Monday’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview and Odds

The opening round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues Monday night with the puck dropping on four games. Home ice has dominated these series except out West where the Sharks won both games in Anaheim and look to put a stranglehold on the series in Game 3. We break down all the matchups to help you handicap the games like a pro.

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (-110, 5.5)

Bruins lead series 2-0.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are making back-to-back appearances in the postseason for the first time in 14 years but they appear headed for a second straight first-round exit barring a stunning turnaround. Toronto has been manhandled in its Eastern Conference first-round series against the Boston Bruins and hopes a return home to Air Canada Centre will get it back on track in Monday night’s Game 3.

ABOUT THE BRUINS: Center Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand form the other two-thirds of Boston’s top line and each collected four assists in Saturday’s romp, but Pastrnak has been the driving force in helping the unit amass a staggering 20 points in the first two games. “A lot of people in Boston already know how good he is,” Bergeron said of Pastrnak, who scored 35 goals in the regular season. “I think people on the outside are getting to know.” Defenseman Torey Krug collected all three of his assists in the first-period outburst Saturday to give him five for the series. 

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS: Toronto has concerns from one end of the ice to the other, but the biggest are the lack of productivity of its own No. 1 line and the suddenly shaky play of netminder Frederik Andersen, who was yanked in Game 2 after surrendering three goals on five shots. “You’ve got to give your goalie a chance to be good and we haven’t done that,” Babcock said Sunday. “Freddy’s our guy and he’ll be back tomorrow.” With Nazem Kadri serving a three-game suspension, the pressure is even greater on Auston Matthews and the top line, which has yet to score a point.

SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):

LINE HISTORY: The Maple Leafs have been get pumped by Boston and still opened as -118 home chalk. However,  money coming in on Boston has driven that line down to -110 or lower at some shops. The total hit the betting board at 5.5 and has held firm. Check out the complete line history here.

INJURY REPORT:

Bruins – C Riley Nash (Questionable, Ear), RW Tommy Wingels (Questionable, Upper Body), D Brandon Carlo (Out For Season, Ankle), LW Anders Bjork (Out For Season, Shoulder).

Maple Leafs – C Leo Komarov (Questionable, Lower Body), C Nazem Kadri (Eligible to return April 21, Suspension), LW Joffrey Lupul (I-R, Conditioning).

MATCHUP CHART:

TRENDS:

* Bruins are 0-4 in their last 4 road games.
* Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
* Over is 2-0-2 in Bruins last 4 overall.
* Over is 6-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 7 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
* Home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

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Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils (+120, 6)

Lightning lead series 2-0.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to continue their offensive production and take a stranglehold of the Eastern Conference first-round series when they visit the New Jersey Devils for Game 3 on Monday night. The Lightning scored 10 times while winning the first two games of the series, going 3-for-4 on the power-play and getting multiple goals from three players.

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING: Alex Killorn has often saved his best hockey for the postseason and he is off to another strong start with three goals in the first two games of the series after scoring twice Saturday. “You play all season for this,” Killorn, who has 18 goals and 36 points in 49 career playoff games, told reporters. “Playoff hockey is great. There are a few more cameras around, a couple more people watching, but I think we like that pressure.” Forwards Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson have also scored twice in the first two games while defenseman Ryan McDonagh and left wing Ondrej Palat each boast three assists.

ABOUT THE DEVILS: Cory Schneider, who has not won a game since Dec. 27 while struggling with injuries and an .863 save percentage since, stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief of Keith Kinkaid on Saturday and could get the start Monday. “It was good to give him an opportunity to get in there,” coach John Hynes told reporters, “and I thought he came in and made huge saves, looked solid, so that’s a positive for us moving forward.” Hynes went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen Saturday while inserting blue liner Damon Severson (three shots, 16:41 of ice time) into the lineup and hinted there could be more changes for Game 3.

SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):

LINE HISTORY: The Lightning opened as +120 road favorites at most books and money coming in on the home team has seen that number bet down to +115. The total hit the board 5.5 and has been bet up slightly to an even 6. Check out the complete line history here.

INJURY REPORT:

Lightning – D Dan Girardi (Questionable, Undisclosed), RW Ryan Callahan (Questionable, Upper Body), LW Adam Erne (Out Indefinitely, Lower Body).

Devils – LW Marcus Johansson (Questionable, Concussion).

MATCHUP CHART:

TRENDS:

* Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Over is 5-0 in Devils last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
* Over is 6-1 in Devils last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
* Over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.

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Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche (+140, 5.5)

Predators lead series 2-0.

The Colorado Avalanche are banking that the Rocky Mountain air will breathe new life into their Western Conference first-round series with the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche, who matched franchise records for consecutive home wins (10) and total victories on the season (28), have dropped 12 straight to the Predators — including the first two heading into Monday’s Game 3.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS: Nashville has spread its offense around in the first two games of the series, with eight players responsible for the team’s 10 goals. Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson have each scored twice, with the former netting five goals in his last three contests while latter has tallied in three straight. Ryan Johansen scored in Game 2 to extend his point streak to four contests while defenseman P.K. Subban set up two goals on Saturday to boost his point total to seven (one goal, six assists) in his last eight outings.

ABOUT THE AVALANCHE: While MacKinnon has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last seven games, captain Gabriel Landeskog has seven (two goals, five assists) in that stretch after scoring and setting up a goal in Game 2. While the statistics are piling up, the wins are not — but Landeskog told reporters that a victory in Game 3 would eliminate any lingering doubts on his club and generate some for the opponent. “I think it’s win Game 3 and all of a sudden you are feeling good and they start second-guessing themselves,” the 25-year-old Swede said. “We just got to make sure we take care of these two at home, that’s the bottom line. Especially Game 3, we can’t look too much further ahead than that, but make sure we win Game 3 and then after that get rolling.”

SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):

LINE HISTORY: The Predators opened as +120 road chalk and that number wasn’t high enough as money rolled in on Nashville pushing the line as high as +140. The total opened at 6 and has been bet down slightly to 5.5. Check out the complete line history here.

INJURY REPORT:

Predators – C Calle Jarnkrok (Questionable, Upper Body), D Yannick Weber (Questionable, Upper Body).

Avalanche – D Samuel Girard (Questionable, Upper Body), G Semyon Varlamov (Out Indefinitely, Knee), D Erik Johnson (Late May, Knee).

MATCHUP CHART:

TRENDS:

* Predators are 8-0 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Avalanche are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
* Over is 6-1 in Predators last 7 games following a win.
* Over is 5-0 in Avalanche last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
* Predators are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado.
* Over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado.

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Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks (-140, 5)

Sharks lead series 2-0.

The Anaheim Ducks are in a familiar — albeit uncomfortable — position, having lost the opening two games at home for the third time in their last five postseason appearances. The Ducks will have to find a way to claw back into their Western Conference first-round series on the road against a Pacific Division rival when they head north to face the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Anaheim, which entered the postseason with the fewest goals of any of the 16 teams, now must attempt to duplicate last season’s series against Edmonton, when it dropped the first two at home before rally to prevail in seven games. “Sure, we can draw on that,” said Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who scored one goal and set up another Saturday. “People have not been believing in us all year but we know what we’re capable of.” Rickard Rakell, the team’s leading goal (34) and overall scorer, has been limited to two shots on goal through the first two games.

ABOUT THE SHARKS: Goaltender Martin Jones won only once in his final five starts of the regulation season but he has turned away 53 of 55 shots in the series and has surrendered only seven goals in five matchups against the Ducks this season. Captain Joe Pavelski, who has collected three assists in the first two games, said a key factor for San Jose was to not get rattled by the relentless physical play of Anaheim. “Nothing we haven’t taken before,” Pavelski said. “Maybe they are coming a little bit harder. Be poised. Make some plays. Stick to what we are trying to do.”

SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):

LINE HISTORY: The Sharks opened as high as -161 home chalk and that number was too high and money coming in on Anaheim has dropped that moneyline down as low as -135 at some books. The total hit the betting board at 5 and has yet to move off the opening number. Check out the complete line history here.

INJURY REPORT:

Ducks – D Cam Fowler (Mid May, Shoulder), RW Patrick Eaves (Out For Season, Illness).

Sharks – C Joe Thornton (Questionable, Knee), RW Barclay Goodrow (Questionable, Upper Body).

MATCHUP CHART:

TRENDS:

* Sharks are 8-2 in their last 10 games following a win.
* Under is 7-1 in Ducks last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
* Under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose.
* Ducks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.

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