goal scoring with nine tallies in victory in only two in defeat. The Isles also need more scoring other than from top line, which has six of 11 goals, with more diversity from other players.

Florida has been more consistent on offense, ringing up a dozen goals, with game scores from two to four. The Panthers offense looks to be in good shape, but they have to be more careful with the puck which has hurt them twice and when goalie Roberto Luongo has not been placed is terrible situations, he's held up.

This series has seen a lot of back and forth and frankly this a really hard selection, but I'll call for Florida to come through at home as -160 favorites according to Bookmaker.

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Free NHL Pick: Florida -153
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


San Jose Knocks Los Angeles Out of Playoffs
Two years ago, San Jose had a 3-0 lead on the Kings and ended losing the series in devastating fashion. Fast forward to today and the Sharks are ahead in this series 3-1 and while every team would try and win on the road in this situation, often with a home game up next, they might not bring the necessary urgency.

This would not be the case for San Jose after what happened to them and they have the confidence playing away from home where they 30-13 SU, the best in the NHL, which includes four wins at the Staples Center this campaign. Now down to +110 or lower road underdogs, the San Jose power play has connected on 12 of 44 chances and is a reason why they have won eight of 11. L.A. on the other hand is down to only 3 for 23 on their power play and they have a recent 3-6 SU record to show for it.

The Sharks are 6-1 against outstanding goaltender James Quick and in the second half of this season are 6-0 in road games against goalies saving 91.5 or more of shots against them and close out the series.

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Free NHL Pick: San Jose +125
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Stanley Cup Prop Possibilities
Washington 3-Way Line - minus 145
Considering the Capitals are a -235 favorite to end series against Philadelphia, this feels like a bargain on what has been the best team in the NHL all season. Washington will not be a no-show on home ice like they were for two periods in last contest and brings passion and skill to take down the Flyers here.

Dallas -0.5 goals to Cover in 1st Period (+145)
The Stars have often been too passive in this series, but with a chance to wrap it up with a decidedly better offensive team, I expect them to. Backed with a roaring home crowd, Dallas is finally ready from the first drop of the puck and finally shows their A-Game, more similar to how they played in Game 3.