NHL Picks: Sunday's Top Playoff Picks

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, May 4, 2014 12:48 PM GMT

More second-round action continues today as the Blackhawks host the Wild and the Penguins welcome the Rangers but after perusing the NHL odds can we find value in either or both of these games?

Swinger's 2014 NHL Playoff Record (12-13, -1.00 units)
The sweep yesterday in my NHL picks was the sine qua non of any hope I might have of clawing my way back towards respectability. And so it was that the Bruins, who have had more resurrections than Lazarus, did it again after finding themselves down by a two goal deficit in the third period only to defeat La Bleu-Blanc-Rouge 5-3. Chalk one up for the chalk eaters who laid the -200 in NHL odds on the B's.

Next up we decided to back the underdog (+115 in NHL odds) in the second game and we are so glad we did as the white hot Kings continued to sizzle courtesy of some late game heroics by Marian Gaborik who knotted the game with only seven seconds remaining in regulation and then scored the overtime winner. Thank you Marian and if you look anything like my sister's friend of the same name, well then hell-ooooo Marian! 

When the dust settled we were 2-0 for the day and picked up 1.15 units. We are this close (I'm holding my thumb and forefinger at just about the same distance as the many women who have described me to police) to getting even and over the hump. Let's see if we can do it today!


Wild vs. Blackhawks
The Wild might take a game in Minnesota but that's about the best they can hope for against the defending champs. I hate to be graphic but their seven game grinder over the Avalanche was their money shot of the season. They willed their way into the playoffs and defeated a more talented Colorado team. But that series, after finding themselves down 2-0 only to bounce back and win in seven, had to have taken its toll

Now they are playing a battle tested club who has been through this many times over the past several years and understands what it takes to win. It will be no different today as it was on Friday when the Hawks rolled to a 5-2 victory. Lay the lumber, like the lumber and embrace the lumber for it is your ticket to financial freedom...at least for today.

Play Chicago -200 at WilliamHill.com

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Rangers vs. Penguins
I was stunned when the Rangers defeated the Penguins in the opening game. My wallet was several C-Notes thinner and I was at a loss as to how the Rangers bounced back from their own seven-game grinder with Philadelphia to winning at the Igloo against one of the most prolific teams in the league. They've got a great defense is how and Sidney Crosby still can't put the puck in the net.

But that changes today. Crosby is too good to go this long without a playoff goal. You would have to go back to last season when he tallied against Craig Andersen in Game 5 of last year's Eastern Conference semi-finals. That's a long time to go without lighting the lamp but it's comin'. Just wait and see.

My main concern with Pittsburgh is the misadventures of Marc-Andre Fleury. He's the keeper of the net that doesn't always keep it the way an elite netminder should...free of pucks. We know the Rangers have the better goalie in Henrik Lundqvist but as long as Fleury stays solid the Penguins should prevail in this one because they cannot allow themselves to go to New York down 2-0. 

Play Pittsburgh -165 at Bet365.com.

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