NHL Playoffs Picks of the Day: Monday's Finest Money Line Plays

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 27, 2015 12:24 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 27, 2015 12:24 PM UTC

We've got a Game 6 and a deciding Game 7 on the cards for Monday, and it's hockey action you sure don't want to miss. Here's a breakdown of the available NHL odds on offer.

We saw two first-round series come to an end yesterday, as Minnesota got the job done at home to wrap up the series in six. It was an emphatic 4-1 victory which gave the Wild the 4-2 series win in front of their elated fans.

Up north, Ottawa hosted Montreal in Game 6, needing a win to force a game 7 back in Montreal. It wasn't mean to be though, as the Canadiens got an awesome goaltending performance from Carey Price and then goals from Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty to earn themselves a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Moving on to Monday, we have two more big-time games, with the Islanders taking on Washington and Detroit up against Tampa Bay.


Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings
It's a total tossup when it comes to the hockey odds for tonight's game in Detroit. Both teams are listed at -105 to get the victory, which makes it all the more difficult to choose a side.

Detroit just re-gained control of the series with a Game 5 road win that has them sitting pretty at 3-2 now. Peter Mrazek had 30 saves on his way to the shutout and will have to be feeling up to the task tonight again this evening back at home. We know Tampa Bay is going to come out with urgency.

The Lightning have been getting production from all over the place this season and that's why they were ranked first in the NHL in goals scored. Not only has Stamkos been putting up gaudy numbers, but so too has Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat among others. All contributed at least 63 points throughout the regular season.

With such a potent offense, and with so much on the line, we anticipate Tampa Bay earning the victory here, which would in turn set up a Game 7 back at home for the Lightning. This has been a back-and-forth series and home-rink advantage hasn't meant much - we look for that trend to continue and will pick Tampa Bay to even up the honors at three games apiece.

NHL Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -105 at BetOnline

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New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals
Elsewhere on Monday, we'll have the Capitals and Islanders going at it in Game 7. We have seen quite a thrilling series already, so it's only fitting that it'll be decided with one last showdown in the nation's capital. Current NHL betting odds show the Capitals favored at -135 or so, leaving New York as a +125 underdog.

Jaroslav Halak put the Islanders on his back in Game 6, stopping 38 shots and only allowing one goal to the Capitals in the 3-1 win. It's a victory that kept New York's season alive, though to advance on they'll have to go into Washington and put up a top-notch effort all over the ice. It's going to be a rowdy crowd in the capital.

The Capitals, led by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, would like to believe their number one ranked powerplay will be able to come through at home this evening. Yes, Washington is tops in the NHL on the powerplay, so will they be able to prove why tonight against Halak and company?

We are banking on the Capitals to close out the series with a Game 7 win at home. Ovechkin is a big-time performer and can take over games by himself, and we think Washington will be able to take advantageof any mistakes the Islanders, especially if there are a bunch of penalties called throughout. Take the Capitals with your  NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Washington Capitals -135 at BookMaker

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