Will Series Underdogs Dallas And Colorado Take 2-1 Leads?

Monday, April 15, 2019 1:12 AM UTC

Monday, Apr. 15, 2019 1:12 AM UTC

When the Stanley Cup Playoffs started, Dallas and Colorado were underdog bets, but by having won on the road, they can go ahead 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Nashville (48-36 SU) at Dallas (44-40 SU)

Monday, 9:30 pm ET (NBCSN)

Free NHL Pick: Predators ML

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Coming into this series, it was assumed this was going to be a low-scoring affair no matter how many games were played and with NHL odds of 5 on the total thus far, sportsbooks have backed that up.

Dallas has only given up four goals in two games, which is befitting of the No.2 defense in the league this year. Stars goalie Ben Bishop has faced 71 shots already and each one has been pressure-laden on the road. Back home he will be asked to be as good if not better.

Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne has also conceded only four goals and those have come on just 55 attempts on net. Rinne has been more unsteady in puck-handling and he will have to up his game for the next two contests in Big D.

Not sure if Dallas would have been -120 favorite if they had lost the first two games (probably a Pick), yet, they did not and have the support of the oddsmaker.

What this confrontation and likely future matchups will come down to is scoring on the power play. The Stars are 1 for 6 thus far and that one goal was the margin of victory in Game 1. For Nashville, the season-long problem persists. The Predators are 0-10 with a man advantage after two games, which is even worse than their 12.9 percent conversion rate that was dead last hockey.

Though not always thrilled with the Preds body language, the visitor has won six of the last eight and Nashville is 6-2 in their latest away outings. The Predators and Under for Game 3 (another OT possible) for NHL picks.

Calgary (51-33 SU) at Colorado (39-45 SU)

Monday, 10:00 pm ET (CNBC)

Free NHL Pick: Avalanche ML

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You hear it often this time of year, whatever happened in the last game is not a precursor for the next contest. Calgary crushed Colorado 4-0 in the opener and fell Saturday night 3-2 in OT.

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We might already be seeing the main talking point in this series play out. The Flames have tremendous scoring depth across the board, with four lines that can do damage. The Avalanche's top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog did nothing in the series opener, but they had three points in Game 2, including MacKinnon's game-winner.

For Calgary, one would think they realize their collective effort has to be stronger. The desire of Game 1 was lacking and while Colorado's top line is going to accumulate some points, the Flames will be snuffed out of the series unless they slow the Avs No.1 line.

The Avalanche are +105 to +110 home underdogs and this season they were only 21-20 SU at the Pepsi Center. Calgary played well at home and on the road and are 24-17 SU in the traveling sweaters this season.

Colorado at this point knows who they are and what they are capable of and have won nine of 13 to reach this juncture. They will need great goaltending from Philipp Grubauer and for the defensemen not to let up for even a single shift. The home crowd should give them a boost, especially in the first period or if they grab any lead.

The Flames have to impose their will with their depth of talent and one would think they want an early lead to take the juice out of the crowd and try to make it 10-2 for the favorite and for them over Colorado.

It's really hard to go against the better team on offense and defense, but let's take the 'Lanche at home for the upset going against the odds.

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