Saturday's NHL Picks Of The Day Cash In On Penguins & Ducks

Doug Upstone

Saturday, April 23, 2016 1:00 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016 1:00 PM UTC

The craziness of the Stanley Cup playoffs was in full bloom last night, as all four underdogs won. Each was on the road and two were facing elimination games, but found a way to win somehow.

Three of the underdogs had fewer shots and two cases, the differences were substantial. Philadelphia was outshot 44-11 and Minnesota 41-24. Last night's binge takes underdogs to a substantial profit at +7.64 units with 20-18 record against the NHL odds.

What lies ahead for today, that is a great question, as team's facing elimination are 3-2 and two more are on the chopping block today. We have the New York at Pittsburgh to start the day, with the Rangers trying to stave off elimination. The same is true for St. Louis and we have a more complete article to read about Game 6 of that contest here at

For NHL picks we have the nutty Nashville and Anaheim series choice, plus some prop bets to ponder.

Piping Hot Pittsburgh Finishes the Rangers
Pittsburgh will look to emulate both Tampa Bay and San Jose and not Dallas, winning a Game 4 and polishing off the series in next contest. With Washington adding to their own woes, the Penguins are in a great spot to end series and advance and watch the Capitals have to sweat out another encounter before most likely facing Pittsburgh.

The Pens thoroughly dominated the Rangers in the Big Apple, outscoring them 8-1 and just ravaged their defense. Other than Game 2, Pittsburgh has played faster and more confident and looks very much like a club that has won 17 of 20.

New York has been to the Stanley Cup and Eastern finals in each of the last two years and each time they overcame a 3-1 series deficit to do so, including against Pittsburgh two years ago. Unless the Rangers come up with way to fix their power play, any thoughts of advancing are a pipe dream, being 1 for 16 in the series.

BetDSI has Pittsburgh as a -190 favorite and while there is trepidation give how the playoffs have gone, New York is 7-21 after loss by five goals or more.

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Free NHL Pick:  Penguins -180
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Anaheim Looks to Take First Series Lead at Home
This Western Conference series personifies this the madness of playoff hockey. After four battles, the home team fans have headed to the exits with heads down and muttering, wondering how their team could not win a game. The visitors are a perfect 4-0 and Nashville as +125 road underdogs will try and keep the streak alive.

After winning twice in the Music City, Anaheim has other plans and thanks to a luxury they have, they could go up in the series for the first time. John Gibson had 38 starts in goal and Frederik Andersen 37 for what was the best defensive team in the NHL. Gibson did not play poorly in the opening two game losses, but coach Bruce Boudreau knew something had to change and turned to Anderson. Having been out with a concussion, Anderson permitted one goal in two contests in Nashville and gave the Ducks the necessary lift. This also elevated the league's top penalty killers, who stopped all 11 Predators chances. Expect Anaheim to be primed and they are 8-0 at home off a road win by three goals or more.

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Free NHL Pick:  Ducks -139
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


Stanley Cup Prop Possibilities
Will Chicago or St. Louis Score in First 10 Minutes - Yes (-120) or No (-110)
In the first five confrontations, only one goal has been tallied and three different times the first period has been scoreless. Given the magnitude of the game and the familiarity the two squads have with one another, my choice is NO for this prop.

N.Y. Rangers Over/Under 30.5 Shots on Goal
In all the excitement about Pittsburgh, it is easy to forget they were sixth in the regular in goals allowed this season, a marked improvement. After permitting 37 shots in the series opening tilt, the Penguins neutral zone defense has neutralized the Rangers offense and they have compiled only 25.3 shots on net in next three contests. Unless the Pens go ahead say 3-0 and New York has to just keep firing, the play on this prop is UNDER.

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