Stanley Cup Playoffs Props & Picks to Push Your Cashflow Sky High

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 2:00 PM GMT

What else is new in the Stanley Cup playoffs, more crazy games with stunning outcomes. Two more underdog NHL Picks won last night, one which was at home in Minnesota, making them 2-1.

Underdogs are nearly dead even now in the playoffs with an 11-12 record and have picked up +2.10 units. Tonight we have four confrontations and three are in this reporter's opinion very challenging for NHL picks, thus we will discard Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers because there are three potential goalie starters for the Penguins. (You can read about St. Louis and Chicago in long form here at sportsbookreview.com)

In addition to our selections, we will be adding a new feature, looking at NHL props which think we have an excellent chance to win.


 

The Total Best Play in Game 4 in Detroit
During the regular season, Detroit established they were a below average offensive team, finishing 23rd in scoring at 2.55 goals a game. Having to face Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop, who finished first in the NHL in goals-allowed at 2.06, did not figure to enhance the Red Wings ability to score.

This has been proven true and Detroit has tallied two goals in each contest, but managed to win the last contest because they held the Lightning scoreless.

After three games, the Red Wings just lack the offense talent of many of the previous 24 teams that wore the Detroit sweaters in the postseason. The fact is, unless the Wings power play comes alive (1 for 17), hard to imagine they will score more than twice and will have to rely on defense to win.

Thought it was an excellent calculated risk by coach Jeff Blashill to go back to goalie Petr Mrazek, who looked and played much quicker in the crease compared to Jimmy Howard. Tampa Bay has eight of nine goals in the series from one line and if they can be held in check, Detroit can win again, but must keep the scoring down. BetonLine has the NHL odds on the total at 5 and with the Lightning 15-6 UNDER revenging a road loss this season, we will look that way.

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Free NHL Pick:  Lightning Under 5 -105
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Anaheim Ups There Game in Nashville
It is always interesting to understand how a team loses first two games at home in a series and to learn how they react the next contest. After closing the season 29-12 SU, Anaheim lost twice at home to Nashville, who is not exactly known for playoff brilliance.

The Ducks have continued to do many of the things they do well, leading in hits (78-64) and dominating faceoffs (79-48). However, three other aspects are playing a part why Anaheim is in a 0-2 deficit. Though shots on goal is not a true barometer of winning or losing, the Pacific champs normally hold a three-shot edge per contest, yet are down overall, 57-59, in spite of playing at the Honda Center. This leads directly to being -13 in giveaways in the series, which takes away shot opportunities and leads to those for the opposing team. Lastly and most importantly, it is a simple matter of Nashville making plays and Anaheim not.

Would not be shocked if Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau went to goalie Frederik Andersen after John Gibson permitted six goals. The only reason he would not is if Anderson still has concussion symptoms from March 30th. Anaheim has been flipped from a +100 underdog to -120 favorite and like Los Angeles last evening, plays with the needed urgency and raises record to 14-3 away revenging a one goal setback.

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Free NHL Pick:  Ducks +100
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Stanley Cup Prop Possibilities

Chicago 3-Way Line - minus 110
This is complete desperation time for the Blackhawks, who have to win or face elimination starting with next game. Goalie Brian Elliott and the St. Louis defense has been special, but late in the playoffs is when Chicago usually shines and though they do not win every time, on home ice tonight in what is essentially a must win contest, they wrap this one up before overtime.

Anaheim to Score First - minus 120
Nothing to hold back for the Ducks, playing conservative could only dig them a deeper hole and I expect them to be super aggressive to place Nashville on their heels and Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler or Cory Perry to score the initial goal of the contest in the first three minutes or at the very least have an assist.