NHL Playoff Betting for May 13, 2014

NHL Playoff Betting for May 13, 2014

Two very interesting NHL playoff games are set for Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers face off in Game 7 while the Chicago Blackhawks try to eliminate the Minnesota Wild on their home ice in Game 6 of that series.


The Rangers looked like a beaten team as they fell behind in this series 3-1 facing an elimination situation in Game 5 on the Penguins’ home ice. Things took a tragic turn for New York as Martin St. Louis briefly left the team following the death of his mother. After some questions about his Game 5 availability St. Louis decided to play and his teammates followed his lead with emotional victories in Game 5 and Game 6. Now it’s Pittsburgh who is on the defensive after being outscored 8-2 in the previous two contests. After performing admirably in the first four games of the series Pittsburgh goalie Marc Andre Fluery has looked very vulnerable while his Rangers’ counterpart Henrick Lundqvist has been excellent in net. The Rangers now have the momentum and all of the pressure is squarely on the Penguins who could be flustered after failing to eliminate the Rangers in Game 5 on home ice. The Rangers made a lot of money on the road this year (+10.8 units) and are playing with the sort of intensity that they lacked early on. They’ve also revitalized their offense which was MIA during the first few games of this series. In our view this game is a toss up and few things are more attractive than taking a nice underdog price in a ‘coin flip’ type situation.



The Minnesota Wild have had a very profound home/road disparity in recent years and this season–and this series–is no different. The Wild won all three home games against Colorado in the opening round and have beaten the Blackhawks twice at the Xcel Energy Center in this round. In those five games they’ve outscored their opponents 16-6 and continued their very profitable home ice performance that they established during the regular season. The Wild went 26-10-5 on home ice during the regular season and are now +11.6 units for the year. A potential Game 7 in Chicago could be a dicey proposition for the Wild–they were just 17-17-7 on the road during the season and in 7 playoff road games they’re 1-6 having been outscored 28-18. They’re simply a different team at home, however, and keep in mind that the Blackhawks lost a ton of money on the road this year going 21-26 -13.7 units. Chicago’s ‘rep’ with the general public makes them the favorite here and we’re not going to pass up a dominant home team getting plus money.