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.
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.