NHL Picks: Sunday's Top Hockey Picks of the Day

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, May 25, 2014 1:04 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 25, 2014 1:04 PM UTC

Swinger is on a 6-0 tear in his NHL picks and is hoping to find a side and total when the Rangers host the Canadiens in Game 4 tonight at Madison Square Garden. Let's look at the odds and find the most value on Sunday's slate.

Swinger's 2014 NHL Playoff Record (27-22-1, +3.75 units)
Just when I'm heating up in my NHL picks I've been relegated to weekly Sunday write-ups throughout the rest of the NHL postseason. We last cashed a week ago when we laid the lumber with the Blackhawks (-150 in NHL odds) and they did not disappoint as they skated to a 3-1 victory. That also allowed us to cash the 'under' 5 which made it another clean sweep for the good guys.

As we endeavor to hit both the side and total we roll into this one tonight with six consecutive cashes under our belt and looking for more. We are up almost four units in the postseason and though that won't get us first class airfare to Margaritaville, it will buy us more than a few rounds for us and the boys at the local pub of choice.

Canadiens vs. Rangers Recap
Strange days indeed. I would have laid dollars to donuts that the Canadiens would have taken care of business in the first game at home versus the Rangers after defeating what many believed to be the best team in the league, the Boston Bruins. Sure it was a grueling seven game series but the Rangers had four consecutive elimination games that they won in order to secure a 4-3 series victory over the fleet-footed Penguins. Neither team was going to be particularly chipper in Game 1 but I had watched every second of the Canadiens/Bruins series and came away more than impressed by the Habs ability to stay the course and not get rattled by the Boston's physicality.

Ultimately the Rangers skated into Montreal and blasted the Habs in front of the fan friendlies by the alarming score of 7-2. Even bigger than the opening game defeat was the loss of their stalwart goaltender Carey Price who will be out of the Eastern Conference Finals and perhaps the Stanley Cup if the Canadiens make it that far. Montreal has decided to cast their lot with 24-year-old goaltender Dustin Tokarski over the veteran Peter Budaj. Tokarski looked a bit shaky in Montreal's Game 2 loss but rebounded with a 35 save effort on Thursday night in New York. And here we are.

But What About Tonight?
The Rangers understand they lost an enormous opportunity to essentially put the series away in Game 3 after taking away Montreal's home ice advantage. The bottom line here is that the Rangers are deeper than the Canadiens, have home ice advantage and the better goaltender. Factor in the struggling play of Thomas Vanek of Montreal, who did finally register an assist in Game 3 but is clearly not the catalyst he was in the Bruins series. 

The Broadway Blueshirts are a big favorite in NHL odds at -175 but in my estimation they are worth every dime in this spot. They have revenge on their minds and will apply even more pressure on the Habs young goaltender in this one. Don't be surprised if they get to Tokarski early and Budaj gets the call in relief. I have a three-for-one package deal for you in Game 4 so get down early and get down often as the New York Rangers will roll big time in this one tonight.
Free NHL Picks:
Play the Rangers -175 at WilliamHill.com

Play the Rangers - 1 ½ (+170) at WillaimHill.com

Play 'over' 5 (+100) at Bet365.com

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