2014 NHL Playoff Record (14-13, +1.00 unit)
Our sweep last night inched us over the .500 mark and mercifully moved us back in black (AC/DC echoes through my mind each and every time I write or utter those words) as we chose a pair of hefty favorites to cash in our NHL picks. Now for all of you brain surgeons who dismiss cashing favorites as the stuff of squares and chalk-eaters, I shall submit that if you find someone, anyone who can overwhelmingly cash favorites day in and day out then by all means introduce me to my new best friend.
Last night the Blackhawks and Penguins both cashed, and as a matter of fact, both did so with relative ease, winning by three goal margins and making it easy to digest our food on a blissful Sunday evening. But we're back to the grindstone, analyzing the NHL odds and deciding what makes sense with the pair of games tonight. Let's try for another sweep to start the week!
The obscene playoff schedule the Rangers have been handed finally caught up with them last night as they dropped a 3-0 decision and were outshot 35-22. The boys from Gotham will now play their fifth game in seven days when they return home to Madison Square Garden tonight. Meanwhile, Marc Andre Fleury earned his seventh career shutout, and the number one star last night which could be a bad omen for the Rangers who may need a weak goal here and there to keep pace with the high-flying Penguins.
If you're a Rangers fan and you're looking at the glass half-empty, then look no further than Sidney Crosby's performance last night. Yes, his scoring drought continued, but he was a different player, and his relentless attack on both ends of the ice may be a precursor to snapping his slump. None of the Rangers, with the notable exception of Henrik Lundqvist, looked particularly sharp, and who can blame them after the sheer number of games they have played in such a short amount of time.
They say there's nothing sweeter than a repeater, and Pittsburgh looks poised to do exactly that tonight.
Free NHL Pick: Play Pittsburgh tonight at Bet365.com (no lines currently available).
Southern California dreamin' is what this series is for hockey fans on the West Coast. This has become a crucial Game 2 for the Ducks who dropped their first game at home by the score of 3-2 after Marian Gaborik tied the game with seven seconds remaining, and then netted the game winner in overtime. The defensive minded Kings have been impressive offensively in the postseason, tallying 21 goals in its last five games, but are getting short on defenseman after incurring injuries to Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr.
The Ducks should be ready and raring to go tonight. They are too talented offensively to be stymied for long. The LA defense is hurting and the Ducks realize they should be skating into this one up a game, not down one. I look for the Anaheim to get out quickly, and force the pace which will cause LA to compete in a track meet with the talented and offensive minded Ducks.
We might even be inclined to lay the puck line in addition to the money line but Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has the ability to stonewall even the most skilled offense. Thus, we will stay with the money line. and watch our NHL picks cash this evening.
Free NHL Pick: Play Anaheim -130 at WilliamHill.com.