2017 Edmonton Oilers chasing some ‘great’ times of their own: The Inside Word’s mail for April 18-19

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Updated: April 18, 2017

Wayne Gretzky may have played his final game with the New York Rangers on this day 18 years ago, but it was with Edmonton that “The Great One” first made his mark, leading the Oilers to four Stanley Cups in five years during the 1980s. It’s been a long time between drinks for Edmonton with a single conference title (2005-06) the only addition to their trophy cabinet this century. But the Oilers are back in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years and take a 2-1 lead into tonight’s Western Conference first round clash against the Sharks in San Jose.

 

NHL playoffs for April 19

After completing a hat-trick at 13:10 of overtime to give the Penguins a 3-0 series lead, Jake Guentzel looks to give the reigning Stanley Cup champions a final push tonight at the Nationwide Arena over the Columbus Blue Jackets in what should be a high scoring affair; playoff record: 2-2-4, -2.48 units; overall record: 238-23-188, +54.7 units

Eastern Conference first round, game 4: Montreal Canadiens @ New York Rangers (Montreal lead 2-1)
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
When: Wednesday, April 19, 9.05am (AET)
Prices: Montreal $1.91, NY Rangers $2.00
Lean: Montreal WIN

Eastern Conference first round, game 4: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Columbus Blue Jackets (Pittsburgh lead 3-0)
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
When: Wednesday, April 19, 9.35am (AET)
Prices: Pittsburgh $1.80, Columbus $2.15
Confirmed bet: +5.5/total (one unit @ $1.94)

Eastern Conference first round, game 4: Edmonton Oilers @ San Jose Sharks (Edmonton lead 2-1)
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
When: Wednesday, April 19, 9.05am (AET)
Prices: Edmonton $2.13, San Jose $1.80
Confirmed bet: Edmonton WIN (one unit @ $2.13)

Yesterday’s results: 1-0-1, -0.1 units

Washington Capitals WIN NT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (one unit @ $1.91) LOSE (3-4)
Chicago Blackhawks @ Nashville Predators WIN (one unit @ $1.90) WIN (2-3)

NBA playoffs for April 19

After the Milwaukee Bucks earned a 97-83 victory on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre, that left the Toronto Raptors 0-9 in the opening game of first-round playoff series. They are 1-11 in Game 1s overall. Toronto were outscored 51-32 in the second half (All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry scored two points in the second half and four points for the game on 2-for-11 shooting). We’re not sure that it’s early enough for the zig-zag to kick-on for this series, leaving the Bucks nice value tonight; playoff record: 3-0-1, +6.78 units, overall record: 245-7-204, +51.02 units

Eastern Conference first round, game 2: Milwaukee Bucks @ Toronto Raptors (Milwaukee lead 1-0)
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
When: Wednesday, April 19, 9am (AET)
Line: Toronto -8.0, O/U 193
Confirmed bet: Milwaukee +8 (one unit @ $1.93)

Eastern Conference first round, game 2: Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics (Chicago lead 1-0)
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
When: Wednesday, April 19, 10am (AET)
Line: Boston -7.0, O/U 206.5
Lean: +206.5/total

Western Conference first round, game 2: Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Clippers (Utah lead 1-0)
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
When: Wednesday, April 19, 12.30pm (AET)
Line: Los Angeles -9.0, O/U 195.5
Confirmed bet: Los Angeles -9 (one unit @ $1.98

Yesterday’s results: 2-0-0, +1.93 units

Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers +209.5/total (one unit @ $1.95) WIN (111-117)
Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs -10.5 (one unit @ $1.98) WIN (82-98)

 

Champions League betting for April 19

Leicester failed to manage a single shot on target as they lost last week’s first leg 1-0 in Madrid so for the second successive tie, they must overturn a first leg deficit against Spanish opposition to progress. They should hold their own but a share of the spoils is the best result we expect for the final EPL side battling for the 2016-17 European Cup. In the other game, it looks a long road back for the visitors with Real Madrid holding a 2-1 lead over Bayern Munich after the first leg in Germany; overall record: 47-5-34, +24.35 units

Game: Real Madrid (Spain) v Bayern Munich (Germany)
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
When: Wednesday, April 19, 4.45am (AEDT)
Prices: Real $2.40, Bayern $2.75, DRAW $3.75
Confirmed bet: Real Madrid WIN (one unit @ $2.40)

Game: Leicester City (England) v Atlético Madrid (Spain)
Where: King Power Stadium, Leicester, England
When: Wednesday, April 19, 4.45am (AEDT)
Prices: Leicester $4.00, Atlético $1.90, DRAW $3.40
Confirmed bet: DRAW (one unit @ $3.40)

Most recent results: 3-0-0, +3.9 units

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid/double chance (one unit @ $2.05) WIN (1-2)
Atlético Madrid v Leicester City +2/hcp (two units @ $1.75) WIN (1-0)
Borussia Dortmund v AS Monaco +1/hcp (one unit @ $2.35) WIN (2-3)

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Pinnacle (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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