Monday’s slate in the NHL didn’t quite go our way, but that won’t stop us from diving back in to get right with a new night of postseason play.
We have Carolina vs. New York and Calgary vs. Edmonton on the docket Tuesday night. As we wait for the shots on goal market to properly open, here is one bet from each game that has risen above the rest for me.
Rangers ML (-110 CZR)
We backed the Rangers on Sunday and will go right back to them on home ice in a pivotal Game 4. We bet on New York this weekend far more because of Carolina than anything special about the Rangers.
The Hurricanes have just been a completely different team on the road, let’s go ahead and highlight their numbers once again to showcase the disparity:
At home this postseason: 6-0, 3.67 goals per game, 1.17 goals allowed per game
On the road this postseason: 0-4, 1.75 goals per game, 4.25 goals allowed per game
The Rangers took Game 3 by the score of 3-1 and this remains a trend to follow in these playoffs. We should give New York some shine, their scoring also rises when skating at home, which fits this narrative like a glove.
I’ll be betting on the home team throughout this series.
Honorable mention in this game: the under. Four goals is the most that have been scored in a game thus far, and the over/under is still at 5.5. I certainly lean the under here if you like a potential sweat.
Leon Draisaitl over 1.5 points (+126 FD)
Connor McDavid has been rolling in the Battle of Alberta, racking up nine points in three games and making highlight-reel plays look routine.
Oh, the above doesn’t say McDavid’s points? That’s because his odds for over 1.5 are currently at -166. We follow what McDavid is creating and instead load up Leon Draisaitl.
News flash: Drai has even more points than McDavid in this series with 10, and we get him at plus-money. It sure does help to skate alongside the most talented man in hockey, but that context is no negative; it makes me like Draisaitl even more to keep up this streak.
He has yet to finish a game with fewer than three points, and against Calgary this season, he has 3+ points in six of seven games.
That’s right, he has never even finished with two. He had zero on March 7 and three or more in every other contest.
Sign me up for these odds with this production. Edmonton has been scoring consistently in this series and their playoff averages suggest being on home ice helps that cause.
We will have more bets when the alternate SOG market opens Tuesday afternoon, shared either here or on my Twitter (@griffybets). Let’s have a night!