Monday night was chock full of NHL Playoffs action. We had five games throughout the night, including a double-overtime –– and triple-overtime! –– thriller. On Tuesday night we have just two games, but both series have been exciting thus far.
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Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens – 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 4: Maple Leafs lead 2-1
Game 4 is a back-to-back situation after the Maple Leafs won Game 3 in Montreal, 2-1, to take a 2-1 series lead. Tonight’s game is also in Montreal as the series continues.
The Maple Leafs are the better team on paper, the better team between the two in head-to-head matchups this season, and the better team in back-to-backs.
Toronto went 7-2-1 and outscored Montreal 34-25 in 10 regular-season matchups this season. That included the Maple Leafs going 4-1-1 against the Canadiens in April and May.
In the second half of a back-to-back situation this season, Toronto thrived with a 5-2-0 record while Montreal struggled at 3-6-1.
The Canadiens will turn to Carey Price again in net, but I think the Maple Leafs will once again come out on top.
Montreal won Game 1, but Toronto stormed back in Games 2 (5-1) and 3 (2-1). Carey Price might steal another game, but I don’t think it will be on short rest.
NHL Playoffs Picks: Toronto Maple Leafs -175
Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes – 8 p.m. ET
Game 5: Series tied 2-2
The Nashville Predators have made this a series. The Hurricanes dominated in Carolina to the tune of 5-2 in Game 1 and 3-0 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead, but the Predators scratched out two sudden-death victories in Nashville to even up the series.
Now, the series shift back to Carolina and the Hurricanes are huge favorites –– as they should be.
We’re just going to go back to our Central Division preview for this one:
“The Hurricanes had a rather easy time with the Predators in the regular season. They went 6-2-0 in their eight meetings, with five of their six wins coming in regulation.
Carolina won the first six games this season before the Predators salvaged a pair in their final two games of the season. However, those two wins by Nashville should have an asterisk as the Hurricanes already clinched the No. 1 seed in the division the day prior.
So, in the six meaningful games, the Hurricanes went 6-0-0 and outscored the Predators 23-9. Carolina made it a respectable 24-17 goal differential with 3-1 and 5-0 wins to close out the season in meaningless games.”
The Hurricanes are the better team and were dominant at home this season. They went 20-3-5 at home and won easily in Games 1 and 2.
The Predators put up a good fight, but the Hurricanes will maintain home-ice advantage with a big win tonight. Take the Carolina Hurricanes money line and sprinkle some on the puck line given their two three-goal home wins this series.
If you only want to bet on one of these games, I’d go with the Hurricanes.