With no NBA playoff action on Thursday’s board, the NHL postseason takes the spotlight. We talk with Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker for CarbonSports.ag, about the action coming in on tonight’s three NHL showdowns:
New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins – Open: -220 Move: -230
The Penguins find themselves in a dog fight with the feisty Islanders, splitting the first four games of this series. Pittsburgh lost 6-4 on Long Island in Game 4 and returns home looking to put New York on the ropes.
According to Stewart, Penguins money has flooded in with 88 percent of the moneyline bets being placed on Pittsburgh. As for the puckline, 98 percent of wagers are gladly taking the Penguins -1.5.
“It’s all Pens action, as our players expect them to bounce back after their loss in Game 4 to take Game 5 at home,” Stewart told Covers.
The total is set at six goals after these two teams combined for 19 total scores in the past two games, playing over the number in three of the four contests this series. Stewart says it’s all over money with 98 percent of action on the total taking the over six goals.
Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens – Open: -130
Most books are dealing the Habs as -130 home favorites and drawing solid two-way action on the moneyline, with the Senators coming back at +110. However, there is a definite split on the puckline.
“Where we are seeing lopsided action is on the puckline Montreal -1.5 (+240) with 94 percent of the action,” says Stewart.
The total opened at five goals, with 65 percent of action taking the under. Montreal and Ottawa have gone 2-1-1 over/under in this series so far.
Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks – Open: -270, Move: -278
The Blackhawks can end this series tonight and the high price tag on Chicago suggests the oddsmakers expect them to. Bettors are also giving the Blackhawks the vote of confidence with early action tagging a few extra cents on the moneyline.
“Our players expect the Blackhawks to close out this series tonight at home with over 90 percent of the action on both the Chicago moneyline and puckline,” says Stewart.
The total opened at five goals and has seen split action, according to Stewart. Chicago and Minnesota have gone 1-2-1 over/under in this series.