Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at PNC Arena
Bruins vs. Hurricanes: How to Bet
ESPN has the telecast of this Eastern Conference series. The home team has won every game thus far and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if that’s the case the entire series.
Boston was routed in both games in Raleigh but started Linus Ullmark in net then. Jeremy Swayman started the past two in Beantown and the Bruins won each of those by multiple goals. The line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak combined for 16 points in those two wins. They weren’t on the same line in the first two games.
The rookie Swayman will get the call here to no surprise. He was actually better on the road (2.08 GAA) than at home (2.81 GAA) during the regular season, but I like Carolina for a few reasons.
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One is definitely some issues on the Boston blueline. Charlie McAvoy went into COVID-19 protocol on Sunday prior to Game 4 against the Hurricanes and will not even make the trip to Carolina.
While the B’s won that game without him, it’s a big loss as McAvoy had 56 points this season and was among the league leaders in plus-minus at plus-31.
Fellow defenseman Hampus Lindholm, a trade acquisition in March from Anaheim, hasn’t played since Game 2 due to an upper-body injury and is questionable.
Carolina was one of the NHL’s best home teams during the season at 29-8-4. Antti Raanta should be in net with No. 1 Frederik Andersen still injured. Raanta missed a big chunk of Game 2 and all of Game 3. He was 10-2-1 at home during the regular season with a 2.06 GAA and allowed just one goal in Game 1 at home. The Bruins are 3-7 on the NHL odds in their past 10 as road dogs.
NHL Pick: Hurricanes ML (-138) at BetOnline
St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 09:30 PM EDT at Xcel Energy Center
Blues vs. Wild: How to Bet
ESPN has Game 5 of this Western Conference series. St. Louis won the series opener 4-0 in the Twin Cities but was blown out in Game 2. The clubs then split two games in St. Louis – all four games have been decided by at least three goals, which I have to say surprises me because the teams are so evenly matched. That’s why I don’t dare take the Blues puck line here, though.
I am going to fade St. Louis not just because of playing on the road but because the Blues are banged up on defense. It’s possible that Robert Bortuzzo can play after getting injured in Game 2, but Nick Leddy is not expected back and both Torey Krug and Marco Scandella are out. Krug is a big one as he had 43 points and was plus-23 in the regular season.
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Also hard to trust Jordan Binnington in net – at least, I assume it will be him. Ville Husso started the first three games, but Binnington got his chance in Game 4 and stopped 28 shots. He entered that game 0-9 with a 4.19 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in the postseason since a 32-save performance in a 4-1 win in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins to win the 2019 Stanley Cup.
Meanwhile, Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is one of the best postseason goaltenders in league history. I expect the Fleury of Games 2-3 rather than 4. Minnesota is 8-2 in its past 10 as a home favorite.
NHL Pick: Wild ML (-140) at BetOnline
Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 10:00 PM EDT at Rogers Place
Kings vs. Oilers: How to Bet
ESPN2 will show this Western Conference Game 5. I wasn’t sure the Kings would get more than one game in this series and felt pretty good about that prediction when the Oilers won Game 2 in a 6-0 rout and then Game 3 by an 8-2 score.
However, the Oilers came out flat and maybe a bit overconfident in Game 4 in Los Angeles and lost 4-0, allowing a whopping 46 shots and getting dominated in the faceoff circle. Former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick was terrible in Game 3 and pulled but redeemed himself in Game 4 with his first postseason shutout since 2014.
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It was Quick’s 10th career postseason shutout, now the most ever by a U.S.-born goalie. Edmonton had scored on the power play at least once in each of the first three games but was 0-for-3 on Sunday.
"I don't think we started anywhere near where we needed to start. We knew they were going to come with a push and we didn't weather it very well, or certainly, not the way we wanted to. We fell behind in the game and we certainly had our chances to score, but sometimes you get what you earn and tonight wasn't where it needed to be. It's a missed opportunity for us," Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said.
Edmonton hasn’t lost back-to-back games since April 9 and 12 and it’s not going to here, either. The Oilers are 8-2 in their past 10 at home.
NHL Pick: Oilers ML (-201) at BetOnline
NHL Parlay Picks
- Hurricanes ML (-138)
- Wild ML (-140)
- Oilers ML (-201)
NHL Pick: Three-Legged Parlay (+342) at BetOnline
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