A tough night all around last night as we miss our under pick in the Predators/Coyotes game, and then the Coyotes win in overtime despite being outshot 42-24. Our 5 Star series pick on the Predators still looks good though as it took a bad game by Rinne and a great game by Smith for the Coyotes to win. I had the Predators winning in about 6 games to begin with, so I’m not worried with that overtime loss. I think they should be able to tie it up in Game 2 and hopefully go up 3-1 before heading back to Phoenix.
Today we see two more 2nd round series’ kick off as the Capitals are in New York and the Kings head to St Louis.
One play going today…
Los Angeles Kings @ St Louis Blues – KINGS TO WIN (+145)
(Note: I’m risking 1 unit to win 1.45 units)
It was no fluke that the 8th seed Kings beat the 1st seeded Canucks in 5 games in the first round. Darryl Sutter has had this Los Angeles team playing well ever since around the trade deadline. Jonathan Quick is one of the best goalies in the NHL and the Blues saw that first hand this season. The Kings took 3 of the 4 meetings between these two teams this season, and Quick allowed just 1 goal against in those three starts with a .989 SV%. In the first round Quick allowed just 8 goals against over the 5 games, and went a perfect 3-0 on the road. The Blues were also impressive winning 4 straight after dropping the first game of the series in overtime to the Sharks. Brian Elliott has also been sensational this season and we can most likely expect a low scoring, tight checking game with goals hard to come by. These two teams match up very well and because I think this will be a one goal game either way I like the underdog price we’re getting on Los Angeles to win. Take the Kings to stay undefeated on the road this postseason tonight.