NHL Picks Of The Day: Massive Monday Stanley Cup Playoff Value

Dana Lane

Monday, May 9, 2016 3:10 PM GMT

The Stars and Blues will be a shootout while the Sharks move on to the conference finals as they face the Predators. Visit these game previews & get the best value in the NHL odds.

Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues
The play of Brian Elliot has the Blues one win away from the Western Conference Final. Elliot owns a .939 save percentage in his last three games and a sparkling 1.64 goals against average while winning two of his last three appearances. 

It's the kind of numbers that Lindy Ruff dreams of for his goaltending tandem of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen. Niemi has lost his last three starts and has looked bad doing it. Lehtonen, who I expect will start game six, hasn't been much better. Although he has split his last two outings his numbers to support his 1-1 record have been less than stellar. His goals against is at 3.75 and his save percentage is at .861 which at this time of year you want it to be around 93% at the very least. No matter how good Brian Elliot has been the Niemi, Lehtonen tandem has me always looking towards the 'over' as my NHL picks.

Watching game five again it was apparent that the Blues certainly have the physical advantage but let's not forget that the Stars are still deep on offense. Their game five loss was more of a result of bad bounces while Dallas dictated a good majority of the play.  They average over 31 shots on net in the playoffs which is right around what you would want so the chances are high that both teams will find enough opportunities to put this one 'over' on the NHL odds

Besides the Tyler Seguin injury the loss of Patrick Eaves has hurt Dallas because he is arguably their best penalty killer giving the Blues a huge advantage on special teams. He could return for game six but in true Lindy Ruff form we won't know the lineup until game time. 

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Free NHL Pick: Over 5
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San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators
The Sharks can eliminate the Nashville Predators with a game six win at the Bridgestone Arena tonight. It won't be easy because both teams have managed to hold serve at home through five games. 

Even though the Sharks owned a 28-10-3 regular season road record they have not had much success at the Bridgestone Arena losing 8 of their last 9 visits. 

For the first time in the series you're starting to see some distance between these two clubs as the Sharks dominated the second and third period in game five on their way to a 5-1 victory. I believe we witnessed the beginning of Nashville's playoff departure back in game four which the Sharks lost 3-2 in triple overtime but owned a 25-18 shot advantage after regulation. 

Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer deserves a lot of credit for properly mixing his lines after he moved Patrick Marleau to partner with linemates Joonas Donskoi and Logan Couture. Marleau who was held to just one point in four games prior to the move had a goal and an assist. 

The difference between DeBoer and Peter Laviolette is that DeBoer has more options to work with than just bringing Mike Ribeiro back in the line-up. Ribeiro who has one assist in 10 playoffs games is not making the impact Deboer needs.  

I think we will finally see the leagues best power play unit emerge on the road as the Sharks move on to the conference finals. @DanaLaneSports

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Free NHL Pick: Sharks -110
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