Handicapping professional Ross Benjamin shares some intriguing tidbits as they pertain to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Go inside to read this informative and insightful article before making any more NHL picks.
Note: All statistical data and results mentioned in this article reflect games played through Friday 4/14.Under Bets Cashing Big Time in NHL Playoffs
There have been 12 Stanley Cup games played thus far, and we’ve witness an abundance of low scoring affairs. As a matter of fact, those 12 games went 9-1-2 under the total. On 3 separate occasions, the losing teams were held scoreless. NHL Playoff games have historically seen teams play a conservative brand of hockey compared to regular action. Additionally, an attention to detail in their own defensive zone is more focused, and avoiding outnumbered situations becomes imperative. Nevertheless, I’m not going out on a limb by saying that the type of disparity we’ve witnessed between games going under compared to over will eventually even off, and is most likely to transpire sooner rather than later.
Ducks Own Flames at Home
Anaheim defeated Calgary 3-2 on home ice during their opening Western Conference Quarterfinal game on Thursday. As a result, Anaheim has now won a remarkable 26 straight home games against Calgary. The Flames last win at Anaheim came way back in 2006.
Intriguing Home/Away Splits in Canadiens/Rangers Series
The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers series shifts back to Madison Square Garden for Game 3, and is all knotted up 1-1. Montreal finished regular season action by going an extremely profitable 9-2 in their last 11 away games.
I’ve alluded to the Rangers being the best NHL road team this season on several recent occasions. They showed why in the first 2 games of this series played in Montreal. They won the series opener 2-0. Despite losing Game 2 in overtime, Montreal scored the tying goal with just 18 seconds left to play in regulation time to force an extra session. Teams that can win on the road at this specific juncture of the year, are destined for a deep playoff run on a high percentage of occasions.
Late Season Momentum Key in Blues/Wild Series
Many NHL experts were surprised to see St. Louis win the first 2 games of their Western Conference playoff series at Minnesota. I’m not going to make an outrageous claim and say I predicted that to happen, although my paying clients did have St. Louis at NHL betting odds of +157 in Game 1. Nevertheless, I wasn’t totally shocked by those results. After all, St. Louis entered the playoffs having won 15 of their last 19 regular season games. Conversely, Minnesota finished regular season action by dropping 12 of their final 19 games.
Hot goaltenders can carry teams a long way in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blues Jake Allen has stood on his heading during the first 2 games of this series, stopping 74 of 76 shots on goal, and that equates to a fabulous .974 save percentage.
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