Sharps like Sharks, public choosing Ducks in Monday’s Stanley Cup Playoffs betting action

Only one team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs went on the road and stole the first two games. That team returns to home ice tonight in far-better-than-expected shape. Covers checks in on the action for that matchup and a couple more Game 3s, with insights from Will Bernanke, lead analyst for CG Technology in Las Vegas.

Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks – Open: -140; Move: None

San Jose didn’t have home-ice advantage to start the postseason, but sure has it now. The Sharks (47-27-10) blanked Anaheim 3-0 in Game 1 as a +120 road underdog, then notched a 3-2 victory in Saturday’s Game 2 as a +131 road pup.

Anaheim hopes to avoid a 3-0 hole and an almost certain first-round exit in this 10:30 p.m. ET faceoff. The Ducks (44-27-13) scored just 40 seconds into Game 2 and looked to be righting the ship, but then gave up two first-period goals and trailed the rest of the way.

“Eighty percent of account money is on San Jose, and 85 percent of over-the-counter money is on the Ducks,” Bernanke said, noting sharp play is on the home team, while the public hopes for an Anaheim bounceback.

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Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs – Open: -115; Move: Pick; Move: -115; Move: Pick; Move: -115

Boston can take firm control of this Eastern Conference series, after blowing out Toronto in Games 1 and 2. The Bruins (52-20-12) raked the Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 1 as a -155 home favorite, then scored four first-period goals in Game 2 Saturday en route to a 7-3 blasting as a -160 home chalk.

Toronto got outshot in Game 1 40-27, but actually put more shots on net than the Bruins in Game 2, 33-28. Still, that wasn’t nearly enough for the Maple Leafs (49-28-7), who are now in a must-win situation for this 7 p.m. ET start.

The Leafs have alternated between being a short favorite and a pick ‘em for Game 3, but bettors of all stripes are on the Bruins at CG books, including at The Cosmopolitan and Venetian on the Vegas Strip.

“Ninety percent of account money is on Boston, and 90 percent of over-the-counter money is on Boston,” Bernanke said. “Sharps and public on the Bruins.”

Bernanke said bettors also strongly favor the Over so far, with the total set at 5.5 (Over -120).

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Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche – Open: -165; Move: -160

Defending Western Conference champion Nashville is piling up goals while aiming to take a 3-0 series lead. The Predators (55-18-11), who finished the regular season with an NHL-leading 117 points, dumped Colorado 5-2 laying a hefty -279 at home in Game 1, then held on for a 5-4 Game 2 home win at -289 on Saturday.

Colorado squeaked into the playoffs as the second wild card after a strong second half of the season, but will have to ramp it up to stick around much longer. The Avalanche (43-32-9) actually led 1-0 in Games 1 and 2, but couldn’t match Nashville’s offensive firepower over 60 minutes.

“We’re even on account money, and 80 percent of over-the-counter money is on the Avs. The public is on the Avalanche,” Bernanke said of this 10 p.m. ET puck drop.

Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.


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