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Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks Betting Odds & Pick: May 23rd 2015

Nick Parsons - NHL PickAnaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Betting Pick: Chicago -149 odds (May 23rd 2015)
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The Anaheim Ducks lost a tough game two at home as the Hawks won a triple overtime thriller and split the first two games at the Honda Center with all of the momentum in Chicago’s hands but they responded in a huge way and regained home ice advantage. The Ducks will try and get another win here in game four but the United Center is a tough place to win in especially twice in a row. Goalie Frederik Andersen stole the headlines in game three as he was brilliant from start to finish.

The Blackhawks missed a great opportunity to take control of their series with the Ducks. Chicago isn’t panicking quite yet but they know they must get a win here or else face the unenviable task of clawing out of a 3-1 hole. .

I am looking for the Blackhawks to come out and try to set the tone early. They can’t afford to lose this game and will give a strong effort. I like Chicago to come away with a home win.

Play on Chicago. This is a 1* free play.

Blackhawks vs. Wild NHL Betting Pick from Nick Parsons: May 5th 2015

Nick Parsons - NHL PickChicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild
NHL Pick: Minnesota Wild -140 odds (May 5th 2015)
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The Minnesota Wild have seen this scenario before. They have been down 0-2 in the series to the Chicago Blackhawks in each of the last two postseasons, Minnesota won Game 3 at home to get back into the series. Minnesota hadn’t lost back-to-back games in regulation since Jan. 11 and 13, the latter coming one day before it acquired eventual Vezina Trophy finalist Devan Dubnyk in a trade from Arizona.

The Blackhawks went ahead 3-0 in Game 1 before hanging on for a 4-3 win before Patrick Kane scored twice in Sunday’s 4-1 victory.

The Wild must take at least one at Xcel Energy Center to send the series back to Chicago for Game 5 on Saturday. They’ll certainly need to clean things up, though.

The Blackhawks improved to 28-0 when leading after two periods.

Chicago hasn’t done as well in Minnesota, dropping five of the last seven including a 3-0 loss in the most recent meeting there Feb. 3. Dubnyk made 24 saves in that contest, but he’s been outplayed by Corey Crawford for most of the first two of this series. Crawford stopped 30 shots Sunday and is 6-2-0 with a .950 save percentage in his last eight against the Wild.

This is a must win game for the Wild and they have been in this position before against this very team. In those past instances the Wild came away with a game three win and I see the same thing happening here. The Wild will take this one on their home ice.

Play on Minnesota. This is a (1*) free play.

New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals Betting Odds & Pick: May 4th 2015

Will Rogers - NHL PickNew York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals
NHL Pick: Rangers -102 odds (May 4th 2015)
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The New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals split two tight games at the Madison Square Garden in New York and will take the ice at Verizon Center for Game 3 tonight. The Rangers need a win at Washington now if they hope to win the series, and I like the price we get on the visitors to get a “W” on the road right of the bat.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Road Warriors – If any Capitals fans think their team is sitting pretty after splitting the first two games in New York, I’ll point out that the Rangers own the league’s best road record. Losing home ice advantage looks less important when you consider their 30-13 record away from MSG.

2. Washington’s Lack Of Depth – Alexander Ovechkin has been involved in three of the Caps four goals so far in this series, but there isn’t a lot of scoring punch behind him. Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson for example combined for 41 goals during the regular season but have mustered just a total of one goal and four assists between them in the playoffs. Shut out Ovechkin and the Caps will struggle to score big time.

3. X-Factor – The Rangers have won four of the last five meetings at Verizon Center.

Selection: This is a play on the New York Rangers (Free)