NHL playoffs betting (May 11): Washington, Anaheim favoured in Game 7 deciders

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Updated: May 10, 2017

It’s a special night in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs with two game 7s and each winner advancing to the Conference Finals – not surprisingly, the two home teams (Washington and Anaheim) are favoured to progress at the expense of Pittsburgh and Edmonton; playoff record: 12-5-17, -0.65 units; overall record: 248-26-201, +56.53 units

Eastern Conference second round, game 7: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Washington Capitals (series tied 3-3)
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
When: Thursday, May 11, 9.30am (AET)
Prices: Pittsburgh $2.45, Washington $1.61

Confirmed bet: Washington WIN NT (one unit @ $1.80)

TIW says: Pittsburgh eliminated Washington in the conference semifinals last season en route to a Stanley Cup title, but the Pens are on the verge of blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Capitals this time around. Washington aims for their third successive win tonight as the Caps return home for Game 7, even though Pittsburgh have won twice at the Verizon Center in this series. The Penguins have a perfect 5-0 record on the road in their previous Game 7 clashes.

Evgeni Malkin scored a goal to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, four assists) in Tuesday’s 5-2 setback while increasing his playoff total to a league-best 18 points (five goals, 13 assists). Fellow forward Jake Guentzel extended his franchise record for goals by a rookie in a single postseason with his league-leading ninth on Monday and tied Jaromir Jagr (1991) for most points (13) by a Penguins rookie in a single postseason.

 

While the Penguins’ 8-7 all-time mark in Game 7s trumps that the Capitals (4-10), the latter boasts a 2-1 mark when they’ve rallied from a 3-1 series deficit. Washington also boasts the presence of the appropriately nicknamed “Mr. Game 7” Justin Williams (pictured above), who has recorded seven goals and as many assists and owns a perfect 7-0 mark in Game 7s in his career. Andre Burakovsky collected his second straight multi-point performance with a pair of goals in Game 6.

Play-making pivot Nicklas Backstrom recorded his third multi-point effort of the series with a goal and an assist and has a team-leading 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in these playoffs and 24 in 24 playoff games over the past two seasons. The Penguins have put together a 10-6 mark on the highway since the start of the 2016 postseason, while facing the Capitals in a Game 7 for the first time since beating Washington in the 2009 Eastern Conference semifinals.

 

Western Conference second round, game 7: Edmonton Oilers @ Anaheim Ducks (series tied 3-3)
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
When: Thursday, May 11, noon (AET)
Prices: Edmonton $2.10, Anaheim $1.77

Confirmed bet: Edmonton WIN (one unit @ $2.10)

TIW says: Preview T/C

 

Tuesday result: 0-0-1, -1.0 units

Washington Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins WIN (one unit @ $1.87) LOSE (5-2)

 

 

• 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. Bets void if listed goaltenders are changed. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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