NHL Pro Hockey Playoff Betting Previews for Thursday

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With no NBA playoffs games scheduled for Thursday May 9th the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs will take center stage with three TV games scheduled to satisfy the appetite of betting enthusiasts. The action gets underway at 7PM Eastern Time.

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At 7PM Eastern Time over the NBC Sports Network it will be a critical Game 5 of the NHL Playoff series between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. Things get underway in this playoff contest at Pittsburgh. The New York Islanders have knotted this series at 2-2 after a home 6-4 victory as a +137 underdog. All eyes right now are on the Penguins net minder Marc-Andre Fleury who has now allowed 14 goals to the Islanders in their past three playoffs games. Fleury recorded a shutout in game one but was also terrible in last year’s playoffs. The series will return to Pittsburgh and the Islanders recorded a road victory in game two at Pittsburgh. New York went 14-6-1-3 on the road this season.

The Ottawa Senators will look to close out their playoff series against the Montreal Canadians. The Senators and Canadians will begin from Montreal at 7PM Eastern Time and you can catch all of the action over CNBC. Ottawa goes up 3-1 in this best of seven series as they come from behind and defeat the Montreal Canadians in overtime by the score of 3-2. Montreal was up 2-0 after two periods and allowed the Senators to net two goals to force the overtime period. The teams split their two games at Montreal in this playoff round.

The series will move back to Chicago as the Blackhawks will look to finish off the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks and Wild will begin at 9:30PM Eastern Time over the NBC Sports Network. The Blackhawks took the 3-1 series lead as they pitch a shutout in Game 4 by the score of 3-0 against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Minnesota has been held to 2 goals or less in three of the four games of this series. In Game’s 1 and 2 held in Chicago the Blackhawks won each contest. Game 1 went to overtime with the Blackhawks winning 2-1 with Chicago with an easier win 5-2 in Game 2.

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