2017-18 NHL Play-Offs
2017-18 Play-off Record… 38-25-2
June 7, 2018
Capitals / Knights – 1st Period Over 1 1/2
Most people think the knights are out of gas and their run and gun style as caught up to them. This series has been anything but predictable. The knights have been great at home all season, 36-14. The knights should come out of the gates pushing the pace, looking for that first goal. 3 of the first 4 games of this series have seen 2 or more goals scored in the first.
Capitals / Knights Over 5 1/2 -110
Building off the first period over, the game should go over the number as well. Sit back and cheer for a high scoring game much like Game 4.
June 4, 2018
This team is just clicking and firing on all cyclindera (insert any other cliche here). The Capitals look posed to take a strangle hold on this series. They just seem to be the better team on the ice. Lay it on the Caps.
June 2, 2018
Capitals got the much needed split that every team wants when they start a series on the road. Holtby bounced back with one of his best play off performances. Playing in front of a home crowd who hasn’t seen a Stanley Cup game since the Olaf Kolzig days, I expect Holtby to play as he did the last 3 games against TB. Kuznetsov skated today, so I would expect him to play in Game 3. I want to lock this number in before his status is confirmed. This could move -140 to -145 at puck drop with a full Capitals squad.
May 30, 2018
A great open game to start the Stanley Cup final on Monday. The Capitals were 8-2 on the road in the playoffs prior to Game 1, I would expect a split in Vegas. Capitals bounce back game 2.
May 23, 2018
In a play-offs filled with ‘Firsts’, it will be a first for Ovechkin to get into the finals. Capitals scored the first goal of the game on Monday and never looked back. The first goal in this game will be HUGE as it’s been the prior 6 games. Vasilevskiy continues to be the only reason the Lightning seem to be here. He’s been outstanding these Play-offs. The Achilles heel to TB is giving up the first goal at home. The caps defense has been phenomenal the last 4 1/2 periods, they hopefully will continue this streak as most games 7 are played very defensively. Take Caps and have a little look at the Under.
May 21, 2018
The Lightning won one home ice Saturday, the first time a home has won all series. The capitals saw a 2 game lead evaporate over the last week and are now on the brink of elimination. Ovechkin finally slayed the dragon that is Sidney Crosby, but does he really want to bow out in the ECF? I expect the capitals to come out flying in front of the home crowd, an early goal for the caps will go along way here.
May 19, 2018
The visiting team is 4-0 in this series. The Capitals gave up a late back breaking 3rd period goal seconds after killing off a penalty. Vasilevsky stood on his head throughout this entire game, making 36 saves, a few complete goal saving saves. He was the main if not the only reason TB won this game. Washington was all over TB most of game 3. Look for the visiting team to keep the winning trend going.
May 18, 2018
May 17, 2018
The lightning jumped out early in game 3 and Washington found themselves playing from behind the entire game. Hopefully A strong third period carries on to tonight. The home team has yet to win a game in this series, which I believe can’t continue. TB was 2 for 5 with the man advantage, the capitals will play much more disciplined as they know they can put a strangle hold on the series with a win tonight.
May 16, 2018
Knights got a big win on the road in Game 2 of this series. Looking to build off that momentum, the knights can take the lead in this series for the first time. Vegas has been great at home 33-10-2-1 this season.
May 13, 2018
Lightning Regulation -120
Easy decision for me, Lightning can’t lose both at home to start this series. Won’t over think it. I lowered the juice taking them in regulation as opposed to the -200 Moneyline.
May 11, 2018
Capitals / Lightning Over 6 +100
I like most expect this to be a high scoring opening game. Both teams have a highly offensive line up. The Lightning out scored the bruins in a high flying round 2 series. The capitals finally slated the dragon and are flying high. Look for the both teams to come out of the gates guns blazing… Game 1 screams 4-3.
Round 2 – Predators (Loss)
May 10, 2018
Jets / Predators Under 5 1/2 -125
The predators have fought their way back to a game 7 after a convincing 4-0 win in Winnipeg. Nashville will have to execute the exact same game plan to take the series. Renne stopped all 34 saves and finally looked like the Renne most expected to see. The Preds would be stupid to open this game up and try and keep up with the fire power from the jets. This should be an extremely hard tight checking game as many would expect in a game 7.
May 7, 2018
Predators / Jets Under 6 -115
The predators can not win a shoot out against these jets. They will need to grind this game down and take away the home ice crowd. Renne has looked like an average at best goalie lately and this needs to change or the Jets will be visiting Vegas in the next few days.
May 6, 2018
Knights / Sharks Under 5 1/2 -110
Knights are looking to advance to the western conference final tonight. Sharks looking to push to a game 7. This should be one of the tighter games of the series. Sharks won’t want to play the run and gun with their season on the line. Power plays should be hard to come by.
May 5, 2018
Penguins / Capitals Over 5 1/2 -115
First time all series the total hasn’t been set at 6 or 6 1/2. Guentzel has been the offensive star of these playoffs and the capitals don’t seem to have a solution. Penguins games seem to consistently go over the number in the first round. Prediction 4-3 game.
Jets / Predators Under 5 1/2 -110
Nashville should see an increase in Canadian visitors down Broadway street. The arena should still be a sea of yellow, with the Tennessee Titans O-Line putting on a show in their personal suite. With all this said there is still a game to be played on the ice. I’ve had Nashville as my favourite to come out of the west for sometime now and in order to do that they need to go back to playing sound fundamental Nashville defensive hockey. Predators had more hits and blocked shots in game 4, which would contribute to 58 minutes of shutout hockey. Prediction 2-1.
May 4, 2018
Vegas Knights -150
The knights are 3-1 at home this post season, after a split in San Jose, the knights were able to get back home ice advantage.
Tampa Bay Lightning +145
The bruins seem to self destruct in game 3 and Marchand was not able to cause the ruckus he did in Tampa earlier. Tampa’s special teams were much better in game 3 and I expect them to be going forward. Vasilevskiy turned away 28 of 29 shots and looked like a brick wall back there in game 3. The more and more I look at this game, I anticipate another game 3 out come.
May 3, 2018
This is defiantly the predators version of a ‘Must Win’ game. You can use all the cliches in the book, but the predators know they can not fall behind 3-1 to the jets. When you can get the better team in my opinion with their backs against the wall at plus money, you need to make a bet.
Predators / Jets Under 6 +100
It’s time for the predators to tighten up on defense and a world class goalie such as Renne take over a game. One of the most random stats i found in this situation ‘Under is 10-1-1 in Predators last 12 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.’
May 1, 2018
Capitals / penguins Over 5 1/2
Predators / Jets Under 5 1/2
April 30, 2018
Sharks / knights Under 5 1/2
April 29, 2018
Capitals / Penguins Under 6
April 28, 2018
April 27, 2018
April 26, 2018
Capitals / Penguins Under 6
Sharks / knights Under 5 1/2
NHL Play-Off Round 1 Series
Knights -130 ($$$)
Bruins -140 ($$$)
Wild +200 (Loss)
April 25, 2018
Bruins / Maple Leafs Under 5 1/2
April 23, 2018
Much like other games this series, I will continue to take the Bruins at a relatively small number. The bruins were all over the leafs most of game 5 but could not find the back of the net. Anderson easily had his best game of the series on Saturday. I can not picture this again. I expect the bruins to come out much like the leafs did game 5 and just suffocate them. Penalties will be the maple leafs undoing.
April 22, 2018
The penguins failed to close out these series at home on Friday. This entire series has made no sense, with both teams playing great one game and laying an egg the next. Just when you thought the flyers were done they go into Pittsburgh and survive another day. I think the penguins stomp all over them, similar to a week ago, after a flyers win, the penguins went into Philadelphia and won 5-1, I expect much the same.
Predators / Avalanche Under 6 -115
This series looked over on Friday with just over 5 minutes to play. As the predators were getting ready for round 2, Colorado scored 2 late goals to ultimately steal game 5. The final 2-1. I expect the predators to shrink the ice again and suffocate the avalanche. Goals will be at a premium again.
April 21, 2018
Blue Jackets / Capitals Under 5 1/2 -110
Now that this series is tied 2-2, look for the next few games to be even tighter, if that’s possible. 3 of the 4 series games have gone to OT. Holtby (.940 Save %) is back between the pipes and that seems to have sparked the caps. The under in both the capitals wins, 4-1 and 3-2. Neither teams penalty kill has been exceptionally good, but expect both teams to do a good job staying out of the box.
Maple Leafs / Bruins Under 5 1/2 -105
Maple Leafs are facing elimination in a place that was none to kind to them last week. After a couple of embarrassing loses, the maple leafs are in desperate need of a W. On the road is never an easy task in the NHL play-offs, the leafs will need to shut down the Marchand line. Bergeron being out only benefits the leafs here. Anderson has looked a little better in the 2 games. The key to the Maple Leafs keeping this game close, is staying out of the penalty box. A play-off worst 54.% penalty kill has been their achilles heel. If the Maple Leafs can play this game 5 on 5, i expect a 2-1, 3-2 tight checking game.
April 20, 2018
Lay the juice, the Flyers are done. The penguins have asserted themselves as they should being the defending champs. The flyers can not match the 3 lines the penguins have been rolling with. Murray is fine form which makes scoring even harder for the snake bitten Flyers.
Another juicy home favourite that I can’t get away from. Wild tried to even the series at home, but the jets took a hard fought game 4 on Tuesday. Jets close out the series tonight at home and move on.
April 19, 2018
Really getting the worst number here, hate that. Either way it’s a small price to pay for the better team. Leafs got their win at home and that might be all. I don’t expect the Leafs to keep the Marchand/Bergeron line off the score sheet again.
Took 5 periods but the capitals finally struck this series. Ovi and core even up the series tonight.
April 18, 2018
Penguins / Flyers Under 6 +100
Let’s be honest the only way the flyers win this game is to play old school philly hockey. They need to be defensively sound and finish every check. They can’t rely on another 5 goal output like game 2. I don’t see many more 2 goals in 5 seconds like events.
Ducks / Sharks Under 5 +110
Sharks are moving on, it’s that simple. All that’s left to be decided is, does it become official tonight or later this week. The ducks were embarrassed in game 3, do they have any fight left. Prediction 3-1 Sharks.
It’s simple, Capitals can not go down 3-0 in this series. Holtby gets the call tonight, look for this to spark a team that has blown back to back second period leads.
Jets / Wild Under 5 1/2
After Game 3’s 8 combined goals, I look for the jets to tighten up in the back end. I expect to see a game similar to the first 2 in Winnipeg, get ready for that 3-2 sweat final.
April 16, 2018
Beat down city, population Boston Bruins. Matthews is MIA, Anderson is a shell of the regular season goalie he was. Babcock already shuffling lines. I’ll gladly take the better team at this number.
April 15, 2018
Value of the day in my opinion. I look for a big offensive day from the penguins. A fast start like game 1 and the Flyers will be in a world of hurt. Look for the penguins power play to be unstoppable. The puck line and total will probably be a play closer to game time.
Penguins -1 1/2 +230
Pens make a statement here.
Under 5 1/2
Wild win their first game of the series at home in a 2-1, 3-1 type of game.
Caps need this game after dropping the first at home.
April 14, 2018
Avs / Predators O 5 1/2
Lightning -1 1/2
Maple Leafs / Bruins U6
April 13, 2018
Flyers / Penguins Under 6
Kings / Knights Under 5
April 12, 2018
Devils / Lightning Under 5 1/2
Predators PL -1 1/2
April 11, 2018
Wild / Jets Over 5 1/2
Penguins / Flyers Under 6
2017-18 Regular Season Record 46-42-3