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Washington vs. Toronto NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: April 23rd 2017

Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Pick: Toronto +135 odds (April 23rd 2017)

The set-up: The Washington Capitals own a very checkered postseason history. The Caps needed six games to beat the eighth-seeded Philadelphia Flyers last year to set up a second-round meeting with Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh. Now, the two-time reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners can repeat that feat by winning tonight in Toronto, which would again give them a second-round meeting with Sid and the Pens! However, the Maple Leafs have basically played the Caps even in this series, with just a one goal-differential (Capitals’ 16-15) and a shot total that is dead-even (175-175)!

Washington: The Caps took a 3-2 lead in this series when the 35-year-old Justin Williams, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, scored his third goal of the series just 64 seconds into overtime in Friday’s 2-1 victory. Washington’s third-ranked power play has made its presence felt in this series, scoring a goal in four of the five contests and going 5-for-15 overall (33.3 percent). Right-winger T.J. Oshie is riding a career-high, seven-game playoff point streak (five goals, five assists) while center Nicklas Backstrom has at least one point in four consecutive contests (two goals, four assists).

Toronto: As I’ve noted before, the Maple Leafs are being served well by their youth. Auston Matthews continued his goal-scoring surge on Friday, becoming the fourth rookie in franchise history to tally in three or more consecutive playoff games. Fellow first-year forward William Nylander and Zach Hyman each notched an assist on the second-period goal to extend their respective point streaks to three games, with the former collecting one goal and three assists on his stretch while the latter has scored a goal and set up two others in his run.

The pick: Washington captain Alex Ovechkin left Game 5 late in the first period at the Verizon Centre when he was hit on the left knee by a low hip check from Toronto’s Nazem Kadri. However, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said ” he is fine and we expect him to be ready to go (for Game 6).” The Caps have won back-to-back one-goal games after falling behind 2-1 in the series but the team’s playoff history is full of pitfalls (pratfalls?) and I’ll take Toronto to extend this series to a Game 7.

NHL Pick: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Over-Under Odds & Pick: April 17th 2017

Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Over-Under Pick: Under 5.5 goals -110 odds (April 17th 2017)

Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach NHL Monday Free Pick UNDER 5.5. goals in Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals @ 7:05 ET – This total has moved from an opener of 5 to a 5.5 and, of course, this is opening up some line value on the under in this match-up. The Capitals are fired up after losing in OT to the Maple Leafs Saturday and the under is 4-1 in recent seasons (and 14-7 long-term) when the Capitals are in a playoff series that is tied up. Overall, in first round playoff games, the under is 10-4 in Caps games in recent seasons and 46-25 long-term. Saturday’s game went over the total but that was the first over that Washington has had in 7 games this month. Also, it was just the 2nd over in the Maple Leafs last 6 games. Toronto had been held to 2 goals or less in 4 of their last 5 games prior to Saturday’s marathon OT win.

After that long game in game two, I look for game three to play out with both teams looking to be willing to play more of a tight low-scoring game and conserve energy in this one for the late game stages as a result of Saturday’s exhausting efforts. Even though there have been 12 goals in this series, the long OT game means the teams have played more than 2 and a half games already. Also, over the last 2 and a half periods, there have been only 2 goals. Washington’s equalizer in the 3rd period and then the Maple Leafs game winner more than halfway through the 2nd OT. This series is surprisingly settling into a tight, fierce battle and the result should be a lower scoring match-up in game three. Free Pick on UNDER the total in Toronto early Monday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach

NHL Pick: Will Rogers betting the Rangers +140 odds over the Canadiens on April 14th 2017

New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL Pick: Rangers +140 odds (April 14th 2017)

The set-up: The NHL’s postseason opened on Wednesday, with four of five visiting teams walking away with a victory. It’s true that the Canadiens had won all three regular-season meetings with the Rangers but it was also true that the Rangers led the NHL in regular-season road wins (27). Therefore, it can’t be too much of a shock that New York was one of those four winning road teams, winning 2-0 at Bell Centre. Henrik Lundqvist registered 31 saves for his 10th shutout in the postseason, which are the most among active netminders. Some are already labeling Friday’s game a must-win for the Canadiens but Montreal goaltender Carey Price was not ready to sound the alarm. “It’s just one game,” Price said. “It’s a seven-game series and we weren’t going to win 16 straight games. We would have liked to. You know, we got what we got and we’re going to move forward.”

NY Rangers: Lundqvist’s regular-season mark at Bell Centre is 4-9-2 with a 3.97 goals-against average but Wednesday’s 2-0 win makes him 3-0-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average in his last four playoff appearances at Bell Centre. In a series between two teams known for their speed, a surprise came out of the opening game as the two combined for 98 hits through 60 minutes (45 for New York, 53 for Montreal). Forty of those were delivered in the first period alone.

Montreal: The Canadiens had their chances in Game 1, taking shots that produced rebounds but players were not in position for a quick strike of the loose puck. The Canadiens attempted 68 shots overall, 31 of which reached Lundqvist. However, the team’s inability to dent Lundqvist revived memories of Montreal’s six-game loss to Tampa Bay in the conference semifinals two years ago, when the Canadiens scored five goals in their four losses. Coach Claude Julien said there would be no lineup changes following Wednesday’s practice, which focused on players setting up screens and working on deflections and rebounds. “There were a couple of chances where we got pucks to the net and rebounds were sitting there,” captain Max Pacioretty said. “We’ve got to dig a little bit deeper to come up with those type of chances.”

The pick: At this point, Montreal’s three wins in three tries over the Rangers during the regular season hardly means much. Rather, one may be wondering if the Rangers have the Canadiens’ number? After all, Wednesday’s win extended New York’s string of postseason success in Montreal to six wins in its last seven games at Bell Centre. Take the Rangers again in Game 2.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers NHL Betting Odds & Pick: April 1st 2017

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL Betting Pick: Ducks +113 odds (April 1st 2017)

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Free Pick – Rickenbach NHL Saturday Anaheim Ducks Money Line (+) @ Edmonton Oilers @ 10:05 ET – Huge game in the Pacific Division race and I see value with the road dog in this one! Even though the Oilers are on a hot 8-1 run, the lone loss did come to a Ducks team that has given them a lot of trouble through the years. Anaheim has won 5 of its last 6 visits to Edmonton and the Ducks are in the perfect spot to invest in here. Anaheim is off of a loss and they haven’t lost back to back games since early February. Not only that, the Ducks defeat came by a 4-3 margin and they have won 14 of 16 games this season when they are off of a game where they allowed 4 goals or more. The Oilers have lost 7 of 12 games this season when they enter on a winning streak of 3 games or more. Also, Edmonton has lost 73 of 109 games against teams with a winning record and that includes 17 of 30 this season! To put that in proper perspective, Anaheim has won 73 of 127 games against teams with a winning record. The Oilers have improved for sure (1st post-season appearance in 11 years) but the Ducks will be ready to prove the division is still theirs and I seem them improving to 15-2 when off of a game where they allowed 4 goals or more as they are fired up after the 4-3 loss at Winnipeg. Free Pick on Anaheim Ducks Money Line (+) Saturday. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach