I went 2 for 3 last night, with both the Red Wings and Kings coming from behind to help us finish the night up a unit. The Caps and Rangers were in a hard fought battle, but each time the Caps scored to tie the game it seemed like the Rangers were back up by one within a few minutes. I’m almost back to breaking even for the playoffs for the picks I’ve posted here and will look to get into the black tonight.
Regular Season Record: 68-59 for +11.33 units.
Playoff Record: 5-6 for -0.72 units.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders
The Penguins have this veil of invincibility about them that has been created by the hype train surrounding their all star forwards. The fact still remains that this Penguins team does have holes in the back end and a shaky goaltender in net. The Islanders have the firepower to keep up with the Penguins on the scoreboard and they have shown this in the past two games. They actually outshot the Pens 36-25 last game and if Nabokov has a better game they win that one. I like them tonight as big dogs to tie this series up and make it interesting.
Play: Islanders +150 (SportsInteraction.com)
Vancouver Canucks @ San Jose Sharks
The Canucks have resorted to whining, which they have done all series long. You have to love when a team of whiners loses. I agree with Bieksa that if either of the Sedin’s ever go down everyone in the hockey world automatically jumps on them and calls them babies, etc. But the truth is the Sedin’s aren’t the ones whining now and they never are. It’s Bieksa, Kesler, Burrows and company that make the Canucks so easy to hate. Once a team starts grasping at straws and bringing up the integrity of their opponents you know they are done. They have already basically accepted defeat and are now making excuses for their losses rather than looking ahead to the next game to try to get back into this series. Take the Sharks to close them out tonight on home ice.
Play: Sharks -155 (5Dimes.eu)