NHL 1st Round Playoff Picks


Here we go. The NHL playoffs start Wednesday and I have a number of plays for clients as we look to have a very solid NHL playoffs once again. For now I will send out the plays (which include a 5 Star, two 3 Star picks, and two normal 1 star picks) to clients and then will try and get the write ups out for the big plays this afternoon or tomorrow.

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(Note: I’m risking x.xx units to win 5 units)
**This is for Game 1 on Wednesday April 11th**

The next four plays are series plays. Every sportsbook will offer these series lines for the best of seven. These bets are on which team will win the series and advance to the second round (it’s as easy as that).

(Note: I’m risking x.xx units to win 3 units)

(Note: I’m risking x.xx units to win 3 units)

1 Unit Series Winner Pick – Chicago Blackhawks vs Phoenix Coyotes – COYOTES TO WIN SERIES (+110)
(Note: I’m risking 1 unit to win 1.10 units)

The Coyotes finished with 4 fewer points than the Blackhawks, but took 1st in the Pacific division to secure them 3rd spot in the Western Conference and home ice advantage.  The Coyotes have won 5 straight games heading into the playoffs, while the Blackhawks finished the season with three straight games going to shootout and a 1-2 record in those games (both losses came to Minnesota).  Take note that these two teams have met 4 times this season, with Phoenix winning 3 of the 4.  The Coyotes took both games in Chicago 4-3 and 4-1, and they split games in Phoenix with Chicago winning the first meeting in October 5-2 and the Coyotes winning the latest 3-0 with Mike Smith stopping 38 of 38 shots against.  Speaking about Mike Smith, he has been unbelievable to close out the season.  Smith has won 5 straight games in which he allowed just 2 goals against.  Three straight shutouts all included 38 or more shots against per game.  Phoenix has home ice advantage, a hotter goaltender, and advantage in the season series.  I like the price we’re getting on the Coyotes.

1 Unit Series Winner Pick – Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers – SENATORS TO WIN SERIES (+195)
(Note: I’m risking 1 unit to win 1.95 units)

Despite being a #1 vs #8 match up this one should be closer than the oddsmakers have it.  The Senators had a good 21-14-6 road record  and should be able to give the Rangers some troubles in New York.  These two teams met 4 times this season with Ottawa taking 3 of the 4 meetings.  In October the Sens beat New York 5-4 in shootout, before losing 3-2 in Ottawa in November.  The Senators then went back into New York to win 3-0 in January and more recently meat the Rangers at home 4-1 in March.  The Senators scored 2.96 goals per game this season compared to 2.71 for the Rangers.  New York has a big edge in net, allowing just 2.2 goals against per game compared to 2.88 for the Sens, but I believe that Craig Anderson could step up for Ottawa.  Anderson is 33-22-6 on the season with a 2.83 GAA and .914 SV%.  Note that for whatever reason the Senators play well in New York historically, going 21-6 in their last 27 meetings in New York.  If the Senators tighten up defensively I think they will match up well with New York and we are getting a great price here.  Take the Sens to win this series.


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