The Rangers experience didn’t come through for them last night so I lost my one play. In fact it was the inexperience of a guy like Rick Nash giving the puck up as the last man back on the powerplay that put the Pens back in control. I will admit that I feel Rick Nash is probably the second most overrated player in the league next to Alexander Ovechkin so when he has just 4 assists in the 11 playoff games played so far I notice. Nash’s playoff stats leave a lot to be desired with him having just 9 points (1 goal) in 23 playoff games for the Rangers so far in his career.
2014 NHL Playoff Record: 14-10 for +2.75 units.
Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens
I like the Bruins in this game. Going down 3-1 in the series would be a very difficult mountain to climb so you know the clutch performers of the Bruins will be out in force tonight. I see the Bruins taking this game and then turning it up down the stretch to finish the series in 6. The key to the game for Boston will be not getting behind early like they have in the first 3 games of the series and also preventing the Canadiens breakaway pass that seems; they’ve scored 5 breakaway goals already this playoffs.
Play: Bruins 1.77 (BetOnline)
Anaheim Ducks @ Los Angeles Kings
Once the Kings get rolling it takes something special to stop them. They’re an extremely streaky team and they’ve won 6 games in a row now. The Kings weren’t overly impressive at home this year and the Ducks weren’t as bad on the road as in past years so this will still be a tough game, but I just think Quick has really found his game, while Kopitar and Gaborik are firing on all cylinders to lead the offense for this usually offensively struggling team. This is close to a do or die game for the Ducks, but I still like the Kings to take a stranglehold of the series at home tonight.
Play: Kings 1.74 (5Dimes)