Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting News, Notes & Trends

Ross Benjamin

Friday, April 21, 2017 2:48 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 21, 2017 2:48 PM UTC

NHL analyst Ross Benjamin provides some pertinent tidbits on Friday’s 2 Stanley Cup Playoff games. This betting article includes intriguing trends on all 4 teams involved in these matchups, and it’s sure to aid you in being more decisive when making your picks.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals 7:05 PM ET

This has been an extremely entertaining series to watch. It’s all knotted up at 2 games apiece headed into a pivotal Game 5. Both teams have gone 1-1 on home ice. The last 3 games of this series have all gone over the total.

 Power Play Edge for Caps

Washington has gone a stellar 4-14 (28.6%) on the power play in the first 4 games of the series. Conversely, Toronto hasn’t been quite as efficient, and is 3-17 (17.6%) with the man advantage.

 Strong Home Ice Advantage

Washington has gone a terrific 33-10 at the Verizon Center this season, and that includes 21-4 in their last 25. Nevertheless, the Capitals were taken into overtime in Games 1 and 2 against these pesky Maple Leafs. As a matter of fact, Toronto skated away with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 2 at Washington.


Team Trends Favor Over the Total

Toronto has scored 4 goals in each of the previous 3 games. Meanwhile, Washington has gone 5-0 over the total this season after allowing 4 or more goals in 2 straight games. Washington won Game 4 on Tuesday night by a score of 5-4. The Capitals are 9-0 at home during this 2015-2016 NHL campaign following a game in which they scored 5 goals or more.

Toronto is 9-2 over the total on the road this season when playing with revenge stemming from a loss in which they allowed 5 goals or more.


Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators

The Boston Bruins are on the brink of elimination after losing Games 3 and 4 on home ice to Ottawa. As a matter of fact, Ottawa has won each of the previous 3 games in this series. The Senators return home with a commanding 3-1 series lead, and have a chance to close out this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against their Atlantic Division rival. Yet, at the time of this writing, NHL betting odds indicates that Boston is a money line road favorite ranging from -108 to 115 in Game 5.

 Senators at Home

If you’ve made a habit of betting Ottawa home games under the total with your NHL picks this season, well then congratulations. Excluding pushes, Ottawa is 28-13 under the total at the Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa will enter Game 5 having won 6 of their previous 8 games. However, Ottawa is a dismal 1-8 at home this season after winning 5 or 6 of their previous 7 games.

 Bruins & Senators Versus Winning Teams

Ottawa has gone a very respectable 23-14 this season versus teams with a win percentage of better than .500. Boston has been on the opposite end of the ledger in the regard. The Bruins are 15-23 this season when facing opponents with a win percentage of greater than .500.

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