Swinger's 2014 NHL Playoff Record (19-20-1, -2.40
What a difference a fuckin' day makes boys. Excuse my French but after lamenting my recent travails and cursing the gambling gods yesterday morning I roared back like a tornado. We absolutely banged our bookmakers like a screen door on a windy day. It was a thing of beauty and it would have been a perfect evening if it were not for a blown cover on Under 5 in the Canadiens/Bruins game.
So what did we do? Well, we nailed the Boston Bruins not only as -185 favorites in NHL odds but we also advised a play on -1 ½ goals (+165) which clicked like a brand new revolver. Unfortunately, as previously stated, we played Under 5 (-120) and that push was blown to pieces as the Canadiens pulled Carey Price during a man advantage situation which made it six-on-four. The Habs converted yet another power play opportunity with only minutes remaining in the game to make the final score 4-2 and bury our total. But not to fear, we cashed in the second game when we nailed Under 5 (-120)in the Anaheim/LA game as the Ducks secured a 2-0 victory which resulted in a winning ticket.
Let's peruse the NHL odds on Sunday and do it all over again!
The Pens did me dirty last time out when they not only failed to close out the Rangers at home but got absolutely dominated in the process. That game was a done deal in my eyes but apparently my sight was about as good Stevie Wonder's at midnight because the Rangers slammed a 5-1 victory at the Igloo to stay alive.
My initial reaction was to chase the Penguins because after all, they owe me one right? Yeah, and Warner Brothers owes me $10 for Hangover Part III. The fact is, if you're going to rely on the due factor then you should also contemplate the suck factor. Or in this case, the lame factor because the Penguins certainly don't suck but they're not the grittiest group I've ever seen take the postseason ice and in addition Marc Andre Fleury gives me the creeps in net.
Call me crazy, call me kooky but I love the fact that Rangers showed enough character, or grit and balls as Kevin Garnett would say, to kick ass in hostile territory with a chance to knot the series at three apiece in front of their home crowd. Henrik Lundqvist is a stud and when his back is up against the wall, there's nobody better tending the twine. He is 6-0 with a 0.98 GAA and a .965 save percentage in his last six home elimination games.
NHL Picks: Rangers -110 at Bet365.com
Home ice rules in this one and the Hawks are where they want to be, playing in front of the fan friendlies at the United Center. But to quote a good friend of mine who used to get high more often than Delta, "This series hurts my brain, man."
Yeah, and it hurts mine too because I figured the Blackhawks would just walk through the Wild and maybe, just maybe drop a game on the road. But lo and behold the Wild have scrapped and clawed their way back into this one. While I'm not particularly fond of this game as I believe the pattern will hold and Chicago will win on their home ice, I can't help but think that the Wild may now have the confidence (and the rest) they lacked when they opened up in Chicago and promptly dropped the first two games of the series.
I'm all about value here. If the offshore bookmakers want to hang the Wild as heavy dogs then I'm willing to take a bite.
NHL Picks: Minnesota Wild +170 at Bet365.com