Betting Report: Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

NHL player Alex Ovechkin in action

Dana Lane

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:59 PM GMT

Incredibly the NHL postseason is at our doorstep so let’s examine each Eastern Conference match-up with champion handicapper Dana Lane who's looking to carry over his success from the regular season. 

New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Power Rating: Montreal #8  New York Rangers #10
Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 pm ET

We’ve already seen some early action on the Canadiens as they opened -125 at most spots.  I lean with Montreal in this one for the one simplistic reason that I trust Carey Price more than Henrik Lundqvist. The current form tells you that Lundqvist isn’t moving to the postseason on a high note with his less than stellar 1-3-2 mark in his last six starts.  The Ranger net-minder hasn’t had back to back games where he’s allowed less than three goals since the end of February while Price has been playing consistent hockey since the end of December. 

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Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators 

Power Rating: Ottawa #7  Boston N/A
Wednesday, April 12th 7:00 pm ET

You guys know that I struggle with the Bruins because I really think they'll be a force next season but their constant inconsistency has left me in a difficult spot when I try to determine their worth to bettors.  As usual, the Bruins are way over priced in this series.  They are the only team without home ice to be a favorite in the series, and not just a favorite, a significant favorite.  The Bruins were 0-4 in the season series which leaves me wondering if oddsmakers watch hockey.

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Power Rating: Columbus #3   Pittsburgh #1
Wednesday, April 12th, 7:30 pm ET

The Penguins are my Stanley Cup pick so it would figure that I pick them to win this series.  Early money has driven the series price down from an opening number of -173.  Even without Kris Letang, the Penguins are as healthy as they’ve been in quite some time.  The only worry I have with Pittsburgh is that this opening round series will last seven games while the Capitals should be waiting after disposing of the Maple Leafs early.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals

Power Rating: Toronto N/A, Washington #5
Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 pm ET

The Capitals are getting pounded in this one as the series price opened at -310.  Like the Bruins, the Leafs are a year away. This is clearly a situation where I can’t back the Leafs who are learning to win against the seasoned Capitals.  Alex Ovechkin teaches Auston Mathews a lesson in closing out series quick. 

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